Archive for the Staff Category

Braden Holloway (Camp Director)

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Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection and 2001 graduate of NC State, enters his sixth season as head coach of the Wolfpack swimming and diving program. He was named to the position on June 29, 2011, by Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow.

In five seasons at NC State, Holloway’s tenure has been full of success. Overall, Holloway has captured the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men’s Coach of the Year honors, coached 158 All-ACC performances, 161 All-America performances, 19 ACC Individual Champions and 20 ACC Relay Champions. Holloway’s program has also thrived in the classroom in his time in Raleigh, as he has seen 122 ACC Honor Roll selections, 53 student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team and two members to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

The 2015-16 season for the men’s and women’s programs was one that could be considered one of the most successful combined seasons in program history, as Holloway and his staff guided the Wolfpack men won its second-straight conference championship title, a national title in the 400 freestyle relay and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship while the women placed second at ACCs and ninth at NCAAs. The men’s 26th ACC team title marked the first time since 1985 that the program earned back-to-back titles while its NCAA finish was the highest in 61 years. The women’s conference and national finish marked the highest for the Wolfpack women since 1982. The men’s team finished the regular season with a 3-3 record while the women tabbed a 9-2 ledger, as both teams remained in the top 25 of the national polls thoughout the entire year. In postseason competition the Wolfpack racked up a combined 60 All-America performances, ?15 gold medals at the ACC Championships and 31 school records. Additionally the men’s swimming and diving team swept the annual conference awards for the second consecutive season, as Justin Ress earned ACC Male Freshman of the Year honors while Simonas Bilis tabbed ACC Male Swimmer of the Year honors for the second-straight year. Holloway was also named ACC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the third time in five years.

A two-time Academic All-American, Holloway graduated from State in 2001 with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management, serving as the commencement speaker for the College of Natural Resources. He completed his master’s degree in education at Virginia Tech in the summer of 2007.

Lyle Robelot

Lyle returns for his second year with the Wolfpack Swim Camp! Lyle is currently a volunteer coach with NC State University. Prior to NC State, Lyle spent 2 seasons as the assistant coach at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Prior to his stint at NSU, Robelot spent two seasons serving as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State University. As part of his coaching duties, Robelot was a videographer for the team, allowing student-athletes to analyze their swimming and diving techniques and fundamentals.
 
Prior to his time at LSU, Robelot spent five years as the senior assistant coach and the eight and under division director for Crawfish Aquatics. During his time there he coached his swimmers to multiple state championships. Robelot also spent time as the assistant and eventually head coach of the Zones All-Star Team in Louisiana.
 
Robelot began his coaching career at Saint Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, La. where he served as head coach for two years. He led SJA to one state championship and was named the CCSL Women’s Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.

Logan Arnold

2017 will mark Logan’s first year with Wolfpack Swim Camp. Logan is currently a volunteer coach with NC State University . Prior to NC State, Logan spent time as the lead assistant swim coach at the University of St. Thomas and as an assistant swim coach at Concordia College.

Logan received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Concordia College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Concordia College. While there, he co-founded the Concordia College Swim Club.

Michael Hamann

80174202017 will be Michael’s second year with the Wolfpack Swim Camp. Michael is currently the Undergraduate Assistant Coach at The University of Pennsylvania. He is graduating from The University of Pennsylvania this May with a BS in Economics from The Wharton School.

Michael swam for The University of Pennsylvania his freshman and sophomore years before a heart condition ended his swimming career and began his coaching career. The University of Pennsylvania is ranked in the top-25 for swim programs and currently has 11 Olympic Trials qualifiers. Michael is the President of We Can Swim! which is a Learn-to-Swim program with over 30 instructors and 150 children. He has been a swim lesson instructor and an assistant age group coach in Illinois.

Daniel Kalupski

Dan Kalupski is joining Wolfpack Swim Camp in 2017 for his second year. He is currently the Assistant Coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at MIT as well as an assistant in the Communications, Promotions and Marketing office.

Prior to joining the MIT coaching staff, Kalupski spent one year as the Assistant Men’s Swimming Coach at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he helped the team to an 11th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, matching the school’s previous high finish at the meet. He has also coached at several swim camps around the country. A 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s in business, Kalupski earned four varsity letters while swimming for the Pointers.

Rebecca Westfall

Rebecca WestfallRebecca returns for her third year at Wolfpack Swim Camp.  She is currently serving as Indiana State women’s swimming’s assistant coach in her first season.

Westfall spent the previous two seasons with UNC Asheville, where she helped the Bulldogs more than triple their best Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Conference Championship point total with 422 points in 2014-15 and 506 points in 2015-16 to go along with back-to-back program-high finishes. The Bulldogs also broke 10 varsity and five freshmen records in her first season.

Westfall is a biomechanics and technique specialist.  She has published a series of articles on kinetic energy and movement through the water which are published on SwimSwam.com.

Previously, Westfall was an assistant coach at Warren Wilson College for past two years. In addition, she served as the Interim Head Coach and Aquatics Director at Emory & Henry College during the 2011-12 campaign.

While at Texas A&M, Westfall was an eight-time all-American, nine-time Big XII champion and 2004 Big XII Newcomer of the Year. As a freshman, she won the 100 and 200 backstroke events and anchored the 400 and 800 free relays, winning the Aggies’ first-ever conference relay titles. She suffered shoulder injuries as a sophomore and junior, but rallied to make a senior comeback. In 2007, Westfall won the 100 butterfly and took second in the 50 free, which helped the Aggie squad to the school’s first-ever team Big XII title and an eighth-place finish nationally.

Miffy Henley

Miffy is returning for her 3rd year with Wolfpack Swim Camp. She is currently the Assistant Director of Development with the Catamount Club at Western Carolina University. Prior to WCU, she served 2 years as at the Graduate Assistant coach for Swimming and Diving at Georgia Southern University and spent some time prior to that as an assistant coach with the YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA).

Miffy was a standout swimmer at NC State University. She served as captain for two years, was a member of the ACC Championship winning 200 free relay team in 2013 and was an individual qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Championships, as well as an Olympic Trials qualifier in 2012.

Scott Thacker

2017 will mark Scott’s first year with the Wolfpack Swim Camp. He was recently named the first Men’s and Women’s swimming coach for Roanoke College. Prior to Roanoke, he served as the Director of Competitive Swimming for the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club in Waynesboro, Va.
Thacker’s coaching career began shortly after his participation in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in July of 2012. He has served as Director of Competitive Swimming for the Greater Richmond YMCA Tritons and Associate Director of Competitive Swimming for the Lynchburg YMCA.

Thacker was the 2005 VHSL state champion in the 100 breaststroke, a three time YMCA national champion, has held multiple Virginia Swimming state records, and was a four year member of the Florida State University Men’s swim team.

Christa Saunders

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My name is Christa Saunders and I am so excited to be on staff for the 2017 NC State Swim Camp for my second year! As an undergraduate, I swam and coached for Tribe Swimming of William & Mary. After a long struggle with chronic shoulder injuries and an unsuccessful shoulder surgery, I began my coaching career as Tribe Swimming’s volunteer assistant during my junior year of college. By my senior year, I was officially employed by William & Mary as the Tribe’s first ever undergraduate assistant coach. That year, our men’s team won the CAA Conference Championship, another first for the program. Upon graduating from my beloved alma mater, I moved down to Boiling Springs, NC and began the next chapter in my coaching career as the Graduate Assistant for Gardner-Webb University. In addition to the many hours per week that I spend on the pool deck or in the office, I also devote much of my time towards graduate classes where I strive to one day achieve my Masters in Sports Pedagogy (coaching).

Aside from my deep passion for swimming, here are a few other “fun facts” about Christa Saunders. I am the second oldest of eight siblings, most of whom still reside in my hometown of Culpeper, VA. We have one dog, a rambunctious husky named Kaya, who makes up the majority of our SnapChat stories and family pictures. When I’m not on the pool deck or in the office, I enjoy running, writing, cooking, and lots of Netflix. Once again, I am so excited to be a part of this camp and am looking forward to this summer!

Cauli Bedran

This will be Cauli’s first summer with the Wolfpack Swim Camp. Currently, Cauli is the Head Swimming and Diving coach at Olivet College. Bedran came to Olivet after serving as graduate assistant coach at Wayne State University (WSU) for six years. While there, he was a graduate student, taking classes to earn his Ph.D. in comparative politics.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Bedran earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from WSU in May 2010. A 2016 inductee into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, he was a four-year letterwinner on the swimming team who earned 24 All-America awards including 17 first-team honors.

The 2009-10 WSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Bedran won a total of nine GLIAC titles, including anchoring seven relays. He helped the squad to three top-three NCAA finishes, including a runner-up finish in 2009, the best in school history.
In the classroom, Bedran earned WSU Academic Honor Roll status all eight semesters, including five terms above a 3.5. He was a two-time GLIAC Commissioner’s Award

Jessica Johns

8017420Jessica is a certified Athletic Trainer and is returning to work her 6th year of camp. She is currently working for her fourth year with the Saint Francis Athletic Training staff and works primarily with men’s soccer, men’s volleyball, swimming and bowling.
She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’s Association, and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Jessica came to Saint Francis after serving as a graduate assistant at North Carolina State University, working primarily with swimming and diving, women’s soccer and the Wolfpack football team. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Athletic Training from Duquesne.

Carly Tanner

Carly will be returning for her second year at the Wolfpack Swim Camp! She recently completed her master’s degree in Communication at NC State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she competed for the Division 1 swimming & diving team from 2009-2013. At UNCW, she holds two individual school records and three relay records, and received the Thomas V. Moseley Award for Outstanding Female Student Athlete. She competed nationally at the 2013 NCAA Championships, where she finished 21st in the nation in the 100 yard breaststroke. In addition to her 16+ years of competitive swimming experience, she has over six years of extensive experience in coaching through various swim teams, swim schools, clinics and private lessons.

Daniel Dozier

This will be Daniel’s first summer with Wolfpack Swim Camp. Daniel is currently the assistant coach for the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Dozier joined the Bulldogs after working with the Waves of Wilmington for the previous year. He is also a recent graduate of UNC Wilmington (’16), where he enjoyed a successful swimming career specializing in the 100 and 200 Yard Breaststroke. He was a four-year member of Wilmington’s Conference squad and a member of both their 2013 and 2014 CAA Conference Championship winning teams.

In his time as a student, Dozier majored in Exercise Science and is passionate about developing the overall athlete by addressing training, nutrition and overall health.

Recipient for athletic and academic excellence as well as being a two-time College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District selection.

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