Creating an environment where success is inevitable

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Scott Gainey Head Coach

Scott brings nearly 30 years of coaching and teaching experiences to the pool deck.  Scott has recently worked with San Antonio WAVE in San Antonio, TX.     Additional experiences include: Longhorn Aquatics as a Site Director and Assistant Coach.  He has also worked with other top tier programs such as: Nitro Swimming and Irvine Novaquatics.   Scott's experiences also include summer league, high school, age group, senior club teams, college and masters and swim lessons.

Some of Scott's accomplishments include coaching swimmers in the following ranks:

*YMCA National Qualifiers
*Junior National Qualifiers
*Futures Championship - Champion
*World Deaf Games Swimming Finalist
*High School All - American
*High School All - American Academic
*C.I.F Champions
*Zone Champions
*Zone High Point
*Sectional Qualifiers
*High School District / Conference Champions
*High School State Champions
*Club and High School team Record Holders

Travel Team Recognition:
*Kentucky – LSC Olympic Training Center Select Team Coach
*Kentucky - LSC Zone Team - Head Coach
*South Texas - LSC Zone Team Coach
*South Texas - LSC All-Star Team Coach
*South Texas / North Texas Diversity Camp Coach

Organization Development:
Renewed Silver Medal Status – Club Excellence
Achieved New Bronze Status – Club Excellence
Achieved Levels 1 – 3 – Club Recognition

Personal accomplishments:
2017 – Region 2 KHSAA Coach of the Year Boys
2017 -  Region 2 KHSAA Coach of the Year Girls
2018 – Region 2 KHSAA Outstanding Coach of the Year
2018 – Greenwood High School Coach of the Year

Swim Camp Coach Experiences:
PEAK Performance Swim Camps Coach (current)
Stanford Swim Camps – 6 years
Fairfield Swim Camps – 1 year

Additional Volunteer Experiences:
*Kentucky LSC - Program Development / Operations Vice Chair
*USA Swimming – Appointed Convention Delegate (by USA-S President)
*Southern Zone - Board of Review Representative
*Chair - Eastern Committee (of Southern California LSC)
*Club Development Coordinator – South Texas LSC

*Univeristy of NC at Charlotte
  - - Literature / Minor = Philosophy (Concentration Logic & Ethics)
*Certified Personal Trainer
  - - National Strength and Conditioning Association - NSCA CPT*D
*National Academy of Sports Medicine - specializations

Scott's coaching philosophy can be summarized by four of his favorite quotes:

“You must first expect things of yourself before you can do them.”  - Michael Jordan

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. 
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”  - Anonymous

"It's not about achieving perfection;
it's about pursuing it." 

The final quote is a shared philosophy of all our Coaches and Team Leaders,

"Building Excellence Through Quality". 


Ed Hill Assistant Coach

Edward Hill

Coach Ed rejoins the Sandshark coaching staff.   Coach Ed brings about 14 year of competitive swim experience to the Sandshark deck.  He also brings about 5 years of coaching and lesson experience.   But most importantly, Coach Ed brings the passion of the sport and the loyalty to the Sandsharks program.  After growing up in the Sandsharks program he continued to compete at NC State.  Coach Ed is now back in the pool with our Masters Program.

Favorite strokes
*Butterfly & IM

Coaching experience:
*Seven Lakes Stingrays Summer League 1999 (created team)
*Prestonwood Country Club Lessons Coordinator 2000-2002
*Boca Raton, FL Summer League Head Coach 2003
*Sandsharks Senior Team Assistant Coach 2012-2013

Personal swimming:
*Pinecrest High School- 1994-1998
*Sandhills Sandsharks- 1993-1998
*North Carolina State University- 1998-2003
*Sandshark Masters Team 2019- Current

Personal Swimming accomplishments:
*ACC finalist 2002- 400IM/ 200 Butterfly
*Connecticut State Champion 1999 200 IM meters
*Scholastic All American 1997 & 1998
*US Open Qualifier 1997-2002 Fly/ IM/ Free
*Junior National Qualifier 1996- 1998
*Junior National Finalist 1998 200 Butterfly
*NC Open Water Champion 1998 5k
*Senior Zone Southern Regional Champion 1996- 400 m free
*Age Group Zone Southern Regional Champion 1994- 200 Medley Relay & 2nd 100 butterfly
*Top 3 Finalist North Carolina Championships 1992, 1994,1997,1998

Records Set
*1994 SSS 13-14 boys 100 Butterfly yds - 54.65
*1994 SSS 13-14 boys 100 Butterfly meters- 1:01.59

Travel Teams:
*1994 Age Group Southern Zones- Fly
*1996 Senior Southern Zone- Dis free/ Fly

*North Carolina State University 1998-2003
  - - Bachelor  Science Sports Management & Business Management
*Florida Atlantic University 2004-2005 
  - - MBA Real-estate Finance
*Kaplan University 2011
  - - Series 7 & 66
  - - Life and Long Term Care Insurance 2011
  - - Certified Financial Planner 2018

Things Coach Ed enjoys, when not on the pool deck:
*Camping/ Hiking
*Snow Skiing
*Water skiing

Some of Coach Ed's favorite quotes: 

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up."   -- Jimmy Valvano

"Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice."  -- Zig Ziglar

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."   -- Theodore Roosevelt

Alaina Scifo Age Group Coach

Favorite Stroke(s): BACKSTROKE

Coaching experience:
* Lakenheath Barracuda Swim Team (Age Group & Senior Squads)
* Ipswich Swim School (Novice & Disability Squads)

Personal Swimming Experiences:
*Lakenheath American High School, United Kingdom
*Team Ipswich Swimming Club, Ipswich, United Kingdom
*Bryant University, Rhode Island

Personal Swimming accomplishments:
*Northeast Conference Champion
   - - 100 yd Backstroke (2018, 2020)
   - - 200 yd Backstroke (2019, 2020)
   - - 500 yd Freestyle (2019)

*ASA British National Qualifier, CSCAA National Invitational Championships Qualifier

*Bryant University 2020,
   - -B.S. Biology, Psychology Concentration,
   - -Management Minor
*Merrimack College 2021, M.S. Exercise and Sport Science

Things Coach Alaina enjoys, when not on the pool deck:
*Playing with her dog Rosey

Some of Coach Alaina's favorite Quote(s):

“Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.”   – John Wooden

“The principle is competing against yourself.
  It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

Julia Lattarulo Swim Lessons Coordinator

Julia Lattarulo is our Swim Lesson Coordinator for the Sandhills Sandsharks. She brings nearly 15 years of coaching and lesson instruction to the Sandsharks. She grew up swimming for the Sandsharks before moving to Washington D.C.   While in D.C she attended and swam for The Catholic University of America.

Coach Julia’s goal is that every swimmer she coaches feels comfortable in the water and that they are constantly improving. Swimming is a skill that builds, Julia fully believes you learn something new in the water everyday.

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly and Freestyle

Favorite Event: 500 Freestyle

Coaching experience:
 * Team -
   - -Sandhills Sandsharks
   - -Elks Club
   - -Old City Crossfit

 *Swim Lessons
   - -Sandhills Sandsharks Swimming and Aquatics Club
   - -Elks Club

Personal Swimming Experiences:
*High School - Pinecrest High School
*Club - Sandhills Sandsharks Swimming and Aquatics Club
*College - The Catholic University of America

*Pinecrest High School
*The Catholic University of America
*Yoga Instructor

Things Julia enjoys, when not on the pool deck:
*Julia’s father is a home inspector and she’s a real estate agent. She loves accompanying him on some of his inspections.
   - - She also enjoys meeting the other real estate agents in the area, and learning important details about home construction.
*Rewatching favorites such as:
   - - Pride and Prejudice
   - - Friends
   - - That 70’s Show
*Teaching and practicing yoga at Hot Asana

Favorite Quote(s):
“Quotes won’t work unless YOU DO.

Board of Directors
Lindley Fleury Board Member, President
Ed Hill Board Member
Marvin Milkowich Board Member