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The coaching staff of the Savannah Swim Team is composed of highly trained, experienced, and motivated individuals with the common goal of promoting the sport of swimming, while giving every member the opportunity to excel. 

Coaching Staff

Joe Witt

Director of Performance

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Joe has been the Head Coach of the Savannah Swim Team since 2008. In that time, he has developed multiple State Champions, Olympic Trials Qualifiers and an Olympian from Burkina Faso. Joe coaches the Jr National Development and Post Grad groups at the Chatham County Aquatic Center. 

In 2016, Joe was named as Head Coach of the Burkina Faso National and Olympic Teams.

Joe served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Georgia Southern University Women’s Swim Team from 2012-2016. 

He holds a M.S. degree in Sports Medicine, and Health and Human Performance. He is currently a Professor of Health Science at Savannah State University. 

He also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire.

Joe is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In 2011, his research article was published in the Journal of Sports Science entitled Glenohumeral Joint Rotation Range of Motion in Competitive Swimmers.

William Pilczuk

Junior National Team Coach

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Coach Bill is has been with the SST program since 2008 as the interim Head Coach and consultant to the team's president and owner, helping with each group throughout the years.  Bill continue's to help mentor the team's elite group when needed.

Bill is currently the Head Coach for the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2016, Bill led the Lady Bees to their 1st NAIA National Championship title in the past 4 years.

Caylyn Tate

Associate Head Coach

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Coach Tate is a native of Northern Virginia, and works primarily with the Jr National Training Group.

She came to the Savannah Swim Team from the College of William and Mary where she was a four year varsity athlete. She was the CAA Championship Runner-Up in the 1650 Freestyle in 2012. She was Team Co-Captain in 2012-2013, and graduated as the school record holder in the 1000 and 1650 Freestyle events.

Before college, Coach Tate swam for the famed “FISH” swim club out of Virginia under the tutelage of former USA National Team coach Ray Benecki.

Coach Tate holds a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on Developmental Psychology, and a B.A. in Elementary Education.

She currently teaches 4th Grade at Rice Creek Elementary School in Port Wentworth, GA.

Elizabeth T Roberts

Assistant Coach

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Coach Liz is a native of Alexandria, Virginia where she grew-up swimming for Nation’s Capital Aquatic Club-NCAP (one of the largest and most successful swim clubs in the United States). She attended college at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and graduated in 2011.

While at SCAD, Liz set 4 Blue Mountain Conference Records, and was named 2011 Swimmer of the Year! She was NAIA National Champion in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011! She set 3 National Records, and earn 13 All-American Honors!

Competing for SST, Liz is a two-time (2012 and 2016) U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifier. In 2015 she was ranked Top 100 in the World in the 50m Breaststroke. In October 2015 she was ranked #1 in the United States in the 100yd Breaststroke. 

Liz is currently a Professor of Motion Media Design at SCAD.

She holds a B.F.A. in Motion Media Design, and a M.F.A. in Graphic Design.

Julie J Woody

Assistant Coach

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Coach Julie is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She grew-up swimming for New Wave Swim Team where she was a 2 time NCSA Jr National Qualifier. After graduated she accepted a scholarship to swim at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

She graduated in the Spring of 2016 with a B.F.A in Interior Design, but is currently finishing out her Athletic Eligibility this 2016-2017 school year.

Thus far in her swimming career at SCAD, Julie has set 2 School Records, been awarded 6 All-American honors, and is a 4-Time NAIA National Champion!

She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Design Management at SCAD, while working for National Office Systems.