Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
John Fedena Program Director and Head Coach

Coach John was named Head Coach in July 2021. He brings over 25 years of coaching experience from all over the country.  

He is a native of New Castle, Delaware, learning to swim at the Western YMCA, racing with the Penn Acres Swim Club in the Suburban Swim League,  and graduating from William Penn High School.

He was a four-year varsity swimmer for the University of Delaware Blue Hens, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Coaching Science. 

John's first coaching job was with DST from 1996 to 1998! He left DST to pursue his Masters degree in Exercise Science and Biomechanics at the University of Georgia.

John has coached multiple NCAA Division One All-Americans, served on USA Swimming Select Camps throughout the country, and countless swimmers who have achieved Sectional, Futures, Junior National, National, and Olympic Trials standards. He is an ASCA Level 4 coach and has extensive experience with dryland and strength conditioning with swimmers of all ages.

He served on the North Carolina LSC Board of Directors and the USA Swimming Southern Zone as Age Group Chair. In 2016, John was nominated for Age Group Coach of the Year by both ASCA and North Carolina Swimming.

John has coached with four Gold Medal USA Swim Clubs and spent eight years coaching at the collegiate level. His coaching stops include Florida State University, New Mexico State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Georgia, where the woman’s team won two national championships.

He spent five years as a division lead coach with SwimMAC Carolina, a club that has produced multiple Olympians. While in Charlotte, the 11-12 boys broke two National Age Group Records in the 400 Medley and 400 Free Relays. The club also earned a Junior National Team Championship.

Most recently, John served as the Head Age Group Coach at Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) in Manhattan, New York. Multiple swimmers John worked with were top JO finishers and USA Swimming Zone Select Camps participants.


Matt Aungst Coach

Coach Matt began swimming competitively as a sophomore in high school, with no experience in the sport.  After his senior year in high school, he attended the University of Delaware, where he swam for all four years. During his time swimming for UD, he began coaching, working mainly with 8 & under swimmers for Team Delaware.  Coach Matt continued coaching with Team Delaware after graduating, eventually running one of the practice locations. When Team Delaware became part of Delaware Swim Team, he came aboard, and has continued with DST in an ever-increasing role.

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