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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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the director.

Coaching Staff

Jon Jolley

Director of Competitive Swimming

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Coach Jolley is in his 25th year with the YSST program.  He began swimming competitively in 1973.  He began coaching in 1987 with the Greenville Swim Club while attending East Carolina University.   Jon joined the YSST staff in the fall of 1992 as Head Age Group Coach.  Since becoming the Head Coach in June 1996,  Jon has coached numerous YMCA National Qualifiers as well as 25 YMCA "All-American"  performers, 18 Junior National Qualifiers, 5 Senior National Qualifiers, 5 North Carolina Swimming Age Group record holders, 5 YMCA National Champions, 2 YMCA National record holders, and a YMCA National Age Group record holder.  Jon was recognized as the Age Group Coach of the Year for North Carolina Swimming in 2013 and 2015.  He was recognized as the Franke Bell Senior Coach of the Year for North Carolina Swimming in 2016.   He has also been a member of the North Carolina Swimming Select Team Staff.  Jon served as the age group vice chair of North Carolina Swimming from 2009-2013, and is currently a member of the North Carolina Swimming Board of Directors (2009-present), the president of the Greater YMCA Sunbelt Swimming Association, and is a member of the YMCA of the USA Upper Southeast Regional Swimming Committee.  Jon graduated with degrees in both Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from ECU.

Rachael LeClair

Assistant Coach

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Coach LeClair joined the YSST coaching staff in January 2009.  Rachael swam competitively for 12 years with the Mid-Ohio Valley Swim Association, Parkway Swim Club, Tulane University and Emory University.  She was a Senior National qualifier, a 21 time NCAA All-American, 2 time NCAA Division III individual champion, former Division III record holder, and was Georgia Hall of Fame Amateur Athlete of the Year.  When she is not at the pool, Rachael practices family law and criminal defense law.  She and her husband Tommy Shores have two daughters, Maly and Audrey, and a son, Peter, who swim for YSST.

Ann Taylor

Assistant Coach

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Coach Taylor swam competitively for the North Canton YMCA in Ohio for 11 years, then swam for Ohio Northern University.  She was the first Ohio Northern swimmer ever to qualify for Nationals in an individual event (200 Fly).  Ann helped coach the Morganton Swim Club for 2 1/2 years before joining the YSST staff.  She works in the hospital system as a pharmacist, and currently resides in Granite Falls with her husband Christopher, and their four children - Logan, Marissa, Ryanna, and Kayana.  Marissa and Kayana currently swim for YSST.  Ann coaches the Gold Group.

Rob Scott

Masters/Adult Aquatic Fitness Coach

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Rob became a US Masters Swimmer in 1986 and has held numerous state records during that time, as well as National Top Ten rankings. In 2012, he won the One Mile National Open Water Championship.  Rob was Head Age Group coach for the Jasper (Indiana) Aquatic Wildcats with over 70 swimmers of all ages and abilities. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and was the Head Coach of the Burlingame Aquatic Club. In 2009, he started the YSST Masters swim team at the Y and he currently coaches over 60 adult swimmers.

Cathy Hitchcock

Assistant Coach

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Cathy grew up in Hickory and swam for HSST from 1978-1988.  She continued her swimming career as a four time All-ACC swimmer at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.  She also qualified for the 1992 US Olympic trials in the 200 backstroke.  She served assistant coaching stints at the North Carolina Aquatic Club (1994-1995), Davidson College (1996-1997), University of Kansas (1997-2000), and then as the Head Coach of the University of Kansas women's team (2000-2002).  In 2002, Cathy moved back to Hickory and began teaching at Northview Middle School.  In May of 2011, Cathy was inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame.  In addition to coaching YSST, she is the Head Coach of the Hickory High swim team.  Cathy's son, Drew, is a member of the Bronze group.  

Sarah Hessong

Assistant Coach

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Coach Hessong joined the YSST coaching staff in the fall of 2013.  Sarah grew up swimming for the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, NC.  Her daughters, Annabelle and Juliette, swim for YSST.

Lee Gibbs

Dryland Coach

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Coach Gibbs joined YSST as the dryland coach in 2011. Lee is self-employed as a certified personal trainer. She is also an instructor at the Hickory YMCA teaching classes in core strength, power lifting, spinning, boot camp, and circuit training. She holds a Masters degree from UNC-G. Lee is from Reading, PA and currently resides in Hickory.  She has four children  - Ben (24), Anna (20), Alex (19), and Nathan (18).