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Stingrays Contacts

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, and other swimming related needs, please contact your child's Coach. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, or policy issues, please contact Head Coach Ian Goss

 

History And Mission 

Stingrays Swimming was formed in 1986 to promote United States Swimming in Cobb County. We are known throughout the country as a first-class, year-round competitive swimming program. We are dedicated to providing instruction, coaching and participation in USA Swimming competition. Our history of accomplishments is a reflection of our working philosophy, "Training for Life." We are proud of our reputation, that of recognizing each Stingray as more than an athlete to be trained. We strive to make our team a comfortable social and educational environment in which to grow. We take pride in the compliments Stingray athletes receive on their team fellowship and spirit, devotion to team goals and values, and the manner in which they conduct themselves. We feel Stingrays Swimming has filled a need in youths lives for a quality, value- instilling program that promotes fitness, discipline, time management, personal responsibility, positive self-image and most of all the time-proven idea that "hard work pays off."

Stingrays Swimming emphasizes a long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment for each athlete. The emphasis in the Developmental groups is FUN and skill development. Learning in a fun atmosphere is important for a youngster to develop his or her swimming and life skills. In the Age Group program, technique is continually stressed and more emphasis on training skills is added with the goal to maintain good technique while training. The Senior team offers a variety of training groups with a variety of commitment levels from a high school emphasis to a National level emphasis.

We are more than just a swim team. We are a family where parental involvement is essential to the growth and well-being of the TEAM.

Stingrays Swimming Mission Statement:

Together Perpetuating Excellence

"Training for Life

Coaching Staff

Ian P Goss

Head Coach (770-325-7292) Ext 4

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Ian is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. degree. His professional coaching career spans over a 30-year period (28th year with the Stingrays) plus over 20 years of competitive swimming experience. 

His accomplishments as a coach include a 3 times USA Swimming National Coach selection, Junior National Team Coach, two-time Georgia Senior Coach of the Year, coach of several Age Group Stroke Technique National Champions and has been selected by USA Swimming to coach at numerous United States Swimming sponsored clinics. He has coached 2 Olympians, an American & World Record holder. Numerous of his athletes have competed on an International and College level, including NCAA record holders and finalists.

Ian took the reins of Stingrays Swimming in 1992 and with the organization has developed the Stingrays coaching philosophy of "Training for Life." Ian has also been active member for GA Swimming being the past Senior Chairman, a member of the GA Swimming committees since 1995. He is also a lifelong member of ASCA, a past Chairman of the Southern Sectional and USA Swimming Senior Time Standards Committee. Ian is married to Cynthia and has a daughter Krista.

Pike Hightower

MVAC Lead Coach (770-325-7292) Ext 2

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Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday: 10:30am-1:00pm

Pike joined the Stingrays coaching staff in 1994. He swam for Coach Ian from 1986-1988 in Campbellsville Kentucky. He then went on to Miami University (Ohio) where he set 4 team records, was a 2x MAC conference champion and USA National qualifier. Pike majored in Zoology earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1992. In 1994, after some international travel and coaching abroad, he settled in Marietta and began coaching/ swimming with Stingrays.
Since then, Coach Pike has coached the Georgia Zone team 3x, has had numerous State Champions and State record holders, 1 National Record holder, numerous Junior and Senior national Swimmers and many swimmers who participated at all levels of collegiate swimming. In 2004, Coach Pike was named the Georgia Age Group Coach of the Year and has been the Lead Coach at MVAC since then.
 
As an active member of the Age Group Committee, Coach Pike has been pushing for change in the developmental areas of swimming and the role of appropriate competition in sport development.
 
He lives in Cartersville with his wife Dawn and two boys, Kipling and Isaac.

Larry Baskin

CCAC Lead Coach (770-325-7292) Ext 3

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Larry Baskin moved to Atlanta in April 2013, and in August 2013 started coaching with the Marietta Marlins age-group program and as head coach at North Hall High School. 

Larry coaching started in 2006 when he was recruited to assist a growing USA Swimming/summer program--the Florence Alabama Swim Team.  Coaching ignited in him a passion for competitive swimming, technique, swim physiology, as a quick, on-the-job understudy with head coach Michele King-Kisel (backstroker from the University of Alabama). Larry is an ASCA certified coach (Level II certification, Level III pending).  Larry led the University of North Alabama triathlon club swimmers, coached a clientele of individual swimmers, age-groupers, open water swimmers, triathletes, and adult fitness swimmers.
 

Larry and his wife B.J. have four grown sons. 

Mark Keaveney

Lead Age Group Coach 770-325-7292 ext 6

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Mark is a 2018 Graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Before Georgia Tech, Mark grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to Georgia in 2013 to complete his Senior Year of High School at Walton High. While in Georgia, he swam for Stingrays under Coach Ian.

Mark began swimming competitively at the age of 9. As a junior swimmer, Mark represented Trojan Swim Club in Dublin. He was a multiple time Junior and Senior Irish National Champion. He is an Irish Junior Record Holder in the 200 Medley Relay and spent several years as part of the Irish National Swimming Team. During his time with Stingrays, Mark was a Junior National Finalist as well as a multiple time Georgia State Champion. Mark was a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in two events (100 and 200 Back). At Georgia Tech, Mark was a two-time Academic All-American Honorable Mention as well as a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Mark also posted the third fastest time in GT history in the 200-yard backstroke.

Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, Mark decided he was not ready to leave swimming. Under the guidance of Coach Ian and Coach Pike, Mark started working as a part-time assistant with Stingrays.  Mark is a student of the sport and is passionate about sharing his experience and energy with future generations of Stingrays!

Currently, Mark lives in Kennesaw but will always miss his Family in Ireland – especially his Mum, Lynne and his Sister, Kate.