Coaching Staff

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Coaching Staff

Ray Grant

Head Coach


For the past twenty years, head coach Ray Grant has played an integral role in many facets of the USA and New England swimming communities.  

After learning to swim at the pool in Sacramento, California where Mark Spitz was just beginning his legendary swimming career, Coach Grant moved to Seekonk, Massachusetts and flourished as a member of the Seekonk Dolphins and the Seekonk High School Warriors, both under the tutelage of Ellis Mayers. He moved on to obtain his college degree in nursing, working at hospitals in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including several years in the well-respected ER of Boston Children’s Hospital before moving on to become an airline pilot.


Eventually, his desire to return to the sport that he loved brought him back to Seekonk, where he began his coaching career in 1993 as an assistant to Ellis Mayers who was still at the helm of the Seekonk Dolphins. In 1998, he assumed the role of head coach and has since guided the team as it evolved into Seekonk Swimming, and then Seacoast Swimming (Seekonk), one of NE Swimming’s oldest and most renowned programs. Over the years he has coached swimmers to success at all levels of the sport, including Zones, Sectionals, Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals. Over sixty of his swimmers have gone on to swim competitively at the collegiate level. Additionally, Coach Grant has become actively involved in the New England Swimming community at the administrative level, serving as a member of the Board of Directors since 1998. He acted as General Chair from 2004 to 2008, and earned enormous respect in this position as he was re-elected in May, 2012 for another term.


When Coach Grant took over as head club coach in 1998, he also assumed the role of head coach of the Seekonk High School Warriors swim team, guiding the girls’ team for five years and the boys’ team for seven. He led the Lady Warriors to a record of 61-3-1, in addition to numerous Southern Conference titles and South Sectional Championships. His swimmers broke a plethora of school records, and often dominated the all-star teams of the local papers. His success did not go unnoticed, as Coach Grant was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2002, and the Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2005. He served as chairman of the MIAA state swim committee from 2007 - 2014. 


Coach Grant has developed a coaching pedagogy that places a strong emphasis on sound technique, ample endurance training, and practice sets that mimic the racing environment. He takes pride in creating a team-based atmosphere, encouraging all of his swimmers to work together, pushing each other to great performances in practice on a daily basis and providing a supportive training community. Additionally, he recognizes that each of his swimmers is an individual who needs unique focus and attention, a belief that sets Seacoast and its coaching staff apart from other teams in New England. 


Brian Cameron

Associate Head Coach


Brian Cameron joins Seacoast Swimming Association with nineteen years of coaching experience. He believes in coaching with an emphasis on strong stroke technique, and he also feels that all athletes should excel in the classroom as well as in the pool. Another of his goals is to develop swimmers that will want to swim into and beyond college, and he hopes to promote this attitude in his coaching.

Brian began his coaching career with the Old Colony YMCA. He spent nine years there, serving as an assistant for a year and a head coach for eight years. After his time there, Brian spent eight years as a coach with the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks. His achievements there were numerous, including eighteen YMCA All-Americans, 108 swims at the All-American level, five USA Swimming Junior National qualifiers, two USA swimming National qualifiers and two second place team finishes at the NE Age Group Championship Meet.

In the fall of 2007, Brian began working as a coach for the Bay and Ocean State Squids. While there he worked primarily with the age group program, writing workouts and coordinating dryland training. His swimmers qualified for and placed at the NE 12 and under Championships, the CT Senior Championships and the NE Open Championships. 

Brian has also spent seven years coaching high school swimming in Massachusetts. From 2000 to 2003 he coached the Bishop Fenwick Crusaders to a record of 23 - 1, and also led them to three conference championships and a second place finish at the MIAA State Championships. From 2003 to 2007 he coached the Beverly Panthers to a record of 31 - 2, leading them to two conference championships, two second place finishes at the MIAA State Championships and a State Championship in 2005. Over the course of his high school coaching career, Brian has developed 24 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Swimmers. 

Brian has spent the past year serving as the head coach and aquatics director for the St. Thomas Stingrays in the US Virgin Islands. In his brief time with the team he coached two swimmers to four new Virgin Island records, a first for the team. 

Brian is excited to be returning to coaching in Massachusetts, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff and swimmers. When he is not at the pool, Brian enjoys following the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. He also likes to read and listen to music.


Christopher Ip

Associate Head Coach


Chris Ip brings over 36 years of collegiate and 20 years of age-group coaching experience to the program.

With stops at Brown University, Louisiana State University, Clemson University, Indian River Community College, University of Delaware, and Springfield College he has successfully worked within the philosophies of most divisions of college. During most of these coaching positions he was associated with the local USA Club programs: Little Rhody, (RI), Tiger Aquatic Club, (LA), Cat Aquatic Team (SC), River Rats (FL) and Wilmington Aquatic club (DE). 

Chris is a certified ASCA level 5 Coach and has guided nationally ranked swimmers in all events from the mile to the 50 freestyle.  His swimmers have finaled at NCAA Division I and II Nationals, YMCA Nationals, the US Open, and Senior Nationals.  Multiple international swimmers finaled in their respective country's national championships.  Additionally, several athletes finaled in the World University Games, World Championships, and the Olympics. He has been the head coach for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC and the World Championships held in Rome, Italy.  He was also selected to the Venezuelan coaching staff at the World Short Course Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden

His broad base coaching experience with both men and women has helped him cultivate strong national and collegiate connections in the swimming community necessary for the preparation and placement of SSA swimmers. 

Chris fosters a true “student-athlete” coaching environment, encouraging balance between the sport of swimming and academic excellence, as is evidenced by his coaching swimmers to: 17 CSCAA Academic All Americans, 4 NCAA Post- graduate scholarships, and one Fulbright Scholarship recipient.  Additionally, all of his teams have excelled academically-with 18 semesters ranking in the top 10 and one semester being ranked number one in the CSCAA academic team rankings.

Some achievements of Chris’ career include:

11 Olympians

20 Division I NCAA All-American / Honorable Mention All- American performances

66 Division I Conference champions

3 Division I Conference team titles 2 men / 1 women

2012 ASCA Coach of Excellence (placing a swimmer in top 8 at NCAA Championships)

East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame class of 2012

26 NJCAA National Team Championships Titles

Over 800 NJCAA All-American / Honorable Mention All-American performance

20 NJCAA National Coach of the Year Awards 12 men / 8 women

Chris has a master’s degree in exercise science and a bachelor’s degree in biology. He enjoys fusing the science of performance with the art of coaching, to educate and motivate his swimming charges.

Chris and his wife Loreto live in Providence with their Labrador retriever, Ruckus. They both enjoy any outdoor activity especially water sports

Caitlin Elizabeth Grant

Head Coach - 11-12 Group


After taking two years off from coaching due to the constraints of her work in collegiate athletic communications, Caitlin returned to Seacoast in the fall of 2014 and serves as the head coach of Age Group 3 and an assistant>Caitlin has 13 years of competitive swimming experience to her credit, having swam for both Seacoast and Seekonk High School before going>

During her time as a varsity swimmer at Colgate, she was a finalist at the Patriot League Championships and recorded program top-ten marks in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly. During her senior year she helped lead the Raiders to their first Patriot League Championship team title. Caitlin was the 2008 co-recipient of the Maroon & White Award, given to the swimmer who puts the team’s needs and goals ahead of her own, and was also a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Caitlin graduated from Colgate in 2008 with a degree in English and educational studies, and went>

Caitlin M Dauray

Assistant Coach - 10 & Under Group


Jacqueline Summers Johnson

Assistant Coach - Senior/National Group


Mark Nicholas Pechak

Assistant Coach - Senior/National Group


Mark joined the United States Swimming Providence Aquatic Club at the age of 13 where he was named top ten in New England for ten seasons in succession and in 2003 was New England Swimming 13 & Over champion in the 50 yard freestyle. His freshman year at Moses Brown, Mark was a finalist at the New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Championships in the 50 yard freestyle. As a sophomore he transferred to Bishop Hendricken High School where he became a member of the 24 consecutive year Rhode Island state championship Hawk's swim team under renowned coach, David Hanson. As a Hawk, Mark was named Rhode Island Interscholastic League first team all-state ten times, was the lead-off member of the current state-record holding 200 yard freestyle relay in 2002 and as the Hawk’s captain was named Rhode Island State Swimmer of the year as a senior. 


For college, he chose to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he swam on the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Championship team under head coach Russ Yarworth. He trained as a member of Coach Yarworth's sprint group and also participated on the Minute Man Water Polo club team. 


Mark comes to Seacoast with over four years of coaching experience during which time he has produced and worked with New England 12 & Under Championship high point scorers as well as top finishing Eastern Zone Conference swimmers, Rhode Island Interscholastic League State Champions and Junior National/NCSA qualifiers. He has also helped Coach Hanson with stroke refinement and technique development with the Hendricken Hawks swim team. Mark brings a sense of progressive swimming to Seacoast through his coaching style as he demonstrates a competence and enthusiasm for learning the sport of swimming based on physiology and science. In these four years, Mark has become recognized for his work in stroke mechanics and swimming efficiency. He is proficient in his use of technology through the utilization of video kinetic analysis and firmly believes that swimmers of the “Z-Generation” are visual learners. He maintains a strong emphasis on injury prevention and the importance of strength and conditioning being directly correlated with in-water training. Above all, Mark’s coaching philosophy is firmly rooted in his passionate belief for the value of team spirit. 


Mark is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he majored in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Anthropology. Currently, he is working toward his Masters of Arts with Teacher Certification in History at the University of Rhode Island.


Emma Santoro

Assistant Coach - 13-14 Group


Emma grew up in Southern Massachusetts and was a competitive swimmer for SSA. She went on to swim for four years at Colgate University where she holds varsity records in the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. She was conference champion in the 400 IM during her senior year, and was also named Patriot League Top 3 High Point Scorer and Team MVP.  Last year, she was named one of the Top 50 High School Athletes of All Time in the area she grew up in, and was awarded a spot on the Patriot League Anniversary Team for Colgate. She was a state champion in the 100 breastroke and 100 freestyle in high school and an All-American.

Since graduating college she's been staying active by competing in triathlons, running half marathons, and practicing yoga. She currently works as the New England-area Rep for JOLYN Clothing. Emma was an assistant coach of the Junior and Senior groups at Seacoast for the 2013-2014 season. She moved to Boston upon the completion of that season, and has been staying involved in the sport by teaching private swim lessons for all ages and levels, as well as the Beginning Swim Physical Education classes at Boston University.