Coaches & Directors

Our coaches strive to achieve far above the minimum requirements to further improve our knowledge of swimming. Through studying educational materials, attending conferences and following leaders in USA swimming, we are constantly keeping current with the latest techniques to help advance our swimmers’ performance.

The staff at COPS cares for your swimmer beyond the pool, and motivates them to excel in academics, leadership and integrity. Our solid coaches add a tremendous amount of value to the team and provide a well-rounded foundational knowledge of the sport we all love: swimming!



COPS 2017-2018 Executive Council:

CEO/Head Coach - Ted Carson -

President - Shana  Shilliday -

Treasurer - Chris Osborn -

Secretary - Wendy Jones -

Members at Large - Edwin McDonald, DDS -


The Executive Council normally meets once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the COPS​ office. If you have any questions or wish to attend a meeting, please email us at or contact our Director of Operations and Billings in the COPS Business Office. The City Of Plano Swimmers Bylaws are available in the COPS office



COPS Coaching Staff

Ted Carson

Head Coach, CEO


Ted Carson is the CEO/Head Coach for our team, City of Plano Swimmers.  He brings to our team a history of success, hard work, and years of service. Ted was named Head Age Group Coach for COPS in August of 2007. In January 2011 he was asked to move into the role of Head Coach and then the next year 2012 he earned the responsibility of CEO and Head Coach. 

Coach Carson’s career has covered over 44 years.  During his career he has coached swimmers from the very beginning stages of swimming to the United States Olympic Trials. His resume includes State Champions in all ages, over 50 High School All Americans, and his swimmers are                                                         now successful professionals in the business world.

                                      Read Coach Ted's Full Bio

Rodrigo Pereira

Head Age-Group Coach


Coach Rodrigo's Bio

Karen Sakalys

Director of Developmental Swimming


Coach Karen's Bio

Justin Bilgri

Assistant Coach


Steve Morris

Masters Coach


Coach Steve's Bio

Peter John Calabrese

Masters Coach


Max Ginsberg

Assistant Coach


Madi Wyatt

Assistant Coach & Communications


Office Staff

Andrea Solik

Administrative Assistant


Barbara Roselli

Director of Operations