Liz Badley is excited to return as the Hammerheads Head Coach in 2018!
She began her coaching career on the ice in 1996 as a junior coach for the skate-4-fun summer skate camp, coaching both roller blading and ice skating. She transferred her coaching skills to the water in 1998 and has coached or taught swimming for a USA swim club's Swim School, Worldgate Sport and Health, RSTA, Reston Association, NVSL, Herndon Community Center, Oak Marr Rec Center, South Lakes High School, Herndon Aquatic Club, and the Potomac Valley Zones Team. In 2001 she added dive coach to her resume, working with Chantilly High School (01-02), South Lakes High School (05-present), Herndon Community Center (06-present), and Oak Marr Rec Center (07-2015).
Liz doesn’t just coach swimming when she’s on the pool deck. She uses swimming as a place to practice life skills, such as goal setting, hard work, dedication, and confidence, which will outlast the swimmer’s time on the pool deck. She brings her passionate belief that every swimmer is capable of success to every practice and every interaction with the kids.
Outside of coaching, Liz loves running, open water swimming, photography, and her puppy Penny! The kids joke that they can hear Coach Liz underwater because her cheering is so loud at meets! She has worked full time for the Reston Association in the parks and recreation maintenance facility for the past 8 years.
Megan Wright is excited to return as the Head Assistant Coach of the Hammerheads for 2018!
Megan is originally from Wilmington, Delaware and moved to the Reston area 4 years ago. Megan graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Exercise Science, upon graduation she started working at a physical therapy clinic when she decided to go back to school to become a teacher as she missed working with kids. Megan is currently a first grade teacher at Coates Elementary in Herndon. Growing up you could not get Megan away from the pool. Megan was on swim team year round from 5 years old until graduating at 18. The last few years on the summer team she helped coach the 6 and unders. Once old enough she became a lifeguard and swim instructor where she taught swim lessons for 7 years. Outside of swimming and teaching Megan likes to travel back to Delaware to spend time with family and friends as well as visiting the beach. You can often catch her relaxing watching a movie, going for a bike ride or walk.
One of my favorite parts of summer is the Herndon Swim Team, that's why I'm very excited to officially join the coaching staff for the first time! I became a Hammerhead when I was 5 years old and I am now a rising Junior at Bishop O’Connell High School and on the O’Connell Varsity Swim and Dive Team. I also compete for Machine Aquatics. Additionally, I'm in my second year working as a lifeguard at the pool. You could call me a “Pool Rat” since this is where you’ll usually find me during the summer. I’m looking forward to cheering on my teammates and helping out the next generation of swimmers at practices and meets. Let’s go Hammerheads!
I began swimming when I was about 6 years old on the Kingstream Kahunas swim team. I swam there for about five years, joined the Herndon Hammerheads and I loved it! This year is my sixth year with the Hammerheads and I am very excited to be a coach this summer too! I have assisted with the youngest swimmers for the past couple of years and I have really enjoyed the experience. I am a rising Junior at Herndon High School and I was on the Herndon High School swim team my freshman year. This will be my first year working as a lifeguard at the pool. I can’t wait to swim, cheer on the team, and help teach the little swimmers this year!
I have been a member of the Herndon Hammerheads since I was eight and I always look forward to the fun times to be had on the team. I love doing the meet themes and all the crazy traditions of the Hammerheads. I am a graduating senior and will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall. This past winter I swam on the Herndon High School Swim and Dive team where I swam backstroke and butterfly. This is my first year working as a coach. I am excited to help all the kids and hopefully give them a fun filled summer and inspire them to keep swimming and coach in the future!