Coach Mike has been with the Racers since its inception in 1992, and he has been the head coach since 1997. Mike retired from Richmond Parks and Rec. in 2015 with 25 years of service. He has coached all levels on the Richmond Racers swim team. This year, his primarily responsible will be managing the silver and red levels, but he will float around to different levels from time to time. Mike has been employed with Richmond Public Schools Special Education department for over 35 years. He and his wife have been married 25+ years, and they have 5 children (3 sons and 2 daughters).
Coach Chris was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA where he swam and coached for the City Swordfish for 14 years. He went to VCU where he earned his MT in Early and Elementary Education in 2016. Chris is in his second year of teaching Kindergarten at Harvie Elementary. He was the head coach of the Anirav summer swim team (JRAC) and is in his second year of coaching the Richmond Racers. In his free time, Chris enjoys the outdoors- running, biking, and spending time along the James River with his dog Peaches.
Coach Wells is our senior level coach. He is a product of Richmond Racers; he partook in the Richmond City learn-to-swim program at five years old, then joined the Richmond Racers Swim team to swim until he was 19 years old. He also swam at Southampton Recreation Association for 14 years, and was a member of the James Madison University Club Swim Team for four years. His coaching credits are one year at Willow Oaks Country Club, four years at Southampton Recreation Association, three years of being and executive board member on the JMU Club Swim team, two years as the Trinity Episcopal School Assistant Swim Coach, and a year and a half with the Racers. Wells is also a teacher at St. Michael's Episcopal School. His love and pride in the team is shown through his coaching of the Red, AG Gold, Junior, and Senior groups.
Coach Mikaela has more than 13 years experience in USA swimming. This will be her first year as a coach for the Richmond Racers. She grew up swimming in Portsmouth, Virginia and is excited to plant new swimming roots in the Richmond area. She works with the Blue, Green, and Silver swimmers. Outside of swimming, Mikaela is a full time student at VCU, pursuing her Masters in Teaching.
Coach Nick swam competitively for 15 years. Additionally, he swam summer league for the Granite Marlins when he was 4 years old until he graduated as a Senior. Furthermore, Nick has an extensive club swimming background from his time with the Richmond Racers, as well as Poseidon Swimming. As a college student-athlete, Nick attended The Catholic University of America where he majored in Civil Engineering. During his time at CUA, Nick was a four-year swimmer who was a Landmark Conference All-Conference First-Team Selection in numerous events, Conference Champion, and school record holder in multiple events. Nick's coaching credits include coaching the Granite Marlins in RMAL for 2 years, SwimRVA's development swim program, and the RVA Racers. Nick's intensity and love for swimming can be seen through his involvement with the development of the Racer's AG Gold, Junior, and Senior swimmers. Outside of his involvement with Racers, Nick works for Hourigan as a Project Engineer serving multiple areas of the construction process including Virtual Construction as well as Field Coordination of a project. In his free time, Nick is an avid VCU Basketball fan and likes to remain active by swimming, road biking, and playing a lot of basketball.