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).

Coach Lauren M. – Personnel and Talent Development Director

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.

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 current school record holder 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 Jesse – Instructor

Jesse is a North Carolina born, Durham native. She has always loved the water, participating in summer and year-round swim leagues since she was 8. At age 16 she became a lifeguard and began teaching swim lessons a year later. She continued to teach lessons before becoming head swim coach at Camp Riverlea. Jesse graduated from UNCG with a major in Design and a minor in Dance and aims to follow her design career while still pursuing the joy and satisfaction she gets from teaching. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and skill levels, but has a special place in her heart for the smiles and songs of her baby and toddler classes.

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 plans to swim on her summer swim team for her thirteenth consecutive year! 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 currently attends Apex High School.

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 Gwendolyn – Instructor

Gwendolyn grew up in Orlando, Florida and moved here 2 years ago. She began competitive swimming when she was 12 years old, but she has loved the water ever since she was a baby. She swims at Wake Forest High School, and has made it to regionals with her fellow swimmers. She loves working with children and encouraging them to do great things. She taught her 5 year old brother how to swim this past summer and he has loved the pool ever since. Gwendolyn wants to continue to teach children how to swim and influence them in every way possible.

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 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 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.