Coach Andrew has always had a love for swimming. While attending Norfolk Collegiate High School, he swam for the varsity swim team for all four years, serving as the swim team captain his senior year. During his high school athletic career, he also swam for TAC and the VBSL Ghent Square Torpedoes. While earning his Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, he was an active member of the Virginia Tech swim club until he graduated in 2015. During his athletic career, he specialized in swimming the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, the 50 fly and the 100 fly.
In the summer of 2011, Coach Andrew began coaching for the summer league swim team he swam with during high school, the Ghent Square Torpedoes, now currently known as the Lionfish Swim Club, as an assistant head coach. In 2015, he joined the coaching staff of the Norfolk winter league swim team, the Norfolk Silver Dolphins. During his eight years of coaching, he has coached swimmers from the ages of 4-18 of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced high school athletes. Starting in 2015, he has been involved in the Norfolk SPLASH program, a volunteer swimming and water safety program for all ages, at Southside Aquatics Center. In 2017, Coach Andrew took over the head coaching duties for the Lionfish, the team he has been with his entire swimming career. In addition to his coaching duties, he is currently a student at TCC's PTA program, and is pursuing a career in physical therapy. He is currently looking forward to having another great season this summer.
Coach Graves is a professional educator, an advocate for competitive swimming, an Army wife, and a proud mom. She teaches high school English at Norfolk Christian School and coaches the NCS Varsity swim team, as well. A former competitive swimmer herself, Coach Graves began coaching in a Youth Sports League in Seoul, South Korea in 2009, when her own children—also competitive swimmers—were in elementary school. She also served as the assistant coach on the Seoul American HS Varsity swim team from 2015-2017.
She and her husband have two children: Weston, who is a rising junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Morgan, who is a rising freshman at the College of William and Mary. They also have a nearly perfect yellow Labrador Retriever named “Schatzi.”
Coach TJ was first introduced to the world of swimming at the age of 3-months-old when he took his first swim lessons. At 3-years-old he began swimming competitively for the YMCA and continued to swim with them for the next two years. After the YMCA, TJ swam for the Mallory Country Club and year round with ODAC for the next 13 years. He joined the Norfolk Collegiate Varsity swim team when he was in 7th grade and swam with them until he graduated. Now he feels that it is his time to pass on his knowledge and love for the sport, just as his coaches had done for him.
Coach Rachel is a rising sophomore at Norfolk Christian High School and has been swimming on a team since she was 5-years-old. She has been a member of the Brandermill Makos, Norfolk Silver Dolphins, and Lionfish. She is also on the Norfolk Christian Varsity swim team since the 8th grade. This is her second year as an assistant coach and is glad to have this opportunity to share what she has learned over the years with others.
Coach Madelyn is a rising senior at Norfolk Christian High School. She has been swimming on the Norfolk Christian Varsity swim team since eighth grade and first swam with and coached for the Lionfish swim team in the summer of 2018. She is very excited to coach again this summer and is hopeful that she'll share the joy of swimming with others.