John A. stratman
Head swim coach
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John began swimming for Arlington Country Club in Richmond, followed by seven years at Model Laboratory High School and four years for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He was a State Champion in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles and a former state record holder in the 50 free. In 1994, John was the Junior National East champion in the 50 M Freestyle. At Georgia, he scored points all four years in the NCAA Division I Championships, helping the Dawgs to a 3rd place finish in 1997, their highest finish ever. He earned 3 NCAA All-American awards and 14 Honorable Mention All-American awards. The highlight of John’s career was making it to the semi-finals of the 50 M and 100 M Freestyle events at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. That same year his World Ranking was 43rd in the 50 M free and 68th in the 100 M free. He represented USA during the World Cup in Washington, DC in 2000 earning a bronze medal in the 50 meter freestyle.
He has had brief stints as an assistant coach at the collegiate level including the University of Georgia (summer camp), Transylvania University, and Union College (volunteer). He is currently starting his 4th season as the Head Swim Coach of the Telford YMCA Piranhas. John has served as Head High School swim coach at Cedar Shoals (GA) HS (1 yr.), Model Lab HS (2 yrs.), Berea Community HS (2 yrs.), Madison Southern HS (2 yrs.), and currently starting his 4th season at Madison Central High School. His USA coaching experience includes service as an assistant with Athens Bulldog Swim Team (summer) and as a Head coach with Colonel Aquatics (1 yr.).
assistant swim coach
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Hello TYP family, I am Mandy Faulconer, and I am so excited to be the new Assistant Swim coach for the Telford YMCA Piranhas (TYP). I grew up in Paris Kentucky and started swimming competitively at the age of 5 for the local YMCA there. When I was 12, I started swimming for Wildcat Aquatics where I continued to swim until I was 18. I was a long-distance swimmer, and my specialty was Butterfly. In 1999 I went to College at EKU and needed a job so I applied here at the Telford YMCA and started as a lifeguard, little did I know it would forever change my life. For 15 years I worked in the Aquatics area having about every title possible. I also had the privilege to be the assistant coach for Madison Central High School for 4 years and Head Coach for 10 & under for the Berea Dolphins for several seasons. For many years I begged director after director to have a swim team at the Telford YMCA and finally someone said yes! I started the Piranhas Swim team way back when and it is very dear to my heart. I am passionate about swimming and even more passionate about coaching. I strive to not only teach the fundamentals of swimming but also to help kids develop life skills like goal setting and staying focused. As the Assistant coach I promise to have your swimmer reach their full potential by showing commitment, compassion, knowledge, and dedication to this great sport.