Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Casey Charles Head Coach

Entering his 16th season with the ECA, Coach Casey has fostered the meteoric rise in not only the number of swimmers on the team, but the success of those swimmers at championship meets.  In 2003, as the head assistant coach, the GSC numbered 85 swimmers.  During the 2011-2012 season, the GSC numbered close to 300 swimmers from 4 to 78 years old spanning three counties.  During that 16 year period, GSC swimmers have won over 70 state titles, 15 sectional titles, 1 national title, and 1 Olympic gold medal.    

Coach Casey stresses personal accountability, time management, and an arduous work ethic with all of his swimmers. Structure, progression, and adaptation are also staples in his swimming philosophy, which dictates the overall goals and mindset of the GSC.

Coach Casey has coached world ranked, nationally ranked, and state ranked swimmers over the past 10 years.   In 2009, Coach Casey saw GSC pickup its first ever individual national title when Lauren Perdue swam to gold in the 200 meter freestyle at the Junior National Championships.  In 2012, Lauren Perdue earned an Olympic gold medal in London as part of the 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay for the USA.

For the 2008-09 Season (2008 Long course season and 2009 Short course season), Coach Casey was awarded the North Carolina Senior State Coach of the Year.   During that season, Coach Casey's swimmers swam to seven state records, an 11th place team finish at USA Junior Nationals, a top 10 finish at Southeastern Sectionals, and a top 8 finish at North Carolina State Championships.        

As a swimmer, Coach Casey enjoyed success throughout his 18 year career in which he set over 50 club team and 10 high school records in West Palm Beach, FL. As a result of his success, Coach Casey was awarded a scholarship to swim for East Carolina University where he helped his team to runner-up finishes during the 2001, 2002, and 2003 Conference Championships.    During the 2000-2001 season Coach Casey was awarded the Rookie of the Year award for the team’s top performer as a freshman.  He is also a former Conference USA and ECU varsity record holder in the 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay.  Coach Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master's Degree in High School English. He is currently an English Teacher at an area high school.

Email Coach Casey: [email protected]

 

Douglas Parker Head Greenville Site Coach

Coach Doug has been coaching with the Gators for the past few seasons and has become of staple of the program. He has also had a successful career as the head coach of the Brook Valley Country Club summer league team.

Doug was a member of the Arendell Parrott Academy swim team where he was a state champion in the 100 breaststroke for 2 years. Doug was a member of the Gators from the age of 13 and worked his way to being a prominent member of the Senior team. He earned a spot on the ECU swim team and competed for the pirates for 4 years.

Doug brings experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and a love for the sport to ECA.

George Jarman Head Carteret Coach/ Regional Director

Randy Jarman is taking the role of Head Site Coach for Carteret and Regional Director in 2019-2020.  

Jarman's coaching experience, which ranges across the collegiate, club and high school levels, has spanned over 20 years, including 15 and the Division I level.  During his last 

Before coming back home to the east, coach Jarman was the Head Coach at Randford University for 5 years.Before Jarman came to Radford in 2006-07 he was the head coach of the Douglas County Stingrays, a club team of over 100 swimmers. In 2007 he led the Stingrays to a Division III Georgia 14-U runner-up in the state competition.

As an assistant at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, he specialized in the breaststroke and sprints. While at UNC, he coached two 2004 Olympic Trials qualifiers, three ACC champions, four All-Americas, and eleven senior national qualifiers. During his five-year tenure with the Tar Heels, Jarman was the Head Age Group Coach at the North Carolina Aquatic Club (NCAC) and led the team to a second-place state finish, which was the highest in the club’s history.

In Jarman's first high school stint, he guided Shelby High School (Shelby, N.C.) to its first state championship in 11 year. His success garnered Jarman the 2002 North Carolina High Shcool and  Charlotte Observer  Coach of the Year honors.

Prior to his time at Shelby High School, Jarman served on the coaching staff at East Carolina University where he helped lead the Pirates to the 2000 Colonial Athletic Association Championship and the 2001 East Coast Athletic Conference title. Jarman coached the one NCAA qualifier East Carolina had in his term as a graduate assistant

Jodie Jordan-Scott Head Camp Lejeune Site Coach

Jodie has been with East Carolina Aquatics since 2016, after having coached in West Virginia for seven years on a large USA Swimming and YMCA Competitive Swimming team. She has been in aquatic instruction and pool management for over twenty years and also holds multiple certifications with Swim America and Red Cross.

Jodie has developed a whole-person approach to coaching swimmers, focusing on intense swim technique, alongside character and social development through continual team community service projects and team bonding activities.  

She has a degree in Business Management with a minor in Psychology.

Jodie’s other interests include American Sign Language, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Animal Rescue, Bicycling, Kayaking, and swimming at the beach.

Jodie lives in Holly Ridge with her husband, John.

Jon Pake Head Washington Coach

In 2001 Coach Scott helped start a year-around swim team in Washington. Starting with only 4 swimmers, the team quickly grew to well over 50 in the first year.   In 2002, the independent team merged with the ECA and would operate as a satellite program.   Coach Scott continues to run the successful satellite program; however, the accomplishments of his swimmers in Washington helped him secure a coaching position in Greenville as well in 2005. He was soon promoted to Head Age Group Coach.  During Coach Scott's career his swimmers have set multiple team records, placed very high in state competition including several state and sectional titles, and also achieving national top-16 times.           

Coach Scott's love for the sport stemmed from his successful swimming career in high school where he set Washington High School Records in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.   He has a passion for helping kids reach their potential in both swimming and life.   He resides in Washington with his wife Emily and their daughters Elli, Anna Brey, and Hayley Scott. 

Coach Scott continues to run all groups in Washington. 

Tristyn Daughtry Senior Coach - Greenville
Brittany Parker Age Group Coach- Greenville
Brittany grew up in Greenville, NC and swam competitively with the Gators for 12 years.  She also swam for Rose High School for 4 years where she served as the team captain and leading scorer. She went on to swim her freshman year for UNC Asheville, a division I women's swim program. Do to a chronic knee injury that ended her swimming career we have been fortunate enough to have her return to our program as a coach. 
 
Brittany has been involved with swimming her whole life. Following in her family footsteps with not only swimming, but also coaching for our program. She is the last Parker to join our coaching staff, and the youngest of the four Parkers. Brittany was the Parker who insisted on joining our program at seven years old, thankfully the rest of the Parkers shared her love for swimming and all joined together. 
 
Before Brittany started swimming with the Gators she started out swimming summer league with Brook Valley Barracudas.  When she was in high school she returned to this team on the coaching staff for three years and swam in some meets.  She has also coached for our own swimmer league program, Minges Makos.
 
Brittany will be a junior at East Caorlina University and is studying for a major in elementary education with a concentration of science education and a minor in art. Brittany will be starting her second year coaching at ECA, and will be working with multiple groups from the youngest in gator group up to currents.
Connor Dennison Age Group Coach - Greenville
Andrew Landry Age Group Coach - Greenville
Nicole Picciotto Age Group Coach - Camp Lejeune

Coach Nikki joined ECA in October 2019 after moving to Camp Lejeune with her family.

Coach Nikki was in the pool before she knew how to walk, and has been in love with the water ever since! She started swimming competitively at age 7 for the American School in Japan, and became a state-level swimmer with Aulea Swim Club after moving to Hawaii at age 13. She competed in butterfly, IM, and both sprint and long distance freestyle at various points in her career.

After taking a break from swimming to pursue a B.S. degree in New York, she returned to Hawaii where she rekindled her passion for the water through Kailua Masters Swim Club. She was thrilled to simultaneously coach age group swimmers at Aulea Swim Club, and competed in open water races ranging from 1 mile to 5 km. She continued to compete in both the pool and open water during her time in Australia, training with Ginninderra Swim Club while earning her M.S. degree. She currently swims with ECA Masters, and is eager to share her enthusiasm for swimming with the next generation of athletes.

Coach Nikki works full time as a paramedic. When not working, she can be found surfing, free diving, or otherwise playing in the ocean (or lounging on the sand with a good book!). She is always up for an adventure - especially one that requires a swimsuit.

Brendon Lynch Age Group Coach - Camp Lejeune

Brendon has been swimming since 2007 competitively in Washington and Oregon State. He is new to Eastern Carolina Aquatics, but has a lot of enthusiasm for the sport and swimmers. He spent two years as a lifeguard at his local pool where he taught swim lessons.

Brendon believes swimming makes a better person as a whole and the best way to get faster is through technique.

He is currently enlisted in the Marine Corps. He is studying bioengineering at Coastal Carolina Community College and transferring to University of Washington.

Brendon's other interests include music, dungeons and dragons and musical theatre.

Matthew Snyder Age Group Coach - Camp Lejeune
Marianne Cushing Age Group Coach - Carteret
Jane Morrow Age Group Coach - Carteret
Christine Whaley Age Group Coach - Carteret

Coach Christy Whaley was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in Hopkinsville, KY. She graduated from Murray State University earning MS and BS degrees in Home Economics Education and Science. She also earned post graduate hours at Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Christian Education and Music. While at Scarritt College, she met her husband of 35 years, Reverend Patrick D. Whaley( Travels and does SASHA Ministry Missionary Work in Russia and Euro Asia).. They have 3 grown children, Sarah, Elizabeth and David, all graduates of Briarcrest. Sarah and David both swam Division I in college on full swimming scholarships. Elizabeth is the former Aquatic Director at Vanderbilt University.

Coach Whaley is a certified Level 3 USA Swim Coach who was an assistant coach for 17 years with Memphis Tiger Swimming. As a former coach of Briarcrest High School Swim Team, she has 18 years of coaching Briarcrest swimmers. Have qualified high school swimmer from Briarcrest Christian School team – Lindsey Brackens – 4 Tennessee High School State Titles, NISCA Top 16, All-American and Olympic-Trial Qualified, Academic All-American swimmers.)

Her qualifications also include being a Water Safety Instructor, CPR Certified, First Aid Certified, Lifeguard, AEO, AED, Coaches Water Safety Certified, Certified Pool Operator, Aquatic Administrator, Aquatic Administrator Instructor, Aquatic Program Aide, Certified Pool Operator, Certified Aquatic Administrator Instructor, and WaterBabies.and Tennessee Professional Teaching License. Being a member of the professional American Swimming Coaching Association, TISCA and NISCA, she has attended World Swim Clinics in New Orleans, Indianapolis, San Diego and Jacksonville, FL. In 1997, Coach Whaley began teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at Kirby High School where she has taught Adult Living, Child Development, Nutrition I and II, Textiles and Clothing, Housing and Interior Design. Before teaching, she was a substitute teacher at Briarcrest, CMDS and U of M Campus School. During the early 1980’s, Coach Whaley was the administrator of New Student Orientation, Student Organizations and Religious Affairs at the University of Memphis.

Coach Whaley has coaching experience with MTSwimFit of Memphis Tiger Swimming, Thunderbolts of Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club, Memphis Splash Program, YMCA Summer Barracudas “Special Needs” Swim Instructor. She was also director of Summer Swim School for University of Memphis, and ran her own summer program “Whaley Summer Swim Lessons” (250 swimmers each summer). She also has experience as Aquatic Director - Murray, KY- Directed City Swim Program 700-800 swimmers per summer, Assistant Summer Aquatic Director – Camp Sycamore Girl Scout Camp in Kentucky and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor/Life Guard, Lake Barkley State Park, KY.

Hobbies include: my family, coaching and teaching swimming, all 3 children excellent USA competitive swimmers and life-guard certified, travel, camping, cooking, sewing, volunteer work for Memphis Family Shelter, volunteer swim instructor for “special needs” children (blind, deaf, autistic, learning disabilities, paralyzed, cancer patients,cystic fibrosis, spinal-bifida, Special Olympics, Arabic-speaking, one-arm child, competitive swimmer recovering from head trauma). “Love to work with children and teenagers where that I can make a difference in their lives.”

Coach Whaley will work with a variety of groups and ability levels at our Carteret Pools.

Thad Craven Age Group Coach - Washington
Board of Directors
Kuppe Ivey President
Lisa Lawless Vice President
Heidi Dennison Secretary
Kelly Reed Treasurer
Casey Charles CEO
Crystal Baity Member-at-large
Kitt Brown Member-at-large
Rosanne Laurora Member-at-large
Doug Nowacek Member-at-large
Van Smith Member-at-large
Robert Landry Former ECA President