Coaching Staff

Jerry Foley
Senior Director of Competitive Swimming
For over three decades, Jerry Foley has been a successful “teacher-coach” who strives to point out what individuals do well.  He has a passion for swim coaching and developing youth.  His teams and individuals have achieved success by creating collaborative environments in which all feel their contribution matter. He values each individual as someone who contributes to the team success through a supportive and inclusive environment.  Jerry has developed national-caliber athletes and has won team championships at every level.

Prior to joining YOTA, Jerry was the Susquehanna University Men’s and Women’s Head Swimming and Diving coach from June 2009 – June 2019. In addition to his duties as Head Coach, Jerry was named the Assistant Director of Athletics in 2016. In 2019, the Susquehanna women captured an unprecedented ninth-straight Landmark Conference team title and the men finished a strong second for the eighth time in nine years under Foley.  During his tenure at Susquehanna his teams achieved multiple individual Academic All-Americans, Landmark scholar-athletes awards, the school’s first ever swimming All-American in 2013, and the Universities Valedictorian in 2016.  He and his staff were honored on five occasion as the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. He attributes his success on his ability to focus on individual skill development and inspire his athletes to achieve their best for the team. 

He also led Bucknell University men and women swimmers and divers to an array of athletic and academic successes from 1998 – 2006.  Some team highlights include winning five Patriot League titles including a span of four in a row for the women from 2003 to 2006.  Five individuals also achieved NCAA standards during his tenure.  He was recognized as Patriot League Coach of the Year on five occasions. He was the head assistant coach at the United States Military Academy, West Point from 1994 – 1998.

 Along with coaching at the collegiate level, from 2006 – 2019 he was the Head Coach for the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA swim team (former called Sunbury Branch YMCA) developing state and national qualifiers and champions.  In 2013 his women placed 6th and men placed 8th in 2009.  While at GSVY, Jerry developed five individuals to earn national titles during his tenure.  His swimmers have been recruited by all divisions within NCAA swimming.

Foley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and a Master of Arts degree in physical education and health. Jerry and his wife Beth are lifelong activist of fitness, health and wellness.  In 2008, Jerry started a health and wellness camp for youth, called Camp ENERGY. During 2017 – 2018 he attended the Thrivent Fellowship leadership program and developed the “RISE UP” leadership curriculum. He has two daughters, Emily a graduate of Gettysburg College ’16 and Caitlin a graduate of Kenyon College’19.


Jamie Bloom

Head Senior Coach

Phone: 919-582-9302

Jamie Bloom is honored to be named the Head National Team Coach in her 3rd season with YOTA. Prior to coming to YOTA, Jamie was at the YMCA of Greater Westfield in Massachusetts, where she had been the Head Coach of that program since 2005. Previously, she was the top assistant for the women’s swimming and diving team at the University of Tennessee (2000 – 2005). Before her job at Tennessee Jamie was the Head Coach of James Buchanan High School and the Mercersburg Area Swim Club in Pennsylvania (1982 – 2000). Jamie got her start in coaching with the Slippery Rock Eels in Slippery Rock Pennsylvania (1980-1982).

Jamie is a proponent of learning the “process” of swimming and long-term athlete development. Jamie believes in placing the individual over the athlete and helping develop character, especially through the lessons of the YMCA’s core values. She sees competitive swimming as a vehicle to teaching life lessons.

Jamie has been extremely active in the New England Zone, USA Swimming, and YMCA Swimming communities – serving on various committees and administrative positions throughout the country. She is currently the secretary of the North Carolina Swimming Board of Directors. Jamie serves as a national team manager for USA Swimming and in addition to working at several Select camps, she was part of Team USA as a manager at the 2013 Duel in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland; as well as the World Junior Championships in Singapore in 2015 and Indianapolis in 2017.

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts. Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University in 1982 and her master’s degree in physical education and athletic administration from Western Maryland College in 1989. At Slippery Rock, she was the women’s swim team manager for three years and was a member of the school’s nationally-ranked women’s water polo team.

Jamie and her wife Magdalene have 2 teenaged daughters. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys watching her daughter play soccer, playing golf, and cooking.  She is a life-long Boston Red Sox fan as well as a big fan of many other sports.


Tom Hazelett

Assistant Senior Coach

Phone: 919-582-9317

Coach Tom Hazelett has been with YOTA since 2006. Tom is originally from Danville, Indiana where he was a successful swimming instructor and high school/summer coach for the town of Danville. Tom has a history of growing successful programs both in Indiana and now in Durham. Tom is the Head Site Coach for our Durham branch as well as a US Paralympic Trip Coach.  

In his time at the Durham Site, Coach Tom has been blessed to work with and coach many very talented athletes including YOTA team record holders,   m ultiple  NC State champi ons, and 1 state record holder.

He has been a US Paralympic Trip Coach since 2012 and had the great honors of representing YOTA on the Paralympic stage serving on the coaching staff for Can-Am in Montreal and Toronto Canada as well as the Head Coach of the 2017 Can-Am in Charlotte. In addition, Tom served as Head Coach  for the US Coaching Staff at last summer's World Para Series Event in Indianapolis, IN. He works heavily with US Paralyimps as a lead coach in their developmental process with clincs and meets throughout the year. With YOTA, he coached Lucas McCrory (S7) from 2012-2016 where he became a Can-AM Champion in multiple events and a YMCA National Qualifier.  He also had the honor of working closely with YOTA swimmer and Paralympian Hannah Aspden (S9) from 2012-2016 where she broke multiple American records, International medals, became part of the US National teams, and earned a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio as the youngest American medalist in swimming at both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.  His time with US Paralympic swimming along with the success of the athletes that he has coached forwarded him the honors of recieving USA Swimming's Jimi Flowers Disability Coach of the Year Award in 2016 as well as a membership into the Olympic Comittee's Order of Ikkos (given to him by Hannah).

In addition to coaching, Tom was also the  Aquatic Director in Durham for the first 6 seasons before becoming a full time YOTA swim coach in 2013. He continues to be an integral part of the very successful Annual Campaign and has led individual teams at the Durham Y that have raised more than $335,000 for the Durham community between 2008-2017.  

When not coaching, Tom loves to be with his family, once an avid golfer enjoys to play anytime hr can. He is an loyal Purdue Boilermaker, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts fan. Tom has a bachelor's degree in History from Purdue University where he played water-polo for two years. Tom is a 2-palm Eagle Scout, an ASCA Level 3 certified coach and recipient of the ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) 2010 Doc Counsilman Creative Coaching Award. Tom lives in Mebane with his wife of 9 yrears, Nicole, and his daughter Emily (4 years old).


John Newell

Assistant Senior Coach


Coach John comes back to the YOTA Swim team after a 2 season absence while he was coaching at East Carolina University. While coaching at ECU, John was the primary coach of the middle distance group with a focus in the fly, back, and IM swimmers. Coach John had a successful career at his short tenure with ECU including an AAC Conference champion, multiple NCAA B qualifying standard cuts, and multiple AAC Finalist and honorable mentions.

Coach John spent 2 years with YOTA Swim Team as the Kerr YMCA Site Director. During his time at Kerr YMCA, he brought an high energy and help grow the the site in the North Raleigh/Wake Forest area. John began his coaching career assisting Chad Onken with the Raleigh Platinum Group. 

Coach John grew up in Charlotte, NC and swam with NSS. While swimming with NSS he ranked top 10 in the country for the 200 butterfly for his age group and achieved a 2012 Olympic trial cut and finished top 50 in the nation. After high school, John moved to NC State where he swam four years with the Wolfpack. John was named Captain his Senior year, and lead his team to an ACC Championship Title. That same year he was named an alternate for the 2015 NCAA team and became an All-American as a member of the 400 medley relay. 


Rachel Muller

Assistant Senior Coach



Brooks Teal

Head Age Group Coach & Taylor Family Site Director

Phone: 919-582-9388

Brooks Teal is beginning his second year as site director for YOTA at the Kerr Family YMCA.  Brooks comes  to YOTA with a deep appreciation for the YMCA and its mission, along with a love of swimming and years of coaching experience.    Brooks’ club coaching career began in his hometown, Tarboro, NC, and includes nine years as Head Coach and Director of Competitive Swimming with the YMCA of Raleigh, which ultimately grew to become YOTA.    In 1988, the Raleigh YMCA Men’s team,led by future Olympic gold medalist, world record holder, and NCAA champion, David Fox, captured the National YMCA Men’s Team Championship.  

As a collegiate coach, Brooks led the James Madison University men’s team to six conference championship titles in his seven seasons there, and was inducted into the JMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Brooks served as Head Coach at his alma mater, NC State University, for eleven years. During his tenure, NC State produced two NCAA Champions; Cullen Jones won the 50 Free in 2007, and Kristen Davies won the Platform Diving title in 2009.    Cullen and teammate Dan Velez both competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, with Cullen also making the USA Team and competing in 2012 in London.    Cullen won four Olympic medals, two Gold and two Silver, and was an American and World record holder.    While at NC State, Brooks was one of six national finalists for the 2006 American Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year and was a member of the USA National Team coaching staff at the World Championships in Australia in 2007.  

Brooks’ collegiate coaching career also included stops at Indian River State College, Clemson Univ ersity and St. Andrews University.

Brooks’ education includes an undergraduate degree in Engineering from NC State and a masters degree in Physical Education from East Carolina.    Brooks lives in Holly Springs with his wife, Mary, and they have two children, Stephanie, an App State graduate, and Logan, who graduated from Old Dominion.

Tony Carroll

Chapel Hill Site Director

Coach Tony spent the last five years as the Senior Coach at Lakeside Swim Team in Louisville, KY. In that time, the program was named a Gold medal team four times and Silver medal team once. He has been named to the US National Junior Team Coaches List twice (2018-19 & 2019-20) and he has served on four different Zone and Select Camp staffs. He has been nominated for the Fitter & Faster / ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year award twice and was named the KY Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2017.


Prior to Lakeside, was the Head Age Group Coach for the Bluefins Swim Team (Carrollton, GA) and assisted multiple club programs in Indiana while he was in college. He also spent three years working for as an Editor and Web Producer.


As an athlete, Tony grew up swimming in South Bend, IN and went on to swim in college for IUPUI where he was team captain his junior and senior years and was a USA Swimming National Qualifier. 


Caleb Camp

Interim Chapel Hill Site Director



Mark Franz

Downtown Durham Site Director

This is Mark Franz first year working for YOTA and he bleeds YOTA purple. He began his love of competitive swimming as a member of YOTA Swim Team back in 2006 at the Finley Site in North Raleigh where Tom Hazelett was his coach and mentor. He then went on to become a four year collegiate swimmer at Pfeiffer University in Richfield, NC.  After college, Mark continued to coach, serving as an interim head coach for Pfeiffer University. During his time at Pfeiffer, Mark led the team to a record breaking season and helped the school finish NCAA’s with highest place in the schools history. During his time at Pfeiffer Mark was named as a coach of distinction from ASCA and produced multiple All-American Athletes. Mark then Joined Sailfish Aquatics in Concord NC, where he served as a Lead Age Group Coach. Mark has been in that role for the past 4 years where he has established himself as a successful leader, producing athletes that went on to become state champions, age group state record holders and even produced a national top ten age group swimmer. Mark has a unique, engaging and fun style of coaching and looks forward to working with the YOTA staff, swimmers and the Y. 
Will Close 

Kerr Site Director

Will began his time as a swimmer learning to swim at the NCSU faculty club and finished it competing as a varsity athlete for the UNC Tar Heels. As a youth, he swam for the Marlins of Raleigh and Broughton High School where he competed in both regional and national arenas. He now pursues his passion for the sport by coaching athletes young and old, seeking to impart on them the same love for swimming that drives him to this day. During his tenure as a coach, Will has coached two NAG record holders, two state record holders, ESSZ and NCS AG champions, and multiple NCS select camp qualifiers. Will also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina. He and his wife, Hannah Close, met swimming in the Raleigh area, and together they are the proud parents of two beautiful girls.


Macy Blake

Ingram Site Director


Macy Blake is thrilled to be starting her first year with YOTA. She is a 2019 graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health. During her four years at Penn State, she coached for the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. In her fourth year, she served as Head Coach and lead a small, but mighty, group of age groupers to their most successful season yet. Her group of 11 swimmers placed 5th overall at the 2019 Middle Atlantic Long Course Jr. Olympics. Additionally, several of her swimmers have been consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally over the last three years. 

Though she is a Rhode Island native, Macy grew up in Pennsylvania where she began competitively swimming at a young age; and interesting enough swam for Coach Jerry Foley for a sometime before she relocated to State College PA for her high school years.  Macy has a passion for the sport of swimming that driven her to be the coach she is today. Macy believes in the motto “work hard, do it right, make it happen” and is excited to share this with her new YOTA swimmers. She will join YOTA on September 3, 2019.  


Keaton Williams

OPC Age Group Site Director