A YMCA Swim Team
Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to volunteering, fundraising, and sponsorships please contact a member of the Board.

VYAC's coaches have current safety certifications and are members in good standing with USA Swimming. In addition, all prospective coaches undergo extensive background clearances and reference checks as part of the YMCA's pre-employment process. Our coaches are enthusiastic about swimming, enjoy working with swimmers of all ages, and strive to be good role models of physical fitness and positive character values.

Coaches for the Portsmouth location are listed here:

Coaching Staff

Frank Poulin

Head Coach


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.

Eric Landon

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.

Meredith Lange

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 night’s workout.

Justin Burrell

Age Group & Developmental Coach


Board of Directors

John P Squires

Ex-Officio Chair/Web Administrator


Tracey Jones

Parent Board President


Megan Parker

Parent Board President