Coaches and Directors

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

Coach Webber is in his beginning his thirteenth 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 Olympians, 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 Administrative Vice Chair, the Age Group Vice Chairman of Southeastern Swimming, and as the Finance Chair.  He currently sits on the National Club Development committee, as well as the Board of the National Club Swimming Association.  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. Having been an HSA parent for the past seven 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 Red 2 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. 

Alison Pick S.D Lead Coach, Junior/Senior Assistant

Alison Pick has been coaching for 20 years at all different levels and age ranges. She most recently she was the Head Coach of Kearney High School Girls Team as well as the assistant coach for the Boys Team. Before that she was the Head Coach of Wichita Swim Club from June 2014 until March of 2020. While at WSC, there were many achievements the club and student-athletes achieved. Over sixty team records were broken, five swimmers were recognized as USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans, three NISCA All-Americans, and much more. WSC also became a USA Swimming Bronze Medal Club for the first time in 10 years. Coach Alison was also selected to be a MV Zone Team coach as well as a USA Swimming Select Camp coach. She was the Missouri Valley Swimming LSC coaches representative and served on the MV BOD for three years. She is a Level 3 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach, a certified USA Swimming coach, and a Level 1 Amphibious Exercise for Improved Swimming (AXIS) certified coach.

Alison brings an impressive resume of coaching and administration experience to Kearney. Before she coached in Wichita, she was the Assistant Head Coach at COOG Aquatics in Houston, TX for 2 years. She spent the 8 years before that coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, one of the best club teams in the U.S., where she coached all levels of swimming, from age group to Olympic Trial qualifiers. While living in North Carolina, Alison also worked as assistant coach at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, head coach of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC, as well as head coach for the Wynfield Waves and Northstone Country Club, both summer league teams in Huntersville, NC. She coached at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Her first swim coaching gig was as assistant squad coach for the Siouxland Sharks in her hometown of Sioux City, IA.

Coach Alison has many notable coaching awards and experiences. She was awarded 2018 Missouri Valley Senior Coach of the Year and the 2015 Missouri Valley Age Group Coach of the Year, coached Olympic Trial qualifiers in 2012, most recently a 2020 Olympic Trial qualifier, and has received coach of the year twice (2010-11 and 2011-12) during her role as head coach at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC. Coach Alison’s favorite thing about coaching swimming is helping guide swimmers toward their goals, help them through the process, and then seeing them achieve those goals. She likes watching the improvement that takes place in her swimmers.

Alison grew up in Sioux City, IA, where she began swimming at age 9. She swam for the Siouxland Sharks for 10 years, and also swam for Sioux City East High all four years of high school. Alison then swam for Northern Illinois University from 1996-2000. Her favorite races to swim are the 100 fly, 200 fly and 100 free.

Butterfly and freestyle tie for Coach Alison’s two favorite strokes. She holds high school records in the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Free Relay, the 400 Free Relay (which still stands today), and she was also appointed team captain her senior year of high school. She was voted most improved her freshman year at Northern Illinois University and served as team captain there from 1998-2000.

Coach Alison received her Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from South Dakota University in 2004, with a minor in public recreation. She also studied athletic training at Northern Illinois University from 1996-2000.

Alison is a Chicago Cubs fan, an avid TV watcher and loves watching sports and listening to music (especially Dave Matthews Band). She has a younger brother and loves being an aunt. She adores her niece and nephew and tries to spend as much time with them as she can.

Hanging out with Olympians is something Coach Alison was fortunate enough to be able to do while working at SwimMAC Carolina.  If she could spend time with an Olympian she hasn’t yet met in person, she’d pick the versatile Tracy Caulkins or record butterflyer Misty Hyman.

Arthur Fortin 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. Coach Arthur has also coached Huntsville High School since 2015. He is currently teaching 8th grade at Huntsville Jr High. 

Family: Coach Arthur lives in Huntsville with his wife Krystle, son Cillian, daughter Caitlyn  and their dog Bronxy.
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 Cortes Assistant Coach

Coach Brittany joined the HSA staff in the fall of 2019 and leads 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, head coach of the Hewitt-Trussville High & Mountain Brook High swim teams, and assisted at Auburn Aquatics. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly.  Brittany grew up swimming for Auburn Aquatics & the Alexander City Torpedos.  During the day, Coach Brittany wears a different hat as a high school math teacher.  She and her husband, Coach Felipe, have one son named Scotty.

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 3rd year as an Intro and JD1 Coach. She is also one of our private swim lesson instructors. 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 has been the head coach the last two summers. 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 Business Marketing. 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. 

Sarah Cruze Assistant Coach


Coach Sarah is beginning her first year as coach of the Intro to HSA group. Sarah recently pioneered the development group at Lily Flagg Pool in 2021. She was the Head Coach for Whitesburg Pool in 2010. Sarah coached as a fifth year assistant at the University of Kentucky in 2002-2003, while earning dual degrees in Art Education and Photography. In 2007, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Samford University.

Sarah began swimming at the age of 5, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She competed year-round throughout high school, and continued at Parkway Swim Club in St. Louis, Missouri after her family relocated there in 1996. She is a proud Alumni of the University of Kentucky, where she continued her swimming endeavors as a scholarship athlete, specializing in Backstroke and Individual Medley. Sarah earned the Frank G. Society of Character Award and was a four time SEC Academic All-American. During her last two college summers, she trained under Coach Brook Pate at HSA, after her parents relocated to Huntsville. She has a deep love for swimming and a strong desire to help young swimmers become more proficient.

Sarah lives in Huntsville with her husband Matthew,  along with their twins Carter (new to HSA) and Nathan (new to HSA) and daughter Lilly (soon to be HSA). Sarah is a preschool teacher at Twickenham Kids in Huntsville, an interior design consultant and an avid gardener.
 

Carol Shreve Club Bookkeeper
JOHN SMITH Assistant Coach
Zach Meharg Assistant Coach
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