Coaching Staff

TitleNameEmail
Head CoachChris Stevensonchrislstevenson@gmail.com
Assistant CoachAmalia Kobeljamalikobelja@gmail.com
Assistant CoachCharlie Prideauxcharlie9@vt.edu
InternSchuyler Biltzschuylerbiltz@gmail.com

Head Coach: Chris Stevenson

Chris Stevenson comes back for his fourth year as head swim coach at Ridgetop! Chris started swimming competitively in a summer league when he was 7 years old…and has been swimming ever since. Chris is a 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he competed for 4 years and was a two-time honorable mention All-American. In 1984 he represented Greece in the Summer Olympics, finishing 12th in the 100 butterfly; he still competes in swimming events. Chris has a BS in Chemistry from UNC and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Florida. He has been a chemistry professor at the University of Richmond since 1993. He has one son, Ian (18), who is active on the Ridgetop swim team. Chris can be contacted here.

Assistant Coach: Amalia Kobelja

Amalia (Mali) Kobelja also comes back for her fourth year as a Ridgetop coach! Hailing from Fort Wayne, IN, Mali joined Ridgetop after a stellar four-year career swimming for the University of Richmond. Her swimming accolades are too numerous to mention here, but include being named Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer (three times) and being honored as the A10 Scholar-Athlete of the year (twice). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UR in 2014 with a BA in Biology. Mali currently teaches 6th and 7th grade life science at Hungary Creek Middle School and is the head coach at the Northside YMCA, and is pursuing a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Richmond. Mali can be reached here.

Assistant Coach: Charlie Prideaux

We are excited to introduce Charlie Prideaux as a Ridgetop coach this summer! Charlie joined the Ridgetop swim team as a pre-teamer and concluded his 13-year career with the team in 2016. Charlie received multiple best attitude and most improved trophies, and was the 2016 recipient of the Holland award, our team’s most prestigious award given annually to the single swimmer who has been the most committed to the ideals of our team. He graduated from Douglas Freeman in 2016 where he was captain of the cross-country team and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a proud eagle scout of troop 799. Charlie just completed his first year at Virginia Tech where he competed on the running club and swim club. Charlie can be reached here.

Intern: Schuyler Biltz

Schuyler Biltz returns for her second year as our swim coach intern! Schuyler joined the RT swim team in 2005 as a pre-teamer and has swam every season since. On top of her numerous Ridgetop Top 10 swims, Schuyler has annually received numbers end-of-the-season awards, including nine High-Point awards, and currently holds 14 team records (7 individual, 7 relays). Beyond her numerous swimming accolades, Schuyler has been a model Ridgetop swimmer: she was the 2014 recipient of Holland Award, our teams highest honor. She is currently attending and is very involved at Glen Allen High School. Schuyler can be contacted here.