We are 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.
The River Hills Sharks are proud to announce the addition of a new co-head coach to our team, Mandy Cutts! She will be coaching the 11 & ups and we look forward to the new vibe she brings to our team!
Mandy is originally from Kansas City where she swam from age 5 to 18. In high school she earned the title of Missouri State Champion in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events multiple years. She competed on a national level at meets such as the US Open and Senior Nationals. She accepted a scholarship to swim at NC State University. On the college level she was All-ACC (Top 8 athlete) and proceeded to qualify for Olympic Trials in the 200 freestyle. Although she graduated and retired from swimming prior to Olympic Trials, she continued to love the sport. Upon graduating from NC State she moved to Charlotte and coached for MAC while getting her masters in elementary education at Queens University. She taught 1st grade at Matthews Elementary for 5 years until she started her family and decided to stay home and be with her boys. She enjoys running, reading and watching her boys in all their sporting events
Coach Keller started swimming competitively when he was 5 years old for a team in North Carolina at the Harris YMCA. As he got older, he moved to swim for the Rock Hill RAYS. While swimming with the RAYS he was fortunate enough to attain some pretty high swimming achievements including competing at summer and winter YMCA National swim meets, the South Eastern Zone meet, and many South Carolina state meets. He also swam competitively for his High School team, Olympic High School, and qualified for the NC High School State meet all four years in addition to receiving All Conference Honors and the Male Conference Swimmer of the Year his junior year.
He then was recruited to swim in college at Towson University. While in college he was chosen to be a part of the conference team three years. As a part of the Towson University Swim Team, he coached Special Olympians over the course of two months which culminated in their participation in one of their collegiate swim meets. In addition to coaching Special Olympians, he was also a swim instructor at a local pool near the University where he taught all levels of swim lessons. On his summer breaks he has been coaching for the RAYS in addition to being a swim coach for the Race for Chase Program at the Clover School District YMCA.