Shannon started as a competitive swimmer in Montgomery County Four decades ago. Since that time, she has added professional USA swim coaching and swim program building to her resume. Shannon is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level III Certified Coach. She is in her 9thyear-round club season with Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins as a Senior Coach. In this role, she has worked with swimmers of all ages and experience, from beginners to competitive athletes who have ranked number 1 to top 10 in the United States. In addition to team coaching she now oversees the swim lesson, stroke clinic and coach training programs for JFD. Shannon was instrumental in the development and refinement of the training programs and has trained more than 100 coaches. She has used those programs as a foundation to successfully grow community-based, learn-to-swim programs as well as community swim teams in Clarksburg, Germantown and Gaithersburg. She has coached in MCSL for nine years and has been Head Coach for the Manchester Farm Blue Dolphins for the past five years. Shannon’s coaching philosophy is simple: to create a positive, lifelong impact on youth through the sport of swimming, including: fitness, character, teamwork, a persistent drive for excellence in an environment that fosters an appreciation between hard work and personal success.
Caroline Thompson started swimming competitively at the age of 9 in Lexington, Kentucky. When she was 12, her family moved to Montgomery Village, Maryland, and she continued swimming on club teams - first with Solotar Swim Team, and later with RMSC. During summers, she also swam on several MCSL teams in Montgomery Village.
Caroline’s MCSL coaching experience includes serving as assistant head coach for Watkins Mill Swim Team, head coach (three seasons) for Stedwick Swim Team, and head coach for Montgomery Square (2019 - 2021). Recently, she has also worked as a part-time coach for JFD. As a coach, her approach is always informed by the many life lessons to be gained from competitive swimming including working with others, having a healthy approach to competition, completing hard things, and graciously accepting loss as well as victory. Her coaching philosophy has a strong focus on teaching fundamentals in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment.
Caroline has an undergraduate degree in French and communications as well as a master's degree in applied linguistics (TESOL). Over the last twenty years, she has held several positions as an instructor and program manager in higher education and adult education. She currently works as an ELD teacher at Gaithersburg High School.
When not coaching and teaching, Caroline is busy with her family in Rockville. She has three children: Asher, age 25; Kai, age 18; and Savannah, age 15. She is hoping to compete in a few open water swimming events this summer, so you might see her trying to sneak in a little swimming here and there before or after practice! She is very much looking forward to meeting all of the swimmers and their families for the upcoming 2022 season. Go Lionfish!
Hi! My name is Devon May, 18 years old and recently graduated from Quince Orchard High School. I have been swimming for the Lakelands Lionfish since 2009 and swim team has always been the highlight of my summer. I was a Lionfish CIT for 3 years until I became a Junior Coach in 2019. I started coaching lessons and clinics for Joe Flaherty Dolphins for the last 3 years. In addition to swim team, I am on the QO Girls' Basketball team and have also done ballet since I was 3. I am so happy to be returning as a Junior Coach this summer and can't wait to help everyone improve, cheer on their teammates, and spread team spirit. Let's go Lionfish!
Hi! My name is Kai Judge. I’m a 16 year old rising senior at Quince Orchard High School. I’ve been swimming with the Lionfish for as long as I can remember, and the swim season has always been the best part of the summer for me. I have also been a CIT since middle school, about four years total. I’ve been working at the QO pool as a lifeguard over the past year, and even taught a few lessons last summer. I currently swim with Hydrosonic Tiburones year-round in the top group, and have been participating in QO’s marching band since 2017. I can’t wait to swim and coach with the Lionfish for another season and I look forward to meeting all of our swimmers! Let’s go Lakelands Lionfish!!
Hi! My name is Trevor May, and I am a 15 year old rising sophomore at Quince Orchard High School. I have been a member of the Lakelands Lionfish since 2011, and it has been a major part of my life since. Swimming as a whole is a core pillar of my personality, as I am currently in my 9th year of competitive swimming for Hydro-Sonic Tiburones and recently finished my Freshman season of Quince Orchard Swim and Dive. Additionally, I have been a CIT for the Lionfish for 3 years, worked one summer of lessons for Joe-Flaherty’s Dolphins, as well as a season of in-water lessons for Hydro-Sonic Tiburones. Also my sister (Devon May; see above) and I did a great deal of private lessons last summer with experience I gained from the Lionfish. I am ecstatic for my first season with the Lionfish as a coach, and cannot wait to get in the water, have fun and spread Swimming to as many kids as I can.