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We are here to support your needs. The YSSC Coaching Staff brings well over 100 years of combined coaching experience to the program! If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.
 
Dan Mascolo, Eduardo Dos Santos, Dylan Jones, and Wendy Viney are Full Time coaches for the YSSC Fightin' Sea Cukes.  For any questions no matter what group you are in they are available by email or at their home YMCA's  (MTY) 864-433-9623 (TOM) 864-585-0306.

 

Coaching Staff

Daniel S Mascolo

Director of Competitive Swimming

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Primary Focus: National Group, Oversight of entire YSSC Program
ASCA Level 4 Coach
 
Coach Dan returns for his third year as YSSC Head Coach. During his time as YSSC Head Coach YSSC has seen tremendous growth in all facets of the program. Back-to-back overall runner up finishes at YMCA Nationals, improved finishes at all levels, the Women's team won the 2019 Short Course State Championships and the team won both the Women's and Overall titles in the inaugural South Carolina Short Course Senior State Championships.
 
Prior to joining the YSSC Coaching Staff Coach Dan had been the Associate Head Coach of the Cheshire Y/Sea Dog Swim Club from 2005-2018, along with being the Head Coach for the CT State Champion Cheshire High School Girl's Team from 2012-2017. Coach Dan has provided leadership to YMCA National Championship and Connecticut High School State Championship winning teams with CHS winning the 2017 State Championship and Cheshire YMCA Women winning the 2017 Long Course and 2018 Short Course YMCA National Championships.
 
Coach Dan was named the 2020 South Carolina Coach of the Year, 2019 Short Course YMCA National Coach of the Meet, has twice been recognized as the Connecticut Age Group Coach of the Year, won the YMCA Character Champion Award, coached over 100 swimmers YMCA National Top 10 performances and multiple YMCA National Records.
 
In addition to focuing on the overall development of the Y-Spartaquatics program, Coach Dan gives back to the swimming community by volunteering on the South Carolina Board of Directors, currently serving as the Administrative Vice-Chair for the LSC.
 
He lives in Moore, SC with his wife Cynthia and daughters, Mikaela (14) and Mackenzie (10).
 

Eduardo Augusto Dos Santos

Head Senior Coach

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Primary Focus: Senior 1 and Junior Sectionals
ASCA Level 4 Coach
 

Coach Eduardo was born and raised in Brazil, where he started his swimming career. In 2013, he had a fantastic opportunity to move to the USA to pursue a college education at Limestone College. There, he competed as a Student-Athlete for the Men’s Swim Team. He currently lives in Shelby, NC with his wife, Kirstie Dos Santos, and their three dogs, Scruffy, Bella, and Chloe.

Here is a little bit of what the sport of swimming has provided to his life:

Coaching experience:

2017-Current: Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club

2021 South Carolina Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year

1 YMCA National Age Group Record

8 South Carolina State Records

4 Individual Athletes at USA Swimming Top 25 National Age Group Performances

3 Relays at USA Swimming Top 10 National Age Group Performances

2 USAS Winter Junior Qualifiers

117 Athletes at Y-USA Swimming Top10 National Age Group Performances

28 South Carolina Individual South Carolina Swimming State Titles

2021-Current: South Carolina Swimming LSC

2021: Elected to serve as the Age Group Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the LSC

2021 Coach at the Southern Zone Championship

2021 Coach at the Development Select Camp

2019: Member of the staff at Southern Zone Select Diversity Camp.

2016-2018: Woody Creek Head Coach (SAIL)

2015: Camp Counselor at Nike Swim Camp at Limestone College

2014-2018: Swim lessons to Gaffney HS swimmers

Education:

MBA with concentration in Management, 2019

Completed ASCA Level 4 - Leadership School, 2019

American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) invited Fellow, class of 2019.

Graduated from Limestone College in 2017: Business Management, Business Marketing, and Sport Management

Experience as an athlete:

15 years of experience as a competitive swimmer.

2012 Olympic Trials qualifier (in Brazil) – 200 IM

2012 SCM World Championship Trials (SCM) qualifier – 200 IM

2013 Started College career at Limestone (NCAA D2)

2014-2018: Team Captain for Limestone Men’s Swim Team

Ed Cullen

Head Age Group Coach

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Primary Focus: Blue, Yellow and oversight of all color groups

ASCA Level 3 Coach

Ed Cullen originally hails from Wilton, Connecticut, but he and his wife have been living in the Charlotte area since 2016. He is entering his 15th year of coaching and has coached for Ridgefield Aquatic Club, the Greenwich YMCA, YMCA of the NorthShore, Crimson Aquatics, SwimMAC Carolina and YMCA of Upper Palmetto.  He is an ASCA certified Level 3 coach and working on his Level 4. Ed has served on Junior National Select Camp coaching staffs.  

Along with being around pools he also has a passion for open water swimming. As a young adult, he swam multiple events on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  He has coached multiple Open Water National qualifiers as well.  

Coach Ed has worked with a variety of ages and ability levels throughout his career including current Olympian Kieran Smith as an age group swimmer. He hopes to instill his athletes a respect for hard work and discipline in the water.  He sums up his philosophy as a quote from Vince Lombardi that says, “Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  You will often hear Coach Ed saying “Honor your teammates and yourself with your effort.”  

Two fun facts about Coach Ed is that he also met his spouse at the Y in Massachusetts.  Coach Ed has also a outside niche for Professional Wrestling.

 

Wendy Viney

Head Developmental Coach

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Primary Group: Green & Red, oversight of YSL programs
 
Wendy will be coaching the Green & Red groups. Wendy grew up in Greer where she developed a love for swimming, dancing, and cheering.  She swam for Rusty Brook Swim Team before graduating from Clemson University in Secondary Education(Mathematics).  Throughout the summers of college and her teaching position (Berea High School), Wendy worked at Foxcoft Pool in several capacities to include, lifeguard, manager, and swim team coach.  Finally, after nine summers, Wendy and husband, Jeff, moved to Florida and started a family.  Now, they are  in Greer and have two Cukes, Copeland and her daughter Gardner Anne. Her son, Cam is now a Freshman at Clemson University.  Wendy had coached YSL for several seasons as well leading the Age Group Dryland for 3 seasons. She worked with all of the color groups in the Cuke dryland program.  Wendy is thrilled to have joined the coaching team at the Y and looks forward to a great season with Green and Red!
 
 
 

Heather G Martin

Office Manager, Age Group Coach

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Primary Focus: Office Manager, Team Administrator
 
Heather is originally from Maryland, attended Clemson University and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She has been a part of the team since her daughters joined in YSL.  Rebecca is currently in the National group and will be attending Denison University in the fall 2020.  Caroline is a freshman and is in Senior 1.  They live in Moore and are proud to be a part of both the YSSC and YMCA family.

Kyle D Bradley

Lead Group Coach

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Primary Focus: Lead Coach for Junior 1 and YSL
 

Coach Kyle joined the YSSC coaching staff in September 2018. He graduated from Shannon Forest Christian school in 2014 and from Gardner Webb University in 2018 with a BS in Sport Management. 

 

Coach Kyle has lived in Greenville since 2001. He swam for Foxcroft in the Greenville SAIL league for 14 years and began coaching at the same club in 2013. He has been the head coach at Foxcroft since 2014. In 2017 and 2018, Kyle worked for Gardner Webb’s NCAA swim program under then head coach Mike Simpson for his Junior and Senior coaching internships. He was also president of the Student Honors Association his Senior year at Gardner Webb.

Johnna M Freestone

Lead Group Coach

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Primary Focus: Junior 2
 
Coach Johnna Edwards is a math teacher and swimming coach originally from Taylors, SC.  She has been a head and/or assistant coach at Pebble Creek, PMP, Myrtle Beach High, White Knoll High, Country Club of Lexington, and Palmetto Aquatics.  Currently, in addition to her role at YSSC, she is the Head Varsity Swim Coach for Spartanburg High School.
 
Coach Johnna moved to the Spartanburg area 2 years ago to teach math and coach swimming at SHS. Last year, the SHS Girls Swim Team was runner up at the 5A High School State Meet, and the point-scorers at that meet are all YSSC swimmers.  In addition to the girls’ amazing performance at the State Meet, two of those swimmers were named NISCA All-American based on their performance in their individual events!  Coach Edwards is so thankful to be part of both the SHS and YSSC communities and is looking forward to many more exciting and successful years coaching swimming in Spartanburg with both teams!

Lindsay C Wilson

Group Coach

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Originally from Valencia, California, Coach Lindsay spent 9 years swimming for the Canyons Aquatics Club and 1 year for the Santa Barbara Swim Club. Lindsay enjoyed early success as an age grouper, qualifying for Junior Nationals at age 12 and competing in the 1992 Olympic Trials at age 15.  Stanford University and coach Richard Quick welcomed Lindsay to collegiate swimming in 1994. During her four years at Stanford, Lindsay became a 7 time All-American and 3 time NCAA champion. Lindsay was the Captain of the Stanford team that won the NCAA Championships her senior year. A Stanford Scholar-Athlete, Lindsay graduated in 1998 with a BA in Human Biology.  Lindsay made her final USA Swimming appearance at the 2000 Olympic Trials before retiring from competition.

Lindsay began her coaching career at Stanford University, working with women’s team from 2000-2002. In 2002, Coach Lindsay became the assistant coach for the Dartmouth Women’s Swimming team where she coached for two seasons. In 2004, coach Lindsay began working with the “elite” level at the Coppell Family YMCA.  Lindsay joined the YSSC coaching staff in 2012 as is ecstatic to contribute wherever and whenever she can!

Coach Lindsay is married to Geoffrey Wilson and has four children, Lucas (14), Camrynn (13), Charley (9), Parker (6), and three crazy labrador retrievers. Coach Lindsay still loves to swim.

Cassie D Bergman

Lead Group Coach

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Bethany Boyd

Lead Group Coach

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Amy Penny

Dryland Coach

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Primary Focus: Dryland for Green, Red, Blue, Yellow

Kerry Buchert

Dryland Coach

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Primary Focus: Dryland for Junior 1, Senior 1 and National Groups