Green Woods Swim Team Coaching Staff – 2019
Co-Head Coach: Patrice Bunting (soon to be Mrs. Pauley!) – Patrice will be coaching her ninth year at Green Woods! She is a graduate of WCU. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Health. She currently works as a Health and Physical Education teacher at The Academy of Notre Dame. Patrice spent her summers swimming for GWC from 7th grade until she graduated high school. In 2009, she began her coaching career, starting as a Junior Coach for the Gators and again in 2010. In 2011 Patrice became an Assistant Coach of GWC swim team, working under Head Coach Scott Elliott. In 2017, Patrice stepped up to Interim Head Coach under very difficult circumstances. Patrice’s other coaching accomplishments include Golden Ram Aquatics from 2011-2019. There she spent 2 years with the junior age group, 3 years with the Elite age group and 2 years with the senior age group. Patrice also spent 2 seasons with Unionville High School, as assistant in 2015 and 2016. While at West Chester, Patrice spent 2 years on the women’s swim team. Patrice is a certified USA Swimming coach, as well as Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certified.
Co-Head Coach: Mike Oliver – Mike is back for his second year as Co-Head Coach of the Gators! Mike is a 2017 WCU graduate, with a degree in Health and Physical Education, and a minor in Adapted Physical Education. He is the PE teacher at Penn Wood Elementary School in the WCASD. Mike has been an Assistant Swim team coach of Candlewood Sun Devils summer swim team from 2013 to 2017. He has been Head Coach for the WCU Rammies Special Olympics Swim Team, Site Supervisor, and One on One performance Coach since 2015. He also was an assistant coach for UHS in 2017. He has been a swim instructor at WCU since 2015, a Golden Ram Aquatics Coach of all ages since 2018, and currently at GRA is a certified USA Swimming coach as the Assistant for the Elite (High School) Group. Mike is a highly decorated All American swimmer/ 2 year Captain while at WCU under the watchful eye of our beloved Scott Elliott.
Assistant Coach: Victoria Bunting – After a two year absence from the Gators Coaching Staff, we are happy to announce Victoria will be returning home to GW this season! (Although last season she did appear on deck at a couple of our meets and at League Championships!) Victoria is excited to return to Greenwoods for another fun-filled summer! She graduated from WCU in 2017 with a degree in Psychology, and has a Masters degree in School Psychology from James Madison University. She is currently working on her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and will begin an internship in Pennsylvania in the fall. Victoria has called GWC her summer home since she was in 4th grade, swimming for the Gators until she graduated from high school. In 2013, she began her coaching career as a Junior Coach for GW. Then from 2014 to 2017, Victoria was an Assistant Coach, working under head coach Scott Elliott. Victoria has also coached at GRA with the mini age group, one year as an assistant coach and one year as the age group head coach.
Assistant Coach: Aodhán Gorman – Aodhán will be returning to GW for his 3rd year as an Assistant Coach. He was a Junior Coach here in 2015 and 2016 and a faithful member of the Gators since 2007! Aodhán spent two and a half years pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL, where he was a collegiate level D3 swimmer. He currently is taking time from school to work fulltime in technology and electronic consultative sales at Micro Center in St. David’s. Aodhán has been giving private swim lessons to GW swimmers for four years and also provides swim lessons for adults. Aodhán swam for Scott for 11 years, coached under his direction, and brings his enthusiasm and spirit back to Green Woods for another season.
Assistant Coach: Thomas McCormick – Thomas returns as a second year Gator Assistant Coach! He is currently studying Education at WCU, with a Mathematics Minor. He has been a Swim instructor at WCU since 2015, and a Coach for the Rammies Special Olympics. Thomas trained with Coach Scott at GRA and WCU. He is highly decorated All American Honorable Mention at WCU and state champion in the breast stroke while swimming at Henderson High School. Thomas was a member of Rosyln’s swim team, has grown up in the Southern Chester County Swim League, and was a force to be reckoned with at Roslyn Swim Club over the years. This past year as a certified USA Swimming coach, he was head coach for GRA’s Senior group.
All coaches will be present and helping during each every practice, doing their best to ensure our kids have fun, maintain the values and traditions of Greenwoods, and helping them to achieve whatever goals they have for “in the pool”.