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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support you and your swimmer(s). If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmer's coach (email links below).

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Coaching Staff

JASON SCHMELTZER

HEAD COACH

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SVHS Site Director
SVHS ~ Pre-Nat, Senior, Gold, Silver


Coach Jason has more than 15 years of coaching experience at all levels from Learn to Swim all the way to Collegiate swimmers.  Many of his age group swimmers continue to swim at the Collegiate level in the Pac-12, WAC, MAC, Ivy league and Conference USA.  Under his watchful eye, Jason's swimmers have become multiple age-group state record holders in both Arizona and New Jersey and have also qualified for Junior and Senior Nationals as well as Olympic trials. 

Coach Jason comes from an athletic family, his father, David, was a National Champion in Track & Field and his younger brother, Jadd, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2011.  Coach Jason’s love and passion for the water and swimming can be credited to his Grandma Sylvia who starting him out in parent/toddler classes at a very early age.  The fact that she lived 100 yards from the beach was certainly a contributing factor as well.

KELLY VANDERWEELE

AHHS ~ Tsunami, Tidalwave, Typhoon

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Coach Kelly is in her 4th season with the Wave.  She grew up near Erie, PA, but calls home wherever the Air Force sends them.  She began competitive swimming when she was 8 years old with the YMCA. Kelly has a BA in Elementary Ed, from Grove City College, where she swam competitively for four years.  She began teaching swim lessons in her early teens and developed a love for stroke technique through years of attending and working at swim camps. She had exceptional examples in coaches who taught, encouraged, and fueled my desire to coach.  Kelly has coached 10 & under age groups for Chartiers Valley Swim Club in Pittsburgh PA, Eifel Sharks and Elmendorf Penguins at overseas Air Force bases. She is very excited to work with the Tidalwave and Tsunami groups and to encourage all young swimmers to enjoy their sport and take it as far as they can. 

JENNIFER GIL

UTSA ~ Pre-Nat, Senior, Gold, Silver

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Coach Jen grew up in Corpus Christi but has recently made San Antonio her new home. She began her swimming career at her local summer swim league team at the age of 9. She then progressed her career into club and high school swimming. While still in high school Jen began teaching swim lessons and helping coach her summer league team. She then moved on to college swimming where she swam at the University of the Incarnate Word. She graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Biology and now works as a Children’s and Youth Minister at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. Before joining the WAVE, she was the head coach of the Hunters Creek Lone Star summer league swim team. This will be Jen’s second season with the San Antonio WAVE and will be working with Bronze, Silver, and Gold groups at UTSA. She looks forward to having another great season with the WAVE! 

ALAN MARKS

AHHS ~ Pre-National

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Al Marks led Churchill High School to nine UIL state swimming and diving championships in 31 years as head coach.  During his tenure the Chargers won girls state championships in three different decades, 1984, 1999, 2005, and boys state championships in three different decades, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2008.

Marks coached 16 different individual state champions and 118 different N.I.S.C.A. All-Americans.  His motivational techniques and emphasis on goal-setting contributed to the development of Olympians Josh Davis, Jimmy Feigen, and Kim Pavlin.  In his eight seasons as the Pre-Nationals coach, Coach Marks has produced 33 first time Sectional qualifiers.  His practices include an emphasis on streamlining, variety, daily challenges and proper technique.

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ALEXANDER OSWELL

AHHS ~ Bronze, Silver, Gold

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Coach Alex grew up in a military family and began swimming in Rota, Spain at 11 years old. After finding swimming to be a natural sport for him, he decided to continue swimming. In 2004, his family moved to Grapevine TX where he began swimming in high school where he focused his efforts specializing in swimming Butterfly. He then moved to college swimming at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin located in Odessa, TX. Due to a back injury his sophomore year in college, his swimming career finished and he began teaching private swim lessons during the summer months at the pool he once swam at. He also spent 6 months as an Interim Head Coach for Odessa Aquatic Club swim team. Alex moved to San Antonio September 2015. His practices focus on technique, turns, and streamline consistency. 

SOPHIE KOHLMANN-McCULLOCH

UTSA ~ Bronze 6:15pm

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Coach Sophie has been swimming since age 11. She started out swimming summer-league, swam for her middle school and eventually made the JV team at Klein Collins High School in Spring, TX. She started swimming club at Spring Swim Team in 2012 and made the Varsity team as a sophomore and swam Varsity until she graduated in 2015. Coach Sophie’s favorite events are the 200 Free, 50 free, and 400 free relay. 

ELAINE VALDEZ

UTSA ~ Typhoon

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Coach Elaine has always been an aquatic enthusiast.  She swam competitively in her youth, high school and college. She continues to swim for the Masters of South Texas, annually ranking in the  “Top Ten” in several events in her age group. Since 1997 she has been coaching Masters swimmers.   Her professional aquatic experience includes Water Safety Instructor, Swim America Coach, lifeguard instructor, and aquatic facility/program supervisor.  She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 35 years, working in mental health hospitals.  Now she only wants to coach swimming.  It is how she chooses to give back to the sport that has given her so much. 

SHELLIE BERGO

UTSA ~ Tidalwave (Monday-Friday)

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Michelle (Shellie) Bergo comes to the WAVE as a military spouse and has lived in the San Antonio area for a little over a year. As a past swimmer and diver when she was young she started coaching after 20 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse due to one of her husbands deployments. WIth 2 daughters in the pool everyday as swimmers it seemed like a great choice. Over the past 12 years she has coached in Alabama, Georgia, Nevada and Florida. Shellie loves coaching the younger, more novice swimmers taking them from "being able to swim a 25 freestyle to that first IM". She stated that it is so rewarding and loves the sense of accomplishment seen in each swimmer as they gain more skill and confidence.  

SAMUEL WALKER

UTSA ~

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Terri Stewart

President

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Gabby Gonzalez

Vice President

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Brian Christiansen

Treasurer

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Heather Correa

Secretary

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Ed Mickelson

Director

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Jamie Patterson

Director

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Jill Raike

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Linda Schield

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