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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!