As Head Coach and Owner of the SEVA swim team, Dave Henderson is one of the most accomplished USA Swimming coaches in Virginia. With a 30-year track record of success, Dave combines old-school values with the latest state-of-the-art training techniques. A past recipient of the “Outstanding Service Award” from USA Swimming/Virginia Swimming, Dave is an eight-time Virginia Zone Team coach. After growing up in Northern California, Dave’s family moved to Williamsburg, where he graduated from Lafayette High. Dave swam collegiately for Long Beach State in California, before transferring to Old Dominion University. Dave worked his way through ODU as a swim coach, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Old Dominion in 1986. Dave began coaching at Fort Eustis Swim Team (FTE) in 1981. In 1984, he was promoted to Head Coach of the FTE team. In his 19 years coaching Fort Eustis, he led the team to several Top 50 National rankings and first-place team finishes at both the Va Age Group Championships and Va Senior Championships. In 2000, when the Fort Eustis team was disbanded (due to cut in Army sponsorship) Dave founded SEVA -- realizing his lifelong dream of founding, owning and running his own swim team. In 12 years as head coach and owner of SEVA, Dave has led the team to several Top 3 state finishes at both the Age Group and Senior levels. Dave and his wife, Doris, have been married for 24 years. Their two sons, Tyler (sophamore at George Mason Univ.) and Jonathan (Junior at Menchville H.S.) were both long-time SEVA swimmers, as well as excelling in other sports, school activities and academically. When he is away from the pool and not involved in family activities, Dave’s passions include rooting for his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, stamp collecting and baseball card collecting. Dave has attended five different Olympic Games -- the Summer Olympics in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976, Moscow in 1980, Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Dave is very proud of the fact that over 300 of his former swimmers have gone on to swim at the college level.
Head Age Group Coach- Lead Coach at Midtown
SEVA’s lead age group coach, Tim was Virginia Swimming’s age group “Coach of the Year” in 2010 and again in 2011 . In receiving the award, he was recognized for the dramatic improvement of SEVA swimmers and the high number of SEVA swimmers who have qualified for Zone level competition on the Virginia Swimming All-Star team. Tim has coached with SEVA since 2009, coached for CGBD from 2006-2009, rising to the position of Assistant Head Developmental Coach; and coached at Typhoon Aquatics from 2003-2006. He also coached swimming at Poquoson High from 2007-2008. Tim has coached many Virginia state champions, Nationals qualifiers and Virginia state record breakers. He has been picked as Virginia Swimming Zone team coach each of the past five years. Tim swam at the college level for Old Dominion University and is a 2001 graduate of Woodside High School in Newport News. In high school, he swam for nationally-ranked Typhoon Aquatics club team and was a Junior Nationals qualifier in the 200 breast. One of the region’s most popular coaches, Tim is well-known for his passion and enthusiasm. In his spare time, Tim is a fitness enthusiast, enjoys golf, and is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Senior Premier Group
Jeff started out his career swimming in the 1970's as an age grouper for the Bounty Otters (now ODAC!). He joined the military out of high school and then went to college at ODU to study Physical Education. In the 1980's, Jeff began training with ODAC for triathlons and then took a job as a part-time swim coach to pay his way through college. He became a full time coach and worked for some time for ODAC and later for CGBD but then retired to raise a family. He is back coaching with us at SEVA and we are happy to have him with us. His hobbies include keeping the grass mowed, keeping up with 3 children, and working part-time as a financial consultant.
An eight-year coaching veteran, Lauren is in her 5th year with SEVA. Yet another former SEVA swimmer, Lauren also competed for SEVA’s predecessor, the Fort Eustis Swim team, beginning her affiliation with future SEVA head coach Dave Henderson as a young 10 year old. Now married with 4 boys, Lauren has come full circle, both coaching for SEVA and watching her young sons compete as swimmers at SEVA and/or summer swim. A graduate of Bethel High in Hampton, Lauren attended UNC-Wilmington University, earning a degree in Environmental Studies. She has also been very active at Northampton Pool in both coaching the summer league swim team and helping with the overall pool operations at Northampton, one of SEVA’s summer practice sites. When she’s not spending quality time with her husband and 4 boys, Lauren loves to relax at the summer pool any moment she can!
A long-time SEVA coach, Michele has been with SEVA since 2002, heading up the Seahawks Northern Neck practice groups at the Kilmarnock YMCA and Urbanna Pool. Her passion for swimming has helped SEVA become the Northern Neck region’s program of choice. Michele swam for George Washington University during her college days in the 1970s as a distance freestyler. Both of her daughters, Lindsey and Lisa, swam for SEVA. Lindsey is now a nurse in Gloucester. Lisa is a diver for the University of Kentucky. In March 2011 Lisa placed 5th in the platform diving event at the NCAA Diving Championships earning All-American honors. She competed in the USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships last month in which she qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in 10 meter platform diving. Michele has begun competing again in Open Water competitions and triathlons!
Jay is in his third year with SEVA coaching the bronze and silver groups. He began swimming competitively during summer league with SEVA's predecessor, the Fort Eustis Swim Team, and went on to swim for Woodside High School. Jay received his American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification while attending college at William and Mary and has been teaching swimming for the past 12 years. Jay also works as a crime analyst for the Newport News Police Department and enjoys playing golf and soccer in his spare time.
Liz has been teaching children how to swim since she was 15 years old! While in Richmond serving as the Aquatic Director for the Tuckahoe YMCA, she oversaw and coached the winter swim team that was part of the Greater Richmond YMCA Association Winter Swim League. Since moving to the Northern Neck, Liz coaches the summer swim team at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club. She currently coaches for SEVA at the Northern Neck YMCA location in Kilmarnock. Liz enjoys boating and fishing with her husband, Wes and their English Bulldog, Lulu.
Amanda is in her fifth year as a coach with SEVA. She is currently coaching our Varsity group, but has also previously coached the Silver and Bronze groups. She was a swimmer on the SEVA team’s predecessor, Fort Eustis Swim Team, in the 90’s. Amanda swam for Bethel High School, for Northampton Pool, and for PAST. She is working in Hampton as Instructional Lead for Special Education at the alternate center. She previously taught at Bethel High School and was the Behavior Specialist for the Norfolk Public School System. Amanda coached the Bethel Swim Team for 10 years and coached the Northampton summer pool. This summer she will be head coach for the Glendale Gators. She has one of her own children swimming on SEVA in her footsteps (Kaelyn) and two nephews (JJ & PJ Barad).
Coach Kimberly is finishing her second year as a swim coach for SEVA. Kimberly has been a swim coach for last 10 years across the US. She has coached in Texas, Kansas and California. She is an ASCA Level II Certified Coach. She was voted Coach of the Year in 2009 for the Fort Leavenworth Lancers. Kimberly enjoys watching her daughters, Emily and Allison, swim when she isn't coaching. Coach Kimberly also coaches Summer League for the Windy Point Piranhas.