Coaches

We are pleased to welcome back Buddy Clayton as head coach again this year for the Sharks. Buddy is a Florida native and is accustomed to being around the water. His years as a year round swimmer and a member of his Varsity High School Swim Team prepared him for Clemson University where he was a member of the Tiger Swim Team. While in college he coached Plant City Swim Club. Buddy transferred and graduated from the University of Florida in Building Construction and worked as a builder for several years. After 9-11 Buddy and his wife decided that they wanted their children to have a stay-at-home parent, so Buddy gave up his small business to embark on the hardest job of all, a full time dad. He is very proud of his 3 wonderful children and cherishes theses special years with each of them. Buddy enjoys water sports, golf, college football, and spending time with his family.

We are also pleased to welcome back coach Joan Epping, whom in 1997, became the head coach for the River Hills Country Club and led the team to win the Metrolina Swim League Championships for 12 straight years.  Joan was a successful athlete in both high school and college where she racked up multiple state and regional championships and MVP Awards in both Volleyball and Basketball.  Joan graduated from college with a degree in physical education and health. She began her teaching career at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Kentucky. Throughout her 13 years at Notre Dame, she served as athletic director and coached a variety of sports: basketball, cross county, golf, swimming, and volleyball.  There she added dozens of State and Regional Championships to her coaching resume in both Volleyball, Swimming and Basketball. She left Notre Dame with an overall record of 422-68.  Joan has earned numerous  coaching awards and honors, at the state and national level, including , Notre Dame Academy’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Joan has invested her time and energy in the lives of 1,000’s of students in the Clover/Lake Wylie area and her passion to teach each swimmer to strive for their best is admirable. She and her husband, Jerry have five adult children and they stay busy with their 10 grandchildren.