Coaches and Directors

Head Coach and Program Director: John Pearce

Coach John joined the EDGE coaching staff in 2019. He has over 10 years of coaching experience, including 5 years as a head coach in USA Paralympic and USA Swimming. Prior to arriving in Vermont, John spent time working as a volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Hawaii, and stints as Head Coach in Arcata, CA and Conway, AR. During his career John has developed Junior National qualifiers in each event. 

His coaching philosophy is centered around comfort in the water, having fun, and putting the long term goals of each individual first while systematically training athletes to handle National level work.

As a swimmer, John was a High school All-American, SEC champion, Div I All-American, Olympic Trial qualifier, and National Champion at Auburn University (1999). John earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and loves to spend time outdoors paddling and with his family, Marica and Thomas.

Team Registrar/Assistant Coach: Kitty Frazier

Coach Kitty has been coaching at the EDGE Swim Club since 2012 where she has enjoyed getting to know so many swimmers and their families. She also has coached soccer, luge and Girls on the Run and enjoys coaching children of all ages.


Kitty believes that swimming is a great opportunity for all athletes to find a place to shine and to build confidence, friendships and skills to help them in all aspects of their lives.


As an athlete, she was a 10-year member of the USA National Luge Team, high school and collegiate soccer player, collegiate Track and Field member, and long-time runner. Currently she enjoys swimming with her EDGE Masters Swim colleagues.


Coach Kitty graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Geography and still enjoys living in Vermont with her family.

Masters Head Coach/Assistant Coach: Emily Mitchell

Coach Emily Mitchell (she/her) is a USMS Level 2 coach, a USA Swimming Coach,  and Adult Learn to Swim, (ALTS) certified. She brings 20+ years of classroom teaching experinece to the pool deck, making the masters workouts fun, thought-provoking, challenging and exciting.

Emily has competed in many open water swimming events, and finished Ironman Lake Placid in 2003 with a sub-hour swim and has a top-10 New England Masters ranking in the 200 Back.  Emily is also the EDGE Masters Swim Club Head Coach.

Safesport Coordinator/Assistant Coach: Charles P "Chad"

Assistant Coach: Leigh Jaschke

"Coach Bee" has been swimming since she was 8 and coaching and teaching in different capacities for over twenty years. She swam competitively for Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where she qualified for the Canadian University Nationals and was captain of the women's team.  Her love of water and swim teams has led her to seek out coaching opportunities in Canada, Kenya, and now Vermont. Outside of coaching or swimming, Leigh designs training and works on programs focused on Children's Rights and healthy child development in the International Development and Humanitarian sectors.  She believes that swimming is a wonderful way to help kids become more resilient and experience joy in the water. Her favorite part of swimming and coaching is being part of a team.

Leigh holds a Master of International Education from the Graduate School for International Training in Vermont and spends a lot of time outside in South Burlington with her two kiddos, pup, and husband all of who love to swim (except the dog).
Junior Assistant Coach: Eva Frazier

Eva has been a competitive swimmer with the EDGE since she was 8 and has been teaching lessons and coaching for the past 2 years. She particularly enjoys helping those athletes that may be tentative or anxious about training and/or competing. 

As an Athlete Executive Committe Representative and DEI Commitee Member, she participates in training and planning for many New England Swimming events and programs.

When not at the pool, Eva is a Senior at CVU High School and an active member of the band, Amnesty International, the ACLU, and the Student Justice Alliance.

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Dave Meek 

Growing up in England I graduated university with a degree in Exercise Science and Sporting Injuries. I have been a Personal Trainer with the Edge for 20 Years. For swimmers maintaining good strength will help improve your performance and help prevent injuries.

Both my sons have been part of the Edge swim team for years and I have spent many weekends around New England supporting their swim activities. In my spare time I am a big Patriots fan and play Rugby with Burlington.



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South Burlington, Vermont 05403