Coaches & Directors


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Coaching Staff

Ross J Hedrick

Head Coach/Program Director


Ross began his coaching career while in college at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He was hired to work with the Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club's National training group, high school development program and learn-to-swim groups. Ross was later hired to lead a satellite team for the Franco's FINS Swim Team in Slidell, LA. After three successful seasons directing the satellite program, Ross was advanced to Head Coach of Franco's FINS. The FINS became a Top-5 team in the state and Ross had a swimmer qualify for Senior Nationals within his first 16 months in charge.

In 2003, Ross accepted an offer to move to Colorado to become the Head Age Group Coach for Highlands Ranch Aquatics. During his tenure, HRA became a Top-3 team in the state. After three successful seasons, he was hired to be the Head Coach of the Woodmoor Waves in Monument, Colorado. The Waves year-round programs doubled in size culminating with their first Sectional Championship Team.

Beginning April 2011, Ross created the PEAK Swim Team, a coach-owned program. In the four year existence of PEAK, the team grew from a very young collection of swimmers to a very successful group that included two individual State Champions and five Sectional Championship participants.

Ross has served on the Boards of both the Mountain Swim League (Colorado Springs) and Colorado Swimming, Inc. In 2009, he was elected to be Age Group Vice-Chair for Colorado Swimming.

In 2007, Ross was recognized by ASCA as Colorado Swimming's "Age Group Coach of the Year".

Ross is married to Shannon Scott Hedrick. They have two kids, Kendal and Kayden. 

Marshall Scott Love

Lead Coach: Riptide & Masters


Marshall has been the foundation of Nu Wave’s 8&U Developmental Group (Riptide) since 1997, and serves as the Nu Wave Masters Head Coach.

Marshall is the founder/owner of Love Swimming. Love Swimming is New Orleans’ best swim lesson program. Many current Nu Wave swimmers have started their swimming careers with our partners at Love Swimming (

Marshall’s past achievements have seen him serve as the Head Age Group Coach for the Aggie Swim Club from 1991-1997. During this time, Marshall was recognized by the American Swim Coaches Association with the “Councilman Creative Coaching Award” in 1995.

During his time with Nu Wave, Marshall has also served as the Head Coach ACANA (Costa Rica National Champion Team), 1998-2000, and been recognized with the Social Entrepreneurship Award in 1999.

Marshall received his B.S. from Texas A&M University (Magna Cum Laude), M.A. from Tulane University in Latin American Studies '98 and M.B.A. from Tulane University '99 (Cum Laude).

Elizabeth Mary Cook

Assistant Coach: Riptide Group


Kylie Ann Kastes

Lead Coach: White Caps & Varsity


Kylie Kastes is a native of Palm Harbor, Florida. She swam for Cashel Mack at West Florida Lighting Aquatics and competed for Countryside High School. Kylie's highlights for her swimming career include qualifying for the U.S. Open Water Nationals, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open and claiming an FHSAA state title. 

After graduating high school, Kylie had big dreams of swimming in the most competitive conference, the SEC. She earned an opportunity to swim for world renowned coaches, Jeff Poppell and Todd Mann, at the University of Arkansas. While swimming for the Razorbacks, Kylie qualified for numerous national meets, including the SEC Championships, and earned SEC Academic Honor Roll for her freshman and sophomore years.  After competing in the SEC for two seasons and gaining invaluable knowledge about technique, training and most importantly, how to succeed at the highest level of competition, Kylie transferred to Tulane University for the re-birth of the swimming program. While at Tulane, she earned the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year Award along with the Commissioner Academic Honor Roll for all four semesters. Along with swimming, Kylie was a dual sport athlete competing in Cross Country for the Green Wave. She recently qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon. 

Kylie also has a twin sister, Katie Kastes, who swam for The University of California Berkeley, where she became an NCAA Champion and two time Olympic Trials Qualifier. 

Jonathan R Lindquist

Lead Coach: Tidal Wave Group


Jonathan comes to Nu Wave from a long history of swimming starting with a YMCA team on the Jersey Shore. In high school, he was a founding member of the swim team at Freehold Township H.S. and still holds many of the team records. Jonathan earned a B.A. from Fordham University in New York City and swam on scholarship for the varsity Division I swim team in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  In college, he specialized in the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as the 50 freestyle.

 Jonathan relocated to New Orleans after graduating to participate in a post-Katrina volunteer program where he rebuilt houses throughout the city.  Since, Jonathan has worked for numerous non-profit organizations and is currently employed by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  During the summer and fall, Jonathan teaches and coaches swimming at Newman School and is proud to have brought home the Louisiana State Championship for the the Men's and Women's team this year.

Jonathan is coaching the Tidal Wave and Cyclone Groups Uptown at the Tulane Reily Center and is excited to see the group growing and improving every day.  

Jonathan is the son of Richard and Kathryn Lindquist who still reside in New Jersey and has a sister, Kristin, living in Scranton, PA.

Leslie A Tomlinson

Lead Coach: Cyclone Group


Coach Leslie began her coaching career at Crawfish Aquatics in 2002 while attending LSU as an undergraduate majoring in Geography. She worked with 6 and Unders and 9-10’s and enjoyed the experience of teaching better skills while getting swimmers excited for the sport.

Coach Leslie began coaching for the Irvine Novaquatics in 2009 where she worked with swimmers of all ages helping many 9-14 year old swimmers achieve Junior Olympic and Far Western time standards. She assisted with groups in which swimmers achieved National, Junior National, and Olympic Trial Cuts. She was fortunate enough to attend the 2011 National Select Camp at the Olympic Training center with one of her swimmers. She assisted in running the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships as well as 3 Junior National Long Course meets and 3 National Long Course Meets.

In addition to Coach Leslie’s club coaching experience she was Head Coach for the Lake Forest II Dolphins Summer League, Assistant Coach for Soka University, and founding Head Coach for Crean Lutheran High School. In her second season at Crean Lutheran, the team won League Championships, placed 4th at CIF, and held 4 CIF records.

In her spare time Coach Leslie loves teaching yoga, practicing Ashtanga, camping, reading, swim meet commentating, and enjoying nature.

Sarah E Corcoran

Lead Coach: Tsunami Group


Sarah began her coaching career with the Denver Hilltoppers in 2003. Over 11 years, she held many titles and had an influence over several training groups. Most recently, Sarah was in charge of the pre-Senior Group that sent several athletes to the Sectional Championships on a regular basis.

Sarah represented Colorado as a member of both the All Star and Zones coaching staffs from 2008-2013 and again in 2015.

Prior to her coaching career, Sarah grew up swimming in Englewood, CO for the Aces Swim Club where she became a Junior/Senior National Qualifier from 1991-1999. Sarah became a collegiate swimmer at the University of Denver. From 1999-2002, Sarah was a NCAA Division I Qualifier in the 50/100/200 Free events and the Sun Belt Champion in 2002.

Away from the pool, Sarah has a passion for Yoga. She is currently a certified Forrest Yoga Instructor.

Matty W Knips

Assistant Coach: Tsunami/Senior/National


Coach Matty is a Louisiana native and has a long history of swimming, starting with the Hurricane Swim Club. He swam throughout high school and received a scholarship to swim at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from OBU in Speech Communication in 2005.

He began his coaching career in 2007 while at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  He coached the men’s and women’s swim team in their inaugural year in competition and also helped bring them to NCAA Division II nationals the same year.

Coach Matty moved back to Louisiana in 2008 and has been teaching middle school Math for the past 8 years while also coaching in both New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish.

Coach Matty received his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014 from the University of New Orleans.  In his spare time he enjoys running, cycling, and playing with his dog, Milo. 


Board of Directors

Angele Thionville



Yvette Endom



Tripp Edwards



Richard Armond

Coordinator of Volunteers


Rhonda Dumas



Tamara Jacobson

Member at Large


Liliana Duronslet



Greg Johnson