Brian E Heaton
Head Coach (Platinum/Gold/Silver)
Coach Brian Heaton begins his 4th consecutive season with
the Makos. He brings 21 years of club and high school
coaching experience to the pool. Coach Heaton swam as a club
and high school swimmer in Indiana during the late 80's. He
began coaching at a YMCA at the age of 18 and later became the
head high school coach at Terre Haute North Vigo High School
in Terre Haute, IN. Along with his high school coaching
duties, he started the Terre Haute Torpedoes Swim Club in
1997. He built this USA club to over 200 athletes and
had several athletes qualify for USA Sectional meets, Junior
Nationals, US Open and Senior National competition. Coach
Heaton has coached several High School All-Americans and seen his
athletes move on to compete at the collegiate level. He moved
to Anderson, SC in 2007 and joined the Makos staff for four years
helping to build a solid swimming foundaton at the Y. After a
brief sabbatical from coaching, he returned to the Makos in 2015
and has led the program to a Top 5 finish at the YMCA Upper
Southeastern Regional as well as coaching six athletes to the
YMCA National Championships. Coach Heaton is a social studies
teacher at McCants Middle School. He resides in Anderson with his
wife Quincy and their daughter Kyle.
Assistant Coach (Blue 2/Silver)
Coach Hannah begins her fourth year with the Makos.
She grew up swimming in the age group program in the Anderson
Area for Anderson Swim Club. She has been instrumental in
building the developmental program over the last few years.
She is currently the coach of our Silver Team and Blue 1
Assistant Coach Bronze/Aquatics Director
Madison Wesley begins her second year with the Makos as a
coach. She is currently the Aquatics Director at the Anderson
Area YMCA. She has extensive experience in swimming
instruction, water safety and public relations. She will be
coaching the Bronze group. She has also worked with the other age
group levels during her time with the Makos. She enjoys
working with youth members in all capacity at the Y either through
aquatics or through coaching youth soccer. Madison also has a
deep love of furry creatures and is known to take many stray or
injured animals under her care.
Debra C Sanders
Assistant Coach Yellow
Debra joins the Yellow Group for her second Fall
season with the team. She has been a triathlete for the past
nine years and has an avid love of swimming. She developed a
desire to help other athletes improve their swimming skills and
recently attained her US Masters swimming certification.
Showing a genuine willingness to learn anything and
everything about competitive swimming she joined us as an assistant
last year. In addtion to helping the Makos, she
served as head coach of the team at the Bell Family YMCA in
Hartwell over the summer.
Adam Andrew McKenzie
Assistant Coach (Gold/Platinum)
Adam is a new assistant coach for the Makos as of January 2017. He began swimming summer league at age 11 in Durham, NC. Over the next seven years, he competed at several Age Group Sectionals and Junior Nationals championships.
Adam attended college at Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering. In college he gained addiotional competitive experience as a varsity rower, and coaching experience as a men's rowing coach.
Outside of coaching Adam works as an engineer for Electrolux and competes in local masters swim meets.
Annette R Beard
Assistant Coach Blue 1
Coach Annette brings a lifetime love of swimming and a wealth of
knowledge to her athletes. SHe has been a swimming instructor
for nearly 20 years and continnues to do private lessons here at
the Anderson YMCA. She coached the developmental group with
the Makos from 2005-2013 and has seen many of those athletes grow
up and become successful competitors. She rejoins the Makos
this season, again working with our Blue 1 beginners. She is
currently a special needs assistant at Crecent High School and
enjoys spending time with her 91 year old father as well as her
daughter and grandkids.
Bethany L Lefeber
Assistant Coach (Blue 2/Silver)
Coach Bethany hails from Franklin, Wisconsin where she swam at
the club and high school level. She most recently competed at
the colegiate level with Division III Rose Hulman Institute of
Technology. Coach Lefeber was a four year varsity letter
winner and focused on distance free and butterfly. While
earning her degree, she also coached the developmental squad for a
local USA club in Terre Haute, IN. After having earned her
degree in Biomechanical Engeering, she is currently an Engineering
Graduate student at nearby Clemson University. Coach Bethany
hopes to instill a lifelong love of the sport of swimming!
Assistant Coach Strength & Conditioning
Sarah will be joining the Makos family this year as a Strength
and Conditioning coach. She will be working with our Gold and
Platinum groups during their Dryland time. She has a long history
of swimming for her local Recreation and High School teams. For the
last three years she has been the S & C coach for her old
Recreation team. We look forward to having her join our team!