Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Bruce Marchionda Head Coach

Bruce brings over 30 years of coaching experience at the club and collegiate levels.  He has elevated the TAC TITANS program from a Bronze Medal Club to a Gold Medal Club in just three years.  The TITANS have been ranked as high as second in the Nation according to USA Swimming’s VCC rankings.  He has been recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a Coach of Excellence for the past 10 years.

Bruce has been on three different USA National Team coaching staffs including the 2019 World Junior Championships, 2014 SC World Championships and 2012 SC World Championships.  He has qualified swimmers for the 2016 and 2012 Olympic Teams. He has placed swimmers on the USA National Team and USA Junior National Team.

Additional accomplishments include, 2018 National Champion, 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, numerous National Age Group records, ACC Coach of the Year, Conference USA Coach of the Year and Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors. 

John Payne Associate Head Coach & Masters Coach

John "JP" Payne, is the Associate Head Coach for the TAC TITANS. He has over 30 years of coaching experience at all levels of competition from the youngest beginner to elite professional athletes.

JP is active with both USA Swimming and NC Swimming. He has worked as a staff member of USA Swimming's National Open Water Select Camp (2011-2014, 2018) and National Select Camp (2012 & 2013). He was also on the staff of USA Swimming’s 2019 World Championship Open Water team where Titan swimmer, Ashley Twichell, qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. As a member of the NC Swimming Open Water committee, he helped to develop the NC Open Water Select Camp and Zone teams. 
JP swam and studied at NC State University earning a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Technical Communication. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and three sons. When not on the pool deck at the Triangle Aquatic Center, you can find him behind a set of drums playing music with several local bands.

Robert Norman TAG 1 & 2 Coach
Robert Norman grew up in the Cary area swimming for RSA, before attending boarding school in Va. at Woodberry Forest School. Robert then continued his swimming career at Middlebury College, before transferring back to NC State where he earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. At that point he began his coaching career. Robert has coached in the area for 9 years now, and coached a number of age groups and abilities. Robert has coached and help produce NCS Zone and Select camp qualifiers. Robert believes in developing well rounded swimmers who have the ability to be competitive in many strokes and distances.  By developing good relationships with his athletes, unique training, and constant communication, he believes this gives athletes the greatest chance of reaching their full potential and goals.
Alan Pfau National & Olympic Elite Coach

Coach Alan has over twenty years of experience coaching in both age-group and collegiate settings. By supporting and encouraging proper group culture, Alan creates an environment which leads to athletes in learning how to own their process in competitive swimming and truly explore what their promise in the sport can be. 

Coach Alan was most recently the Director of Competitive Swimming at the YMCA of Central Florida in Orlando. Prior to his time in Orlando, he has held positions at SwimMAC Carolina as a Division Lead, Western Kentucky University, and was the Head Age-Group Coach at the YMCA of the Triangle Area in Raleigh, NC. He has coached many Jr. National, National, and Olympic Trial qualifiers and as well as National Junior Team members.

Coach Alan is also active in the leadership of the sport of swimming having held positions at the national and state level with USA and NC Swimming. He holds a BS in Sport Management from Western Carolina University and an earned an MS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from NC State University.

Ronna Reedstrom Titans Prep, Jr. Titans, TAG 2

Coach Ronna brings over 25 years of swim team development and coaching experience to the TITANS.  Over that timeframe Ronna has coached and instructed swimmers across all age groups on USA Swimming sanctioned clubs, competitive summer league teams and high schools in Indiana and North Carolina.

Coach Ronna is well versed in all aspects of team development and brings a special focus on the skills critical to a swimmer’s advancement.  In younger swimmers she develops technique, builds confidence in their abilities and instills enthusiasm for the sport.  All of Coach Ronna’s swimmers develop a love of the water and camaraderie with their teammates - making swimming a fun and rewarding aspect of their lives!

Samuel Addison National, TAG 3 & Silver I Coach
Blake Addison grew up about 25 minutes east of Cary, in Knightdale, swimming for New Wave. He attended Enloe High School, where he was a part of 4 Conference, 4 Regional and 3 State Championship teams. Coach Blake Attended NC State University - GO PACK!! - and studied Business Administration/Entrepreneurship. He began coaching at 15 for a TSA Summer League Team, progressing to a Wave coach as a Freshman at State, and finally to his home at TAC in March 2013. Coach Blake has helped coach and produce NCS IMX Camp, NCS Select Camp and NCS Zone Team athletes as well as State and National record holders; and was also a finalist for the 2017 ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year Award. Coach Blake currently has former swimmers competing for their collegiate teams at William Peace University & Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Coach Blake believes in developing the total athlete, with a special focus on the technical aspects of each stroke, which “build the foundation for longevity, health and success in the sport of swimming”.
Kevin Maksinchuk Sr. Champs, TAG 2.5, Silver I

Kevin Maksinchuk has been with the TAC Titans since 2015. Kevin has 16 years of coaching year-round, high school, and summer league swimming in both PA and NC, which gives him perspective on how to grow a champion swimmer.  While coaching in PA, Kevin developed several Regional, State, Zones and Age Group qualifiers and has continued that success in NC.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA., Kevin attended Slippery Rock University and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Health and Physical Education in 2008. Primarily a sprinter in college, he focused on short distances for the Men’s Swim Team and was recognized for three years placing in the PSAC Championships. 

He became head coach of his first swim club, Plum Aqua, at the age of 18 for several years.  He then took a primary position with Penn Hills High School as the varsity swim head coach and club coach with the Penn Hills Dolphins before moving to NC in 2014.  While with the Titans, Kevin wants our young kids to swim fast and have great times, but more importantly to help them grow as an athlete, by giving them the best technique instruction for long-term success.

Kevin lives in Garner with his wife Jessica and their two boys Kaiden and Jace.

Sandy Canfield Copper, Silver I

Starting at a young age, Coach Sandy swam competitively with the Wilton Y Wahoos Swim Club in Connecticut, a consistently top-rated national swim team. There she achieved success as a competitive swimmer and student athlete, including State Champion in the 1650 Freestyle. Coach Sandy earned the honor of serving as captain of both her club and high-school swim teams. Coach Sandy also served as an assistant coach to the Wahoos’ 10 and Under squad to share her love of the sport, experience as a scholar athlete, and cultivate her own leadership skills.

As a result of her positive experience as a competitive swimmer, team work and leadership - at the core of the Titans team philosophy - are fundamental to Coach Sandy's approach to the development of her swimmers in and out of the pool.

Coach Sandy has been working with the TAC Titans since its inception in 2012. Coach Sandy cultivates a joy for swimming, team work, and the basics for setting and achieving personal goals through honest, positive reinforcement appropriate to age group swimmers. Coach Sandy has a strong record consistently producing the youngest Age Group qualified swimmers in the state. Coach Sandy's focus has been to instruct our youngest competitive Titan swimmers with outstanding individual instruction in proper swimming technique, while building endurance and speed. Coach Sandy instills a vigorous technical foundation for Titans swimmers in all four strokes, as well as starts and turns. This year Coach Sandy expanded her coaching range to add the 11-12 age group swimmers to her coaching portfolio. Working with this age group enables Coach Sandy to delve deeper into more advanced technical instruction.

Coach Sandy possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in International Affairs. Professionally, Coach Sandy designs, manages, monitors and evaluates programs for academic institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and foundations. Coach Sandy currently supports an academic partnership with NASA and the aerospace sector in North Carolina, bringing her knowledge of aero- and hydrodynamics and STEM learning to the team, as well as student leadership and achievement.

Kile Aukerman TAG 1.5 & Gold
Kile Aukerman was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. As a young kid he started swimming for his local pool and by age nine Kile started swimming year round. Kile swam for Anderson High School and became a state qualifier in three events along with being team captain his last year.
He then went on to swim D1 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. As a Freshman Kile was the newcomer of the year in the Horizon League and voted Freshman of the year by his teammates. Throughout his career at Wright State Kile set six school records, two league records and scored 18 times at the Horizon League Championships. He was voted team captain twice for both his junior and senior year along with being the MVP recipient for both of those years.
Kile majored in Biology concentrating in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology. He took part in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee helping organize both swim team and athlete wide extracurricular activities. His Junior Year Kile was voted Wright State’s Athlete of the year for both his performances in the pool and out. After graduating in May 2015 Kile moved down to Miami, Florida to swim professionally under Bruce Marchionda.
After moving to Florida Kile began training with the professional team for South Florida Aquatic Club. In June 2016 Kile qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 Breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley. After the trials Kile stopped competitive swimming and decided to start coaching for the Titans. He hopes to show people that anyone can accomplish their goals with hard work and a good attitude.
Matthew Mosher Sectional & National

Since joining the TAC Titans in 2016, Coach Matt Mosher has worked with numerous groups including Jr. Titans, Teen Titans, Silver, Gold, Senior Challenge, and National.  He currently coaches for our National and Sectional groups.

A native of Durham, NC, Coach Matt swam for several local clubs including Duke Aquatics, New Wave, and Bull City Aquatics.  He attended and swam for American University in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining the Titans, Matt worked in auto sales, the service industry, and coached high school.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in 2016 with a B.A. in History.


Erin Sayre Dryland Coach

Coach Erin joined the Titans coaching staff in 2016 and has more than a decade of coaching experience. After only a year of collegiate swimming in Ohio, an injury took her out of the water and catapulted her into a coaching career in South Florida. Coach Erin worked for the American and World Swimming Coaches Association, helped produce some of the top age group swimmers in the LSC and several of the states top high school swimmers, and served several years as a coach of the FGC Zones and  AllStar Teams. In addition to coaching club and high school swimmers, she was also responsible for the swim training for many local triathletes and CrossFit Games competitors. 

In 2011, Coach Erin began studying the art of strength training for athletes and has since worked as a CrossFit Coach, community boot camp instructor, personal and small group trainer and has coached in several gyms training club swimmers as well as other land athletes. Currently, her focus is the “dry side” of swimming for our Titan athletes - everything from strength training and injury prevention to recovery modalities and even nutrition. The goal of the Titans’ dryland program is to enhance the swimmers performance in the water by keeping them injury free, teaching them to move well on land in order to increase their strength, power and speed and to educate them on recovery and nutrition!

Kelsey Symm Jr. Titans, TAG 3

Coach Kelsey Symm started coaching for the Titans in the fall of 2018. She currently coaches with TAG 3 and the 10 & Under Jr. Titans, as well as, lead coordinator with the Jr. Titans. She has also coached with both Bronze and Titans Prep.

Coach Kelsey grew up in Indiana where she learned to swim competitively. When her family moved south, she continued to swim locally for her neighborhood summer league, Green Hope High school and New Wave Swim Team. She began coaching for her neighborhood TSA swim team when she was 15, starting out the season as the assistant age group coach and ending the season as the Head age group coach as well as the overall Assistant Coach for the team. Over the last 15 years she continued her coaching career and was a site director for New Wave Swim Team and finally finding her place here with the Titans!

Coach Kelsey hopes she can spark the joy in every young swimmer, just like her Coach did when she was younger. Seeing each swimmer become excited about their strokes is why Kelsey continues to coach every day. 

Claire Donahue National & Sectional/Safe Sport Rep.

Coach Claire Donahue has been with the TAC Titans for almost three years. She currently coaches the National and Sectional group. Over the years she has worked with the not only Sectional and National but also the Olympic Elite, Junior Titans 11 & over, Tag 2.5, and Tag 3. Claire is currently the Titans Safe Sport Representative and is in charge of Titans Clinics.

Claire Donahue grew up in Lenoir City, TN where she started swimming. She swam for Blount Area Swim Team until she was recruited to swim in college at Western Kentucky University. There she swam for Bruce Marchionda (our current TAC Titans head coach). Once she graduated, she decided to continue her swimming career as a professional athlete. During this time, she qualified for the National Team five years in a row, multiple World Championship teams, and ultimately qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team. Claire swam the 100-yard butterfly and came home with an Olympic Gold Medal in the 400-meter medley relay.

After the 2016 Olympic Trials Claire moved back to Tennessee and started her coaching career. A year later she moved to Raleigh to coach for the TAC Titans.

FUN FACTS: Claire loves Raleigh. It reminds her of home. Her favorite things to do, besides coaching, is spend time with family, go to the beach, and try new restaurants. So far, Raleigh food doesn’t disappoint.

Tariq Getrouw Sr. Challenge, Teen Titans, TAG 2.5

Tariq  was introduced to the water in his mother’s swim school when he was a toddler, in Suriname, South America. By the time he was a teenager, he regularly swam breaststroke at international competitions. As a candidate to represent Suriname in the Olympic Games, Tariq came to America in 2013 to further his training. He narrowly missed his time for the Rio Olympics in 2016, and joined TAC in October of 2018.

During his swim career, Tariq has taught swim lessons and coached athletes at all levels, including the national and international level, since 2005. Along with his sister who is also an accomplished swimmer, Tariq started a non-profit organization called SwimForLife International. Their mission is to uplift underprivileged children through swimming, education, and nutritional support. Tariq and his sister, Xiomara, have already traveled to Africa twice, where they taught over 300 children how to swim for the first time.

Tariq’s journey started as a competitive swimmer, training for the Olympic Games. He would like to inspire and build character into the younger generation, which is exactly why he came to work for Triangle Aquatic Center. He looks forward to what the future holds for himself and his athletes.

Tariq speaks Dutch and English fluently. Recently married to his college sweetheart, Dakota, Coach Tariq enjoys spending his free time with his wife and his family.