John Patrick Roy
Head Coach John Royhas been leading the WAVE swimming
program since his arrival in 2006. Since then, WAVE has grown in
size, sportsmanship, and accomplishment. WAVE has proudly won the
NC Swimming Open Water Championships, placed a number of athletes
on collegiate swim teams, and moved up in the USA Swimming Virtual
Rankings under the leadership of Coach John.
Prior to coming to Raleigh, John was the head coach at Bengal Tiger
Aquatic Club (BTAC) and Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, LA.
From 1996-2002, Coach John was the head coach of The Baylor School
in Chattanooga, TN. In TN, he earned Tennessee High School
Women’s Coach of the year, was president of the Tennessee
Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, and chaired the
Southeastern LSC in 2002. In 2001, Coach John was an American Swim
Coaches Association Award of Excellence honoree. He has
coached Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Natiaonal Fianlists, National
Junior Team Members, and Junior National Record holders.
Coach John is a proud graduate and fan of the University of
Tennessee. John is married to Nancy , they have a 14 year-old
daughter Maggie, and son Matthew who is 5. .
Ed Lower has coached in Raleigh for the past thirteen years. Over this time he has shown himself to be extremely talented at helping swimmers achieve their goals. He was named National Club Swimming Associations "National Co-Coach Of The Year" in 2004 and the North Carolina Senior Coach of the Year in 2002.
Coach Lower believes in developing the entire swimmer. He has his swimmers concentrate on good technique, endurance, speed and power, and he wants his swimmers to improve throughout their swimming careers. He has sent many swimmers to swim on scholarship at these universities: Davidson, UNC Wilmington, NC State, UNC, Texas, ECU, Naval Academy, Mary Washington, Washington University, TCU, WVU, Emory, Delaware, Old Dominion, Denison, Mount Holyoke, Catholic, American and Virginia.
Before moving to Raleigh, Coach Lower was a head facility coach for world renowned Nations Capital Aquatic Club. He coached for four years with NCAP including in the early 1990’s when he helped coach the Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder in the 200 breaststroke. Coach Lower also coached the breaststroke and sprint IM swimmers at the University of Nebraska, Big 8 Champions, while heading up the swim team’s dry land and lactate analysis programs. He has coached swimmers to many top 10 performances, Junior National, Senior National, Olympic Trial finalists and masters swimmers to World record performances.
Prior to working with NCAP he was head coach for 7 years with the Siouxland Sharks, Sioux City, IA and the Galveston Island Swim Team, Galveston, TX. Lower was head age group coach for 4 years with the Space City Aquatic Team, Clear Lake, TX and for Swim Omaha, Omaha, NE.
Coach Lower graduated from the University of Iowa, with a bachelors of Science degree in physical education, teaching, and coaching. He was an NCAA All-America team member for 3 years, and was the U. of Iowa’s team captain his senior year. He finished his swimming career by qualifying for the 1988 Olympic Trials. Coach Lower lives in Clayton with his wife Melissa and their two boys Christian and Jesse.
Jonathan J Bescher
Jonathan Bescher originally started swimming in
Connecticut where he swam for 14 years and helped coach young
swimmers the last couple of years. He then went on to becoming a
Manager at NC State where he was able to watch and talk to many
great coaches and swimmers. He graduated from State in 1998
with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics along with a minor in Computer
Science. Jonathan then started to help coach at the Garner Road
YMCA, where he helped them to 3 straight Division Championships.
Along with coaching at the YMCA, he also became Head Coach at the
Garner Dolphins and his last year helped them go undefeated and win
Coach Bescher is now starting his 13th season with WAVE. He has
coached all levels within the team. For the first 5 years he has
worked with the Senior Level swimmers and in 2006 started working
with the Age Group level swimmers. In his time with WAVE, he has
help coach many Junior Olympic swimmers, Sectional swimmers and a
Top-16 Nationally ranked swimmer and relays ranked in the Top-5
Nationally. He also has had four swimmers get High Point
between the NC Short Course and Long Course Age Group
He lives in Clayton with his wife Kendra and his dogs and
cats. Jonathan and Kendra have a daughter
Zach Murray began coaching
year-round with New Wave Swim Team in 2008 after 4
summers coaching city league in Greensboro. In 2015
he moved to Nashville with his wife and coached for Nashville
Aquatic Club jump starting their seasonal program. In
2016 he moved to Atlanta and was the head age group coach for
Swim Atlanta at Georgia Tech. For the 2016-2017 season he
moved back to Raleigh and returned to New Wave for his 7th
season with the team at our Optimist location. During his
career he has coached all ages and abilities ranging from novice to
masters, state/sectional qualifiers, state high point winners,
zone team qualifiers, national top 16 and state record holders.
While in Raleigh he has continued to support the swimming
community coaching TSA teams every summer.
Kendra is in her fourth year with WAVE. She coaches the
Beginning Seasonal and JV group at Optimist. She has coached
with Garner Road Y and ran the lesson program at the Finley YMCA
for many years. While at the Y, she started the Finley Fliers
team. She is also a certified cpr, lifeguard and first aid
instructor through the American Red Cross.
She lives in Clayton, NC with her husband Jonathan. Kendra
and Jonathan have a daughter Kaylea.
Casey Sink is in her second year with WAVE. She started with Wave
in August 2012 as site director and coach at the North Raleigh
Christian Academy location. She works with groups ranging from BC
to Level 3 at the site.
Prior to working with New Wave Swim Team Casey swam with the Wilson
Barracuda Swim Team for twelve years, swam for James B Hunt High
school, and then joined the Campbell Swim Team in 2007 to 2011,
where she received her BS in Sports Management. After her
collegiate Swimming years she returned to work with the Wilson
Barracuda Swim Team for one year, and then joined WAVE in 2012.
Along with coaching with WAVE, she also is one of the assistant
coaches for the North Raleigh Christian Academy school swim team.
I am thrilled to be coaching such a competitive, and driven team
that strives for excellence.
I go by Ivo for short and I coach Levels 2 Select and
Varsity at Cary Swim Club. I was born in Bulgaria where my parents
put me on a competitive swim team when I was 7 (and I hated it :)
However, by my Freshman year in college I had realized that I just
wasn't good enough at soccer and I walked on the Campbellsville University Swim Team where I
had the pleasure to swim under the 1998 NAIA National Swimming Coach of the Year,
Coach Brownley. I graduated with a degree in
Exercise Science (which combines Physiology of Exercise and
Kinesiology). My first coaching job was as a
Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Campbellsville Tiger Sharks during a part of
my Junior year in College. I believe in science-based coaching,
critical reasoning when designing sets/workouts, adapting to the
swimmers needs/performance, and being creative with
Wendy K Sharer
Wendy began her swimming career as a summer league swimmer in
Seattle at the age of 5. She swam competitively on the year-round
swim team, Husky, prior to moving to Raleigh. Wendy joined the Wave
family at the age of 14, and swam under Coach John throughout high
school. She swam all four years of college at Towson University in
Maryland. While at Towson, she was ranked on the team's All-Time
Top 5 times list in the 200 backstroke as a sophomore. She
graduated with a BS in Biology in December of 2013. She is
currently coaching level 2 select, level 3, varsity, and the late
senior 1 group at Optimist.
Shawn Ryan coaches BC, JV, and Levels 1&2 at Cary Swim Club. He
is also the Head Coach for Cary Swim Club (TSA summer league). He
brings to WAVE over 20 years of coaching and teaching
experience. He is also available for swimming lessons.