Meet our Coaches

Meet our Coaches



Coach- Sean Young

Sean grew up just around the corner in Bon Air.  He swam at Poseidon before going on to swim at Mary Washington College. During college he worked as a coach in the RMAL at Bon Air, where he also spend his summers swimming. Since Sean started teaching high school English, he coached high school and summer league teams in Northern Virginia before he and his family moved back to Richmond in 2009. Currently, Sean is an English teacher for Henrico County Public Schools.  This is his fourth summer as the Head Coach for SLRA.  Go Sharks!


 Coach – Mark Van Deren


Mark Van Deren grew up swimming in Newport News. He was a scholarship swimmer and conference finalist at Ohio University and Old Dominion University. Mark has 20 years of coaching experience having worked with USA Swimming, summer league, US Masters and YMCA swimming teams in Virginia and North Carolina. He recently transitioned to a career as an educator with Chesterfield County Public Schools. Mark and his wife, Emily, have three sons – Jackson (8), Brady (6) and Camden (4 months). Jackson is a member of Sharks swim team.