Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Matt Webber Head Coach and Program Director

Coach Webber is in his eleventh year as the Head Coach and Program Director of HSA.  He has previously served as a coach at both the Birmingham Swim League and the Greater Chattanooga Aquatic Club (now Baylor Swim Club).  Over the course of his 20 year coaching career, he has coached swimmers at the highest level of the sport, including Olympic Trial, National, and Junior National qualifiers.  He has also coached numerous Southeastern and High School State champions. He was recently selected as the Southeastern Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.

Coach Webber has also served the sport of swimming through various means.  He has served as the General Chairman of Southeastern Swimming,  the Age Group Vice Chairman of Southeastern Swimming, and as the Finance Chair.  He currently sits on the National Club Development committee.  He has coached seven Southeastern Swimming All-Star Teams, serving two of those years as the Head Coach. He has also coached at the Southern Zone Select Camp, and the NCSA All-Star Camp.

Family - Coach Webber is a graduate of Clemson Universtiy.  He is married to Jenell Webber and they have two daughters who both swim for HSA.

Office Hours: M-F  9:00 am- 12:45 pm

Ben Davis Head Age Group Coach

Coach Ben started at HSA in 2017.  Ben served as the Head Coach of the 1996 Turkish Olympic Team.  He is an ASCA level 5 coach and has been coaching since 1978.  He comes to HSA from Memphis Tiger Swimming where he was the Head Coach and COO for 3 years.  Ben has previously been the Head Coach/COO in High Point, NC, Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Beaverton, Oregon, Birmingham Swim League and Wildcat Aquatics in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Coach Ben has also been an assistant coach at the University of Alabama under the legendary Swim Coach Don Gambril and the University of Kentucky.  Ben has coached swimmers of all levels including 2 Olympians, Olympic Trial qualifiers, National and Junior National level swimmers.  Plus, many USA Swimming National Team members. 

Coach Ben has also served swimming through involvement at the LSC and National level.  He has served as General Chairman, Technical Planning Chairman, Finance Chairman, Rules and Regulation Chairman and many other positions.  

Lori Daniel Club Administrator

Lori Daniel is excited to be a part of the Huntsville Swim Association team.  Lori and her husband Brent, have two HSA swimmers, Bella & Caroline Daniel.  Having been an HSA parent for the past four years, she is aware of some of the questions parents may have, specifically new parents.  Look for Lori around the pool if you have any questions or send her an email and she will be happy to help you.

Brooke Pate Masters Coach

Coach Pate brings over 30 years of coaching experience to our Masters Team and was recently selected for Induction into the Southeastern Swimming Hall of Fame.  Brooke served as HSA's head coach until the summer of 2010, when he retired from the Head Coach position.  As a Senior coach, Brooke was the 1983 and 1992 Southeastern Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.  During his tenure, he also coached numerours Olympic Trial, Senior National, and Junior National qualifiers.  Among that group of swimmers were several National Age Group Record Holders and an American Record Holder. 

Coach Pate is also an expert bicycle mechanic, and is an avid rider himself.  His knowledge of both the swimming and biking world make him an ideal coach to work with both the competitive Masters swimmers, as well as the competitive triathletes that use Masters for swim training.

Felipe Cortes S.D. Lead Coach,Junior/Senior Assistant

Coach Felipe is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Felipe began his coaching career in 2005 and has included time with Memphis Tiger Swimming as Associate Head Coach, Germantown Swim Team as Head Age Group Coach, Windyke Country Club Swim Team as Head Coach, JCC Aquatic Club as Associate Head Coach, and several middle and high school swim teams in the Memphis, TN Area. He has worked with Tennessee state finalists and Alabama state champions, age group sectional finalists, senior sectional qualifiers, junior national and senior national qualifiers. Felipe has been selected to coach for the Southeastern Zone All-Star team in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was also selected to be on the coaching staff of the 2016 Central Zone Diversity Camp. Felipe has also been involved with LSC governance as Age Group Chair for Southeastern Swimming in 2016. 

Arthur Fortin Red 2 & White Group Coach

Coach Arthur has been with the HSA coaching staff since 2013.  He arrived in Huntsville after serving in the Peace Corps, teaching English to children in Ukraine.  Coach Arthur was Head Coach at Evander Childs High School, where he was named Evander Childs Coach of the Year and led the team to their best record in 15 years.  He also coached at Three Village Swim Club in East Setauket, NY, where he was the lead Novice group coach for three years.

Family: Coach Arthur lives in Huntsville with his wife Krystle, son Cillian, daughter Caitlyn  and their dog Bronxy.
Office Hours:  By Appointment

Susan Butcher Red 1 & White Group Coach

Coach Sue is in her 6th year with HSA, and is the lead Red I group coach as well as assisting with White group. Prior to joining HSA coaching staff she was the 12 & under Head Age Group Coach with the Blue Dolphin Swim Team in Oviedio, Florida. Coach Sue brings incerdible enthusiasm and experience to the HSA staff. Sue worked as the H ead Coach of both Thomasville YMCA, Hagerty High School and was also a member of the coaching staff at Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club. Coach Sue's swimmers in Florida were FLAGS Champions (Florida Age Group), Florida All Star qualifiers, Florida High School State Champions and Runner Ups and achieved Top 10 USA swimming rankings. 

Swimming and Hobbies: Coach Sue grew up swimming in St. Peterburg, Florida. She was a member of the Florida State Women's Varsity Swimming team from 1980-1982. Sue trains and competes in MultiSport events and is an avid cyclist and member of Advanced Cycles - Cycling team in Orlando, Florida. 

Family: Coach Sue is a native of St. Peterburg, Florida. She and her husband David Butcher live in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. Sue has two sons. Cole, who swam 4 years for Florida State, competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials, and graduated with a Master's in Nuclear Physics. He is currently teaching Physics in Denver, CO, and is getting married in December of 2020. Noah is an NCAA fianalist, an All American, and won four ACC team championships with the NC State Wolfpack. He graduated from NC State in May and is currently coaching with the Wolfpack elite swimmers. He wishes to pursue a carrer in Coaching. 
Office Hours : By Appointment

 

Jan Bunch White Group & Junior Development 2 Coach

Coach Jan brings her passion and knowledge of swimming to the HSA coaching staff in 2016.  She moved to Alabama in 2015 from Boulder City, Nevada to be near family. Coach Jan spent over 20 years with the Boulder City – Henderson Swim Team in Nevada, as well as a year with Madison Swim Association as an age group coach. She brings her coaching experience to all age groups and levels. Her main focus is developing young swimmers to reach beyond their expectations. Coach Jan’s swimmers have been Southeastern Champions, State and Junior Olympic champions, USA top ten, and competed at Jr. National and Nationals.  Two of her former swimmers and her son competed at 2016 Olympic Trials.


Coach Jan grew up in New Mexico and was a state champion basketball, volleyball, and tennis player. She is a graduate of West Texas State A & M University with a degree in communication graphics and marketing, and worked as a graphic designer before coaching. Coach Jan started swimming at the master’s level and believes this has contributed to her enthusiasm and dedication to the sport both as a swimmer and USA Swimming Coach. She enjoys yoga, gardening, art and design.


Family – Coach Jan and her husband Blake Bunch live in Madison. Her daughter Blakeley Bunch is an Auburn University graduate.  Blakeley is a four- year AU athlete in swimming and competed in the 2008 USA Olympic Trials. She has a son Zander, who is Jan’s only grandchild.  Dylan Bunch is her son who is a graduate of The University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he lives and works. He swam at the NCAA championships throughout his collegiate career, and competed in USA Olympic Trials 2012 and 2016.


Coach Jan has enjoyed watching her children swim and looks forward to her HSA
swimmers’ success in and out of the pool.

 

Brittany Wilson Assistant Coach

Coach Brittany joined the HSA staff in the fall of 2019 and assists the RED I group. She previously was the age group coach for JCC Aquatic Club, assisted Birmingham Swim League, head coach of Homewood Parks & Rec swim team, and assisted at Auburn Aquatics. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly, and she also works as a high school math teacher.

Susan Swing Intro to HSA Lead Coach
Coach Susan is in her 7th year with HSA as coach of INTRO to HSA and JD1. She has been involved with swim coaching for over 40 years including the last 25 years in Huntsville.
 
Coach Susan is a preschool teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, and also coaches ( loyal assistant to Arthur Fortin) for Huntsville High School. Susan helped lead the HHS boys team to state championships in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and the girls team to top 5 finishes each year as well!

Swimming: Susan began swimming in Mobile at age 5 with Spring Hill Swim Club, continuing through high school with City of Mobile Swim Association and McGill Toolen Catholic High School.

Family: Susan lives in Huntsville with her husband Scott (former Valley Hill CC swimming legend) and their children Sally and Joe. 

Sally graduated (summa cum laude) from Auburn University in May if 2020 and will begin DPT ( physical therapy ) school at UAB in January of 2021.
 
Joe will be a sophomore at Birmingham Southern College. He is a member of the conference winning swim team while pursing a degree in business. It should be noted Joe won the 500 free and the mile as a freshman at the 2019 conference meet, breaking the school records in the 1000 free and the mile.
 
Can you tell coach Susan is proud of her kids! >*
 
 
Rachel Clark Intro to HSA Coach

Coach Rachel: Beginning her second year as coach of the Intro to HSA group. Rachel has been a coach with the Blossomwood Barracuda summer swim team for the past 15 years and has coached with swim teams for over 30 years. Rachel is a 1998 Huntsville High graduate and earned her master’s degree in special education from Auburn University in 2003. She has a behavioral analyst certification and is also employed at the Riley Behavioral and Education Center, a private school for children with autism. 
Coach Matt had this to say, “I cannot say enough about Rachel and Coach Susan and the role they have played in the development and growth of the Intro swimmers and also in the overall growth of HSA. The foundation that they are establishing will ensure the continued growth and success of the HSA team well into the future.”

Swimming and Multi Sport: HSA is fortunate to have someone with the talent and experience that Rachel brings as a coach, but is also very proud that Rachel is also HSA swimming Alumni! Rachel began swimming as a child for the Randolph Summer league team, later with Huntsville High and HSA. Rachel is an avid runner and Triathlete. Rachel loves running so much that her favorite quote is "I would rather carry the kids>
Family: Rachel lives in Huntsville with her husband Patrick Clark (HSA Alumni and Rocket City Record Holder) along with their children Will(HSA), Lily(HSA) and Eli(Soon to be HSA). Rachel and family are Red, White, Blue and HSA through and through!

Sydney Clinton Assistant Coach

Sydney is entering her 2nd year as an Intro and Junior Development 1 Coach. She has grown up around the pool,and has been involved in the swimming community for 16 years. Coach Sydney grew up swimming at Whitesburg Pool, was an assistant Coach for four summers, and this past summer she was the Head Coach. She swam for Grissom High School and year-round until the age of 12. She is currently in college here in Huntsville pursuing a degree in Communications. She loves working with kids and has a passion for teaching them to be more proficient swimmers. She is also active in the Young Life community. Sydney is thrilled to be a part of the Huntsville Swim Association team of coaches. 

Carol Shreve Club Bookkeeper
Board of Directors
Russ Hayles President
Jamie Mackey Vice-President
Mary Hayes Secretary
Mike Quadrini Treasurer
Matt Jones Member-At-Large
Caren Chua Member-At-Large
Barry Derrick Member-At-Large