Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Cathy Sheafor Head Coach

Our Head Coach, Cathy Sheafor, started coaching youth swimmers at the age of 18 when she started a summer league team at her neighborhood pool.  Since then, Cathy has been instrumental in starting and running 2 year-round USA teams. Swim Charleston is the 3rd. She has experience coaching both summer league and year-round teams in North Carolina, Missouri, and South Carolina.  Over the years, she has developed a passion for using swimming as a vehicle for empowering young people to become youth leaders who serve in their community.  She believes strongly in combining research-based swimming skill instruction with character education.  She seeks to develop fast swimmers who are also good human beings. She is thrilled about this unique opportunity in Charleston to create a swim team that espouses the core principles found under the About tab on this website. 

An educator and former attorney and a mother of two, Cathy ascribes to the belief that youth sports present an opportunity to teach important life skills in a FUN setting.  Swim Charleston balances fun with work, technical swimming instruction with opportunities for rigorous competition, dry land training and body awareness with water training, visual instruction with auditory instruction, and kinesthetically-focused training with intellectually-focused training.  Cathy uses a range of teaching methods to reach all learners and she particularly enjoys using videotaped instruction to meet individual needs.  In addition, Cathy believes that it is healthy (physically, mentally, and socially) for young swimmers to participate in various sports and activities so that they may find their life passion.  She hopes that swimming becomes one of these passions. Cathy’s beliefs about what can be taught through swimming are revealed in the attached piece she wrote in 2015 about what coaches should teach swimmers: 10 life lessons  

Cathy has 35 years of coaching experience, including several stints as a soccer coach. She has ASCA level 2 certification, USA Swimming Certification, USMS Certification, ALTS certification, and AFSA Triathlon Fitnees Instructor Certification  and was honored to receive the 2019 South Carolina Age-Group Swim Coach of the Year Award.  She will receive her USAT Youth Certification in 2019.  

Haley Sheafor Lead Coach, Level 1

Haley Sheafor was raised in Cornelius, NC just north of Charlotte. She then moved to Delaware, OH where she has participated on the Ohio Wesleyan University Varsity Swimming and Diving Team for four years and double majored in Spanish and Early Childhood Education. In her time at OWU, Haley broke many school records and she still holds four university records for Ohio Wesleyan. She was recognized every year as a TOP 50 scholar athlete at OWU. She was a Head Coach at Creekside in Mount Pleasant the past four summers and led them to one of their best seasons in recent years.  While at OWU, Haley also taught swim lessons for Bishop Bubbles and spent two years coaching a year round USA club team in Delaware, Ohio (DORC). Haley loves to help swimmers technically improve and set high goals for themselves in a fun-filled setting. She looks forward to joining Swim Charleston on deck every day this Fall. 

Haley is ASCA and USMS level 2 certified.

Tirion Sheafor Lead Coach, Level 1

Tirion Sheafor was raised in Cornelius, NC just north of Charlotte. She then moved to Delaware, OH where she has participated on the Ohio Wesleyan University Varsity Swimming and Diving Team for four years and double majored in Spanish and Early Childhood Education. In her time at OWU, Tirion broke many school records and she still holds four university records for Ohio Wesleyan. She was recognized every year as a TOP 50 scholar athlete at OWU. She was a Head Coach at Creekside in Mount Pleasant the past four summers and led them to one of their best seasons in recent years.  While at OWU, Tirion also taught swim lessons for Bishop Bubbles and spent two years coaching a year round USA club team in Delaware, Ohio (DORC). Tirion loves working with all ages of athletes, focusing particularly on technique. She looks forward to joining Swim Charleston on deck every day this Fall. 

Tirion is ASCA and USMS level 2 certified.

Doug Sheafor Assistant Coach, Board of Directors

Doug is certified as both a USA and USMS coach and an accomplished masters swimmer.  A radiologist, Doug works in Minneapolis St. Paul every couple weeks. He received his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Maryland. He completed fellowship at Duke University in Body Imaging and has held positions in academic radiology and private practice during his career. A teacher at heart, Doug loves to work with swimmer's on the finer details of the strokes, starts, and turns.  Look for him on Saturdays and other days that he is not at his day (night) job. 

Doug is ASCA and USMS level 2 certified.

Parrish Wills Assistant Coach

Parrish grew up around the pool in Chapel Hill, NC where she started swimming competitively at the age of 6 for her neighborhood summer league team (SVGC). From then on, every summer was spent swimming and eventually coaching for SVGC. She competed on two year-round Club teams, CHYSC and NCAC, but always returned to my neighborhood summer swim team! This love of swimming lead her to continue swimming competitively until her freshman year of college when she was forced into early retirement due to a shoulder injury. Parrish looks forward to working with everyone this year. 

Parrish is ASCA level 1 certified.

Elizabeth Kubilius Assistant Coach
Betsy Kubilius was born and raised in Springfield, Va where she grew up swimming for her community team. She quickly fell in love with the sport and became a year round swimmer in middle school. Betsy was given the opportunity to be an assistant coach at her neighborhood pool and after two years took on the role of head coach for another three years. During her time coaching, Betsy loved to closely examine swimmers' strokes to make them as efficient as possible. 
Betsy moved to Columbia, SC in 2013 to complete her Bachelor's at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) and then moved to the Charleston area this past spring. In addition to coaching, Betsy is also substitute teaching in the area, so swimmers, you never know when you might see her in class! Betsy is very excited to become a part of the Charleston community and get to know the swimmers and their families!
Betsy is ASCA level 2 certified.
Danielle Hainline Assistant Coach

Danielle loves the water and grew up swimming. She competed at the collegiate level at Albion College in Michigan and has stayed connected to competitive swimming through coaching.  She is an Assistant Coach for the Longpoint Sailfish summer team and an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Laing Middle School. She is very excited to get to know everyone on Swim Charleston this year. 

Danielle is ASCA level 1 certified.

Kerry Morrissey Assistant Coach

Kerry grew up in Japan and Massachusetts. She was a 3 sport athlete in high school. Completing her senior year as a swim team captain. After high school, she went on to attend College of Charleston where she majored in international business. She currently is completing her master’s degree in Secondary Education and Teaching at the Citadel. When not at the pool you can find Kerry running or teaching math.

Stephen (Alec) Reitzel Assistant Coach

Originally from Hickory, NC, Alec Played tennis and swam in high school and went on to swim at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He Graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Management in 2013 and with a Masters in Business Administration in 2015. He was captain throughout his swimming career and earned Honorable Mention Academic All American after posting two National B Standard times his junior year in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. He went on to become the first graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s swimming teams at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  In addition to coaching, he is currently working as a sales operations analyst for Benefitfocus. 

Alec is ASCA level 2 certified

Abe Iyengar Assistant Coach
Abe Iyengar grew up in Andover, Massachusetts where he ran cross country for 4 years and swam competitively for 13 years starting at the age of 8. He was captain of his high school swim team and continues to swim and stay active to this day. Abe graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2015 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering  and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Systems Engineering through Penn State University. He moved to Charleston in July 2017 and is currently stationed here as an Air Force pilot flying the C-17. Abe joined the team in February 2019 as a volunteer coach and is looking forward to working with swimmers and coaches alike during his time in Charleston!
Board of Directors
Heidi Bernard Board Member
Deede Turner Board Member
Alaina Hoover Board Member - Treasurer
Michel Miller Board Member - Secretary
Doug Sheafor Board Member - President