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Coaching Staff

 

Brent St. Pierre, Head Coach

brent.stpierre@swimrsa.org

Coach Brent, a 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, live in Fuquay-Varina with their three children: Christopher (a senior in high school), Andrew (a freshman in high school) and Maddie (a fifth grader). 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. 

 

 

 

Megan Onstott, Head Age Group Coach

megan.onstott@swimrsa.org

Coach Megan joined RSA in the fall of 2015.  She grew up in Austin, Texas and trained with Nitro Swimming.  Coach Megan 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 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.

 

Tyler Shepherd, Head Assistant Coach

tyler.shepherd@swimrsa.org

Coach Tyler began swimming competitively when he was fourteen years old.  While living in Lexington, NC, he swam for TYDE and STAR Aquatics.  Coach Tyler earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with minors in Biology and Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2012 (Go Mountaineers!).  While at App State, Coach Tyler spent his summers as the Head Coach of the Midway Summer Swim Team.

Coach Tyler’s interest in Strength and Conditioning began at App State where he was a Research Assistant in the Neuromuscular Lab, as well as a Strength and Conditioning Intern with the football, baseball and volleyball programs.  After graduation, he earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and worked as a personal trainer and wellness coach in Wake Forest, NC.  Concurrently, Tyler completed his Masters Degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  After graduation, Coach Tyler moved to Winston-Salem as an Assistant/Head Coach for the Westwood Swim Club summer league team and the Head Coach of the RJ Reynolds (RJR) Men’s Swimming and Diving team.  At RJR, Coach Tyler was a two-time high school Coach of the Year.  Coach Tyler also coached at TYDE as an Assistant Coach and as a Lead Coach for the Senior Performance and Senior Competitive groups, respectively. 

Away from the pool, Coach Tyler enjoys anything outdoors or sports related, as well as reading.  He is always keen to learn something new, most recently learning to play the piano.  Coach Tyler and his wife, Elspeth, also enjoy serving in their local church.  Elspeth is fluent in French, enjoys Scottish dancing and has taught Ancient History for the last eight years. 

 

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.  

Coach Ann is a certified WSIT, a certified ALTS Instructor, a certified Open Water Diver and a certified BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Swim Instructor.  

Away from the pool, Coach Ann enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the beach, and with her dogs, Buddie and Buckie.