Coaches and Advisors

Coaching Staff
Jeremy Edwards Swim Team Director/Head Coach

As a Swim Coach with 8 years of coaching experience, Coach Jeremy has a proven track record of developing top-performing athletes. With a focus on stroke technique and confidence building, he has produced several USA Swimming top 10 and top 20 athletes, as well as a YMCA National record holder and multiple Virginia State Champions. Notably, he has also played a pivotal role in the development of a Junior National Qualifier, showcasing his ability to nurture talent at the highest levels.

Recognized for his achievements, Coach Jeremy earned a finalist spot for the 2022 Virginia Age Group Coach of the Year. He has been selected to represent Virginia as a Zone Team assistant coach in 2019 and 2023, and named the Associate Head Coach in 2022. Furthermore, Coach Jeremy's expertise led to his selection as an assistant coach for the 2023 USA Swimming Eastern Zone Select Camp.

Growing up in a family deeply rooted in swimming, Coach Jeremy brings a unique perspective. Both of his parents are high-level club coaches, with his father being a British Olympic swimmer and his mother a national-level swimmer. This background has instilled in him a profound understanding of the sport and a passion for helping others succeed. As a former Division 1 swimmer at Old Dominion University, he brings firsthand experience to coaching. After his time as a college swimmer, he also contributed to the Old Dominion University staff as a team manager.

Coach Jeremy's dedication to the sport and commitment to helping others reach their potential make him a valuable asset to any swim team.

Tasha Congdon Head Site Coach - Crozet

Coach Tasha grew up in Crozet, swimming with Western Albemarle High School, CYAC, and the Crozet Gators. Coach Tasha started coaching in 2017 with the Crozet Gators and helped lead them to three 2nd place JSL Champs finishes, and undefeated regular season victories. She coached with CYAC as their Futures, Bronze, Silver, and Cudas coach. In 2020 she joined SMAC as their lead Crozet Age Group 1, Age Group 2, and Juniors. In 2022 she was Waynesboro High School's Assistant Swim Coach, leading the boys to an undefeated regular season. In 2022, she started as the Head Coach for the Crozet Gators Swim Team, and led them to 2 1st place JSL Champs finishes, an undefeated regular season.

Athena Vanyo Assistant Coach

Coach Athena is a former Division 1 athlete at the University of Virginia. Her 11 years of competitive experience of swimming at this collegiate program has equipped her with invaluable insights into the demands and dedication required to excel in swimming. Vanyo’s coaching experience encompasses 4 years of private instructing, 3 of which at ACAC; 2 years coaching the ACAC summer team; and 1 year with the year round ACAC club team. She is excited to continue to grow with the ACAC and the reinvented club team.

Athena's passion for the sport knows no bounds. Her coaching philosophy centers on creating a nurturing and motivating environment where swimmers of all ages and skill levels can develop their abilities, foster unwavering confidence, and achieve their swimming aspirations. She emphasizes the significance of developing proper technique, cultivating discipline, and nurturing mental resilience as integral components of success in the pool.

John Noffsinger Assistant Coach - Crozet

Coach John began competitive swimming at the age of 10 with the University of Hawaii Age Group Team and then with the Silver Spring, Md YMCA. He swam for West Virginia University on an athletic scholarship, and was co-captain for the Mountaineers his senior year.

Over the past 30 years he has volunteered his coaching in Ft Mead, Maryland; Lufkin, Texas; and Dothan, Alabama. In 2015 he became the Head Coach for the Mountain Aquatic Club in Sewanee Tn. He coached Age Group swimmers at all levels from beginning 8 and under’s to Sectional Qualifiers. His focus is on the fundamentals, proper technique, aerobic conditioning and dryland strength training. He also served at the Head Coach for Sewanee Tiger Sharks (Summer League Team) Most recerntly he has coached with SMAC and Crozet Gators as an assistanct coach working with 12 and Under developemental swimmers

Coach John is a certified coach with USA Swimming.  He is also Certified Level 5:2 coach and Summer League coach with the American Swim Coaches Association. He is a certified dryland coach with Surge Strength Academy Coach. 

John is a student of swimming. He learns as much from his swimmers as they do from him. He wants his swimmers to enjoy the sport and have fun. So, while working on technique and conditioning, he challenges his swimmers with drills and games. He would like for his swimmers to develop an attitude of  Show Up - Ready to Learn, Do It Right, and Honor your Teammates with your Effort.  He also wants his swimmers to "do every start, every turn, every finish in practice like it was a race"  and to understand their "hard work pays off” and “Never, Never, Give Up."

Lisa Kellerman Assistant Coach - Charlottesville

Coach Lisa has experience in many aspects of swimming.  She currently is an acac swim instructor, teaching children and adults. She also coaches the Small Group Swim program, a training group for under 16 swimmers who want to improve their skills and endurance.  

While living in California, Coach Lisa's two children were USA swimmers from K-12. During this time, she served as a swim team president, a stroke-and-turn judge, and was a Masters swimmer. She is passionate about swimming as a lifelong sport and wants her swimmers to understand why they are doing a particular drill and how it will improve their swimming skills.

Sarah Virginia Scott Assistant Coach - Charlottesville

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Advisory Council
Tina Thompson President
Samantha Selig Aquatics Director - Charlottesville