Machine Coaches and Staff
Dan Jacobs - Head Coach/Owner
Dan started swimming when he was 4 years old for his neighborhood team, the Marlbank Mudtoads in Yorktown, VA. He swam AAU/USS for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins in Yorktown, VA until the age of fourteen when he moved to Northern Virginia. Dan then swam for Solotar, Oakton High School, and The Vienna Aquatic Club (VAC) GATORS. He started coaching in 1985 as a developmental assistant at VAC and assistant coached there until he graduated from Oakton in 1986.
Dan attended College at Old Dominion University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He also swam Division 1 for ODU. That is where he had the honor to be coached on occasion by ASCA Hall of Fame coach Bill Peak. He was very inspired by him and his coaching philosophy.
During the summers Dan coached at Dunn Loring for three years before accepting the head coach position at Vienna Aquatic Club. Upon graduation from ODU he worked in the graphic design field for approximately 10 years, all along continuing to coach for VAC in the summer and coach USS for York Swim Club.
Dan started Machine Aquatics in 2001 with Christian Doud and his wife, Paris, and strives to be the best coach on the planet. He believes he will never stop learning to be a better coach. He is married to his best friend and partner Paris Jacobs. They have two beautiful children, Lilly and Daniel.
Paris Jacobs - Owner/Director of Operations
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Paris grew up swimming for Dynamo Swim Club, one of the top 5 teams in the country. She began her coaching career in Atlanta at her summer league pool as an assistant coach. She moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1993 attending boarding school. She attended Georgetown University & George Mason University studying Business.
In 2000, Paris began her Northern Virginia Coaching career at York swim club where she coached for 2 seasons.
In 2001, Paris helped start Machine Aquatics. She served as team manager and age group coach until 2009 when she stepped off the deck as a full time Machine coach to run the team operations. In addition to managing the team, she is also very active in USA Swimming.
I could not be more thrilled to coach yet another great season with Machine Aquatics! I am a 26-year-old graduate of George Mason University with a BS in Mathematics and a concentration in Statistics. My first love, however, has always been coaching. I began swimming at the age of four in the NVSL and developed my skills over the winter with NCAP, Potomac Marlins, and my favorite of the three: Machine. I am currently the head coach of the Little Rocky Run Swim Team. Go Stingrays!! I am a multi-sport athlete having played NCAA basketball in college, so I understand the importance of cross-training and dryland. My goal is to teach your swimmers the purpose behind their movements and to keep them smiling and energized every day!
Brenna was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA where she began swimming for a local summer league team at age four. She swam year round for the Piedmont Family YMCA (CYAC) from ages 7-18. She qualified for Y-Nationals during her last four years with the team and also swam for her high school. She attended Denison University where she specialized in the butterfly, breastroke, IM and sprint freestyles. She was a 12x NCAA All-American, a 2x NCAA Academic All-American and a 4x Individual NCAC Conference Champion. Denison University began their NCAC Championship streak during her freshman year and has since won the conference championship the last seven years. The Denison women's team placed both second and third in team finishes at NCAA's during her tenure. She was voted team captain her senior year and graduated from Denison University in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and Biology. During the summer break from Denison, she was both a Head and Assistant Coach for her summer league team as part of the Jefferson Swim League (JSL). She moved to D.C. in the fall of 2012 and has since worked in the law and in real estate for the past few years, while giving swim lessons part-time at Equinox Sports Club. She decided to make the move to full time coaching in the fall of 2015 and is very excited to be a part of Machine in her second year! She was the Head Assistant Coach with the D1 team Overlee in the NVSL. She also assists Rod Montrie with the Madeira girls high school team. She looks forward to sharing her passion for the sport and to a great second season!
I began swimming at age 10 in Pennsylvania in the YMCA system and at a private school. I swam in college in Virginia, and presently swim Masters. YMCA Pennsylvania State Champion in 100 freestyle in 1981. Member of The Mercersburg Academy National Champion team 1984 and All American. Member of James Madison University, multiple team record holder, sprint specialist and decent Individual Medley-er. My coaching career began with the United Swimming Clinics locations of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Rochester, New York 1982-1987 and resumed in Northern Virginia with Victor Swimming and then Fairfax Masters in the 1990's. I taught occasional private lessons for triathletes and younger swimmers during a 7 year triathlete career which includes Ironman Lake Placid 1999 and 2001. I now raise four children, aged 15, 13, 11, and 9, homeschool some of them, works part time in Physical Therapy as an LPTA, and work part-time in her husband's network marketing business. I comes up for air occasionally.
I learned how to swim from my mother at the age of 2 when I was constantly trying to hop in a pool when she put me down. My love for the water only grew as I started swimming in summer league, never missing practices until a coach mentioned swimming year round to my parents. My dad was in the military and we moved around a lot growing up, I swam for the Stingrays in Georgia before I moved to Burke Va as a freshman in high school. I swam for NCAP for all 4 years of high school. During high school I swam on the varsity team at Robinson Secondary school for all 4 years, making the state team my Junior and Senior year along with being a part of record breaking relays and a point scorer in individual events to help Robinson Women become state champions 2 years in a row in 2009 and 2010. Over the summers I would also coach and compete for the Burke Centre Stingers from the colonial swim league, winning the backstroke event every year since my freshman year. My competitive spirit and passion for the sport followed me to college. I spent all 4 years of college swimming at Old Dominion University, a division 1 NCAA school where I became an accomplished 400 and 200 IMer with a specialty in the backstroke events. During college I also became a coach and lesson instructor at the Norfolk yacht and country club summer and year round programs, building my love for coaching and helping kids grow and succeed in such a demanding sport. After I graduated college I moved back home and it was by luck that I was given the opportunity to join Machine Aquatics in September of 2015. Overall I have around 22 years of swimming under my belt: 14 with summer league and 13 year round including college level. Over the years of my life I acquired around 9-10 years of coaching experience which has prepared me for such a great opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team and program.
I’ve been living in the Fairfax area for the majority of my life and graduated from Woodson High School in 2012. I began swimming in the NVSL when I was just five years old and began swimming year round shortly after. My swimming career continued into college at George Mason University, where I graduated with a degree in kinesiology and minor in psychology. I have received certifications for strength and conditioning as well as sports nutrition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Society of Sports Nutrition, respectively. My future goals include becoming a physical therapist that specializes in athletic performance.
Jason Cochran - National Prep & National Team – Oakmarr & Madeira Sites / Age Group Coach - Madeira
This will be my second season with Machine Aquatics. I will be leading the National Prep Groups at both Oakmarr & Madeira while continuing to assist the National Team. I will also continue to coach two evenings per week with the Madeira Age Group program. Prior to joining Machine, I spent 2 ½ years with Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX, 7 years with the Darien YMCA Piranhas in Darien, CT, and 3 years with the Whippany Waves in NJ. Throughout my career I have coached swimmers ranging from beginners to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. I also spent this past summer Head Coaching the Hunter Mill Sharks of the NVSL. In 2016 I was selected by USA Swimming to be on the staff for the National Diversity Select Camp at the OTC in Colorado Springs, CO. I believe in a positive approach and enjoy motivating my swimmers to not only reach their goals, but to surpass them. We will accomplish this through hard work and an ALL IN commitment to the Team! Outside of the pool I spend my time watching sports and cheering for the NY Giants, NY Mets, NJ Devils, WVU Mountaineers, and Notre Dame Football! I have an identical twin brother who is also a swim coach in Connecticut
Swimming teaches athletes positive values that apply not only to sport, but also to life. As a coach I aim to teach swimmers these vales including but not limited to: confidence, short and long-term goal setting, timemanagement skills, dedication, and sportsmanship. I believe that emphasizing quality stroke mechanics and quality effort leads to faster and healthier swimmers. Experience with dry land and mid-distance training as well as teaching stroke-mechanics to beginning swimmers
I am a long-time "Machiner". I joined Machine when I was 12 years old and swam for Dan for 8 years before heading off to college. I was the first ever Machine male swimmer to qualify for the Olympic Trials. I was an ACC Champion and school record holder at Virginia Tech. I also swam for US Olympic Head Coach David Marsh under SwimMAC Team Elite alongside swimmers like Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and Tyler Clary. I currently works for the swimming brand FINIS as their Sports Marketing Manager.
Alison Galbraith - Team Adminstrator, Virginia
Alison joined the Machine family as a parent nearly 10 years ago. After a couple of years of helping with hospitality and some special project, she joined the administrative side of the team. She's always happy to help with any questions for new families interested in Machine and our existing families. She's a Holistic Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a certified instructor for TRX Suspension Training, Kidding Around Yoga and paddle board with a World Paddling Association Level 1.
Andrew Galbraith - Head Coach Machine M3 Triathlon and Machine Masters
Andrew is the Owner and Head Coach of Machine Masters and M3 Triathlon. As a teenager, Andrew participated with the local swim clubs and began running in his 20s. His first race was the Tampa Marathon. Never one to take the easy route, his transition to triathlon a few years later began with Eagleman 70.3. Since then he’s competed in Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distances, but counts the 70.3 as his favorite. It’s long enough that he need to be strategic but still something he can race. Every time, he learns something new and loves the enjoying his favorite post race treat - a cold beer!
Andrew’s love of coaching comes from watching people grow in the sport. He thrives on seeing their improvements and watching them feel good about themselves. He is a USAT Level 1 and USAT Youth and Junior Certified Coach. He is also certified as a RRCA coach and TRX Suspension and RIP Trainer instructor.
Dan Haines - UMD Head Site Coach
A competitive swimmer from age 6 through my late 20s, I competed in summer league, YMCA, AAU/USAS, high school, college and Open Water. I was also a 6 year cross country and 3 year track athlete, and briefly a student of dance.
My coaching career began as a summer league assistant in 1983 at the age of 15. At 17 I was hired for my first head coaching position. Since then I've worked for teams large and small, coaching all ages and ability levels. I have also specialized in open water swimming, drawing on my own experience in surf rescue and open water racing.
I've coached USAS programs in the Middle Atlantic, Potomac Valley and Virginia Swimming LSC’s, including a couple I started, Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach, DE and Flying Gull Aquatic Club in Potomac Valley Swimming. I have also developed and operated swim schools, including Montgomery County MD’s SwiMontgomery program and most recently H2okie Aquatics Stroke School in Blacksburg, VA. For a period of 4 years I worked in both competitive swimming and commercial architecture as an intern for Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects P.C. in Annapolis MD.
My coaching philosophy can best be described as holistic and I am the beneficiary of collaboration with some of the best coaches to ever walk the pool deck. My intention is to provide a path for swimmers of all ability levels to enjoy the sport, while at the same time managing a program capable of producing athletes at the highest levels. I strive for an imaginative and fun learning environment, emphasize smart training and focus on the realization of individual potential. To me the most important objective of coaching youth sports is to promote the health and wellness of children with the passion, humility and equanimity required to impart both extrinsic and intrinsic values of sport.
My hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, skiing, graphic design, disc golfing and music. In 1991 I bicycled from Seattle to Los Angeles to Dover, DE, spanning 4500 miles. In 1995 I reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. I live with my wife Katie, who is a health coach and son Ben. We also have a dog and 2 cats who graciously let us live with them.
Currently I am the head site coach of our UMD site in College Park, MD, where I work as a primary coach with the senior elite levels and secondary coach to the age group levels.
Dave Hardy - Fairland Head site coach
Dave began swimming competitively in the Prince Mont Swim League, then on a year round basis with RMSC at the age of 10, where he swam at the MLK Swim Center. Later, under FGAC founder coach Dan Haines and ex-FGAC coach Rob Burgholzer, he completed his age group career at the Olney Swim Center, while also competing for DeMatha High School. He went on to swim for the University of Delaware, where he served as captain for the swim team his senior year and graduated with a degree in hotel restaurant management. A breaststroke specialist out of high school, he branched out into distance freestyle and IM while at Delaware. During his time at UD Dave coached with Dan Haines and the Flying Gull Aquatic Club as well as coaching in MCSL for 7 years at Olney Mill, Tanterra and then ending his summer coaching career at the Darnestown Swim and Racquet Club where he is the General Manager and has been for 12 years. After college Dave moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he coached for the Rio Salado Swim Club for 3 years. Dave moved back to Maryland in 2007 to help run Flying Gull, eventually taking over ownership and Head Coach duties from Dan Haines. After 3 years of running Flying Gull Dave joined forces with Machine Aquatic to continue taking the pioneering spirit of Flying Gull into the future. Dave’s broad experience and exposure to a wide spectrum of methods and philosophies defines his unique approach to coaching, one which brings together elements of old school and new, into a progressive and versatile mix that serves perfectly his holistic approach to athletic development. Dave lives in Columbia, MD with his wife, Linn, and their daughters Lucy and Willa.
From Triangle, VA, I started swimming competively at the age of 6. I swam for PWSL in Prince William County and swam year round for Occoquan Swimming until the age of 14. At 14 is when I made the transition to Machine Aquatics where I swam with Christian Doud and then later on with Dan Jacobs where I qualified for Junior National meets and Arena Pro Series Meets. During my high school career, I swam for Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, VA where I was the 2011 VA AAA State Champion in the 200 free. I eventually went on to swim D1 at James Madison University. During my time there I was a 6x ALL-CAA swimmer. My senior year I was the CAA conference champion in the 200IM and part of winning relays. I graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science concentrating in Public Health Education. I have worked with Machine Aquatics since 2013 at the swim school and now I am excited that I will be on deck as well as continuing working at the swim school. I am looking forward to an exciting season!
As a swimmer, I began competing at the age of 5 in Oregon, and continuing until the age of 19. As a swimmer Morgon went to the Olympic Trials in 2008 for the 50M and 100M Freestyle, as well as competed internationally for the USA as part of the Junior International team in 2007 and 2008. I began coaching on my former swim team the Tualatin Hills Thunderbolts at 19 as a way to pay for my swim team bills, which quickly developed into a lifelong passion for coaching and competitive swimming. After coaching for the Thunderbolts for 5 years, I was given the opportunity to help found and be the head coach a team called the Krakens Swim Club. In just under 2 years I managed to grow the Krakens Swim Club to a team of over 100 members, by emphasizing the fun in competition and constant pursuit of self-improvement. Other teams that I have coached include the Oak Hills Summer league team, whom I spent 3 amazing years being the Head Coach for, as well as 2 years as head coach of Hillsboro High School. As the Head Coach of Hillsboro High School, I helped coach the girls team to winning districts in 2016 and taking 4th at State’s, the boys team taking 2nd at Districts and 3rd at States, and earning the Men’s and Women’s coach of the year award. I am proud to be in my second year coaching for Machine, and am excited to share my passion and enthusiasm for the sport with the Machine family. Be the Machine!
I am incredibly excited to begin my 3rd year with Machine. I began swimming in the NVSL at Vienna Aquatic Club, and then I swam for James Madison High School and the College of William and Mary, specializing in fly. I have spent the past 20 years teaching at Kent Gardens Elementary (all grades), and I have coached the Kent Gardens swim team for the past 17 summers. I truly love working with kids, and I think swimming is the absolute best sport in the world in which to participate. I can’t wait for the year to start!
I started swimming with the NCR Dolphins in New Carrollton, MD at the age of eight. I later joined the Bowie Bulldogs and Rockville Montgomery Swim Clubs while growing up in Lanham, MD. Selected to attend the US Naval Academy, I swam for the Division I Midshipmen from 1989 to 1992. During the same period, I began my coaching career in the Navy Juniors swim program. There, I developed an interest in teaching young people that has lasted a lifetime. After relocating to Virginia years ago on military assignment, I again pursued the coaching profession. Since then, I have coached athletes to multiple Junior National, Sectional, Zone, and Junior Olympic berths, and A-AAAA National Age-Group Time Standards. I am also the current head coach of the Burke Centre Stingers summer swim team. I have a passion for this great sport and approach coaching from the unique perspective that discipline, commitment, and fun are bedrock life values that can be taught in the pool. I like to teach swimmers to dream and not settle for the ordinary so that they may achieve great things.
Coach Kristy Kellogg Kristy has a true passion for swim coaching not only as a means to swimming excellence, fitness and health but as a vehicle to develop the life-long qualities of discipline, team work and character in today's youth. Being part of the Northern Virginia swimming scene for over a decade, some of her accomplishments have included: - ASCA Level 2 Certified - USA Certified Starter, Stroke & Turn - Coach and board member of local non-profit swim club - Head Coach for West Springfield High School Swim and Dive since 2011 - NVSL Head Coach for Fairfax Station Flyers - NVSL Head Coach for South Run Seahawks - "Swim & Rock" Meet Director for 10 years - Masters Swimmer
Since building relationships with and fostering a “peer-centric” group of High Performance swimmers last season, I feel driven now to continue into my second season at Machine-Fairland.
I grew up in central Va, and began swimming at age 4. At 15 I qualified for the first of my 3 YMCA National trips. I was also a 2x Junior National qualifier during my Junior and Senior years in High School. Primarily a sprint Freestyler, Butterfly was a close second favorite. I went to Juniors for the 50 free twice, once at the Hall of Fame pool in Ft. Lauderdale, and again at The University of Alabama. Both were incredible learning experiences, with life lessons learned.
After swimming for Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Fla., I went to stunt school in Los Angeles, Ca to follow a childhood dream of becoming a stuntman. I soon landed a job in a Wild West Stunt Show and spent a few months getting set on fire, throwing bar room punches, and falling out of windows.
After my fair share of abuse, and incredible fun, I took a side road into a 20 year career of propping, set dressing and eventually Art Directing commercials for clients like ESPN, NFL, and KFC.
After years of continuing to follow the sport of swimming, at primarily the collegiate level and through coaching peers, I returned to swimming in 2014 as a volunteer with H2Okies in Christiansburg, Va.
I became the Head Age Group Coach for the 2015-2016 season and had a group of 30 talented 10-14 year olds. I had multiple IMX qualifiers, Zone qualifiers and Age Group Champs finalists.
In 2016 I came to Machine as the Head Age Group Coach for the Fairland site, and began coaching a much smaller, but equally challenging, group of High Performance swimmers.
I’m really amped to get into another season. I’m looking forward to building a serious, and hard working group of swimmers that looks forward to the challenge of competition as much as I do.
LynnAnn Nickley - Head site Coach Audrey Moore
I have been coaching with Machine Aquatics for 14 years. I started out as an Age Group coach at George Mason & then moved to Head Age Group Coach/Senior Coach at Audrey Moore Recreation Center in Annandale Va. During that time I have had multiple Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Finalists. In the fall of 2015 I became Site Manager and Head National Prep/National Coach. In the two years since then, out of this group of Thirty-six swimmers, five have made Junior Nationals & seventeen have made Sectionals. I enjoys my swimmers tremendously, and love helping them believe in themselves so that they can achieve their goals. I attended James Madison University where I majored in Marketing, played field hockey, and taught swimming. I live in Springfield , VA, where I enjoys swimming with Coach Meg & walking, hiking, & biking with my husband. I also loves spending time with my family.
Blair Piddington- -Team Head Age Group Coach, Head Coach for 6:30-8:00 Oak Marr Swimmers and Age Group Chair for Potomac Valley Board of Directors
I have been coaching Machine since 2002 working with all age groups, abilities, and levels. I consider Machine my passion and I love what I do. I grew up swimming at the Vienna Aquatic Club when I was 5 and ended up joining YORK where I swam until I was 18 (before Machine was Created). I coached both as an assistant (with Coach Dan) then as Head Coach of Vienna Aquatic Club between the years of 2001 and 2015. I am currently the head coach of Trump National Country Club. After high school I went to George Mason and swam on the team for my four years in school. My main events were the breastroke events and the 200 IM. I earned an undergraduate degree from GMU with a concentration in Sports Management. I coached full time with Machine where I worked with all ages and abilities. I ended up going back to school and getting a degree in Education where I am licensed to teach Health and Physical Education for grades k-12. I am currently a teacher at Eagle View Elementary in Fairfax where I am starting my 7th year. I also recently graduated from GMU with a Masters in Education with a focus on Integrating Technology in Schools. I absolutely love coaching and am very competitive in trying to get the very best out of each swimmer. I am a firm believer in teaching each swimmer and getting better every day. We get better through a lot of hard work and doing things correctly. I want my swimmers and my group to really become a close nit group where they push each other and encourage each other by being there every day and having fun. I am always trying to learn and become a better coach, which is something that is always pushed and stressed through Machine. I can’t wait for another year at Machine because I believe this is the best Swim Team in the entire country. We have coaches of all different experiences who work together and create a positive atmosphere. We will continue to get better and continue to turn heads on deck with our energy and fast swimming! See you all on deck!
I am a full-time teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland where I teach Advanced Placement World History and Modern World History. I have been teaching since 1998 and I thoroughly enjoy teaching. I started coaching summer league in 1990 and soon found myself coaching year-round in Potomac Valley in 1992. In 1997, I served as an Assistant Coach with the PVS Zone Team and I served as an Assistant Coach with a PVS National Age Group Camp. This will by my 26th year coaching in Potomac Valley and my 5th with Machine Aquatics at the University of Maryland where I will primarily be coaching the High-Performance Age Groups. I’m looking forward to another exciting year as a member of the Machine Aquatics team and family.
My love for the water and the sport of swimming began as a very young child. My mom was so afraid of the water she wanted to make sure her children became comfortable with it as soon as possible. My sister and I spent every minute of our summers in Missouri in the pool, creeks and ponds. By age 7, I began swimming for my neighborhood summer team and that fall began swimming year-round with our local AAU/US Swim team, Rockwood Swim Club. I continued swimming competitively all the way through high school. In Missouri, high school level swimming was very competitive and the seasons lasted 5 months long ending in a State Championship meet. I traveled to three state championship meets during my high school experience competing in 200 IM, 100 BR and both Medley and Free Relays. As an adult, I found myself continually returning to the water to both play and swim. I learned to water ski, paddle outrigger canoes in Hawaii and Guam, scuba dive and surf. I also competed in NOVA for NCAP as a master swimmer during 2006-2008. My coaching career began in 2009 in Guam when the Navy base was looking for a coach and swim instructor for our children and adults. I logged many hours in the base pools teaching and coaching and loved every minute of it. Two years later we moved to Hawaii and I became head coach for the Hickam Hurricanes on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. In 2014, we moved back to NOVA and I started my first year with Machine. I’m back this year to coach again and I’m looking forward to working with your swimmers. I strongly believe in developing all facets of a young swimmer; learning proper technique, building strength, learning to race and fostering a love for the sport. See you on deck!
Ashley was born and raised in Vienna, VA. She swam with the NVSL team Vienna Woods from age 5 until she graduated at 18. It was at Vienna Woods where she was introduced to the wonderful world of swim coaching by her mentor Coach JD. During her sophomore year she swam for James Madison High School and managed the team her senior year. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College to earn an Associates Degree in General Studies. Ashley was an Assistant Coach for Vienna Woods 2009-2015 and just finished her second year as Head Coach for the Shouse Village Sharks where she has worked with children ages 4-18. She has also been an instructor and a receptionist at Machine SwimLabs in Vienna since it's debut in 2012. This will be Ashley's third year with Machine. Her coaching philosophy is for each swimmer to think, work hard, and have fun each practice.
I have been coaching for the past 20 years and I am excited to further broaden my coaching experience with Machine Aquatics. I believe that all swimmers have unique talents and abilities and I am a firm believer in teaching technique to all levels. Born and raised in Muncie, IN, I began teaching lessons and coaching while in High School, where I was a competitive swimmer. After moving to PA in 1999, I coached for Palmyra Aquatic Club. In the six years that I coached there, I introduced the team to USA swimming and had Junior Olympic, Zone, and Sectional Qualifiers. From 2005-2015, I coached at the highly successful Hershey Aquatic Club, where I was the Developmental Age Group Coach. I have three daughters and enjoy swimming, running, reading, and being with my family.