Coaching Staff
John Pepper Head Coach

John joined the team in 2005 as a part time assistant coach and then became the full time assistant coach in 2007. He started his swimming career with the Smyrna Swim Team in 1987 and then began swimming year round with the Stingrays in Cobb County from 1987 – 1993 and swam with Campbell High School from 1989 to 1993. He was also a member of the Georgia Zone Team in 1992. He is attending University of West Georgia working>

Cherie Empson Assistant Head Coach

Cherie Empson coached three years for Tipp/Monroe Torpedoes in Tipp City, Ohio. Coached 8 and Unders for Summer Recreation League. She also coached two years for the Miami County YMCA Marlins 8 and Under program. She has two sons that have participated for 8 years in a swim program. Her youngest son, Tristan Empson, swims competitively for the Bluefins since 2012. 

Justin Park Dryland Coach
Justin Park, JD, CSCS
Justin is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, who resides in Carrollton, Georgia, and works as a full-time professional triathlete. A graduate of Duke University and the UCLA School of Law, Justin was a corporate attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions prior to developing a professional career in triathlon. Justin races 8-10 times per year domestically and internationally, focusing>
A Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Justin works with the Carrollton Bluefins>
In addition to life as a professional athlete, Justin helped found The Carolina Clinic at UNC, an executive wellness program of UNC Hospital for which he served as the Health and Fitness Director. He also is a board member for several emerging growth companies and regularly speaks at conferences, corporate events and community organizations>
Jennifer Garrett Assistant Coach
Brittany Herndon Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Carrollton, Georgia. I graduated from Carrollton High School. I have enjoyed competitive swimming since 2005. 

I swam for the Carrollton Bluefins for 11 years, Carrollton High School for 4 years and competed collegiately for 2 years at South Georgia State College. In my time as a Bluefin, I attended Age Group State, Senior State and GRPA State. I was the 2016 GRPA state champion in the 100 free. While at South Georgia State College, I set four school records, two-time NJCAA Runner Up and was a two-time All American. 

Board of Directors
Brook Kubik President
I was born and raised in Carroll County, graduating with honors from Central High School in 1994.  While in high school I developed a strong interest in science, and it was ultimately that interest that led me to pursue a career as a research chemist with CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. After eight years there life once again led me down a different path as I discerned a new career teaching high school science. For the next six years I taught several aspects of Science at the high school level, but my marriage to my husband Steven and desire to start a family led me to eventually leave teaching and devote myself full time to my four children: Maddie (10), Max (8), Miles (3), and Mary Margaret (6 months).
With two children on the Bluefins team (Maddie joined in January 2013 and swims in AG3, Max joined in September 2014 and swims in Silver), I have a vested interest in the success of the Bluefins as a service-oriented parent who routinely volunteers at swim meets and service days. In particular I would like to serve as a voice for our younger swimmers (11 and under) who have different needs and experience different issues than our older swimmers, but currently don't have a parent representative on the board. I would also like to serve as someone who promotes unity among all of the members of the Bluefins, and I would like to see us take a more active role in growing the Bluefins and ensuring its legacy by recruiting new swimmers to the team and retaining the swimmers we have.
Jim Martin Secretary

Jim Martin is a long term resident of Carrollton, Georgia. He was born in Carrollton.   With the exception of being away for college; he has resided in Carrollton for 48 years.  As a child he was able to experience the developmental benefit while participating in athletic programs sponsored by the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department.  Jim started serving the community of Carrollton and Carroll County as a Paramedic in the late 80’s.  Subsequently, to later serve as an Emergency Department Nurse and Nurse Practitioner at Tanner Health System.  He currently serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the student population at the University of West Georgia’s Health Services Department. 

                Jim has a devotion to his country while currently serving in the United States Air Force. He has had two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was the recipient of an Air Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal in recognition of his meritorious actions during both deployments.  He currently serves as a Lt Col with a medical reserve unit located in Atlanta Georgia.

                Jim enjoys being a mentor to young children and adults; as made evident with 10 years of service as a youth director and senior leader in the USAF.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He looks forward to a potential opportunity of giving back to a sport that has given so much to his daughter.

Theresa Campbell Board Member
Megan McBride Board Member
Stefanie Wood Board Member

My name is Stefanie Wood. I have two amazing daughters on the Bluefins, Sofia and Naomi. We have been swimming with the Bluefins for about a year and have loved every minute of it. My husband, daughters and I moved to Georgia about three years ago. We have thoroughly loved the southern hospitality in Georgia and have enjoyed meeting so many friendly people. We are proud to be part of such a supportive swimming community and we are excited to play a larger role in supporting the team in the Bluefin board. Outside of the pool, I am an active volunteer in several groups and organizations that my children are involved in. Whether as PTA president of my youngest’s school, mentoring, helping at the library, providing my creative ideas to our church, I take pride in knowing that I am a part of a community that is encouraging our youth. I look forward to serving on the swim team board and couldn’t be more excited.

Dorrie Moate Board Member