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2018 Whales Coaches

We're excited to have a great team of Whale coaches. All are available for private lessons. Please talk to them before or after practice for their schedules. 

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Brian Houk Head Coach

I am very excited to return as the Head Coach for the Whales! I was an assistant coach with the Whales for 2 seasons and grew up swimming for the Quail Valley Marlins for 10 years. I am a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Coaching Education and a minor in Strength and Conditioning. In addition to swimming, I have also coached football, lacrosse, and strength and conditioning. Currently, I am the Head Coach of the boy's lacrosse team at University High School in Morgantown, WV. At UHS, I coached the team to the 2017 and 2018 state championship and was named the West Virginia Scholastic Lacrosse Association Head Coach of the year for 2017. I also serve as the Head Coach of the WVU Men's Lacrosse Club Team. I have worked with Fairmont State football, Westwood Middle School football, and coached/mentored groups of special needs swimmers through the coaching major at WVU. I am looking forward to another fun-filled summer season coaching the Whales! 

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Assistant Coach Lowell Brophy

I joined Whetstone Whales at the age of 4 and began year-round swimming in 2013. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed being a member of the Whales and am excited to be returning as an Assistant Coach this year. 

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Assistant Coach Philip Saunders

I started swimming on the Whales when I was five years old. When I first began I really enjoyed the sport as an outlet for my energy and competitive nature, so over the next few summers I continued swimming and at the beginning of my 7th grade year I began swimming all year round for RMSC. When I entered high school, I joined NCAP and continued to swim leading into my senior year where my team won the Metros 200 free relay and broke the Good Counsel school record. I have taught swimming lessons for the last three years and enjoy watching the kids progress over the course of the season. I now attend the University of Maryland where I continue to swim and instruct lessons. I’m very excited for this season and to help our team get faster from the role of assistant coach. Go Whales!

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Assistant Coach Peter Orban

I began swimming with the Whetstone Whales when I was eight years old. When I first started with the Whales, I really enjoyed being able to make so many friends and being able to compete in a competitive, yet fun environment. I enjoyed my first season so much that I joined the UMCY Stingrays for year-round swimming. Over the next few years, I learned more and more, and I became a more serious club swimmer. In middle school and high school, I swam for various Potomac Valley swim clubs including the Hydrosonic Tiburones, RMSC, and NCAP. I competed in swim meets including the Maryland State High School Championships and PVS Senior and Junior Championships. In my last two years of high school, I also taught swim lessons over the summer. As a swim instructor, I enjoyed watching kids progress as swimmers from the beginning of the summer to the end of the summer. Currently, I attend St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and I swim on the varsity swim team there. I am looking forward to being an assistant coach for the Whetstone Whales this summer.

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Assistant Coach Bobby O'Donnell

I have been a member of the Whetstone Whales Swim Team since 2007 and hold several pool and team records. I am a rising Senior at The Heights School in Potomac, where I swim for the varsity team. I also swim year round with the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC). I am excited to be returning as an Assistant Coach and can't wait to work with Whales of all ages! 

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Head Pre-team Coach Julia Crews

Hello Whales! I have been on Whetstone Whales since 2004 when I joined the pre-team, and I have loved every minute of it. I am graduating from Watkins Mill High School, where I participated in many clubs and honor societies. Along with that, I played three varsity sports; field hockey, swimming and lacrosse. I will be studying Marine Science at Coastal Carolina in the Fall. This is my third year as a pre-team coach, and second year being head coach of the pre-team. I am very excited about this season and cannot wait to teach the little whales how to swim!

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Assistant Pre-team Coach Maggie Scheibel

I have been a Whale since I was a pre-teamer at age 4, and have loved coming back every year to Ice Cream Socials, Pizza Pep-Rallies, cheering at meets, and so much more! I look forward to coaching pre-team again this year and helping it be a fun-filled season! I can't wait to see how far the pre-teamers will come and I am so excited to meet them!

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Assistant Pre-team Coach Jamie Martin

Hi Whetstone Whales! I am really looking forward to coaching our youngest Whales! I have been swimming with the team since 2006. I look forward to playing Red Rover and teaching freestyle and backstroke to the youngest team members! I can't wait to pass on fun traditions like the ice-cream social and the 4th of July parade. I am a rising junior at the Landon School, and I have been swimming for Landon for four seasons. I also love playing soccer. I can't wait to spend some time with the youngest members of our Whales community!

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