ABBY BRETHAUER - MARY WASHINGTON - Head Coach
• Brethauer brings a wealth of competition and coaching experience to the Bates College Swim Camp. She served as an assistant coach at Columbia University for six years and worked extensively with the sprint group. While at Columbia her team rewrote the record book and she continually attracted some of the best swimmers in the nation to the one of the most academically prestigious institutions in the country.
Not to be outdone by her past successes, Coach Abby experienced immediate success as the new Head Coach at Mary Washington University. She led the Eagles to two conference championships (Men and Women), was named Coach of the Year, and is sending her team to NCAA's.
Prior to her coaching career, Brethauer was a 12-time All-American and three-time team national champion at Kenyon College. A team captain for the Ladies in 2002, Brethauer is a former NCAA Division III national record holder, and has been a USS competitor at the age group, senior, and national levels.
BRAD BURNHAM - BOWDOIN COLLEGE - Head Coach
• Coach Burnham arrived at Bowdoin in 2000 after being involved in all aspects of the UCLA swimming program for six years. While at UCLA Burnham coached his team to 16th or better at the NCAA championships each year - and played a role in over 40 Division I All-American performances. He took his experiences at the highest level into undeniable success at Bowdoin. Not only has his team attacked the record book under his tutelage, but he has produced NESCAC champions and All-Americans as the leader of the Polar Bears. Also, Coach Brad thinks outside the box and is fairly obsessed with technique - and the simple of question of how to swim faster and more efficiently. His quest to understand how humans can better relate to water and "train to race" - instead of train to train - is exactly what has led to many so many of his great ideas and success stories. We are thrilled to have him on board.
CARLOS VEGA - TRINITY COLLEGE - Head Coach
• Carlos arrived at Trinity as their head coach in the fall of 2014 and his impact was felt immediately. Vega comes to Trinity after several successful years as an assistant coach at Amherst College, Kalamazoo College, and, most recently, Wellesley College. As an assistant at Wellesley, Vega played a major role in the resurgence of the Blue program over the last four years. He is a 2003 graduate of perennial swimming powerhouse Kenyon College, where he was a 19-time all-conference selection, conference swimmer of the year twice, and an 11-time All-American honoree, and won five NCAA titles.
BEN HEWITT - DEPAUW UNIVERSITY - Head Coach
• Ben is the DePauw Women's head women’s swimming and diving coach. Prior to this appointmetn Hewitt has served as the assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach at Division II Nova Southeastern University for the last three seasons. He has coached and mentored student-athletes who won three conference championships, twice finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division II Championships. Additionally, individuals earned three NCAA titles and 24 all-America honors with one student-athlete representing his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Prior to coming to Nova Southeastern, Hewitt served as an assistant at Wabash College and Kenyon College.
A native of Greenwood, Indiana, Hewitt received his bachelors of arts from Wabash College in 2005 where he was an All-Conference performer and served as team captain in his senior season. He was also named MVP his junior year.
DANI KORMAN - MIT - Head Coach
• Dani Korman was named the head coach of the MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams in July of 2015. She joined the Engineers after spending three years as an assistant coach with the Yale University women’s swimming and diving program. During her three years at Yale she assisted with a team that saw improvement each year at the Ivy League Championships, with three swimmers qualifying for the NCAA Division I Championships under her watch and numerous school records broken during her time in New Haven. Her prior collegiate coaching experience includes assistant coach at Johns Hopkins, where she helped both the men’s and women’s teams to a pair of top-10 NCAA finishes. In addition, she has served as an assistant swim coach and counselor for the University of Texas and Total Performance Swim Camp.
Korman is a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College where she was part of four national championship teams. She was a seven-time All-American at Kenyon and served as team captain as a senior. She earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Carthage in 2008.
VANESSA WILLIAMSON - BATES COLLEGE - Asst. Coach
• 2012 saw the return of Vanessa Williamson back to Maine - and Bates College. After a stellar career as Bates most decorated female swimmer (8x All-American), Vanessa headed to California to train for the Olympic Trials with Olympic Head Coach Dave Salo and the Trojan Swim Club. She trained alongside Olympic legends like Rebecca Soni, Amanda Beard, and Jessica Hardy... and benefited greatly from the experience. After she wrapped up her career she found herself on deck coaching and distinguishing herself at the high school level the next four years. The 2013 Bates Swim Team welcomed Vanessa back to Bates and immediately benefited from her experiences a student athlete and coach. With a tremendous bank of knowledge and experience, Vanessa has had no problem connecting with all athletes and helping them improve. She has an eye for technique and training that is well beyond her years!
KATA FRANCZYK - KINGSWOOD OXFORD / CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
• Kata is one of the most sought after camp coaches in the country. A natural leader and tremendous athlete, Kata has parlayed her swimming successes at Conn College into a tremendous career as a High School teacher, administrator, and coach. Her students respect her knowledge and crave her enthusiasm. We are lucky to have Kata join us each year to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport.
DAVID BAKER - STRENGTH, CONDITIONING, VIDEO - Kingswood Oxford School
• David is a 3x Ironman finisher, ultra marathoner, track and soccer coach, a capella director, talent show guru, and knowledgeable about all things Google. A natural addition to our star-studded staff, when David walks in the room, we all pale in comparison.
BILL WALLACE - Bates College - Assistant Coach.
• Coach Wallace is both an artist and scientist. Just last year he was explaining to me the science behind his warm-up routine and training - and then followed that up with how a few inspiring passages from a good book can bring a team together. I knew immediately I was spending time with a true renaissance man! We are very lucky to have Bill joining us this year, and the coaching staff is looking forward to working alongside him and learning something too! (click on his name to be linked to his program's description!)
FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ - KENYON COLLEGE - Head Assistant Coach
• Rodriguez comes to Bates with eight years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach at Kenyon College. Prior to Kenyon, he was the assistant at William and Mary and a senior coach with the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club at Georgia University.
Rodriguez also graduated from Kenyon College in 2004 with a degree in anthropology. He obtained his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Georgia. As a student-athlete at Kenyon, Rodriguez was a seven-time NCAA All-American and a four-time All-NCAC honoree. He was also part of four NCAA D-III national championship teams.
• TBD - There will be Conference Championship Finalists, ALL-Conference Swimmers, and several All-Americans! Our staff will allow us to provide 1:6 staff to camper ratio this year!