Coaches & BOD

Coach Lee Wright - Aiken Site

Lee's passion for swimming began at an early age.  He was an All State Swimmer in 1983 and 1984 at McCallie School.  While swimming at Blue Ridge High School, he was named All State in 1985 and 1986 and received All-American designation in freestyle and butterfly.  He also lettered in Cross Country and Track.  After graduating from high school he attended University of Tennessee as a college athlete and specialized in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 1650 freestyle.

Lee spent several years after college coaching and serving in various aquatic leadership roles.  He became the Assistant Aquatics Director for Chattanooga YMCA where he supervised staff, taught swim lessons, and started a Masters Swim Team while serving as the Assistant Coach for the team.  Lee spent his next eight years faithfully serving the US Navy where he attended the Hospital Corpsman School.  He graduated top two in his class and was awarded Junior Sailor of the Year and was a SAR Swimmer School Honor Graduate.  

It was his son's love of swimming that drew Lee back into coaching. Over the past several years he has served as an age group coach and was actively involved in developing the Aiken Pacer Aquatic Club in 2017.

Lee is married to Margaret Parrish, a dentist in Aiken, and resides in Augusta with his two children, AJ (10) and Ava (4). Contact Coach Lee at


Caroline O’Neal - Aiken Site
Junior Coach

Caroline started swimming at the age of 5 for the North Augusta Country Club summer league team. She continues to swim summer league for the Hammond Hill Hammerheads. Caroline was a junior coach for the Hammerheads the past two summers. Caroline started swimming year round when she was 13 and has been with Aiken Pacer Aquatic Club the past two years. She has received All-Region and State awards in High School swimming the past 6 years and was named MVP the past 2 years. Caroline is excited to have the opportunity to teach our younger swimmers for APAC and share her love of the sport that has been such a big part of her life.

Rebecca O’Neal - Aiken Site
Junior Coach

Rebecca has been swimming since she was 5 years old, starting in summer league and has been swimming year round for three years. Since seventh grade, Rebecca has swam for North Augusta High Schools’ swim team, making All Regions and State the past five years. She  spent 2 years as a junior coach for Hammond Hills and has been with Aiken Pacer Aquatic Club this past year. Rebecca is excited to share her passion and the love she has for the sport of swimming. She is looking forward to the opportunity to coach young swimmers as they learn the great sport of swimming.


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President: Kathy Samaha -

Vice President: Jeff Allison -

Secretary: Helen Gibson -

Treasurer: Anne Robinson -

Member at Large: Julea Hovey -

Membership/Communications: Suzy Golyski -

Spartanburg Representative: Kristi Bowen -