MEET 2022 DOLPHIN COACHES
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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.
Sophie is a long time member of Hill City. She has been swimming for 13 years, including swimming year-round with LY. As the oldest of 4, Sophie is great with younger kids. She is lifeguard certified and is a manager of the Hill City Pool snack bar.
Sophie’s favorite stroke is backstroke and she loves how Hill City is just one big family and is super excited to be teaching kids how to swim!
Luke has been swimming for Hill City since was 5 years old. He also swims for LY and E.C.Glass High school. He is a student at the Central Va. Governor’s School. His favorite event is the 200 IM. This will be his 3rd summer helping out on the coaching staff as well as lifeguarding at the pool.
His most favorite swimming memory is when he was 8, he won the 25 Breaststroke at the B meet from lane 1, then went on to place at the A meet! He also has great memories of playing Lego with the Rice and Schonfelder boys during the long meets!
When he is not swimming or doing school work he enjoys playing the bass guitar and piano. When he leaves for college in the near future, he plans to study psychology.
Savannah has been swimming for 13 years and has been coaching the Bronze group at LY since January. She is also a lifeguard at Hill City and has worked with the tadpoles group for several years. Her favorite stroke is backstroke and her favorite thing about Hill City is the lifelong friendships and how we are a family.
We are excited to have another coach who's grown up on the Hill City team! More coach profiles to come!
Meet Jack Mills! He will be our intern coach this summer. He is not only a fantastic swimmer but he's also a hard worker. We are blessed to have him with our team.
Jack has been swimming for 9 years and for Hill City for 4 years. His favorite stroke is butterfly. His favorite part about Hill city is the unity we have as a team.