Machine Coaches and Staff
Dan Jacobs - Head Coach/Owner
He is a member of the Board of Directors on the National Swim Coach Association (NCSA).
Paris Jacobs - Owner/Director of Operations
She is a member of the Board of Directors for the USA Swimming Foundation and Connor Cures, a Pediatric Cancer Research foundation. She was a member of the Board of Directors of USA Swimming and the Eastern Zone from 2011 - 2015.
I could not be more thrilled to coach yet another great season with Machine Aquatics! I am a recent 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 with the Fairfax Station Flyers and developed my skills over the winter with NCAP, Potomac Marlins, and my favorite of the three: Machine. After graduation, I coached for the Flyers for five years and am currently the head coach of the Little Rocky Run Stingrays. Go Stingrays!! I am a multi-sport athlete having played basketball for Lynchburg College, so I understand the importance of cross-training! In my free time, I do Crossfit and am currently working on becoming certified to coach that, as well. My goal is to teach your swimmers the purpose behind their movements and to keep them smiling and energized while making progress 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!
This will be my first season with Machine Aquatics after spending the past two years at Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX. At Nitro, I was a lead National Development Coach, lead TAGS 1 Coach, and assisted with the National Group and various age group levels. During this time, I created well rounded swimmers in and out of the pool. Competitively, I have coached swimmers to the TAGS, Sectional, and Junior National level. While assisting with the National Group I worked with swimmers ranging from Junior National to Olympic Trials qualifiers. Prior to my time at Nitro, I spent 7 years in Connecticut coaching with the Piranhas at the Darien YMCA. During this time my swimmers broke many team records and set several state records. Many of my swimmers competed at the Age Group, Senior, and YMCA National level. I believe in a positive approach and enjoys motivating my swimmers to surpass their goals. We are always looking forward! I believe in hard work and commitment but maintains a balance to make sure that the group has fun. Outside of the pool, I am a huge sports fan. As a WVU grad, I support my Mountaineers proudly. I also follow the Mets, Devils, and NY Giants. 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
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
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.
As a swimmer, I began competing at the age of 5 in Oregon, and continuing until the age of 19. As a swimmer I 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 extremely excited to add my passion for coaching to the plethora of talent already at Machine Aquatics, I know that together we will do great things!
I began swimming at the age of 5 in MCSL, then on a more on a year round basis with Flying Gull Aquatic Club at the age of 11 and up until college. I graduated with a degree in Sport Management from York College of Pennsylvania, in 2014. Also, in college I swam all four years specializing in distance freestyle. For the past six summers I have been a head coach in MCSL for the Norbeck Hills Anacondas. My whole life I have been around swimming and continued to love the sport even when I am not competing. I cannot wait for my third season of coaching with Machine to start!
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.
I grew up swimming in the NVSL for Tuckahoe and swam with Sea Devils year round from age 9 through 18. I played water polo at James Madison University where I was an Art major. I started coaching for Tuckahoe when I was 17 and continued to coach for them through college. I have been a Head Coach for several NVSL teams, and currently coach at Highlands Swim and Tennis. This will be my 12th year coaching in PVS and my fourth with Machine. I spent several years working in the Special Education Department at Langley High School. I'm a big fan of the Nationals and Kansas basketball. I love to paint, draw, play guitar, and see bands play in my spare time.
LynnAnn Nickley - Head site Coach Audrey Moore
I am happy to be starting my twelfth year coaching with Machine. This is my third year as the head site coach at Audrey Moore where I have the pleasure to work with the National Prep, Senior, and Age group programs. We are in the process of building an amazing group, and we had numerous Junior Olympic, Sectional, Zone, and Junior National qualifiers. I am a native Virginian and I was an NVSL swimmer with the North Springfield Dolphins. I also swam for Thomas Jefferson High School. Teaching swimming has been a passion for me for a long time, so I taught lessons and coached swimming during my college years. I got back into coaching when my sons decided that they wanted to join our local team. This led to me coaching in the NVSL for thirteen years and joining the Machine family. I graduated from James Madison University where I majored in Business. I continue to have a great passion and love for this sport, and look forward to another rewarding season.
I have been coaching Machine since 2002. 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. I coached both as an assistant 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. This year I will be on the Potomac Valley Board of Directors as the Age Group Chair. 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 degree in Education with a focus on Integrating Technology in Schools. I am the head age group site coach for Oak Marr where I work in the mornings from 6:30-8:00 am on Mondays through Friday. I mainly coach the Orange(high performance as well as 3x per week) and Silver groups, but will work with the mini’s and their coaches that are at the practice. 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 originally from Columbia Maryland,
And am currently a studying at the University of Maryland, to complete my bachelors in U.S. History and masters in Secondary Education. I swam throughout my middle school and high school years for the Columbia Clippers, as well as coached summer swim team and taught lessons to all age groups. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to workwith Machine and can't wait to see what great things will come!
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 25th year coaching in Potomac Valley and my 4th with Machine Aquatics where I will primarily be coaching the High Performance 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 Vienna Woods from age 5 until she graduated at 18. 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 in 2016 she was the Head Coach for Shouse Village 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 is Ashley's second year with Machine and she is excited to see what the season brings!
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.
I began swimming competitively for Pacific Swim in San Diego at the age of 6. I later relocated to Virginia with my family where I swam for Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club (SMAC) while being a captain for my high school swim team. I am currently a full time student at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in business. This will be my first full season at Machine and am excited to continue my passion for swimming into coaching.
This will be my third season as a coach with Machine Aquatics. I work with the age group swimmers and senior swimmers. I am very excited for a new season! I am originally from Central New Jersey and moved here 4 years ago to pursue my teaching career in Fairfax county. I am currently a Preschool Autism teacher, but have also taught 5th and 6th grade special education. Before moving to Northern Virginia, I was a high school swim coach for two years. During this time I was named Middlesex County swim coach of the year. I was also an assistant coach on the Blue Dolphins Swim Team at a Jewish Community Center and I worked with all age groups. I attended York College of Pennsylvania and graduated with my bachelor's degree in elementary and special education. I swam all four years of college and was captain my senior year. My main event was distance freestyle. The 500 is my favorite event, but i also swam the mile and 1000. Before college, I swam for the Metuchen-Edison YMCA from the time I was nine until I graduated high school. I was also on the varsity swim team all four years of high school. My favorite memory of being on the high school team is when we were county champs my junior year! Being a part of a team was one of the things I loved about swimming. I can't wait to share my passion of the sport as a coach with machine aquatics swimmers. As a swimmer, I experienced many ups and downs through out my career, but the lessons I learned and the friendships I gained are things I will never forget. I had many great coaches and hope I can have that affect on my swimmers, too. I live in Fairfax with two room mates. Reading and going to the beach are two of my favorite things to do. I love spending time with my friends and family. Working with children in and out of the pool has always been a passion of mine. I am looking forward to a great season and getting back on the pool deck!