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Erin McConkey Lead Coach

Coach Erin has been coaching for Orchard Farms Swim Team for many years now. She currently has 3 of her 4 children on the team and one more tiny gator waiting for his turn. Erin grew up swimming SAIL, swam year round at YSSC and 2 years at Clemson University.

Erin brings so much experience to our team, having coached full time at YSSC for 9 years, coached JL Mann high school team, Southside High school team and will be coaching the new Fountain Inn High school team in the fall. She is currently coaching part time at Team Greenville and also teaches private and group lessons at Sportsclub and through her own swim school.

In her spare time she loves to go to the lake, being with her family and is a member of Palmetto Hills Presbyterian Church.

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Drew Byrne Co Head Coach

Drew Byrne is a Sophomore at Clemson University. Drew enjoyed swimming as a Gator at Orchard Farms from being a guppy swimmer at 5 years old through to his senior year at 18. This will be Drew's 5th year coaching for Orchard Farms. In addition to OFG, Drew was also a swimmer on his high school swim team and he worked part time as a Star Fish certified swim instructor at Westside Aquatics.

Drew is very excited for another season of OFG and especially to be part of the team hosting Green Divisionals this year! GO GATORS!

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Katy Permanente Co Head Coach

Katy Permanente is finishing her Sophomore year at Marquette University. This will be Katy's 4th year coaching for Orchard Farms. She swam for the Gators during ten years of SAIL, including our iconic rise from blue to white to purple to red divisions. Katy also swam on YSSC's year-round competitive team for six years and was a member of St. Joseph's Varsity Swim Team. Katy also coached the YSL groups at YSSC part time for 3 years.

Katy is looking forward to leading the gators through another summer of swim, goal-setting, community-building, and memories.

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Micah Schatz Assistant Coach

Micah is a junior at Brashier Middle College Charter High School. He has been swimming for 4 years at the high school level (BMC and Woodmont). He has been coaching and lifeguarding at the Prisma YMCA for 2 years. When he is not swimming or lifeguarding, Micah likes hiking, attending First Baptist Church Simpsonville, and hanging out with his friends. Though last year was his first year swimming with OFG, he enjoyed the team atmosphere and is looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

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Milly Byrne Junior Coach

Milly has volunteered in past seasons helping the guppy team, when her schedule allowed, and this season is very happy to be able to commit to coaching our youngest Gators. Milly is a graduating senior at GTCHS where she swam on their varsity swim team. She also is a member of Team Greenville swim team and will be attending and swimming at Converse College in the fall. Milly has an interest in art and photography and has been enjoying playing soccer for her high school in her senior year.

Orchard Farms has always been Milly's favorite swim team and she is very excited to be able to help our guppy team, where it all began for her when she was 5 years old.

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Kara Davis Guppy/Jr Gator Helper

Kara Davis just finished her freshman year of high school as a homeschooler. This will be her fourth year swimming for Orchard Farms swim team. Each of the past three years Kara has assisted with the Guppies or Junior Gators; last year officially helping coach the Junior Gators. She enjoys working with children and helping them learn to swim and love the water.

Kara also enjoys playing basketball and babysitting. She is a member of Palmetto Hills Presbyterian Church. She is excited to coach the future Gators this season.

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Elizabeth Weston Guppy/Jr Gator Helper

Elizabeth is a rising sophomore at St. Joseph’s and is excited to start her first year of volunteer coaching at Orchard Farms! This is her second year on Orchard Farms but her ninth year of swimming SAIL. She has been swimming year-round at Team Greenville for three years and for St. Joseph’s for one year. She is very excited to teach new swimmers how to swim and make lasting friendships with their teammates!

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