Coach Katia joined our coaching staff in 2018 and is excited to join us for her fifth season coaching and second year as Head Coach. She is a graduate of Campbell University with a degree in special education (K-12) and elementary education (K-6). 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 definitely breaststroke, but she loves them all. She loves all Disney movies and binge watching various Netflix series. 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 Dillon joined our Barracudas as a swimmer and Jr Coach in 2021. He is a rising Junior at Clemson University studying mechanical Engineering. He looks forward to working with our 15 to 18 year old Barracudas for the second year coaching on our team.
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 Kyle is an original Barracuda having joined the team in 2015. He began Jr Coaching in 2018 and this is his second year as an Age Group Coach. He is a Graduate from Apex Friendship High School in the Academy of Engineering and swam all 4 years on the High School team and currently on his year round club: RSA.
He is committed to swim for Youngstown State University in the fall and will study mechanical Engineering. Go Penguins!
His favorite event is the 100 freestyle. His favorite book is It by Stephen King, and his favorite movie is Tombstone, "I"m your Huckleberry!"
Coach William joined our Barracudas in 2021 as a swimmer and Jr Coach. This will be his second year coaching as an age group coach and we are thrilled to have him back! He is a Graduate of Apex Friendship High School and is an athlete of many talents: he swims, played football and lacrosse for the High School all 4 years.
He will attend The University of South Carolina in the Darla Moore School of Business in the fall!
His favorite stroke is the butterfly and summer swim is all about the Meet! His favorite movie is The Princess Bride, "As you wish..."
Welcome back Coach Stasia is an original Barracuda having swam with our team in 2015 and her second year as an age group coach. She joined the Jr Coaching staff in 2019. She is a rising Senior 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 Mary Grace started on the Barracudas as a swimmer in 2016 and joined the Jr coaching staff in 2022. This is Mary Grace first year as an age group coach. She is a rising senior at Apex Friendship High School.
Her favorite book is Pride and Predjudice and her all time favorite movie is Hercules. Her favorite stroke is breastroke. Her favorite thing about summer swim team is just that, the team aspect. She loves cheering for her teammates, participating in team cheers, and swimming in relays.
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.
2023 Junior Coaches
- 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.