Swim School Instructors

Meet the Machine Swim School Instructors

Coach Bobby

Bobby started swimming competitively at age six with Fox Mill Woods summer swim team. He soon joined Machine Aquatics and was fortunate to be coached by Paris Jacobs year-round. Bobby started wrestling and playing football at age 13, yet still swam competitively in the summer until he was 18.

Bobby graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2014 with an economics and business degree and served as a Marine Corps infantry officer at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He recently got out of the Marines as a captain in September 2018 and is currently training at Machine Performance Center until he departs for special operations selection course in mid-2019. In addition to weightlifting, swimming, and trail running, Bobby also trains and competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

With years of experience in developing performance-oriented strength and conditioning programs for dozens of Marines, Bobby has the knowledge to effectively coach and mentor young athletes striving to improve their performance. If you’re seeking a passionate coach dedicated to developing the ability and character of your child, Bobby is the coach for your son or daughter!

Coach Campbell

Campbell was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and is currently a senior at James Madison High School in Vienna. After learning how to swim at just the age of four Campbell has loved the water ever since. Beginning swimming at her summer pool, Chantilly National, she later began to swim competitively for a VA Club team. Where she competed from ages eight to fifteen.

Campbell has worked at Machine Performance Center since May 2017 where she began as (and continues to be) an instructor.

Coach Colin

Coach Colin

Coach Danelle

Danelle has always loved the water. She grew up in a small town called White River in South Africa.  She started swimming for her school at age 9 and continued swimming competitively until end of High School.  She came to America to Aupair for a family in Charlotte, NC.  She later fell in love, got
married and moved to the Northern Virginia area.

Danelle enjoys working with children of all ages and believes swimming is an important skill to have.  Teaching swimming should be fun but most
importantly safe. It can be a very rewarding experience.

Coach Evan

Growing up in Virginia Beach Evan Wrenn started competitive swimming his freshman year of high school when he joined the Princess Anne High School team.  He swam all four years at Princess Anne and eventually for the club team at George Mason University.

Evan has worked for Machine Aquatics since 2017 and can be found at multiple practice sites.  He coaches competitive groups at the Audrey Moore, Tysons, Oakmarr, and Tuckahoe sites along with giving private and group lessons at the Machine Swim School.

Coach Hannah

From hanging out at pools, swimming competitively, surfing, life guarding, and coaching, Hannah has been a water baby since day one. Hannah’s love for the water started soon after she was born when she taught herself how to swim in just one afternoon. Soon after moving to Virginia, Hannah began swimming competitively with her summer team, the Vienna Aquatic Club Gators, at age 8. When she turned 9 her friends all persuaded her to join Machine Aquatics full time and her love for swimming has only grown from there.

Apart from swimming year round for Machine, Hannah still swims with her summer team and is a coach there too. She and a group of other junior coaches work with the entire Gator team to help strengthen their skills and build their love for the water. She also does private and group lessons with kids of all ages.

Hannah currently attends James Madison High School and is a part of the Warhawk swim and dive team. She is a part of the school’s mentoring program and works with a group of freshmen to help them become more accustomed to high school. Along with many other clubs, she is a part of the National Art Honors Society and her favorite subjects are math, biology and Spanish. She hopes to study marine biology in college.    

Coach Kim E.

Kim started swimming at age five but it wasn’t until she was 10 years old that she began swimming competitively.  She was a member of the North Suburban Aquatics Club (Northbrook, IL) for 3 years and swam competitively through high school.  She is now a US Master’s swimmer and triathlete.

Kim began teaching swim lessons when she turned 16 and has been teaching ever since.  She is married and has three daughters to whom she has passed on her love of swimming.

Coach Kim K.

Kim has been coaching and or teaching in Northern Virginia since 2010 working full-time in aquatics. She works with swimmers of all ages and is great with all experience levels. She will push swimmers, keep them in the water, and expects them to do well. Eventually, with experience swimmers begin to enjoy swimming! Kim has worked at Machine Performance Center Swim School as a Swim Instructor since June 2018. She is also an Aquatics Instructor for Oak Marr and Providence RECenters, Swim Coach for both L4 Swimming and Team Z, and has analyzed swim strokes for three years with Optimal Swimming, LLC.

In her earlier years, she has also been an Assistant and Head Coach for two years with the Canton Aquanauts Swim Team.  Kim values swimmers working hard and doing the best you can. She believes that with each movement you’re teaching your body what to remember. With her multiple years of experience of analyzing and teaching swimmers, she works with you to make sure you are developing proper technique and good habits within each lesson. Kim, when needed will even give you dry-land homework! Each swimmer has had to start somewhere and she desires for you to continue and to grow in this sport!

Kim started swimming at age six, was a multi-sport athlete in college, has certification in ASCA for Level 1 & 2. She hopes to complete her Level 3 certification within the next year. She has a B.S. degree in Exercise Science Human Performance, A.S. degree in Athletic Training, swam two years at Southern Connecticut State University in the 100 & 200 BR, and 200 & 400 IM. In the summer of 2018, Kim took her first summer position in the Northern Virginia Swim League as the Head Coach for Fox Hunt Swim & Tennis Club.  This past year, Kim helped lead the team to an undefeated 5-0 Divisional victory.  Kim works with adapted swimmers and is a swim guide annually for the visually impaired athlete(s). She loves open water swimming and has competed in the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim since 2012.

Outside of swimming Kim loves outdoors activities, waterfalls, nature, animals, sports, and group activities. She has a passion for helping others and participates as a volunteer Basic Emergency Medical Technician.

Coach Kevin

Kevin has always been in the water for one reason or another. He learned to swim at the age of 4. At age 6, he began to swim for the Chantilly National Bluefins under Nancy Monaghan until the age of 18. After his last year of swimming competitively, he began to lifeguard for NV Pools for the next three years where he taught group and private swim lessons throughout the summer. In 2010, Kevin was the assistant coach of the Stone Ridge Sharks. Kevin joined Machine Performance Center in the Spring of 2013 and has thoroughly enjoyed working with kids and teaching them a valuable life skill.

When Kevin is out of the water, he enjoys his time hanging out with his girlfriend, watching sports, and playing video games. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and intends to graduate in the fall of 2019.

Coach Lauren

Coach Lauren

Coach Nicky

Nicky is a former open water competitive swimmer from England, with training experience in the English Channel. After university, she traveled to teach English abroad. After many years, she ended up in Africa where she began coaching swimming at international schools.

Nicky has been at the swim school for one year and is ASCA Level 1 and 2, and Fina 1 and 2 certified.

She speaks fluent French and Spanish, and bit of Russian! (Ever thought about learning to swim in French?)

She still loves swimming and earlier this year, she swam the one mile Chesapeake Bay. Outside of the pool, she spends most of her time running around after her three kids!

Coach Rachel

Rachel was a competitive swimmer for 12 years, starting when she was 6 years old. She swam for her local club and summer team, as well as her high school team. Her favorite stroke is butterfly!

Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from Messiah College in 2016. She moved to the area from Pittsburgh, PA and currently attends George Mason University as a masters student studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Rachel enjoys teaching swim lessons and believes that swimming is an important life skill for everyone to have. She has been a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor for 8 years, including teaching group lessons at her local public pool, and group and private swim lessons while attending college. She also coached her summer swim team.

Coach Raquel

Raquel was born and raised in a small town called La Vega, in the center of Dominican Republic. She was very active as a kid, starting swim lessons at age of 3, and later doing some recreational MTB and triathlons. Here, she found her passion and represented the Dominican flag at the Junior Pan-American Championships in Costa Rica, and Mexico in 1997 & 1998, winning first place in both. At age 16 she participated as Elite during the first year that Triathlon was included in the Central American Games in 1998, finishing in 9th place.

Raquel is a graduate of PUCMM University, where she studied Business Administration with an Athletic Scholarship. After graduation, Raquel would go on to work in finance from 2003 to 2012. In 2009, she earned an International Scholarship, completing an MBA degree with a Marketing concentration at Western Michigan University. After the birth of her daughter in 2013, Raquel came back to triathlon, initially just for fun.

Coach Robin

Robin is a mother of five who enjoys swimming. She has been a swim instructor at Oak Marr Recreation Center and started teaching at the Machine Swim School in 2013.
During the summers her children swim for the Oakton Otters, an NVSL team, and she coaches the club’s Masters group.
Robin lives in Oakton, but is originally from Alexandria. She has two B.S. degrees in Finance and Management from VA Tech.  She worked for First Virginia Bank for eleven years before coaching swimming full time.