Passion. Experience. Diligence.

 

These three words together are what Pat and Beth Murphy focus on when hiring staff for their team, Chattahoochee Gold. Since the start of the team in 1992, they have focused on creating a safe, educational environment for their swimmers. On average, Gold full-time staff members have been part of the team for more than a decade. This gives our team consistency in vision and excellence that other teams just can't match!

Chattahoochee Gold employs only certified professional USA Swimming coaches. Our coaches have completed classes preparing them for their roles on deck and cleared the national background check system.

Our Coaches

Pat Murphy

Head Coach and Co-Owner of Chattahoochee Gold

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From Atlanta, GA, Coach Pat Murphy is the Head Coach of the Cumming Aquatic Center as well as Co-Owner of Chattahoochee Gold with his wife, Beth. He and Beth met at the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and was a member of the Honors College. He has been a coach in the Southeast for 40 plus years, with almost 30 of them being with the team he founded, Chattahoochee Gold. Some of his best coaching achievements are having swimmers qualify in every stroke for the Olympic Trials, being an 18-year top performer at Senior Nationals, and launched two different teams that made it into the top 3 Georgia Swim teams. He proud of being a father to an opera-singing daughter and providing for his family, as well as designing a house from scratch. He also is an amateur artist! Coach Pat was not a naturally talented swimmer; but, felt respected by his teammates, which made him work hard. That is why he emphasizes work ethic and putting in the effort. 


Beth Murphy

Head Coach and Co-Owner of Chattahoochee Gold

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Originally from Tupelo, MS, Coach Beth Murphy is the Head Coach and Age Group Coach of the Woodstock Aquatic Center as well as Co-Owner of Chattahoochee Gold with her husband, Pat. She and Pat met at the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a BA. Coach Beth has coached and taught swim lessons for 25 years. Some of her favorite coaching achievements include: coaching several swimmers to their State and Sectional Cuts (just like she was able to get her state cuts as an age group swimmer in backstroke), and helping young swimmers grow to love the sport and be better at swimming. Her favorite personal achievement is being a mother to her daughter. When asked about what made her want to be a coach she said, “Honestly, I never thought about it.  I was always a swimmer but for a long time, my career was in business.  Then I had my daughter and wanted to stay home with her so working in the family business was the best way to obtain that goal.  But I can say that I love working with the kids and giving them what they need to become better swimmers.”  Her aim is to help her swimmers to have true, long-lasting relationships with friends, family, and the sport of swimming.


Mark Schilling

Senior Coach and Director of Daily Operations at Woodstock Aquatic Center

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Coach Mark Schilling was born in St. Louis, MO. Coaching and Chattahoochee Gold have been a major part of his life—he has 23 years of coaching and 21 of those years have been at Gold! He has a B.S. from Georgia Tech, where he was a member of GA Tech Varsity Team and letter winner, and a Junior National Qualifier. One of the reasons he chose this career is his desire to make a difference in the lives of kids. He has coached several swimmers to Olympic Trials and National Finalist. He was also a Coach for 2018 National Champion and Pac Gold Medal Winner.  When he is not coaching, he maintains over 100 different varieties of Orchid Plants!


Austin Sumrall

Coach at Mountain View Aquatic Center

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Austin Sumrall, coach at Mountain View Aquatic Center, was born and raised in Roswell, GA, and has been apart of Chattahoochee Gold’s family for over 15 years (12 years as a swimmer and 3 years coaching). He graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2015 as a member of the 2015 NCAA Champions; back in 2011, Austin was a Gold Award Winner! One of his other achievements in swimming is his coaching track record of coaching swimmers to 61 Team Records, 43 State Titles, 5 State Records in the first 3 years with Gold. Sumrall has had many personal victories such as marrying his wife—Micah, consuming 63 Chicken Wings in one non-competitive sitting (he states he was just hungry), being a Kansas City Barbeque Society certified Barbeque Judge and Table Captain, and finally, being a proud Law School Dropout. Austin remembers the moment that he realized he wanted back into the swimming world— he was tiring away in the Law Library of GSU and got asked to cover practice for one of his former coaches. After that day of practice, he decided he needed to pursue something that he loved.


Heidi Cuticchia

 

Coach at Woodstock Aquatic Center

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Coach Heidi Cuticchia is our newest hire here at Chattahoochee Gold--originally from St. Petersburg, FL, where she grew up swimming with St. Petersburg Aquatics. She maintained her love of swimming through her undergraduate degree, where she swam with Davidson College. Whie she was completing her masters degree in Chemistry from Tulane University, Coach Heidi started her coaching career with the Green Waves as a volunteer graduate assistant. Hurricane Katrina forced her to change plans from Chemistry and led her back to Florida, where she began a teaching career at Deerfield Beach High School and coaching the high school swim team. She has also coached at various clubs in the midwest, most recently for the Lakota Family YMCA Stingrays. She is happily married and has 2 lovely dogs.


Karen Carr

Coach at Cumming Aquatic Center

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Coach Karen Carr, coach at Cumming Aquatic Center, is from Augusta, GA, and went to Augusta College. She has been coaching for 48 years and 14 of those years have been with Chattahoochee Gold. She is proud to be a female, breaking through a male-dominated sport and being a mother of 3. She loves to knit and crochet when she isn’t coaching. Coach Carr especially appreciates coaching 10 & unders—she loves watching and helping her swimmers learn life lessons and grow into young adults. On why she became a coach, Coach Karen says, “I grew up in a swimming family. My parents and grandmothers taught lessons and my dad started ASL, While he was coaching summer league in Augusta, I began helping him coach and loved it. I never thought of doing anything else.”


Kathy Lim Sang

Coach at Mountain View Aquatic Center

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Originally from Kingston, Jamaica W. I., Coach Kathy Lim Sang is Lead Coach and Co-coach at Mountain View Aquatic Center. She has been coaching for 23 plus years and 7 of those years are with Chattahoochee Gold. Coach Kathy has a Bachelors's Degree in Language, Literature, and Social Sciences (UWI) as well as a Post Grad Diploma in Education & Training (VTDI). She is bilingual in English and Patois ( Jamaican dialect)—she even has some conversational Spanish ready to go! Prior to her time at Chattahoochee Gold,  she founded and owned Island Aquatics Synchro Team, Jamaica - Jamaica's first Synchronized swimming club and coached Duet that won Jamaica's first Synchro Silver medal— which is two of her greatest personal achievements. Her favorite coaching achievements are having six 11-12's swimmers make Jamaica's National Carifta and CISC teams for 3 years,  in 2014 Gold 10 & under Relay team won Bronze at Age Group State for Free & medley Relay ( 3 of 4 and all 4 were respectively from her Gold Group). When asked what made Coach Kathy want to be a coach, she said, “I enjoy mentoring and helping to shape young lives—helping athletes to recognize and achieve their greatest potential, while gaining strength and confidence and becoming model citizens.”


Lauren Velasquez
 

Coach at Woodstock Aquatic Center

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Coach Lauren Oglesby is from Woodstock, Ga, and coaches at the Woodstock Aquatic Center. Even though she has only been coaching 2 years going on 3 years, she was a swimmer at Chattahoochee Gold and still holds three Gold records in the distance events for the last 6 years! Next time you are at Woodstock, see if you can spot her name! She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Gardner-Webb University, where she was named to the All-Conference Team all 4 years.  Her favorite personal swimming achievement was winning the 1650 Free CCSA Conference Title Three Times (2 being back to back). Coach Lauren loves the fact that she became a coach for her own club team and getting the chance to work with and learn from a very talented coaching staff every day. She is so proud to have had her first Age Group State Swimmer last season. When asked what made you want to be a coach she said, “Honestly, I did not know I want to be a swim coach. However, Coach Beth open the door for me to become a swim coach as I was deciding whether or not I wanted to continue swimming after college. After my first day on deck, I was completely hooked. I absolutely love what I do and enjoy every moment of it!”  Coach Lauren recently married her High School Sweet Heart this year and got a new puppy named Luna.


 

Mark Walleshauser

Coach at Cumming Aquatic Center

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Coach Mark Walleshauser is from Marietta, GA, and coaches at Cumming Aquatic Center. He went to Norwich University and swam in his youth. He has had 2 years of coaching and 1 year with Gold. His reason for coaching is to help swimmers become the best swimmers, students, and children they can. One fun fact about Mark is that he curls his hair every morning.


Penny Walleshauser

Coach at Mountain View Aquatic Center

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Originally from Hinsdale, IL, Coach Penny Walleshauser is a coach at Mountain View Aquatic Center. She has been coaching for 33 years and 21 years have been with Chattahoochee Gold, where she has had swimmers place top 3 at State and Sectionals. Coach Penny has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of South Florida and is mom to 2 awesome kids. One of her other personal achievements is placing top 10 in multiple events at the 2019 senior games—swimming. A couple of fun facts about her are that she loves to sew and rescue dogs!