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Cape Fear Coaching Staff

Scott VanKuilenburg

Head Coach

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Level 4 ASCA Certification
Scott will be joining our Cape Fear Aquatic Club after serving three years as the Head Age Group Coach of the Water Rats Swim Team at the Westport Weston Family Y in Connecticut. As Head Age Group Coach Scott led the Water Rat age group swimmers from a 24th place finish in the first year to a 6th place finish in Spring 2018 at Connecticut SCY Age Group Championships. Coach Scott has been on deck with all levels of swimming from novice to NCAA qualifiers. Scott’s coaching background includes college level at, Brandeis University DIII, University of Bridgeport DII, and Harvard University DI. Scott has coached Age Group and High School swimmers in Germany, Florida, and California. Scott graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Education/Exercise Physiology after serving five years active duty in the Air Force and reaching the rank of Sergeant. Scott is a five-time USA Masters Swimming (USMS) National Champion, a two-time USMS All-American and a member of the 400 Medley Relay USMS national-record team. In addition to pool swimming, Scott has successfully completed an English Channel relay crossing, the Boston Marathon, and a Half Ironman. In Scott’s free time he enjoys open water swimming, surfing and cheers for all Boston sports teams and the Tennessee Volunteers.

 

 

Evanne Mercer

Assistant Coach

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Evanne is going into her 2nd year as an Assistant Coach for Cape Fear Aquatic Club. Evanne swam for CFAC for 6 years until she graduated in 2017, she started coaching for the team late December of the same year. Evanne best events are Breaststroke and IM. She is currently a sophomore at Cape Fear Community College and will be graduating in the summer of 2019 with an Associates in Film and Video Production. In her spare time she works with animals and enjoys other water sports.  

Jon Suits

Assistant Coach

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Jon will start his 2nd year as Assistant Coach for the Cape Fear Aquatic Club. Jon is originally from Raleigh, NC where he swam for YOTA where he was a YMCA National Qualifier. Jon is currently a Junior at UNC-Wilmington majoring in Finance and Information Systems. Jon is also a member of the UNCW Swimming & Diving team.  He is a backstroker and sprinter freestyler and has competed at the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championships  where he has earned All -CAA honors. 

Sean Deegan

Assistant Coach

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Tom R Addington

Assistant Coach

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Tom moved to Wilmington after serving served as the Head Swim Coach, Lifeguard Instructor, and Community Swim Aquatics Director at Whiteland High School near Indianapolis, Indiana.Tom has over 35 years of aquatics experience as a Swim Coach, Lifeguard, and Aquatics Manager.  Tom grew up in California, began competitive swimming at age 6 and continued to compete into his late 20’s. His swimming accomplishments include; High School and College All-American Honors, NCAA Division II National Champion and an Olympic Trial Participant. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from California State University Bakersfield in 1988. In Addition to helping with Cape Fear Aquatic Club Tom is the Aquatic Director at the YMCA.  Tom is also an avid Indianapolis Colts Fan.

Chris Musgrove

Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Ace Certified Personal Trainer
Chris is in his first full season with the Cape Fear Aquatic Club. Chris focuses on the dry land strength and conditioning program for the junior and senior groups. In addition, to being the dry land coach for Cape Fear Aquatic Club, he is also a Personal Trainer at the YMCA. Chris holds an ACE Personal Training certification, an Ace Functional Training certification and he is in the process of completing a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist certification. Chris found his passion for fitness in the Army, in which he served for 7 years with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After the Army, he completed an associates degree at Sandhills Community College in Health and Fitness Science. Chris is now continuing his passion for Fitness at the University of North Carolina of Wilmington majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Psychology in which he plans to complete this year.