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Our Coaches

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Matthew A Grant

Head Coach

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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.

Meagan Odom

Head Age Group Coach

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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.

Summer Dacheux

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I have lived in York, Pennsylvania my entire life and just moved to Valdosta this fall to earn my masters of education in Speech Language Pathology.  I began swimming as an age group swimmer when I was 6 years old and continued swimming throughout high school and college.  In 2014, I began college at Clarion University of Pennsylvania for a bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology and swam for their Division II program.  At Clarion, I specialized in the 100 and 200 backstroke and had a very successful 4 year collegiate career.  I attended the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference(PSAC) Championship all four years, and placed 1st in the 100 Backstroke at the conference meet in 2017 and 2018.  Also in 2017 and 2018 I was named as Academic All District II  by The College Sports Information Directors of America.  Before moving to Valdosta, I coached for Spring Grove Aquatic Club in York, Pennsylvania for 2 years over the summers as an assistant coach.  Swimming is my favorite thing in the world and I hope to transfer what knowledge I have and love for the sport onto the swimmers I will be coaching! 

Josh H Harrell

Master's Coach

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Ruthie Bennett

Swim Lesson Instructor

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My name is Ruthie Bennett. I am a senior in high school and taking duel enrollment classes at Georgia Military College. I enjoy Georgia Football, Crossfit and swimming. I have been swimming for over 11 years, going all the way to the state level in Breaststroke. I have a Water Safety Instructor certification and I've been teaching swim lessons since the spring of  2018.