Coach Katia joined our coaching staff in 2018 and is excited to join us for her fourth season coaching and first year as Head Coach. She is a rising Senior at Campbell University majoring in Special Education. She has 10 years of competitive swimming on both a year round team in Ohio and the local High School team.
Katia's favorite stroke is: Best Stroke - Breaststroke, but she loves them all. Her favorite movie is August Rush. Compared to year-round swimming, she finds the best part of summer swim is the laid back atmosphere where there is more time to focus on the technique without pressure.
Coach Mya joined the Barracudas in 2017 as a swimmer, became a Jr Coach in 2018, and became an assistant coach in 2019. She is a rising Sophomore at NC State double majoring in Cognitive Science and International Studies.
Her favorite stroke is freestyle specifically the 50 Free and 200 IM. One of her favorite movies is Thor: Ragnarok! Mya's favorite show is Sherlock (on Netflix). She loves mystery shows because she likes to try and solve the cases while the main characters are as well! What she loves most about summer swim is the positive/relaxed environment, in addition to being able to swim in the outdoors!
Coach Kyle is an original Barracuda having joined the team in 2015. He began Jr Coaching in 2018 and this is his first year as an Age Group Coach. He is a rising Senior at Apex Friendship High School in the Academy of Engineering and swims for his High School as well as his year round club team: Go YOTA.
His favorite event is the 100 freestyle. His favorite book is It by Stephen King, and his favorite movie is Tombstone, "I"m your Hucklberry!"
Coach Dillon joined our Barracudas as a swimmer and Jr Coach in 2021. He is a rising Sophomore at Clemson University studying mechanical Engineering. He looks forward to working with our 15 to 18 year old Barracudas.
Dillon's favorite stroke is butterfly and he loves the community aspect of summer swim. His favorite books to read are the entire series of Percy Jackson.
Coach William joined our Barracudas in 2021 as a swimmer and Jr Coach. He is a rising Senior at Apex Friendship High School and is an athlete of many talents: he swims, plays football and lacrosse for the High School.
His favorite stroke is the butterfly and summer swim is all about the Meet! His favorite movie is The Princess Bride, "As you wish..."
Coach Stasia is an original Barracuda having swam with our team in 2015. She joined the Jr Coaching staff in 2019. She is a rising Junior at Apex Friendship High School and swam on the high school team.
Her favorite book is The Joy Luck Club and her favorite movie is Princess and the Frog. The best part of summer swim team is the community and friendly competition.
Coach Stephanie is another one of the original Barracudas. She was co-head coach with Mark in 2015. Her work moved out of the state for a couple of years and returned her to us in 2018. She is our Coaching Committee Chair and assistant coach on the team. We are lucky to have her coaching and guidance on the pool deck.
Stephanie's favorite events are the 100 yard freestyle or the 200 yard freestyle relay- especially when she gets to anchor for the relay! Her favorite movie is Wedding Crashers and she is a huge fan of anything written by Ken Follett. She describes summer swim as the best place to meet new friends and loves cheering for the team. She likens summer swim meets to one big camp out with friends.
2022 Junior Coaches
- Mary Grace Aycock
- Caroline Aycock
- Austin Poole
- Palmer Boozer
- Kate Umstead
- Hannah Losack
- Payton Zippi
- Eden Andrzejewski
- Ilya Feterovskiy
- Isabella Burleson
- Taylor Reynolds
- Catey Lund
- Owen Sefried
- Ella Chamberlain
- Lylah Graef
Any current member of the swim team that is over the age of 13 may apply to be one of our junior coaches. Junior coaches have the following responsibilities:
- Lead by example during practice and swim meets
- Lead team in cheers during meets
- Assist coaching staff with 6 & under and 7&8 age groups during practices. Junior coaches do not need to be at every practice, but are required to assist with at least 3 practices a week.
- Kid Catch during meets - 6 & under only swim 15 yards during a meet which means they finish in the middle of the pool. Junior coaches get in the pool and "catch" 6 & under swimmers when they pass the rope and then assist them to the wall. Junior coaches can help a swimmer in later heats if they need it.