Meet the Coaches

Head Coach

Chip Holland

Chip Holland became the second head coach of the Summer Hill Orcas in the fall of 2011. Chip has been involved in Athens-area swimming since 1981, both as an athlete and a coach. A four-year letterman and team captain at Cedar Shoals High School and Athens Bulldog Swim Club alumnus, he competed collegiately at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro.

Chip has coached in Oconee County since 2007, beginning with the Oconee Swim League as well as with Oconee County High School. He has coached the Oconee County Parks & Recreation All-Star Team to GRPA state championships in 2008 and 2010, and was the head coach at the Swim Oconee Aquatic Club before coming to Summer Hill. Chip is currently certified as a Level II coach by the American Swim Coaches Association.

Chip shares his love of the sport with all ages and abilities, helping them become better swimmers and achieve their competitive goals. By focusing on detailed and analytic stroke instruction, along with a creative and demanding training regime, and recognizing the importance of communication with parents and athletes, Chip strives to accomplish these aspects of the sport, while recognizing the athlete as someone who will benefit from life lessons learned by participation in organized athletics.

Chip, his wife Wendy, and daughters Madison, Riley, and Charlotte live in Oconee County, where they are involved in community outreach programs such as the Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department summer swim league and special needs basketball programs, the Oconee County Civitan Club, and the Rocky Branch Elementary School PTO.

Assistant Competitive Coach – Billy Hentenaar 

Assistant Coach and Pods Coach – Natalie Gardner 

 

Natalie Gardner has been swimming competitively for ten years on the Winder YMCA team, and has been a junior coach of the team for three years.  She swam on Winder-Barrow’s swim team for two years and was the team captain her senior year.  She has been teaching swim lessons, both group and private, for two years as well as stroke lessons for three.  She is currently attending the University of North Georgia and is working on her Associate’s in Journalism/Communications.  She hopes to transfer to UGA to get her Bachelor’s and eventually her Masters in Broadcast Journalism.

Pods Coach – Leah Smith