NCAC Coaching Staff


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Coaching Staff

Sean Quinn

Head Coach


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 swimming career.    

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.

Kathy McKee

Assistant Coach


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.

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.

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.

Keri Cleary

Assistant Coach


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!


Gia Wright

Assistant Coach


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 (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 Pate

Assistant Coach


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.

David Tucker

Assistant Coach


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 Division III.

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 White Group.

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 coaching staff.

Coach David will assume his new position here at NCAC effective Monday May 5 and will be leading our Journey group.

Welcome Coach David!

Charles B Peterson

Assistant Coach


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 improvement.

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 Windham

Assistant Coach


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!

Sean McGinley

Assistant Coach


Julia Neal

Assistant Coach


Anna Brown

Assistant Coach


Yasmin Khera

Assistant Coach