Mecklenburg Swim Association Hires Former UNC Coach Quinn, LSU Coach Geyer

In the ever-competitive and ever-evolving Charlotte club swimming scene, the Mecklenburg Swimming Association (MSA) has added two big names to its coaching staff.

Sean Quinn will join the team as MSA’s new lead senior coach, while Dave Geyer joins the team as a senior coach for the team’s 13 and over swimmers.

Both new coaches have long resumes that include experience at the NCAA Division I level.

Quinn comes from his most recent stop as a head senior coach at rival club SwimMAC Carolina, where he worked for 3 years. Prior to that, he worked as a full-time assistant at the University of North Carolina and as the head coach at the North Carolina Aquatic Club. In 2015, he was named the North Carolina Swimming LSC Coach of the Year.

His move is part of a big rumored shakeup at SwimMAC, which is one of the largest and most recognized swim clubs in the country. That club is reported to be preparing to announce two big-name hires this summer with Olympic resumes, though there are conflicting rumors about who those coaches will be.

Geyer comes from a job as the head coach at LSU, where he also ran the Tiger Aquatic Club. He spent the last 9 years leading the Tigers’ program, and the 5 before that as an assistant. His best-known LSU swimmer was Brooks Curry, who just became the first LSU swimmer to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.

In total, he coached 6 NCAA First Team All-Americans, 22 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans, and 1 FINA World Championships finalist.

Geyer joins his wife Lyndi Geyer on the MSA staff. Geyer was hired as the lessons coordinator at the team’s new Indian Trail location. She managed the Tiger Aquatic Club swim school in Louisiana.

All three are expected to join the club in mid-July.

 

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Wonderflyer
1 year ago

MAC is in utter disarray and turmoil right now. A once-proud club is in complete meltdown. There are layers upon layers to this story.

Banana Heat
Reply to  Wonderflyer
1 year ago

Another sad and tragic story of a team’s demise at the hands a parent-run board …..the out-of-control egos of the parents ultimately destroy a successful organization…. Unfortunately, this seems to be occurring with more and more frequency. Best of luck to the kids.

Applesandoranges
Reply to  Banana Heat
1 year ago

Just like little league or Pop Warner parents, without the fights (so far).

BusyBee
1 year ago

They should bring in some coaches that were overlooked on the Olympic staff, namely Parratto (Regan Smith) and/or Ron Aitken (SAND).

swim123
1 year ago

love to see it 🙌🙌

swim178282829
1 year ago

congrats msa!!!! great things to come💯

Ghost
1 year ago

Isn’t SwimMac always going thru dramatic coaching shake-ups?

Rembeo
Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

What about Sean Hutchinson’s new book?

Guerra
Reply to  Rembeo
1 year ago

That was a very bizzaro Vimeo post he did. https://vimeo.com/564783986

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

Might just be bizzaro enough to pre-order the book🧐

Guerra
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 year ago

I’m going to get it. I want to see what he has to say about Safesport, Bob Allard and USA Swimming. I think there’s more to this story than what’s been put out in the media. And the battle between Allard and USA Swimming has been nasty and personal. Did Allard and company embellish the truth? Did USA Swimming make Sean a scapegoat and throw him under the bus? I don’t know. Sean needs to clean it up and ditch the goofy looking derby hat and 1970s glasses and if he wants to be taken seriously, though. Be candid. I’m convinced that he obviously had sexual relations with Ariana when she was an adult, but the relationship when she was… Read more »

BPK
1 year ago

Word on the street via the ramboyzzzz is Sean left on his own accord. This article definitely portrays this to be it was part of macs plans. Not sure that’s accurate. Ramboyzzzz for life

Coach
Reply to  BPK
1 year ago

The Board was looking for two national level coaches for after the Olympics even before Megan was hired.

Jimmy
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

I think macs problem is the board…

It’s pretty much just politics

Ghost of TAR
1 year ago

I wonder what Brad Kline thinks about this.

Swim85
1 year ago

What happened to Jeremy Gregory? Is he still with MSA and these coaches are additional?

swim2
Reply to  Swim85
1 year ago

fired

M.K.
Reply to  Swim85
1 year ago

Interesting that jeremy keeps getting fired by clubs in the area. First ATOM, now MSA? Wonder what the pattern is here

BPK
Reply to  M.K.
1 year ago

Well the pattern is MSA keeps hiring coaches from other local teams that didn’t work out already at those teams. . Maybe go outside Charlotte?

ZzZz
Reply to  BPK
1 year ago

But why the firing? He just received this job not long ago. Seems like hes a great coach, but maybe not liked in the program itself?

pokerden
Reply to  BPK
1 year ago

Actually they appear to be hiring the top talent from other teams.

Observer
Reply to  M.K.
1 year ago

I think that he has a certain presence that gets the results from the athletes that may not jive with everyone around him. I hear he’s very honest and straight forward with his athletes. I don’t know why he was let go from ATOM but he did great there. He built that top group that kicked everyone’s behind from the time they were 12 or 13 while the other coaches rotated groups around him and his core athletes. He even got the Flynn girl her Olympic trials cut after she moved to ATOM. He might have a coaching talent that’s overlooked.

He needs to go somewhere where he can be him.

SGLB
Reply to  Observer
1 year ago

Talent does not trump everything.

Uhoh
Reply to  Observer
1 year ago

“He needs to go somewhere where he can be him.” – where is that? Piedmont Correctional?

sad
Reply to  Swim85
1 year ago

Jeremy Gregory has been suspended from USA Swimming – Safe Sport Violation

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