The Waverly Piranhas Swim Club Coaching Staff

The Waverly Piranhas Swim Club is a USA Swimming certified organization.  This includes having our coaches USA Swimming certified.  USA Swimming holds their coaches to a higher standard so you can trust that your swimmers are in good hands and are receiving quality swim instruction while at practice and meets.

Dana Pontious

Head Coach

Dana comes from Wolverine Lake, Michigan and attended Walled Lake Central High School.  She began swimming in the 5th grade for the Lakes Area Tridents Swimming Team.  Dana swam varsity for her high school team all four years, serving as team captain for her junior and senior years. In the off-season for high school swimming, Dana swam for the South Lyon Aquatics.  While she swam each event in high school at least once, Dana specialized in swimming freestyle sprints – particularly the 50 & 100 freestyle and on relay teams.  In her junior year of high school, Dana began teaching swim lessons to kids ages 12 & under; those students ranged in ability from beginner to advanced.  Currently, Dana attends MSU where she studies psychology and neuroscience.  Although she is no longer on a swim team, Dana still goes to the pool a few times each week for exercise and to train for her new passion, triathlons.  Over the course of her 8 years of swimming, she had 12 different swim coaches who each impacted her and helped hone her swimming skills.  Dana enjoys sharing all her knowledge with the Waverly Piranhas and helping each swimmer reach their full potential.

Dani Fowler

Asssistant Coach

Dani is a Piranhas Alumni!  She first started swimming with the Piranhas back in 2000.  She swam with Waverly all the way through to middle school and her freshman year of high school.  Her freshman season was cut short due to a shoulder injury and surgery.  She continued swimming and played water polo her sophomore through senior years at Grand Ledge High school.  Dani has a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and is currently a 2nd year student in a Physical Therapy Assistant program at Kellogg.  Dani has continued to follow her love of swimming by swimming Michigan Masters, an adult swim league.  In 2018 she qualified for and attended Nationals with the Michigan Masters Team for the 100 and 200 Breaststroke.  She looks forward to working with the kids, working on stroke technique, and giving back to the program where she got her start swimming competitively.  Go Piranhas!

Megan Fulton

Assistant Coach

Megan has been a swimmer for 11 years.   She attended Haslett High School and swam for both the Haslett High School girls varsity team and for Spartan Swim Club.  Upon graduation, she went on to swim one semester at Albright College in Pennsylvania; it was a wonderful experience, and she feels very grateful for the time and experience that she had there.  Megan has two dogs named Jojo and Zoi;  She loves them both immensely and they’re a huge part of her life!   She is currently attending LCC and plans to transfer to MSU for User Experience. Megan is very excited to be a part of the team, and looks forward to helping everyone grow and develop into even better swimmers! 

Brooke Popour

Assistant Coach

Brooke started swimming in sixth grade for the Wolfe Middle School Warriors.   She swam there for 3 years and then moved on to swim for her high school, Center Line High School.   She was captain of her high school Varsity swim team in both her junior and senior year.  She was also named MVP for her junior and senior year.  Her favorite, and most accomplished stroke, was the Breaststroke, even though she also swam the 200 Individual Medley.  In her off seasons she would go to the middle school to help with their swim team and also help recruit new swimmers for the team.  Brooke is currently a student at Michigan State University and is pursuing a Supply Chain Management Business degree.

Emily Zagata

Assistant Coach

Emily is from Bay City, Michigan and attended Bay City Western High School, where she swam all four years of her high school career. Emily specialized in swimming the 100 breaststroke and the 50/100 freestyle. Emily also helped coach the Middle School girls team throughout her high school years. She currently attends Michigan State University where she is majoring in Communications and minoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She plans to become a speech language pathologist. Emily has been involved with CrossFit for the past four years. Emily can’t wait to teach the Piranhas all she has learned from swim throughout the years.

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