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 Diane – Co-Aquatics Director
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. From coaching, deck managing, working at the front desk, or training she loves being part of TSS
Coach Morgan H – Co-Aquatics Director
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 Kevin – Advanced Level 4 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.
Tara – Customer Support
Tara was born and raised in the Triangle area and has always had a passion for organizing and teaching, as well as a huge heart for children. Prior to having children of her own, she had an administrative background in a dental office and loved the interaction with the patients. After having 4 children of her own, she decided to dedicate those years to home schooling. She also tutored several groups of home schooled children in English and Writing in the group which they were involved. Once her children were in high school and she had an "empty nest", she decided to welcome little ones into her home and babysat for a few years before deciding to enter the formal workplace. Tara loves being a part of the Triangle Swim School team where she is once again able to combine her love for children along with the ability to put her administrative skills to good use.
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 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 Heather – Instructor
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 – 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 Lauren – Instructor
Lauren was born in Kokomo, Indiana and moved to Raleigh, NC a few years ago. Her parents have had her in the water from a very young age and she has had a love for the water ever since. In her small town in Indiana she taught all of her siblings to swim off a dock at a lake near their house. She has been lifeguarding for several years and is certified in AED, CPR, First-Aid, and lifeguarding. Lauren loves teaching her kids and is very dedicated to the unique needs of every child. She plans to go to college and major in Education. Lauren hopes to one day become an elementary school teacher, so she can continue impacting the lives of children. When Lauren is not in the water she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Teaching swim lessons at Triangle Swim School is one of Lauren's favorite hobbies and she hopes she can impact as many swimmers as possible.
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 Challen – Instructor
Challen started swimming when she was in first grade . Her love for swimming grew as she swam on the swim team for eight years. She has a passion for teaching children the valuable life skill of swimming correctly. Challen loves children and wants to continue to work with them by pursuing a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social work.
Coach Amy – Instructor
Coach Amy is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina for an Americops service year. She studied at Franklin & Marshall and has worked as a Museum Educator and preschool teacher. Amy joined Triangle Swim School as a parent looking for the best school for her own children to "learn to swim correctly the first time". She began coaching in 2015 with a passion for introducing babies to the water. Over the years, Amy has enjoyed coaching swimmers of all ages and observing families progress in the water with confidence.
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 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 Ashley – Instructor
Coach Ashley was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She grew up swimming for Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team as well as Millbrook High School. She graduated from Sweet Briar College where she majored in Psychology. Ashley swam all 4 years at SBC. Shortly after graduating, Ashley was the assistant coach for one year at Columbia College in Columbia, SC. She currently works full time with individuals with autism providing Applied Behavior Analysis services. She recently graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a masters in Professional Behavioral Analysis. She has a passion for helping individuals grow in their skills in and out of the pool. Ashley thinks it is important for everyone to not only learn how to swim, but also learn how to be comfortable in the water.
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 Jesse – Instructor
Jesse was born in Fort Worth, TX and grew up in Raleigh, NC. She has been swimming since she was 3 and swam competitively on a summer swim team. She is currently a senior at Millbrook High School and has been a part of her school cheer team for 4 years. Jesse is passionate about helping kids learn and watching them grow, especially in the pool!
Coach Pranisha – Instructor
Coach Pranisha was born in Nepal and grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska. She is a student at NC State University and hopes to become a therapist one day. Pranisha has always loved being in a learning environment with children. Her favorite part of Triangle Swim School is getting to teach kids how to swim correctly the first time and making a positive impact on their lives!
Coach Erika – Instructor
Born in Wilson, NC and raised in Raleigh, Erika has 3 younger brothers and learned to swim at a local summer camp. The one thing that helped her not be afraid was someone saying the pool was just "one huge bathtub". After obtaining her Masters of Education, she has continued to teach preschool full time for over 10 years. She has a knack for helping others achieve their goals and is very passionate about helping others enjoy the water as much as she does. She LOVES the pool- it's her happy place! She became a swim instructor not only because of her love for the pool, but also because of her love of learning and making mistakes. If she had a slogan it would be "Practice makes it better". She was drawn to Triangle Swim School because of the relationships they build with families and the importance of water safety.
Coach Sydney K – Instructor
Coach Syd grew up in Lincolnton, NC, a small town about an hour south west of Charlotte. She swam competitively from ages 11 to 15 on various school and summer league teams. Her last two years of high school she attended the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC and spent her summers lifeguarding pools and teaching swim lessons in her hometown. Coach Syd is now majoring in Marine Science with a concentration in Biological Oceanography and is looking forward to being a part of Triangle Swim School.
Coach Caroline – Instructor
Coach Caroline was born in New Hampshire, quickly after moved to Massachusetts, and finally at 9 years old, moved to Raleigh North Carolina. She began swimming at 3 years old. Her grandfather was an Olympic swimmer for Cuba so she has been swimming since she can remember. From the ages of 10-16 she was on the competitive New Wave Swim Team and would compete on her neighbor swim team in the summer. Caroline graduated from Durham Academy Upper School in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Business degree at Wake Tech. Caroline is the eldest of four sibling as has extensive experience with kids. Caroline is passionate about helping children and adults progress in their swimming, along with building their confidence in the water. Caroline teaches ages 2-adult, special needs included.
Coach Regan – Instructor
Regan was born and raised in Bangor, Maine and relocated to North Carolina at the end of 2017. At 10 months old, her mother enrolled her in baby/parent swim classes and she has loved the water ever since! Growing up she spent every summer in her family's pool playing with her 4 siblings or at a lake with friends. Regan also spent 5 years swimming competitively along with 2 summers spent lifeguarding at a children's summer camp. Outside of the water, she can be found riding her motorcycle or at the dogpark with her dog, Wally!
Coach Kelsea – Instructor
Coach Kelsea is a freshman at Wake Tech Community College and plans on transferring to NC State University for Environmental Engineering. She has lived in North Carolina for 4 years now, having moved here her freshman year of high school from Long Island, NY. Kelsea absolutely loves the water! She spent entire summers in the water with her dad or her best friends. She loves spending time with kids, trying to make them laugh and smile as much as possible! She is very much looking forward to working with children every day and teaching them how to swim!
Coach Cassidy – Instructor
Cassidy grew up in Holly Springs, North Carolina and has practically grown up in the water. Her mother was a former Olympic swimmer and put her through swimming lessons at a very early age. Since then, she has loved swimming and finds it to be wonderful exercise. She has a BS in Exercise Science and is thinking about going to graduate school to get her masters in coaching. She is also certified in AED, CPR, and first aid. When she is not coaching, you can find her back in the water sporting a tail as she performs as a mermaid at children's birthday parties. She approaches lessons with enthusiasm and wants the children to appreciate the value of exercise and play.
Coach Myles – Instructor
Coach David – Instructor
David grew up in Arlington, Texas where he started swim lessons as a toddler. He joined the Marine Corps when he was 19 years old to become a Recon Marine, where much of the selection course is done in the water. After becoming a Recon Marine, he got certified as a combatant diver, diving supervisor, and instructor of water survival which allowed him to get a position as a pre-dive instructor, a mandatory course that all Raider and Recon Marines must pass before attending dive school. After leaving the Marine Corps, David moved to Raleigh where he has lived for the past two years. He is currently enrolled in school using his G.I. Bill benefits.
Coach Sierra – Instructor
Coach Sierra has lived in Cary, NC her entire life and loves it here. She loves the water, especially the beach. Sierra swam on a summer swim team when she was a kid but has now moved on to competitive diving. Currently a Junior at Enloe High School, Sierra has also been teaching gymnastics since she was 14. She loves spending time with kids and is excited to help teach them the life-long skill that is swimming.