Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Barry Neville Team Director / Head Coach

Barry is starting at Columbia YMCA in October, 2021.  He has been coaching various programs for 40 years, having been a Head Coach for the past 30.  He’s a University of Iowa graduate, an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 coach (top 8% of coaches in the country), and received ASCA’s Excellence in Coaching Certificate.

From 2020-21, Barry served as the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at the YMCA of Iowa Mississippi Valley (IA).  In 2018-20, Barry was the Director of Competitive Swimming at Goldsboro YMCA (NC).  While at Goldsboro, they had 1 Future, 1 Sectional, and 1 YMCA National Qualifier, who was also a YMCA All-American at the 2019 YMCA Long Course Nationals.  Several Team Records were also established.  In 2015-18, he was the Head Coach with Brookings Swim Club (SD).  While at Brookings, they had 6 first-time Sectional qualifiers (9 total), 1 first-time NCSA Junior Qualifier, over 100 Club Records broken, 4 State Records, and 12 Central Zone Qualifiers.  In 2012-15, he was Head Coach with Topeka Swim Association (KS).  While at Topeka, they had 17 first-time Sectional qualifiers, 8 first-time NCSA Junior Qualifiers, and 1 USA Swimming Junior National qualifier.  He also served on the Senior Committee for Missouri Valley Swimming.  From 2002-11, he was Head Coach of Bettendorf (IA) Swim Club (later merging into Bettendorf Pleasant Valley Aquatics) and Bettendorf Middle School Swim Team.  BETT won several Iowa Senior Championships.  He was named Iowa Senior Coach of the Year, served Iowa Swimming as Vice-Chair of Technical Planning and Senior programs and as President of the Iowa Swim Coaches Association.  Prior to Bettendorf, he served as Head Coach of Champaign County YMCA (IL), placing 5th at YMCA Nationals and winning the Illinois LCM Senior Champs.  Head Coach of STAR Swimming in Buffalo (NY), which doubled in size from 200 to 450+ swimmers and won all 12&Under LSC Champs and four Senior Champs.  Head Coach of Huntington YMCA (WV) and University of Charleston Aquatic Team at Huntington, placing all four years in the top 20 at Y-Nationals including the girl’s placing 2nd and combined team 8th.  Served as Aquatics Coordinator for the City of Coralville (IA), started the Coralville Swim Club, and coached the Northwest Junior High Swim Team.  He also served as an Assistant with the University of Iowa Women’s Swim Team for 7 years.

Barry has coached 28 YMCA National, 155+ Sectional & Junior National, 31+ Senior National, and 2 Olympic Trial qualifiers.  A former swimmer represented Bulgaria in the 2004 & 2008 Olympics, and is a former American Record Holder in the 100 & 200-yard Breaststroke.  Over 73 of his swimmers have gone on to swim in college.

Karen Cattaneo Head Site Coach Jeep Rogers

Karen Cattaneo, Head Site Coach
Jeep Rogers Family YMCA

Coach Karen grew up in southeast Houston, Texas and began her swimming career at age 8. She swam competitively for Space City Aquatic Team through high school and then attended Southern Illinois University. Karen finished out her career, swimming 4 years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration, prior to moving to Columbia, SC in 2005.

Karen began her coaching career in November, 2007 at the YMCA Columbia Swim Club. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and skill levels, but works primarily with the Junior and Senior level swimmers. She took over as head site coach in 2013 (Jeep Rogers YMCA) and has helped the location grow from less than 100 swimmers to nearly 200 swimmers for the past 3 seasons. Coach Karen volunteers and serves on the South Carolina Swimming Board of Directors as well as the Carolina YMCA Swim League Board of Directors.
 
She enjoys hiking, swimming, biking and spending time with family, in Columbia and Texas. 
Abbey Morris Assistant Coach NorthWest-Bronze Group

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Coach Abbey began her swimming career while living in South Africa as a missionaries child. After completing chef school, Abbey returned to the United States to pursue a career. While residing and working in Charleston she met her husband and started a family. Abbey took on the challenging job of being a stay at home mom, and her family relocated to the Columbia area six years ago.

Having a great desire to return to the pool, Abbey began swimming with the Soda City Swarm Masters Swim Team and she began coaching with the Mudcats. Abbey has a knack for developing swimmers that are just starting out, and has been vital in the development of our younger swimmers. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with family, and anything that gets her in or on the water.

 

Isaac Badillo Assistant Coach Jeep Rogers

Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Isaac Badillo has been coaching for 15 years, all levels and ages of swimmers and teams, to include summer league teams, High school teams, year around teams and masters swim teams. He has coached swimmers from 5 years old to 70 years old, from unexperienced to competitive swimmers at the international level. In addition to his coaching experience he was also a collegiate swimmer for the University of South Carolina and an international swimmer for Puerto Rico. Swimming is his lifetime passion.

 

Suzanne Halloran Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Coach Suzi started coaching the Mudcats in May of 2015 when the youngest of 5 Halloran children started swimming!!  She has been the dryland coach and  assistant swim coach for the Gold, Gold Plus, and Junior Groups. The Halloran family has been with the Mudcats since 2005. 
 
Coach Suzi grew up in New York as a runner and soccer player.  During her junior year of high school, she developed a running injury that put her in a pool to train for two months.  This injury led her down the path to be a coach, educator, and an athletic trainer.   
 
She came to the University of South Carolina to compete in Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field while pursuing a degree in physical education and athletic training.  She was Captain of the USC Cross Country team and a member of the SEC All Academic Team.  She is a USC Letterman.  She has a Masters of Sport Science from the United States Sports Academy.  She has taught physical education in Lexington School District One for over 23 years.  During her tenure she has coached basketball, track & field, and been an athletic trainer.  She enjoys the challenge of bringing a wide range of coaching skills to her athletes and loves working with them.
 

 

Joshua Whitney Assistant Coach Jeep Rogers-Dry Land

Dry Land Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Coach Josh was born in New England but grew up overseas. He participated in many different sports at the high school level. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is board certified in Orthopedics. 

Josh joined the Mudcats in 2018 as a dry land coach. He enjoys coaching and working with the swimmers to develop their strength and flexibility. Josh promotes proper form and  technique for to help with injury prevention. During his free time he enjoys hanging out with his wife and 4 children, exercising, and watching sports. 

Tim Horan Assistant Coach Northwest - Senior

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Coach Tim lived in PA for most of his life and moved to Columbia in 2013.  He began his swim career at the ripe age of 5 at the public swim pool across the street from his house.  Ironically, the coach that taught him to swim at age 5, also ended up being his coach in college at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  Tim swam for Shippensburg University and was a sprint freestyler.  He received a degree in Finance and later a Master’s in Business Administration.

Tim began his coaching career in 2006, when both of his children, Katie and Tyler, began to swim competitively.  Both of his children are now in college and Katie currently swims at the University of Tampa.  Tim previously coached his high school alma mater in PA, and currently coaches at River Bluff High School.  He is also an avid triathlete and has completed multiple triathlons including a full Ironman.  As an athlete and parent of a collegiate swimmer, Tim understands the challenges faced by the swimmers he coaches.

Brayden Russell Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

I am a rising Senior at Blythewood High School. I have been swimming competitively for the Mudcats and Blythewood High School for the past 4 years. I became a Mudcat Coach last season, totally loved it, and am looking forward to another year of coaching. My favorite stroke or race would either be the 200 IM or 100 BR. I value hard work, effort, and reliability not only in practice, but in meets. I live for competition and live through the success of other’s, which is why I enjoy coaching. I enjoy pushing the swimmer’s to work hard and watching it pay off in the pool!

 

Sarah O'Connor Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Coach Sarah is a current Junior at the University of South Carolina Honors College pursuing her B.S. in Accounting. She grew up swimming but did many different sports throughout her childhood and only began to seriously pursue swimming as her primary sport at the age of 14. During high school, she swam for both the Riptide Swim Team national team (where she trained with current world record holder and Olympian Regan Smith) and Edina Swim Club national team. She qualified for Futures Championships and placed second in the nation in 2018 as a member of the 400 Free relay among many top place finishes at the Minnesota State Championships and Speedo Sectional level.

Sarah loves coaching the Bronze group. She enjoys working with her swimmers to build the technique that they will take with them in their swimming careers while also building life skills such as teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a strong work ethic. 

Outside of the pool, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and running. 

Abigail Kaczynski Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Born in Canada, Coach Abby moved to Kansas when she was in kindergarten and then to South Carolina when she was in second grade. Abby has been swimming competitively for the Mudcats since she was in 6th grade and is now a senior at Blythewood High where she also takes part in their varsity swim team. Abby enjoys working with young swimmers and has been teaching swim lessons for the past 2 years. She is excited to start coaching our Bronze Mudcats.

In addition to swimming, Abby enjoys singing in both the choir and a cappella group at Blythewood High School and hanging out with friends and family. After high school, Coach Abby plans to pursue a degree in Nursing.

 

Mackenzie Shannon Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Coach Mackenzie was born in Cleveland, OH, but grew up in Florence, SC. She has been a swimmer her whole life. She started swimming summer league, before she joined The Florence Area Swim Team (FAST). She loved swimming so much that she continued her swimming career at Columbia College. Mackenzie graduated in 2021 with a BA in Communication.

 

Coach Mackenzie just moved to Columbia to continue her journey to become a swim coach. She also teaches swim lessons and  helps to coach the Soda City Swarm masters team. 

Laura Fernett Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Coach Laura has grown up in Irmo her whole life, spending a lot of her time at the Y over the years. She started swimming with the Mudcats at the age of 6. She swam on the team for nearly 8 years until her freshman year of high school. Since then, she has discovered a love for health, fitness, and nutrition, and is planning on studying to become a physical therapist. Over the last year, Laura has rediscovered her love and appreciation for swimming. She loves being able to coach others when the opportunity arises, and has been teaching swim lessons at the Y for the summer. She currently swims as a senior on the DFHS varsity team and is loving every minute of it. 

In her free time Laura loves spending time with her friends and family, visiting coffee shops, taking long walks at sunrise/sunset, and listening to country music while driving down back roads.

Katherine Bogan Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Coach Kate was born in Michigan and lived in multiple places in the mid west until she moved to South Carolina when she was 7.

Her competitive swimming career was started because of her mom, when she was strongly encouraged to join a summer league team. Coach Kate then joined the Mudcat team in 2013 and she still swims for the Mudcats as a part of the senior group. She will be a junior at Spring Hill High School and swims for Dutch Fork's varsity swim team.

Coach Kate is forever grateful for the friendship, memories, and lessons that swimming has taught her, which is why she is interested in sharing the experience with the swimmers she coaches.

After high school, Coach Kate wants to swim in college and major in something related to biology and science.

Nathaniel Halloran Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

 

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

 

Coach Nate has lived in Lexington, South Carolina all his life. He has been swimming since age and has swam for the Mudcats since he started. He has grown up around swimming his whole life having two older siblings that also swam for the Mudcats. The Mudcats are like a second family for him and he plans to help the younger kids feel the same way. 

Coach Nate will be a junior at Lexington High School. He swims on the varsity team at Lexington High School and plans to swim in college after high school.

Kyle Weston Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA

Kyle Weston is joining us from Newark, Delaware and is in his 8th year of coaching. Before moving to Columbia he swam for and coached the Western Family YMCA Wahoos his whole career. As an athlete Kyle qualified for and attended 7 YMCA nationals competitions, and earned a spot in the finals more than 10 times. These swims and good academic standing earned him Scholastic All American status in several events. At the state level he earned DE state champion status in the 100 breaststroke and several relays. After high school, Kyle swam Division I at the University of Delaware and swam all 4 years. Coach Kyle was a breastroker, butterflier, IMer and freestyler, regularly competing in a wide array of events in college. He graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences, and went on to receive a Master's degree in School Leadership from Wilmington University. Kyle currently teaches Biology and Earth Science at Lexington High School, and is also a certified personal trainer. He enjoys pushing athletes to their limit and helping them reach levels they couldn't before; training each generation of swimmers to be better than the next!

Daniel Boyce Assistant Coach - Jeep Rogers YMCA

Daniel Boyce was born and raised in Kershaw County and grew up swimming and then coaching for the local summer team. He started the Kershaw County School District swim teams for all three high schools in 2019 where he works at Lugoff-Elgin High teaching Social Studies. Daniel still runs the Kershaw County Aquatic Center during the summer and helps their summer team get going each year. Daniel has two children, Harlin and Maggie Grace, and is married to his wife Erin Boyce. 

Stacy Eubanks Assistant Coach - Northwest YMCA
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