Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Paul Silver Head Coach

Coach Silver formed the Marlins Of Raleigh in the summer of 2001. He has been coaching swimming since 1979 and has had swimmers competing at Jr. and Sr. Nationals since 1982 including 2 years as an assistant with the Bolles School Sharks and 17 years as head coach of the Raleigh Swimming Association. The 5 years spent coaching age group swimmers before becoming a head coach gives him a unique understanding of what it takes to help young swimmers get from novice to national level swimming. Voted NC Swimming Coach of the Year 5 times, Coach Silver is certified at the highest level (Level 5) by the ASCA. He lead MOR to Gold Medal recognition in 2017, 2018, 2019 and served on the staff for Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Jr. Championships. He has served on USA Swimming’s Sr. Development Committee in charge of time standards and on the Club Development Committee.  Coach Silver is married to Caroline, a Cary Optometrist, and has 3 boys, Tyler, Christopher and Ryan.

Jonathan Watson Raleigh Senior Coach

Coach Watson began coaching in Raleigh in 1978 with the Northbrook Country Club summer league team (1978-80, 81, 2006-2008).   His year-round coaching jobs have included four years as an assistant with the Tarheel Aqua Racers (1981-1985); 21 years as Head Coach and founder of the New Wave Swim Team (1985-2006); and 13 years with the Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team (2006-present).  Watson has coached numerous nationally-ranked athletes throughout his career.  Watson is also very active with the North Carolina LSC and currently serves as the Programs Vice-Chairman and Camp Coordinator.  He is also currently serving as the Age Group Chairman of the Southern Zone.In his career Watson has coached swimmers who have qualified for Olympic Trials, Nationals, Junior Nationals, Futures, Zones, Sectionals and State Championships.  He has also coached nationally ranked athletes and athletes who have achieved state record performances.

Cara Cameron Head Site Coach (North Raleigh)

Coach Cara Cameron has been coaching in Raleigh for 23 years.  Cara started with RSA under the direction of Paul Silver and moved over to coach with MOR when she merged the RSA North site with MOR.  Cara is a level 4 ASCA Swim Coach who grew up in Raleigh swimming for TAR.  Cara is the North Raleigh Head Site Coach and she coaches the AG1 8-under group at the North Raleigh site.  In her career, Cara has coached swimmers from all levels from Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Senior Sectional Qualifiers, State Champions, State Record Holders and Top 5 in the Nation to the group she calls home, AG1 8-unders.  

John Fischetti Head Site Coach (Riverwood)

Coach John has been the Site Coach at the Riverwood MOR site since 2004. Numerous State Champions, Sectional, and Junior National level swimmers have come from the Riverwood group. To date, eleven swimmers have gone on to swim collegiately from there.  John has extensive open-water swimming experience and takes a group to the open-water state championships every June.  John is a UNC graduate and was an ACC Champion and NCAA qualifier in breaststroke and IM for the Tarheels.

William Thorne AG3 Coach (North Raleigh)

Coach Billy has been a mainstay in Raleigh swimming for almost 40 years.  He came to MOR after being the Age Group Coach and Head Coach for local teams TAR, RACR, and RSA North. He worked as the Aquatics Director for Ravenscroft School for 21 years. Coach Billy is a Level 5 certified coach (the highest level) by the American Swim Coaches Association. 

Billy leads the AG 2 and AG3 Silver groups at the North Raleigh site. He has developed swimmers of all ages and abilities including state, sectional, and nationally ranked swimmers as well as  Age Group national record holders.  Billy has been named the recipient of the NC Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year Award four different times.

Coach Cara says…… “Coach Billy has been coaching in North Carolina for over 40 years. I personally swam for Billy at TAR in the 80's. Billy's impact on me was to become a coach-a love of swimming that continues to this day after 42 years. At MOR he inspires his swimmers to WANT to swim better, swim faster by having such a positive attitude and love of the sport. It's infectious.”

Michael Laubacher Senior Elite Coach (N. Raleigh)
Lindsay Takkunen Silverton AG2 / AG 3/ AG 4 Coach

Coach Lindsay joined MOR in September 2017. She is originally from South Jersey but relocated to Raleigh, NC in August 2017 after spending 14 years overseas. Most recently, she has worked as the Swimming Manager/Head Coach for a group of 9 schools located in Kenya and Tanzania. Her time spent internationally provided her the experience to work and travel with several National swim teams including Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda.  Lindsay enjoyed a successful four-year D1 swimming experience at ECU before hanging up her cap and goggles and putting on her full-time coaching cap. Lindsay is currently the coach for our Silverton AG 1 and AG 2 groups. 

Austin Goldstein Silverton Head Site Coach

Coach Austin is a Florida native, born and raised in Naples. He got his start coaching in his hometown with T2 Aquatics working closely with Paul Yetter (2008 Olympic Coach). During his first year of coaching, he had the opportunity to assist Paul with coaching the Senior Group and Senior Performance Group. In Summer 2016, he left T2 Aquatics to work underneath Robert Pinter at Gator Swim Club (2016 and 2017 Gold Medal Club). There Austin spent the next year & a half coaching every level of age-group swimming the club had to offer. He eventually became one of the Sectional/National level assistant coaches & the Gold group coach (Exclusive to Florida Age Group Champions). During his time spent in Gainesville, he had the opportunity to be one of the Florida 2016 Southern Zones Championship coaches.  He had the experience of being hired on to be the head coach of PK Younge High School. There he led the team to not only the First Place District Title but also the school's first-ever Woman's Second Place Regional Championship. After his time with Gator Swim Club, he was humbled to accept the position as the Head Silverton Site Coach for MOR. Austin is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work under Head Coach Silver and be a part of one of the best swim clubs in the entire country. 

Darryl Buda Raleigh Senior 1 & AG 2 Coach

Coach Darryl began coaching with MOR in 2008 and has worked with multiple groups along the way.  Currently, he coaches the Raleigh site Pre-Senior group and assists the Senior group.  He grew up swimming in Raleigh for the Tarheel Aqua Racers, swam for Sanderson High School and graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Psychology degree.  He spent 3 years in Denver, CO as the Head Age Group Coach for the CAC Stingrays and is back for MOR!

Coach Darryl enjoys challenging and inspiring athletes, surfs as often as possible, and is pursuing a career as a professional C-league hockey player.

 

Kevin Donnelly North Raleigh Senior Coach

Coach Kevin grew up in Raleigh and swam for the Marlins of Raleigh for eight years. Through MOR, he has been able to not only enjoy the competition side of the sport, but also the coaching side. He started coaching his summer league team, the Coachman's Trail Sharks, in 2011 at age 14, and has continued to coach for them every summer, including as head coach beginning in 2016. While in high school, Kevin also coached for MOR as an AG1 assistant. Kevin competed for the Marlins through his senior year as a member of the Senior Elite group. After graduating from high school in 2015, Kevin began attending NC State, where he continued coaching for MOR as an AG3 Black assistant. He has worked as an assistant for AG1, AG3 Black, Senior, and Senior Elite in his time as a MOR coach, across both the Raleigh and North Raleigh sites.

Alexis Marshall Raleigh AG1 & AG3 Coach

Coach Alexis moved from Maryland in 2021 to join our coaching staff at MOR, she will be working with our AG I & AG III swimmers at the Central Raleigh Site. Her top three priorities while coaching are swimmer & water safety, spreading her love of swimming to the kids, and maintaining camaraderie in more traditionally serious, high-level groups.

She started her swimming career at the age of 8 with MCSL team Stonebridge Sharks, as well as club team Joe Flaherty's Dolphins. She transferred to swim more competitively at the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club, one of the most successful clubs in the DC area, under Head Coach Dave Greene two years later and remained there for the rest of her swimming career. 

Alexis started coaching in 2012 with the Stonebridge Sharks' Pre-Team and has previously coached with the YMCA BCC Hammerheads as an Assistant Coach & Dryland Coach, Academy of the Holy Cross as Head Coach of Varsity Swimming & Diving, and at Rockville Montgomery Swim Club as Head Coach of Junior 2 & Assistant Coach. 

Ian Hilbrant North Raleigh AG2 and Senior 1 Coach
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