Matthew A Grant
With over 18 years of swim coaching experience, Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge to instructing swimmers as a coach and sport coaching education research. Coach Matthew has coached swimmers across all competitive levels, including age group, junior Olympics, junior national, senior national, and international. He has coached in several regions as well, including Houston, TX; Pasadena, CA; Budapest, Hungary; Athens, GA; and Valdosta, GA. Of note, during his time in Athens, GA, he was an assistant coach with the University of Georgia Swimming. During his time with UGA, the women’s team finished 2nd at NCAA Division I twice and won 2 SEC championships. The program overall, men’s and women’s teams, have produced 19 National Champions, 22 Olympians and 3 Olympic medalists including Alison Schmitt, three-time Olympic gold medalist. This opportunity enhanced Matthew's knowledge of swimming technique, program development, sport knowledge, athlete-coach relationships, workout design, and athlete development. Further, during his time at UGA, he earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology. Coach Matthew is an Associate Professor at Valdosta State University of Kinesiology and Physical Education and has conducted research with Olympic champion swimmers.
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Meagan Odom began her swimming career as an age group swimmer on a the YCGP of Hinesville, GA. She excelled in the backstroke and distance freestyle events. Her fathers military service moved her family to San Antonio, TX where she began her swim coaching career in 2005 with Alamo Area Aquatics Association as an Asst. Age Group Coach. Coach Meagan was an established Head Coach for the Sonoma Ranch Renegades Summer League Team within the Maverick Summer Swim League in San Antonio, TX. She specializes in stroke mechanics and techniques, as well as developmental and novice swimmers. Coach Meagan holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas San Antonio and will be graduating in December of 2017 with a Master is Special Education with an emphasis on High Incident Disabilities. She is currently working at Berrien Primary School in Nashville, GA as the Special Education Department Head/Teacher. Coach Meagan's educational background gives her an area of expertise for instruction across multiple platforms and learning styles. She strives to engage all swimmers in the fundamentals of swimming smart and swimming strong.
Melanie E Blanton
Growing up and swimming in Oklahoma, Melanie has competed for 10 years and has
been coaching for 5 years. She has swam in club leagues in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Golden
Hurricanes at Tulsa University and as well as swam and coached for the Lifetime Fitness Tritons
swim team. She has experience in coaching age group swimmers as well as master levels and
individual instruction including triathlon training. With experience of instructing and coaching in
the community for the last few years, she is hopeful in broadening the swimming community
here in Valdosta and helping excel swimmers in reaching their personal goals.