Hi! My name is Joseph (or Coach Joe) and I started swimming like many of the Water Wizards at age 5 in the NVSL for Hayfield Farms in Alexandria, VA. I made all-stars 4x and swam and dove through high school and into college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Division III). As an undergrad, I returned to VA every summer and coached at Pinewood Lake from 2005 to 2008. I returned to the pool deck during grad school as well, coaching at Mansion House from 2013 to 2015. While in grad school, I also coached the varsity program at Xavier University in 2013 and 2014. Upon graduation, I accepted a role in athletics at the University of Evansville and served as the sport administrator for their Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving program. My wife and I returned to the DMV in late 2016 and I accepted the role of head coach at Bishop O'Connell HS, where my wife was teaching. In 2020, I stepped away from coaching not knowing what the future would hold. As we near the end of this pandemic (hopefully...), I'm excited to return to the pool deck once more, especially since my wife was a Water Wizard herself! We couldn't be more-thrilled for the opportunity to join you this summer, and we look forward to making many wonderful memories at Kings Ridge.
This will be Grace’s second year as an assistant coach, and thirteenth season as a Water Wizard. She swam year round with the JCCNV Waves team and the Mason Makos team during high school and has experience coaching group and private lessons. Grace is currently attending NC State University and participated in the club swim team in the fall semester. She is excited for a great final year in the pool!
This will be Serena’s second year as an age-group junior coach, previously both a Mini Wizards head coach and swim lessons coach, and her 10th season competing with Kings Ridge. Outside of Kings Ridge Serena swam with Machine Aquatics for 2 years and is currently captain of the Robinson Varsity Girls Rowing team. Serena will be attending the University of Michigan this fall with plans to join the club swim team. Kings Ridge has been the best part of her summers for the last 9 years and she’s incredibly excited to come back and coach the team’s younger swimmers. Go Water Wizards!
Kate is in her second season as a Kings Ridge coach and her twelfth season on the swim team. Along with swimming for the Water Wizards, she was a member of the JCCNV Waves Swim Team for her non-Covid years of high school. She is a past lessons coach and Mini Wizards substitute. In addition to swimming, Kate attends the University of Virginia, majoring in biology, and is an executive member of the Virginia Intercollegiate Horse Show Team. Kate is a lifelong Water Wizard and looks forward to continuing to help swimmers improve both strength and technique this summer!
Katie is so happy to start her second season as an assistant coach at Kings Ridge and her final of ten seasons with the team! A former Mini Wizard head coach and a current private lessons coach, Katie loves working with young swimmers to improve their technique and embrace their love of the sport. Having previously swum for the Mason Makos swim team, Katie's favorite stroke is freestyle and she particularly enjoys working dives and turns. In her spare time, Katie lifeguards for Kings Ridge. She plans to attend Hawai'i Pacific University in the fall and join their surfing program! Katie is incredibly excited to be finishing off her time as a Water Wizard with a bang!
Nicole, Garrison, Annie
Nicole Bondanella - This will be Cole’s second year as a Mini Wizards and lessons coach. Cole is a rising senior at Robinson high school and has been swimming on the Kings Ridge Swim Team since she was 6 years old and has had experience as an assistant coach in the past couple of years. This is Cole’s first year swimming year round with the Mason Makos, but had previously done Kings Ridge winter swim. Cole was also a member of the Robinson Varsity Swim and Dive team this past school year and during her freshman year. She can't wait to see all of the new and returning Minis and have some fun in the pool this summer! Go Water Wizards!
Garrison Cade - Garrison is a rising Sophomore at Robinson and this will be his second year as a Mini Wizards and lessons coach, and his 11th season as a Water Wizard. Garrison has been swimming year-round since he was 6 years old, and is currently on the Mason Makos and Robinson Varsity Swim & Dive teams. He has been an NVSL All Star swimmer and holds several Kings Ridge records. Garrison is looking forward to coaching the Mini Wizards again and repping the Ridge.
Annie Custis - This will be Annie’s second year coaching the Mini Wizards! She previously coached group and private lessons and will be marking her 10th year as a Water Wizard this season! Annie was a member of the JCCNV Waves Swim Team and currently swims year round for the Mason Makos. Annie just completed her second year as a competing member of the Robinson Swim & Dive Varsity team. She looks forward to another fun and exciting season and can’t wait to welcome all the new and returning Minis!