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. 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 values the opportunity of leading NCAC and providing opportunities for our swimmers to enjoy the 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 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 swimming career.
In Sean’s free time he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Beth, beautiful daughter Alice his dog Kayla. 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’ pool.
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 Olympic Team.
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 SwimMACCarolina.
Kathy moved back to Chapel Hill to coach NCAC in the fall of 2012. While coaching at NCAC Kathy has coached swimmers to numerous team and state records and one National Junior team member. In addition, she received the NC Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award in 2014.
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 Portugal.
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.
Coach Keri is the lead of the Challenge and Discovery groups here at NCAC. She also performs the swimmer evaluations and oversees many new swimmers joining our program here at NCAC. While at NCAC, Coach Keri has had multiple swimmes make the NCS Select Camp, NCS Open Water Camp and the NCS Zone Team. Along with swimmers making various NCS teams, swimmers have won individual state events and have broken NCAC Team Records and NCS State records.
Coach Keri and her husband Devin have a son, Carter. The three of them enjoy their time together as a family and love to be active outdoors.
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 captain.
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 Group and Head our Masters program while also working with the rest of the staff in day to day operations.
Coach Brad Langford is from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. He was
born and raised in Mason, Ohio and attended the University of
Cincinnati, where he earned his Bachelors in Organizational
Leadership and swam for four years. The Bearcats were in the
Big East, where Coach Langford competed at his first conference
championship in his fourth year, after overcoming multiple shoulder
During high school, Brad swam for William Mason HS where he was
a 3 time All American and multiple event school record
holder. It is also there that he started his coaching career
upon finishing his collegiate swimming. Brad had the
opportunity to work with his former coach and mentor for 3
productive years. During Coach Brad’s time at Mason the Boys
High School team re-established themselves at the top of their
respective conference, bringing back a conference title that had
been out of reach for 5 years.
After his time at William Mason HS, Brad was hired by M.E. Lyons
YMCA/Anderson Barracudas. His responsibilities included; Lead
Coach of the White Group and assisted with the Red and National
Groups. His swimmers ranged in age from 12-18 years.
Additionally while with the Barracudas he coached for 1 year in
West Clermont School District leading a joint high school team of
Glen Este/Amelia High Schools. This was the first year for
Amelia’s swimming as well as the first year as a joint
team. While there were challenges along the way, Brad’s
commitment and hard work helped the team see great progress both as
a team and in the pool.
Brad’s club career was with the Cincinnati Marlins,
swimming with them for 14 years. During his HS and college
years he coached Four Bridges Country Club for 5 years. It
was through his time at both Marlins and coaching summer club that
he learned from the coaches around him a strong foundation and
philosophy towards the sport that guides him today.
Each and every day Coach Brad promotes the importance of great
technique, hard work, and having fun. Working hard and having
fun can occur concurrently and ultimately leads to a healthier and
more successful swimmer.
Outside of swimming, Coach Brad likes spending time hiking,
fishing, running and woodworking. He also enjoys spending
time with his family and friends. Coach Brad is excited to be a
part of the NCAC program and looks forward to getting to know
everyone while helping the program work towards its goals.
Coach Brad will start Thursday April 16 and will get right to
work fulfilling our program’s mission to offer the highest
quality swim coaching. Our program goals demand excellent
teaching and commitment to our athletes and Coach Brad is prepared
to make an immediate impact along with the rest of our coaching
staff helping our swimmer’s work towards their goals.
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.
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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!