Learn About our Staff & 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. 

 
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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.

 
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Sam Brownell, Chief Financial Officer

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:

Laura Ritter, St. Albans Pool Coach
With SDS since 2012
9 years of coaching experience and 14 years of teaching experience
4-year letter winner in high school and played water polo in college

Ruby Blackstone - Program Coach, Bronze, Age Group 3, Age Group 1

Ingrid Cross - Age Group 2
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. 

Madison Hardimon - Age Group 3

Peter Karl – Program Coach, Silver, HS Conditioning, 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. 

Erica Meissner – Program Coach, Age Group 3

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 – Program Coach, 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. 

Matt Frentsos – Program Coach, Silver
From Cincinnati, Ohio and went to the University of Missouri. He currently lives in Bethesda, MD and is a Pre-K teacher. He is a Select Coach at St. Albans and has been with the team for 3 years.

Lab School Coaches:

Malena Lair Ferrari – Pool Coach, 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.

Tim Ware, Program Coach, Age Group3 and 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. This is Tim’s third season with the Sea Devils. 

 

South Run Coaches:

Kelly Pastva – South Run Pool Coach; 
With SDS since 2013

Fernando Delgado - Program Coach, Silver, HS Conditioning, Age Group 1
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.

Chelsea Fox – Program Coach, Age Group 3 and Age Group 2

Aimee Hooper - Program Coach, Select
From Clifton Park, NY and went to James Madison University. She lives in Arlington, VA and when off the deck she is a teacher in Fairfax County. During the summer season she coaches at Army Navy Country Club. At out South Run location she coaches Age Group 1 and out Select Program. This is her second year with the team. 

Doug Kraemer- Program Coach, Gold and Silver
With SDS since 2016

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.