Senior Director, Competitive Swimming
Coach Chad can be reached at 919-719-9606 (office) as well as
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
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
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
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.
Assistant Director, Raleigh Senior
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
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
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
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
Tammy Renee Minyard
Head Age Group Coach/Taylor YMCA
Coach Tammy Can Be Reached At 919-719-9603
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
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.
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
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
importantly, to 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
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, she’s worked
closely with the Cary YMCA staff to pioneer a new schedule
that’s 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
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
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.
NCSU Site Director, Masters
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!
A.E. Finley Site Director
Coach Kale may be reached at
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
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
Chapel Hill Site Director
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).
Durham Site Director
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).
Kerr Site Director
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
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
In 1988, the Raleigh YMCA Men’s
led by future Olympic gold medalist, world record holder, and NCAA
champion, David Fox, captured the National YMCA
As a collegiate coach, Brooks led the James Madison University
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
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
Cullen and teammate Dan Velez both competed in the 2008 Olympics in
Beijing, with Cullen also making the USA Team and competing in 2012
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.
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