Head Coach Taylor
Taylor began swimming at Walden Glen at the age of 7 and swam every summer he was eligible to swim. He excelled at the sport, qualifying for multiple NVSL All-Star meets and earning other Wahoo awards. Taylor continued his swimming with teams including the Mason Makos and the West Springfield HS swim team. He now swims at the University of Tampa where he studies New Media Production. Taylor has always been a devoted Wahoo in his commitment to the team and his constantly flowing team spirit. He loves to coach swimmers of all ages—from mini Wahoos learning their first strokes to advanced swimmers wanting to shave off a half second. Taylor loves motivating young individuals and believes hard work is the key to good fortune. Taylor’s favorite stroke is backstroke.
Assistant Head Coach Andrew
Andrew began swimming at Walden Glen in 2006. Inspired by the team's spirit and enthusiasm for swimming, he went on to swim with various year-round swim clubs for the next 9 years and obtain much knowledge about the sport. The pinnacle of his swimming achievements was breaking the Walden Glen 15-18 freestyle record in 2015. (This record was promptly re-broken by his brother in 2017.)
Sofia has been a Walden Glen Wahoo since 2009. She has also swum for the West Springfield High School Swim team and this is her second year coaching (both summer and winter swim). Her two favorite strokes are freestyle and backstroke. Sofia enjoys working will all age groups and watching them improve over the years. She will attend the University of Mary Washington in the fall.
Peter began his swim career as a Wahoo at the age of 6. Though initially afraid of diving into the deep end, he progressed to year-round swimming under many different club teams as well as the West Springfield High School swim team all 4 years of high school. Peter is currently swimming with Machine Aquatics and his favorite event is the 50 freestyle. At swim meets, he most enjoys swimming relays with his teammates. He will be swimming division 1 at Mount St. Mary’s University in the fall.
AJ has been a Wahoo since the age of four and has enjoyed every second of it. From swimming in B meets to Individual All Stars, competing as a Wahoo has never failed AJ to bring memories that will last a lifetime. Being a Wahoo sparked his passion for swimming, which led to club swimming and competing in many different top tier swimming events. AJ wanted to help coach the Wahoos this year to give the experiences that he got from his former and current Wahoo coaches back to the new generation of swimmers at Walden Glen. From making whirlpools, completing sets in the pool, and cheering for teammates at meets, he strives to help this team have fun this summer and make 2018 the greatest season yet.
Rebekah has been at Walden Glen Wahoo since the age of 7 and instantly fell in love with the team. She has participated in multiple year-round swim teams, including the Nation’s Capital Swim Team (NCAP) and Fairfax Foxes. She just completed her last year at Irving Middle School and will be attending West Springfield High School as a freshman this fall. Rebekah has always felt as though the Walden Glen Wahoos have been her second family, and loves her amazing teammates and coaches. She hopes to give that feeling to kids by coaching the sport she loves the most, with the team she loves the most.
Holden has been a Wahoo since he was five. Over the years he has swum with many different club teams including Fort Belvoir Swim Team, Machine Aquatics and Arlington Aquatic Club. Holden has many siblings, both younger and older, which has given him much knowledge and patience to coach younger swimmers. Holden began coaching in September 2017 for the Walden Glen Winter Swim program. His goal for coaching this season is to really give back to the team. With all of his knowledge gained from the sport, he would love to teach it all to as many kids as possible.
Michael started swimming at age 12 with Walden Glen. That summer ignited a passion for the sport in him and he continues swimming year-round with them and Arlington Aquatics Club. He’s humbled and honored to have won several Wahoo awards in his short time with the club. Michael believes that "Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do" (-Rikki Rogers) and he hopes to foster that belief in the young swimmers that he helps train. In the Fall, Michael will be a sophomore in high school. Currently, his best strokes are freestyle and butterfly and he is excited to see how far he can go as he continues to learn and grow stronger in swimming.
Emily is a freshman in high school and has been swimming for Walden Glen since she was 11 years old. She joined the Sea Devils Swim Team two years ago and also swims for her high school team. She wanted to become a coach because she wanted to help provide a fun environment for the younger swimmers on her team while teaching them how to be better swimmers in and out of the water.
Maura grew up swimming for the Saratoga Swim Team (CSL), Victor Swim Club, Paul VI High School, and Fairfield University. She has coached for several years for NVSL teams, club teams, as well as high school teams, and spent the last ten years as a coach and swim mom at Saratoga. After moving the family to Walden Glen and taking a summer off, Maura is excited to get back in the water and help with the swim school.