Senior 1 Head Coach
Coach Jamie can be reached at 919-582-9302
Jamie Bloom is honored to be named the Head National Team Coach
in her 3rd season with YOTA. 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
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 secretary of the North Carolina Swimming Board of
Directors. 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 2013 Duel in the Pool in Glasgow,
Scotland; as well as the World Junior Championships in Singapore in
2015 and Indianapolis in 2017.
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 wife 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.
Senior 1 Assistant Coach
Coach Tom Can Be Reached At 919-582-9317.
Tom has been with YOTA since 2006 where he started the Durham
YOTA site and is now in his first season leading the
Senior 1 group at the Meadowmont Site.
In his time at the Durham Site, Coach Tom has been blessed to
work with and coach many very talented athletes including many
YOTA team record holders,
NC State champi
ons, and 1 state record holder.
He has been a US Paralympic Trip Coach since 2012 and had the
great honors of representing YOTA on the Paralympic stage serving
on the coaching staff for Can-Am in Montreal and Toronto
Canada as well as the Head Coach of the 2017 Can-Am in Charlotte.
In addition, Tom served as Head Coach for the US
Coaching Staff at last summer's World Para Series Event in
Indianapolis, IN. He works currently with US Paralyimps
as a lead coach in their developmental process with clinics
and meets throughout the year. With YOTA, he coached
Lucas McCrory (S7) from 2012-2016 where he
became a Can-AM Champion in multiple events and a YMCA
National Qualifier. He also had the honor of working
closely with YOTA swimmer and Paralympian Hannah Aspden (S9) from
2012-2016 where she broke multiple American records, International
medals, became part of the US National Teams, and earned a
Bronze Medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio as the youngest
American medalist in swimming at both the Olympic Games and
Paralympic Games. His time with US Paralympic swimming along
with the success of the athletes that he has coached forwarded
him the honors of recieving USA Swimming's Jimi Flowers
Disability Coach of the Year Award in 2016 as well as a
membership into the Olympic Comittee's
Order of Ikkos (given to him by Hannah).
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 $335,000 for the Durham
community between 2008-2017.
When not coaching, Tom loves to be with his family, once an avid
golfer enjoys to play anytime he can. He is a loyal
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 (American
Swim Coaches Association) 2010 Doc Counsilman Creative Coaching
Award. Tom lives in Mebane with his wife of 10 yrears, Nicole,
and his daughter Emily (5 years old).
John Warren Newell
West Senior 2 Coach
Coach John Newell Can be Reached at
C: 984-269-3619, Office: 919-582-9341
Coach John comes back to the YOTA Swim team after a
2 season absence while he was coaching at East Carolina University.
While coaching at ECU, John was the primary coach of the middle
distance group with a focus in the fly, back, and IM swimmers.
Coach John had a successful career at his short tenure with ECU
including an AAC Conference champion, multiple NCAA B qualifying
standard cuts, and multiple AAC Finalist and honorable mentions.
Coach John spent 2 years with YOTA Swim Team as the
Kerr YMCA Site Director. During his time at Kerr YMCA, he brought
an high energy and help grow the the site in the North Raleigh/Wake
Forest area. John began his coaching career assisting Chad
Onken with the Raleigh Platinum Group.
Coach John grew up in Charlotte, NC and swam with
NSS. While swimming with NSS he ranked top 10 in the country for
the 200 butterfly for his age group and achieved a 2012 Olympic
trial cut and finished top 50 in the nation. After high school,
John moved to NC State where he swam four years with the Wolfpack.
John was named Captain his Senior year, and lead his team to an ACC
Championship Title. That same year he was named an alternate for
the 2015 NCAA team and became an All-American as a member of the
400 medley relay.
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
This is Drew's fifth season as the Site Director in Chapel Hill
for the YOTA Swim Team. After assisting Coach Tammy with the Kerr
site for 1 season, Drew began his full time tenure as the Head Age
Group Coach at the Chapel HIll YMCA in 2014 as it was
integrated with the YOTA Swim Team.
Drew is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill with a degree in Religious Studies. He enjoyed
great success as a swimmer in high school 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.
As a coach Drew has been the direct coach of multiple North
Carolina State Champions as well as numerous Southeastern Zone Age
Group Sectional Champions. Drews philosophy as a
coach involves three pillars; instilling a love for the sport
of swimming, great stroke technique, and explosive kicking. His
more overarching philosophy of coaching involves building long
lasting, positive relationships with the athletes and teaching
strong character values to help each athlete grow into outstanding
young people. Coach Drew is about the development of the
PERSON, not just the athlete.
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).
Taylor Family Y Site Director
Coach Brooks can be reached at 919-582-9388.
Brooks Teal is beginning his second year as site director for YOTA
at the Kerr Family YMCA. Brooks 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.
Downtown Durham Site Director
Rachel Alexandra Muller
Raleigh Senior 2 & Head Masters Coach
Kerr Site Director
Ingram Site Director
Keaton Lee Williams
OPC Site Director