Board Members

Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club Parent Board


Jay MacDonald, President: Ms. MacDonald earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. From 1991-2000, she was the Owner/Director of Investigations for Asset Protection Associates, a security, and investigations firm that helped companies prevent internal theft and fraud, and assisted law enforcement in the apprehension of suspects. Pursuing a passion for yoga, Jay became a Certified Yoga Instructor in 2003 and currently teaches at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. Additionally, Jay has served on the fundraising committee for Broyhill/ Haywood County Children’s Home and was a PTO President for Central Elementary School. Her two high school sons have been members of the SMAC swim team since they were young. 


Dolly Pressley Byrd, Board Member: Born and raised in WNC, Ms. Byrd works as a Certified Nurse Midwife at MAHEC OB-GYN Specialists. She received her BA from Wake Forest and her MSN from Yale University. Dolly and her husband decided to return to Haywood Co. to raise their young family. In addition to serving on the SMAC Board of Directors, she is involved in many professional activities supporting medical resident education at MAHEC and improving the health and well-being of women, babies, and families of WNC. The Byrd family are members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church on the Hill. Her oldest son has been swimming with SMAC for 3 years.



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Head Coach


Charlie McCanless 


Charlie McCanless, Head Coach: Mr. McCanless began his swimming career at the age of 6 and swam his way through college, finishing at East Carolina University (ECU) as a Varsity Record Holder and Team Captain. While in Greenville, NC, he worked for Greenville Country Club as Head Coach and, after graduation, he worked for SwimMac Carolina. Following a move to Boston, Massachusetts, he worked for Charles River Aquatics as Senior Group Coach and a primary Age Group Coach. He has worked with all ages and abilities from Junior National Level Qualifiers to children brand new to the sport. Charlie is still a competitor himself and a proud US Masters Swimmer. He holds a degree in History from ECU and a Dean’s List degree in Performance from the Berklee College of Music. 



Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club

PO Box 452

Waynesville, NC 28786