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Head Coach & Club Founder:  Danny Palma

Coach Danny Palma entered the coaching field in 2006 as an assistant swim coach at the Buckhead YMCA.  He ascended to Head Coach for the YMCA Barracudas in the first year where he spearheaded new programming such as Intro to Swim Team, the inclusion of dryland fitness training, and the Buckhead Y’s entry into USA Swimming.  Coach Danny also served as the Aquatics Director at the Chastain Park Pool and the Head Coach the Garden Hills pool prior to starting Buckhead Aquatics is 2013.

Throughout his years as both an athlete & coach, Coach Danny developed the vision of what a swim team COULD be.  The combination of Coach Danny’s meticulous focus on technique, speed, endurance training, proper nutrition, and personal attention is what makes this program so special.  Coach Danny's #1 goal is to make sure each of his swimmers has a full understanding of each stroke and has a whole lot of fun while they learn!  

The founding of Buckhead Aquatics is a dream-come-true for Coach Danny. 

 

Fitness Director:  Chasity Palma

Coach Chasity builds upon her passion & personal devotion to health and fitness in helping our swimmers meet their maximum potential.  She is an authentic role model and believer in practice-what-you-preach.  "My passion for health and fitness stems from my natural desire to incorporate it into my personal life.  Having fun through physical activity, gaining piece of mind and clarity, and facing constant challenges for knowledge and growth are perfect examples of what motivates me every day!"  

Coach Chasity has vast experience in health & fitness.  Prior to joining Buckhead Aquatics, she was a personal & group fitness trainer, for individuals of all fitness levels, for over 10 years.  She has managed multiple gyms and their programs, turning one around from the brink of bankruptcy.  Her comprehensive knowledge of everything- fitness is a tremendous asset for Buckhead Aquatics.  

Chasity holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and utilizes her education daily when instructing children of all ages.  Her expertise in both fitness & psychology provides a unique ability to relate to and teach our athletes.   Chasity's personal interests are boxing, strength training, sprint workouts, pilates, and of course swimming!  Chasity has competed in NPC fitness competitions and loves nothing more than coming up with unique and challenging workouts to better herself physically and mentally.  

 

Nutritionist Jill Gregory:

Jill Gregory generously shares her combined expertise in nutrition & fitness training with Buckhead Aquatics. Jill enjoys both parent and swimmer consultations with Buckhead Aquatics, and her guidance in the nutritional needs of our young athletes plays an integral part in this club’s mission.   Buckhead Aquatics parents & athletes learn more about daily and meet-day nutrition necessary for optimal health and performance.  Our athletes benefit tremendously from her shared knowledge, becoming increasingly aware of nutrition’s role in their cognitive and physical health. 

Coaching Staff