Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Charles Grace Head Coach - Senior/Age Group 2

Coach Charles Grace is beginning his third year as the Head Coach for DTAC, DCHS, and DMS programs. Coach Grace is a 2003 DC graduate, Paul Hurst Most Outstanding Male Athlete award winner, and competed for the Hawks in Cross County, Swimming, and Track. As an Aquahawk, he earned Academic All-State and All American honors his senior year

Before returning to Decatur Central, Coach Grace focused on getting Northridge Middle School athletes ready for success at the High School/Senior level. While at NASA, the club developed into a perennial top 10 club at the Indiana Swimming Age Group State meets. He has developed Age Group State individual champions, top 8 Zone individuals in the pool and open water, Senior State, Speedo Sectional, Futures, and Winter Junior National qualifiers, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Swimming Trial qualifier, 2016 Paralympic Trials Champion, and 2017 Team USA member for Paralympics World Championships. His athletes have moved on to great high school careers for Northridge High School, with the Men’s and Women’s teams finishing in the top 10 at IHSAA State meets. Prior to arriving in Middlebury, Coach Grace was an assistant coach with the Lawrence Swim Team in Indianapolis from 2007-2009 and the head coach of the George Washington Community High School Swim Team for the 2008-09 season.


Professionally, Coach Grace has achieved:

  • American Swim Coaches Association - Level 3 Certified Coach

  • Member of Indiana Swimming Board of Directors - Disability Coordinator

  • 2016 & 2017 IN Swimming Disability Coach of the Year

  • 2016 Team IN Mid-State All-Star Team Head Coach

  • 2016 Indiana Swimming Age Group Memorial Day Camp Head Coach

  • Selected as a 2011, 2016 Team IN Central Zone & 2015 Mid-States Assistant Coach

When Coach Grace is not coaching, he is the Director of Aquatics for MSD of Decatur Township. Coach Grace holds certifications as a American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard, NSPF Certified Pool Operator, Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) Lifeguard & Swim Lesson Instructor, and SAI Swim Lesson Instructor Trainer.

Samuel Houston Lead Coach - Age Group 1
Charles Grace Club Director