About the Blue Marlins Swim Team
The Blue Marlins Swim Team is a summer swim team in the Northwest Aquatic League (NWAL). The team is made up of swimmers, boys and girls, ages 4 to 18 years. Our swimmers come from Oak Forest/Garden Oaks, Candlelight, Inwood, Timbergrove/Lazybrook, Forest West, the Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. The team is managed by a group of volunteers that make up the Swim Team Board of Directors; however, all the parents who step up and volunteer throughout the season are essential to our success. The Blue Marlins are coached by 4 employed swim coaches.
2019 Swim Team Board
President - Mary Beth Witt
Vice President - Michael Berry
Treasurer - Crissy Wabnitz
Team Representative - Shannon Muehleman
Secretary - Jessica Lucas
Volunteer Coordinator -Traci Riley
Concessions Coordinator - Shannon Yaege
Equipment Managers - Ken and Michelle Naff
IT Manager - Gabriella Kardoud
2019 Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Donna Skorupinski
Coach Donna has been coaching the Blue Marlins for 20 years. She is currently the Kindergarten - 5th grade computer teacher at St. Michael Catholic School. She has been the head coach for the swim team at St. Thomas High School and Duchesne Academy for 2 years. She also teaches private swim lessons in summer. This is her 19th year as the Blue Marlins Head Coach.
Assistant Coach – Van Arthur Jones
Coach Van is in his 6th year as a Blue Marlins coach. However, Coach Van is no stranger to the water. He began swimming at the age of 6 coached by his father on the Westbury Swim Team. He has worked for Dad’s Club since 2010 as a lifeguard, swim instructor, a streamline assistant, and assistant coach of the summer league team. This past school year he also became an assistant coach for the St. Thomas and Duchesne Academy Swim Teams. He is currently attending Houston Community College and is working on a degree in Geology. Coach Van is CPR trained.
Assistant Coach – Ashlyn Biggers
Coach Ashlyn may be a new coach this year but she is not new to the team. She first started swimming with the Blue Marlins Team when she was 8 years old and continued all throughout high school. Coach Ashlyn started working as a lifeguard at Dad’s Club when she was 15 years old and started teaching swim lessons not too long after. She will be attending A&M University this coming fall and working on her degree in Kinesiology.
Junior Assistant Coach- Andrew Malcolm
Where are we Located?
White Oak Conference Center
Houston, Texas 77088