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COACHING PHILOSOPHY

Our coaches are the foundation of our program and are here to support our swimmers and our families. Nothing has a great influence on the experience and progressions of our swimmers than the excellence of our coaches. These individuals are certified through the American Swim Coaches Association, USA Swimming, and/or the YMCA, and are professionals within the sport.

If you have questions regarding training, meets and/or team events, please contact your site coach at one of the emails listed below and schedule a time before or after practice to talk. For the purpose of allowing our coaches to 'coach,' we ask that parents do NOT approach the coaches during practices, meets, or anytime they are engaged with swimmers. For all questions relating to the 'dry side' of the team, such as fees and policies, please visit our  Contact page.

Coaching Staff

Bob Jennings

Dir of Comp. Swimming/Co-Head Coach

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Coach Bob grew up in Michigan and competed collegiately at Eastern Michigan University earning six individual Mid-American Conference breaststroke championships, and was elected to EMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. Bob earned an MBA from Wake Forest University in 2002, and after more than 20 years in the corporate world as a market research and marketing professional, purchased Swim Gear of NC in 2012. Bob’s passion and commitment to swimming, and his desire to give back to the community, has allowed him to take on numerous coaching roles over the past 30 years. In addition to TYDE, he currently serves as head swim coach at Forsyth Country Day School and Brookberry Farm and founded Swim Gear Seasonal, a non-competitive developmental training program that he developed to get swimmers ready for the High School and summer league seasons. Swim Gear Seasonal will become part of TYDE in the Spring of 2018. Bob and his wife Bridget reside in Pfafftown and have four children, Eric, Kelley, Molly and Abby.

Nathan Durrell

Dir of Competitive Swimming/Head Coach

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Coach Nathan began coaching with TYDE in April 2013 after over 6 years as a Head Site Coach & Head of Age Group Development with STAR Aquatics, throughout the Triad area.  During his time with STAR, the club won NC Senior Championships, achieved 6 top-3 team finishes at NC Age-Group Championships, set multiple state, sectional and national records, and ranked as high as 92th in the Virtual Club Rankings. Coach Nathan has a long history of working with age-group swimmers and has focused on the development of swimming at its foundation, with young swimmers and good technique.

Nathan began his swimming in Lexington, with WSY and under the tutelage of current TYDE Coach Tom Slack, where he placed as high as 2nd at NC State Champs and achieved Y-National cuts before moving to Manchester, England at the age of 14. While in England, Nathan swam 4 years for the University of Manchester, where he was team captain and president for his final 2 years. Nathan’s coaching career began with Brookside Swim Club in Lexington, where he developed his love for the sport and for working with children.  Nathan is married to Jeanna and has two daughters and a son, Lauren, Olivia, and Olsen.

Robin L Jacobs

Associate Head Coach & NP 3 Coach

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Coach Robin came to WSY/TYDE in 1984 from Pittsburgh, PA. During her long career, she has coached at the club, (Mt Lebanon Aqua Club, Upper St Clair Swim Club), high school, (Peter’s Twp High School, Mt Lebanon High School) and college, (Washington & Jefferson College), levels with extensive work with the 12 & under age groups. Post-graduate study in Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh enables Robin to help each swimmer develop to the best of his or her ability. Robin has served as a coach for four Eastern Zone All-Star Teams, the National Age Group Camp and the North Carolina Select Team. She has coached numerous state and nationally ranked swimmers and was named ASCA/North Carolina Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for 1995, 1997 and 2008. Robin is married to TYDE coach Tom Slack and has one daughter, Torrey, who is a WSY alum.

Leann Day

Director of Operations

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Leann joined the TYDE staff in January 2010. She is married and has two boys who swim; Sam is a TYDE alum and now swims for the University of Kentucky and John swims for TYDE on the National Team. Leann is a graduate of Purdue University and worked 10 years as a computer software engineer for Delphi Electronics (General Motors) before deciding to be a full-time mom. She is involved in several volunteer activities including being a USA Swimming Referee and YMCA Level II Certified Official. Being a Kentucky native and now having a son who attends school there, Leann is a diehard UK Wildcat fan!

David J Amato

National Team Strength & Masters Coach

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Coach Dave is the National Team coach and head Masters coach. David brings over 25 years of coaching experience that includes Division I college (UMBC, University of Pittsburgh), junior and senior national level swimming (Retriever Aquatics, Team Pittsburgh, Eagle Swim Team) and masters swimming (NBAC, Maryland Masters, Eagle Masters). In addition to swimming, Dave coaches and trains endurance athletes including triathletes, cyclists, motorsports racers and tactical personnel.

David is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a certified professional trainer (CPT) and is also certified in Functional Movement Screen (FMS). David and his wife Dana have two sons, Josh (8) and Levi (1.5 yrs) and 3 dogs.

Sarah E Barton

Jerry Long YMCA Coach

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Coach Sarah is now in her 3rd year coaching for TYDE at the Jerry Long YMCA. Sarah started swimming for TYDE in 2009 and continued until she graduated in 2013. During that time she also swam for West Forsyth High School for four years; as well as, Clemmons West Aqua Demons for twelve years. Sarah currently attends Greensboro College where she swam her freshman year and majors in Elementary Education. In the summer, Sarah coaches for the Yadkin Stringrays. In all venues Sarah enjoys teaching young swimmers to reach their goals and to develop a passion for the sport.

Joel Alexander Black

Jerry Long YMCA Coach

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Coach Alex swam competitively for Southern Methodist University, a Top 10 NCAA Division I swimming program in Dallas, Texas. He earned varsity letters swimming for the SMU Mustangs, and was a Western Athletic Conference finalist. A native of Lewisville, NC, he attended 13 years (K-12) and graduated from Forsyth Country Day School where he was a High School All American in the Breaststroke and Butterfly, and State Champion in each for four years. He also swam with the Winston-Salem YMCA at Y Nationals and was a USA Swimming Junior Nationals Finalist and USA Swimming Sr. Nationals qualifier.

Coach Alex is currently a Life Member of the American Swim Coach's Association (ASCA) and holds ASCA Level 4 certification. He has coached all levels of swimmers from age group neophytes to senior National Qualifiers during his stints at the Dallas Mustangs Swim Club, the Goldsboro YMCA and Gateway YWCA Seadragons. He has also coached high school swimmers who achieved All-American status. He has been on the coaching staff of the NC Zone Team on nine occasions overseeing every age group and gender and twice as Head Coach. Coach Alex was inducted into the Forsyth Country Day School Athletics Hall of Fame on January 6th, 2012.

Scott Blevins

Statesville YMCA Coach

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Coach Scott is originally from North Wilkesboro, NC. He began his coaching career in 2005, and coached for TYDE 2011-2015, and then returned 2016, where he coaches at the Statesville YMCA.He enjoys watching young people reach their full potential. In his free time, he loves to do wood working and painting.

Bailey Brown

William G. White, Jr. YMCA Coach

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Bio coming soon!

Michael Cassidy

Kernersville YMCA Prep Groups Coach

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Coach Mike has been a coach for the TYDE team since 2014 and coaches summer Riptyde and age group TYDE swimmers. He swam competitively through childhood and was a founding member of the College of William and Mary Swim Club. He started swimming regularly in Kernersville when a masters group was formed in 2013. 

Mike and his wife Amy grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia and moved to the Greensboro area in 2010. Their two daughters, Riley and Lucy, began swimming with TYDE in 2013.  hey also have a Golden Retriever named Stella who would like to swim, but her hair would clog up the pool filter.

Charlotte Warren Disher

Yadkin YMCA Coach

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Coach Charlotte is from North Haven, CT. Prior to coaching, she was a Police Officer in Winston-Salem for fifteen years. She started coaching in 2011 and joined TYDE in 2016, where she currently coaches at the Yadkin YMCA. She loves coaching, and says one of her most memorable experiences was having one of her young swimmers achieve a long-term goal of breaking 30 seconds in the 50 free, and not just breaking it, but smashing it!

Lisa King Greene

Team Administration Support

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Richard Huffman

Wilkes YMCA Coach

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Coach Richard joined the TYDE coaching staff in January 205. He began his swimming career in high school and continued on while attending Western Carolina University where he co-founded and swam for the club swim team. After graduating, he worked as the Aquatics Director for the Hickory Foundation YMCA in Hickory, NC and as the Assistant Waterfront Director at Camp Turk in Woodgate, NY from 2010-2014. He has worked with high school and club swim teams in the Hickory area. Richard is currently the Aquatics Coordinator at the Adrian L. Shuford Jr. YMCA in Conover, NC and swims with the Hickory YSST Masters Swim Team. He has been the Head Swim Coach for West Wilkes and Wilkes Central High Schools since 2015.

Julie McGhee

Fulton YMCA Coach

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Lauren M McKinney

William G. White, Jr. YMCA Coach

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Coach Laurie joined the TYDE coaching staff in 2013 after moving here from Edinboro, Pennsylvania. She teaches science at North Davidson High School and also volunteers as a coach for their high school swim team. Laurie is active in summer league as well, serving as the Head Coach for the Arcadia Ducks. She has been in the water since age 8 and is excited to be on the pool deck with TYDE. Laurie has a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State and her Masters in Middle and Secondary Education.

Jo Portis

Davie YMCA Coach

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Oz Prim

Wilkes YMCA Coach

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Coach Oz started coaching WSY/TYDE during the 1970’s under our first head coach Jim Richardson. He has coached at many different levels, from beginning swimmer to national level, through the years across the state of North Carolina. Currently Oz coaches at the Wilkes Family YMCA and assists back in his hometown of Yadkinville. He previously taught History at Surry Community College while coaching the high school teams at both Starmount High School and Elkin High School during the winter and the Elkin Wet Lightning Swim Team during the summer. Oz also enjoys hiking and learning something new daily.

Andrew B Serang

Gateway YWCA Junior Performance Coach

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Paul S Trivette

National Team Coach

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Coach Paul began with TYDE as a coach for WSY working with level groups, seasonal groups, and midlevel practices.  Paul has worked with several programs throughout the state of North Carolina and the country.  Paul was the head coach for year round programs and high school programs in Hickory and Shelby, NC.  He has also been the head coach for North Forsyth High School (2006-2014), Long Creek Swim Club summer league teams (1999-2003), and various groups of the Bowling Green Swim Team in Bowling Green, Ohio (1993-1998).

Paul swam all four years while attending Wake Forest University where he later earned his M.Ed. with a double emphasis in counseling and school psychology. He later achieved his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. Outside of swimming Coach Paul has worked as a school counselor and/or school psychologist in Shelby, Winston-Salem, England, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was also a professor for Counselor Education at Bowling Green State University. He is married to Dr. Janice Black and they have two children, Lindsey and Mason. Lindsey currently lives in Asheville while Mason, a former swimmer for TYDE, attends UNC Wilmington as a member of their swim team.

Rachel Greene

J. Smith Young YMCA Coach

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Coach Rachel grew up in Lexington, NC, where she swam and coached for the Arcadia Ducks. She started coaching for TYDE in 2017 at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington. She loves being able to interact with each swimmer, and learn not just about what they want out of swimming, but what is going on in their life as a whole. She likes being able to help kids learn the correct technique and push them to succeed in the sport. her favorite moments are when kinds go outside of their comfort zone, try new things, and make themselves better swimmers. Her favorite place is Disney World, and Winnie the Pooh characters are her absolute favorite.

Kelley Cundiff

Davie YMCA Coach

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Coach Kelley is from Advance, NC, and began her coaching at TYDE in 2017 at the Davie YMCA. She loves the feeling when a swimmer learns something new or conquers a stroke, and the rush she gets when her swimmers win their heats. Her favorite swimming memory was during her first summer league, "...watching my kids who couldn't swim a full 25 in the beginning, winning first place in their meets!"

Christa Crews

J. Smith Young YMCA Coach

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Coach Christa started coaching in 2015 for the Welcome Swim Club in Lexington, NC. She started coaching for TYDE in 2017 at the J. Smith Young YMCA. She loves seeing the looks on kids' faces when they learn to swim or when they master a new stroke. Her favorite accomplishment as a coach was when she taught her 5 year-old how to swim breaststroke and he won first place at the DCAA County Swim Meet. In her free time she loves to watch Andy Griffin re-runs.

Felixa Boutwell

Kernersville YMCA Coach

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Coach Felixa is originally from Washington, DC, has been coaching since 2006, and joined the TYDE team in 2012. She likes seeing kids gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. Her proudest coaching moment occurred in 2015 when, as a high school coach, she hosted a tri-meet with two local high schools and the Kernersville TYDE Team. Reviewing the entry list, she realized she had coached over half of the kids at the meet at one time in the past ten years. To see swimming grow from a summer pool splash activity to a competitive sport at Kernersville has been the best experience for her.

Kristen Crider

Kernersville YMCA Coach

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Coach Kristen is from Kernersville, NC, and began coaching with TYDE in 2016. She loves getting to know her swimmers while watching them fall in love with the sport. She has two daughters who are also part of the TYDE family.

Laura Pulliam

Stokes YMCA Coach

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Coach Laura is from King, NC, and joined the Stokes Family YMCA in 2017. She loves making memories with her swimmers, while watching them improve their skills. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding.

Meredith Kelley

William G. White YMCA Coach

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Coach Meredith is from Winston-Salem, and has been coaching for William G. White since 2017. She loves encouraging swimmers to always do their best, and getting to see them improve. She says, "I love their smiles when they perfect a skill that they have been working on!" 

Susy Kim

Gateway YMCA Coach

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Coach Susy is originally from Springfield, MA, and joined the TYDE coaching team in 2017.  Her most memorable experience as a coach is, "when a child understands what you tell them to do and it clicks, that 'aha moment.' It is exteremly satisfying when that happens." Coach Susy finds coaching fun and rewarding, and sometimes you might see her doing headstands during practice!

Ksy Cates

Stokes YMCA Coach

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Coach Ksy has been coaching for TYDE since 2009. Originially from East Bend, she coaches nearby at the Stokes Family YMCA. She is very passionate about swimming as a sport, and also has a passion for teaching kids. She believes coaching is the perfect job to bring her two passions together. She loves watching swimmers progress in their ability to swimmer better and faster, and knowing she has helped them get there. 

Briley Penner

Stokes YMCA Coach

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Coach Briley is from Winston-Salem, has been coaching since 2014, and joined TYDE in 2017. He loves being able to help athletes learn that they are capable of more than they realize. His proudest coaching experience to date was during a high school practice. Both he and the head coach had to be out of town, but the team still wanted to have practice, so the team manager supervised and the captains ran the practice. The team manager said it was one of the most efficient practices he had seen; the kids wanted to prove how serious they could take the sport even when their coaches weren't there, and how important it is to work hard. When not focused on watching his swimmers, Coach Briley also loves watching the Oregon Ducks.

Paige Jones

William G. White YMCA Coach

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Coach Paige joined TYDE in 2017 at the William G. White Family YMCA. She grew up swimming herself in Kernersville, and has really wanted to make a difrference in young swimmer's careers. She has always loved swimming and feels that coaching is a great way to incorporate it into her life. She especially loves helping siwmmers with their strokes and seeing how exited and happy they get when they improve. An interesting fact about Coach Paige is that she has been in medical books for her eye, and her doctor has travelled all over the world telling her story.

David Jones

Jerry Long YMCA Coach

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Coach David (DJ) joined TYDE in 2018 as the site coach at Jerry Long YMCA. 

DJ began coaching career in 95 with the Hickory Seahorse Swim Team (YSST), and served as Head Age Group Coach for 5 years under Jon Jolley.

Since then has served as Head Site Coach for the VA Gators and SEVA Seahawks in Virginia, as well as the Head coach for the OBX Swim Club and Statesville YMCA in North CarolinaC Most recently served as Head Site Coach and Technique coach for Nat 1 and Nat 2 groups at GCY.