Caroline A McDermott
Coach Caroline has been the head coach (and founder) of the program since 2008. In 2010, Salem Area Swimming transitioned into the name Piranha Aquatics. In 2011, the club became a coach-directed, board-goverened program and in 2014 became a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
Coach Caroline enters her 7th year with Piranha Aquatics and her 14th year as a swim coach. While coaching Piranhas, Coach Caroline has also been a Lake Erie Zone Coach (2013, 2014). Over the past 5 years, not only has she coached swimmers to LSC championship titles and zone qualifiers, but she has also coached starting at the development of beginning swimmers with her style of education, compassion, and positive encouragement.
In 2014 Piranha Aquatics recieved its first grant. This grant was from Autism Speaks, and it provides free swim lessons to persons with Autism. Coach Caroline heads up the Piranha PALS (Persons with Autism who Love to Swim) program and spends a great deal of time teaching private lessons to recipients of the community who qualify for the free program.
Before coming to Piranhas, she was a full time coach at a YMCA in West Virginia, where she coached swimmers onto YMCA National and Zone levels in addition to being selected as a Southern Zones Coach. She started her USA Swim Coaching career in Georgia, where she was the head coach of a youth swim team conducted through Darton College. Alongside her USA team, she helped coach the Darton College Swim Team, and was interim head coach for the 2005-2006 season. While coaching the Darton College team, she coached her athletes to 12 NJCAA All-American Titles.
In High School, Coach Caroline competed independenly for Salem High School and qualified for the State tournament in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke events. A member of Penguin Swimming, she was also a Quad and Zone team member, in addition to being a member of a record-setting PS relay team in 2000 that still stands to this day.
She swam competitively at Baldwin-Wallace College where she set 4 school records, was all-conference multiple times along with all-conference academic. She was an instrumental team member when Baldwin-Wallace won the Ohio Athletic Conferecne Championship in 2001 by 1.5 points. While at B-W, she earned a Bachelor's Degree Early Childhood Education and was also the Sports Editor for the school paper.
McDermott is an ASCA Level 2 coach and won the 2009 Liberty Mutual Responsbile Coaching award for the state of Ohio. In addition to coaching and directing Piranhas, McDermott teaches private swim lessons and runs swim clinics year-round. She works as an independent contractor for several projects and companies that utilize her skills in web design,organizing, and planning; including the Race for the Roc, a 5k Obstacle Course in Salem. She is a member of the Kiwanis (Salem), and serves on the board of Kiwanis as well as the Creative Learning Center as well as the creator and manager of the website www.SwimLessonInstructor.com,which provides online scheduling services for swim lessoninstructorsworld?wide (launching fall 2013.)