Katie Gentsch – Head Coach
Katie is a seasoned Overlee swimmer, having competed for the Flying Fish from 1999-2010. She went on to compete at the NCAA DII collegiate level, swimming all 4 years at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) from 2010-2014 where she specialized in breaststroke and held team records in the 200 and 400 medley relays. She was an Overlee assistant coach from 2011-2013 and assistant coach at Rollins College 2014-2015. Katie continued her swimming career post-college, competing at US Masters Nationals in 2016 and achieving a lifetime best time in 50 free at the ripe old age of 24. When she’s not coaching, you can find Katie on her skateboard or giving private swim lessons in the DMV area. Katie looks forward to returning to her Overlee roots and continuing the traditions that shaped her formative swimming years.
Beth Baker – Technical Coach and 8 & Under Coach
Beth coached at Overlee for 13 summers from 2003-2016 where she led the team to win multiple All-Star and Divisional Relay crowns as well as numerous Division 1 league titles. Her background with swimming is extensive and deep including a 21-year career as Assistant Coach at American University for both the men’s and women’s swim teams. A graduate of and swimmer for The University of Virginia, Beth has also coached and competed in US Masters Swimming for 34 years. Beth recognizes the importance of camaraderie and sportsmanship and is excited to return to Overlee.
Overlee continues to build its coaching staff to work with its swim team this summer by hiring its two assistant coaches.
Andrew Hale – Assistant Coach
Andrew’s swimming and coaching experience is extensive – swimming locally for Rolling Valley (Springfield, VA) and Mason Makos for over 10 years including on the Junior National Team. He is currently in his third year in collegiate swimming at Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA) and aspires to continue coaching after school at the collegiate level. Andrew has previously coached at Rolling Valley for four years as both an assistant and senior coach. Andrew loves the sport of swimming and enjoys teaching others and is looking forward to being a part of Overlee.
William Sullivan – Assistant Coach
William is returning to the Overlee as an Assistant Coach. After swimming for Overlee and York Swim Club for 10 years, William continued his swimming career at Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, VT) where he in his third year of collegiate swimming. William’s coaching experience has deep Overlee roots – including four years of coaching at Overlee Sunday Night Swim and three years of coaching Overlee’s School of Fish. Along with swimming and coaching experience, William is bringing energy, determination and a great love for Overlee which will help both the team’s coaches and swimmers succeed.
Alice Bruce – Junior Coach
A swimmer for Arlington Aquatic Club for 12 years and an Overlee swimmer for nine, Alice Bruce will join the Flying Fish this summer as a Junior Coach. Alice has experience coaching Overlee’s swimmers as both an Overlee Sunday Night Swim Coach for two seasons and a School of Fish Coach for one. She enjoys teaching kids new skills and watching them grow into stronger swimmers. She is looking forward to coming back to Overlee and coaching again this summer.
Matteo Roman – Junior Coach
Matteo Roman, an Overlee swimmer for the last nine years, is happy to return this summer to assist the team as a Junior Coach. He has helped teach group lessons at Overlee the past two summers and coached with York Swim Club’s Swim School the past two years. Matteo loves teaching kids, especially swimming and finds it very fulfilling to watch kids progress.
Tommy Shipley – Junior Coach
Swimming for Overlee’s Swim Team since he was six years old, Tommy Shipley will work with the Flying Fish this summer as a Junior Coach. Tommy has previous experience coaching Overlee’s teams including two years with the Sunday Night Swim program and two years coaching the School of Fish. He enjoys working with kids to not only teach them how to swim but also show them the importance of spirit and team traditions that Overlee’s swim team holds.
Ryan York – Junior Coach
Overlee Swimmer Ryan York will help the team in an additional role this summer as a Junior Coach. Swimming for Overlee and York Swim Club since he was five years old, Ryan has found great success including a NCSA qualifier in 50 Freestyle and an Overlee record holder for the Mixed Age Boys Relay. Ryan has coached young swimmers both at York Swim Club’s Swim School for three years and Overlee’s School of Fish for two years. He is looking forward to helping Overlee’s swimmers have fun, love swimming and teach them what it means to be an Overlee swimmer.