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
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
As a coach, Mark was voted 2013-2014 North
Carolina Senior coach of the Year and has developed athletes to
"Top 8" international rankings
Jr. Pan Pac's
National Junior Team
National Junior B Team
National Select Camp
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
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
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