Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Peter Perers

Head Coach


Head Coach Peter Perers grew up swimming on Charlotte neighborhood swim teams as a child, then at East Mecklenburg High School. He continued his swimming career at Clemson University. After college Peter coached for over 20 years at all levels of competitive swimming.  He now returns to the Carolinas as a succesful club and national coach.

Some of Peter's Coaching accomplishments:

  • USA National Junior Team Coach

  • Coach Olympic Trial Finalist

  • Coached SR National Event Finalist and Event Winners

  • Coached JR National Event Finalist and Event Winners

  • Coached 50+ Age Group Top 16 swimmers

  • USA JR National Team Champions 4 times

  • GA State Team Champions 12 times

Patty Waldron

Masters Coach


Coach Patty Waldron has been in love with the sport of swimming for 42 years and counting. She learned to swim in Charlotte at Rama Swim Club and then swam year round for a decade at the Johnston Memorial YMCA. She continued her swimming at UNC Chapel Hill and enjoyed four years of collegiate swimming…….being a part of 4 ACC Championships and 4 team top ten in the country finishes. During the college summer months (while training and competing), Patty began her coaching career at Sardis Swim and Racket Club. Upon graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Education (Health and Physical Education K-12) Patty began year round coaching at SwimMAC and enjoyed her 29 years there developing the program, coaching both Age Group and Masters. Patty enjoys working with all levels of swimmers bubble blowers through national caliber.

Patty began swimming and coaching Masters right out of college (1984) and despite a 15 year lay-off she currently holds 13 NC Masters State Records in three different age groups. She is a former Masters National Record holder in the 25-29 200 yard Butterfly and was ranked number one in the nation in the 100 yard Butterfly 30-34 Masters. One thing lead to another and Patty enjoyed the sport of triathlon competing at the Olympic, ½ Ironman and Ironman distances. Outside of the pool she enjoys biking, hiking, and seeing live music with her husband Tom and friends. Patty also is enjoying the role of “GramPatty”, playing and loving on her grandkids.

Grant Guittard

Swim Lessons


Grant fell in love with the water when he was 4 years old, and after 15 plus years of competitive swimming he now teaches kids to love the water like he does. Grant enjoys helping kids overcome their fear of the water, while teaching them the importance of knowing the proper techniques of each stroke. He has been teaching ages 6 months to late adluthood for the past 8 years, while happily making a career out of his passion.

Raised in the small town of Valdese, NC, Grant lifeguarded at a local swimming pool for 4 years until he attended Lenoir-Ryhne University to continue his swimming career where he was awarded Scholar All-American. After a year of college swimming, Grant transfered to UNC Wilmington to enjoy life at the beach where he continued to share his love of swimming with others. After a brief year at the beach he made his last transfer to UNC Charlotte where he recieved his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics while working at local swim schools.

Tom Fritchen



Coach Tom Fritchen was born and raised in Racine, WI. He started his swimming career as a Freshman at Washington Park High School where he was named captain his Senior year. Attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, he continued to swim for 4 years where he was voted captain his Junior and Senior year unanimously by his fellow teammates. During his 4 years swimming for UWRF he received the Most Improved, Most Inspirational, and Falcon Awards by his teammates and coaches. Tom was also the co-founder and president of the Water Polo Club of UWRF from 2006-2009.

After swimming with the UWRF Swim Team, in the Spring of 2008 he volunteered as an assistantcoach in which he focused on distance and technique which turned into an Assistant Coach position for the next 4 years. Tom also started coaching at Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) in 2009 at the Novice and Age Group levels, and took on the role as Interim Head Coach when the Head Coach resigned. During his career,he had many States and Sectionallevel swimmers and multiple MinnesotaState record holders. Tom loves coaching for the Mecklenburg Swim Association and working with swimmers of all ages. Tom has a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a major studio in Painting and a minor studio in Glass Blowing.

Ned Swanson



Ned grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and swam year-round from the age 5 to 18. His favorite stroke is Butterfly. From an early age, he naturally gravitated towards teaching and actively volunteered to help other swimmers improve. Ned was a 4 year Varsity letter winner at Peoria Richwoods High School and qualified for the IHSA State Meet his senior year.

Ned broke from swimming to attend Northern Illinois University and graduated in 2012 with B.A.vin Communication. He then moved to the Chicago area to help plant a church and started coaching part time. Ned was an assistant coach for a year-round club as well as a Co-Head Coach for Medinah Country Club and Butterfield Park District in the summers.

After coaching in the Chicago area for 2 years, Ned joined MSA in 2014. He loves bringing an exciting energy, positive attitude, and deep care for our athlete's growth to practice every day. In his spare time, Ned loves volunteering with the youth group at his church, watching sports, and spending time outside playing golf or ultimate frisbee.

Jay McGarity



Coach Jay joins MSA with 32 years of competitive swimming experience both as an athlete and coach, beginning his journey in the sport at six years old. 

Growing up in a military home Coach Jay swam on many different club teams during his age group years, then attending the Bolles School in Jacksonville FL for high school.  While at Bolles Coach Jay was a member of four Florida High School State Championship Teams, a Junior National Championship Team and a USA Swimming National Championship Team.  Individually Coach Jay earned four high school All-American honors, a high school state title in the 200 free, multiple Junior National top eight finishes and a top 16 finish at Senior Nationals.

Following four years at Bolles Coach Jay attended the University of South Carolina as a varsity letterman.  Then transferred to Florida State University where he was a three year letterman for the Swiminoles earning a top eight finish in the 500 Free at ACC Championships.

After graduating from FSU Coach Jay continued his passion for the sport with a coaching position at Swim Florida in Naples FL.  As Lead Coach of the Naples satellite pool for six years Jay grew the location from 60 athletes to a consistent 130+ year round swimmers.  During his time coaching in Florida he worked with all levels of competitive swimming from novice athletes to National Qualifiers.

Prior to joining the MSA staff Jay was the Head Coach of Stingray Aquatics in Matthews NC for seven years.  During his tenure he had three NCSA Junior National Qualifiers, 25 Senior Sectional athletes, set 76 New senior team records and was selected to the NC Zone Team Staff in 2012. 

Jay resides in Indian Land SC, with his wife Jamie and their two children Ryan and McKinley.  Coach Jay is excited to be back on deck with the opportunity to help the MSA family.

Matt Lee



Coach Matt Lee is a North Carolina native who began coaching for a summer league team in 2009 and is now in his 8th year of coaching. Matt has been active within North Carolina Swimming through the IMX Camp, Carolina Crown Swimming Challenge, and Open Water Select Camp. He previously coached at two other large swim organizations in North Carolina. Matt also has a background as a swim instructor. He has coached swimmers ranging from beginners up to Futures Championship qualifiers, including finalist at LSC Age Group Championships and Senior Championships.

Matt enjoys staying active through running and swimming, with a particular passion for open water swimming. He attended the University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

Tyler L Antonacci



Coach Tyler grew up in Canton, OH and began swimming in high school. He quickly fell in love with the sport and continued his competitive swimming career at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. While in college, Tyler’s specialty was the 1650 Freestyle. Tyler would help coach a summer league team during college and grad school before moving to Bristol, TN to begin his career as an athletic trainer at King University.

Tyler has spent the last year transitioning from athletic training to coaching. He had the privilege of coaching part time with the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee in Kingsport, TN. With the Barracudas, Tyler worked with all ages of swimmers from 6-18. Tyler is excited to pursue coaching further with MSA and continue to learn from his fellow coaches.

Tyler and his wife, Amanda, live in Rock Hill, SC with their dog Copper. In his free time, he likes to exercise, spend time with his wife and dog, and watch Ohio State footballl and the Cleveland Indians, Cavs, and Browns.

Brooke Carr



Brooke Carr has been coaching for 14 years, most recently at Team Greenville in South Carolina. Her primary focus was with swimmers 14 and under. Before Team Greenville, Coach Brooke served as a Head Site Coach with Parkway Swim Club in St. Louis, Missouri for six years. During this time she was responsible for the 6-14 year olds from the novice level to the Senior Sectional and Zone levels. She also served as both the Head Zones Coach and the Age Group Chair for the Ozark LSC.

Not only does Coach Brooke have solid age group coaching experience, she has also coached intercollegiately as well. During the 2004-05 season she was the Head Assistant Coach at Butler University and was later named Interim Head Coach for the program. Coach Brooke grew up swimming with the Bolles School Sharks in Jacksonville, Florida. She continued her swimming career through college at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she majored in Communication. Coach Brooke has been the Age Group Chairman for South Carolina Swimming and has worked many SC Swimming camps and Zones trips.

Outside of coaching she is an avidly devoted Indiana Hoosier basketball and Jacksonville Jaguars football fan. She also enjoys working out, photography, reading, and trying to cook.

Mark Z Dell



Mark Dell came to North Carolina as the Assistant Coach for Davidson College 2004-2008. Before joining Davidson he served two years as Assistant Coach at Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU Mark qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 200 meter Butterfly. Mark currently lives in Highland Creek with his wife (Alaine) and 3 boys (Bryan 8, Walker 3 and Gibson 10 months.) Mark has coach all levels of swimming included summer league, High school, and developmental swim lessons.

As a coach, Mark was voted 2013-2014 North Carolina Senior coach of the Year and has developed athletes to achievements including:

  • "Top 8" international rankings (18&under)

  • International Team Qualifiers

    • World Championshi[p

    • Jr. Pan Pac's

  • Olympic Trials Qualifiers

  • National Junior Team

  • National Junior B Team Qualifiers

  • National/US Open Qualifiers

  • Jr. National Qualifiers

  • National Select Camp Qualifers

Dan St. Pierre



Dan St. Pierre has over 25 years of coaching experience, 13 of which he was the head coach of the Casco Bay YMCA in Freeport, ME.  Here he developed a program from 60 swimmers to an average of 120-140 swimmers.  He had at least one swimmer qualify for YMCA Nationals each year from 2006 until the time he left in 2016. In 2015 and 2016 he was selected to be the 10 & under Maine Zone Coach.  In 2014 he was the Maine YMCA Swimming Coach of the Year. 

During his time at the Casco Bay YMCA the team won varying Maine YMCA Age Group Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012.  In 2014 and 2016 they won a Combined Age Group Championship. 

Dan prides himself on building relationships with team members, coaches and parents to help build champions in and out of the water.  Dan and his wife, Cindy, live in Huntersville with their dog Tippy and two cats Tinkerbelle and Peeve.