ECA Volunteer Spotlight - Teresa Gross

Behind the Blocks - ECA's Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Teresa Gross!
Teresa Gross is often on deck at East Carolina Aquatics swim meets, wearing a white shirt as a judge or focusing a camera lens as volunteer photographer.
“I enjoy volunteering because it helps me give back to a team that has given to my child,” Teresa said.
ECA will be hosting new official training sessions Oct. 1-2, and Teresa encourages other parents to get involved. She recently shared seven ways that parents can benefit from becoming an official:
  • Getting to see the swimmers and your own swimmer close up, not from the stands;  
  • Learning more about the sport of swimming and understanding the rules of competitive swimming;
  • Being able to give back to the team that coaches your child;
  • Setting an example that volunteering is important;
  • Making new friends and networking with other ECA and away team officials;
  • Filling an essential role – without a certain number of officials, the swim meet doesn’t qualify as a USA Swimming-sanctioned meet and the swimmers’ times will not count;
  • ECA covers the annual cost of being an official and background checks.
Teresa also is certified to officiate North Carolina high school swim meets, and often volunteers with D.H. Conley High School, where her daughter, Kylie, is a junior and member of Conley’s swim team.
Kylie, who practices with Greenville’s senior group, joined ECA (then Greenville Swim Club) at age 6, and Teresa has volunteered ever since. Two years ago, she served as head official for ECA’s summer team, the Minges Makos.
During the week, Teresa is a full-time family nurse practitioner at ECU Nephrology and Hypertension, caring for patients on hemodialysis in Winterville, Greenville, Ayden and Farmville. She also sees clinic patients with chronic kidney disease, and moonlights at Vidant Medical Center with the hospitalist group in the East Carolina Heart Institute.
In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, Kyle, and other family as well as traveling and photography.
Swim official training to be held Oct. 1-2
ECA’s own certified U.S. Swimming referee, Bob Landry, will be holding clinics for people interested in becoming certified officials on Oct. 1-2 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 142 in Minges in Greenville.
This is the first step in becoming a judge or administrative official. You do not have to be a former swimmer or know much about swimming. Anyone can do it! ECA will pay for your expenses associated with becoming registered and certified.  
Administrative Official training will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Stroke and Turn Judge training will be Wednesday, Oct. 2. You do not need to attend both clinics to become an official; choose the one that suits your interests.

Please email Bob by Sunday, Sept. 29, at if you plan to attend so he can have an accurate head count for materials to be printed.