Mary B. Shaw
Coach Mary B. was born and raised in Mt.
Pleasant, SC. She is a graduate of Lenoir-Ryne College in
Hickory, NC, where she was a scholarship athlete in soccer and
basketball. She met her husband and best friend Chandler
there. They have 3 children; Gil, 13, Adair, 10, and
Chandler, 6. All five of them are thrilled to be a part of
this new team – WAHOO!!!
She began her swim coaching career when she was
19 years old at the same summer swim team she swam for, the Hobcaw
Yacht Club Marlins. She coached until her first child was
born, and then took a break to have a family and be a full-time
mom. She has been the head coach of the Marlins since
2011. Her children began to develop a love for the sport that
allowed Mary B. to dive into coaching more seriously. In addition
to summer swim league, she has been coaching year-round for five
If you’ve ever seen Mary B. in the heat of
competition or coaching, you've seen her passion and enthusiasm for
youth sports. She believes in the complete development of the
total athlete, and that’s why swimming is so appealing to
Tara comes to the Wahoo Aquatic Club after a two-year break away from year-round swimming involvement. She will serve as the Wahoos Technical Adviser, aiding in all things that go into starting, building, and maintaining a team. In addition, Tara will work with the swimmers to help enforce the Wahoo vision of purposeful training and provide opportunities for all Wahoos to consistently improve.
As a swimmer, Tara swam locally for Snee Farm and the City of Charleston Swim Team. She earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, where she also served as team captain her senior year. She still holds numerous South Carolina state records.
As a coach, Tara has worked with swimmers aged 5+ for nearly two decades. She has coached summer league teams and year-round teams. Her swimmers have raced at state, regional, and national level meets. While some of her coaching philosophies have evolved, her firm but fair approach and the belief that all kids exceed expectations when given the opportunity remain constant.
Tara is excited to be involved again in a sport that she loves so much, and she feels strongly about the Wahoo Aquatic Club’s vision. As a swimmer and coach, she has seen the negative effects of burn-out and the fear of failure. She is dedicated to creating and implementing an altered approach to year-round swimming to address these issues and build a family-centered culture that encourages our youth to be brave, work hard, and have fun.
Tara's husband, Jonathan, and their three kids, Jonathan Jr (7), Charles (4), and Grady (1) will be leading the Wahoos cheering section.
Summer Lawton Santos
Summer Santos grew up in the Lowcountry. She swam for the
City of Charleston SMRT team for 10 years. She graduated from
Academic Magnet High School in 2012. For the past 3 years,
she's been living in Colorado where she managed a restaurant and
enjoyed all outdoor activities that Colorado provides. She
moved home to Charleston in July to coach the First Baptist School
Summer's main coaching guideline is to teach self-love She
would like her coaching philosophy to promote improving
self-confidence along with a consistent, positive work ethic.
She is excited to be back in the Lowcountry and involved with
swimming. Go Wahoos!
Coach John comes to the Wahoos following a two year stint as an
Associate Head Coach with the nearby North Charleston Water
Moccasins. Previously, John was the Head Age Group Coach with the
Mount Pleasant Swim Club. He is a two-time South Carolina Swimming
Zone Team Coach and a former South Carolina Swimming Age Group
Coach of the Year. He has coached in both local summer leagues and
served on the East Cooper Swim League board for three years. His
swimming career includes 9 years with the City of Charleston Swim
Team and state titles in 200 breast and 400 IM.
John enjoys teaching technique, fundamentals, and a racer's
mentality to young athletes in a swim team setting. He is
passionate about using his love of the sport of swimming to
positively impact the physical, psychological and emotional
development of young people.
John graduated Clemson with a degree in English and Spanish in
2006 and earned an MBA with a specializaiton in finance from
Northeastern University in 2015. He lives in Mount Pleasant with
his wife Danyelle and their two sons Cartter (3) and Scotty (1) and
their yellow lab Sammy Watkins. He follows Clemson football and
Braves baseball, plays the piano, likes to ride his bike, and he's
pretty good at ping pong.