Our Coaches
Coaching Staff

Mary B. Shaw

Head Coach


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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 years.

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 her.

Tara Boone



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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 swim team.

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!

John Lupton



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.