Coach Jake Ball is excited for his third season at Highlands! He has been involved with competitive swimming for 18 years and coaching for 9. In high school, Jake coached in the Rappahannock Swim League, guiding both the Woodland Wahoos and Regency Riptide to their respective division titles. Jake attended and swam for Denison University in Ohio where he graduated in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Geosciences. During the summers, Jake worked with the Dublin Dolphins where they went on to win the 2017 and 2018 league championship titles. After graduation, Jake continued his academics and swimming at George Mason University where he graduated with a Masters Certificate in GIS in 2021. Jake was previously the head coach for Fort Myer Swim Team for the 2020 season before moving to Shark Tank Racing Squad. Currently, he coaches for Marymount University and NCAP Marymount where he works with the Silver and Gold groups. He is a 4-time NCAA All-American, a member of the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Championship Teams, a member of the 2020 Atlantic-10 Championship Team, as well as a 2020 Olympic Trials Finalist in the 100 Breaststroke (Wave 1).
Maggie is excited for another great year at Highlands, this year as the 12&U Head Coach! She has been coaching for Highlands for nine years. Maggie has experience with swimmers of all abilities as she coached adaptive swim in the past. She is a senior at James Madison University where she is studying special education and youth justice.
MK is a junior at Virginia Wesleyan University. She is continuing to swim competitively and is on their college team. MK has been swimming since she was four years old. She swam for Machine Aquatics and Yorktown High School. MK enjoys working with the kids and is excited to be back coaching for Highlands!
Coach Kelli oversees the Highlands Whompers Program and Highlands Swim School and is also the Head Coach of the Highlands Winter Swim Program. Kelli is a longtime NVSL and USS swim coach and current Operations Manager of The Machine Performance Center (Machine Aquatics’ swim school). Kelli is also a trained educator and mother of four, including three current or past Highlands swimmers / coaches.