Tyson J Wellock
Team Director/High Performance Coach
Coach Tyson Wellock has led WAVE Aquatics as Head Coach since 2009.
He is an ASCA Level 5 coach, who is on the USA Swimming
International Trip List. Tyson has coached athletes at all levels,
beginning his career as the novice coach in North Pole, Alaska.
Coaching has taken him across the country in pursuit of learning
more and challenging himself as a coach. He has coached in Alaska,
Washington DC, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Phoenix. He has coached
at Northern Lights Swim Club, Curl-Burke Swim Club, American
University, New Trier Swim Club, The New England Barracudas and Sun
Devil Aquatics. While at SDA, the team earned USA Swimming’s
Gold Medal Club status in addition to a Silver Medal Club status.
The New England Barracudas also were designated as a Gold Medal
Club while he was the Head Senior Coach.
Tyson has coached athletes from the novice level all the way up to
internationally ranked athletes. At SDA he had three athletes
ranked in the top 50 in the world in their individual events. He
has coached five athletes on the USA Swimming National Junior Team,
and took four athletes to the 2008 Olympic Trials where all
achieved lifetime bests, and he was proud to have the
9th place finisher in the 200 breaststroke and the
fastest high school male in the country (50 Free). His teams have
finished as high as 5th at US Nationals (07), where he
also coached the 18&Under National Champion in the 100
His athletes have gone on to swim at Stanford, University of
Arizona, Virginia, Utah, Columbia, West Point, Northwestern,
Princeton, Williams, Arizona State, Yale and many others.
Tyson has also spent a significant amount of time on the other side
of the sport. In 2003-2004 he was the National Team Coordinator at
USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, CO. In that role he planned and
organized training camps for the USA Swimming National Team
Athletes and Coaches, including the 2004 Olympic Team. He was
awarded a USA Swimming Coaching Fellowship and is an alumnus of the
ASCA Coaching Fellows Program.
Tyson has spent his career preparing himself to be a coach that
consistently helps athletes achieve at the National and
International level. He consistently challenges athletes to push
what they think their boundaries are. He is a process oriented
coach, who is more focused on how athletes are swimming rather than
He lives in beautiful West Seattle with his wife Kimbra. He enjoys
backpacking, biking, art, music and baseball. His two favorite
teams are the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs, both of which
have provided him with years of frustration and disappointment, yet
he remains eternally optimistic.
In addition to his duties as Head Coach, Tyson also coaches the
High Performance Group. He can be reached by email.
Erin A Dunn
Assoc. Head Coach (Ch2 JAC/Exp 1/2)
Coach Erin handles
many of the teams administrative duties as the Associate Head
Coach and coaches the Excel 1 training group.
Erin grew up in southern
California swimming on both high school and club teams. He attended
The Ohio State University graduating with a degree in history and
swam on the men’s team for three years. Erin has coached in
the Seattle area for 12 years with Husky/Swim Seattle before
joining WAVE in the fall of 2007. He also coached for seven years
at Kennedy High School in Burien, WA.
Erin is an ASCA level 3
coach. He has had several swimmers make nationally ranked times
along with Junior National qualifiers, Senior Sectional qualifiers,
PNS Champions, Zone and All Star Team qualifiers. Many of his
swimmers have helped to rewrite the WAVE All Time Top 16
Highlights of Erin’s
coaching experience at Kennedy High School included consistently
placing as a team in the Top 10 at state, two swimmers earned WIAA
Swimmer of the Meet at the state meet, multiple state relay
champions, and multiple Top 8 swimmers including several first
place finishes. The team also set many school records under
Erin always enjoys learning
more about the sport of swimming and coaching. Over the years he
has had the opportunity to attend conferences/clinics across the
country where he has learned many innovative approaches to teaching
swimmers how to move through the water effortlessly and
Erin enjoys hiking, snow
skiing, reading, bike rides and of course spending time with his
wife and two children.
Erin can be reached by email (email@example.com) or by phone
Head Age Group Coach (Excel)
Chad started competitively swimming at 5 years old for his neighborhood swim team (in Cincinnati, OH) and swam competitively all the way through high school. He swam for his middle school and high school teams while also competing for the Princeton Aquatic Club.
Chad initial coaching experience was for the Sharonville Sharks summer team before taking a coaching position with his old club team, Princeton Aquatic Club as an assistant coach. Next Chad became a Head Age Group Coach for the Cincinnati Marlins North Satellite. After one full season as Age Group Coach, Chad was promoted to the Head Site Coach and spent the next few years coaching for the Marlins.
After several years with the Marlins, Chad became the Head Coach for the Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club. He has spent the last three years coaching up in Alaska.
During the last ten years coaching, Chad has sent numerous athletes to the Zone Meet, Northwest Senior Sectionals, and Northwest Age Groups. On a state level, Chad has kids win high point for their age group at LSC championship meets along with top qualifiers at high school state champs.
In his spare time, Chad enjoys fishing and hiking with his dog, Rowdy. Chad is also very happy to be in a big city again and plans to attend baseball, football, and soccer games.
Chad is excited to be joining the Wave staff and working with each swimmer and parent to help achieve goals and drop time.
Coach Rodney Pilman will be joining us next week. Rodney was the Head Coach of the Northshore YMCA. Prior to his time at Northshore, Coach Rodney was the Head Coach at Riverside Aquatics Association from 2009-2015. While with RAA Rodney coached numerous Junior Olympic qualifiers, dozens of Senior Sectional qualifiers, 6 Junior National qualifiers and 2 Olympic Trials qualifiers.
From 2005-2007 and 2010-2011 Rodney was an Assistant Coach for the California Baptist University men’s and women’s swim team. Rodney coached numerous nationally ranked swimmers as well as two NAIA national record holders.
Coach Rodney and his wife Katelyn moved back to his childhood home of the Seattle area to be closer to family last fall.
Varsity/Challenge 1 RAC
Robby has been with WAVE for 3 years, and works with the Challenge 1 group at RAC, and Varsity group. Robby has been swimming most of this life but did not get into competitive swimming until high school. He swam for three of his four years in high school. After his high school seasons he would spend the rest of the year swim for a club in Tacoma and teaching swimming lessons for the YMCA. “Swimming is the only sport that I really love doing”. Robby has coached athletes of all ages.
Achieve 2 JAC
Until her recent move to Washington, Denise spent all of her life
in California. She grew up in South Lake Tahoe, CA, where she
spent the winter in skis and the summer in a swimsuit. She
joined her first swim team at age 4 because she was determined to
do whatever her big brother did. Denise continued swimming
all the way through college, where she swam for the UC San Diego
Tritons. At UCSD, Denise went on to earn All-American status
all four years, including her senior year when she was the Division
II National Champion in the 200 IM. That year Denise was also
named one of UCSD's Athletes of the Year and awarded an NCAA
Denise has enjoyed coaching swimming since high school, when she
began coaching the under 10 age group on her local club team.
She later spent several years coaching Masters Swimming in
both San Diego and Santa Barbara, as well as offering private
clinics for swimmers and tri-athletes. As a coach, Denise
thinks that swimming should always be fun, often be challenging,
and consistently be about learning life skills like overcoming
obstacles, practicing good sportsmanship, and working as a team.
When she's not on the pool deck, Denise enjoys hiking,
skiing, playing soccer, or doing just about anything outside with
her husband Eric.
Achieve 2 RAC
Aaron is excited to re-enter the world of competitive
swimming. For the past four years, Aaron has been coaching
High School and club water polo down in Tacoma. As the
assistant coach of the Curtis High School boy’s team, he has
seen his team finish 3rd, 2nd twice, and 1st at the Washington
State Championship tournament. In his first head coaching
position last year, Aaron coached the Mount Tahoma High School
girl’s team to their first appearance at the State
Championship tournament in the team's 35 year existence. As a
club water polo coach, he has qualified and sent multiple squads to
the Junior Olympics National Championship
Although the bulk of Aaron's coaching experience has been
in water polo, he also has great experience and knowledge in the
sport of swimming. Aaron posted NAG top-16 times in the
Breaststroke and Freestyle as an age-group swimmer in Juneau,
Alaska. After moving to University Place, Washington and
taking a few years hiatus from the sport, Aaron swam in High
School, finishing as high as second in the Washington 4A
championships. Most recently, Aaron competed for the
University of Puget Sound's swim team for 3 years, where he enjoyed
finishing with First Team All-Conference honors all three years,
and was a member of a 200 yd Freestyle relay team which broke the
school and Northwest Conference
Achieve 1 JAC
My name is Danielle Relph and I am very excited to be taking over the Achieve 1 group at Juanita. I started swimming since I was 8 year old and competing by 10. I have been a personal trainer for the last 20 years and during that time have taught swim lessons both privately and in groups. Many of the kids I have taught have went on to join competitive teams. Currently, I have been teaching pilates, pilates reformer, and cycling both individually and in groups. I can't wait to start working more competitively with swimming and looking forward to the new challenges.
Achieve 1 RAC
Monica was born in Romania and began swimming at the age of 4. With a natural aptitude and passion for this sport, she started swimming competitively at the age of 8. By age 12, she achieved her dream of being a national champion by winning her first gold medal in 50m breaststroke. Continuing to race thorough out High
School and college winning over 40 medals and trophies in national and international events, Monica became part of the Romanian Olympic Swimming Team.
Monica began her coaching career in High School, where part of the Romanian program was to have the more advanced students coach their younger colleagues.
After graduating with a degree in Psychology and another in Foreign Languages, English-Spanish, from the Univeristy of Bucharest, Monica came to United States in 2010, and earned her citizenship in March 2015. She started coaching both kids and adults private and group swim lessons in the states of Florida and Arizona. While in Florida, working on her citizenship, Monica became an ASCA member and successfully completed the program, receiving certifications in all 5 coaching levels.
Monica is now very excited to share her swimming knowledge, experience and passion with the Wave Swim Team. She is looking forward to working with children and parents to improve swim performance, as well as aid in the emotional and physical development of her students.
Challenge 2 RAC
Vince has been swimming competitively since 12 for Mid Ohio Vally Swim Association club and Curl Swim Club in the Washington DC area. He was Junior National finalist and qualified for Sr. Nationals as well as competed in the 88 Olympic Trials in the 100M Breastroke. He was awarded Washington DC All-Metro Honors and swam on a full scholarship for the University of Maryland where he was a team captain. Vince was a Head Coach for several summer league teams in Maryland and most recently for Phantom Lake Swim Club in Bellevue. Vince currently compete in Masters Swimming and he is a ASCA member working on coaching level certifications. Vince has 4 kids: 13 year old son and the 12 year old triplet girls currently swimming for WAVE in the Achieve 2 group. He loves swimming and is very excited to be coaching at WAVE.
Challenge 1 JAC
I have been a part of the competitive swimming world for about 17 years now. I started swimming when I was five years old and fell in love with the sport. I swam in Colorado until I was about 12 and then my family packed up and moved to Washington. I swam for a club down in Gig Harbor known as GHPSC then eventually moved on to Tacoma Swim Club. I swam with TSC throughout high school then continued my career at Washington State University. Being a Division 1 athlete, as well as being apart of the Pac 12 was one of the best experiences of my life. Getting the opportunity to race the best of the best was truly amazing! I have three brothers, two older and one younger. My younger brother is also a swimmer and is currently swimming for the University of Utah! Swimming has been such a huge part of my life and I look forward to learning more from the coaching perspective as well as passing on all the knowledge I have from my own experiences as an athlete.
Explore 1 and 2 JAC