Coach Matt – Owner
Debbie Baldwin – Customer Service Manager
Debbie is a native of Garner, North Carolina. She earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Communication with a concentration in Deaf Education. She has two teenage daughters that are avid dancers. She has always had a passion for helping others and working with children. She has been teaching preschoolers for 18 years. She also has many years of administrative/sales experience. She grew up with no fear of the ocean or the pool but that changed when she got caught up in the ocean current and had to be rescued. She has also lost 2 friends to drowning so safety around water is very important to her. She loves Triangle Swim School because they work with “Safer 3 Foundation” and the “National Drowning Prevention Alliance” teaching safety around water as well as teaching you or your children to swim.
Coach Heather – Talent Development Coordinator
Heather was born in Philadelphia, PA. At age of 11 she moved to Gastonia, NC. She swam competitively for Gaston Gators, Gardner Acers (summer league), and for 4 years of high school at Ashbrook High School. Heather attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and swam Division I A.During her time in Charleston, Heather coached summer league swimming at the Country Club of Charleston for four years, as well as, USSA 9-10 year olds and Masters for Mount Pleasant Swim Club in Mount Pleasant, SC. She currently lives in Durham with her husband, Scott, and three children: Mary- Addison (9), Ryon (10) and Marco (13), and three dogs, Breckenridge, Riley and Lilly.Heather is passionate about teaching children with special needs, and seeks to encourage both children and adults to discover their own confidence and strength.
Coach Kevin – Talent Development Coordinator
Coach Kevin was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. He grew up swimming for YOTA Swim Team and Broughton High School. He is a recent graduate from Florida State University where he majored in Applied Economics and Information Communication Technology (ICT). Kevin also swam 4 years at FSU and is the former school record holder (2014-2019) in the 200 Freestyle (1:34.52). He is now retired but his love of the sport continues through helping others learn to swim and improve their skills.
Scott – Facilities Manager
Scott was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, where he began to participate in swim team at the age of 6. He swam in a local city summer swim league until the age of 16. Scott then spent 5 and a half years as a lifeguard, before earning his national and local CPO certifications in 2014. In college, he earned science degrees at East Carolina University and NC State University, and currently works full time as an environmental chemist in Durham, North Carolina.
Coach Isaiah – Lead Instructor
Isaiah was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to North Carolina when he was six years old. He learned to swim at a very young age and has loved being in the water ever since. When he was twelve years old he moved to Seoul, South Korea, where he participated in his middle school's swim team in 7th and 8th grade. Isaiah moved back to Raleigh, North Carolina in 9th grade. He was part of his high school's varsity swim team from 9th - 12th grade and was part of UNC's club swim team during his freshman year of college. Isaiah worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA and the Greenway Club for 3 years. Isaiah is currently a student at UNC Chapel Hill studying chemistry.
Coach Khadijah – Lead Instructor
Khadijah was born and raised in North Carolina. She started swimming at the age of 3 and began swimming competitively with New Wave Swim Team from the ages of 7 to 12. As a young athlete, she was not only involved in swimming but also perfected the skills of dance, tennis, and figure skating. Her other skills include certification as a lifeguard, certified nurse aide 1, and swim coach for the Kildaire Farm Killer Whales Swim Team. She graduated from Athens Drive High School and swam on their Varsity Swim Team for 3 years and was also on their dance team. Ever since she was a young girl she has always had a passion for healthcare and bettering the lives of others. She aspires to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is currently attending Wake Tech for their Nursing Program and plans to transfer to Duke University to obtain her Masters in Science and Nursing. She wanted to become a swim instructor because she not only hopes children and adults will take their skills and utilize them throughout their lives but, she also believes it is important that everyone learns how to swim to ensure everyone is safe when in, near, and around bodies of water. She stated that her goals for all of her students at Triangle Swim School are, "to have/take away a safe, fun, and positive learning experience and develop a sense of bravery and confidence when in any body of water". She's excited to be with us and looks forward to teaching all students.
Coach Diane – Instructor
Diane grew up right here in the Triangle and learned to swim courtesy of her older brothers constantly throwing her in the deep end. She swam competitively for 10 years on several local neighborhood swim teams in addition to lifeguarding 2 years in high school. After several years as a volunteer child advocate in Wake County, she joined TSS to work with children in fun atmosphere while teaching them an important life skill. She has a degree in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from East Carolina University and works full-time as Coordinator. Diane is CPR, First Aid, AED, & BBP certified. If anyone loves the water, it’s this girl. In her spare time she can be found swimming, kayaking, or fishing.
Coach Mary – Instructor
Mary grew up in Wake Forest where she spent her summers swimming at the town pool. She taught swim lessons and performed synchronized swimming at an early age. She was a lifeguard at age 16 and has always enjoyed watersports such as skiing and boating. As a senior at Enloe High School she swam competitively and continued to swim laps for exercise and to perfect her form through college. Mary has a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in child development from UNC at Chapel Hill. She was impressed that UNC requires all students to know how to swim in order to graduate. Mary made sure all of her kids (Roxanne, 28, Dylan, 22, and Layla, 15) learned to swim. She was drawn to Triangle Swim School because of its commitment to water safety and its unique and intuitive teaching method.
Coach Brendan – Instructor
Brendan has been around swimming for 33 years. He started swimming competitively in Fairfax, VA in 1982 for Curl Swim Club, (now called NCAP-Home of Katie Ledeckey) than swam in college at the College of Charleston. While in high school and college he taught swim lessons and coached summer swim teams in Northern Virginia and Charleston South Carolina. After college he began coaching swimming and teaching lessons as a profession. He has coached swimmers from learn to swim all the way up to Olympic and world record holders. He loves to teach swimmers the finer details of swimming. Brendan has been coaching in the triangle for the last 10 years with YOTA and then New Wave Swim Team. Brendan has over 33 years of swimming, coaching and lesson experience, Brendan has a lot of information to offer our swimmers. Out of the water Brendan and his wife have to two boys and two dogs. He loves to spend time playing with his family and dogs as well as being outdoors and going to the beach.
Coach Morgan H – Instructor
Morgan was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to NC right after. She grew up swimming throughout her whole life, as she was taught by her dad, Coach Matt. She did competitive swimming and neighborhood swimming between the ages of 5 and 15. She loves working with kids and teaching swimming, and started working for Triangle Swim School because she feels that swimming is crucial skill that everyone should have and she wants to help people achieve that skill. Throughout the past 10 years, since the swim school started, she's learned more and more about the school and it inspired her to be a part of her fathers proudest accomplishments.
Coach Devon – Instructor
Coach Devon was born in Danbury, Connecticut, later she moved to Garner, North Carolina when she was 8 years old. She and her younger brother swam for Hampton Ridge Otters. And MOR year round swim team. While she was on the team she helped the coaches out with the kids and that’s where she found her passion for teaching kids how to swim. Devon also became an assistant coach to her summer league swim team. She is currently taking classes at Wake Tech Community Collage, where she is majoring in Human Services, under mental health. She hopes to become a mental health counselor and to work with service animals.
Coach Stacey – Instructor
Coach Stacey was born in Massachusetts and learned how to swim at a very young age. She moved to North Carolina when when she was eight years old, and she continued to learn the competitive strokes to accompany her competitive running and cycling background. She is a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School where she has been training competitively for triathlons for the past two years. She also has been a member of the Varsity Track & Field team for the past four years. Stacey intends to pursue a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering starting the next fall semester.
Coach Gabby – Instructor
Gabby is originally from Spokane, Washington, but was relocated to the coast of North Carolina when her dad joined the military. She moved to Raleigh after high school, where she is currently attending Wake Technical Community College. She was a member of her high school swim team each year, serving as a captain the final two years, and was also a lifeguard. After she graduates this spring with her Associates Degree, she will be pursuing a transfer to North Carolina State University, where she will be majoring in Interpersonal Communications and minoring in Leadership Studies. From there, her hope is to teach leadership development to high school and college students.
Coach Laura – Instructor
Laura grew up in Minnesota. She started taking swim lessons at a young age and eventually became a certified lifeguard. She grew up around the water and loved swimming. Her love of swimming led her to serve 10 years in the United States Coast Guard. She spent two of those years at a small boat station conducting search and rescue missions in the bays, and ocean. In 2011, she trained and participated in a triathlon in Washington DC on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Team in Training. She is very passionate about water safety and teaching adults and children to swim. She taught her own children to swim, and stressed the importance of water safety when swimming in pools, lakes, or the ocean. She currently lives in Fuquay with her family.
Coach Tess – Instructor
Coach Tess began taking swim lessons at Triangle Swim School at the young age of four and has been swimming ever since. While taking lessons for many years, Coach Tess began swimming on a summer swim team and joined the Raleigh Swimming Association and TAC Titans later in her life. Although she has stopped swimming year round, Coach Tess has done summer swim team for the past 14 years! Her favorite part about being a member of the TSS staff is sharing her love of the sport with children of all ages and getting to know each child's strengths and weaknesses. She recently graduated from Apex High School and will be attending Arizona State University.
Coach Miles – Instructor
Miles has lived in Raleigh for the past 10 years. In 2015, He swam at Queens University of Charlotte when they won the DII National title. He's a big health and fitness enthusiast and he also writes and produces music in his downtime. He's 21 years old and plans to take his passion for health and teach people a healthy lifestyle to prolong their lifespan.
Coach Morgan S. – Instructor
Coach Morgan grew up in Apex NC. She has been swimming for her neighborhood swim team since the age of 5 and began swimming competitively for Wave at the age of 7. She is currently a senior at Cary High School and previously swam for them. Morgan has been a lifeguard for 3 years as well as a swim coach for her summer league team. She has her AED, CPR, First Aid and life guarding certifications. She loves working with kids and hopes to make them love swimming as much as she does. She hopes to one day become a nurse and coach a year around swim team on the side. When Morgan is not swimming she enjoys hanging out with her nephew and friends.
Coach Laurie – Instructor
Laurie grew up in Raleigh. Her parents had her in the water before she could walk and she loved it. She started swimming competitively at the age of 5 for a local swim club and continued until the age of 12. At that point, summer camp had started to take up most of her summer, so she had to quit the swim team. In turn, she was a lifeguard for 3 summers at that camp while in she was in college. Laurie has always loved working with kids and always wanted to teach. She graduated from Greensboro College with a degree in Special Education and taught middle school for 5 years. No longer in the education field, she loves using her passion for teaching at Triangle Swim School.
Coach Alex – Instructor
Alex was born in Ohio and learned to swim in her grandparent's pool. After many happy summers at the pool, she joined the swim team at age 13 never having learned any proper technique. Boy would Triangle Swim School have helped Coach Alex! She continued to improved and swim competitively for over three years. Alex moved to North Carolina recently after attending university and working in Louisville, Kentucky. One of he favorite positions in Louisville was teaching a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) course for middle-schoolers. She has a passion for working with kids and is looking forward to teaching kids how to swim correctly the first time!
Coach Erin – Instructor
Coach Erin is a sophomore at NC State University. She is majoring in Soil and Land Development and Hydrology. Erin swam competitively on a club team for 7 years and on her school's high school team for 4 years. She love kids and being in the water!
Coach Natalie – Instructor
Natalie was born in Starkville, Mississippi and was raised in Cary, NC. She has been swimming since she was five years old and continues to swim in the summer. She has been an assistant coach on her summer league swim team for four years. Natalie continues to be passionate about teaching children to swim and be comfortable and happy in the water. She is a senior at Research Triangle High School and captain of the cross country team. When she isn't in the pool Natalie enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Coach Kassy – Substitute Instructor
Kassy was born in Houston, Texas but spent the majority of her life in Gastonia, North Carolina. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. She is now in the pursuit of a Masters in Physiology degree from North Carolina State University and eventually plans to attend dental school. Having moved to Puerto Rico shortly after birth, Kassy was highly exposed to swimming as a baby and was taught by her father, who was a lifeguard for years and also an avid swimmer. Throughout the years, she has become passionate about swimming and was a part of her high school swim team and also worked as a lifeguard starting at age 15. Kassy loves working with children of all ages and is excited to teach children how to swim! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, working out, canvas painting and spending time with family and friends.