Making strokes toward a successful season


Ashley Wolff, Wahoos head coach, joined by Carl and Ashley Ravensbergen work with the younger team members in the different skill groups during the team’s swim clinic at Kleinfeldchen swimming pool in Wiesbaden Aug. 14.

Ashley Wolff, Wahoos head coach, joined by Carl and Ashley Ravensbergen work with the younger team members in the different skill groups during the team’s swim clinic at Kleinfeldchen swimming pool in Wiesbaden Aug. 14.

Wahoos holds swim clinic to ready for upcoming season

The discipline, structure and high standards of major military academies inspired the theme at this year’s Wahoos’ summer swim clinic as the team got to know its new coach.

The team welcomed Ashley Wolff who chose the theme and focused all training around the premise, “The Road to Glory Starts Here” during the two-week program conducted at Kleinfeldchen pool in Wiesbaden.

The program was one week for beginning swimmers and focused on fundamentals followed by a second week of more intense training and conditioning for intermediate and advanced swimmers.


Beginners developed a basic understanding of the four competitive strokes — freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly — and learned about competitive rules, starts and turns.

Wolff also assessed the skills of new swimmers aspiring to join the team.

“These swimmers have been really eager and excited and are so much fun to work with,” said Wolff. “Our goal was to help swimmers develop enough to compete with the team during the season.”

The intermediate and advanced clinic centered on developing and refining core stroke techniques and delved into competitive workouts.

“We wanted to jump start the season by putting in some really hard work,” said Wolff, “so we trained using the same workouts as the four military academy swim teams.”

Wolff takes over as head coach for the 2013-14 season, following two years as head coach for the Heidelberg Sea Lions. She has been a United States swimming coach since 2000 and has almost 20 years of swim instruction experience.

When asked about her goals and expectation for the upcoming season, she said she looks forward to having “a large team of eager and committed swimmers who develop a love of sport and competition. I want to develop well-rounded swimmers who are highly competitive both in the European Forces Swim League, and if they transition back to United States swimming in the future.”

Wolff was assisted on deck by assistant coach Rebecca Kuhn and swim instructor Rose Roddy. Experienced, veteran Wahoo and EFSL championship swimmers Sophie Parker, Carl Ravensbergen, Amanda Ravensbergen and Kristy Peng also served as assistant coaches.

More information about the Wahoos such as new swimmer information, coaching opportunities or season schedule is available at www.wiesbadenwahoos.com or email swimwahoos@yahoo.com.