Learn About our Staff & Swim Coaches

Staff

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Melanie McKula, President and Chief Executive Officer

(Our fearless leader!) Current President and Chief Executive Officer for The Capitol Sea Devils. She is originally from New Jersey and went to Penn State University. She currently lives in Great Falls, VA and also works as an office manager for a Title and Abstracting company in Fairfax. She has been with Sea Devils since 2004, first as a clinic coach then in the Developmental and Age Group programs. 

Contact: admin@seadevils.org

 
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Ian Handerhan, Head Coach & Director of Coaching

Ian has been with SDS since 2008 and has worked at every level of the program and currently coaches the Gold and Senior Training programs at the Wilson HS site. Ian also serves as the Head Swim Coach at both Army Navy Country Club (10 years) and Thomas Jefferson HSST (5 years). At the latter he has coached 5 individual All-Americans (achieving 20 All-American times) and 7 All-American relay teams bringing home 5 Conference, 3 Region, and 1 State title. In his free time he teaches Latin and Computer classes at St. Agnes School in Arlington.

Contact: ianhanderhan@seadevils.org

 
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Sam Brownell, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer for The Capitol Sea Devils. Sam is from Silver Spring, MD and went to Loyola University in Maryland. He lives in Washington, DC and he runs a wealth management firm focused on providing family office services to high net worth families. He began swimming with the Sea Devils at age 8 and has swam under the direction of current coach Peter Karl and former coach Rory Lewis. He currently coaches Gold and Senior groups at our Wilson Location. He has coached for the Sea Devils in two different terms starting in 2006.

 

Peter J. Karl, Head Coach Emeritus

From New Jersey and went to Ohio Wesleyan and University of Maryland. He currently lives in Silver Spring and is an avid youth program, security, and building maintenance volunteer at his Church. He is formerly a coach at Army Navy Country Club, St. John’s College High School, and B-CC High School. He Currently coaches Age Group 3 and Silver programs at Holton and St. Albans. Peter has 40 years of coaching experience and has been with the Sea Devils since 1977.

 

St. Albans Coaches:

Ingrid Cross - St. Albans Pool Coach, Age Group 2 and 3, HS Conditioning
From Centerport, NY and went to High Point University. She lives on Capitol Hill and works for the American Medical Association in Political Affairs. She is the Pool Coach at St. Albans as well as a coach for Age Group 2, Age Group 3, and our H.S. Conditioning group. She has been with the Sea Devils since 2017. 

Ruby Blackstone - Program Coach, Silver, Age Group 3

Trey McKula – Program Coach, Select
Trey grew swimming in the PVS area. He began swimming with Sea Devils clinic program at the age of 7, trained under head coach emeritus Peter Karl, and has coached various programs with Sea Devils over the last 7 years. Trey attended the University of Virginia and is a consultant with Accenture Federal during his time outside of the pool.

Tim Ware, Program Coach, Select
From Doylestown, PA and went to the University of Delaware. He now lives in Bethesda, MD and works at GEICO as a Brand Planner. Tim coaches Age Group 3 and Select at St. Albans. Tim started with the Sea Devils in 2016. 

Peter Karl – Program Coach, Silver, Age Group 3
From New Jersey and went to Ohio Wesleyan and University of Maryland. He currently lives in Silver Spring and is an avid youth program, security, and building maintenance volunteer at his Church. He is formerly a coach at Army Navy Country Club, St. John’s College High School, and B-CC High School. He Currently coaches Age Group 3 and Silver programs at Holton and St. Albans. Peter has 40 years of coaching experience and has been with the Sea Devils since 1977. 

Molly Branson – Program Coach, Age Group 2

Paige Sass - Program Coach, Age Group 1

Basira Knight - Program Coach, Age Group 1

Francesca Tinucci - Program Coach, Age Group 3

Grace Freeman - Program Coach, Age Group 2


Holton Coaches:

Micky Minutoli - Holton- Arms Pool Coach: Age Group 1 and Bronze
From Boston, MA and went to UMass Amherst and Hofstra University. He lives in Vienna, VA and is an Elementary Physical Education Teacher when not on deck. He coaches Age Group 1 and the Bronze group at our Holton Arms location. Micky has been with the Sea Devils since 2008. 

Peter Karl – Holton Arms Pool Coach: Program Coach, Age Group 3 and Silver
From New Jersey and went to Ohio Wesleyan and University of Maryland. He currently lives in Silver Spring and is an avid youth program, security, and building maintenance volunteer at his Church. He is formerly a coach at Army Navy Country Club, St. John’s College High School, and B-CC High School. He Currently coaches Age Group 3 and Silver programs at Holton and St. Albans. Peter has 40 years of coaching experience and has been with the Sea Devils since 1977. 

Allie Brown - Program Coach, Age Group 2

Malena Lair Ferrari – Program Coach, Select 
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and went to Ursinus College. She currently lives in Bethesda, MD and teaches at the German International School of Washington, DC. During the summertime she is the Head Coach for the Bannockburn Swim Team. She is a Select coach at Holton, St. Albans, as well as Wilson. She began swimming with the Sea Devils at age 8 and has swum under the direction of former coach Rory Lewis.

Kristin Pugh - Program Coach, Age Group 1

South Run Coaches:

Doug Kraemer- Pool Coach, Program Coach, Gold
With SDS since 2016

Fernando Delgado - Program Coach, Silver, HS Conditioning,
Originally from the Philippines and now lives in Fairfax, VA. Outside of Sea Devils he is a coach at Onelife Fitness and an Aquatics Director in Fairfax. He coaches our H.S. Conditioning group and Silver Group out at South Run. He has been with the team since 2013.

Sinhye Won – Program Coach, Age Group 3

Haley Won- Program Coach, Bronze and Age Group 3
With SDS since 2017

JeMoon Won- Program Coach, Age Group 2 and 3
Swam with SDS growing up before attending Mount St. Mary’s where she was on the varsity swim team. Has been with SDS since 2018 as a coach.

Jared Diallo - Program Caoch, Silver and Age Group 2

Stacey Melnikova - Program Coach, Masters

Wilson Pool Coaches:

Ian Handerhan – Program Coach, Senior and Gold
Head Coach and Director of Coaching at The Capitol Sea Devils. Ian was born and bread in Arlington, VA and went to Washington & Lee University. When off the deck (wait…theres life outside of swimming?) he is a teacher of Latin and Math at St. Agnes School. He coaches at Army Navy Country Club as well as Thomas Jefferson High School. He is the Gold and Senior Program coach at our Wilson location. Ian has been with the Sea Devils since 2008 and has worked within all our program levels.

Sam Brownell – Program Coach, Senior and Gold
Chief Financial Officer for The Capitol Sea Devils. Sam is from Silver Spring, MD and went to Loyola University in Maryland. He lives in Washington, DC and he runs a wealth management firm focused on providing family office services to high net worth families. He began swimming with the Sea Devils at age 8 and has swam under the direction of current coach Peter Karl and former coach Rory Lewis. He currently coaches Gold and Senior groups at our Wilson Location. He has coached for the Sea Devils in two different terms starting in 2006.