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Shaynah Jerrell

Head Coach/CEO, Lead Coach PS1 & White

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Shaynah began swimming at the age of 12 and continued to participate in swimming in college and at the masters level. She has been coaching at ATOM since 2005 and was named Head Senior Coach in 2012 after working as the Head Age Group Coach for 7 years. She joined ATOM after being the Assistant Senior Swim Coach at the Chapel Hill YMCA Swim Club and the Head Coach for Radbourne and Wynfield Swim Teams in Charlotte, NC. She has coached numerous National qualifiers, Nationally ranked swimmers, state champions, Y National qualifiers, top 5 finishers in the state, and members of the NC Select Camp & North Carolina Zone team. She was a coach at the North Carolina Swimming Select Camp for 4 years and a member of the coaching staff for the North Carolina Zone Team for 4 years. Shaynah has also had the opportunity to speak at coaching clinics, and encourage young female coaches to become involved in the sport. She holds a Masters of Arts in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill, and taught Social Studies at Ashbrook High School for six years.  Shaynah and her husband have two young children, Aiden and Layla, who are full of energy and already love the water as much as their mommy.

Marshall Nichols

Head Senior Coach, Lead Senior 1 Coach

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Marshall was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.  He began swimming at age six, and continued throughout high school.  He then began coaching as a teenager at a local YMCA where he fell in love with teaching and empowering young athletes.  As an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech, Marshall worked for five years as an assistant coach with the swimming and diving team.  There he coached ACC champions and record holders, NCAA All-Americans, and Olympians.  After graduation Marshall remained in Blacksburg to continue his efforts with Virginia Tech as an assistant coach.  He also assisted with the post-graduate group, Pinnacle Racing, led by Sergio Lopez.  This position allowed him to work with Olympic athletes from twelve different countries.

 

Marshall’s coaching philosophy balances intensity with empathy, competitiveness and togetherness.  His goal is to create well-rounded young adults that seek to support each other in positive ways, both in and out of the pool and help continue to build that culture at ATOM in all practice groups.  Marshall is excited to join the ATOM family and continue to build up our tradition of creating an environment where champions are inevitable. 

 

Stephanie M Toth

Head Age Group Coach, Lead Blue 1&2

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Stephanie has over 17 years of coaching experience and is familiar with North Carolina Swimming having coached at High Point Swim Club, Swim MAC and most recently at NCAC in Chapel Hill.  She has coached swimmers at all levels of the sport including numerous state, sectional and zone champions as well as record holders at each of those levels.  She has also coached swimmers to the Junior National level and several USA top 10 swimmers.  Coach Stephanie also adds a wealth of experience with developing curriculum for swimmers to help them smoothly transition from one group to the next, as well as an attention to detail and strong technical foundation. 

Doug Miller

Lead Coach Senior 2 & Black

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Doug grew up swimming his hometown of North Wales, Pa. - a suburb of Philadelphia - and never stopped. He competed at North Penn High School, where he was a captain his senior year. He went on to swim at Division 1 University of Delaware for four years, where his team won the East Coast Conference Championship. Doug has coached a spectrum of athletes, from youth to high school, post-grad and masters swimmers. Through his coaching at Miller Swimming he coaches nationally ranked amateur and professional triathletes as well. Doug continues to compete in open water and masters events. He was the first person ever to swim the 28-mile distance of the Catawba River from Mt. Holly to Ft. Mill in 2018 and has consistently won or finished atop the field in national events. He is a student of the sport and is dedicated to helping athletes reach their potential. He lives in Ballantyne with wife Debra, an administrator at Nation Ford H.S. in Ft. Mill, S.C. Their daughter, Evan, graduated from Ardrey Kell High School in 2020 and attends UNC-Wilmington, where she is a member of the basketball team

Meaghan P Holloway

Lead Coach - Pre Senior 2

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Meaghan grew up in Yorktown, VA where she started swimming at the age of 10 years old.  Through her swimming she achieved state titles and performed on the Jr and Sr National level. She received a scholarship to swim at Virginia Tech where she was captain for her final 2 years. After graduation she pursued her Master’s degree at a neighboring college, Radford University. She assistant coached for their D1 Women’s program until the program was cut from the school. Throughout her career she has coached summer league, assisted with club and college coaching, and has coached the masters level.  Meaghan moved to Charlotte in June of this year for a job with Carolina’s Healthcare System and wanted to stay involved in the swimming/coaching world. “I love using my career and knowledge of what I have learned from the sport to help others achieve their goals. Swimming has been a part of my life more than it has not and I’m not ready to separate from it now.”

Erica Kappert

Lead Coach - Purple Group

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Erica began at ATOM as our swim school instructor.  She now is the lead coach for Purple group and assists with White group as well.  She has a wealth of swimming experience and competed at the collegiate level at Radford University.  Erica enjoys teaching young swimmers the basic foundations of the sport in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 
 

Shannon Earley

Pre Team

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Shannon Earley is from Connecticut. She started swimming when she was 4 and swam through her 4 years of college at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. At RWU, she achieved and still hold some school records, including distance freestyle and the 400 IM. She has been coaching swimmers of all ages for 3 years now. The past two years she was an assistant high school swim coach and has coached swimmers as young as 5. In addition to coaching, she is also a fifth grade teacher.