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 Butterfly.
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 how much.
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 RAC/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 Records.
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’s leadership.
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 efficiently.
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 at 206-883-4434.
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 Lead Coach
Robby has been with WAVE for 5 years, and works with the 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.
Varsity Asst. Coach
Sam grew up swimming competitively in the Greater Seattle Area from the early age of 5 years old, and has fond memories of long hours spent in many of the pools on the Eastside. Spending a lot of time practicing in the early mornings at Julius Boehm Pool, as well as afternoons at Hazen Pool, Coach Sam is proud to have been a Captain for Eastlake High School Boys Swim Team. Sam has worked for Wave Aquatics for 2 years, you will most likely recognize him as the Operations Manger for Juanita Aquatic Center where he spends most weekday evenings. Feel free to stop by and say "Hi" any time!
Achieve 2 JAC
Before moving to Washington in 2012, 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 Post-Graduate Scholarship.
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 triathletes. 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, or doing just about anything outside with her husband Eric.
Achieve 2 RAC
Coach Beth is a 3rd generation Floridian and grew up on the pool deck. When she was 5 she joined the swim team and swam competitively till the 6th grade. During high school, she rejoined swim team and led her team as captain. After high school, she was a lifeguard and a swim teacher. She has continued to teach private lessons and enjoys giving children and adults the skills to enjoy the freedom of swimming. Her favorite strokes are butterfly and backstroke. Prior to moving to Redmond, WA in June, Beth owned and operated a guided bicycle tour business in Lakeland, FL. She loves bicycles and looks forward to learning more about Washington. She brings passion and excitement to all she does and is equally excited about joining the Wave Aquatics team.
Achieve 1 JAC
Achieve 1 RAC
Basil Whaley started his 14 year swimming career at the age of 8 with the Helena Lions in Helena, Montana. As a club swimmer Basil qualified for Zones and Sectionals, and Senior Sectionals in multipleevents. Basil then took his racing to the high school swimming scene swimming for Helena High and placing in events at the State Championship meets all four years. Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington then recruited Whaley to deepen their men’s team talent. While at PLU, Basil was an essential part of the team as a Team Captain for two years, a consistent member of medaling relays, and a Championship finals qualifier all four years.
During his time at PLU Basil studied Kinesiology, the study of Human Movement and minored in Biology. In addition to his work coaching, Basil works as a Physical Therapy Technician at ATI Physical Therapy. During his free time he enjoys skiing, crabbing, hiking, and all other outdoor activities.
Challenge 2 JAC
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 RAC
Hello, My name is Tessa Churchill. I have been swimming practically since I was born. I was on a small swim club in Lakewood Washington growing up and I competed at USA swim meets until the 8th grade. When I reached 9th grade I decided to focus on high school swimming and I was a Varsity swimmer all four years for North Thurston High School. My main event was the 100 backstroke and I competed at the state level in this, and other, individual events. After high school, I became a coach myself for another team in Olympia, WA. I realized I loved coaching just as much as I had enjoyed swimming myself. I left for college and attended Central Washington University for the past three years. I graduated in June with a degree in Secondary English Education. I am currently a substitute teacher and am very excited to be a coach for the WAVE Aquatics team. Thank you.
Challenge 1 JAC
Swam with Wave Aquatics from 2006 to 2011. I began swimming when I was in 5th grade, went to Swimming State championship in 2010 and 2011 as well as Diving State Championship in 2011. I've coached a pre-competitive swim team at Columbia Athletic Club as well as the Kingsgate Gators summer league team and now in 2016, coach for Wave.
Explore 1 and 2 JAC
Coach Danielle made the move from California to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of a job opportunity with Seattle Children's Hospital nearly 1 year ago. She has been in the water since she was 5 years old and began to swim competitively for her neighborhood swim team at age 7. Spending the majority of her swimming career with Martinez Community Swim Team she was also a varsity athlete for both swimming and water polo at Alhambra High School. She continued to swim recreationally while attending UC Santa Cruz and once graduated, she returned to the teams she grew up on. She became assistant coach for the Ladies Water Polo team at Alhambra High School for two years as well as spent three summers coaching for Martinez Community Swim Team.
She sought out a coaching opportunity with Wave Aquatics to get involved with her new neighborhood and get onto the pool deck after work. She is very happy to be a member of the Wave Aquatics Coaching staff and looking forward to another great season!