Our instructors are friendly, enthusiastic teachers with extensive swim backgrounds.
Taylor Cooper coached for the Sandhills Sandshark Swim Team for almost 20 years before taking over the St Andrews University Swim Program and starting the St Andrews Swim Club. He presently serves on The USA Swimming Open Water Committee.
Prior to the Sandsharks, he spent six years at the Sarasota YMCA where he coached 1996 Olympic silver medallist, Trippi Schwenk to an American record in the 200-meter Backstroke in 1996. Cooper also has coached at nationally ranked programs such as the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins and the Wilton YMCA Wahoos.
In his 33rd year of coaching, he has helped the growth of aquatics in Moore County, helping the Sandsharks to start the Moore County Swim League, Adaptive Swimming for swimmers with special needs, and Sandshark Swim School with a teacher apprentice program.
Cooper has been involved in North Carolina Swimming as a board member, serving as Open Water Swimming Chairman and Senior Swimming Chair. He has also been on the USA Swimming Open Water Committee. He lectured at the World Swim Coaches Clinic on the development of 10/under swimmers. He also ranked Top 20 internationally from 1980-1984.
Coach Cooper or “Coop” lives in Pinehurst with his wife Marcy and their three children Casey, Carly, Clay.
Our Staff is friendly, fun and highly trained and experienced in competitive swimming.
Our Coaches have swam competitively and have extensive knowledge of the sport!
Casey Cooper has swam competitively for over 15 years. She lettered all 4 years of high school at Pinecrest High School where she was team captain for her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year. She also swam for North Carolina State University. She has taught swim lessons for over 15 years and Coached for over 10. She has experience with both children who are scared of water and Children with Disabilities.
He is a collegiate swimmer from from San Leandro, CA and has been swimming most of his life. He was been coaching SASC for the pass 2 years