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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! The Consistancy amongst the staff is UNMATCHED by any club in the state. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

Ted Pierson, Harmilee Cousin, Dylan Jones, Wendy Viney and Bart Simonson are Full Time coaches for the YSSC Fightin' Sea Cukes.  So for any questions no matter what group you are in they are available at  (MTY)864-433-9623 (TOM)864-585-0306 Monday - Friday 10am to 8pm.

 

Coaching Staff

Ted Pierson

Senior Swim Coach

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Primary Group: Senior I, Senior II, Pre-Senior I

Primary Responsiblities: Overseeing the entire YSSC Program

Phone #: 864-433-9623

Email: TPIERSON@spartanburgymca.org

Coach Ted comes to the YSSC program from Raleigh NC, where he was the Head Senior Coach at the Ravenscroft Site for the Marlins of Raleigh.  In his time at MOR, the Ravenscroft site grew from 65 swimmers to 145.  Meanwhile, Coach Ted’s Senior group, with only 6 kids to begin with, ballooned to 40 kids, producing numerous state champions, sectional qualifiers, zone team participants, and North  Carolina state records.  Coach Ted was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC, where he swam for John Flannagan at the Alexandria Y Flying Fish, and was a member of the 1990 short course Y-National championship team.  He continued his swimming career as a walk-on at Virginia Tech, where Ted lettered all 4 years and was a conference finalist the final 3 years he swam.  Va-Tech was where Ted began his coaching career as an undergrad assistant while he was finishing up his degree.  In the fall of 1995, Ted moved back to the DC area to coach with Sea Devil Swimming.  Ted cut his coaching teeth with the Sea Devils, working with every level of athlete in the SDS program, focusing mainly on the age group program.  Ted’s programs produced several USA Swimming top 10 individual and relay performances during his time with SDS.  Coach Ted has twin daughters, Gianna and Farrah and a son, Leo.  In his free time Ted is a musician, playing the bass guitar.  He is also an avid supporter of all sports teams from the Washington DC area, particularly the Washington Capitals. 

Bart S Simonson

TOM Site Director

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 Primary Groups:  Senior I TOM, Senior II TOM

Coach Bart Simonson is on the coaching staff at the Thomas E Hannah facility. Coach Bart grew up in Sumter, SC, where he swam for 12 years in the CYSL, High School, and US Swimming Leagues. After graduation, he traveled to Rock Hill, SC to complete a degree in Physical Education at Winthrop University. While there, he began his coaching career by re-founding the Winthrop University Swim Club, and using summers to coach the Sumter YMCA's club team. In 2008, he began with the Rock Hill Area YMCA Aquatics Club (RAYS) and coached Age Group swimmers for 4 years. During that time, he coached several swimmers to State Championship titles for their age groups, sectional qualifying times, and YMCA national cuts. He has been a Zones Championship coach from South Carolina for the 2011 & 2012 LC seasons. He has also served as Head Coach for Northwestern & York High School swim teams in Region III of SCHSL 4-A athletic competition. In September 2012, he came to the YSSC family to coach Age Group level swimmers at the Thomas E. Hannah YMCA where he will work primarily with the YSL and AGII programs. 

Harmilee Cousin III

Head Junior / Associate Senior Coach

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Phone (Office):  +1 (864) 433-9623

Phone (Mobile):  +1 (864) 214-6286

Primary Training Groups:  Junior I, Senior II

Harmilee is the Head Junior / Associate Senior Coach for YSSC and is primarily responsible for developing the quadrennial training plan, used by the Junior (13-14) and Senior (15+) divisions of the program, at the Middle Tyger YMCA training site.

Coach Cousin came to Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club in 2016 from USA Swimming Silver Medal Club Ozaukee Aquatics in Mequon (Greater Milwaukee), Wisconsin where he primarily worked with the 13-14 year olds and assisted with the Senior Elite athletes.

Since the mid-2000s’, Harmilee has had the privilege of inspiring young student-athletes to reach for the highest levels of achievement in the sport of swimming and use the vehicle of sport to assist in the development of their character, the discovery of their purpose and the realization of their potential.  Over the course of his career, Coach Cousin has had the privilege of working with multiple YMCA National, USA-S Junior National, USA-S Senior National and U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers.

Collegiately, Harmilee competed for the Pennsylvania State University - Erie, The Behrend College (Penn State Behrend) under the direction of Jennifer Wallace and Joseph Tristan, where he was a part of four Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship teams from 2006 to 2010.  Harmilee graduated from Penn State Behrend in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a certificate in Financial Planning.

Coach Cousin is currently a member in good standing with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and USA Swimming.  Additionally, he has achieved the Level 4 Performance Certification with ASCA.  Harmilee is a native of Frederick, Maryland, USA (a northern suburb of Washington DC) and currently resides in Greenville, SC, USA.

Coaching Career:
Coach, Robin Meadows Racers (2004-2006)
Assistant Coach, Erie Aquatics Club (2008-2011)
Associate Head Coach, Erie Aquatics Club (2011-2012)
Volunteer Assistant Swimming Coach, Penn State University-Erie (2011-2012)
Assistant Swimming Coach, Mercyhurst Preparatory School (2011-2012)
Head Age Group Coach-North Division, Schroeder YMCA Swim Team (2012-2014)
Volunteer Coach/Intern, SwimMAC Carolina (2014)
Lead 13-14/Assistant Senior Coach, Ozaukee Aquatics (2014-2016)
Head Junior/Associate Senior Coach, Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club (2016-Present)

Dylan Jones

Head Age Group Coach

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Wendy Viney

Head Developmental Coach

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Primary Group: Green & Red
 
 
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 boy Cukes, Cam and Copeland, and her daughter Gardner Anne. 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!

Lindsay C Wilson

Age Group - TOM

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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 (9), Camrynn (8), Charley (4), Parker (1), and two crazy labrador retrievers. Coach Lindsay still loves to swim. Her>

Heather G Martin

Age Group Coach - MTY

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Primary Responsibilities:  Office Manager 

Email:  HMARTIN@spartanburgymca.org

Jacob L Rupp

Lead Junior Coach - MTY

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Primary Responsibilities:  Junior 2 & Senior 3 Coach

EMAIL - JRupp@SpartanburgYMCA.org

Eduardo Augusto Dos Santos

Lead Age Group Coach - MTY

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Primary Focus - Orange Group / Purple Group / High School Prep

Sarah Parker

YSL 1 - MTY - Primary Coach

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Primary Focus - YSL 1 - MTY

Katy S Permanente

YSL 1 / 2 / 3 - MTY

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Primary Focus - YSL 1 / 2 / 3 - MTY

Kari Horomanski

Dryland - MTY Women

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Primary Group: Senior 1 / Senior 2 / Junior 1 - Dryland

Amy Penny

Dryland - MTY Age Groups

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Primary Group: Green / Red / Blue / Yellow - Dryland