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Years Coached at CGHS: 17th Season
Jonah Turner is from
where he grew up swimming year round for several clubs (New Wave, RY, and TAR). He also swam for Raleigh, NC where he graduated from in 1997. After high school, he continued his swimming career in college and swam for the Sanderson High School Universityof North Carolinaat Chapel Hill. He was a distance swimmer specializing in the 1650yd Freestyle, 1000yd Freestyle, 500yd Freestyle, and 200yd Butterfly.
While in college during summer break is when Jonah first discovered his love for coaching. He coached the summer swim team, Greystone in
Raleighfor 4 summers. After graduating from Carolinain 2001, Jonah was asked to coach the Cardinal Gibbons Swim Team which at the time had 8 guys and 20 girls on the team. Twelve seasons later and a lot more athletes on the team, Jonah continues to enjoy working with his fellow coaches to help swimmers improve and learn to believe in themselves as well as teaching the importance of teamwork and having fun.
Outside of coaching Cardinal Gibbons, Jonah works for Cardinal Health as a Region Director of Core Account Management for the Acute market with responsibility for 8 sales reps covering SC/NC/VA. He also enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Stephanie and their 2.5 yr old son Jackson and 4.5 yr old daughter Brooklyn who can often be found on the pool deck yelling Go Gibbons! He also loves playing with his dog Zoey (French Bulldog).
Jonah enjoys nothing more than coming to the pool to coach the Gibbons swimmers and watch them grow more and more as swimmers and as a team each day.
Years Coached CGHS: 4th Season
Joey DeRusso returns for his second season on the coaching staff bringing his passion and energy back to the pool deck again. He is an alumni (2005-2009) of Cardinal Gibbons where he was a captain of the swim team as well as recepient of several awards - Spirit Award, Coaches Award, Crusader Award.
After graduating from CGHS Joey went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but in the summers Joey pursued his passion for swimming and being apart of a team through coaching Prestonwood Country Club. He led his team to become one of the most successful summer swim team programs in the area.
Joey recently graduated from UNC and majored in Microbiology. He currently is working for a health and wellness startup company where is heads up their marketing efforts. Joey currently has a full plate as he works he is also working to earn his MBA from the Fuquay School of Business at Duke.
We are thrilled and excited to have Joey join us for his 4th season.
Kristin Curran has enjoyed swimming her entire life. She began swimming at Lake Gaston with her parents before she could even walk. At age six, she started swimming on her neighborhood TSA team, The Shepherds Vineyard Killer Whales. Falling in love with swimming at the summer league level is something she has never forgotten. She went on to swim year round for Raleigh Swimming Association through high school and during high school she swam for Cary Academy.
Kristin has coached two seasons at the NCAA DIII level at Franciscan University while she earned a MA degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has just moved back to the Raleigh area and is looking forward to bringing her passion for swimming and joy of coaching to Cardinal Gibbons this season.
Taylor Blanton returns from a one year sabbatical to rejoin the team for his fifth year coaching swimming at Cardinal Gibbons. Prior to coming to Cardinal Gibbons, Coach Blanton was the head coach at Mallard Creek HS in Charlotte NC. Here he was twice named the Conference Coach of the Year and guided the Mavericks to consecutive Top- 10 finishes at the 4A State Championship meet, the only time they have done so in school history.
Coach Blanton has coached club swimming for both Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte - 3 yrs and for the YMCA of the Triangle Swim Team here in Raleigh - 5yrs. During that time he was an active member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and was the primary coach of several athletes ranked in the National Top 10 both in individual and relay events. He has also coached in the Tarheel Swimming Association for many years including 4 years as the Head Coach of Scotts Mill in Apex, and the past four years as the Head Coach of Sunset Ridge in Holly Springs. As a Head Coach in TSA, Coach Blanton has a 40-7-1 win/loss/tie record and five division championships in 8 yrs. Coach Blantons teams have focused on team spirit, sportsmanship, personal improvement and he has been invited for several years to be a speaker at the Annual Tarheel Swimming Association Coaches Clinics.
Coach Blanton teaches AP US History and American Government here at Cardinal Gibbons. He also coaches the Cross Country teams, is the moderator for the History Clubs and leads an annual trip to Western Europe