Sarah (McCall) Fortney swam for 11 years with Pilot Aquatic Club (now Tennessee Aquatics). In her time with Pilot, she was a senior national qualifier in 4 events and a 6-time Tennessee State High School Champion (Bearden). Sarah went on to swim for the University of Tennessee from 2005-2009 where she was a 400 IM and 200 Breaststroke specialist. In 2009, Sarah was named "Miss Tennessee", awarded to a student-athlete for success in academics, athletics, and service in the community. Sarah currently serves on the University of Tennessee Lettermen's Board. Sarah has coached for the past 17 summers with GKAISA. She coached at Bearden High School from 2009-2013, and she served as the Outreach Coordinator for Tennessee Aquatics teaching learn-to-swim for children with special needs and serving inner city youth through a partnership with the Emerald Youth Foundation from 2013-2016. This will be Sarah's 12th summer with the Village Green Gators. Sarah currently works as an elementary Speech-Language Pathologist and is employed with Knox County Schools. She serves on the Board of Directors for Reach Them to Teach Them, a non-profit devoted to inspiring educators. Sarah is married to former Vol swimmer, Stephen Fortney, and has two little boys, Graham and Hayes. She enjoys running, hanging out with friends and family, and of course dancing! She is looking forward to another fabulous summer! (1/27/22)
Jessie is really excited to be spending her eighth summer as a Village Green Gator Coach! Jessie was a GKAISA swimmer growing up, and she always loved being a part of a swim team. Jessie was a high school standout soccer player at Farragut High School where she was named All-State, All-KIL, All-Region, and All-District. Jessie continued her soccer career playing collegiately for Carson Newman University as a defender from 2006-2010. Jessie currently is in her 10th year of teaching first grade and is at Farragut Primary School. Jessie is currently coaching soccer at Hardin Valley. She is really looking forward to a fun and exciting summer here at Village Green!
Maddie Stephens is a Knoxville native and proud University of Tennessee alumna (Go Vols!). She graduated in 2019 with a degree in English and has worked as a public relations specialist for UT for the last 3 years. She started swimming at the age of five and grew up swimming for Village Green Swim Team and Farragut High School Swim and Dive Team. Maddie has coached for five years—four summers with Village Green as an assistant coach, a season with Farragut Middle School Swim Team as an assistant coach, and a season with West Valley Swim and Dive Team as co-head coach. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly. She loves helping swimmers grow, build community, and find joy in the sport. In her free time, Maddie enjoys working out with friends at her cross-fit gym, reading at local coffee shops, and spending time with her family.
Kamila Nosarzewski swam 5 years for Village Green while also swimming for Tennessee Aquatics. Kamila was a letterman all four years for Knoxville Catholic Swim Team while also the Team Captain Senior year. Kamila is a recent graduate from University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She was the 2017 recipient of the Tom Schumann Scholarship award at the GKAISA City Meet. She competed with both USA swimming and Para-swimming for 5 years. She represented the Southeastern Zone at the Zone Championships in 2016 and 2017. Kamila also competed in the Paralympics World Trials where she represented the USA. Kamila worked alongside Sarah Fortney teaching learn-to-swim for children with special needs serving inner city youth through a partnership with the Emerald Youth Foundation from 2013-2016. She is currently coaching for Tennessee Aquatics as a Pre competitive lead coach. In her free time she likes to workout, cook new meals and hangout outside with friends and family. Kamila has always had VG close to her heart and cannot wait for this summer with the kids!
Coach Josh will be with us at meets and most Fridays this year! This year will be his eleventh year coaching at VG after swimming at Village Green for 2 years. As a swimmer, Josh broke 3 city meet records at VG, was a high school state qualifier at Knoxville Catholic, and a NCAA D3 Honorable Mention All-American at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from CMU in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and works in Oak Ridge. He also is an assistant swim coach with Knoxville Catholic High School. Josh enjoys backstroke, working out, golfing, watching sports, and food. Go Gators Go!
Abby Severns swam for Village Green for 12 years, and she also swam for Farragut High School. She placed first overall in the 50 freestyle two years in a row, and made it to City Finals every year that she swam. Abby also was a rower for Atomic Rowing in Oak Ridge and was captain of the team her senior year. She is currently a student at the University of Tennessee and enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and the outdoors. Abby is so excited about coaching for Village Green this fourth summer!
This will be Sam Melhorn’s second year as a coach for Village Green. Sam swam 9 years for Village Green where he was a City Meet champion and multiple time finalist. Sam also swam for 8 years at Tennessee Aquatics and specialized in breaststroke and IM. Sam is a recent graduate of Hendrix college where he double majored in Physics and Music. He also swam competitively at Hendrix College where he holds 9 school records and was a conference champion. He was also the team captain his senior year. Most recently, Sam was Co-Head Coach of the West Valley Middle School swim team where they went undefeated and won City Meet. In his free time Sam enjoys playing disc golf, making music, and hanging out with his two cats Fred and Frank.
This will be Julian’s second year as a coach for Village Green. Julian was a Village Green swimmer for 7 years, during which he won a first place in the 50 Breaststroke and made it to City Meet finals each year he swam. He also swam at Farragut and Knoxville Catholic High Schools, where he was a letterman for two years at both schools. Julian was a swimmer for the Knoxville area swim teams Prime and Tennessee Aquatics, where he went to multiple national swimming events. He swam internationally in Brazil and Poland and is now studying at the University of Tennessee, majoring in Geology and minoring in Portuguese. Other than swimming, Julian is an avid skier and is currently on the sailing team at his university. Julian has a love for Village Green and can’t wait to give back to the team that he loves.
This will be Mara’s 10th year with the Village Green Swim Team, and first year coaching. Mara swam for Village Green for 9 years as well as the Prime Aquatics and Farragut High School Swim Team, where she was a two time state finalist. She was a 6 time letterman in both track and swimming and a co-captain her senior year. Currently, Mara attends Wofford College where she runs track and is possibly majoring in psychology. She enjoys spending time with her friends and watching movies in her free time! Mara can’t wait to meet everyone and is looking forward to a great summer. Go Gators!
This will be Emma McCollum’s first year as a coach for Village Green Gators. She swam for the Gators in her childhood and swam for Knoxville Catholic all throughout high school as captain for two of those years. Currently, Emma is a rising sophomore at Auburn University where she is majoring in marketing. Besides swim as a big part of her life she also loves to travel, snowboard, and play lacrosse in her free time. Village Green has always been a second home to her and she is so excited to coach this year!