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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

Lauren Kranz – Director of Program Development 
With SDS since 2012
 5 years coaching in summer league
 Began swimming at age 5 and continued through college
 2012 graduate of James Madison University; BS in Media Arts & Design
 “I believe any swimmer can succeed, but first they must believe in themselves.”

Peter J. Karl, Head Coach Emeritus
ASCA Level 4 Coach
35 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:

Erin Rider, St. Albans Pool Coach, Age Group 3 and Developmental

Peter Karl – Program Coach, Silver
See complete bio at top of page

Erica Meissner – Program Coach, Age Group 2

Tim Ware, Program Coach, Age Group 2

Kelsey Magill– Assistant Coach, Age Group 3 and Silver


Holton Coaches:

Micky Minutoli - Holton- Arms Pool Coach: Developmental
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

Madison Hardimon – Program Coach; Silver

Kevin Carson – Program Coach, Age Group 2

Matt Frentsos – Program Coach, Silver

Lab School Coaches:

Laura Ritter, Lab School 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

Malena Lair Ferrari – Program Coach, Select and AG3
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 Group 2

Lee Crittenberger – Program Coach, Age Group 2 

Kevin Carson – Program Coach, Age Group 2

Shelby Hodgkins - Program Coach, Developmental

South Run Coaches:

Lauren Kranz – South Run Pool Coach; Select and Silver 
With SDS since 2012
 5 years coaching in summer league
 Began swimming at age 5 and continued through college
 2012 graduate of James Madison University; BS in Media Arts & Design
 “I believe any swimmer can succeed, but first they must believe in themselves.”

Chelsea Fox – Program Coach, Age Group 3

Stephanie Miller, Program Coach, HS Prep and Bronze

With SDS since 2015
Coach Sequoia Farms Winter Swim Team 2011-2015
Youth competitive swimmer in various clubs for 11 years.
Swam for Curl-Burke for 3 years.
Florida State University swim team (walk-on) 1987 & intramural swimming
Masters Swimmer 1992-1993
US Masters Nationals competitor 1993
B.S. in Criminology, Florida State University  
Employed by Fairfax County Public Schools 2009-Present

Erin Rider – Program Coach, Masters, Silver AM, Age Group 2 AM
With SDS since 2015
Second degree accelerated nursing student at George Mason University. 
Part time as a swim instructor and coach for the past five years

Wilson Pool Coaches:

Ian Handerhan – Program Coach, Senior and Gold

Sam Brownell – Program Coach, Select