Tyson J Wellock
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
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Erin leads WAVE’s Age Group Program as Head Age 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,
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.
In addition to his duties as Head Age Group Coach, Erin also
coaches the Achieve 1 group at Redmond and the Excel 2 group. He
can be reached by email or by phone at 206-883-4434.
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
Savannah Rose Bohart
Savannah Bohart has been part of the WAVE staff since 2009.
Savannah started out on WAVE when she was seven years old, and
continued swimming year-round for WAVE until the age of seventeen.
When she was fifteen she received her lifeguard certifications and
starting lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons for both the
Juanita Pool and the Peter Kirk Pool in downtown Kirkland during
Savannah has coached the Kirkland Orcas for the past six summers
with the last four serving as the head coach, and has had a blast
seeing the kids improve their swimming.
Her philosophy on swimming; you need to have goals set in order to
get to where you want to be. Technique is key for swimming and hard
work at practice always pays off. Being a graduate from
Juanita High School in June 2009, Savannah now attends Bellevue
College. In high school she swam all three years and lettered in
varsity. As the swim captain in her senior year, she helped her
swim team have an undefeated season and then went onto to having
Juanita High School girls win second at State. Outside of the pool
Savannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking,
and studying to get her Associates in Science degree.
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
Beth L Valley
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.
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.
Haley is glad to be
returning back to the sport of swimming after completing 18 years
of competitive swimming last February (2013). Haley has competed at the summer
league, club, high school, and college levels. Although not originally a part of
the WAVE family, Haley is excited to join this team as a coach
working with the Varsity group! Haley swam for Husky/Swim Seattle
under Coach Erin Dunn, and then joined KING to finish her high
school years. Haley
graduated from Mount Rainier High School in 2009, and was a member
of the 200 free and 400 free relays that broke school records, and
earned Automatic All American.
Haley swam all four
years at New Mexico State University, and recently graduated in
December 2013 with a degree in Business Management and minors in
Marketing and English.
She placed in the top eight in the Western Athletic Conference
(WAC) three times, and became the second fastest in school history
in the 500 free and the 1650 free.
Having coached summer league and helping
coach her college team, Haley is excited to share her knowledge
with WAVE! Haley loves
coaching and is excited to be able to give back to the sport. She loves seeing
kids’ reaction when they go a best time! When not on deck, Haley enjoys
reading, spending time with family and friends, camping, and being
out in the Puget Sound on a boat!