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Thunderbolt Staff 2018

Here are the current Thunderbolt Staff for the 2018 Swim Season:

Head Coach

Phil Caslavka, Head Coach

Phil is an 8th grade Civics teacher at Franklin Middle School and is the Head Coach of the Williamsburg Middle School Swim team. He graduated from Radford University (May 2010) and earned a degree in History as well as a teaching license in secondary social studies education. Coach Phil grew up swimming for his local summer swim team in the Colonial League, swam club with the Mason Makos, and was a member of the Chantilly Swim and Dive team all four years of high school (Captain Junior and Senior years). Phil has had many different coaching experiences over the years at many different levels. He was the Head Coach of the Armfield Farm Stingrays from 2006-2012 where they won two Division Championships over his tenure. Phil has also run several different Developmental swim programs in the Northern VA area, was an age group coach for the Herndon Commanders club team, and has high school coaching experience at Chantilly HS, Oakton HS, and Robinson SS. While at Robinson, Phil has led the Rams to a 34-18 overall record and 2 State Championships.

Phil also served in the Marine Corps and uses many of the techniques he learned during those experiences to help motivate his students and athletes. His experiences as a Marine, teacher, and coach of many different sports have molded his coaching style into one that would be described as: disciplined, technique-driven, and fun-oriented. “I truly believe that the best way to help an athlete improve is to work with them individually on ‘goal setting.’ Once an athlete has set up goals that they want to achieve, I will do whatever I can to help them achieve those goals. I use many different strategies such as technical drills, conditioning exercises, motivation techniques, and competitive strategies to help an athlete improve in their targeted areas. With that said, I truly believe that the most important and successful way to help an athlete improve is by developing and encouraging camaraderie and by providing pure motivation.”

Assistant Head Coach

MJ Ulrich, Assistant Head Coach

Hello, Donaldson Run! I am very excited to be returning as a coach for my second summer with the Thunderbolts. Sadly, I have just finished my 18-year swimming career this past spring with the Virginia Tech Hokies, but I am so thrilled to continue to be around the pool deck to give out workouts and finally not have to swim them! DR has been such a welcoming and friendly community to be a part of and I am so honored to continue to be a part of it. If you see me or want to know more about me do not hesitate to say hello. I can’t wait to meet and see you all and have the best summer!

Assistant/Junior Assistant Coaches

Emily Brooks

Harrison Rehr

Andrew Meighan

Matt Vance

Thundersquad/Thundersquad Prep Coaches

Kerry Meade

Sarah Conley

Rose Goldstein

Grace Motta

Emma Hutchison

Allison Sawyer

Claire Sawyer

Swim Team Representatives

Todd Bennett, Swim Team Representative

Todd and his wife Alison have lived in the Woodmont neighborhood since 2005 and have been members of DR since 2011. They have 3 daughters. Avalon (13 years old) and Scarlett (10 years old) have both been swimming for DR for several years. Beatrix (3 years old) isn't quite sold on this summer swim thing yet so will delay her debut on the Thundersquad Prep Team until next year. Todd feels like he lives at the pool in the summer and that will certainly be true for the 2018 swim season. He looks forward to continuing the many DR swim team traditions, which reminds him of swimming at Hickory Hill Swim and Tennis Club in Orchard Park, NY many, many years ago!

Todd Bennett

Cell/Text - 202-487-0909

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Danielle Clark, Swim Team Representative


Danielle Clark

Cell/Text - 703 346-4716

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