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We are excited to welcome back Benjamin Murray and Julia Seidel as our head coaches for the 2022 season! Our coaches are passionate about swimming and helping to instill a love for swim team in our children. Learn a little more about each of our coaches below.


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Benjamin Murray Head Coach

Coach Ben is returning for his fourth year of coaching with the Preston Village Tiger Sharks. He has enjoyed swimming since the age of four and is a member of the Purdue Swim Club. His favorite stroke is freestyle, and his favorite event is the 200 IM.

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Julia Seidel Head Coach

Coach Julia has been coaching the Preston Village Tiger Sharks since 2018, and she is excited to be returning for her fourth year as a head coach.  She began swimming competitively during the Tiger Sharks' first season, when she was nine years old.  She attends NC State University, where she studies Industrial Engineering and plays on the club water polo team.

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Emma Despa Assistant Coach

Coach Emma has been a junior coach with the Preston Village Tiger Sharks since 2017, and she is excited to be starting her second year as an assistant coach. She began swimming with the Tiger Sharks at the beginning, way back when it all began, when she was eight years old. She currently attends Green Hope High School, and enjoys volunteering at Marbles Kids Museum!

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Levin Wu Assistant Coach

Coach Levin has been swimming for the Preston Village Tiger Sharks for 4 years and is ready to start another year of coaching as an assistant coach. He began swimming when he was 8 and now swims for the TAC Titans, with his favorite events being 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. He currently attends Green Hope High School and swam in the 2021-2022 high school season for Green Hope.

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Derek Fusco Assistant Coach

Coach Derek has swum in high school for two seasons and is starting his second season swimming for the Preston Village Tiger Sharks. He also helps coach his middle school's Track and Field team when they are in season. Currently, he is a rising Junior at Cardinal Gibbons High School. He enjoys getting involved with the school community and spending time with his close friends. He is super excited to hit the water this season!

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Paul Seidel Assistant Coach

Coach Paul has been a junior coach with the Preston Village Tiger Sharks since 2019. He has swam for the Tigersharks since he was 6 years old. Since age 8, he has been swimming year-round and playing water polo for the Raleigh Seahawks.  Paul also enjoys playing baseball and disc golf.

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