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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.  For all questions related to billing and payment of fees, please contact Diane Case, our Team Administrator, at teamadmin@swimrays.com.   

Coaching Staff

Timothy W Conley

Head Coach & Branch Director

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Primary Group: Senior 1 & Pre-Senior 2

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.

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 was recently married to Katie Conley and they enjoy spending time with their poochs, Sophie and Missy.

Lynn Williams

Asst Senior Coach - Pre-Senior 1

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Primary Groups: Pre-Senior 1 

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.

Griffen P Williams

Asst Senior Coach - Pre-Senior 2

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Primary Groups: Pre-Senior 2

Bio will be posted shortly

Katie M Wright

Age Group Coach - Manta Rays / Blue Rays

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Coach Katie has been on the staff for a few years and has recenty become the Program Director for the Rock Hill Aquatic Center.

Primary Groups: Manta Rays & Blue Rays

Bio To Come... And Name change to come since Coach Katie was recently Married!!!

Sarah Beth B Slinkard

Age Group Coach - Atlantic Rays

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The UPYMCA Rays would like to introduce one of our newest coaches...

Sarah Beth Slinkard

Primary Group: Atlantic Group

Sarah Beth has 14 years of swimming experience and 9 years of coaching experience.  She began competitive swimming at age 11 with the Sunkist Swim Team in Jackson, MS.  She swam for two years at the University of Rhode Island and then transferred to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she was captain of the women's swim team for the 2010-2011 season!!  She was the head coach of the Jackson Country Club summer swim team from 2009-2011 and was an assistant coach for the Mississippi Makos Club Swim Team in 2011.  She has taught private lessons for 10 years to swimmers ages 2-73.  She continues to swim recreationally and enjoy competing in triathlons.

Sarah Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and excitement to the RAYS coaching staff and we are all excited to have her! 

Kristin Martin

Age Group Coach - Mini-Rays Coordinator

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Coach Kris Martin is entering her 4th year on the Rays coach staff!

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!

Libby Streitenberger

Age Group Coach - Electric Rays

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We are proud to announce the hiring of two new coaches to be the lead coaches for Electric Rays. To ensure a smooth transition myself and Coach Cindy will still be helping out with the group when our schedules allow for the remainder of the short course season.

Libby Steitenberger and Sam Fulmer will be the newest additions to the staff. Sam will be covering Mondays and any other days she can. Libby will be covering the Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays Schedules.

Libby Streitenberger is a recent graduate from Winthrop University. “I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Health. I am originally from Hilton Head Island, SC and swam competitively for Hilton Head Aquatics for 13 years. I am currently working toward my goal of being accepted into Physical Therapy school in order to peruse a degree in physical therapy. I have a passion for fitness and love the sport of swimming!”

Coach Tim will still be the go to contact with any questions for the group but we are excited to have these two energetic ladies join the staff and lead the group into the final phase of the season. 

Sam Fulmer

Age Group Coach - Electric Rays

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We are proud to announce the hiring of two new coaches to be the lead coaches for Electric Rays. To ensure a smooth transition Coach Tim and Coach Cindy will still be helping out with the group when our schedules allow for the remainder of the short course season.

 

Libby Steitenberger and Sam Fulmer will be the newest additions to the staff. Sam will be covering Mondays and any other days she can. Libby will be covering the Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays Schedules.

Samantha “Sam” Fulmer. “I am currently working on my master’s in education specializing in school counseling. I have a bachelors of arts in Psychology. My passion is to work in an elementary school as a guidance counselor helping children grow and learn in a safe environment.  I have been a part of the YMCA since 2002 starting out as a competitive swimmer for YSSC at the middle tiger YMCA in Spartanburg. After many years of local, state, and even 2 YMCA national swim meets I decided to put swimming on the back burner as I traveled to Rock Hill to Winthrop University gaining a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. I have also been with the Aquatics center, Carolina Crossing, and Charlotte Ave YMCA for the past three years working as a lifeguard. Now I am excited to be on the other side of the swimming pool as a part time coach for the electric rays.

Coach Tim will still be the go to contact with any questions for the group but we are excited to have these two energetic ladies join the staff and lead the group into the final phase of the season. 

Cory Cox

Strength & Conditioning / Mini-Rays

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The UPYMCA Rays would like to introduce you to another new coach… Cory Cox.

 

Primary Groups: Dryland for all groups, and will assist coaching in all groups as well.

 

Cory comes to the RAYS with an extensive amount of strength and conditioning experience as well as swimming. Cory is presently the Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Winthrop University. Cory graduated from Longwood University with a Major in Kinesiology and a Minor in Coaching. Cory has spent many years perfecting his craft and still making time to enjoy his love of coaching and swimming.

The Rays are very fortunate to have Cory join the staff and help us develop a fitness program out of the pool that will enable all RAYS who are willing to excel.

Katie B Conley

Age Group / Senior Coach

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Primary Groups: Coach Katie does not have a primary group and fills in when needed by the Coaching Staff

Coach Katie Conley will help out the Rays coaching staff when needed especially with the Mini-Rays group in the month of September. She is the wife of Head Swim Coach, Tim Conley. Katie is also an employee for the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Katie is very excited to be a part of the UPYMCA Rays! Her passion for swimming goes back to when she was 5 years old on the Indian River Community College summer league team. Katie swam competitively for 10 years at St. Edwards Aquatics and with the St. Lucie YMCA River Rats until she moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. After graduation Katie moved to Gainesville FL where she coached for Makos Aquatic Club and Gator Swim Club. From Gainesville she moved to Greenville SC (best decision of her life) and coached at Y-Spartaquatic Swim Club where she met her amazing husband.

It has always been Katie's dream to be a swim coach. She was fortunate to have the opportunity right out of college. Katie has experience coaching a wide range of age groups from small children to high school and masters. She is excited to get to know the RAYS family and help with coaching and other team functions!

 

 

Cindy VanBuskirk

Age Group / Senior Coach

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Primary Groups: Coach Cindy does not have a primary group and fills in when needed by the Coaching Staff

 

Cindy originally joined the RAYS coaching staff in 2005, and has coached various levels for the team from age group to being a very successful interim senior Coach! She is head coach of the Tega Cay breakers in the summer Metrolina Swim League from 2001-2013. She swam competitively from the age of 8 through high school in Waterloo, Iowa. She participated in YMCA, AAU, and high chool swimming. Cindy is a graduate of Ia Stat University where she majored in Elementary Education. She is a competitive tennis player but her number one love is swimming! Cindy and her husband, Jamie, are the parents of three children, Alex and twins Julia and Sam, all of whom are now in 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! 

Susan Snyder

Age Group / Senior 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!

 

Charner S Boney

Age Group Coach

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Coach Charner is entering his 2nd year of being on the UPYMCA Rays Coaching Staff

Charner does not have a primary group. He fills in when needed 

Email: coachcharner@swimrays.com

 Native to Hilton Head Island, SC, Coach Charner has been in the swimming world for over 9 years. He swam for the Bluffton Fins year round, Bluffton Red Fish during the summer, and Bluffton High School for 5 years. He kept up with the swimming community while being in school before August 2012 when he joined the RAYS. As an accomplished swimmer who started at the late age of 12, Coach Charner now wants to pass on his knowledge of swimming to newer swimmers of all ages. Currently he is coaching the Junior Advanced and Diamond groups. Charner is a senior at Winthrop University studying English Composition.

The UPYMCA Rays are extremely excited that Coach Charner is returning for a 2nd year with the Rays. He brings a level of excitement to the Rays Age Group program as well as a great skill of engaging his young swimmers to be the best they can be.

Board of Directors

Lynn Williams

Swim Meet Coordinator

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Diane Case

Billing Questions

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Trish Herron

Website Questions

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Chris Herron

Volunteering Questions

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Lisa Coughlen

Swim Meet Director

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Sharon Woodard

RAYS Swim Shop Questions

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Aimee McMillan

RAYS Swim Shop Questions

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Julie Griffin

Swim Meet Hospitality Questions

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Janine Katz

Swim Meet Concessions Questions

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Hope Matthews

Swim Meet Awards Questions

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