Coaching Staff
Peter Perers Owner/Head Coach

Head Coach Peter Perers grew up swimming on Charlotte neighborhood swim teams as a child, then at East Mecklenburg High School. He continued his swimming career at Clemson University. After college Peter coached for over 20 years at all levels of competitive swimming.  He now returns to the Carolinas as a successful club and national coach.

Some of Peter's Coaching accomplishments:

  • USA National Junior Team Coach

  • Coach Olympic Trial Finalist

  • Coached SR National Event Finalist and Event Winners

  • Coached JR National Event Finalist and Event Winners

  • Coached 50+ Age Group Top 16 swimmers

  • USA JR National Team Champions 4 times

  • GA State Team Champions 12 times

Patty Waldron Tom Short Masters Coach

Coach Patty Waldron has been in love with the sport of swimming for 42 years and counting. She learned to swim in Charlotte at Rama Swim Club and then swam year round for a decade at the Johnston Memorial YMCA. She continued her swimming at UNC Chapel Hill and enjoyed four years of collegiate swimming…….being a part of 4 ACC Championships and 4 team top ten in the country finishes. During the college summer months (while training and competing), Patty began her coaching career at Sardis Swim and Racket Club. Upon graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Education (Health and Physical Education K-12) Patty began year round coaching both Age Group and Masters. Patty enjoys working with all levels of swimmers bubble blowers through national caliber.

Patty began swimming and coaching Masters right out of college (1984) and despite a 15 year lay-off she currently holds 13 NC Masters State Records in three different age groups. She is a former Masters National Record holder in the 25-29 200 yard Butterfly and was ranked number one in the nation in the 100 yard Butterfly 30-34 Masters. One thing lead to another and Patty enjoyed the sport of triathlon competing at the Olympic, ½ Ironman and Ironman distances. Outside of the pool she enjoys biking, hiking, and seeing live music with her husband Tom and friends. Patty also is enjoying the role of “GramPatty”, playing and loving on her grandkids.

Larry Lee Tom Short Coach

Coach Larry was born in Norwalk, CT, and has lived in several states since – CT, VA, SC, CT (again), MI, SC (again), GA, and NC. He began swimming summer league at age 5 and year-round at age 7. He swam throughout high school and was recruited to swim at Furman University, where he swam for two years, after which it was announced that the team would be cut due to Title IX. Although it was an unfortunate turn of events, many open doors of opportunity presented themselves that otherwise would have been missed.

Larry took a break from the pool for several years, eventually returning to competitive swimming in 2007 under the leadership of Coach Patty Waldron, his first Masters coach. Coach Patty also planted the seed with Larry that he should try coaching age group swimming and the rest is history.

As a member of USA Swimming since 2007, Larry has worked in several coaching capacities, including team group coaching and individual video analysis work.  Regarding life beyond the pool, Larry has four daughters, two granddaughters, and a grandson. He is an avid reader, a diehard Seinfeld enthusiast, and a lifelong guitar hack. His favorite rock-n-roll band of all time is Rush.

Sean Quinn Tom Short Coach

The 2015 North Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year and four-time U.S. Swimming National Team coach, Sean Quinn was hired by Coach Perers to lead the National Prep group at our Tom Short location. 

Voted to North Carolina Zone Team Staff-2009
USA National Team Coach Recognition 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017
ASCA Coach of Excellence Designation-multiple years
North Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year-2015
Age Group/Senior LSC Finalist, Champions, and High Point award winners.
Junior National Champions, Senior National Finalist and Olympic Trial Qualifiers
ACC Finalist and Champions
NCAA Qualifiers, Finalist, and 2nd place individual swimmer place.
Placed swimmers on National Junior Team, Open Water Pan American Team, Short Course World Championship Team, and Word University Team.
Multiple University of North Carolina team records. 

A native of Lancaster, S.C. Alumnus of Lancaster High School, and the University of North Carolina.
As a swimmer Sean was a three-time NCAA All-America, two-time ACC Champion, former UNC school record holder, Voted Team Senior Tri Captain. Sean also found success on an international level as a competitor. Before enrolling at Carolina, he swam in the 1999 U.S. Junior World Championships in Barcelona, freshman year competed in the Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece and he finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. He was offered a slot on the United States Team at the 2002 Short Course World Championships in Moscow, but most notably, Quinn won a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Sean is married to Beth Colacurcio Quinn and has three children, Alice, Henry and Olivia. 

“There is value is walking the path and I take pride in my earned perspective in this wonderful sport. I cherish the opportunity to help young swimmers navigate this path themselves. Always looking to educate them on what is possible, setting clear expectations of the work necessary to have the opportunity for success, and the support needed for the ups and downs of the journey.”  Go MSA!! 

 

David Geyer Tom Short Coach

Coach Dave joins the MSA staff after 16 years living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   There he coached at Louisiana State University and also owned his own 200+ member swim club.   A few accomplishments while at LSU

- selected to the country of Estonia coaching staff two times (2008 short course Europeans, 2018 European Championships)
- placed athlete on Junior Pan Pacific team/National Junior Team (2013)
- helped athletes break/rebreak over 60+ school records
Prior to LSU, Coach Dave and his wife lived in the Charlotte area where he worked for another club program in town.   His wife Lyndi is the swim school director at the Indian Trail site and both his daughters Maddilyn (17) and Kayda (13) swim with MSA
Tom Fritchen Tom Short Coach

Coach Tom Fritchen was born and raised in Racine, WI. He started his swimming career as a Freshman at Washington Park High School where he was nominated for All Conference Team and named captain his Senior year. Attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, he continued to swim for 4 years where he was voted captain unanimously by his fellow teammates his Junior and Senior years. During his 4 years swimming for UWRF he received the Most Improved, Most Inspirational, and Falcon Awards by his teammates and coaches. Tom was also the co-founder and president of the Water Polo Club of UWRF from 2006-2009 where he specialized as a goal keeper.

After swimming with the UWRF Swim Team in the Spring of 2008, he volunteered as an assistant coach in which he focused on distance and technique which turned into an Assistant Coach position for the next 4 years. Tom also started coaching at Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) in 2009 at the Novice and Age Group levels, and took on the role as Interim Head Coach when the Head Coach resigned in 2012. During his career, he had many States and Sectional level swimmers and multiple Minnesota State record holders. Tom loves coaching for the Mecklenburg Swim Association and working with swimmers of all ages. Tom has a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a major studio in Painting and a minor studio in Glass Blowing.  Tom lives in Pineville, NC with his wife, Ranndi, and son, Miles.

Jay McGarity Tom Short Coach

Coach Jay joins MSA with over 30 years of competitive swimming experience both as an athlete and coach, beginning his journey in the sport at six years old. 

Growing up in a military home Coach Jay swam on many different club teams during his age group years, then attending the Bolles School in Jacksonville FL for high school.  While at Bolles Coach Jay was a member of four Florida High School State Championship Teams, a Junior National Championship Team and a USA Swimming National Championship Team.  Individually Coach Jay earned four high school All-American honors, a high school state title in the 200 free, multiple Junior National top eight finishes and a top 16 finish at Senior Nationals.

Following four years at Bolles Coach Jay attended the University of South Carolina as a varsity letterman.  Then transferred to Florida State University where he was a three year letterman for the Swiminoles earning a top eight finish in the 500 Free at the ACC Championships.

After graduating from FSU Coach Jay continued his passion for the sport with a coaching position at Swim Florida in Naples FL.  As Lead Coach of the Naples satellite pool for six years Jay grew the location from 60 athletes to a consistent 130+ year round swimmers.  During his time coaching in Florida he worked with all levels of competitive swimming from novice athletes to National Qualifiers.

Prior to joining the MSA staff Jay was the Head Coach of Stingray Aquatics in Matthews NC for seven years.  During his tenure he had three NCSA Junior National Qualifiers, 25 Senior Sectional athletes, set 76 New senior team records and was selected to the NC Zone Team Staff in 2012. 

Jay resides in Indian Land SC, with his wife Jamie and their two children Ryan and McKinley.  Coach Jay is excited to be back on deck with the opportunity to help the MSA family.

Matt Lee Tom Short Coach

Coach Matt Lee is a North Carolina native who began coaching for a summer league team in 2009 and is now in his 8th year of coaching. Matt has been active within North Carolina Swimming through the IMX Camp, Carolina Crown Swimming Challenge, and Open Water Select Camp. He previously coached at two other large swim organizations in North Carolina. Matt also has a background as a swim instructor. He has coached swimmers ranging from beginners up to Futures Championship qualifiers, including finalist at LSC Age Group Championships and Senior Championships.


Matt enjoys staying active through running and swimming, with a particular passion for open water swimming. He attended the University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

Brooke Carr Tom Short Coach

Brooke Carr has been coaching for 14 years, most recently at Team Greenville in South Carolina. Her primary focus was with swimmers 14 and under. Before Team Greenville, Coach Brooke served as a Head Site Coach with Parkway Swim Club in St. Louis, Missouri for six years. During this time she was responsible for the 6-14 year olds from the novice level to the Senior Sectional and Zone levels. She also served as both the Head Zones Coach and the Age Group Chair for the Ozark LSC.

Not only does Coach Brooke have solid age group coaching experience, she has also coached intercollegiately as well. During the 2004-05 season she was the Head Assistant Coach at Butler University and was later named Interim Head Coach for the program. Coach Brooke grew up swimming with the Bolles School Sharks in Jacksonville, Florida. She continued her swimming career through college at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she majored in Communication. Coach Brooke has been the Age Group Chairman for South Carolina Swimming and has worked many SC Swimming camps and Zones trips.

Outside of coaching she is an avidly devoted Indiana Hoosier basketball and Jacksonville Jaguars football fan. She also enjoys working out, photography, reading, and trying to cook.

Megan Sheets Tom Short Coach

Megan was constantly either in the pool or ocean growing up, but was a gymnast instead of a swimmer until age 15. She fell in love with the sport and continued on to swim collegiately at Gardner-Webb University. During the summers, she was a summer league swim coach and lesson instructor. After graduating, Megan was the assistant coach at Limestone College for 3 years and the interim head coach for her 4th year. She then moved to coach at Washington University in St. Louis for 2 years, for a program that has been consistently ranked in the top 10 on the national level. At both universities, she assisted in sending multiple swimmers and relays to compete at the NCAA Championships.

When she isn’t sharing her passion for swimming with others, Megan enjoys art, reading, sports, spending time outside with her dog, good sushi, and Cardinals baseball.

Paige Bacon Tom Short Coach

Coach Paige moved here from Eugene, Oregon where she graduated from University of Oregon with a BA in Social Sciences (Go Ducks!). She has been coaching for 5 years and swam competitively for 15 years. She moved to Charlotte to coach with MSA and experience a new city and is so excited! She will be 10&under and Diamond groups. She is looking forward to coaching with MSA and getting to know all the swimmers and families!

Grant Guittard Tom Short Swim Lessons Director

Grant fell in love with the water when he was 4 years old, and after 15 plus years of competitive swimming he now teaches kids to love the water like he does. Grant enjoys helping kids overcome their fear of the water, while teaching them the importance of knowing the proper techniques of each stroke. He has been teaching ages 6 months to late adluthood for the past 8 years, while happily making a career out of his passion.

Raised in the small town of Valdese, NC, Grant lifeguarded at a local swimming pool for 4 years until he attended Lenoir-Ryhne University to continue his swimming career where he was awarded Scholar All-American. After a year of college swimming, Grant transfered to UNC Wilmington to enjoy life at the beach where he continued to share his love of swimming with others. After a brief year at the beach he made his last transfer to UNC Charlotte where he recieved his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics while working at local swim schools.

William Keith Indian Trail Lead Coach

William is the Head Site Coach at the Indian Trail location of MSA. He joined MSA in 2019, having served as the Head Swimming & Diving Coach at Ardrey Kell High School since 2007. During his fourteen years at Ardrey Kell, William has helped establish the program as one of the top in North Carolina, having been named Conference Coach of the Year seven times. He spent the previous ten years serving as Family Activities Center Director and Head Swim Coach at Ballantyne Country Club after beginning his coaching career over eight years as the Head Coach of the Candlewyck Swim Team. A lifelong resident of Charlotte, William grew up a competitive swimmer and is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina. William and his wife Holly live in South Charlotte with their dogs, Miller and Murphey.

Madison Wolfe Indian Trail Head Age Group Coach

Originally from Ohio, Madison grew up swimming for Westerville Aquatic Club. She continued to swim throughout high school and Division I at Cleveland State University before finishing her academic career at Miami University (OH).

Coaching has always been important to Madison. She began coaching at the age of 16 for The Country Club of Muirfield Village for 6 years, 2 years as head coach. From there, Madison and her husband moved to Atlanta, Georgia, coaching the swim team and boys cross-country while teaching special education language arts for 3 years at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County, GA. Madison moved to Charlotte in August 2019 and is very excited to be coaching here in North Carolina.

Mark Dell Moss Creek Lead Coach

Mark Dell came to North Carolina as the Assistant Coach for Davidson College 2004-2008. Before joining Davidson he served two years as Assistant Coach at Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU Mark qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 200 meter Butterfly. Mark currently lives in Highland Creek with his wife (Alaine) and 3 boys (Bryan 11, Walker 6, and Gibson 3) Mark has coach all levels of swimming included summer league, High school, and developmental swim lessons.

As a coach, Mark was voted 2013-2014 North Carolina Senior coach of the Year and has developed athletes to achievements including:

  • "Top 8" international rankings (18&under)

  • International Team Qualifiers

    • World Championshi[p

    • Jr. Pan Pac's

  • Olympic Trials Qualifiers

  • National Junior Team

  • National Junior B Team Qualifiers

  • National/US Open Qualifiers

  • Jr. National Qualifiers

  • National Select Camp Qualifers

Zach Closson Moss Creek Coach

Zach was born and raised in El Dorado Hills, CA. A lifelong athlete, he began swimming when he was 8 years old for his summer league team. At the age of 16, he became a swimmer coach for his summer league team and coached with the team for four seasons, serving two seasons as an assistant coach, leading the 7-8 and 9-10 age groups to great success.

 

Zach graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2019, majoring in Sport Management. While at BGSU, he spent 3 seasons with the Women’s Swimming & Dive as the team manager and volunteer assistant coach, where he mainly coached the breaststroke and sprint groups. Zach brings great passion and energy to practice where he emphasizes fundamental and fun swimming.

 

Zach is a huge sports fan. He is a lifelong San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, as well as a fan of Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.  He was born and raised in El Dorado Hills, CA. A lifelong athlete, he began swimming when he was 8 years old for his summer league team. At the age of 16, Zach became a swimmer coach for his summer league team. Zach coached with the team for four seasons, serving two seasons as an assistant coach, leading the 7-8 and 9-10 age groups to great success.  

Zach graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2019, majoring in Sport Management. While at BGSU, Zach spent 3 seasons with the Women’s Swimming & Dive as the team manager and volunteer assistant coach, where he mainly coached the breaststroke and sprint groups. Zach brings great passion and energy to practice where he emphasizes fundamental and fun swimming.  

Zach is a huge sports fan. He is a lifelong San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, as well as a fan of Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

Ned Swanson Sardis Lead Coach

Ned grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and swam year-round from the age 5 to 18. His favorite stroke is Butterfly. From an early age, he naturally gravitated towards teaching and actively volunteered to help other swimmers improve. Ned was a 4 year Varsity letter winner at Peoria Richwoods High School and qualified for the IHSA State Meet his senior year.

Ned broke from swimming to attend Northern Illinois University and graduated in 2012 with B.A. in Communication. He then moved to the Chicago area to help plant a church and started coaching part time. Ned was an assistant coach for a year-round club as well as a Co-Head Coach for Medinah Country Club and Butterfield Park District in the summers.

After coaching in the Chicago area for 2 years, Ned joined MSA in 2014. He loves bringing an exciting energy, positive attitude, and deep care for our athlete's growth to practice every day. In his spare time, Ned loves volunteering with the youth group at his church, watching sports, and spending time outside playing golf or ultimate frisbee.

Jeremy Mendoza Sardis Coach