Bruce W Marchionda
Bruce brings over 30 years of coaching experience at the club
and collegiate levels. He has elevated the TAC TITANS program
from a Bronze Medal Club to a Gold Medal Club in just three years.
The TITANS have been ranked as high as second in the Nation
according to USA Swimming’s VCC rankings. He has been
recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a Coach
of Excellence for the past 10 years.
Bruce has been on three different USA National Team coaching
staffs including the 2019 World Junior Championships, 2014 SC World
Championships and 2012 SC World Championships. He has
qualified swimmers for the 2016 and 2012 Olympic Teams. He has
placed swimmers on the USA National Team and USA Junior National
Additional accomplishments include, 2018 National Champion, 2012
Olympic Gold medalist, numerous National Age Group records, ACC
Coach of the Year, Conference USA Coach of the Year and Sun Belt
Conference Coach of the Year honors.
John J Payne
Associate Head Coach & Masters Coach
John "JP" Payne, is the Associate Head Coach for the TAC TITANS.
He has over 30 years of coaching experience at all levels of
competition from the youngest beginner to elite professional
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 Camp
(2011-2014, 2018) and National Select Camp (2012 & 2013). He
was also on the staff of USA Swimming’s 2019 World
Championship Open Water team where Titan swimmer, Ashley Twichell,
qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. As a member
of the NC Swimming Open Water committee, he helped to develop the
NC Open Water Select Camp and Zone teams.
JP swam and studied at NC State University earning a B.A. in
English and a M.S. in Technical Communication. He lives in Raleigh
with his wife and three sons. When not on the pool deck at the
Triangle Aquatic Center, you can find him behind a set of drums
playing music with several local bands.
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.
Ronna L Reedstrom
Titans Prep, Jr. Titans, TAG 2
Coach Ronna brings over 25 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 Carolina.
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!
Samuel Blake Addison
National, TAG 3 & Silver I 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
Sr. Champs, TAG 2.5, Silver I
Kevin Maksinchuk has been with the TAC Titans since 2015. Kevin
has 16 years of coaching year-round, high school, and summer league
swimming in both PA and NC, which gives him perspective on how to
grow a champion swimmer. While coaching in PA, Kevin
developed several Regional, State, Zones and Age Group qualifiers
and has continued that success in NC.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA., Kevin attended Slippery Rock
University and graduated with a Bachelor 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 three years placing in the PSAC Championships.
He became head coach of his first swim club, Plum Aqua, at the
age of 18 for several years. He then took a primary position
with Penn Hills High School as the varsity swim head coach and club
coach with the Penn Hills Dolphins before moving to NC in
2014. While with the Titans, Kevin wants our young kids to
swim fast and have great times, but more importantly to help them
grow as an athlete, by giving them the best technique instruction
for long-term success.
Kevin lives in Garner with his wife Jessica and their two boys
Kaiden and Jace.
Sandy R Canfield
Copper, Silver I
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. Coach Sandy also served as an assistant coach to the
Wahoos’ 10 and Under squad to share her love of the sport,
experience as a scholar athlete, and cultivate her own leadership
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 cultivates a joy for swimming, team
work, and the basics for setting and achieving personal goals
through honest, positive reinforcement appropriate to age group
swimmers. Coach Sandy has a strong record consistently producing
the youngest Age Group qualified swimmers in the state. Coach
Sandy's focus has been to instruct our youngest competitive Titan
swimmers with outstanding individual instruction in proper swimming
technique, while building endurance and speed. Coach Sandy instills
a vigorous technical foundation for Titans swimmers in all four
strokes, as well as starts and turns. This year Coach Sandy
expanded her coaching range to add the 11-12 age group swimmers to
her coaching portfolio. Working with this age group enables Coach
Sandy to delve deeper into more advanced technical instruction.
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 for
academic institutions, the private sector, non-governmental
organizations, and foundations. Coach Sandy currently supports an
academic partnership with NASA and the aerospace sector in North
Carolina, bringing her knowledge of aero- and hydrodynamics and
STEM learning to the team, as well as student leadership and
Lindsey E Parr
TAG 1 & Bronze
Lindsey Parr joined the TAC
coaching staff in September 2016. Before coming to TAC, Lindsey
swam for John Carroll University located in Cleveland, Ohio. As a
John Carroll University Blue Streak, Lindsey was named captain for
both her junior and a 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 has been involved with the JCU
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the John Carroll Magazine,
SwimSwam, and is now also coaching the Cary High School swim team.
She moved to North Carolina in May 2016 and has loved getting to
know the Raleigh area over the last 4 years. 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 1.5 & Gold
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
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
Sectional & National
Since joining the TAC Titans in 2016, Coach Matt Mosher has
worked with numerous groups including Jr. Titans, Teen Titans,
Silver, Gold, Senior Challenge, and National. He currently
coaches for our National and Sectional groups.
A native of Durham, NC, Coach Matt swam for several local clubs
including Duke Aquatics, New Wave, and Bull City Aquatics. He
attended and swam for American University in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the Titans, Matt worked in auto sales, the
service industry, and coached high school.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State
University in 2016 with a B.A. in History.
Erin C Sayre
Coach Erin joined the Titans coaching staff in 2016 and has more
than a decade of coaching experience. After only a year of
collegiate swimming in Ohio, an injury took her out of the water
and catapulted her into a coaching career in South Florida. Coach
Erin worked for the American and World Swimming Coaches
Association, helped produce some of the top age group swimmers in
the LSC and several of the states top high school swimmers,
and served several years as a coach of the FGC Zones and
AllStar Teams. In addition to coaching club and high school
swimmers, she was also responsible for the swim training for many
local triathletes and CrossFit Games competitors.
In 2011, Coach Erin began studying the art of strength training
for athletes and has since worked as a CrossFit Coach, community
boot camp instructor, personal and small group trainer and has
coached in several gyms training club swimmers as well as other
land athletes. Currently, her focus is the “dry side”
of swimming for our Titan athletes - everything from strength
training and injury prevention to recovery modalities and even
nutrition. The goal of the Titans’ dryland program is to
enhance the swimmers performance in the water by keeping them
injury free, teaching them to move well on land in order to
increase their strength, power and speed and to educate them on
recovery and nutrition!
Jr. Titans, TAG 3
Coach Kelsey Symm started coaching for the Titans in the fall of
2018. She currently coaches with TAG 3 and the 10 & Under Jr.
Titans, as well as, lead coordinator with the Jr. Titans. She has
also coached with both Bronze and Titans Prep.
Coach Kelsey grew up in Indiana where she learned to swim
competitively. When her family moved south, she continued to swim
locally for her neighborhood summer league, Green Hope High school
and New Wave Swim Team. She began coaching for her neighborhood TSA
swim team when she was 15, starting out the season as the assistant
age group coach and ending the season as the Head age group coach
as well as the overall Assistant Coach for the team. Over the last
15 years she continued her coaching career and was a site director
for New Wave Swim Team and finally finding her place here with the
Coach Kelsey hopes she can spark the joy in every young swimmer,
just like her Coach did when she was younger. Seeing each swimmer
become excited about their strokes is why Kelsey continues to coach
Claire Christine Donahue
National & Sectional/Safe Sport Rep.
Coach Claire Donahue has been with the TAC Titans for almost
three years. She currently coaches the National and Sectional
group. Over the years she has worked with the not only Sectional
and National but also the Olympic Elite, Junior Titans 11 &
over, Tag 2.5, and Tag 3. Claire is currently the Titans Safe Sport
Representative and is in charge of Titans Clinics.
Claire Donahue grew up in Lenoir City, TN where she started
swimming. She swam for Blount Area Swim Team until she was
recruited to swim in college at Western Kentucky University. There
she swam for Bruce Marchionda (our current TAC Titans head
coach). Once she graduated, she decided to continue her swimming
career as a professional athlete. During this time, she qualified
for the National Team five years in a row, multiple World
Championship teams, and ultimately qualified for the 2012 Olympic
Team. Claire swam the 100-yard butterfly and came home with an
Olympic Gold Medal in the 400-meter medley relay.
After the 2016 Olympic Trials Claire moved back to Tennessee and
started her coaching career. A year later she moved to Raleigh to
coach for the TAC Titans.
FUN FACTS: Claire loves Raleigh. It reminds her of home. Her
favorite things to do, besides coaching, is spend time with family,
go to the beach, and try new restaurants. So far, Raleigh food
Sr. Challenge, Teen Titans, TAG 2.5
Tariq was introduced to the water in his mother’s
swim school when he was a toddler, in Suriname, South America. By
the time he was a teenager, he regularly swam breaststroke at
international competitions. As a candidate to represent Suriname in
the Olympic Games, Tariq came to America in 2013 to further his
training. He narrowly missed his time for the Rio Olympics in 2016,
and joined TAC in October of 2018.
During his swim career, Tariq has taught swim lessons and
coached athletes at all levels, including the national and
international level, since 2005. Along with his sister who is also
an accomplished swimmer, Tariq started a non-profit organization
called SwimForLife International. Their mission is to uplift
underprivileged children through swimming, education, and
nutritional support. Tariq and his sister, Xiomara, have already
traveled to Africa twice, where they taught over 300 children how
to swim for the first time.
Tariq’s journey started as a competitive swimmer, training
for the Olympic Games. He would like to inspire and build character
into the younger generation, which is exactly why he came to work
for Triangle Aquatic Center. He looks forward to what the future
holds for himself and his athletes.
Tariq speaks Dutch and English fluently. Recently married to his
college sweetheart, Dakota, Coach Tariq enjoys spending his free
time with his wife and his family.