OUR COACHESHead Coach Katie Wright
Coach Wright 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.
Coach Buddy Clayton
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.
Coach Emily Garren
is our newest addition to the CHS Swim Team assistant coaching staff. She began swimming at age four and quickly grew to love the sport! She began her year-round swimming career with Eastside Aquatic Club in Greenville, SC and was the South Carolina State Champion in the 11-12 Age Group for the 50 breaststroke event in 2004. She also swam year-round for YSSC in Spartanburg, SC during high school where she went to Nationals in the 100 breaststroke. She started her coaching career spending five summers coaching the Woody Creek Swim Team, a neighborhood summer team in Greenville, SC. She then moved on to coach for Palmetto Aquatics, a year-round swim team in Columbia, SC for two years while in college.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 and began her teaching career in Columbia. She married her husband, Wesley, in December of 2015 and moved to Clover the following summer. She currently teaches 5th grade in the Clover School District. In their free time, they like to travel and be on the lake! Emily is excited to share her love of swimming with the team!