Meet Our Coaches

 
BEST IN THE UPSTATE!

Inspire & Educate

Teaching and encouraging swimmers to do their best and learn proper stroke mechanics and training practices.

Creative Workouts

Implement original, innovative and challenging workouts for all ability levels.

Support

Provide enthusiasm, compassion and motivation to help swimmers in and out of the pool.

On-deck Coaching

Offer immediate feedback, advice, tips and pointers for continuous improvement.

Leslie Scott

Founder and Head Coach
Level 4 USMS Certified Masters Coach
USMS Adult Learn To Swim Instructor

Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
College: Stephen F. Austin State University
Career: Special Education Teacher

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • 2014 Level 4 USMS Certified Masters Coach
  • 2012 Recipient of Kerry O’Brien Masters Coaches Award from USMS
  • USMS All American Open Water Swimmer
  • Swam 221 miles in one month, placing first in a workout race
  • Swam a 10-mile ocean race from Seal Beach to Long Beach in 58 degree water

Coaching Experience: Over 30 years coaching experience. Coached for many different swim teams in California, Texas, Florida and South Carolina. Coached Masters, USA age group swimming, high school, summer league, Special Olympics and a deaf swim team. Aquatic Director for First Colony in Sugarland, Texas. Coached 10 years for Hillcrest High School.

Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke

Carolyn Moore

Level 3 USMS Certified Masters Coach
USMS Adult Learn to Swim Instructor

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
College: College of Charleston
Career: Sales

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • 2017 USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • 4x All-American Swimmer at the College of Charleston
  • College of Charleston Athlete of the Year 1982
  • College Swimmer of the Year 1982 & 1983
  • Swam one summer with the 1980 Olympic Swim team
  • 31 South Carolina State USMS Records
  • 6 Dixie Zone Records – USMS
  • 10 time USMS Y National Champion
  • USMS National Long Distance Champion
  • USMS All-American Open Water Swimmer

Coaching Experience: Coaching and teaching swim clinics for the past 35 years.  Worked with summer league, age group and Masters swim programs.

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly

Amy Browning

Level 2 USMS Certified Masters Coach
USMS Adult Learn To Swim Instructor
Water Art Aquatic Fitness Certified
USA Swim Official

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
College: Clemson University
Career: Insurance

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • 2017 Recipient of Kerry O’Brien Masters Coaches Award from USMS
  • Division 1 Collegiate Swimmer, 1991-1995
  • Level 2 Certified Masters Coach from USMS
  • Age Group State Record Holder
  • Top 16 and National Qualifier

Coaching Experience: Masters swimming, SAIL summer league, Swim lessons for all age groups

Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke, IM

Casey Oliver

Level 2 USMS Certified Masters Coach
USMS Adult Learn To Swim Instructor

Hometown: Prescott, AZ
College: Arizona State University
Career: Engineer

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • USMS Relay All-American
  • US Swimming AZ State Age Group Qualifier
  • Prescott High School Swim Team Captain
  • Awarded PHS Most Valuable Swimmer
  • 3 Time PHS Record Holder
  • AZ Wells Fargo Region Swimmer of the Year
  • Competitive Swimmer since Age of 3

Coaching Experience: Masters swimming, Stroke Clinics, Swim Lessons

Favorite Stroke: Backstroke

Mark Kothe

Level 2 USMS Certified Masters Coach

Hometown: Rome, GA
College: Furman University
Career: Telecommunications

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • Top Ten Masters Swimming (individual & relay)
  • YMCA National Masters Champion
  • Collegiate Conference Champion

Coaching Experience: Greenville Splash Masters Swim Coach

Favorite Stroke: Freestyle and Butterfly

Cheryl Quinn

Level 2 USMS Certified Masters Coach
USMS Adult Learn to Swim Instructor

Hometown:  Minneapolis
College: Clemson
Career: Registered Nurse

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • Summer league swimmer
  • Masters swimmer
  • Triathlete
  • Ironman Canada 2011

Coaching Experience:  Masters with emphasis on beginners and triathletes. youth league, and swim instructor.

Favorite Stroke: Freestyle and Butterfly

Lindsey Little

Level 2 USA Certified Age Group Coach

Hometown: Decatur, IL
College:  University of Illinois
Career: Swim Coach

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • Division I Collegiate Swimmer
  • Top ten record holder at University of Illinois
  • 25K Ultra distance & open water swimmer

Coaching Experience: Age group coach at Team Greenville, Decatur Swim Club and Manhattan Marlin Swim Team (KS)

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly & Freestyle

Scott Kemp

 

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL (NW suburb of Chicago)

College: Indiana University
Career: Michelin – Director of Sales

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • Was an age group, high school and college swimmer.
  • Both my children were swimmers and competed in college.
  • Was swim official for my kids teams.

Coaching Experience:

  • Coached (age group) and taught (children and adults) swimming while in high school and college.
  • President of the Plymouth Canton Cruisers in Plymouth, MI.
  • Masters swim coach at GHS YMCA
Favorite Stroke: I was a butterflier, swam IM and 100-200 free.  I love watching all strokes.

Johnny Thon

Level 2 USA Certified Age Group Coach

Hometown: Santa Ana, California
College:  Santa Ana College
Career: Swim Coach, Writer, Novelist

Noteworthy in Swimming:

  • Junior Olympics Water Polo Champs three years in a row for the ORCA Swim Club in California

Coaching Experience: Coached many teams since 1994 including age group, summer league, high school, Masters, and water polo. Coached many technique clinics in all strokes and for all age groups.

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly & Backstroke

Bill Ewell

USMS Adult Learn to Swim Instructor
USA Swim Official

Hometown:  Philadelphia, PA
College: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Career: Retired Sales Executive

Noteworthy in Swimming

  • Started swimming at the age of 9 in Philadelphia under Coach Frank Keefe (1988 US
    Olympic head swim coach)
  • Swam at Bloomsburg College (Division II school), was team captain, national qualifier
    in the 200 butterfly, and Pennsylvania state champion in the 400 free relay
  • Masters swimmer for many years in Brandon, FL and in Sarasota, FL
    Coaching Experience
  • Coached for three years at the Upper Main Line YMCA outside Philadelphia: B
    swimmers with an emphasis on technique.
  • Coached 10 years with Blue Wave in Brandon, FL along with Hall of Fame Coach,
    Don LaMonte and the former head coach of the Ireland team, Peter Banks, focusing on
    technique
  • Adult Learn to Swim Instructor and Coach for the Sarasota YMCA, created new
    programs, trained other instructors, and assisted with swim clinics focusing on
    technique for all four strokes
  • Open Water Event Coordinator

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly