Brandermill Community Association

Meet the Coaches

Sean Pratt

Sean grew up in Roanoke, VA and his mother was the coach. ” I played a different sport every season, baseball in the spring, swimming in the summer, soccer in the fall, wrestling, and basketball in the winter… so I know that I expect kids to try all kinds of sports. Swimming is not just about swimming fast, lap after lap… We have a lot fun!”

Sean started coaching for the Makos in 2010 when he was asked to help coach the youngest swimmers, his son’s group, the 6-unders. The next summer Sean took over more and more responsibilities with the team and has been the head coach since 2012. Sean has coached his son and his daughter, as Makos, and has been able to coach the team with his daughter this summer. Sean knows that summer swimming is a family event, where swimmers of all ages are on the same team, and he is living that with his family.

Stephanie York

My husband, Chris, and I have been Brandermill residents for 18 years.  In fact, I am actually a native of Chesterfield County, and as a child/teenager, I spent the summer months swimming for Central Chesterfield Community Center which later became known as Gregory’s Pond Swim Team. I have three boys, Josh (22), Justin (20), and Jonathan (18),  two of whom swam for Brandermill several years ago.  It is exciting to be returning to the team as an assistant coach.  I have coached various teams over the last few years and have also had experience teaching private swim lessons and assisting with swim clinics.  Many of my weekends over the last 11 years have been spent poolside watching two of my boys compete on a year-round swim team.  Justin, my non-swimmer, is a competitive archer and is a member of the  Liberty University Archery Team.  (Go Flames!!)  Prior to having children, I taught elementary school in Chesterfield County.  During the school months, I am a homeschooling mom and teacher at two local homeschool co-ops in the area.

Karah Rogness

I have been swimming competitively for 13 years. From 2005-2014 I swam for brandermill in the summer. 2009-2018 I swam fall and winter with Midlothian YMCA. I coached there for a year, and I have been giving Private swim lessons for almost 2 years now. I am currently 18 years old (19 in June), and my favorite stroke is backstroke. My future goal is to get my bachelor’s of science and nursing and work in labor and delivery.

Sydney Tarrh

I’m 17 years old and have been swimming for the Makos since I was 7. I swam year-round for 3 years (age 10-13) with Quest Swimming and that’s when I realized I would love to coach. This summer will be my third year as an assistant coach for the best team in RMAL. 🙂 I attend Clover Hill High School as a rising senior and hope to become a certified lifeguard soon. I have experience working with kids and am CPR certified. I’m beyond excited to share my swimming experience and my joy with Brandermill’s swimmers this season because they bring so much joy to me.