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
Associate Head Coach
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
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
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
Chad is excited to be joining the Wave staff
and working with each swimmer and parent to help achieve goals and
Beth L Valley
Perform Group Coach
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
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 Returns to Wave for his fifth year as
assistant coach. He coaches the Explore groups at
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.
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
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
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
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 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 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
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.
Robert Paul Miller
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.