Head Swim Coach
Dave Kraft is entering his 26th season as the Head Coach of the Mill Creek Towne (MCT) Marlins.
Coach Dave is a Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) veteran and continues to enjoy the fun of the summer league experience after almost 40 years around the pool. He is proud of what we have built here at MCT. The Marlins have been very successful under his leadership, with many winning seasons, over 225 individuals and almost 100 relays qualifying for MCSL All-Stars. But most importantly, he enjoys continuing the Marlin Spirit!
Prior to MCT, Dave swam for 11 years and coached for three more at Forest Knolls Swim Club in Silver Spring, and swam collegiately for Washington College. In addition to coaching at MCT, Dave is also the National Training Group Coach at Rockville Montgomery Swim Club – Olney (RMSC), where he has coached since 1996.
Over the years, Coach Dave's athletes have recorded over 365 nationally-ranked swims and over 140 1st place finishes at Age Group Championships. His swimmers have broken 80 Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS) records and two National Age Group records. Dave's RMSC swimmers have excelled at the collegiate level, with over 100 going on to compete for college teams (including nine from MCT). They have also been successful nationally, with six swimmers competing at each of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials (two from MCT), and three more qualified for the the 2021 Trials.
Dave won the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) PVS Age Group Coach of the Year Award in 2005, and became the first two-time recipient of the Award in 2009. Dave was inducted in the MCSL Hall of Fame in 2022.
When he’s not around the pool, Coach Dave teaches Calculus and Pre-calculus at Magruder High School. In his time away from work, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and daughters and MCT swimmers Amanda and Allison.
Kraft family photo captured at Coach Dave's induction into the MCSL Hall of Fame on July 12, 2022
Assistant Swim Coach
Teddy Ament joins the Marlins for his 1st season as MCT Assistant Coach.
Teddy grew up swimming for Manor Woods Swim Club, where in addition to being an All-Star swimmer, he assisted with coaching their PreTeam for several years. He also coached at the Montgomery County Stroke & Turn Clinic at Olney. Teddy swam for Coach Dave in the RMSC-Olney NTG group, where he was a Junior National qualifier and scorer, and was Maryland State Champion in 200 and 500 free in 2022. He is completing his freshman year at Saint Louis University, where he broke the school record and scored in 1650 free at the Atlantic 10 Championships. He will transfer to Towson University this Fall, where he will swim and study Biology.