RESTON, VA – Reston Community Center is pleased to announce Matthew McCall has been hired as RCC’s new Aquatics Director. McCall, 41, assumes the role following the retirement of Joe Leary, who retired in 2017 after 27 years at RCC.
Taking over at RCC is somewhat of a homecoming for McCall, who, after attending various schools abroad, graduated from South Lakes High School in 1995 and competed for SLHS’ swim team. His first aquatics job was lifeguarding for Reston Association. McCall swam collegiately at Transylvania University in Kentucky and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
“I was amazed at how much Reston has grown over the years but excited to learn that the same principles and values of inclusion and caring are still so evident here,” said McCall. “Reston has an incredible sense of community, and so far in my short time here, I have seen how connected RCC and the RCC staff are to the community.” McCall said his goal is to get as many people as possible involved with swimming. “Swimming is a skill that sticks with you for life, and our goal is to give every child in Reston that skill.”
McCall previously held aquatics operations leadership positions in Orlando (with the Walt Disney Company) and St. Peters, MO (St. Peters Rec-Plex). In St. Peters, McCall was the Recreation Leader of Aquatics for a center that featured a 50-meter indoor pool, a 3,300-square-foot leisure pool, and a world-class diving facility that hosted the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.
RCC Executive Director Leila Gordon welcomed Matt McCall to the RCC team. “He was hired from a very competitive process, and the Board of Governors was involved in his selection. We are extremely pleased to have Matt with us. He has incredible enthusiasm, and I am sure his expertise is going to lend itself to future success in the renovated Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center.”
Patrons can meet Matt McCall by visiting the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center at RCC Hunters Woods. Bring your swimsuit.