OUR COACHESHead Coach, Katie Wright
Coach Katie brings a wealth of knowledge to the Clover High School swimming program having competed locally at Northwestern High School before moving on to compete at the collegiate level at Wingate University. Following her swimming career, she began coaching and is currently the Aquatics Director for the Upper Palmetto YMCA, a position she will retain.
“I am excited to share my passion and love of the sport with the athletes at Clover High School," said Wright. “Clover is a great school in a great district and I am looking forward to this opportunity.”
“We are excited to announce that Coach Wright will be leading our swim program,” stated athletic director Bailey Jackson. “She is highly recommended and has been entrenched in the local swim community for some time. I talked to several folks and they all spoke very highly of her and her ability to lead our swim program.”
After swimming at Wingate for two years, Wright transferred to the College of Charleston where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management with a minor in Studio Art in 2012.
Assistant Coach, Buddy Clayton
Coach Buddy started with the CHS Swim Team coaching staff in 2013. He is also the assistant coach for the River Hills Country Club Swim Team. Buddy is a Florida native and is accustomed to being around the water. His years as a year round swimmer and a member of his Varsity High School Swim Team prepared him for Clemson University where he was a member of the Tiger Swim Team. While in college he coached Plant City Swim Club. Buddy transferred and graduated from the University of Florida in Building Construction and worked as a builder for several years. After 9-11 Buddy and his wife decided that they wanted their children to have a stay-at-home parent, so Buddy gave up his small business to embark on the hardest job of all, a full time dad. He is very proud of his 3 wonderful children and cherishes these special years with each of them. Buddy enjoys water sports, golf, college football, and spending time with his family. He is happy to be on the pool deck again and values the rapport he is building with each CHS swimmer in hopes to help improve their swimming but most importantly to impact their lives for good.
Assistant Coach, Holly Rickman
Coach Holly is our newest addition to the CHS Swim Team assistant coaching staff.
Coach Holly was the head coach at South Aiken High, Aiken SC in 2016. In her first year as head coach she coached the girl’s team to a AAAA state champions, a school first. The boy’s team went undefeated in season and placed second at the AAAA state championship, also a school first. Rickman was named 2016 coach of the year by the South Carolina press.
Coach Holly was one of the founding members of Aiken Pacer Aquatic Club. As the Head Coach, during APAC’s first season, she lead the team to a 10th place State finish with 18 athletes. She also coached several athletes to first time state and sectional cut times.
Coach Holly was born and raised in New England. She started swimming when she was 10 years old. She competed all the way up to the YMCA National Level. She also competed in junior Olympics, and qualified for US opens. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Rhetoric and Communications. While swimming for the Richmond Spiders she qualified for an NCAA B cut her freshman year in the 1650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16:49.27 held the Richmond record for several years along with her 1000-yard freestyle time of 10:11.43 and her 500-yard freestyle time of 4:55.83. In 2011, she was inducted into the hall of fame. Coach Holly married her husband, Forrest, in 2009. They have two beautiful children; Jefferson and Delaney.