Coach Mark works for Railinc in Cary, NC. He is also a coach for the Raleigh Area Masters and was the Head Coach of the Barracudas from 2015-2018. Before moving to NC Coach Mark was an age group coach for the NH Fins USA Swim Team.
Coach Mark is also an international masters swimmer competing in distance freestyle events. He has competed in several national and international meets including the 2018 Pan American Championship where he placed 5th in the 800 free, 8th in the 200 fly, and 9th in the 400 IM and 400 Free. Mark will be competing for North Carolina in the 50th anniversary of the US Masters Nationals in April.
Coach Katia joined our coaching staff in 2018 and is excited to join us for her third season. She attends Campbell University studing Elementary and Special Education. She has a 10 year long history of competitive swimming on both a year round team in Ohio and the local High School team.
Katia's favorite stroke is breaststroke, but she loves them all especially the 200 IM. She is proud to admit that her favorite movie is and always will be The Little Mermaid. 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 sport through and through without pressure.
Welcome to the team Coach Kelsie. She is a teacher in the Wake County public school system with experience swimming in summer leagues and coaching middle school softball.
Her favorite stroke is freestyle, she loves the movie A League of Their Own and her absolute favorite thing about summer swim is having FUN as a team and watching swimmers grow during the summer season.
Coach Mya joined the Barracudas in 2017 as a swimmer and as a swimmer and Jr Coach in 2018.
Her favorite stroke is freestyle and relay events. Her favorite book is Star Wars: Bloodline and her favorite movie is Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. What she loves most about summer swim is the warm outdoor temperatures.
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.
We will interview Junior Coaches the week of April 17 - 24, 2020.
Any current member of the swim team that is over the age of 13 may apply to be one of our 10 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 2 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.
If your swimmer is interested in being a junior coach send an email to: [email protected] requesting an interview. Emails need to be sent on or before April 16th. Interviews will be held the week of April 17-24th.