MEET 2021 DOLPHIN COACHES

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Hank Reed

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J.T. LOTZ

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JT Lotz has been involved with swimming on the Hill City Dolphins since he was 5 years old. JT swam for the YMCA, Jefferson Forest High School, and now for the Purdue university swim club! JT's favorite strokes are butterfly and breaststroke, and he is  super excited to see your kids’ improvement throughout the season!

SHELBY HAINES

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Shelby is from Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin and has been swimming club since she was 9 years old. Shelby has won the 100 back LCM at age of 14 at the Wisconsin State Championship, gone to competitive meets such as the Arena Grand Prix and NCSAs, been a 6x conference champion in high school, had a placing of 6th at the WIAA Championship meet, and have furthered my academic and athletic career at Liberty University majoring in Physical Education and Health Teaching with a minor in Sports Management. At Liberty, she have placed top 8 in 2 events and have been a part of 3 Conference Championship titles. Shelby is very passionate about swimming and love helping others grow in their understanding and love of the sport!

Luke King

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Luke has been a Hill City Dolphin since he was born.  He is a national team swimmer for Lynchburg YMCA and is on the EC Glass swim team.   He is a junior at Glass and Central Va. Governor’s School.  In addition to swimming, he does musical theatre and plays the piano and bass guitar.   

LEXI PLOGGER

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Beginning at the age of eight, Lexi has been a dolphin for twelve years now. Coach Hank taught her how to swim, and she learned to love the sport. When she was eleven, she began swimming on the year round swim team, LY. She competed at the national level at YMCA Nationals for 3 years in a row, beginning when she qualified as a sophomore in five different events. Currently, Lexi is a junior in college swimming for NCAA Division I  Liberty University. She has coached for the dolphins for several years now and is excited for this year!

Cameron StClair

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Hank Reed has been part of the Hill City family since 2004. As head coach he has a chance to work with, teach and inspire swimmers of all ages in the “greatest sport in the world”. 

His coaching career began immediately after graduating from college while he was working at the local YMCA in Franklin, PA. Not only finding success in coaching age group swimming, Hank also coached high school athletes and built perennially competitive teams. That success led him to Lynchburg, VA to coach the Lynchburg YMCA program. Coaching at the Y for 12 years, his swimmers and teams had many achievements: state champions, national top 16 rankings, as well as national qualifiers. After stepping away from being the head coach at LY he has continued being involved in swimming at Brookville High School.    

Besides being involved in the coaching side of swimming since graduating from college, Hank has participated in almost every aspect of the aquatic world. He grew up as a competitive swimmer – competing as an age group YMCA swimmer in PA, living in Texas while swimming with a nationally recognized USA Swimming program, representing his high school in swimming, and competing in intercollegiate swimming at nationally ranked Division III Allegheny College. After college he continued to compete in Master’s Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Triathlons. Growing up swimming and competing in all these different levels of competition involving water, he developed his personal philosophy: Everybody swims, everybody wins! (The YMCA motto)

This motto has become the driving force behind his love of coaching. Swimming has been a route that has taken him all over the country, making friends around the world and taught him lessons that have led to success.