Coaches

Co Head Coaches

Ben McGinnis

Ben will be the new head coach for 2020! Ben swam for the Mt. Sterling Gators, Paris-Bourbon County YMCA, Lexington Dolphins, Swimchester Sailfish and The University of the Cumberlands. Ben has coached the Mt. Sterling Gators, participated in swim clinics at University of the Cumberlands and trained triathletes. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Ben’s has an understanding and passion for the sport of swimming. The Pinnacle Pirates and Ben are both super excited to become family in 2020. Pirate Family!

Evan Adams

Evan will be co-coaching this year alongside Coach Ben. Evan is a lifelong Pirate who started swimming with the team at age 5 in 1999 and continued with the team each summer until graduation from Tates Creek High School in 2013. He swam for Lexington Dolphins from 2008 to 2013 as well. Evan coached for Pinnacle in the summer of 2014 under Coach Phil before coaching at Lexington Country Club in 2016, 2018, and 2019.  Evan’s career is in education, with three years of teaching experience. He is excited to be returning to the neighborhood he grew up in, and the spirit of the Pirates.

Assistant Coaches

Sam Mattingly

Hey everyone! This will be my second year as an assistant coach for Pinnacle, after being a swimmer here for fourteen years. So I am a life long Pirate! I also swam for the Lexington Dolphins for six years, and for Tates Creek High School from sixth grade through my senior year. I am excited to begin yet another amazing year with the Pirates, and with all of the swimmers that make this team great!

Alli Peoples

This is Alli’s first year as a Pinnacle Pirate and can’t wait to be apart of the team! Alli has been apart of the Man O’ War Swim Conference since 2005, but has been away from the pool traveling for the past several years and can’t wait to be back on a deck in a pool! Alli swam with Wildcat Aquatics from 2005-2015, and also competed for the Bryan Station High School swim team from 2011-2015. Alli is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky. She can’t wait to be a coach with the Pirates this summer!

Meredith Walker

This will be my first year as an assistant coach for Pinnacle!! I swam for the Pirates for 14 years and worked with the First Mates program for the past few seasons. I also swam for the Lexington Dolphins for 10 years and for Lexington Catholic from eighth grade through my senior year. I am currently a freshman at Centre College where I am also on the swim team!! I can’t wait to be back on the pool deck with all the kiddos and I’m excited to have a great season with everyone!!!