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If your questions are related to practices, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact  the Youth Director Charlotte Freeman at  cfreeman@macgregordowns.org.

Coaching Staff

Justin Wahlers

Head Coach

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Justin Wahlers has been involved in summer league, high school, and year-round swimming for more than 10 years as a swimmer and coach.  As a year-round competitive swimmer, Justin swam with TAC Titans and New Wave Swim Team, qualifying for multiple NCS age group, senior championship, and ESSZ senior sectional events.  In high school, he swam with GRACE Christian, finishing in the top three at multiple NCISAA 2A state championship events.  Justin is currently a sophomore student at the University of North Carolina, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience.  Though he does not swim competitively anymore, Justin has coached the Olive Chapel swim team for the past two summers.  In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Justin works as the Associate Director at a local nonprofit called Hope Connection International.  At Hope Connection, he oversees development initiatives, serves on the Board of Directors, chairs the advisory board, and developed a support group curriculum for adolescent boys with anxiety and depression problems.  As a coach, Justin strives to help swimmers achieve their potential in and out of the water.  This season, he looks forward to providing the swimmers with opportunities to improve their swimming skills, develop sportsmanship, and have fun!

Keri Cleary

Assistant Coach/Swim Team Admin

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Keri Cleary was born and raised in New Hampshire and attended school at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. At Simmons, she earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and swam all four years for Simmons. Simmons participated in both the GNAC and NEISDA conferences where Keri was a multi-time conference champion and record holder for Simmons. Keri received GNAC swimmer of the year her freshman, junior and senior year. She was captain at Simmons both junior and senior year and also received the Simmons Athlete of the Year award her Senior year..

Keri has over fourteen years of coaching experience where she has started learn to swim programs, coached summer league and has coached year round swimming. Keri has been on staff for several North Carolina Swimming camps. She has had swimmers who have been state champions, have been selected for swim camps, zone teams and have also had swimmers break North Carolina State records..

Keri is married to her husband Devin and they have a son Carter and daughter Elia. She loves being a mom and has a passion for the sport of swimming. Her ultimate goal is that every swimmer is confident in the water!

Carrie Rogers

Assistant Coach

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Carrie Rogers has been coaching with the Marlins of Raleigh year-round team since 2015, and works with the Seasonal Swim Clinics offered with the team. She taught swim lessons to all ages before that and was a high school English teacher. Carrie is an active open-water swimmer and participated in a relay team for the Portland Bridges Swim last summer, a race that goes through the city of Portland, Oregon and under their 12 bridges. She went out there to visit her two sisters who grew up here in Apex with her and her two brothers. Her mother still teaches at Apex High School, but she and her family all moved to Raleigh after attending NC State. Her husband runs a computer firm in Cary and she has two daughters. They all love to go to the beach and travel, and try local donuts and sweets at all the places they go to!

Richard McIntyre

Assistant Coach

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Julianne Strickland

Assistant Coach

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Julianne graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in May where she majored in Business Administration and minored in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  On campus she was involved in the campus ministry, Cru, as well as club swim and club cross country. She was also on the JV Rowing team her freshman year.  Julianne's Tar Heel pride runs deep. She LOVES basketball and even road tripped to Houston, TX to watch the Heels play in the 2016 Final Four and National Championship. 

 

Julianne has been swimming competitively since the age of 6.  She began as a Dutchman Downs Dolphin and soon progressed to swimming year-round. She has been an assistant coach for the Dolphins for two years then head coach for the two years following. Julianne loves games and finds so much joy in working with little kids!