DC Trident Hire Cyndi Gallagher to Lead All-Female Coaching Staff

The DC Trident of the International Swimming League (ISL) have announced former UCLA head coach Cyndi Gallagher as their first-ever head coach. Gallagher retired as the head coach of the UCLA women’s swimming & diving team in May after 31 years in charge.

What’s more, the team has added Rachel Stratton-Mills and Stefanie Moreno of their staff, committing to have an all-female coaching staff. Stratton-Mills is the associate head coach at Arizona State, while Moreno is the associate head coach at Georgia.

“Along with the roster that we’ve been able to construct, this incredible coaching staff makes me very proud,” said Kaitlin Sandeno, General Manager of D.C. Trident. “It’s not every day that you can say you’re making history, but this group of amazing, talented, experienced and passionate women is truly making history by becoming one of the first all-female coaching staff in professional sports.”

Editor’s note: The Indiana Fever of the WNBA have an all-female coaching staff, and the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA have an all-female on-court coaching staff with a male strength and conditioning coach.

Sandeno attended and swam for USC – which is the traditional cross-town rivalry school of UCLA.

In Gallagher’s career at UCLA, the swimming & diving team produced 11 Olympians, 21 Pac-10/Pac-12 Champions, and 91 NCAA All-Americans. She has also coached internationally as head coach for the USA at the 2007 World University Games and was an assistant at the 1997, 2005, and 2007 World University Games. She was also responsible for coaching 3 swimmers at the 2008 Olympic Games – Kim Vandenberg, Amanda Beard, and Singapore’s Nicolette Teo.

Stratton-Mills currently is associate head coach at Arizona State, and has previously served as an assistant at Dartmouth and Maryland. She was the head coach for the 2011 National Select Camp and a member of the US coaching staff at the 2012 Short Course World Championships and 2011 World Junior Championships. While coaching at Asphalt Green in New York City, she trained then-high school student Lia Neal on to the 2012 Olympic Team where she won a bronze medal as part of the team’s 400 free relay. Neal is now a team captain with another ISL team, the New York Breakers.

Moreno was a 28-time NCAA All-American and 4-time national champion at Georgia as an athlete, is now the program’s associate head coach. She’s spent 1 season in that role after 6 seasons as an assistant. Prior to her return to Georgia as a coach, she spent 4 years as an assistant and associate head coach at Ohio State, and another 3 as an assistant at Missouri.

The DC Trident kick off their season on October 5th and 6th in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they’ll race against the Cali Condors, the Rome-based Aqua Centurions, and Energy Standard.

DC Trident’s 2019 Season Roster:

Women Men
Anika Apostalon Tristan Hollard
Brianna Throssell Zach Apple
Lisa Bratton Kevin Cordes
Natalie Coughlin Jay Litherland
Bethany Galat Cody Miller
Sarah Gibson Abrahm DeVine
Siobhán Haughey Robert Howard
Madison Kennedy Giles Smith
Katie Ledecky Jérémy Stravius
Leiston Pickett Zach Harting
Sian Whittaker Andreas Vazaios
Emma Barksdale Velimir Stjepanovic
Leah Neale Ian Finnerty
Zane Grothe

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Lisa Schaffer

Fantastic choice of all three coaches. We will be rooting hard for DC Trident! Where do we buy the team t-shirts?


They should hire Allison Beebe too. She has nothing to do now.


Great idea, SwimCoach….if you want her to destroy that team too.

Cmon now

Now Rachel Stratton Mills is coaching the other Lia Neal, Leah Neale. Weird.

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