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The coaching staff is here to support your needs and help solve any problems/issues you may have. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related items, please contact your coach or site director. Additonally, if you are looking to cancel your YOTA Swim Team membership, please contact your coach or site director.

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Coaching Staff

Chad Onken

Senior Director, Competitive Swimming

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Coach Chad can be reached at 919-719-9606 (office) as well as Chad.Onken@YMCATriangle.org 

Chad is in his 12th year with YOTA and 10th as our Head Coach/Senior Director of Competitive Swimming.

Primarily known for the discovery and development of world record holder, NCAA Champion, and 2008/2012 US Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones, Chad has almost 20 years of successful championship coaching experience throughout age group, high school, YMCA, and NCAA championship swimming. In addition to being a Level 5 certified coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association, Chad is also a six-time recipient of the ASCA "Award for Coaching Excellence." Chad oversees the entire program and is responsible for the day to day coaching of the Platinum training group.

Chad is an active member of various committees and governance organizations within the YMCA of the USA, NC Swimming and USA Swimming.

During his time with the YOTA Swim Team, Chad has overseen the "Golden Age" of the program; breaking several North Carolina state records, recording numerous USA Swimming Junior and Senior National time standards, breaking 100+ YOTA team records, winning dozens of YMCA National individual and relay titles, setting a number of YMCA National records, and breaking 3 National Age Group records. After not having any YOTA athletes at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Chad led a group of six YOTA athletes to Olympic Trials in 2012 and seven YOTA athletes to Omaha in 2016.. YOTA has also seen success on the international level as well, having multiple athletes qualify to represent the United States in a variety of international competitions. The YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim Team has had athletes qualify for the 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2014-2015 USA National Junior Teams.

Additionally, the YOTA Swim Team has been crowned the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Men's YMCA National Champions and 2014 Women’s YMCA National Champions under Coach Onken's leadership. Chad's success has been recognized by USA Swimming, as he was selected to be on the coaching staff for a variety of national teams and select camps. Chad has also been nominated for several Coach of the Year awards, both within NC and throughout the country - winning the 2012 NC Swimming "Coach of the Year" award.

Chad graduated from Florida State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; while helping the swimming team achieve top twelve finishes at the NCAA Championships. Given a choice to attend law school or coach swimming, Chad decided to give back to a sport that gave him so much.

Chad moved to Raleigh in 2000 as the Head Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at NC State University. In addition to his regular on-deck duties for the Wolfpack, Onken played an instrumental role in the strength and conditioning, team building, mental training, nutritional education and academic development of the swimmers at N.C. State. While at N.C. State, Chad was the primary coach responsible for developing one USA Swimming National “B” Team Member, six US Olympic Trial qualifiers, six NCAA All-Americans, six ACC Champions, 10 school record holders, and five top 100 FINA World Ranked athletes. Furthermore, Onken served as the Head Coach for the N.C. State Aquatics Team during the summertime, where two of his athletes represented the United States in international competition. Chad was also very involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Athletes In Action program.

After five years at N.C. State, Coach Onken became the Assistant Swimming Coach at national powerhouse Auburn University. During his stint with the Tigers, Onken helped the team capture both the men’s and women’s 2006 NCAA team championship titles. In addition to various administrative and recruiting duties, Chad helped coach seven NCAA Champions, 34 NCAA All-Americans, 13 SEC Champions and 13 Auburn school record-holders.

Having coached alongside some of the best coaches in the business, Chad considers both David Marsh and Dudley Duncan to be his two primary mentors. 

Chad is very happily married to the former Lauren Romano, also of Midlothian, Virginia. They have an adorable schnoodle puppy named Bowden and are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Marilyn Claire Onken and Charlotte Joy Onken.

Jamie Bloom

Assistant Director, Raleigh Senior

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Coach Jamie Can Be Reached At 919-582-9302.

Jamie Bloom is excited to begin her first year as Assistant Director of Competitive Swimming and coach of the Raleigh Gold group. Prior to coming to YOTA, Jamie was at the YMCA of Greater Westfield in Massachusetts, where she had been the Head Coach of that program since 2005. Previously, she was the top assistant for the women’s swimming and diving team at the University of Tennessee (2000 – 2005). Before her job at Tennessee Jamie was the Head Coach of James Buchanan High School and the Mercersburg Area Swim Club in Pennsylvania (1982 – 2000). Jamie got her start in coaching with the Slippery Rock Eels in Slippery Rock Pennsylvania (1980-1982).

Jamie is a proponent of learning the “process” of swimming and long-term athlete development. Jamie believes in placing the individual over the athlete and helping develop character, especially through the lessons of the YMCA’s core values. She sees competitive swimming as a vehicle to teaching life lessons.

Jamie has been extremely active in the New England Zone, USA Swimming, and YMCA Swimming communities – serving on various committees and administrative positions throughout the country. She is currently the chair of the YMCA Swimming Coaches Association and serves as a member of the YMCA Swimming & Diving Operations Council.  Jamie serves as a national team manager for USA Swimming and in addition to working at several Select camps, she was part of Team USA as a manager at the 2012 Duel in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland; as well as the World Junior Championships in Singapore in 2015.

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts. Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University in 1982 and her master’s degree in physical education and athletic administration from Western Maryland College in 1989. At Slippery Rock, she was the women’s swim team manager for three years and was a member of the school’s nationally-ranked women’s water polo team.

Jamie and her partner Magdalene have 2 teenaged daughters. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys watching her daughter play soccer, playing golf, and cooking.  She is a life-long Boston Red Sox fan as well as a big fan of many other sports.

Chris G Bushelman

Assistant Director, Chapel Hill & Durham

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Coach Chris Can Be Reached At 919-582-9341.

Coach Chris is starting his third year with YOTA as our Chapel Hill/Durham Senior Site Director.  He is very excited to further the YOTA footprint in the Western Triangle and has already had a tremendous impact.

Coach Chris comes from The Great Miami Valley YMCA in Ohio where he has spent three years as the Head Coach, building the program from 62 to 98 athletes.  In addition to growing the program Coach Chris developed multiple YMCA National Qualifiers, National Champions, and a US Junior National Champion as well as a couple of 2016 US Olympic Team Trial Qualifiers and a National Junior Team Member.   In his time at GMVY, Coach Chris took the team from obscurity to  being named a USA Swimming Silver Medal Team in their Club Excellence Program (Top 100 Program in US) in 2016. In the 10 years that Chris has been coaching swimming, he has had multiple athletes go on to swim at Division I, II, & III schools as well as the Military Academies.   

Prior to coaching Chris worked in Manufacturing doing Quality Assurance (QA).  He takes a QA approach with coaching his athletes as well, making sure that he is constantly auditing their technique, staying>

Coach Chris’ mantra comes from Ken Venturi, former PGA Golfer and Broadcaster:

“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else,
I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”

Coach Chris is a proud graduate of THE Ohio State University.  Coach Chris lives in Pittsboro with his wife Amanda, daughters Isabella and Lillyana, and his two dogs, Kasey and Buckeye.

Tammy Renee Minyard

Head Age Group Coach/Taylor YMCA

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Coach Tammy Can Be Reached At 919-719-9603


Coach Tammy Kneer Minyard loves the sport of swimming and the art of coaching age group swimmers. She is ASCA Level 3 certified and has 16 years of swim coaching experience in the Triangle Area. She joined the YOTA staff in 2008 and is now in her second year as the Cary YMCA Site Director and in her seventh year as YOTA's Head Age Group Coach.

Tammy made her first Jr. National team at 13-years-old as a member of the Pine Crest Swim Team in Florida. She was a high school All American in cross-country and swimming, and was ranked 3rd in the nation in the 100 yard freestyle coming out of high school. Additionally, Tammy was a NCAA Honorable Mention All-American for the University of Alabama.

Despite her personal success in swimming, she says that she gets more excited as a coach andseeing her athletes work as a team. Tammy believes the group is more important than the individual, and the team is only as strong as its weakest link. The YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility drive her coaching philosophy.

Tammy’s mission is to build self-confidence, self-respect and self-discipline in her young swimmers. She helps her athletes master the fundamental tools needed to succeed in swimming and, more importantlyto succeed in life. She teaches with enthusiasm and believes that positive motivation goes a long way. Tammy encourages kids to learn and understand stroke mechanics, set daily goals and have fun!

Tammy was the Site Director at the Kerr YMCA for six years and became the Cary YMCA Site Director in 2014. While at Kerr, she created a strong team culture of self-motivated athletes and increased enrollment dramatically. In Cary, shes worked closely with the Cary YMCA staff to pioneer a new schedule thats been a hit with the general membership, allowed for more strategic and efficient use of the excellent Cary site assistant coaches, and has made family dinners once again possible for all Cary athletes.

Tammy has been a North Carolina Select Camp Coach and a North Carolina Zone Team Coach. She’s worked with swimmers of all levels, including those with multiple Top 5 NC rankings, National Top 10 rankings, Junior Olympic Qualifiers, Individual State Champions, Age Group Sectional Qualifiers and Zone All-Star Team Selections.

She admits that she still gets goosebumps when her athletes earn their first BB time standard. And what makes her happiest as a coach is seeing her swimmers succeed outside of their comfort zone -- in practice or in life.

She has been happily married to Scott Minyard for nearly 19 years. They have a beautiful daughter named Skye (future YOTA Swimmer) and a crazy chocolate lab named Layla.

Andrew Rogers

NCSU Site Director, Masters

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Coach Andrew Can Be Reached At 919-719-9696.

Andrew begins his second year with the YOTA Swim Team after working with SwimAtlanta in Atlanta, Georgia for four years. Andrew grew up in the Winston-Salem area, scoring valuable points for the Winston-Salem YMCA (now TYDE) Swim Team at Y-Nationals. A backstroke specialist, Andrew went to UNC-Wilmington where he won multiple individual and team CAA Championships and broke several team and conference records. After graduating in 2010, Andrew moved to Atlanta to begin his coaching career. Coach Andrew oversaw the age group and Masters programs at the SwimAtlanta Midway site, while also working with some Senior Champ qualifiers. Coach Andrew has been married to his wife, Wende since August of 2013 and they have one dog and two cats!

Kale Stevens

A.E. Finley Site Director

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Coach Kale may be reached at 919-582-9301

 

Kale Stevens is in his 5th season with YOTA, is an ASCA level 3 certified coach, and brings more than 13 years of coaching experience to the team. After earning his degree in history from East Carolina University, he moved on to serve the YMCA community in Asheville before joining YMCA of the Triangle in 2012.

 

For more than 10 years with the YMCA, Kale's coaching experience covers all levels from senior and age group competitive swimming; to beginning as well as adult swim lessons. In 2009, Kale was selected to join the assistant coaching staff for the YMCA National Altitude Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In 2010 and 2013, Kale served on the coaching staff for the North Carolina zone team.

 

When not on the pool deck, Kale enjoys traveling the great outdoors in all seasons. Scuba diving, snowboarding, camping, and mountain biking are just a few of his favorite activities.

Drew Oberg

Chapel Hill Site Director

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Coach Drew Can Be Reached At 919-582-9324 

Drew has been with YOTA for 3 years. After assisting Coach Tammy with the Kerr site for 1 season, Drew began his full time tenure as the Site Director at the Chapel HIll YMCA where he has been for the last 2 seasons.

Drew is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Religious Studies. Drew enjoyed great success as a swimmer growing up specializing in Butterfly, Backstroke, and IM where he was ranked in the top 20 in the country in several events. The South Carolina swimming community saw him achieve 10 High School State Championships and 10 USA Swimming State Championships while holding the state record in the 100 Butterfly.

When not coaching, Drew is an avid supporter of the UNC basketball program and Carolina Panthers. He also spends his time playing sports himself swimming and the occasinal round of golf. More than anything else, Drew loves being with his family (parents, younger brother and younger sister).

Tom Hazelett

Durham Site Director

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Coach Tom Can Be Reached At 919-582-9317.

Coach Tom Hazelett has been with YOTA since 2006. Tom is originally from Danville, Indiana where he was a successful swimming instructor and high school/summer coach for the town of Danville. Tom has a history of growing successful programs both in Indiana and now in Durham. Tom is the Head Site Coach for our Durham branch as well as a US Paralympic Trip Coach.  

In addition to coaching, Tom was also the  Aquatic Director in Durham for the first 6 seasons before becoming a full time YOTA swim coach in 2013. He continues to be an integral part of the very successful Annual Campaign and has led individual teams at the Durham Y that have raised more than $300,000 for the Durham community between 2008-2016.  

When not coaching, Tom loves to be with his family, play golf, tennis, and basketball. He is an enormous Purdue Boilermaker, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts fan. Tom has a bachelor's degree in History from Purdue University where he played water-polo for two years. Tom is a 2-palm Eagle Scout, an ASCA Level 3 certified coach and recipient of the ASCA 2010 Doc Counsilman Creative Coaching Award and is USA Swimming’s 2016 Jimi Flowers Disability Coach of the Year. Tom lives in Mebane with his wife Nicole, daughter Emily Catherine (2).

Brooks Teal

Kerr Site Director

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Brooks Teal comes to YOTA with a deep appreciation for the YMCA and its mission, along with a love of swimming and years of coaching experience.    Brooks’ club coaching career began in his hometown, Tarboro, NC, and includes nine years as Head Coach and Director of Competitive Swimming with the YMCA of Raleigh, which ultimately grew to become YOTA.    In 1988, the Raleigh YMCA Men’s team, led by future Olympic gold medalist, world record holder, and NCAA champion, David Fox, captured the National YMCA Men’s Team Championship.  

 

As a collegiate coach, Brooks led the James Madison University men’s team to six conference championship titles in his seven seasons there, and was inducted into the JMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Brooks served as Head Coach at his alma mater, NC State University, for eleven years. During his tenure, NC State produced two NCAA Champions; Cullen Jones won the 50 Free in 2007, and Kristen Davies won the Platform Diving title in 2009.    Cullen and teammate Dan Velez both competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, with Cullen also making the USA Team and competing in 2012 in London.    Cullen won four Olympic medals, two Gold and two Silver, and was an American and World record holder.    While at NC State, Brooks was one of six national finalists for the 2006 American Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year and was a member of the USA National Team coaching staff at the World Championships in Australia in 2007.  

 

 

Brooks’ collegiate coaching career also included stops at Indian River State College, Clemson Univ ersity and St. Andrews University.

 

Brooks’ education includes an undergraduate degree in Engineering from NC State and a masters degree in Physical Education from East Carolina.    Brooks lives in Holly Springs with his wife, Mary, and they have two children, Stephanie, an App State graduate, and Logan, who graduated from Old Dominion.  
 

Macon W Crowder

Ingram YMCA Site Coordinator

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Assistant Coaching Staff

Mazaliyah Morris

Taylor

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Wendy Medlin

Taylor/Taylor Masters

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Jessica Meder

Taylor

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Sydney Elizabeth Kanters

Taylor

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Jennifer Speerschneider

Finley

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Shelby Layman

Finley

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Caleb Camp

Chapel Hill

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Lindsey Horrell

Chapel Hill

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Jillian Heywood

Chapel Hill

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Nicole Trupiano

Chapel Hill

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Samantha Scharf

Chapel Hill

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Joshua Rowsey

Chapel Hill

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Kiyaniah Tilghman

Durham

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William Scoggin

Durham

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Kayla Grim

Durham

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Lucas E McCrory

Durham

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Rachel Alexandra Muller

Raleigh Silver 2

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Jordan Dael Schrotenboer

Raleigh Silver 2

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Alex A Madill

Raleigh Silver 2

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Renolyds Edward Densmore

OPC Masters

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Michael Rosenberg

NC State

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Leonard Tuenker

NC State

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Sara M Graham

Chapel Hill/Durham Senior

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Grace E Padget

Chapel Hill/Durham Senior

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Cynthia Grace Kellerman

Ingram

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Cooper Howe

Finley

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Kaitlin Rose Ramsden

Finley

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Kayla Healy Brumbaum

Platinum/OPC Masters

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Shawn Fischer

Kerr

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Joseph Gordon Bonk

Kerr

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Sydney Marie Parsons

Kerr

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Jessica Lehman

Kerr

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Anna Etheridge

Kerr

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