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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs and to fulfill the Wave Mission. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us. Coach Erin Dunn is available via phone or email while the rest of the coaching staff & board members are available via email.  Please address any questions to your swimmer’s coach first, then the head coach.

Coaching Staff

Tyson J Wellock

Team Director/High Performance Coach

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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

Associate Head Coach

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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 (erinadunn@gmail.com) or by phone at 206-883-4434.

Chad Winkle

Head Age Group Coach

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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.  

Beth L Valley

Perform Group Coach

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Beth is ecstatic to join the coaching staff at Wave Aquatics and is "loving every minute of it" so far.  Originally from Eastern Washington Beth started coaching in 2002 with the Prosser Piranhas. During her three seasons there the team broke multiple league records and consistently placed in the top three of the league. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Honolulu she coached under Dr. Jan Prins for Swim Hawaii-one of the state’s premier swim schools-teaching all ages and abilities. There she also worked with open-water swimmers-including navy personnel and tri-athletes. Although she enjoys all things swimming related she is especially excited to be a part of age-group club swimming.

 

Her coaching philosophy on practice is Technique + Intensity = Best Times…and to never underestimate the power of setting a goal. She primarily coaches the Perform group at Wave. 

 

Besides coaching, Beth’s other obsessions include snowboarding, surfing, reading, and weekend get-aways with her husband Chris.

Steve Fitch

Assistant Coach

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Steve Returns to Wave for his fifth year as assistant coach. He coaches the Explore groups at Redmond.
Coach Steve is an ASCA level 2 certified coach and regularly attends conferences to further his coaching education. He previously coached in South Carolina with the Mount Pleasant Swim Club as Head Age Group Coach. He also coaches a summer league team at Phantom lake in Bellevue.
Coach Steve was a college swimmer at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and a Professional Triathlete for 10 years competing internationally.
"As a coach I hope to ignite the swimmers passion for swimming," " I keep practices exciting while maintaining an emphasis on fundamentals and proper technique, I hope to build endurance through efficiency, speed through skills and a love for racing."
Steve has three children who share his love for swimming. When not coaching at wave Coach Steve keeps busy enjoying the Mountains of the Pacific Northwest skiing, hiking and camping.

Dave Leonard

Assistant Coach

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Dave has been part of the WAVE staff since 2010 although this is his second stint at WAVE having formerly coached at Wave in 1998 and 1999.   Currently, he coaches the Achieve 2 Redmond group and the Excel 1 group.  Dave brings with him 26 years of success in coaching athletes of all ages and levels.

 

Dave is originally from South Burlington , Vermont , though the sport of swimming has taken him all over the country.   Recently, as the Head Coach of the Emmaus Aquatic Club and Emmaus High School boys and girls swim teams, his Senior group had six swimmers qualified for Senior Nationals in 7 events, earned 14 high school All American Awards, and the won the Pennsylvania girls state championship (for large schools).  At the same time among his Age Groupers, he had three 8th grade boys drop time in one year from 54.7 to 48.0 in 100 free, 1:13.5 to 1:03.9 in 100 breast, 2:18.0 to 2:10.4 in 200 Fly.  Before Emmaus, he was the Head Coach and Program Director of the Glens Falls YMCA Gators, a strong program with a 50-year tradition in New York State .  In one year there, Dave’s swimmers set 11 new club records, had their highest Men’s finish in team history at the Spring YMCA National Championships and their second highest Combined Team’s finish at the Summer Long Course Y Nationals Championships.

From 2000 to 2006 he was the Head Coach at the Bellevue Eastside Swim Team.  While there, the team doubled in size, added space at two other pools, established the team’s first website, broke 72 Club Records, and hosted the YMCA Regional Championships twice at the King County Aquatic Center .  Dave was also the head coach for Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving at St. Michael's College (NCAA Division II) from 1991-1998. While at St. Michael's, he earned the distinction of winning more meets and placing his teams higher at their New England Collegiate Championships than any other men's or women's coach at the time.  In individual performances, his swimmers broke 35 different school records, averaging 12 new records per year over his seven-year tenure.  

 

As a swimmer himself, Dave started swimming at the Lake Champlain Swim Club in Vermont , and along the way he also swam for DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics and Ladera Oaks Swim Club in California . In high school, he swam for Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire , and in college he swam for St. Lawrence University in upstate New York .  Although he has his bachelors in English (with a minor in philosophy), he has been studying undergraduate Biology for the past two years and hopes to pursue an advanced degree.  Dave loves kayaking, road-biking, hiking, camping, and exploring with his wife Jessica.  He avidly reads historical fiction, and follows professional baseball, football and ice hockey.  

 

The three things that best sum up his coaching philosophy are: that swimming should be goal driven, that athletes should be prepared as much for tomorrow as for today, and that swimming practice should be fun.

Robby Rutledge

Assistant Coach

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Robby is returning for his second year with WAVE, and works with the Explore 1 Redmond group, and the Achieve 1 Redmond 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.  Robby is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington, majoring in accounting and economics.

Aaron Hughes

Assistant Coach

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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 tournament.

   

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 record.  

 

Denise Lindberg

Assistant Coach

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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 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 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.     

 

Robert Paul Miller

Assistant Coach

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Rob Miller is excited to coach kids of any age, and in most any sport.  He has a wide range of experience coaching the different age groups and stroke development of kids.  His experience coaching ranges from teaching lessons to young children for 2 summers to being an assistant coach for a summer league swim team that had 280 kids, with ages ranging up to 18.  In 2010-2011 he was a boys swimming assistant coach at Renton High School which had multiple state finalists.  He enjoys teaching fundamental techniques and then refining them as a swimmer's stroke matures.

He was hooked on swimming starting at the age of 8 when he set a summer league record in 1994 that still stands for the 25y breastroke.  Then at the the age of 12 he was ranked 5th and 6th in the 100 and 50 yard breastroke in the nation.  As a high school freshman he earned NISCA All-American and 2nd in Washington 3A state in the 100 yard breastroke.  He made state finals in every event he swam in high school, including every relay, and still holds multiple records at Eastside Catholic High School.  As a freshman and sophomore he swam at the University of Puget Sound DIII before tearing an ankle tendon.

He also believes he can relate to kids who are juggling multiple sports.  He was captain of the football team in high school, all-state in waterpolo, and also ran track while being a swimmer. 

Board of Directors

Gordon Macdonald

President

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Russell Bennett

WAVE Pool Committee

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Dorothy Lautman

Treasurer

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Tyson J Wellock

Head Coach & Director of Aquatics

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Erin A Dunn

Head Age Group Coach

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Jeff Burn

Past President

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