Frank Poulin - Head Coach Greenbrier
Coach Frank is entering his eighth season with VYAC. Starting
with a core group of swimmers seven years ago, the program has
grown under his tutelage to now encompass over one hundred and
fifty swimmers and their families. It is now recognized as one of
the best YMCA competitive programs in the region with numerous YMCA
National, Junior National, and Age Group qualifiers, including
swimmers recognized with Top Ten times in the United States (Y).
His program is the only South Hampton Roads YMCA location that
has seen swimmers compete in national meets and that continues to
develop national level qualifers year on year.
Coach Frank has coached at all levels of YMCA and USA swimming
and is a coach in good standing with both organizations and is
qualified for his ASCA Level 3. Coming from a technical focus, he
believes in dedicating time to stroke technique before pushing
swimmers towards competition.
The nature of the program works to a swimmer’s advantage
and allows them to work on stroke technique while swimming for the
YMCA and, as they progress, move up to USA swimming. It is this
combination of programs that has allowed VYAC to achieve
considerable success over the past several seasons. Frank works
full-time during the day for the City of Suffolk.
Wendy Kobiela - Head Coach Albermarle
Coach Wendy has
over thirty years experience in the aquatics arena and has operated
the Albermarle site for VYAC since 2006. Having built the program
from 30 swimmers to over 100 plus, the club now boasts several USA
swimmers and is continuing to grow.
information on the Albermarle site, email Coach Wendy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Landon - Senior/National Coach
Senior National Coach
Eric started coaching for various summer clubs in the Cincinnati
area. Among those, he coached at North Hills Swim Club for four
years where he was the Head Coach the last year in 1998. The
following year, Eric moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he
started coaching year-round. He coached for North Central Florida
YMCA, and helped the program grow from 35 swimmers to 120 in just
four years. During that time, the team also grew to a team of 40
Junior Olympic (age group) qualifiers, 17 Y National qualifiers,
and 2 Senior national Qualifiers. While coaching for the Y, Eric
also served as head coach for Eastside High School for four years.
With a team of about 30 swimmers, Eric lead 12-16 swimmers to the
high school state championships each year.
2003, Eric moved back to Cincinnati where he was hired as Head Age
Group Coach for the Cincinnati Marlins for 2 years. During that
time, the Marlins won 3 Age Group State Championships, and
qualified several swimmers to the Junior Olympic Team.
Additionally, Eric served as an assistant coach at St. Xavier High
School for one year, helping the team win a State Championship. The
following year Eric served as head coach for Wyoming High
2006 Eric moved to Chesapeake, Virginia, where, for the past four
summers, he and his wife have coached for Larkspur Swim Club in the
VBSL. During those seasons Larkspur has won two Divisional
Championships and helped the team grow from 85 to 136 swimmers in
four seasons. Eric also served as a head coach with his wife for
Nansemond River High School during the 2007-2008 school year. Eric
is currently starting his fourth year as a sixth-grade English
teacher in Virginia Beach.
in his fifth season with VYAC.