Thunderbolt Staff 2021
Here are the current Thunderbolt Staff for the 2021 Swim Season:
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.”
2021 Team Representatives