Timothy W Conley
Primary Group: Senior 1
Tim Conley was named Head Coach of the Rays in May of 2013. Tim came to the Rays from YSSC in Greenville/Spartanburg where he was for 9 years. In those 9 years Tim was named Age Group Coach of the Year by the coaches of South Carolina 7 times. He was not only the first age group coach to receive the honor in back to back seasons, but 5 years in a row. In 9 years Tim and his colleagues at YSSC took the team from 75 swimmers in 2004 to 475+ swimmers currently. The team is nationally ranked in all levels of competition from Age Group to Senior. His impact upon the teams he has worked for and the entire state has been felt at every meet his swimmers attend. Tim is a passionate coach who cares deeply about each and every swimmer he has the opportunity to work with. He prides himself on getting to know the swimmers both in the water and out. His attention to stroke technique and his ability to challenge young athletes mentally and physically has earned him the respect of swimmers and parents. Not one to EVER sit down on pool deck, Tim breaths electric energy into the Rays program. Tim has been a part of numerous South Carolina Zone Teams as both an asst and head coach. He was the age group chair for the board at South Carolina Swimming for 4 years and is currently serving as the Coaches Rep for the SC Swimming Board of directors. He was also named 2014-2015 South Carolina Coach of the Year in April of 2015 by his coaching peers in the state!
Tim hails from Drexel Hill, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Tim graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in accounting. While attending college, Tim coached the Chambersburg YMCA and was the Head Coach of the James Buchanan HS. Tim is devout fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and sometimes the Sixers. Tim, his wife Katie, and their new son Charlie enjoy spending time with their poochs, Sophie and Missy.
Preston N Parrish
Lead Site Coach RHAC
Primary Groups: Assisting with Senior 1, Pre-Senior 1, and Pre-Senior 2 at RHAC
Attention Rays Families:
We have exciting news for the Rays Program. We are proud to announce the hiring of Preston Parrish as the Asst Senior Coach and new Lead site coach for the Rock Hill Aquatics Center. Coach Preston will assist Coach Tim and Coach Lynn with the running of the Senior and Pre-Senior groups at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center. He will also assist in the daily admin of the team. Coach Preston brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and will be tasked with continuing to develop the Rays into a top program in the state and nationwide. His focus will be on preparing our senior and pre-senior athletes for success in and out of the water while focusing on the details and development of our younger athletes.
Preston is entering his 9th year coaching as he joins the Rays Staff. He has worked with some of the top programs in the county. Most recently he has been working with the senior athletes at the South Carolina Swim Club in Charleston, SC. He has also coached for SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte, NC, Carmel Swim Club in Indiana, and the University of South Carolina throughout his career.
Preston has served on different USA swimming camps operating throughout his career as Head Manager for the National Select Camp in 2015.
As an athlete, Preston swam for the College of Charleston - helping lead the Cougars to back-to-back conference titles in 2008 and 2009. He is a former team record holder in backstroke and sprint freestyle events as well free and medley relays. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He also has a graduate degree in sports and entertainment management.
He is extremely excited to begin his journey coaching with the RAYS, working with Coach Tim and the other coaches and of course helping the athletes be the best athletes they can be.
Coach Preston’s email and information will be added to the website in the coming days. His first day coaching will be April 17th.
Welcome Coach Preston, we are thrilled to have you be a part of the Upper Palmetto YMCA RAYS Family!
Lynn M Williams
RHAC - Pre-Senior 1 Coach
Primary Groups: Pre-Senior 1 & 2.
Coach Lynn was the founding coach of the RAYS when the team was formed in 1988, and served as the head coach for the next 25 years until 2013. Prior to that time, she was the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex in Fort Mill. She began her coaching career in Kershaw, South Carolina as a summer league coach. Lynn’s experience includes 1992 S.C. Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year, two-time South Carolina Swimming Zone Team Assistant Coach, and one time South Carolina Swimming Head Zone Coach. Lynn has coached and taught at all levels of swimming from beginners to Junior National Qualifiers and Zone finalists.
Coach Lynn has announced that she is stepping aside as head coach effective May 31, 2013. She has been blessed with a new grandson this past spring, and this will allow her to enjoy more time with her family and especially her grandson. She is working with Coach Tim for a smooth transition and she is excited for the continued growth and success of the RAYS. She will continue to be on deck as coach of our Gold and Silver groups. Lynn is a native of Kershaw, South Carolina and lives in Fort Mill with her husband Tom. Their grown children, C.C. and Griffen, are former members of the RAYS team.
Cindy Lou VanBuskirk
RHAC - Manta Rays / Blue Rays
Primary Groups: Manta Rays and Blue Rays Group
Cindy joined the RAYS coaching staff in 2005. She has coached many levels for the RAYS team, from age group to a season as interim senior coach 2012-2013. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach the Blue and Manta groups starting this season.
Cindy was head coach of the Tega Cay Breakers summer league team from 2001-2014. She is head coach of the Fort Mill High School boys and girls swim team. She has been coach of this team since 2008. She has led the FMHS boys and girls team to 8 consecutive Region Champion titles, the girls team to five state team silver medals and the boys team to back-to-back team state championships in 2010 and 2011.
Cindy was awarded the National Federation of High Schools 2014 State Coach of the year and the High School Sports Report 2014 AAAA Swim Coach of the Year.
Cindy swam competitively from the age of 8 through high school in Waterloo, Iowa. She participated in YMCA, AAU and high school swimming. Cindy is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Cindy has loved participating in many sports over the years, however, her true passion is competitive swimming! Cindy and her husband Jamie, are parents of three children, Alex and twins Julia and Sam. Her children are busy with their own lives, having graduated from college!
The RAYS are beyond fortunate to have Coach Cindy on staff to help out when needed. She provides an extensiveness amount of swimming knowledge to an already great staff!
Rachel M Mitchell
RHAC - Pre-Senior 2 / Electric Rays
RHAC - Mini-Rays Coordinator
Primary Groups: Mini-Rays Level 1, 2, & 3
Kristin grew up in Charlotte where she met her husband Joe. During their marriage they had moved out of the area which during that time she had three children all boys. When the oldest son asked her if he could swim I immediately took him to the nearest Y that had a team. That is where it all began. With that team just starting up the head coach needed another coach and that is where Kristin stepped in. That was 8 years ago. Since then they have moved back to the area. Kristin is entering her 6th year with the RAYS. With her love for children and attention to detail as she teaches the MINIs brings joy to all around her. Kristin now lives in Fort Mill where she is a substitute teacher.
Coach Kris Martin's attention to the DETAILS in the sport of swimming and putting her loving and caring spin on it for our Mini-Rays is what establishes a great foundation and love for the sport of swmming!
Courtney M Fetchen
RHAC - Mini Rays Asst.
Primary Groups: Mini Rays Level 1, 2 and 3
Courtney grew up in Summerville, SC where she began swimming for her local summer league team when she was five. After that she swam for several other teams including the Summerville YMCA, Summerville High School, and Mount Pleasant Swim Club. Courtney recently transferred to Winthrop University from University of South Carolina and is studying finance. This summer she worked as a lifeguard for the Summerville YMCA and the city of North Charleston, and currently lifeguards at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center YMCA. Courtney is very excited to work with the RAYS!
Susan R Snyder
RHAC - Fill in Coach
Primary Groups: Coach Sue does not have a primary group and fills in when needed by the Coaching Staff
Sue has been coaching with the RAYS since 2002, and she is also the head coach for the Northwestern High School swim team and the head coach for the Rock Hill Country Club swim team in the summer Metrolina Swim League. Sue is a Greenville native and a graduate of Clemson University, where she was a member of the crew team. Sue is a science teacher at Northwestern High School. She lives in Rock Hill with her husband, Zach, who is a teacher and coach at South Pointe High School, their son Jonah, and their cats.
Sue is another coach that the Rays use to fill in when needed. Sue brings electric energy and a strong passion for the sport that is unmatched and is contagious for the kids she gets the opportunity to work with!
Katie M Wright
CSD - Aquatic Director & Coach
Primary Groups: Overseeing the CSD RAYS Program & Age Group 2
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Coach Katie Wright (formally Katie Bayag) moved around a bit because of her father’s work. She has lived in Des Moines, Iowa; Holly Springs, and Raleigh, North Carolina. With every move, her passion and love for swimming continued to grow. Katie and her sister started swimming for the RAYS when their family moved to Rock Hill in July 2005. After graduating from Northwestern High School in 2007, she attended Wingate University. Katie swam for two years with the Wingate Bulldogs, NCAA Division II. While at Wingate she was an all-conference performer. In 2008, she was a member of the conference champion 400 Free and Medley relay teams.
After completing two years at Wingate, she transferred to the College of Charleston in 2009. She graduated from the College of Charleston in May 2012 with a degree in Arts Management.
Coach Katie began her coaching career in high school as a summer assistant coach at Rock Hill Country Club. During her five years in college, Katie dedicated her time and sharing her love for the sport as a head coach in the Metrolina (summer) League. She recently joined the RAYS coaching staff in September 2012, as the Junior and Bronze coach. Katie is excited about the future of the RAYS program and beginning a new life with her husband, Blake Wright.
Doug H Fleck
CSD - Pre-Senior 1 & 2 & AG 1 Coach
Primary Groups: Pre-Senior 2
Coach Doug joins the Rays staff in the Fall of 2015 and brings with him an extensive wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport of swimming. Doug has been coaching for over 50 years. He has coached all levels of swimming from beginner to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. He is also an avid masters swimmer!
Coach Doug will also be assisting Coach Tim with the Senior 1 athletes and Coach Lynn with the Pre-Senior 2 Athletes. Since Doug is a tremendous asset to the Rays staff and swimmers he will be utilized with all the groups as much as possible.
CSD - Mini Rays Coordinator
Ann H Small
USC Lancaster Head Site Coach
Primary Groups: USC Lancaster Head Site Coach
Please welcome Coach Ann Smalls to the Rays Coaching staff. Coach Ann is the Aquatics Director and Head Site Coach for the RAYS USC Lancaster satellite team. More Info to Come!