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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.

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.  

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

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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.  Nancy came to H2Okies in 2009 when her daughter Julie began swimming in the Stroke School group.   Nancy currently coaches the SS1 and AG1 groups and manages the Stroke School program.  She loves teaching kids how to swim and seeing the joy on their faces when they try new things and succeed!

 In addition to coaching H2Okies, Nancy has coached the Shawnee Sharks summer swim team since 2012 as a part of the Southwest Virginia Swim League.  When she is not at the pool, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 kids as well as running.