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
thirty 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).
Coach Frank has coached at all levels of YMCA and USA swimming
and is a coach in good standing with both organizations. 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.
Senior/National Group 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 at John Yeates Middle School in Suffolk.
He is in his fifth season with VYAC.
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Meredith has always been on or around a pool deck for most
of her life. Having begun swimming at the age of eight with the
Durham Dolphins in North Carolina, she progressed through the
ranks, earning herself a swimming scholarship to the University of
Kentucky. While there she took down seven individual team records
and was part of relay teams that tore down another four records.
That success earned her the SEC All-Academic, Most Valuable
Swimmer award in her senior year propelling her to the Mission Bay
Senior National Team under the reigns of the legendary Olympic
Coach Mark Schubert.
After graduation, she accepted the position as the Assistant
Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Swim Team at Swarthmore
College in Pennsylvania. There, she was instrumental in coaching
several national level athletes. This success earned her the Head
Coaching position of the Limestone Family YMCA when she moved back
to Maysville, Kentucky. Eventually, all this experience found its
way to the South Hampton Roads region where she became the Level 3
coach for Tide Swim Team.
She is currently entering her seventh season with VYAC.
Alan Jospeh Squires
Age Group & Developmental Coach
Coach Alan is entering his second season with VYAC coming off
the heels of a successful summer as the Head Coach of the Riverwalk
Gators. Beginning as a swimmer with VYAC 14 years ago, Alan has
seen all aspects of the program and has watched the team grow over
the years. Working with Coach Frank, he successfully has
transitioned from swimming on the local level to participating in
open water competitions, from races in National Harbor to Alcatraz,
Alan has taken his love of swimming across the country!
Taking this knowledge of stroke fundamentals learned from years
of grueling practice, Alan now incorporates it with a hands-on
approach to swimmers that allows them to understand the
fundamentals of the strokes. He can often be found around the pool
either swimming, talking to parents, or writing up the