About our Coaches
Coach Ty has over 40 years of coaching experience around the U.S., in states from Virginia and Maryland to Florida, Oklahoma, and Alaska. He's coached many different levels of swimming, including summer league, high school, and USA Swimming teams. He joined Tsunami in 2023 and looks forward to working with our swimmers as they gain life skills and work towards their goals.
Andrew swam for 10 years on Tsunami Swim Team and 5 years with Ferry Farm Flying Fish. He has been coaching for about 12 years for Tsunami. Andrew’s parents are Peter & Regina, and he has two sisters – Rachel and Lisa. When not on the pool deck, he enjoys tabletop, video, and card games. His favorite aspect of coaching is helping swimmers with their technique and seeing their growth.
Advice to swimmers – Give it your best!
Graham swam for 4 years in high school and also at The College of Wooster. He has been coaching with Tsunami for 5 years, and is currently the lead coach at the King George YMCA site. Graham has 3 siblings – Maya, Hamilton, and Reid - and lives in Fredericksburg. During the day he works as a scientist in Dahlgren. The thing that Graham enjoys the most about coaching is seeing the look on a swimmer’s face when they feel and see their improvement.
Advice to swimmers – Drink more water!
Motivational quote – “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Assistant Coach & Webmaster
Lisa was an age group swimmer for 12 years and swam at Mary Washington for 3 years. She has been a US Masters swimmer since 2011 with Alexandria Masters and Tsunami. Lisa ran TSU’s Learn to Swim program when it started in 2001 for 4 season and was also an Assistant Coach for TSU. In 2016 she coached with FBST in Alexandria until the pandemic. She returned to Fredericksburg, where she lives with her husband Robbie, 3 kids, 5 cats, and a school of fish. When Lisa is not at the pool, she runs her own web development company and enjoys singing in the church choir & reading. She loves to connect with swimmers and watching them succeed.
Advice to swimmers - Walls are important, even at practice! Streamline & good turns are the building blocks to awesome times.
Motivational quote – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
Founder of Tsunami Swimming
Coach Pete started his swim coaching career in 1978 in New York City and began as a head coach in 1980. He founded Tsunami Swimming in 2001 with the goal of bringing the sport of swimming to a wider audience, growing participation in underrepresented communities and allowing those with less means to participate. He served on the USA Swimming Outreach Committee (now the DEI Committee) and is a lifetime member of Virginia Swimming. During his coaching tenure, he's guided thousands of swimmers to new heights, including national record holders and paralympic competitors.
Coach Pete is originally from Trinidad & Tobago and lives in Fredericksburg with his wife, Regina. He has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. The best thing about coaching, according to Pete, is seeing the improvements that the swimmers make and their reactions when they meet their goals.
Advice to swimmers – Encourage your teammates.
Motivational quote- “Give it all you’ve got!”