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Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Paris grew up swimming for Dynamo Swim Club, one of the top 5 teams in the country. She began her coaching career in Atlanta at her summer league pool as an assistant coach. She moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1993 attending boarding school. She attended Georgetown University & George Mason University studying Business.
 
 In 2000, Paris began her Northern Virginia Coaching career at York swim club where she coached for 2 seasons.

 

In 2001, Paris helped start Machine Aquatics. She served as team manager and age group coach until 2009 when she stepped off the deck as a full time Machine coach to run the team operations. In addition to managing the team, she is also very active in USA Swimming.

Dan started swimming when he was 4 years old for his neighborhood team, the Marlbank Mudtoads in Yorktown, VA. He swam AAU/USS for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins in Yorktown, VA until the age of fourteen when he moved to Northern Virginia. Dan then swam for Solotar, Oakton High School, and The Vienna Aquatic Club (VAC) GATORS. He started coaching in 1985 as a developmental assistant at VAC and assistant coached there until he graduated from Oakton in 1986.

 

Dan attended College at Old Dominion University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He also swam Division 1 for ODU. That is where he had the honor to be coached on occasion by ASCA Hall of Fame coach Bill Peak. He was very inspired by him and his coaching philosophy.

 

During the summers Dan coached at Dunn Loring for three years before accepting the head coach position at Vienna Aquatic Club. Upon graduation from ODU he worked in the graphic design field for approximately 10 years, all along continuing to coach for VAC in the summer and coach USS for York Swim Club.

 

Dan started Machine Aquatics in 2001 with Christian Doud and his wife, Paris, and strives to be the best coach on the planet. He believes he will never stop learning to be a better coach. He is married to his best friend and partner Paris Jacobs. They have two beautiful children, Lilly and Daniel. 

As a child, Nancy began what would become a life-long love for the sport of swimming. She swam for her local summer swim team, USS Club teams, and her high school swim team. As an adult, she has continued with the sport in many fashions. Before having children, she coached summer swimming and taught swim lessons at the local pool.
 
As a mother of six children she was a stay-at-home mom until her last child entered school. She ran an in-home daycare service at that time taking care of many neighborhood children. When her oldest showed interest in swimming she became involved again. Nancy started coaching summer swimming in 1997 and then moved into USS coaching in 2001. She has taught traditional lessons each summer while coaching. 

In 2008, Nancy was introduced to a family that had lost their son to a back yard pool drowning, which is when I found out about the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) program. Shortly after that she participated and succeeded in the intensive 6-week certification training and has been teaching that year round in the DC area since then. 

Brett has spent many years around pools, whether it’s swimming, doing maintenance, and even building them! He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and the University of Mary Washington where he earned a degree in Business Administration.

 

Brett’s previous jobs have included Camp Director at South Run Rec Center, teacher at Accotink Academy Therapeutic Day School, and coach for several different sports teams.

 

He was brought on to the Machine Swim School at the beginning of 2013, and is very excited to be a part of the rapidly growing company. Although most of his time is spent out of the water, you will occasionally see him filling in for classes!

 

While Brett thoroughly enjoys swimming, his true passions are soccer and music. He is currently a Boys Soccer coach at TC Williams High School and plays in a band, The OK Corral. His soccer team won the state title in 2014, and plans to put out a new album with his band in the same year.

Kevin has always been in the water for one reason or another. He learned to swim at the age of 4. At age 6, he began to swim for the Chantilly National Bluefins under Nancy Monaghan until the age of 18. After his last year of swimming competitively, he began to lifeguard for NV Pools for the next three years where he taught group and private swim lessons throughout the summer. In 2010, Kevin was the assistant coach of the Stone Ridge Sharks. He is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College where he is studying engineering and is planning to transfer at the end of Spring ‘15. Kevin joined Machine Swim School in Spring ‘13 and has enjoyed his time working here. When Kevin is out of the water, he likes spending his time watching TV, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends and family.
Kim started swimming at age five but it wasn’t until she was 10 years old that she began swimming competitively. She was a member of the North Suburban Aquatics Club (Northbrook, IL) for 3 years and swam competitively through high school. She is now a US Master’s swimmer and triathlete. Kim began teaching swim lessons when she turned 16 and has been teaching ever since. She is married and has three daughters to whom she has passed on her love of swimming.
Robin is a mother of five who enjoys swimming. She has been a swim instructor at Oak Marr Recreation Center and started teaching at the Machine Aquatics Swim School in 2013.
 
During the summers her children swim for the Oakton Otters, an NVSL team, and she coaches the club’s Masters group.
 
Robin lives in Oakton, but is originally from Alexandria. She has two B.S. degrees in Finance and Management from VA Tech.  She worked for First Virginia Bank for eleven years before coaching swimming full time. 
Claire started swimming when she was 8 years old with Hunter Mill Swim, and started swimming competitively at 12.  She coached Hunter Mill’s Mini Sharks, and taught private lessons. Claire Continued to swim recreationally but decided to dedicate her time to volleyball and swim recreationally after that. Claire and her father started Vienna Youth Volleyball and Vienna Elite volleyball club, and Claire has been an active coach and referee ever since.   She got back into swimming when she came to work with Machine at the front desk in the Summer of 2015. Claire studies Kinesiology at George Mason University. While she hopes to one day get her masters in Pediatric Occupational Therapy and continue to work with Children.   When Claire isn’t in the water or at the front desk she enjoys spending her time playing beach volleyball or hanging out with her two dogs, her family and her friends.
Maggie Nelsen grew up in Vienna, Virginia and attended The Potomac School in McLean. Throughout her high school and college years she lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at Potomac’s Summer Programs. After graduating from Connecticut College, Maggie was a middle and high school teacher in Malaysia for two years. She has recently moved back to the area and is excited to continue working with children and adolescents at Machine.
Coach Heather starting swimming competitively at the age of 5 for the Elyria YMCA/USS Swim Club in the Lake Erie LSC. Her favorite events were the 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, and 500 Freestyle.
 
 
Coach Heather starting helping with the 8 & Unders on her swim team when she was 14yrs old and started teaching swim lessons at 16 yrs old. She is a certified Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor with the American Red Cross. She started her USA Swimming coaching career in the Georgia LSC with the West Georgia Swim Club in 2005.
 
 
In 2009, she moved to NOVA and coached with the Blue Waves Swim Team.  She has served as a PVS Zone Coach for two short course and two long course trips. Currently, she serves at the Coaches Representative to the PVS Board of Directors. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and abilities. Currently, she works with the Age Group High Performance Group and Age Group Session Program at Audrey Moore Rec Center. Also, she teaches Private Lessons, Semi-private Lessons, Group Lessons, and Competitive Private Lessons (Video Analysis) at the Machine Swim School.
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