Pam Garrett Swander
Education; Arizona State University, BA Education
Joined SCSC March 1, 2016
Pam Swander has an extensive coaching resume that spans more than thirty years and Level Five career certified coach. Her career includes founding and managing a swim club, establishing Swim America programs, coaching at the high school, age group, senior and collegiate levels, and recruiting for and running prestigious summer swim camps. She has served as the Director of USA Swimmings Select Camp, Vice Chair of Hospitality on the U.S.. Olympic Trials Committee, and the Indiana Swimming Delegate at the USA National Convention. Her achievements were recognized in 2011 with an induction into the Delaware County ( Muncie, IND.) Athletic Hall of Fame, and Swander was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Women in Coaching Clinic in Stanford, California.
She is married Jeff Swander in 1979, and their two children, Laura and Kevin became top swimmers at Auburn University and Indiana University, respectively
Avery Scott Adams
Coach Avery comes to the Charleston area from Lexington, KY. Avery served as the Head Coach of Kentucky Aquatics. During his three year tenure, KYA produced 2 National Qualifiers, 3 Junior National Qualifiers, 18 NCSA Qualifiers, 8 Futures Qualifiers, 45 + Sectional Qualifiers including numerous top 8 finalists, 12 Mid State All Star Members, 12 KY Southern Zone Team members including an event winner. Coach Avery also has had one 13-14 boy ranked top 10 in 12 events including several top times in the country, and also posted the fastest 14 year old boy LCM 200 IM in the country. On top of the National accolades, there were over 21 individual state records broken, 2 relay records broken. During his time at the University of Kentucky, Coach Avery served as volunteer assistant for 3 years to both the Men & Women varsity programs. Before his time in Lexington he spent two years with the Gold Medal Club, the Lakeside Seahawks. While with the Seahawks, Avery served as the Head Age Group Coach, and produced 6 11-12 year old Senior Sectional Qualifiers including numerous nationally ranked age group athletes. Coach Avery has also spent time with Colonel Aquatics, Wildcat Aquatics, Georgetown Super Sharks and served as Head Coach for the Kentucky Zone Team from 2012-2013.
Coach Avery enjoys keeping fit and is excited to be living in a new part of the country!
Meredith Catherine David
Education – BA from The College of William and Mary; Master’s degree from the University of Nottingham
Joined MPSC – August of 2014
From – Gloucester Township, New Jersey
Meredith started swimming at the age of 5 and swam for the Jersey Wahoos Swim Club. She swam at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she broke the school records in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and was part of several record breaking relay teams, as well as a conference champion in the 100 back her freshman year. During her junior year the William and Mary Women’s team won the conference championship for the first time in the school’s history. After college, Meredith moved to England for a year to pursue her Master’s degree at the University of Nottingham. When she moved back to the United States she started coaching for a local YMCA team before taking a full time job at the FISH Swim Team in Fairfax Va. She spent 3 years at FISH where she had the opportunity to work with an Olympic athlete as well as several national age group record holders before she moved to Charleston and began working with MPSC.
“My favorite part of being an SCSC coach is being able to share my love of a sport that gave me so much with a new generation of athletes. Helping my swimmers to achieve their goals and seeing that look of accomplishment on their faces is the most rewarding feeling in the world.”
James D George
Education: Belmont University, 2014; BA Philosophy.
Joined Mount Pleasant Swim club in September 2015.
Trey grew up in and around the water in Hawaii, swimming competitively with a club team on Oahu. By age 10 he had performed well in meets and open-ocean swims alike. His passion for the water remained as he moved around the continental US with his military family, and he swam competitively with a high-school team in Texas until a heart condition sidelined him for the season. He moved back to Hawaii after an open-heart surgery and competed in the 2008 Hawaii State Meet two years to the day of his surgery.
Trey's favorite part of being an SCSC coach is watching his swimmers become excited about learning a new technique or concept.
Trey has been married since July 2014.
EDUCATION: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Joined MPSC in 2012
Dave Horton has an extensive coaching career spanning over 30 years in this great sport. His career includes being Head Coach of several teams in South Carolina and Georgia and in charge of managing coaches , establishing programs , recruiting, budget, and meet management. Coach Dave has coached at the Age Group Level , Senior Level , and at the National Level. He was also twice named S.C. Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. He has won three S.C. State Championships in the first two years of the teams that he has served as Head Coach. He has served as the S.C. Age Group Chair, Board of Review Chair and on several S.C. Swimming coach committees. He has also been Head Coach of the S.C. Zone Team. He has been Camp Director of several S.C. Swimming Distance Camps, and Racing Camps. He has represented S.C. Swimming as a delegate at the USA Swimming National Convention in San Francisco and has attended many USA Swimming World Clinics all over the U.S. He was also selected as one of the USA National Coaches in 2014 and was invited to the USA Olympic Center along with several Olympic Coaches from the USA and around the world. He has had National Champions, National record holders, National Select Camp Athletes, Numerous Scholastic High School All Americans, National Diversity Camp Athletes, National Open Water Qualifiers, USA Olympic Festival Qualifiers, U.S. Open Qualifiers , USA World Trials Qualifiers, and USA Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Coach Dave Horton is an ASCA Level Four Certified Member coach, and is responsible for the leadership and administration of the SCSC National Team at the Danny Jones Pool. He is the lead Coach of the National Team and will work closely with the Senior coaches.
“The best thing about being a coach on SCSC is working every day with enthusiastic swimmers who I can inspire, educate , and motivate. My daily goal is to help these athletes to be better individuals in and out of the water.
Dave has three stepdaughters and lives in Mount Pleasant.
Courtney E Martz
Education: Georgia Southern University, Social Sciences
Concordia University Irvine, Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration
Joined MPSC: August 2014
Courtney is originally from Woodbine, Georgia, where she started her competitive swimming career at age 6 for the Boomers Swim Club. She swam year round, eventually earning a college swimming scholarship to Georgia Southern University. She lettered all 4 years, achieving Academic All American Honors her Junior & Senior years. She held the school record in the 50 & 100 freestyle until 2015. After college she moved to Charleston for a short while, before moving cross country to Orange County,California. She was a grad assistant swim coach at Concordia University Irvine. In 2014 she moved back to Charleston and joined MPSC.
The best thing about being a SCSC is seeing the kids be proud of all of their accomplishments, whether in or out of the pool. It’s very rewarding to not only see the kids you coach do great things in practice every day, but to see them come in after school and tell you what great things they achieved at school as well. I love being able to coach kids not only to be a good athlete, but to be a good person as well.
Robert Reid McGowan
Studied Psychology at the College of Charleston.
*Joined LTP in 2013.
*From Greenville, SC started swimming for Team Greenville at 13. Began coaching in 2007 for Team Greenville before moving to Charleston.
*The best thing about being a SCSC coach is having the opportunity to give back to a sport which has given me so much by instilling a passion for hard work and the sport of swimming in my athletes. My goal is to help SCSC become a hub for determined young athletes, at all levels, striving to better themselves every day.
James R Wisener
Coach Rhett comes to the Charleston area from Indian Creek Aquatic Club in Trafalgar, IN. Rhett served as the assistant coach, coaching all age groups. During his five-year tenure, Indian Creek Aquatic Club had their first Olympic Trial swimmer, Levi Brock, and multiple age group state champions. Coach Rhett served as an assistant for 5 years to Indian Creek high school and middle school teams. Coach Rhett has been recognized by Indiana Swimming by being selected for assistant coach roles for Team Indiana Memorial Age Group Camps, Mid-States All Star Meet and assistant coach at this summer’s Mega Central Zone meet. While coaching Rhett worked as a fisheries biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural resourced since graduating from Purdue University with a BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. A fun fact about Rhett, his family, along with Coach Pam and four other families, started Yorktown Swim Club, in Yorktown, IN, Coach Pam’s first Head coaching position. During this time, Rhett coached summer league and swim lessons, and volunteered coached the club’s age groupers with Coach Pam.
Laurie S Morrin
Laurie has been involved in the sport of swimming for the last
18 years in the Charleston area, during most of which she was the
Competitive Team Manager for Mount Pleasant Swim Club. On
the wet-side, Laurie has taught swim lessons for 15 years, been a
lifeguard for 10 years, and coached year-round swim clubs (MPRD and
SCSC) for 4 years.
A little bit about Laurie's history in swimming: When a military
move took her family to California at age 12, Laurie became a
“water rat.” Since then she has been involved
with anything water-related: swim team, scuba, water
polo, surfing, and water skiing. After moving to South Carolina in
1991, she helped to start a summer league program in her
neighborhood, kicking off her career as a swim coach. She married
John Morrin in 1986 and is currently a swim mom to two Division 1
swimmers: Danielle and Travis Morrin.
Education: College of Charleston BS in Business with a
concentration in Hospitality and Tourism.
Sara began her swimming career at the age of 9 with her summer
league team in Beavercreek, Ohio. That following fall she started
year round swimming with the Dayton Raiders. She remained with the
Dayton Raiders until the age of 14 when she moved to the
Beavercreek YMCA. Once Sara started high school at Carroll High
School she joined the swim team and continued to swim year round
with the Beavercreek YMCA and continued with her summer league team
as well. During her senior year at Carroll she decided that she
would continue her swimming career at the college level. She choose
to attend the College of Charleston as a walk on with the swim
team. Her main events during her time at the College of Charleston
were the long distance freestyle events.
During her swimming career she spent her summers lifeguarding
and teaching swim lessons at different clubs in the
Beavercreek/Dayton, Ohio area.
After college Sara went to work in the hotel industry here in
Charleston. In 2003 she decided to start her own company and began
an event planning company that specializes in weddings.
Sara had her first year of being the head coach for the Dunes
West Swordfish. She loved working with all of the kids from the
newbies to the year round swimmers. She had a great season spending
time with the kids and getting them to enjoy the sport of swimming.
She loves seeing so many familiar faces around the SCSC pool this
She married Neal Cavallon in 2003. They have 2 children, Mason
loves fishing and everything that has to do with fishing. Anna has
been on the SCSC Swim Team for 3 years. At SCSC she is finding her
way in the world of swimming. She also swims for Dunes West
Swordfish during the summer months.
Sara believes the best part of being a swim coach is seeing the
kids finally put it all together. The smiles on their faces are
what helps develop the passion for the sport of swimming. They are
not only developing skills in the pool but life skills that will
make them leaders in school and in the community.