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.
For more information on the Albermarle site, email Coach Wendy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Landon - Senior/National Coach
Senior National Coach
During college, 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.
In 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 School.
In 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.
He is in his fifth season with VYAC.