Coaching Staff

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Head Coach - Teresa Coan

 Coach Teresa, USA Swimming Certified Coach, has been involved in competitive swimming for more than a decade and brings to the Waves a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience amassed at the high school, age group, and international levels. Before joining the Waves in 2011, Coan was the head swim coach at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, where her swimmers won individual NCISAA 3A State and CAA conference championships, in addition to setting numerous school and conference records. Coach Teresa has coached for several age group swim teams, and has led swimmers to compete at the State, Sectionals,  Futures Championship Meet, NCSA Junior Nationals, Speedo Junior Nationals,  US Open Swimming Championship, US Paralympic World Trials, US Paralympic National Meet levels. Additionally, Coan is highly involved in disabled swimming. Coach Teresa focuses on stroke technique, endurance training  and teaching the importance of individual goal setting to motivate CW-GA swimmers. 

Assistant Coach - Katerina Flanders

A USA Swimming-certified coach, Katerina has over 15 years of exemplary teaching experience along with a variety of coaching experience.  Over the years, she has had the privilege of working with a wide range of students from infants to adults with a variety of backgrounds including Special Education students, English as a Second Language students, and Gifted students.  With her 3 degrees focusing on Leadership, Instruction and Assessment, and Math and Science, she uses a variety of strategies to teach swimmers ways to meet and surpass their goals. Throughout her career, she has used her swimming experience from her young adult years to continue to give back to the community and spread the love of swimming.  Coach Katerina understands the development of the whole child and strives to ensure swimming remains fun even when the “work” gets hard!    

Assistant Coach - Eli Coan

A recent Olympic Trials qualifier, Eli swam for the Waves as an age-group swimmer and represented the Waves at numerous prestigious swimming competitions, including the US Open, Speedo Jr. Nationals, and NCSAs, medaling at many of these competitions. Currently in his third year as a Division 1 swimmer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eli has had the privilege to train under some of the premier coaches of the south and understands and instills the value of maintaining technical integrity when going maximum speed. Eli has been an instructor and coach with the Waves for the past five years, helping to train swimmers at all levels. Holding a USA Swimming Coaching certification and having been a WSI-certified instructor, a lifeguard, and a volunteer disabled swim team assistant, Eli is a well-rounded and energetic addition to our team.

Assistant Coach - Sara Winship