2021 ASCA Top 5 Club Swimming Age Group Program In The United States

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John Roy Head Coach

Head Coach John Roy has been leading the WAVE swimming program since his arrival in 2006. Since then, WAVE has grown in size, sportsmanship, and accomplishment. WAVE has proudly won the NC Swimming Open Water Championships, placed a number of athletes on collegiate swim teams, and moved up in the USA Swimming Virtual Rankings under the leadership of Coach John.

Prior to coming to Raleigh, John was the head coach at Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club (BTAC) and Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, LA. From 1996-2002, Coach John was the head coach of The Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. In TN, he earned Tennessee High School Women’s Coach of the year, was president of the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, and chaired the Southeastern LSC in 2002. In 2001, Coach John was an American Swim Coaches Association Award of Excellence honoree.  He has coached Olympic Trial Qualifiers, National Finalists, National Junior Team Members, and Junior National Record holders.

Coach John is a proud graduate and fan of the University of Tennessee. John is married to Nancy , they have a  daughter Maggie, and son Matthew. 

Zach Murray Site Director- Optimist Park

Zach Murray began coaching year-round with New Wave Swim Team in 2008 after 4 summers coaching city league in Greensboro.  In 2015 he moved to Nashville with his wife and coached for Nashville Aquatic Club jump starting their seasonal program.  In 2016 he moved to Atlanta and was the head age group coach for Swim Atlanta at Georgia Tech.  For the 2016-2017 season he moved back to Raleigh and returned to New Wave for his 7th season with the team at our Optimist location.  During his career he has coached all ages and abilities ranging from novice to masters, state/sectional qualifiers, state high point winners, zone team qualifiers, national top 10 and state record holders.  While in Raleigh he has continued to support the swimming community coaching TSA teams every summer.

Serge Victor Site Director- NRCA

Serge Victor has coached for over 40 years at all levels of competitive swimming such as USA Swimming, Collegiate Division I, High School, YMCA, and summer league. John Roy announced hiring of Serge Victor as new director of NRCA site in April of 2021.

Prior to arriving to North Carolina, Serge Victor had been a head coach/owner of New Wave Swim Team at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, California. Where he also served as Aquatic and Activity Director for many years. During his time in Clayton, he coached multiple top-level local summer teams of 250+ swimmers.

Before returning to California in 1998, Serge served as head coach of Rio Salado Swim team in Arizona. Where only after few years, he built the team from 30 swimmers to 160 swimmers.  While coaching in Arizona, Serge has developed Junior National Champion in 200 Breaststroke and USA Junior National Team member, Nicholas Tobler.

During his younger years, Serge served as an assistant at University of California at Berkeley, where he assisted the late Nort Thornton, USA National and Olympic coach, helping Nort to coach many NCAA qualifiers, NCAA champions, as well as National and World Champions.

Previously, Serge coached at Villanova University in Philadelphia.  Where he was an assistant Men’s and Women’s team along with Carol Capitani, current Head Women’s coach at University of Texas in Austin.

The undisputed highlight of Serge’s coaching was his time assisting Mark Schubert, one of the greatest coaches of American swimming, at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Where he helped Mark to coach one of the greatest USA swimmers of all times, Janet Evans – “Miss Perpetual Motion,” and other National and International caliber swimmers.

Despite of all the experience at the highest levels of swimming, Serge takes pride in his track record of relentlessly developing essential and long-term swimming skills in children of all abilities.

Serge is ASCA Level 5 certified. He has B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He and his wife Elaine have three children, Mistral (Wave swimmer), Neige (Wave swimmer), and Etien (future Wave star swimmer in the making). The reside in Cary.

 

 

 

Jonathan Bescher Assistant Coach- Pre Senior CSC

Jonathan Bescher originally started swimming in Connecticut where he swam for 14 years and helped coach young swimmers the last couple of years. He then went on to becoming a Manager at NC State where he was able to watch and talk to many great coaches and swimmers.  He graduated from State in 1998 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics along with a minor in Computer Science. Jonathan then started to help coach at the Garner Road YMCA, where he helped them to 3 straight Division Championships. Along with coaching at the YMCA, he also became Head Coach at the Garner Dolphins and his last year helped them go undefeated and win the Division.

Coach Bescher is now starting his 17th season with WAVE. He has coached all levels within the team. For the first 5 years he has worked with the Senior Level swimmers and in 2006 started working with the Age Group level swimmers. In his time with WAVE, he has help coach many Junior Olympic swimmers, Sectional swimmers and a Top-16 Nationally ranked swimmer and relays ranked in the Top-5 Nationally.  He also has had four swimmers get High Point between the NC Short Course and Long Course Age Group Championships.

In 2018 he will be an Assistant Manager at the National Open Water Select.

He lives in Clayton with his wife Kendra and his dogs and cats.  Jonathan and Kendra have a daughter Kaylea.

Bradford Hancock Assistant Coach- Pre/Gold Optimist

Bradford Hancock has been a coach for New Wave Swimming since moving to Raleigh from Charlotte, NC in May of 2019. Bradford currently coaches the Gold and Pre-Senior groups at the Optimist Park location. As a coach, he puts great emphasis on creating aerobically conditioned and fundamentally improved athletes that are able to take their next steps to the Pre-senior and Senior groups. He has had success during his first 2 years with New Wave, having 19 swimmers earn 58 medals at NC Age Group Champs, as well as several Age Group and Southern Zones Champions. He has coached his swimmers to 10 state records and over 25 Top-30 rankings nationally. He has been named to both the NC Zones team and IMX camp as an assistant coach.

Before coming to New Wave, Bradford was a 4x NCAA National Champion in Division 2 Swimming at Queens University of Charlotte (2015/16/17/18), where he swam the 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Butterfly. He was a 3x All-American. Bradford graduated from Queens University in 2018 with a B.S. in Biology with a Pre-Med minor. 

Before being recruited to Queens, Bradford swam for the South Eastern Virginia Aquatics (SEVA) Seahawks from 2004-2014. His senior year he was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, and during his time on SEVA he was a VA age group champion, at times ranked top 10/16 nationally in different events, and was consistently one of the top 200/500/1000/1650 Freestyle swimmers in Virginia.

 

Macon Crowder Assistant Coach- Gold CSC

Macon Crowder is from the town of Zebulon, NC where he began his swimming career with the Zebulon Dolphins summer league team. He continued swimming for the New Wave Swim Team as well as the YOTA Swim Team. After high school, Coach Macon went on to swim at East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!) where he graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Sports Studies and minor in business.

Once graduating college, he began coaching for the YOTA Swim Team where he was Site Director and started a new team site for the team at the Ingram YMCA. Macon coached for 3 years for YOTA before moving to the Cayman Islands to become Head Assistant Coach for the Stingray Swim Club. There he had the opportunity to work with multiple Cayman Island National Team members as well as National Jr. Team members. These swimmers went on to break multiple national records and participate in International swim meets such as Island Games, CARIFTA Championships, PAN American Games, and World Championships. 

Coach Macon believes in building the all around athlete while teaching and perfecting the art of racing. During his free time he enjoys cycling and spending as much time outdoors as possible!

Jaime Fullerton Assistant Coach- BC/Bronze Optimist

Jaime Fullerton is an Apex native who returned to Raleigh area in the spring of 2020 after swimming colleigately for four years at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. During her time at Lenoir-Rhyne, she was a part of the record breaking 200 medley relay, and also specialized in freestyle and butterfly events.

Jaime began swimming for New Wave Swim team in 2014, where she swam year-round for two years before moving on to the collegiate level. As a New Wave Swim Team alumn, Jaime retunred to her former club team to share her passion of the sport with a wide range of atheltes, from beginner level swimmers up to the senior level. In addition, she is also assisting in the coaching of USA Master's swimmers. Jaime graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2020 with a B.S in Environmental Science, and is currently pursuing her M.S degree from Clemson University in Fisheries and Wildlife Resources. 

Jaime currently coaches the Bronze and BC groups at the Optimist location.

Shawn Ryan Assistant Coach- BC/Bronze CSC

Shawn Ryan coaches the Bronze 5:30 and 6:30 groups at Cary Swim Club. He is also the Head Coach for Cary Swim Club (TSA summer league). He brings to WAVE over 20 years of coaching and teaching  experience. He is also available for swimming lessons.

Tera Christmas Assistant Coach
MaryKate Alicea Assistant Coach
Erin Ryan Assistant Coach
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