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H2Okie Coaching Staff

The coaching staff at H2okie Aquatics is what makes our team special.  Read below to learn more about our coaches.  

Coaching Staff

Scott Baldwin

Head Coach

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Scott Baldwin is the head coach of H2okie Aquatics.

Scott came to SWAT (now H2okie Aquatics) in 1995 while attending Virginia Tech, where he competed for the Virginia Tech swim team.  He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a dual major in Wood Science & Forest Products, after which he took over the head coaching position at SWAT.  Scott consistently coaches swimmers at every level of the sport, from the youngest Stroke School swimmers, to Junior National Qualifiers and beyond.  Scott's coaching accomplishments are many, including coaching University of Michigan swimmer Evan Gregg, a Junior National champion and Senior National/World Championship Trials qualifier.

Personally, Scott loves seeing the joy on a swimmers face after a personal achievement--seeing that expression of "Wow!"  He believes that swimming empowers young athletes with the tools they will need to be successful in the pool and in life.

Scott is happily married to Jennifer Baldwin, his loving, supportive, and patient wife.  They have two beautiful young girls, Emma and Ava, both of who enjoy the water and swimming among multiple other sports and activities.  Contact Scott either by email or phone.

Dan Haines

Head Senior Coach

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A swimmer from age 5 through my late 20s, I competed in virtually every venue, including Summer League, YMCA, Club, HS, College and Open Water. I was also a 6 year Cross Country and 3 year Track athlete, and briefly a student of dance. My swimming career was highlighted by:

  • State finalist in both Club and HS swimming
  • Full swimming scholarship to Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Florida (with longest streak of national championships by any college sports team in US history)
  • NJCAA national qualifier at IRCC
  • Team captain for both the IRCC and Glassboro State College teams (now Rowan University in NJ)

My coaching career began as a summer league assistant in 1983 at the age of 15. I've coached in as many venues as I swam for and for teams both large and small. The majority of those years have been in club swimming where I’ve been responsible for the development of all ages and ability levels, from Learn-to-Swim up to Senior National qualifiers. While I continue to assist with younger swimmers and specialize in program development for entry levels, I now concentrate at the senior level.

In my travels I've worked for established, successful USAS programs in the Middle Atlantic and Potomac Valley regions, alongside some of the best coaches in the sport. I've also built a couple teams from the ground up, starting with the Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach Delaware in the early 90s and most recently Flying Gull Aquatic Club, which I owned and operated for a decade in Potomac Valley. For a period of 4 years I worked simultaneously in competitive swimming and architecture as an intern for Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects P.C. in Annapolis Md, before returning to coaching full time.

My philosophy can best be described as holistic. My intention is to provide a path for swimmers of all levels to enjoy the sport while managing a program capable of developing swimmers at the most elite levels. I strive for an imaginative and fun learning environment, emphasize smart training and focus on the realization of individual potential.

My hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, skiing, graphic design, disc golfing, traveling and music. In 1991 I bicycled from Seattle to Los Angeles to Dover, DE, spanning 4500 miles. In 1995 I summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. More recently I've been keeping it local, mountain biking and hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. I currently live in Christiansburg with my wife Katie, son Ben, a dog and 2 cats.

Amy Brehl

Age Group Coach

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Amy grew up swimming in Illinois and Indiana, after which she decided to attend and swim for Virginia Tech.  She graduated from Virginia Tech with an undergraduate degree in Family and Childhood Development in 1995 and a Masters degree in Curriculum Instruction in 1997.  She began coaching with SWAT in 1997, after competing for the Virginia Tech swim team for 4 years and then serving as an assistant coach on the team for 2 years.  In addition, Amy served as head coach for SWAT before becoming a 3rd grade teacher at at Christiansburg Elementary School.  Amy has coached multiple Age Group and Zone Champions, Top 16 swimmers, and was recently voted the All Timesland Coach of the Year for high school boys in 2008.

She believes that it is very important for young swimmers to develop good stroke technique while having fun as they learn to be better swimmers and learn how to race.  Amy enjoys coaches because it gives her the opportunity to share the joy that she received from the sport as a young swimmer with the swimmers that she now coaches.  As a coach, Amy's goal is to help her swimmers build the foundation that they will need to be successful swimmers in the future.

In addition to coaching for H2okie Aquatics, teaching 3rd grade, and coaching for Christiansburg High School, Amy founded Southwest Virginia Swim League (SVSL) in the summer of 2000.  Under her organization, SVSL has grown from a 2 team league with under 50 swimmers to over 500 swimmers during the summer months.  

Kayla Cutsforth

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Kayla began swim coaching as a volunteer for the Ben Lomound summer league swim team in 1995 in Manassas, Virginia.  After moving to the area, she began coaching for Ridgewood Swim Club and Auburn High School along with SWAT (now H2okie Aquatics) in the Spring of 2004.  In addition to coaching, Kayla completed her Associate's degree in education and her Associate's degree in Deaf Education from NRCC in May of 2007.  Kayla is a certified pool operator, water safety instructor, and water aerobics instructor.  

Kayla believes that swimming is a great sport and a lifetime activity that is both physically and mentally challenging.  She loves the sport of swimming and the environment that swimming creates.  More importantly, swimming provides a place where young athletes can work towards and achieve their goals and dreams.  Nothing is out of reach.  

Kayla has 2 brothers, 1 sister, and 2 children: Louie, a black lab, and Solomon, a New Foundland, who is large, black, and shaggy.  Kayla also works as a sign language interpreter for the Montgomery County Public School system.  

Michele Sudweeks

Coach

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Michele has been involved with swimming for over 20 years, beginning with age group swimming in her early teens. A few years later, she began teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages and continued teaching for many years, both privately and through local Red Cross programs. Later, she worked as the head coach of the local summer swim team.

Michele attended college in Utah at Brigham Young University, where she swam for a short time earning a degree in Math Education with a minor in Physical Education/Coaching. During that time she coached two high school swim teams and continued teaching swim lessons until her first child, Brooke was born. Erin and Isaac--twins--came shortly after, followed by her youngest child, Zac. She spent hours sitting at pools watching her kids enjoy the water. As soon as they were old enough, she began teaching them and their friends the basics of swimming. When her three oldest children began swimming with H2okie Aquatics, Michele found that she missed coaching and began coaching Stroke School Level 1 swimmers in September 2007.

Michele loves coaching beginning swimmers and watching children develop an appreciation for the sport. She feels that swimming is a truly rewarding sport and loves having the opportunity to introduce it to many new swimmers.

Nancy Anderson

Coach

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Nancy has been involved with the sport of swimming for most of her life.  She grew up swimming year round along with teaching lessons in high school.   Nancy swam at Virginia Tech and was the Graduate Assistant her final year of graduate school.  She graduated in 1999 with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. 

Nancy and her husband Eric moved back to the area in 2001 and following the birth of their first child, Julie, she began “coaching” a group of home schooled kids once a week who had a wide range of abilities.  As her children, Julie (7), Megan (5), and Michael (3), have grown, Nancy has continued to offer informal lessons weekly to them and their friends.  She loves teaching kids how to swim and seeing the joy on their faces when they realize they can do it and do not need to be afraid.  Nancy came to H2Okies in 2009 when her daughter Julie began swimming in the Stroke School group.  She is excited to be working with those kids newest to the sport of swimming and hopes to instill in them a love for the sport.

Shayla Welling

Stroke School Coach

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Rachel G Phelps

Stroke School Coach

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Taylor Anderson Newman

Stroke School Coach

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