SMOKY MOUNTAIN AQUATIC CLUB

Our Coaching Staff


Coach Charlie McCanless

Charlie McCanless began his swimming career at the age of 6 and swam his way through college, finishing at East Carolina University as a Varsity Record Holder and Team Captain.  While in Greenville, NC he worked for Greenville Country Club as Head coach and after graduation, he worked for SwimMac Carolina. Following a move to Boston, Charlie worked for Charles River Aquatics as Senior Group Coach and a primary Age Group Coach.  He's worked with all ages and abilities from Junior National Level Qualifiers to children brand new to the sport. Charlie still swims competitively and is a proud US Masters Swimmer.

email: coachmccanless@gmail.com


Coach Scott Simmons

 

Coach Scott grew up in a Holland, Michigan and swam competitively from 1986-2011. With a mother who has been a Head Coach for 30 years, Scott and his family have a very strong background in USA swimming. Most recently, Scott was working as the Head Coach for the Stingrays at the Central MA YMCA. In addition to being an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, he's an American Swim Coach Association Level 3 coach, USA Swimming and YMCA certified coach.

Coach Scott grew up in and around the water and is a firm believer in teaching technique, reinforcing good habits and the importance of a positive attitude. Coach Scott believes in fun, a positive, learning environment, and brings a motivating attitude to the team. He's thrilled to be living in the mountains and helping SMAC athletes crush their goals, one stroke at a time.

 

email: waynesvillesmac@outlook.com


Coach Mike Rowe

Coach Mike Rowe has been a competitive swimmer for over 50 years. He began his swimming career as a 9th grader at Kenmore Jr. Hi near Buffalo, New York and continued swimming during his years at Kenmore West Senior High.  After high school graduation he moved to Wheaton College in Illinois, earning four All-American certificates during his years in that program.

Although Mike thought his swimming career would come to a close once he left college, such was not to be the case.  The B.R. Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn, Illinois hired Mike to coach the 11 and 12 year olds on their nationally ranked team. When Mike moved to New Hampshire he worked with the Nashua YMCA masters team and did the same job when he moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

In 2002 Mike found himself back in Wheaton serving as pastor of a local church.  Within four months Mike was recruited to be an assistant swim coach for the team that so profoundly impacted his own career.  Mike spent 16 years coaching that team.

This past July Mike retired and moved to Waynesville.  Coach Scott approached Mike to see if he would be willing to serve as coach for our SMAC program. Obviously he said yes and we look forward to many years together strengthening our program and helping our swimmers become all that they can be. Mike continues to train for enjoyment and physical fitness.

Coach Mike has been married to Maggie for 42 years.  They have three grown children (all who love the water) and three grandchildren (with two more on the way.). They live in Waynesville with Maggie’s mother and are delighted to be part of this community.