Tertius Raubenheimer

Head Squash Professional, Club Manager, Owner 

Born and raised in South Africa, Tertius picked up squash at the age of 12 and went on to represent his country on the professional squash tour after high school, reaching a career high world ranking of 138. Coaching both children and adults has been his passion for the last 20 years. Prior to managing Monmouth Squash Club & Swim School, Tertius was a squash pro at Westchester Squash Club and New York Athletic Club. In addition to managing our club, Tertius is an American Red Cross trained and certified lifeguard and a Certified Pool Operator. 

“I love squash because of the discipline and intense focus that is required to play at a high level, and the collegial sportsmanship and integrity that it instills in all players. I love being a part of the warm, welcoming, and inclusive community at Monmouth Squash Club & Swim School. Our team is passionate to serve and share our expertise with you and your family.”

Brian Kilpatrick

Aquatics Director

Brian Kilpatrick is one of the most experienced swim instructors on the Jersey Shore and we are honored to have Mister Brian run the swim program at Monmouth Squash and Swim School. He has taught swimming for 29 years, while running aquatic programs at the Red Bank, Ocean County, Freehold, Old Bridge and Raritan Valley YMCA’s. In addition to teaching thousands of children and adults to swim, he has trained numerous lifeguards, swim instructors and has coached multiple swim teams.

“This is the Jersey Shore and we’re surrounded by water: the ocean, rivers, and many backyard pools. Knowing how to swim and having proper water safety skills are absolutely essential for children and adults. Sadly, drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, and this tragedy is preventable. Swimming is the only sport that can save your child’s life.”

Violet Hoagland

Assistant Manager and Swim Instructor

Violet was born and raised in Monmouth County and developed a love for the water at a young age. She worked as a pool and ocean lifeguard for five years and transitioning to teaching swimming was a natural transition for her. Violet worked in Athletics Administration for three years at the University of the South and was a varsity member of their field hockey team.

“Teaching swimming has been a passion for me, my years as a lifeguard showed the importance of learning to swim and my own love of the water inspires me to help kids find that same enjoyment from swimming.”

Eileen Puca

Group Fitness Manager

Eileen is a certified fitness instructor with over 10 years of experience. She brings a passion for both aqua fitness and rowing classes. She has managed her own rowing and fitness company in addition to teaching numerous group fitness classes at the YMCA (Red Bank) and SwimQuest Swim (Tinton Falls). In addition, Eileen is an accomplished triathlon and marathon competitor.

Dave Ripple

Senior Swim Instructor

Dave has had a passion for swimming for most of his life, swimming competitively from age six through high school. While he enjoyed giving informal swim lessons through most of his life, Dave recently received his formal swim instructor certification as a Water Safety Instructor by the American Red Cross. In his prior role as Aquatics Director at Cambridge Club of Aberdeen, Dave was responsible for managing safe pool operations with the added pleasure of providing group swim and water safety lessons for its summer day camp, with ages ranging from three to 12. Additionally, Dave provided one-on-one swim lessons to both children and adults.

“Where do I get my passion to teach swimming? It’s simply from the immeasurable joy that I share with a child or adult as they advance from uncertainty and fear, to competence and confidence and mastery in the water.” 

Jen Madsen

Senior Swim Instructor

Jen has been teaching children and adults how to swim for the past 15 years.  She began her training at the Red Bank YMCA, working there for seven years as a swim instructor and deck supervisor. Jen obtained both her Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Certifications through the American Red Cross. Her specialty is teaching preschoolers, but she also enjoys working with toddlers (including parent/child instruction), older children, as well as adults. Jen uses a multi-sensory approach to learning and adapts her teaching to meet each individual’s needs and bring out the best in all swimmers.

“I love teaching children how to swim, and being able to watch them improve in front of my eyes! Teaching swimming has taught me patience, discipline, and communication skills and I enjoy it so much.”

Katy Funk

Senior Swim Instructor

Katy began competitive swimming at age 8, and competed through the age of 18 for the YMCA and her high school. She began teaching at age 14 as an instructor aid, and became dual-certified lifeguard and swim instructor at age 16 years for both the YMCA and American Red Cross, teaching levels ranging from parent / child through competitive swimming. Katy also works as a nurse, and finds solace and happiness in swim instruction. 

“I love seeing children’s shining eyes and that “ah ha” moment when my student understands and executes the stroke with correct technique. Whether it’s learning basic swimming or fine-tuning a competitive swimmer’s stroke, this is what I love to do.”

Stephanie Washeleski

Senior Swim Instructor

Stephanie grew up on the Jersey Shore, in Ocean Grove, and was a beach lover right from birth. She took to the water like a fish, with her mom having to pull her out at the end of many summer days. She participated in Junior Lifeguards growing up and competed on her high school swim team. While in high school, Stephanie begin working as a lifeguard in Ocean Grove and as an aide for swim lessons at the Boys & Girls’ Club. In college, she became an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. Through the years Stephanie has added to her American Red Cross certificates to include Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, and Lifeguard Management. She continues to show her love for the water as she teaches swim lessons and coaches both high school swimming and summer recreation league swimming. Stephanie is dedicated to education and servicing the community, as she has been a Teacher of the Deaf for the past 16 years.