Meet our Coaches

Coach Debra

Coach Debra, the Gators’ Head Coach, began her competitive swimming career in college where she represented Longwood College in the National Wheelchair Games both at the state level and nationally for several years.

She began coaching in 1987 forming the Gordonsville Gators Swim Team, beginning with only six swimmers! Coach Debra continued in Gordonsville until the formation of the Louisa Gators in 2009 and has continued with the Louisa Gators since their inception.

Coach Debra also coached the Louisa High School Swim and Dive team for the first two years.

Coach Debra is currently certified as a USA Swim Coach and as a Level 2 American Swim Coaches Association.  In addition, she is  an Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate.Her favorite strokes are Butterfly and Freestyle!

On a personal note, Coach Debra enjoys reading and playing Mahjong on the computer and loves being near the  water to take advantage of any opportunities which include water!  Her favorite snacks are chips and salsa and Payday candy bars!

Coach Jenn

Coach Jenn is new to the Gators coaching staff but not new to swimming! She grew up in Western NY swimming for the YMCA and her high school team. She went on to swim in college at SUNY Cortland in central NY where she specialized in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

While at college, Coach Jenn started coaching the local YMCA team. These experiences led her to VA where she has had the opportunity to teach high school health and PE and coach the varsity swim team.

When asked what she enjoys outside of coaching, Coach Jenn replied, “I love all sports, especially the water sports (waterskiing, swimming, water polo, etc.).”

Coach Jenn’s favorite snack is peanut butter M&M's and she loves to make her own specialty ice coffee and/or fruit smoothies!

She is looking forward to a great summer season with the Gators!