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Coach Pat Gardiner Head Coach

This is Coach Pat's 11th year, coaching the Barracudas. 

Coach Pat has been a USA Swimming, YMCA National coach, beginning in 1977. She has a love for developing any level swimmer from basic skill development to Nationally ranked Swimmers. She has taken teams to USA Swimming and YMCA Nationals many years, with her swimmers ranking nationally at the meets. She has been invited to Coach at several USA Swimming Elite Camps, and the Olympic Training Center Camp. Coaching swimming is her favorite past time.

She has had the privilege of traveling with our team of USA Olympic swimmers to World Championships in Canada and Hungary and to Olympic Trials. Of course talking with as many coaches and swimmers as possible, to continue to build her knowledge base. 

Coach Pat is also a Registered Nurse. She has worked Oncology, Labor and Delivery and School Nursing in NJ, before moving to NC in 2010. 

Phone: (919) 397-2354
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Paul "Mr G" Coach

This is Mr G's 10th season coaching the Barracudas. Mr G, giving new meaning to the danger zone and kicking fast!!! here in this picture. Mr G brings an ability to encourage and instruct at any level. Mr G coached beginner thru Nationally ranked swimmers since 1990. He was named Coach of the year for his time coaching High School swimming, bringing a team of mostly non year round swimmers, ex football and baseball players, to the State Championships, all thru his drills of stroke mechanics, racing strategies and training, to be one of the consistant Top Men's teams in NJ.

Mr G will be coaching all age groups.   c: 919.397.4490

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Coach Driska Coach

Coach Driska McCullough has a real love for developing our youngest Barracudas, in all 4 strokes and diving skills. This is Coach Driska's 4th year with the Barracudas. Coach Driska has many years of experience with beginner - Olympic Trials level swimmers. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the sport of swimming. 

Coach Driska will be coaching 7-8yrs and 5-6yr olds. 

Phone: (248) 561-2090
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Coach Ben Syer Coach

This is Coach Ben Syer's 2nd year as an Assistant Coach. Ben has been a member of the Leesville Rd HS men's swim team for 4 years.  Ben has coached the Developing and Beginner swimmers' program at MOR (Marlins of Raleigh) ages 5-14yrs. Coach Ben has an excellent foundation teaching beginners the individual mechanics of the 4 strokes, turns and dives.

Coach Ben will be assisting with all practices while also training in his Age Group Senior practices. 

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Coach Zandy Knoke

Coach Zandy is from King George, Virginia. She swam for the Rappahannock Raiders and RAYS club teams in Virginia, and for King George High School. Zandy went to Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia where she was a four-year member of the women’s swim team, specializing in breaststroke and 400IM and 200IM events. Sandy earned VaSID Academic All-State honors in 2022. 

Zandy has previously coached in Virginia for 4 years and currently coaches the AG1 and AG3 groups for Marlins of Raleigh at the Silverton site. Coach Zandy currently swims in the TAC Masters program while also instructing the masters program held at MOR. E: [email protected]

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Coach Pat G: 919-397-2354 E: [email protected]  

TSA Parent Rep: Phil Karam P: 919-454-4060 E: [email protected]

TSA Parent Rep: Allen Oliver P: 407-718-1769 E: [email protected] 

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