Steve has been the head coach of Old Dominion Aquatic Club since July of 1994. He has been involved with competitive swimming for over thirty years as a swimmer and coach. Previous to ODAC, he was the head coach of East Side Swimming in Pensacola, Florida, and the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently the only coach in the area certified at the highest level attainable (Level 5) by the American Swim Coaches Association. He has also taken his teaching skills to Colorado Springs as a frequent guest of USA Swimming as a staff member of swim camps at the United States Olympic Training Center. Steve continues to further his knowledge and understanding of the sport of swimming by working with swimmers at both ends of the swimming spectrum – from beginners, as the program director of the Swim America Lesson Program, to elite-level swimmers, as the National Team coach. He believes that the Old Dominion Aquatic Club offers the best for any young person interested in furthering their skill and enjoyment within swimming. Send e-mail to Steve
Head Site Coach - Suffolk
Karen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and started swimming at the age of five with the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins where she eventually became a Junior National qualifier. She was a multi-sport letter winner during her high school years in cross country, track and swimming. Her athletic prowess afforded her the honor of being elected to her high school Hall of Fame along with earning a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. After graduating with a degree in education, Karen began her coaching career and has been actively coaching for the past twenty years. Her first coaching experience was with the Cincinnati Marlins where she worked with Head Coach Steve Bialorucki.Karen lives with her daughter Jordyn.
Karen believes that swimming should be fun and enjoyable for swimmers to be able to commit to the hard work and positive attitude that are key components of successful swimming. She supports the ODAC philosophy of the swimmers staying in the sport for the long term and constantly looks for ways to make this available to each and every athlete. Send e-mail to Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krissy Joy Kirkman
Assistant Senior Coach
Krissy has a long standing history with ODAC. She started swimming with the club in 1982 and trained with ODAC through her college years. Krissy attended Old Dominion University where she received a degree in Health, Physical Education and Driver’s Education. In 1990, Krissy was named the team’s MVP and still holds several top 10 times for the school.
Krissy has been coaching in the area with a local summer league team and High School team since 1990. She joined the ODAC staff as an 8 and under coach 4 years ago. Last year she began working with the Senior Select group where she remains today. ODAC has been such an important part of Krissy’s life and it gives her great satisfaction to continue to work with such a great club. Send e-mail to Krissy at email@example.com
Honey Bee Age Group Coach
Shannon has been coaching with ODAC since 2006. She started coaching in 1998 and previously coached for two other local swim teams. Shannon graduated from Old Dominion University in 2004 with a BS in Sociology. She married in 2005 and she and her husband now have two children. Shannon is the 8 & Under Coordinator and is a certified ASCA Level 2 coach. She coaches the 8 & Under Blue Group and assists with the 11-12 Age Group at the Norfolk Academy site.
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Great Bridge Age Group Coach
Chester joined the Old Dominion Aquatic Club in August 1999. He began his coaching career with the City of Norfolk Aquatic Program. Prior to ODAC, Chester spent eight years as an assistant coach for the Chesapeake YMCA Aquatic Team (CYAT). While coaching the USS and YMCA swim teams at the Chesapeake YMCA he enjoyed helping young swimmers improve and enhance their swimming skills. He had the pleasure of coaching many outstanding swimmers who continue to do well in the sport. The American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified him in 1996. Chester was a coach for the 1999 Virginia Zone Team. In addition to coaching, Chester is a Health and Physical Education teacher for the City of Chesapeake. He has enjoyed watching young swimmers develop into outstanding athletics at the state and national levels. Send e-mail to Chester
Great Bridge Age Group Coach
Coach Robin has over thirty years of experience in aquatics. She began as a lifeguard, water safety instructor, and pool manager at a variety of pools in the Tidewater area. In 2003, Coach Robin joined ODAC as both a parent and a coach. Her daughter, Hailee, swims on the team. Currently, she coaches the eight and under swimmers in the afternoon at Great Bridge Swim and Racquet Club. In the summer, she coaches the Carolanne Farm Swim Team. In addition to coaching, Robin graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and graduated from the George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Administration/Supervision. She continues to work for the City of Chesapeake as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. Coach Robin believes that swimming promotes discipline, listening skills, cooperation, motivation, goal setting, and sportsmanship, but most of all that swimming should be ENJOYABLE!