Meet the Machine Team

Meet the Machine Performance Center Team

Paris Jacobs, Machine Performance Center Founder

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Paris grew up swimming for Dynamo Swim Club, one of the top 5 teams in the country. She began her coaching career in Atlanta at her summer league pool as an assistant coach. She moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1993 attending boarding school. She attended Georgetown University & George Mason University studying Business.

In 2000, Paris began her Northern Virginia Coaching career at York swim club where she coached for 2 seasons.
In 2001, Paris helped start Machine Aquatics. She served as team manager and age group coach until 2009 when she stepped off the deck as a full time Machine coach to run the team operations. In addition to managing the team, she is also very active in USA Swimming.

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Daniel Jacobs, Machine Performance Center Founder

Dan started swimming when he was 4 years old for his neighborhood team, the Marlbank Mudtoads in Yorktown, VA. He swam AAU/USS for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins in Yorktown, VA until the age of fourteen when he moved to Northern Virginia. Dan then swam for Solotar, Oakton High School, and The Vienna Aquatic Club (VAC) GATORS. He started coaching in 1985 as a developmental assistant at VAC and assistant coached there until he graduated from Oakton in 1986.

Dan attended College at Old Dominion University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He also swam Division 1 for ODU. That is where he had the honor to be coached on occasion by ASCA Hall of Fame coach Bill Peak. He was very inspired by him and his coaching philosophy.

During the summers Dan coached at Dunn Loring for three years before accepting the head coach position at Vienna Aquatic Club. Upon graduation from ODU he worked in the graphic design field for approximately 10 years, all along continuing to coach for VAC in the summer and coach USS for York Swim Club.

Dan started Machine Aquatics in 2001 with Christian Doud and his wife, Paris, and strives to be the best coach on the planet. He believes he will never stop learning to be a better coach. He is married to his best friend and partner Paris Jacobs. They have two beautiful children, Lilly and Daniel.

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Nancy Monaghan, Machine Performance Center Founder

As a child, Nancy began what would become a life-long love for the sport of swimming. She swam for her local summer swim team, USS Club teams, and her high school swim team. As an adult, she has continued with the sport in many fashions. Before having children, she coached summer swimming and taught swim lessons at the local pool.

As a mother of six children she was a stay-at-home mom until her last child entered school. She ran an in-home daycare service at that time taking care of many neighborhood children. When her oldest showed interest in swimming she became involved again. Nancy started coaching summer swimming in 1997 and then moved into USS coaching in 2001. She has taught traditional lessons each summer while coaching.

In 2008, Nancy was introduced to a family that had lost their son to a back yard pool drowning, which is when I found out about the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) program. Shortly after that she participated and succeeded in the intensive 6-week certification training and has been teaching that year round in the DC area since then.

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Brett Nickley, Machine Performance Center Manager

Brett has spent many years around pools, whether it’s swimming, doing maintenance, and even building them! He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and the University of Mary Washington where he earned a degree in Business Administration.

Brett’s previous jobs have included Camp Director at South Run Rec Center, teacher at Accotink Academy Therapeutic Day School, and coach for several different sports teams.

He was brought on to the Machine Swim School at the beginning of 2013, and has enjoyed seeing the company grow. Although most of his time is spent in a managerial role, you will sometimes see him lifeguarding, fixing things, or even teaching classes!

Brett has been married since 2016, and lives with his wife, daughter, and German Shepherd. Besides spending time with his family, he also enjoys soccer, video games, and music.

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Alison Galbraith, Machine Fitness Founder

Alison joined the Machine family as a parent nearly 10 years ago. After a couple of years of helping with hospitality and some special project, she joined the administrative side of the team. She’s always happy to help with any questions for new families interested in Machine and our existing families. She’s a Holistic Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a certified instructor for TRX Suspension Training, Kidding Around Yoga and paddle board with a World Paddling Association Level 1.

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Andrew Galbraith, Machine M3 Founder

Andrew is the Owner and Head Coach of Machine Masters and M3 Triathlon. As a teenager, Andrew participated with the local swim clubs and began running in his 20s. His first race was the Tampa Marathon. Never one to take the easy route, his transition to triathlon a few years later began with Eagleman 70.3. Since then he’s competed in Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distances, but counts the 70.3 as his favorite. It’s long enough that he need to be strategic but still something he can race. Every time, he learns something new and loves the enjoying his favorite post race treat – a cold beer!

Andrew’s love of coaching comes from watching people grow in the sport. He thrives on seeing their improvements and watching them feel good about themselves. He is a USAT Level 1 and USAT Youth and Junior Certified Coach. He is also certified as a RRCA coach and TRX Suspension and RIP Trainer instructor.

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