Head Coach Kameron Kennedy is no stranger to fast swimming. From the time his grandmother tossed him in the lake and said "SWIM!", he had the mindset to get to the other end as fast as possible.
Coach Kennedy is familiar with all levels of swimming. He has coached summer league swimmers, tri-athletes and Olympic Trial qualifiers. Currently an ASCA Level 4 coach, Coach Kennedy demands quality swimming from his swimmers at all times. After all, we train to race and we race to win!
Coach Kennedy's coaching and swimming career began during his junior year at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas. His Head Coach, Larry Ridge, was on the cutting edge of training in the mid 90's with one of two under water tracking systems in the USA. Swimmers from all teams in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex came to get instruction from Larry. It was Coach Kennedy who assembled and tore down the rig after each training session. It was a life changing job that inspired him to take his training to the next level with Mid-Cities Swim Team and set his sights on Olympic Trial cuts. While learning the ins and outs of the tracking system, he also logged hours upon hours of mastering hydrodynamics, ascertaining underwater video and exhibiting expertise in manipulation of the water to work for you; not against you.
At a young age, Coach Kennedy began coaching group lessons to the beginner level of MCST. Swimmers he directed in that group went on to become some of the fastest swimmers in Texas because of the knowledge he instilled at the early stages of their career. You can still find some of them on the record boards at their respective high schools.
In two short years Coach Kennedy earned himself a full scholarship to college and some pretty fast times in the freestyle and butterfly sprints. Everything was falling into place when the unthinkable happened. Coach Kennedy was hit by a drunk driver and severely injured. Both legs were broken with multiple compound fractures, head fracture, loss of hearing in one ear and ligament/tendon damage in both ankles and shoulders. He went from training three times a day to laying in a hospital bed 24 hours a day for two months. Not knowing how to cope with the emotional and physical overload, he turned to the only thing he knew: swimming.
The accident could have debilitated him but instead it changed his life for the better. Not only did it give him a new found appreciation for life, it taught him how to deal with many levels of emotion and pain that laid the foundation of successful coaching. Not only is he one of the best technical coaches in the nation, he now knows what physical pain is and how to rehab and deal with it to continue a healthy swimming career.
One of the biggest coaching obstacles is keeping swimmers healthy and listening to what the body is telling you. Most "old school" coaches believe the more yardage, the better. Coach Kennedy believes this leads to injuries and, in the worst cases of over training with no technical instruction, surgery.
After physical recovery from his accident, Coach Kennedy decided a change of scenery would be best and moved to Los Angeles. He was Head Coach of two teams in the LA area: the Hollywood YMCA and the Palisades-Malibu YMCA. He was invited to be a coach of 15-18 year old boys in the California All-Star meet during his first year of coaching in southern California. Coached Kennedy produced some of the fastest swimmers in Southern California during his time as Head Coach for both teams.
After his reign in California led him back to Texas in 2006, he instructed swimmers at Dallas Athletic Club as Aquatic Director/Head Swim Coach. After the summer was over, he began his four year stint with The Dallas Mustangs. As an Assistant Coach he led the bronze group and set his sights to get the kids swimming as fast as possible. After the short course season was over and other coaches noticed what he was capable of, Coach Kennedy was asked to coach two different groups in The Dallas Mustang organization. His cutting edge technique and knowledge of the sport was like nothing the swimmers or parents had ever witnessed. Along with training the bronze and silver groups, he was hired by swimmers on the gold and national teams as well. Most of the swimmers that trained with Coach Kennedy are now swimming at the top of their game and can still be seen implementing the knowledge passed on from him. Swimmers of all levels request private lessons and video taping to get that extra edge that wasn't available otherwise.
After starting a new DASA summer league team, he decided to take a year off from USA Swimming to regroup and strategize his next plan of attack. In the fall of 2011, he commenced the new USA Swimming club ELITE SWIM PROGRAM. ESP has some of the fastest swimmers in the state in all age groups.
As the client list gets bigger, swimmers spread the word about Coach Kennedy’s authority in swimming and Coach Kennedy could not be happier training these athletes to achieve their goals.
Come to a practice and see for yourself why people are talking! Coach Kennedy believes in stroke specific training and practicing with a purpose. Each set is designed to simulate race strategy in some way. He believes you should benefit with every stroke, kick, turn, start and finish! If it's worth doing, then it's worth doing right! At ESP, we do it RIGHT!
COACH RICHELLE FOX
Richelle was a sprint freestyler and butterflier who represented the United States National Swimming Team from 1993 to 1999, swimming in nearly every major international competition during the span of years including the World University Games, Goodwill Games, and Pan Pacific Games. She twice finished two places out of US Olympic Team qualification, in 1996 for the 100m freestyle and in 2000 for the 100m butterfly. Richelle was a United States National Champion in the 100m butterfly in 1995 and finished that calendar year ranked 5th in the world.
During her college career, Richelle spent 2 years at UCLA and 2 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her four years of collegiate competition, Richelle qualified for the championship finals in every individual event she swam, including 2nd place finishes in the 100 yd butterfly in both 1997 and 1998. She finished at each school as the team record holder in the 50 and 100 yd freestyle and the 100 yd butterfly, the ACC Conference record holder in all three events, PAC 10 Champion in the 50 freestyle, ACC Champion in all 6 individual conference races she competed in, and was a 20 time All American. Richelle was voted as one of the 50 most outstanding swimmers in ACC history.
Richelle grew up in Scotia, NY where she represented Colony Aquatics and was the fastest sprint freestyle and butterfly recruit in the nation coming out of high school. She has a degree in Exercise Science from UNC and has worked with national club teams designing dryland and strength programs in past years. Richelle was formerly a NASM certified personal trainer where she worked for the NY Sports Club.
COACH CHRISTINE KERR
Christine is from Cary, North Carolina native who graduated from N.C. State University in 2019 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing. Her swimming career began with her neighborhood summer league team at age seven. Christine later began swimming competitively for the year round swim teams New Wave and the YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA) where she competed on a National level and earned several short course sprint records. She continued her career on an athletic scholarship for the N.C. State Wolfpack.
While at N.C. State Christine swam under Todd DeSorbo and Braden Holloway. She competed on the 2017 ACC Championship where the women won for the first time in 30 years. She specialized in sprint to mid distance freestyle, scoring in the 50 and 200 freestyle at ACCs.
Christine has coached for YOTA as well as several N.C. State run swim camps.She believes in building everyone swimmer a good foundation and continuing development in a fun, competitive, and safe environment.