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
Head Senior Coach
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.
Age Group Coach
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.
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
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 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 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
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.
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 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
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
Stroke School Coach
Rachel G Phelps
Stroke School Coach
Taylor Anderson Newman
Stroke School Coach