Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Meredith David Head Coach

Education – BA from The College of William and Mary; Master’s degree from the University of Nottingham

From – Gloucester Township, New Jersey

Coach Meredith started swimming at the age of 5 and never looked back.  She swam at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she set the school records in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and was part of several record setting relay teams, as well as a conference champion in the 100 back her freshman year.  During her junior year the William and Mary Women’s team won the conference championship for the first time in the school’s history.  After college, Coach Meredith moved to England for a year to pursue her Master’s degree at the University of Nottingham.  When she moved back to the United States she started coaching for a local YMCA team before taking a full time job at the FISH Swim Team in Fairfax Va.  She spent 3 years at FISH where she had the opportunity to work with an Olympic athlete as well as several national age group record holders before she moved to Charleston and began working with MPSC.  Coach Meredith a part of MPSC when the team merged with fellow team LTP in April of 2016 and became the South Carolina Swim Club.  She was lucky enough to be in on the ground level of building SCSC’s mission, vision and culture.  Coach Meredith stepped into the Head Coach role in August of 2018 and worked with the coaching staff to continue to build the team and create opportunities for the swimmers.  Under Coach Meredith’s tenure as Head Coach, SCSC has been named 10&U Program of the year for 2 years running and won the Age Group State Championship Meet in February of 2020.  In September of 2020, Coach Meredith facilitated a merge with the North Charleston MOCs to create the SCSC MOCs.  This merge gave both teams the ability to have access to fantastic coaching and facilities and for the coaches to have new talented groups of swimmers to work with, which will continue to elevate Lowcountry swimming, and in turn, South Carolina Swimming.  Coach Coach Meredith is excited to see what the SCSC MOCs will accomplish in the coming years!

 

“My favorite part of being an SCSC coach is being able to share my love of a sport that gave me so much with a new generation of athletes.  Helping my swimmers to achieve their goals and seeing that look of accomplishment on their faces is the most rewarding feeling in the world.”

Avery Adams Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach 
Dryland Coordinator

During his time here with SCSC, Coach Avery has had over 30 SR Sectional Qualifiers, 30 + Futures & NCSA Qualifiers, Junior National & National Qualifiers, AG Sectional Qualifiers and Event Winners, Numerous Zone Team Members and Event Winners in additional to many many SC State Champions. Coach Avery was also selected as a coach for the Boys National Select Camp in 2019 and the Western Zone Select Camp in 2017. Coach Avery also serves as our Director of Dryland.

Coach Avery comes to the Charleston area from Lexington, KY. Avery served as the Head Coach of Kentucky Aquatics. During his three year tenure, KYA produced 2 National Qualifiers, 3 Junior National Qualifiers, 18 NCSA Qualifiers, 8 Futures Qualifiers, 45 + Sectional Qualifiers including numerous top 8 finalists, 12 Mid State All Star Members, 12 KY Southern Zone Team members including an event winner. Coach Avery also has had one 13-14 boy ranked top 10 in 12 events including several top times in the country, and also posted the fastest 14 year old boy LCM 200 IM in the country. On top of the National accolades, there were over 21 individual state records broken,  2 relay records broken. During his time at the University of Kentucky, Coach Avery served as volunteer assistant for 3 years to both the Men & Women varsity programs.  Before his time in Lexington he spent two years with the Gold Medal Club, the Lakeside Seahawks. While with the Seahawks, Avery served as the Head Age Group Coach, and produced 6 11-12 year old Senior Sectional Qualifiers including numerous nationally ranked age group athletes. Coach Avery has also spent time with Colonel Aquatics, Wildcat Aquatics, Georgetown Super Sharks and served as Head Coach for the Kentucky Zone Team from 2012-2013.

Coach Avery enjoys keeping fit by competing in body building shows with his wife Felicia. 

Dave Horton Coaching Staff

 

Dave Horton has an extensive coaching career spanning over 40 years in this great sport. His career includes being Head Coach of several teams in South Carolina and Georgia and in charge of managing coaches, establishing programs, recruiting, budget, and meet management. Coach Dave has coached at the Age Group Level, Senior Level, and at the National Level. He was also twice named S.C. Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. He has won three S.C. State Championships in the first two years of the teams that he has served as Head Coach.  He has served as the S.C. Age Group Chair, Board of Review Chair and on several S.C. Swimming Coach committees. He has also been Head Coach of the S.C. Zone Team. He has been LSC Camp Director of several S.C. Swimming Distance Camps, and Racing Camps. He has represented S.C. Swimming as a delegate at the USA Swimming National Convention in San Francisco and has attended many Eastern States, and USA Swimming World Clinics all over the U.S. He was also selected as one of the USA National Coaches in 2014 and was invited to the USA Olympic Center along with several Olympic Coaches from the USA and around the world. He has had numerous National Champions, National record holders, National Select Camp Athletes, Numerous Scholastic High School All Americans, National Diversity Camp Athletes, National Open Water Qualifiers, USA Olympic Festival Qualifiers, U.S. Open Qualifiers, USA World Trials Qualifiers, and USA Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and one Olympian.

 “The best thing about being a coach on SCSC is working every day with enthusiastic swimmers who I can inspire, educate , and motivate. My daily goal is to help these athletes to be better individuals in and out of the water. “

Courtney Beauch Coaching Staff

Education:  Georgia Southern University, Social Sciences

                       Concordia University Irvine, Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration

Joined MPSC: August 2014

Courtney is originally from Woodbine, Georgia, where she started her competitive swimming career at age 6 for the Boomers Swim Club.  She swam year round, eventually earning a college swimming scholarship to Georgia Southern University.  She lettered all 4 years, achieving Academic All American Honors her Junior & Senior years.  She held the school record in the 50 & 100 freestyle until 2015.  After college she moved to Charleston for a short while, before moving cross country to Orange County, California.  She was a grad assistant swim coach at Concordia University Irvine.  In 2014 she moved back to Charleston and joined MPSC.

The best thing about being a SCSC is seeing the kids be proud of all of their accomplishments, whether in or out of the pool.  It’s very rewarding to not only see the kids you coach do great things in practice every day, but to see them come in after school and tell you what great things they achieved at school as well.  I love being able to coach kids not only to be a good athlete, but to be a good person as well.

Robert McGowan Coaching Staff

Coach Reid McGowan was born and raised in Greenville, SC whe he started swimming at age 7 for his neighborhood team. At age 12 he made the transition to swimming year round with Team Greenville, competing all the way through high school and achieving multiple Senior Sectional cuts in the Butterfly and Freestyle events. In college he was a member of the intermural swim club at the College of Charleston. 

Reid has been coaching for over a decade, beginning in 2007 with Team Greenville, then joining the staff at the LTP Racing Club after moving to Charleston in 2013. Reid has coached kids of all ages from those learning to swim up to those that competed at Age Group and Senior Sectional meets.  

Coach Reid loves having the opportunity to give back to the sport that has given him so much. He works daily to instill a passion for hard work and the sport of swimming in his athletes. His goal is to help SCSC become a hub for determined young athletes at all levels, striving to better themselves every day. 

James Wisener Coaching Staff

Coach Rhett comes to the Charleston area from Indian Creek Aquatic Club in Trafalgar, IN. Rhett served as the assistant coach, coaching all age groups. During his five-year tenure, Indian Creek Aquatic Club had their first Olympic Trial swimmer, Levi Brock, and multiple age group state champions.  Coach Rhett served as an assistant for 5 years to Indian Creek high school and middle school teams.  Coach Rhett has been recognized by Indiana Swimming by being selected for assistant coach roles for Team Indiana Memorial Age Group Camps, Mid-States All Star Meet and assistant coach at this summer’s Mega Central Zone meet.  While coaching Rhett worked as a fisheries biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural resourced since graduating from Purdue University with a BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 

Laurie Morrin Coaching Staff

SCSC Team Manager

Safe Sport Coordinator for SCSC 

Laurie has been involved in the sport of swimming for the last 25 years in the Charleston area, during most of which she was the Competitive Team Manager for Mount Pleasant Swim Club. On the wet-side, Laurie has taught swim lessons for 22 years, been a lifeguard for 10 years, and coached year-round swim clubs (MPRD and SCSC) for 10 years.

A little bit about Laurie's history in swimming: When a military move took her family to California at age 12, Laurie became a “water rat.” Since then she has been involved with anything water-related: swim team, scuba, water polo, surfing, and water skiing. After moving to South Carolina in 1991, she helped to start a summer league program in her neighborhood, kicking off her career as a swim coach. She married John Morrin in 1986 and both her children were Division 1 swimmers: Danielle and Travis Morrin.

Sara Cavallon Coaching Staff

Education: College of Charleston BS in Business with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism.

Sara began her swimming career at the age of 9 with her summer league team in Beavercreek, Ohio. That following fall she started year round swimming with the Dayton Raiders.She remained with the Dayton Raiders until the age of 14 when she moved to the Beavercreek YMCA. Once Sara started high school at Carroll High School she joined the swim team and continued to swim year round with the Beavercreek YMCA and continued with her summer league team as well. During her senior year at Carroll she decided that she would continue her swimming career at the college level. She choose to attend the College of Charleston as a walk on with the swim team. Her main events during her time at the College of Charleston were the long distance freestyle events. During her swimming career she spent her summers lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons at different clubs in the Beavercreek/Dayton, Ohio area. After college Sara went to work in the hotel industry here in Charleston. In 2003 she decided to start her own company and began an event planning company that specializes in weddings.In addition to coaching with SCSC, Sara is currently the coaching at Oceanside Collegiate Academy with Coach Courtney.

She married Neal Cavallon in 2003. They have 2 children, Mason who is heavily involved in Civil Air Patrol and AFJROTC at Wando High School. Anna has been on the
SCSC Swim Team for 3 years. At SCSC she is finding her way in the world of swimming.

Sara believes the best part of being a swim coach is seeing the kids finally put it all together. The smiles on their faces are what helps develop the passion for the sport of swimming. They are not only developing skills in the pool but life skills that will make them leaders in school and in the community.

Doug Fetchen Coaching Staff
David Rieder Coaching Staff

David grew up in Charleston and has been swimming since he was 6. In middle and high school, he swam year-round with SMRT and then LTP, specializing in distance freestyle and backstroke. He never stopped swimming and continues to train and compete for Palmetto Masters.

David graduated from Duke University in 2016, and afterwards, he moved to Phoenix as a writer and video host for Swimming World Magazine. He attended and reported on major swimming events including the 2016 Olympic Trials, 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He remains a Swimming World staff writer, reporting on the sport at its highest levels.

David joined SCSC in October 2018 after assisting with summer league and high school teams in Charleston. He helped Porter-Gaud’s girls and boys win SCISA AAA state titles in 2018.

David enjoys working with swimmers of all ages to help improve their technique and speed and reach their goals in the pool. Most importantly, he enjoys sharing his passion for a sport that has taught him so much and provided so many exciting experiences throughout his life.

Steve Ercolano Coaching Staff

COACH STEVE ERCOLANO
James Madison University (a really long time ago)
BS in Political Science/Public Administration Minor in Aquatics Management

Steve Ercolano grew up in Northern Virginia and began coaching in 1973 in a local country club summer league. Little did he know this would be the start of a 40 year career of coaching swimming!! He continued to coach various summer league programs throughout his college years as well as managing summer swim clubs. After graduating from JMU he continued working in the Aquatics business and began coaching with the USA swim club Curl Swim Club. He coached age group swimmers and began working with senior level swimmers as well. In the late 1980’s he turned the Curl facility in Tyson’s Corner VA into a franchise, operating a “satellite pool” until fall 2001. He was the Head coach of a facility with 150 swimmers and a staff of four additional coaches.

Steve was a coach at Curl-Burke for 20 years. During his time there he served as a PVS Zone Team Coach in 1985 & 1986, PVS Coaches Rep. from 1988 - 1992, and was also the Senior Swimming Chairman for PVS from 1993 - 1999. Steve was also the USA Swimming Bronze Select Camp Coach in 1992 and was USA Swimming Select Camp Director in 1994. His senior swimmers were consistently at the top of PVS and many qualified for Zones, Jr. Nationals, Sr. nationals and the US Open.

In the fall of 2001 he was offered the opportunity to work with another PVS team, the Potomac Marlins. No longer having to be a business manager as well as a full time coach he was able to focus on coaching and raising his three children. During his time with the Marlins they grew into a team of over 450 swimmers, consistently ranking among the top 5-10 clubs in the LSC. He worked with senior swimmers and then began to focus on a group of 11 -14 year olds. He served as the lead coach of the Potomac marlins largest facility with over 200 swimmers and a staff of seven part time coaches.

Steve is currently certified as an ASCA level 5 swim coach with the American Swim Coaches Association. Throughout the years he has worked with swimmers of all ages and levels of ability. He looks forward to working SCSC-MOCS and hopes his years of experience can contribute to the continued success of the program

Kelsey Stratford Coaching Staff
Coach Kelsey has been swimming since she was 5 years old and coaching since she was 15. She grew up in Richmond, VA and swam for NOVA of VA Aquatics then Poseidon Swimming as well as her school's varsity team for 5 years, winning 5 state championships throughout the process. She went on to attend Auburn University, swimming club there and a part of the National team twice. While at Auburn, she was a coach with the Opelika Swim Team, working alongside 2012 Olympian, Tyler McGill. After working with this team for two years, Coach Kelsey developed her coaching philosophy and realized that no matter how hard you try, you just can't leave the swimming community! After graduating Cum Laude from Auburn University, Coach Kelsey moved to Charleston where she is currently completing an online Master's program through Savannah College of Art and Design focused on Graphic Design and Digital Publishing.
 
Coach Kelsey is so excited to continue her coaching career with SCSC and looking forward to meeting all of the new faces!” 
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