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
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.
includes 12+ years of swimming competitively, with 2 years being at
the Division 1 collegiate level. Kris also has 4 years of coaching
experience, from beginning to Age Group levels. He graduated from
the United States Naval Academy in May of 2013 and served as an
officer in the Navy from then until May of 2014 when his service
was cut short honorably due to medical reasons. Kris currently
works full time in Issaquah.
Kris is extremely passionate about
the sport of swimming and loves being able to bring his vast
experiences with the sport to the younger generation.
Lauren is excited to join WAVE and looks forward
to working with the Challenge 1 Juanita group. Lauren started
swimming competitively at a young age for the Fort Lauderdale Swim
Team and continued through her junior year of high school. During
her college years and beyond, Lauren found a passion for teaching
group and private swim lessons to all ages. Lauren has co-coached a
recreational swim team, and co-coached Team In Training’s new
triathlon team in Bellingham,
Coach Greg began swimming at the age of eight with Puget Sound Swim
Club as his family had already been heavily involved with the sport
of swimming. The sport of swimming helped him gain confidence, a
strong work ethic and perseverance. He qualified for PNS Champs
many times, was a member of the PNS Zone team twice and also
attended two Jr. National meets.
Greg received a scholarship from the University of South Dakota
where he swam for one season before moving on to Grossmont College
where he set an individual school record in the 200 Free, swam as
part of 5 relays teams that all broke school records, and served as
Team Captain for two years.
Greg worked for three years as the Head Coach for the Olympic
Aquatic Club in Silverdale, WA before moving to the Greater Seattle
area and signing on to coach with Wave.
Greg still trains as a competitive swimmer and competes in adult
(Masters) swim meets as well as triathlons. Greg is working to help
athletes advance to the next level by teaching them effective
strokes, learning to have fun and bringing tons of energy and
enthusiasm to the pool deck.
Coach Lily has a diverse background in
athletics and aquatics having swum competitively, coached at the
Samena Club in Bellevue, taught swim lessons at Gold’s Gym in
Redmond and Issaquah, and worked teaching swim lessons as well as a
deck manager at our own Redmond Aquatic Center. Additionally, Lily
is currently working on her Sports Medicine degree at the
University of Washington.
As a coach, Lily is excited to help her
athletes improve their technique and accomplish their goals for the