Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our Team Registrar Victoria Sever at [email protected]

Coaching Staff

Michael A Sever

Head Coach and Owner


Michael Sever joined Catawba Athletics as the new Head Swimming Coach in August 2015. He quickly established a new 5-week youth learn-to-swim program. Tidal Wave Aquatics is a natural extension of the learn-to-swim program, offering a range of swim development programs to elite-level competition training.

Prior to Catawba, Sever was the Assistant Coach at The University of Maine, Orono. While at UMaine, Sever founded Black Bear Aquatics, one of the premier USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming clubs in the Bangor area. His coaching career began as an assistant coach at East Carolina University. After ECU, Sever was the Head Coach of The University of Rhode Island Men's Swimming Team and founder/Head Coach of Triton Swimming. 

Sever is an avid open water swimmer and an active US Masters competitor. He is ASCA Level 2 certified and a certified USMS coach.

Maddie K Samples

Assistant Coach