Coaches and Directors

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Coaching Staff
Cathy Sheafor Head Coach

Bachelor of Arts: Duke University, History with Honors, Cum Laude

Juris Doctor: Washington University, Order of the Coif

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, USAT Youth Certification and AFSA Triathlon Fitnees Instructor Certification and was honored to receive the 2019 South Carolina Age-Group Swim Coach of the Year Award.  

Haley Sheafor Lead Coach, Level 1/1Plus/2

Bachelor of Arts: Ohio Wesleyan University, Major: Early Childhood Education, Minor: Spanish

Masters of Education: College of Charleston

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. After completing her undergraduate degree, Haley attended College of Charleston where she earned a Masters in Education of Languages.  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 enjoys teaching through play and values developmentally appropriate education.   Haley is ASCA and USMS level 2 certified .

Tirion Sheafor Lead Coach, Level 1/1Plus/2

Bachelor of Arts: Ohio Wesleyan University, Major: Early Childhood Education, Minor: Spanish

Masters of Education: College of Charleston

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. After moving to Mount Pleasant, she completed her Masters Degree in Education of Languages at the College of Charleston. 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). She believes strongly in developmentally appropriate education.  Tirion loves working with all ages of athletes, focusing particularly on technique

Tirion is ASCA and USMS level 2 certified.

Doug Sheafor Assistant Coach, Board of Directors

Bachelor of Science: Duke University, Summa Cum Laude

Medical Doctor: Washington University

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. Doug has won numerous teaching awards throughout his medical 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 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.

Rachel Greene Assistant Coach

Rachel grew up in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  Rachel began swimming at age 8 and continued until she graduated high school.  After high school, she went on to attend at the College of Charleston were majored in Biology and minored in Geology. Rachel has always loved water, and became a lifeguard at the age of 15.  Not long after she became a swim instructor for the City of Goose Creek, the Crowfield Plantation HOA  and the Summerville YMCA, where she also coached for a summer. She is very excited to get to know everyone on Swim Charleston this year! 

Tara Pratt Assistant Coach

Tara grew up in Northern Virginia outside of Washington D.C. and started swimming at the age of 6 for her neighborhood summer swim team, the SOC Stingrays, where she still holds records. She continued to swim all year round for NCAP, as well as her WTW Woodson high school team but always returned to the Stingrays in the summer. Tara went on to compete in larger meets such as her state competitions, all stars, zones and junior olympics. Tara eventually served as the head coach for the Stingrays for 3 summers after her high school retirement. Tara attended East Carolina University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Multidisciplinary Studies. Swimming was such a significant part of Taras life and she is so excited to return to being involved with a sport that she loves so much. 

Matthew Johnson Assistant Coach

Matt Johnson was raised in Summerville, SC and has since moved to Charleston after attending College of Charleston from 2016-2020 for Exercise Science and Coaching.  Matt swam year round throughout his childhood and high school years until college and is still active with swimming, running, and a variety of sports.  Matt loves working with all ages in the pool and strives to see each swimmer having a fun and constructive time at every practice and looks forward to growing as a coach and instructor with the Swim Charleston program.

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