Coaches & Directors

The Coaching Staffs at the HYCAT @ Charleston location and the HYCAT @ Huntington location are here to support your swimming needs. If you have a question that is related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, or any other swimming related area, please contact one of the HYCAT coaches at your location. For all questions related to administrative matters, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members from the location that you a member/train.

Coaching Staff

Greg Olson

Head Coach HYCAT @ Charleston


Greg has served as the Director/Head Coach of the HYCAT @ Charleston, Inc Swimming Program for the past 43 years with a total of 45 years of coaching experience.  Greg previously served as the primary coach for the various HYCAT Competitive Programs. In 2012 Greg hadnded the responsibilties for the HYCAT Competitive Program to Aaron Settle and now assists with the HYCAT Recreational/Developmental Programs and continues to perform the vast majority of the day-to-day administrative duties for the HYCAT Programm.

Greg came to Charleston in 1973 from Indiana University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in coaching.  While at IU, he was an Associate Instructor within the IU Physical Education Department and was an assistant swim coach with the Bloomington Swim Club for 2 years.  He also coached for 1 summer season with the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Cleveland, OH. 

Greg is from Cleveland, OH and began his competitive swimming career at the age of seven and swam for the Cleveland Swim Club and later for the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins.  Greg earned All-American honors on both the High School & College level.  He graduated from Bucknell University in 1970 where he scored the most points in dual & conference meets; held four school records; and received the Bucknell University "Christy Mathewson Award" Outstanding Senior Athlete Award & Bucknell Swimming Trophy. 

Greg has two children, Scott & Melissa, who were members of the HYCAT (GCSA/SUN/UCAT) Swimming Program during their competitive careers prior to completing their careers at the college level.  Greg and his wife, Sue, live in the Fort Hill area of Charleston. 

Greg continues to be activiely involved with the WV LSC, and most recently served as the General Chairman of the West Virginia LSC (2010-2015 & from 1975-2003), and has also served on several USA Swimming National and Regional committees.  Greg currently serves on the USA Swimming's Club Development Committee. 

Ian Walsh

HYCAT @ Huntington Head Coach