Bruce W Marchionda
Bruce, along with five full-time and six part-time coaches, make up one of the most experienced and successful age-group coaching teams in the country. Bruce heads an experienced and accomplished team of coaches to help each of our swimmers optimize their performance and develop the TITANS into a perennial state, region and nationally recognized club.
Bruce formerly coached the High-Performance post-graduate and professional swim team at South Florida Aquatic Club where he has qualified two swimmers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Bruce Holds the highest ASCA 5 level coaching status and has 30 years of experience coaching at the collegiate, prep school and age group level including 9 years at Clemson University and 13 years at Western Kentucky University. Western Kentucky Athletic Director, Todd Stewart stated "Bruce Marchionda is an excellent swim coach and was always great to work with. The swimmers under his tutelage consistently improved their times. He is very dedicated to his profession, and I feel he will do an outstanding job with the TAC TITANS Swim Team."
John J Payne
Associate Head Coach & Masters Coach
John "JP" Payne, is the Director of Coaching for the TAC TITANS and coaches the Senior I group. He has over 25 years of coaching experience at all levels of competition from the youngest beginner to elite professional athletes. JP began his coaching career at the Raleigh YMCA in 1988 working with Brooks Teal as an Assistant Senior Coach and saw immediate success with the team winning the YMCA Men's National Championship, a team which included 1996 Olympic gold medalist, David Fox. From there he assumed the Head Senior Coach duties with the Durham Aquatic Club producing a USA Swimming Junior National Qualifier in his first year. His next coaching step took him to the New Wave Swim Team, where he served as Head Age Group Coach leading the top 12 and Under group that consisted of multiple state champions, NC Swimming state record holders, and Top-16 age-group swimmers including future Olympic gold medalist, Charlie Houchin. John returned to coaching at the Capital Area YMCA as a lead senior coach in 1996, helping the team win the 1997 Women's Long Course YMCA National Championship. Following a period of employment in the technology industry, JP returned to the New Wave Coaching staff in 2009, serving as Head Age Group Coach and site coordinator for the Optimist site.
JP is also the founder of [iX3]sports which provides him the opportunity to expand his influence through the professional ranks of the swimming world. Currently, through that platform, he coaches two-time Olympian, Chloe Sutton, 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship gold medalist, Charlie Houchin, USA Open Water National Team members Ashley Twichell and Alex Meyer, who is also a member of the 2014 Pan Pacific Games team and 2014 National Open Water 5K Champion, and Puerto Rican National Team Member, Christian Bayo.
In addition to having developed a successful swim coaching career, in 2004 JP expanded his application and study of sports coaching to include soccer, cross country, and triathlon. He helped found the St. Timothy's School Cross Country program and coached future state and national record holder, Wesley Frazier. He is a certified coach by both USA Track and Field and US Youth Soccer. He has also worked with World Champion multi-sport athletes, including World Aquathlon Champion, Andrew Ferrell.
JP is active with both USA Swimming and NC Swimming . He has worked as a staff member of USA Swimming's National Open Water Select (2011-2014) and National Select (2012 & 2013) camps. As a member of the NC Swimming Open Water committee, he helped to develop the NC Open Water Select Camp and has served as its head coach since its inception.
JP was a letter winner at NC State University and was a member of the 1984 ACC Championship team. Prior to his collegiate career, he was an All-American Swimmer at the Baylor School, located in Chattanooga, TN. He also competed as a professional triathlete for six years throughout the US and Canada earning Triathlon Today! magazine All-American honors and gaining sponsorship from Nike. JP has a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Technical Communication from NC State University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and three sons.
Robert E Norman
TAG 1 & 2 Coach
Robert Norman grew up in the Cary area swimming for RSA, before attending boarding school in Va. at Woodberry Forest School. Robert then continued his swimming career at Middlebury College, before transferring back to NC State where he earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. At that point he began his coaching career. Robert has coached in the area for 9 years now, and coached a number of age groups and abilities. Robert has coached and help produce NCS Zone and Select camp qualifiers. Robert believes in developing well rounded swimmers who have the ability to be competitive in many strokes and distances. By developing good relationships with his athletes, unique training, and constant communication, he believes this gives athletes the greatest chance of reaching their full potential and goals.
Samuel Blake Addison
Senior and TAG 3 Coach
Blake Addison grew up
about 25 minutes east of Cary, in Knightdale, swimming for New
Wave. He attended Enloe High School, where he was a part of 4
Conference, 4 Regional and 3 State Championship teams. Coach Blake
Attended NC State University - GO PACK!! - and studied Business
Administration/Entrepreneurship. He began coaching at 15 for a TSA
Summer League Team, progressing to a Wave coach as a Freshman at
State, and finally to his home at TAC in March 2013. Coach Blake
has helped coach and produce NCS IMX Camp, NCS Select Camp and NCS
Zone Team athletes as well as State and National record holders;
and was also a finalist for the 2017 ASCA National Age Group Coach
of the Year Award. Coach Blake currently has former swimmers
competing for their collegiate teams at William Peace University
& Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Coach Blake believes in
developing the total athlete, with a special focus on the technical
aspects of each stroke, which “build the foundation for
longevity, health and success in the sport of
Kevin E Maksinchuk
National & Silver Coach
Kevin Maksinchuk joins the Titans family while continuing his stint as the Apex HS swim team head coach. Prior to working for Wake County schools, he helped Triangle Aquatics by establishing rigorous training expectations and processes for the Lifeguard program. He also enjoys his seasonal work as Head Coach of the Scotts Mill summer league team. Kevin's 12 years coaching summer, year-round and high school swimming in both PA and NC gives him perspective on how to grow a champion swimmer. "We want our young kids to swim fast and have great times, but the most important thing is how we help them grow as an athlete, giving the best technique instruction for long term success," he says. While coaching in PA he developed several Regional, State, and Zone qualifiers and expects to continue that success with the Titans.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Maksinchuk began his own successful swimming career at Plum Aqua Swim Club. He swam and lettered all four years at Plum High School and was a WPIAL and State qualifier. He then attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and graduated with his Bachelor’s of Education in Health and Physical Education in 2008. Primarily a sprinter in college, he focused on short distances for the Men’s Swim Team and was recognized for his outstanding contribution in the 50 fly at Slippery Rock as a freshman swimmer, earning him a place in the PSAC championships.
He came full circle by becoming head coach of his first swim club, Plum Aqua, for several years. Highlands Aqua club welcomed him for two summers while his primary position as Penn Hills HS varsity swim coach took up the school year.
Bronze Lead Coach
Coach Ronna brings over 18 years of
swim team development and coaching experience to the TITANS.
Over that timeframe Ronna has coached and instructed swimmers
across all age groups on USA Swimming sanctioned clubs, competitive
summer league teams and high schools in Indiana and North
Coach Ronna is well versed in all
aspects of team development and brings a special focus on the
skills critical to a swimmer’s advancement. In younger
swimmers she develops technique, builds confidence in their
abilities and instills enthusiasm for the sport. All of Coach
Ronna’s swimmers develop a love of the water and camaraderie
with their teammates - making swimming a fun and rewarding aspect
of their lives!
Sandy R Canfield
Copper Lead Coach
Starting at a young age, Coach Sandy swam competitively with the Wilton Y Wahoos Swim Club in Connecticut, a consistently top-rated national swim team. There she achieved success as a competitive swimmer and student athlete, including State Champion in the 1650 Freestyle. Coach Sandy earned the honor of serving as captain of both her club and high-school swim teams, and served as an assistant coach to the Wahoos’ 10 and Under squad. As a result of her positive experience as a competitive swimmer, team work and leadership - at the core of the Titans team philosophy - are fundamental to Coach Sandy's approach to the development of her swimmers in and out of the pool.
Coach Sandy has been working with the TAC Titans since its inception in 2012. Coach Sandy's focus has been to instruct our youngest competitive Titans swimmers to achieve rankings at the top of their age group in the state and beyond. Coach Sandy has accomplished this by providing outstanding individual instruction in proper swimming technique, while building the endurance and speed of each swimmer to the best of their ability. Coach Sandy cultivates a joy for swimming, team work, and the basics for setting and achieving personal goals through honest, positive reinforcement appropriate to this age group.
Coach Sandy possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in International Affairs. Professionally, Coach Sandy designs, manages, monitors and evaluates programs and projects for academic institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and foundations. Coach Sandy currently supports academic partnerships with NASA and the aerospace sector in North Carolina, bringing her knowledge of hydrodynamics and STEM learning to the team.
Lee R Addison
Senior and TAG 1.5 Asst. & Teen TITANS
Coach Lee is in charge of our Teen Titans program, leading up one of the largest groups at TAC. He graduated in 2015 from NCSU with his degree in Agriculture Business Management.
Lee comes to the Titans from Wave, where he was an Age Group coach with the year-round program for the past year. He will continue with his role as Head Coach for the North Ridge Country Club summer league team, where he has coached for the past three years. His first coaching experience was as a summer league assistant coach with the Planter's Walk Piranhas from 2009-2011, where he learned to love the art of teaching swimming.
Prior to becoming a coach, Lee was a fierce competitor in the Raleigh area. He began swimming competitively at 3 years old, practically before he could walk. He still holds records including the TSA 6 & Under Backstroke swim, and as the anchor on the Boys 13-14 NCS State Champion 200 Meter Freestyle Relay. He attended Enloe High School, where he was a part of the 2007 NCHSAA 4A State Championship team along with his older brother, and TITANS Coach, Blake Addison. As a senior Lee was named MVP and swam on the boys' All-American Medley Relay.
Lindsey E Fano
Sectional Coach & TAG 2 Asst.
Lindsey grew up swimming on a summer-league club managed by her grandfather in Boulder, Colorado. Starting at the age of 6, she swam for the same summer team all the way through age 18. Lindsey competed for Fairview High School and was a four time state qualifier in the 100 breaststroke and senior captain. She then went on to swim for John Carroll University located in Cleveland, Ohio. As a John Carroll University Blue Streak, Lindsey was named captain for both her junior and senior year, earned 17 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Awards and was a two time CSCAA Scholar All-American. She left holding 5 school records (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay) and 2 league records. During her senior year she also was recognized as one of 20 athletes in the conference to receive the Clyde Lamb Award for both athletic and academic performance.
Lindsey majored in English and minored in Exercise Science. She also was involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the John Carroll Magazine. She moved to North Carolina immediately after graduation in May 2016. Through coaching, Lindsey hopes to share her passion for swimming and all of the lifelong lessons that come with being a swimmer.
Kile A Aukerman
TAG 1 Asst. & TAG 1.5 Coach
Kile Aukerman was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. As a young kid he started swimming for his local pool and by age nine Kile started swimming year round. Kile swam for Anderson High School and became a state qualifier in three events along with being team captain his last year.
He then went on to swim D1 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. As a Freshman Kile was the newcomer of the year in the Horizon League and voted Freshman of the year by his teammates. Throughout his career at Wright State Kile set six school records, two league records and scored 18 times at the Horizon League Championships. He was voted team captain twice for both his junior and senior year along with being the MVP recipient for both of those years.
Kile majored in Biology concentrating in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology. He took part in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee helping organize both swim team and athlete wide extracurricular activities. His Junior Year Kile was voted Wright State’s Athlete of the year for both his performances in the pool and out. After graduating in May 2015 Kile moved down to Miami, Florida to swim professionally under Bruce Marchionda.
After moving to Florida Kile began training with the professional team for South Florida Aquatic Club. In June 2016 Kile qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 Breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley. After the trials Kile stopped competitive swimming and decided to start coaching for the Titans. He hopes to show people that anyone can accomplish their goals with hard work and a good attitude.
Matthew E Mosher
Gold Lead Coach
Matthew Mosher was born and raised in Durham, NC. He swam for numerous clubs including Durham Aquatic Club, New Wave, and Bull City Aquatics. In high school he swam for C.E. Jordan and helped his team to a second place finish at the NCHSAA state championships. He began coaching with his summer league team while in high school. Matt swam for American University and was a member of the 2001 CAA Conference Championship team. After swimming at American, Matt took time off from swimming only to return as the head coach of Raleigh Charter High School in 2008. He coached RCHS for eight seasons and helped lead the team to five consecutive 1A/2A NCHSAA girls state championships from 2011-2015. Throughout his swimming and coaching career Matt has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities from 6 & unders just learning to swim, to nationally ranked and top 10 college recruits. Matt enjoys helping swimmers develop into the best humans they can be through the sport and believes in a balanced, focused, dedicated, and passionate approach to training.
Erin C Sayre
Sarah C Schmid
Copper Asst. Coach
Brandy L. Plewniak
Jr. Titans 10U & Copper Asst.
Caleb A Lawrence
Silver Asst. & Jr TITANS 11 and Up Coach
DeAnna S Wahlers
TITANS Meet Director