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Meet our Staff

Melanie McKula, President and Chief Executive Officer 
BS in Nutrition, Penn State University
MPH, Health Care Administration, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
ASCA Level 3
With Sea Devils since 2004, first as a clinic coach then in the Developmental and Age Group programs. 
The Capitol Sea Devils has a tremendous history of developing swimmers by staying true to the vision of our founder, E. Jane Stafford, and we will continue to train our swimmers to be leaders in the water, in the community, and in life. 

Ian Handerhan – Head Coach & Director of Coaching
Ian has been with SDS since 2008 and has worked at every level of the program and currently coaches the Gold and Senior Training programs at the Wilson HS site. Ian also serves as the Head Swim Coach at both Army Navy Country Club (10 years) and Thomas Jefferson HSST (5 years). At the latter he has coached 5 individual All-Americans (achieving 20 All-American times) and 7 All-American relay teams bringing home 5 Conference, 3 Region, and 1 State title. In his free time he teaches Latin and Computer classes at St. Agnes School in Arlington.

Sam Brownell, Chief Financial Officer
Began swimming with SDS at age 8 and has swum under the direction of current coach Peter Karl and former coach Rory Lewis 
Coached two previous stints with SDS starting in 2006
Experience working with swimmers from the developmental to the senior and masters level
Believes strongly in the SDS philosophy and has seen how it develops solid people both personally and athletically

Peter J. Karl, Head Coach Emeritus

ASCA Level 4 Coach
40 Years Coaching Experience
With SDS since 1977
MA Exercise Physiology, University of Maryland
AGM Aquatics, Army Navy Country Club
“Sea Devil Swimming strives to provide the environment for each individual to discover the path to achieve excellence” 

St. Albans Coaches:

Laura Ritter, St. Albans Pool Coach

With SDS since 2012
9 years of coaching experience and 14 years of teaching experience
4-year letter winner in high school and played water polo in college

Ruby Blackstone - Program Coach, Bronze, Age Group 3, Age Group 1

Ingrid Cross - Age Group 2

Madison Hardimon - Age Group 3

Peter Karl – Program Coach, Silver, HS Conditioning, Age Group 3
See complete bio at top of page

Erica Meissner – Program Coach, Age Group 3


Holton Coaches:

Micky Minutoli - Holton- Arms Pool Coach: Age Group 1 and Bronze

with SDS since 2008
Coached swimming in Massachusetts and Saudi Arabia
Swam for University of Massachusetts (4 year Varsity)
M.A. in Physical Education, Hofstra University; B.S. in Physical Education, University of Massachusetts
Elementary Physical Education Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (26 years experience)
“Swimming is just another piece of your life experience, if you want to be your best just put your mind to it and put the work and time into it".

Peter Karl – Program Coach, Age Group 3
See complete bio at top of page

Matt Frentsos – Program Coach, Silver

Lab School Coaches:

Malena Lair Ferrari – Pool Coach, Program Coach, Select 

Began swimming with SDS at age 8 and has swum under the direction of former coach Rory Lewis
Head coach of the summer league Bannockburn Dolphins
B.S in exercise and sports science, B.A in dance from Ursinus College
Swam for Ursinus College, swims internationally for Argentina
Technician at OrthoBethesda Physical Therapy 

Tim Ware, Program Coach, Age Group3 and Select


South Run Coaches:

Kelly Pastva – South Run Pool Coach; 
With SDS since 2013

Fernando Delgado - Program Coach, Silver, HS Conditioning, Age Group 1

with SDS since 2014

Chelsea Fox – Program Coach, Age Group 3 and Age Group 2

Aimee Hooper - Program Coach, Select

with SDS since 2016

Doug Kraemer- Program Coach, Gold and Silver

With SDS since 2016

Wilson Pool Coaches:

Ian Handerhan – Program Coach, Senior and Gold

Sam Brownell – Program Coach, Senior and Gold