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Coaching Staff

 

Brent St. Pierre, Head Coach

brent.stpierre@swimrsa.org

Coach Brent, a current finalist for the 2016 ASCA Fitter and Faster Tour Age Group Coach of the Year, became the Head Coach of RSA’s swim team in April of 2013. Coach Brent grew up in Cary, is a former RSA swimmer, a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School and a graduate of East Carolina University. Brent began his coaching career at his alma mater, East Carolina, serving as assistant coach from 1994-1997. Brent left East Carolina to coach for ten years at CCA of Roanoke, VA. Prior to coaching at RSA, Coach Brent coached at NOVA swim club in Virginia from 2007 to 2013.  While coaching in Virginia, Brent was a four-time recipient of the Virginia Senior Coach of the Year award.

Brent and his wife, Babette, an Athens Drive High School graduate, live in Holly Springs with their three children: Christopher (high school), Andrew (middle school) and Maddie (elementary school). When away from the pool, Brent enjoys spending time with his family in the Virginia mountains or locally hitting the links…Brent’s other passion. 

 

Gavin Spake, Head Age Group Coach

gavin.spake@swimrsa.org

Coach Gavin began swimming competitively ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­at the age of 5 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for WSY (now TYDE).  He moved to MASC in Concord when he was 11, where he swam until he was 17.  Coach Gavin moved to RACY in Salisbury for his senior year of high school.  Coach Gavin swam for three Y National teams during his Age Group career.

Gavin spent his college years right here in North Carolina, swimming with Bobby Guntoro under Dave Allen and Todd DeSorbo at UNC-Wilmington (UNCW).  During his time at UNCW, Gavin helped the Seahawks win three CAA championship titles.  Gavin’s story is the embodiment of hard work and dedication, as he began his career at UNCW as a walk-on and became one of UNCW’s most decorated distance swimmers.

In 2011, Coach Gavin began his coaching career at Cape Fear Aquatic Club (CFAC) in Wilmington, North Carolina, helping to build the Y-based Age Group program.  As Head Coach of CFAC, Gavin has coached numerous Age Group Champs and Age Group Sectionals qualifiers.  Coach Gavin was recently selected as the 15-18 Boys Zones Coach, part of a staff that led the NC Swimming Zones team to their first victory since 2001.  Coach Gavin’s on-deck energy is infectious; he personifies the Wahoo Way of encouraging and celebrating our athletes.

Coach Gavin’s favorite stroke is butterfly because ‘it is the hardest to master.”  In his spare time, Coach Gavin likes to fish and spend time with his black lab Haven and her puppy, Bear, a lab-Australian Shepherd mix.  

 

 

Megan Onstott, Head Assistant Coach

megan.onstott@swimrsa.org

Coach Megan grew up in Austin, Texas and trained with Nitro Swimming.  She was a National Merit Scholar and 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier, where she finished 25th in the 200M Breaststroke. She signed with the University of Wisconsin out of high school, then transferred to Texas A&M University, where she swam from 2009 through 2012.  While at Texas A&M, she was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, was a member of two Big 12 Championship teams, was named Team Captain as a Senior and attended the 2012 Olympic Trials for the 200M Breaststroke and the 400IM.  Out of the pool, Coach Megan excelled in the classroom.  She was named to the Dean’s List, actively participated in community service and graduated with a BS in Sociology.

 

Coach Megan was an Assistant Age Group Coach at Nitro Swimming and Athens Bulldog Swim Club before becoming the Head Age Group Coach at Carolina Aquatic Team (formerly Duke Aquatics).  She was named a 2015 North Carolina Zone Team coach, as well as a 2015 National Diversity Select Camp coach.  Coach Megan has coached multiple athletes at the state and national level.
 

Off the pool deck, Coach Megan is passionate about giving back to the community.  She is actively involved with several local organizations including Duke Children’s Hospital.  When she’s not at the pool, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, fishing, and playing with her dog Champ.

 

Ann Stephenson, Lead Coach/Aquatic Fitness Director

ann.stephenson@swimrsa.org

Coach Ann joined RSA in the spring of 2014 as RSA's Aquatic Fitness Director. Prior to joining RSA, Ann developed her aquatic instruction method and ran her own swim school. Coach Ann has over twenty years of experience teaching children and adults to swim in the Triangle area, as well as providing aquatic boot camp and fitness instruction.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Baldwin, Assistant Coach

megan.baldwin@swimrsa.org

Coach Megan joined RSA in August 2015. She grew up in Bath, North Carolina, where she swam for East Carolina Aquatics (ECA) for seven years. Coach Megan also swam for Washington High School, where she was Team Captain during her junior and senior years. Megan is a record holder for ECA and for Washington High School. Prior to coaching at RSA, Megan coached at ECE. 

Megan is currently a student at NC State in the Exploratory Studies program and a member of the NC State Club Swim Team. When she is not swimming or studying Megan enjoys hanging out with her dogs, Avery and Big Mac, as well as wakeboarding and tubing on the creek behind her house.

 

 

 

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