TSS STAFF

Coach Matt – Owner

Coach Matt grew up in a large family with eight brothers and sisters and has been around kids his whole life. He has taught hundreds of children how to swim. His teaching background is extensive having taught infants, adults, and young children.Coach Matt started as a junior instructor at 15 and put himself through college teaching and coaching swimming. He has a strong competitive swimming background having coached two undefeated summer league teams in Colorado and was a captain on his high school swim team."I am very passionate about the sport of swimming and working with kids. I taught both of my kids to swim from the time they were infants. My son Michael, who now concentrates most of his time on baseball, was Ranked #1 in North Carolina as an 8 year old and finished 2nd in 3 events at the long course state championships as a 10 year old (USA Swimming).

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 Lauren – Lead Instructor

Lauren grew up swimming competitively with her brother and sister in Frederick, MD for competitive swim team, Curl-Burke. From the time she was 5 years old until she moved to Cary, NC, she competed on a regional and statewide level. Lauren trained with Raleigh Swim Association and was a varsity swimmer for her high school. Lauren retired from competitive swimming after her freshman year at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD due to an injury. Her favorite stroke is the Butterfly! Lauren has almost 15 years of swim instructor, swim coach, and stroke technique experience. She has taught in North Carolina, Maryland, and South Florida. Swimming always has and always will be a huge part of her life. She loves getting in the water and teaching kids how to be safe and have fun all at the same time! Out of the water Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her puppy Remy.

Kerri – Front Desk Support

Kerri is from Massachusetts originally but has lived in Raleigh since 2008. Boston always feels like home when I visit- but I love being in NC, and don't plan on leaving! I am a single Mom to three awesome kids. We love to be outdoors, at the beach or lake in the summer- basically we love anything that gets us and our friends and family together to spend quality time!  I love working with kids and hands on with people in general- and at Triangle Swim School I get to do both of those things, so I truly love my job! You'll find me at the front desk, ready to help you whenever needed :)

Coach Drew

Drew has 15 years of competitive swimming and 5 years of lifeguarding, coaching and teaching experience.A dramatic fall into his grandparents’ pool at age 4 was the start to Drew’s competitive swim career. Drew grew up swimming year round with a highly competitive team in Minnesota.He moved to North Carolina and continued to swim year round with RSA and the Cary High School swim team where he was the team captain and gained eligibility to state qualifiers. He began also swimming for the Weatherstone neighborhood swim team and became the assistant coach. He was promoted to head coach and took his team to an undefeated record of 6-0.While he was coaching he also taught private swim lessons. He taught stroke development and techniques to children aging from 4 to 17 years. Drew is looking forward to joining the Triangle Swim School family. He currently enjoys swimming weekly for his own fitness and to maintain his skills at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

Coach Heather

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 Brendan

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 Diane

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 Emily

Emily is a senior at Grace Christian School, and will be attending Meredith College this fall. While at Grace, she was a four year captain of the varsity swim team, and a recipient of the 2013 Grace Christian Eagle Award, and a member of the National Honor Society. Emily has also been a member of New Wave Swim team since 2007 and has coached the New Wave Beginning Competitor Swim group since 2011. She also has been member of Cary Swim Club Swim Team since 2006, and an assistant coach for the 2013 & 2014 summer seasons. Emily is very passionate about swimming, coaching and especially teaching swimming which she considers a life skill that everyone should master. Emily is also a Red Cross certified life guard.

Coach Melanie

Melanie grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University. She started swimming competitively when she was eight years old. She started swimming competitively in her local neighborhood at that age and continued it until she moved away and also swam throughout high school, Providence Day School. She joined Triangle Swim School because she loves to work with kids and wants to inspire them not just in the swimming pool but in every other aspect. 

Coach Isaiah

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 Taylor

Taylor is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill with a passion for swimming. She grew up swimming at High Rock Lake, NC and decided to swim competitively her junior and seniors years of high school. Taylor was all-county, all-conference both years and served as team captain her senior year. She loves working with children; she has babysat for several years, coached middle school volleyball and basketball teams, and volunteered with the UNC Pediatric Hospital. Taylor is a pre-med student and is CPR certified. "With my grandparents living at the lake, my parents felt it was extremely important to teach swimming at a young age. Accidents happen every year and I want to help prevent as many of these as possible." 

Coach Midori

Midori was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina. She currently goes to school at Apex High and hopes to attend UNC Chapel Hill in the future. Her passion for swimming began at the age of 7 when she joined her summer league swim team. She joined her first year round team, RSA, when she was 10, and continued swimming year round for the next 5 years on the TAC Titans. Midori is also on the swim team for Apex High and continues to swim in the summer. She began as an assistant coach for her summer league team 2 years ago, and has been coaching kids and teaching lessons ever since. Midori loves kids and  loves teaching them how to do something she's so passionate about. In her free time, other than swimming, Midori enjoys running, writing, and music.

Coach Mary

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 Molly

At a young age Molly started swimming and spending long summers at the pool. After falling in love with swimming, she swam competitively with the Duke Aqua Devils in Durham, NC for three years winning numerous awards. Graduating from Meredith College, she has been teaching and tutoring children of all ages for the last 12 years. In her free time she enjoys swimming laps for fitness and conditioning, spending time with family, and traveling. She has a great passion for working with children with special needs in and out of the water. Molly is excited to be a part of the Triangle Swim School family where she can continue to make a difference teaching swim lessons.

Coach Killian

Coach Killian was born in Delaware and grew up all along the East Coast of the United States. He swam competitively with the Fighting Manatees in the Florida Keys before moving to North Carolina in 2011. Killian attends Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh and is joining the military. He loves the water and enjoys teaching as well as leading so Triangle Swim School totally excites him. Killian is proud to come aboard and looks forward to all that is to come.

Coach Lizzie

Lizzie was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina. She learned how to swim at a young age and swam for her local neighborhood swim team. She began teaching swim lessons in August 2015 and continues to love every second. Lizzie thinks the most rewarding part of coaching is seeing her students grow as people and swimmers. In her free time Lizzie likes to write, read books and play volleyball. 

Coach Sydney

Sydney was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina. Her family have been members of a pool for her whole life and Sydney has always been in the water. Sydney learned to swim by taking swim lessons with Coach Matt when she was younger. She has a younger brother and sister who also learned how to swim through Triangle Swim School with Coach Matt. Sydney has been on a summer swim team for 12 years. Sydney currently attends Apex High School and swam for the Cougars for one year. She is currently on the golf and lacrosse teams. Coach Sydney is excited to return to Triangle Swim School, this time as an instructor!

Coach Stacey

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 Sloane

Coach Sloane took her first swim class as an infant and has loved being in the water ever since. She began competitive swimming at age 11 and with the encouragement of her coaches, began teaching swim lessons at 14. Her favorite part about teaching is watching a student’s confidence, understanding, and character develop over time through hard work and resiliency. She enjoys learning what makes a student uniquely talented and how those talents can maximize a student’s success in and out of the water. In addition to teaching, Sloane is currently an engineering student at NCSU and works in the EMS field. She holds certifications as a Paramedic, EMT-Basic, ACLS, PALS, BLS, and AHA BLS Instructor.

Coach Pilar

Coach Pilar was born in Chicago Illinois, but moved to Mexico when she was five months old. She grew up in Mexico and then moved to Cary, NC almost three years ago. Spanish is her first language but she is very fluent with English as well. Pilar learned how to swim before she learned how to walk. She 8 months old when she started her first swim lessons. She joined the swim team at the age of 7 and continued with competitive swimming until she was 14 years old. Coach Pilar is currently a junior at Panther Creek High School and focusing on applying for colleges in state. She volunteers a lot during her free time.  UNC Chapel Hill and Appalachian State are her top college choices currently.  

Coach Kevin

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 FSU where he majored in Applied Economics and Information Communication Technology (ICT). Kevin also swam 4 years at FSU and is the current school record holder in the 200 Freestyle. He is now retired but his love the sport continues through helping others improve the swimming skills.

Coach Emily S

Coach Emily was born in Cary and raised in Lillington, North Carolina. She attended Wake Christian Academy where she played volleyball all four years of high school and graduated as a member of the National Honors Society. Emily achieved an academic scholarship to Campbell University where she is currently a freshman in general studies. Emily swam competitively for several years on the local swim team in Lillington. Emily loves being in the water and has considered studying marine biology as well. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and hopes to encourage them both in and out of the water. Emily is very excited to be part of the Triangle Swim School family and is looking forward to what the future holds.

Coach Samantha

Coach Samantha was born in Plano, Texas, but has spent most of her life here in North Carolina, mainly in the Lake Norman area. She has been swimming since she was very young and has always been in or around the water her whole life. She swam competitively for three years on her high school team where she was captain, and she is very excited to be able to continue to teach others how to swim. Sam is currently a junior at NC State, studying Industrial Engineering and is looking to join the NCSU club swimming team.

Coach Brittany S. – Baby Classes Consultant / Substitute Instructor

Brittany grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas and has loved swimming since she was very young. Brittany has loved working with children since she was a teenager and feels drawn to them. Brittany has been teaching swim lessons for about 3 years and working with children for 5 years. Although she teaches a variety of classes, she feels particularly enjoys baby classes and entry levels. "My top priority is having children who are at an entry level become safe near water.I want parents to know that if their child accidentally falls into a pool or any body of water, they will know what to do." Brittany also enjoys working with children who are fearful of water and helping them become great swimmers.

Coach Ariana – Substitute Instructor

Ariana was born in Seabeck, Washington where she started swim lessons at the local Navy base when she was just a few months old. She took to the water like a fish. She was in lessons and on swim team at the local Navy base through her early teens. After taking lessons through middle school and pursuing other sports, she became a lifeguard to continue her love of the water. Ariana has been a lifeguard since she was 15, at outdoor waterfronts for two different summer camps and indoor pools. She has taught swim lessons in Washington, Texas, and now North Carolina. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages--from babies to adults. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently studying in the Master's of Physiology program at North Carolina State University in preparation for medical school.

Coach Jeff – Substitute Instructor

Jeff was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina; where he was the youngest of 3 children. Jeff has been swimming competitively since he was 7 years old for his local neighborhood swim team and has loved being in the water ever since. Jeff swam for the Wellsley Waves swim team for 11 years. While on the team he placed both 2nd and 3rd in the Medley and Freestyle relays at the Cary City Meet when he was 12 years old. Jeff is currently attending Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, where he plans to transfer to a 4 year school and receive a degree in either business or education.

Coach Madison – Substitute Instructor

Coach Madison grew up in Apex and has lived there all her life. She has always loved being in and around the water. She swam for the Haddon Hall Hammerheads summer league team when she was 8 years old and then continued on to year round club swimming for Wave Swimming and then the TAC Titans for a total of 9 years. She is at Apex High School and has swam for the Apex High Cougars swim team every single year and is looking forward to another great season. Madison was a Red Cross certified lifeguard last summer for Scott’s Mill neighborhood. She is involved in many clubs at school and loves dogs, the beach, and kids!