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    Eric Brown, Head Coach

    Coach Brown began swimming summer league at the age of six for the Cedar Creek Swim Team. His love for swimming developed when he joined the Parkview High School swim and dive team.  His time at Parkview was extremely rewarding as it was highlighted with four consecutive team county championships as well as state championships in 1998 and 2000. Coach Brown is a graduate of Berry College (where he did not swim), majoring in Social Science Education. He earned a Masters of Education from Walden University and an Education Specialist’s degree from Piedmont College.  Coach Brown's love for teaching is equal to his love for coaching.  Coach Brown is married to Holli and they have a daughter, Jocelyn, and a son, Elijah.

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    Assistant Swim Coaches

    Gary Petmecky
    Coach Gary Petmecky grew up in Huntsville Alabama, where he swam for the Huntsville Swim Association. After swimming for one year at Ithaca College in New York he transferred to the University of Georgia to attend school and swim. He has a BBA degree in Economics, a MEd degree in Social Studies and a Specialist degree in Administration from the University of Georgia. He also has an MBA from Georgia State University. Coach Petmecky coached summer league for 5 years in Huntsville and 10 years at Hanarry Estates in Lilburn. He also coached for one year as a graduate assistant for the Georgia State swim team while he was working on his MBA. Gary and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 34 years. They have two sons, David and Devin and one daughter, Caitlyn. All three enjoyed swimming while in high school.

    Nathan Lancaster
    Coach Lancaster came to Parkview High School after coaching swim in Savannah for two years at Richmond Hill High School. He has also coached at Etowah High School in Cherokee County for two years. Coach Lancaster began swimming at 8 years old and continued until he graduated from college. He has been a part of club teams, neighborhood teams, and high school teams in his career. He excelled in butterfly, breaststroke, and diving during his swimming years. Swimming has been a true passion of Coach Lancaster's for as long as he can remember. Academically, Coach Lancaster teaches biology this year, but has taught all other sciences as well.

    Cathy Ruffing
    Coach Cathy Ruffing has been a fixture in Atlanta area swimming for decades, including being a part of the Parkview Swim and Dive team since the 90s. Coach Cathy began swimming as a seven year old and capped off her swimming career while helping to start the women's swim team at Georgia State University. She met her husband, Marty, on the Georgia State swim team. They have two sons, Mason and Andrew, who graduated from Parkview in 2007 and 2009. Both were members of state championship swim and dive teams! Coach Cathy has coached summer league swimming since 1980, and continues to help with Evergreen Lakes. She also coaches ninth grade volleyball here at Parkview and is a parapro in the vision department. She loves to be active including cycling, hiking, and paddling. Cathy is known as BaBa to her family and LOVES to play with her four grandchildren.

    Cherrie Broome
    Coach Broome started swimming summer league at Avondale Swim and Tennis club in Avondale Estates, GA at the age of 6. This sparked her love for swimming. She started swimming year-round at the Dekalb YMCA. Her love for swimming led her to swimming for Dekalb Dynamo, Swim Atlanta, and Atlanta Swim Association. When she was swimming for ASA, she went to the junior Olympics. In high school, she was second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke at the state meet, earning her all-American status. Coach Broome coached summer league for five years at Avondale Swim and Tennis, ten years at Woods of Parkview and four years at Hanarry Swim and Racquet. Coach Broome has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She is married to Jim Broome. Coach Broome loves to read and play tennis in her spare time.

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    Bernardo Celidon, Dive Coach

    Bernardo D. Celidon was on the Parkview Dive team his senior year in 2017, he is now a full-time civil engineer with NOVA and a sponsored climber with Guayaki. This is his second year as the dive coach for Parkview and he is super excited to continue helping young divers grow into their potential and enjoy their time with the Parkview team.

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