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We are here to support your needs. If you have questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmer's coach or Coach Tim.  Below the coaches is a list of parents who dedicated a lot of time to the program and helping families with various questions. Please feel free to look below and one of us will help you. If you don't know who to ask, ask Coach Tim! coachtim@swimrays.com, 803-817-7665

Coach Site Groups Coaching Email Phone
Conley, Tim   Oversee all groups coachtim@swimrays.com 803-817-7665
         
Parrish, Preston Rock Hill Aquatics Center Lead Site Coach for RHAC, RHAC - Senior 1, RHAC - Pre-Senior 2 prestonparrish@upymca.org 803-817-7665
Williams, Lynn Rock Hill Aquatics Center RHAC - Pre-Senior 1 coachlynn@swimrays.com Email
Vanbuskirk, Cindy Rock Hill Aquatics Center RHAC - Manta Rays, RHAC - Blue Rays coachcindy@swimrays.com Email
Martin, Kris Rock Hill Aquatics Center RHAC - Atlantic Rays, RHAC - All 3 Levels of Mini Rays coachkris@swimrays.com Email
Mitchell, Rachel Rock Hill Aquatics Center Asst Coach for RHAC - Atlantic Rays, RHAC - All 3 levels of Mini Rays rmitchell1031@gmail.com Email
Wilson, Malaika Rock Hill Aquatics Center Asst Coach for RHAC - Atlantic Rays, RHAC - All 3 levels of Mini Rays malaikawilson@yahoo.com Email
Snyder, Sue Rock Hill Aquatics Center Fill In Coach     
         
Wright, Katie CSD Community YMCA Lead Site Coach for CSD Y, CSDY - Blue Rays coachkatie_b@swimrays.com 803-831-9622
Rickman, Holly CSD Community YMCA CSDY - Pre-Senior 1, CSDY - Manta Rays coachrickman2016@gmail.com Email
Fleck, Doug CSD Community YMCA CSDY - Pre-Senior 2, CSDY - Electric Rays dougfleck53@gmail.com Email
Jones, Lisa CSD Community YMCA CSDY - Mini Rays Coordinator esthergirl@mail.com Email
         
Allen, Liz Fort Mill YMCA FMY Lead Coach lizallen@upymca.org Email
Namowicz, Kylie Fort Mill YMCA Asst Mini Rays Coach   Contact Liz
         
Small, Ann USC-Lancaster USCL Lead Coach asmall@mailbox.sc.edu Email
Coaching Staff

Tim Conley

Head Coach

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Head Coach of Rays and Upper Palmetto YMCA Association Director of Aquatics

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, son Charlie, and Daughter Abigail enjoy spending time with their poochs, Sophie and Missy.

Preston Parrish

Lead Site Coach RHAC

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Preston Parrish is the assistant 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 various USA swimming camps operating throughout his career, including serving as the Head Manager for the Men's 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 as freestyle and medley relays. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He also has a graduate degree in sports and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina.

He is extremely excited to be 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. 

Lynn M Williams

RHAC - Pre-Senior 1 Coach

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Primary Groups: Pre-Senior 1 & 2 and All RAYS Hosted meet info

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

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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! 

Kristin Martin

RHAC - Mini-Rays Coordinator

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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!

Rachel M Mitchell

RHAC - Atlantic / Mini Rays

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Primary Groups: Asst for Atlantic Rays and All 3 level of Mini Rays on Thursday / Friday / Saturday 

Rachel is a Special Education Major and Coaching Minor at Winthrop University.  I'm originally from Summerville SC and began swimming competitively when I was 10 and swam up through high school.  I have played many sports through the years but swimming has always been my true passion.  At Winthrop I work with Special Olympics swimming, basketball, and soccer as well as with our Think College Progam and one day hope to have my own Middle School Special Education Classroom.  Eventually I plan to get my Masters in Autism to do in home therapy.

Malaika Wilson

RHAC - Mini Rays Asst.

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Primary Groups: Assists with Atlantic and all 3 levels of Mini Rays at RHAC

I am a senior at Winthrop University and I am majoring in Spanish with a minor in International Studies and working on a second minor in Leadership. I call Lexington, South Carolina home. My love for swimming started when I was really young, however, I did not start swimming competitively until around the age of 9. My freshman year of college I decided to become a certified lifeguard and swim instructor so that I could get back in the water helping teach/coach kids the sport I love. At Winthrop, I am a part of the World Ambassadors club and I help out in the Study Abroad office as a CEA Ambassador. I would love to one day be able to combine my love for travel with swimming and go back to countries and orphanages I have visited to teach them, as well as locals, how to swim and be safe in and around the water. 

Katie M Wright

CSD - Blue Rays / Lead Site Coach

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Primary Groups: CSDY - Blue Rays  & Overseeing the CSD RAYS Program

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.

Holly P Rickman

CSD - Pre-Senior 1 / Manta Rays

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Primary Groups: CSDY - Pre-Senior 1, CSDY - Manta Rays

Head Site Coach and Adminstrative Asst to Katie Wright with regards to Swim Team related items at the CSD Community YMCA Branch of RAYS

Coach Holly was the head coach at South Aiken High, Aiken SC in 2016.   In her first year as head coach she coached the girl’s team to a AAAA state champions, a school first.  The boy’s team went undefeated in season and placed second at the AAAA state championship, also a school first.  Rickman was named 2016 coach of the year by the South Carolina press.

           

Coach Holly was one of the founding members of Aiken Pacer Aquatic Club.  As the Head Coach, during APAC’s first season, she lead the team to a 10th place State finish with 18 athletes.  She also coached several athletes to first time state and sectional cut times.

 

Coach Holly was born and raised in New England.  She started swimming when she was 10 years old. She completed all the way up to the YMCA National Level.  She also competed in junior Olympics, and qualified for US opens. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Rhetoric and Communications.  While swimming for the Richmond Spider’s she qualified for a NCAA B cut her freshman year in the 1650-yard freestyle.  Her time of 16:49.27 held the Richmond record for several years along with her 1000-yard freestyle time of 10:11.43 and her 500-yard freestyle time of 4:55.83. In 2011, she was inducted into the hall of fame. Coach Holly married her husband, Forrest, in 2009.  They have two beautiful children; Jefferson and Delaney.

Doug H Fleck

CSD - Pre-Senior 2 / Electric

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Primary Groups: CSDY - Pre-Senior 2 and Electric Rays, Asst Coach for Pre-Senior 1 and Manta Rays

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!

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Lisa Jones

CSD - Mini Rays Coordinator

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Liz Allen

Fort Mill YMCA Aquatics Director

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Fort Mill YMCA Aquatics Director and Lead Site Coach for the Fort Mill YMCA Mini Rays Program

Bio to Come

 

We are.... PENN STATE!

Ann H Small

USC Lancaster Head Site Coach

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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!

 

Susan R Snyder

RHAC - Fill in Coach

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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!

 

Board of Directors

Lynn M Williams

Swim Meet Coordinator

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Tim Conley

Billing Questions

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Aimee McMillan

RAYS Apparel Questions

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