Sean Quinn became a member of the North Carolina Aquatic Club
family beginning in 2003. Through his time here at NCAC Sean
has coached every level of the program from swim school through
seniors. In his experience Sean has enjoyed getting to know
his athletes and finding challenging positive techniques to help
that athlete explore and achieve their full potential not only in
competitive swimming but learning the value of this process that
can be applied in life. Sean looks forward leading NCAC and
providing opportunities for our swimmers to enjoy the wonderful
sport of swimming while teaching, challenging, and supporting them
every chance he gets.
Sean had a successful swimming career though he did not begin
year round swimming until the age of 13 he was fortunate to have a
strong support from coaches and family. His parents Walter and
Cheryl and his wonderful sister Kathleen always found a way to be
supportive while also allowing him to travel the path on his
own. Through his hard work and commitment to the sport Sean
became a National and Olympic Trial qualifier specializing in
Breaststroke, IM, and Distance Freestyle. Sean earned several
opportunities to represent the U.S. on National Junior Team, Short
Course World Championship Team, and his highest accomplishment
earning a silver medal at the Pan American Games. Sean also
placed 5th at the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 200 meter
breaststroke. Swimming here at the University of North
Carolina Sean has become a Tar Heel for life and is so grateful for
all of the opportunities and life skills acquired through his
In Sean’s free time he enjoys spending time with his
wonderful wife Beth and his two crazy dogs Kayla and Jacks.
Any chance to get outdoors whether it is heading to the beach,
mountains, or just enjoying Chapel Hill Sean loves getting outdoors
and any sort of activities with his friends and family.
A Chapel Hill native, Kathy began her coaching career in the
mid-1970’s as a summer league coach at Chapel Hill Tennis
Club. Her first club coaching job was Chapel Hill Swim Club that
swam out of Bowman Gray which was then the UNC varsity teams’
After leaving Chapel Hill, Kathy spent seventeen years as the
Head Age Group Coach at Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta and helped
develop many great national level swimmers including Mary Ellen
Blanchard (who broke two American records) plus Carlton Bruner and
Eric Wunderlich who both represented the United States on the 1996
In 1994 Kathy was hired by Mecklenburg Aquatic Club to begin a
new satellite of MAC, operating at Davidson
College. During Kathy’s time with MAC she was part of a
staff that grew that club into one of the best teams in both North
Carolina and the USA. She was involved in all aspects of the MAC at
Davidson branch, coaching pre-competitive swimmers all the way up
to national level swimmers. Kathy coached multiple swimmers to the
USA National Junior Team and was given the opportunity to serve as
a coach for the 2007 National Junior Team that traveled to
Australia to compete. More recently, Kathy coached some current UNC
swimmers during their developmental years as members of
Three times, Kathy earned the Georgia Age Group Coach of the
Year Award, was recognized by Georgia Swimming with a special award
from her peer coaches recognizing her contributions for her
outstanding coaching for seventeen years in the Georgia LSC. She
was also awarded the Phillips Outstanding Service Award though USA
Swimming and Georgia Swimming.
Kathy has served on numerous committees with USA swimming, North
Carolina Swimming, and Georgia Swimming. She also served on
the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Board of Directors
for six years. She has spoken at the annual ASCA World Clinic
numerous times, several regional clinics and clinics in England and
We are proud to welcome Coach Kathy to NCAC and are confident
that she will make an immediate and positive impact upon our club
the moment she steps on the pool deck. Kathy’s experience
makes her an outstanding addition to our program. We look forward
to welcoming Kathy in late August and having her help mold our
young athletes into not only great swimmers but great people.
NCAC is proud to announce the addition of Coach Keri Cleary to
our full time NCAC coaching staff. Keri emerged from a sea of
excellent candidates in our national search for our next age group
coach.ý Through the interview and reference process Keri
separated herself as a skilled, dedicated, driven, and passionate
swim coach.Her experience and drive has propelled her to be one of
the best young age group coaches in the country and we are thrilled
to have her here at NCAC!
Coach Keri will get to work right away in our efforts to
continue development and improvement of our age group program. Our
program goals demand excellent teaching and commitment at our age
group level and Coach Keri will fill that need impeccably.
Keri Cleary is from the Boston area where she was born and
raised in New Hampshire and attended school at Simmons College in
Boston, Mass. At Simmons, she earned her Bachelors in Exercise
Science and swam all four years. Simmons participated in both the
GNAC and NEISDA conferences where Keri was a multi-time conference
champion and record holder for Simmons. Keri received GNAC swimmer
of the year her freshman, junior and senior year. She was captain
at Simmons both her junior and senior year and also received the
Simmons Athlete of the Year award her Senior year.
While at Simmons, Keri gained experience working as a physical
therapy aide at a local outpatient clinic, coached summer league
swimming for five summers and also assisted Simmons College in day
swim camps. Keri enjoys communication with people and has great
exposure in both exercise science and swimming.
The summer of 2009, Keri and her husband, Devin, moved to North
Carolina where the Raleigh Swimming Association hired her. While at
RSA, Keri started a learn-to- swim program that fed into RSA's year
round swim groups. Keri assisted several practice groups at RSA
ranging from novice to senior, served as Lead Coach with RSA's
competitive 6-9 year old groups and their 8-11 year old group for 3
years. Keri has also coached her swimmers to the state level. At
RSA, Keri was responsible for overseeing summer league spring
clinics, summer league swimming and played a key factor in starting
up a track-out swim camp for RSA.
Keri enjoys staying active and to be around her husband and
friends. She loves to run and swim and is excited to get more
involved in triathlons. Keri is thrilled to have the opportunity to
join NCAC and looks forward to being a part of their success!
Coach Gia graduated from North Carolina A&T State University
in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science, English Secondary Education
Magna Cum Laude and then earned her Masters of Arts
English/African American Literature also from North Carolina
A&T State University in December of 2013.
Gia Wright was an outstanding swimmer at A&T for four
seasons, breaking numerous school records. In 2008, she was named
Senior Female Athlete of the Year by the department and was a team
Since the fall of 2008 Gia has been a full time 8th
Grade Language Arts teacher at Aycock Middle School in Greensboro,
North Carolina while also working as an assistant swim coach under
Coach Shawn Hendrix at North Carolina A&T State University.
Gia credits the positive leadership and support of her advisors,
professors, and most importantly, her team and coach, Shawn Hendrix
in her journey and feels prepared to become a full time coach so
that she can completely commit her energy and passion to helping
kids work towards their goals in and out of the pool.
Coach Gia's primary responsibilities will be to lead the
Exploration (assisted by Coach Josh), Nova (assisted by Coach
Julia), and Masters Groups while also working with the rest of the
staff in day to day operations.
Through the interview process it became evident that Gia will
complement our already amazing full time staff and we are thrilled
to be adding someone with great passion and willingness to work
hard as we continue to raise the bar of excellence here at NCAC.
Virginia first coached with NCAC in 2005 and has been a
consistent member of the NCAC coaching staff since the start of the
2010-2011 short course season. A native of Winston-Salem, NC,
Virginia has been involved with swimming since before she can
remember, taking her first steps at one of her older sister’s
swim meets. She swam collegiately at the University of
Georgia, where she specialized in IM and breaststroke.
Virginia qualified for the NCAA Championships her sophomore and
senior years and was co-captain of the 2003-2004 NCAA Championship
runner-up team her senior year at UGA. After graduating from
UGA in 2005 with dual degrees in exercise science and math, she
returned to NC to earn her master’s degree from UNC in
Biostatistics in 2007. She currently spends her days working
as an applications analyst in the pharmacoepidemiology group within
the Epidemiology Department in the UNC School of Public Health.
Virginia is very appreciated of NCAC for providing her with the
opportunity to remain involved with the sport of swimming. As
a coach, she strives to help swimmers see what they can accomplish
when they truly commit to themselves and their goals.
NCAC is proud to announce the addition of Coach David Tucker to our
coaching staff. David has over 25 years of coaching
experience extending Summer League, USA Club, YMCA, and NCAA
Coach David was most recently Co-Head Coach and owner of
Lowe’s YMCA in Charlotte, North Carolina and recently moved
to the triangle area when his wife Kathy was promoted to Division
President of NV Homes in Cary, NC.
David and his wife Kathy have been married for 25 years and have
two children; Austin who is a freshman at Virginia Tech and Elle
who is a junior at Panther Creek High School and in our Performance
Coach David has a wealth of experience and is driven to help others
achieve their goals.
NCAC is excited for the immediate impact David will make on our
program and is thrilled to welcome such an experienced coach to our
Coach David will assume his new position here at NCAC effective
Monday May 5 and will be leading our Journey group.
Welcome Coach David!
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NCAC is proud to welcome Chip Peterson to NCAC not only as our
newest swimmer but as a member of our part-time coaching
staff. Chip is a native North Carolinian and swam for
Carteret Currents Swim Team and the University of North Carolina.
Chip is one of the most decorated swimmers in North Carolina
Swimming and UNC history.
Chip is a graduate from UNC with a degree in Biology and was a
four year letterman exceling in the IM and distance events at the
NCAA level still holding several UNC team records.
USA Swimming accomplishments: Gold medalist in the 10K open
water race at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships … placed
13th in the 10K at the 2008 Open Water World Championships in
Seville, Spain ... earned silver in the 10K at the 2007 Open Water
World Championships Trials ... has been at the forefront of the
U.S. open water surge, capturing 10K victories at the 2005, 2006
and 2007 Open Water National Championships, 2005 World
Championships and at the 2006 Pan American Open Water Championships
... took gold in the 1500m free and silver in the 10k Open Water
event at the 2007 Pan American Games ... his victory at the 2005
World Champs made him the first American male since 1991 to capture
an open water world title
After completing his swimming career Chip was hired as an
assistant coach at Costa Mesa Aquatic Club where he worked with
swimmers ranging in age and ability specializing in technical
In the fall of 2012 Chip was hired as the Head Coach of West
Carteret High School in which Coach Chip led them to successful
season growing team size, qualifiers for regional and state meet.
Chip is currently considering a swimming comeback and is
being trained by Coach Sean both with the senior group as well as
individual practice sessions.
For the remainder of the season Coach Chip will be making the
rounds assisting all of our practice groups to be mentored by our
staff but also to get to know the workings of our program.
Beginning with the long course season Coach Chip will be given
more active role and responsibilities. We are excited about
the immediate impact Coach Chip will have here at NCAC.
Please find the time to welcome Coach Chip to the NCAC family!
Josh is a second year student at UNC School of Law. After
swimming for NOMAD in Charlotte growing up, he coached for YOTA for
three years, and served as the head coach for multiple summer
league teams during that time. This is Josh's second season with
the team, and he's excited to continue bringing his experience and
love for our sport to the NCAC pool deck!