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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

CAROL RETTELE

INTERIM HEAD COACH

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Coach Carol is a familiar face here at the Wave.  She has been a part of the Wave family since 2006, and most recently retired as our Head Coach in March 2015.   Coach Carol’s career began in 1999 after attaining learn-to-swim certifications and working in a large learn-to-swim program here in San Antonio.  She quickly found that teaching swimming and the competitive sport of swimming was her passion. 

Throughout her career Coach Carol has taught and coached all ages and abilities from learn-to-swim, summer league, club swimmers of all ages and college level athletes.  Continuing her education at clinics around the country, and networking with professional coaches, Coach Carol remains inspired and committed to help each individual discover purpose, possibility and their own potential.  Coach Carol is a certified Swim Instructor, ASCA Level 3 USA Swim Coach and recently completed her ASCA Level 4 education.

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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COURTNEY SPELL

AHHS ~ Gold, Bronze, Silver, Typhoon

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Coach Courtney has been coaching swimming for over ten years.  She spent two summers as the head coach of the Boerne Barracudas summer swim team, one year as the head coach of the Boerne Special Olympics swim team, and four years coaching for a year-round team before joining the Wave.  As a young swimmer, she was a member of a TAAF state record-breaking relay team, placed 4th in the state of Michigan in the 100 yard breaststroke, and she still holds the team record for the 1500 meter free.  In high school, she received the “Swimmer of the Year” awards from both her school and district.

Courtney graduated with a degree in physics and currently works as a math tutor at St. Philip’s College.  She loves teaching swimmers how best to use their momentum and energy.  She believes in keeping swimmers motivated with lots of encouragement, positive reinforcement, and the occasional game of sharks and minnows.

KELLY VANDERWEELE

AHHS ~ Tsunami, Tidalwave

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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. 

JASON SCHMELTZER

SVHS ~ Pre-Nat, Senior, Gold, Silver

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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.

BURAK KARAKAYA

SVHS ~ Typhoon, Tsunami, Tidalwave

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Coach Burak has been coaching since 2001 and received his first coach certification from Turkish Swimming Federation in that time. He worked with different clubs in Turkey such as Galatasaray Swimming Club and I.Y.I.K., where he prepared many swimmers for Turkish Junior Nationals.  He moved to New Jersey in 2011 and worked with different USA Swimming clubs such as Clifton Sea Hawks , Wave Runners and Bergen Sharks.  During that time he prepared many swimmers for US Junior Nationals.

He graduated from Turkey Anadolu University with a Bachelors in-Business Administration and received his Masters in Public Relations from Turkey Marmara University .  Coach Burak also attended New Jersey Bergen Community College –A.L.P. Program.  His certifications include A.S.C.A. Level 1, 2 and completed level 3 education, as well as Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification, Red Cross Water Front certification and Lifeguard certification.  Other certifications include Turkish Swimming Federation Level 1 and 2  Swimming Coach Certification and Turkey Underwater Sports Federation, C.M.A.S. 1 star Scuba Diver Certification.

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! 

BETSY BALL

UTSA ~ Typhoon

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Coach Betsy Ball is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified Level 3 United States Swimming Coach with over 17 years of extensive experience in stroke development and age group coaching for both USA swim programs and highly successful summer league teams in several states. Coach Betsy's swimmers have achieved "Top 10" national time recognitions in United States Swimming and have broken several team records. She always has a swimmer representing the WAVE at TAGS and her swimmers have also gone on to receive scholarships to swim at the collegiate level. She brings a strong background of stroke technique, a love for swimming, and a passion to see kids excel in the sport and in life. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento and is married with two children.
 

AMANDA CABALLERO

UTSA ~ Bronze 4:45pm, Tsunami

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Amanda has been a swim coach for the past 5 years. She began assisting with the Hays summer league swim team for ages 4- 18, as well as assisting on the Hays Club swim team for age group swimmers. Amanda swam throughout high school on both the school and club teams and was thoroughly involved in both.   Amanda is currently attending UTSA studying athletic medicine. Her passion for swimming continues to grow as she furthers her coaching career.

SOPHIE KOHLMANN-McCULLOCH

UTSA ~ Bronze 6:15pm

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ALEXANDRA ZABOROWSKE

UTSA ~ Tidalwave (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat)

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Coach Allie has been swimming competitively since she was 4 years old. She graduated from Klein Collins High School in Spring, TX and was a member of the Varsity swim team all 4 years. Allie also swam for a year round swim team, Swim Streamline. She is currently a sophmore at UTSA. Allie started her coaching career last year and is now working with the Tidalwave group. Her favorite races are the 200 butterfly and 400 IM. Allie has always loved to help other swimmers perfect their strokes and competitive edge. She is excited to share her love of the sport with the next generation of competitive swimmers.

SHELLIE BERGO

UTSA ~ Tidalwave (Tues/Thurs)

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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.  

Board of Directors

Chris Troyer

President

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Darryl Steadman

Vice President

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Chuck Anz

Treasurer

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Terri Stewart

Secretary

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Brian Christiansen

Director

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Gabby Gonzalez

Director

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Chris Trinkle

Director

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