Coach McCullough has spent her life around the swimming community. She grew up swimming in the lakes of Canada as well as the pools of both Michigan and Florida. She maintains that her love of swimming and knowledge base of the sport comes from her exposure to dozens of effective coaches that have greatly influenced her.

In 1986 she was the youngest swimmer to win the senior national title in the 4 mile championship race and runner-up in the 1 mile. She was a three year letter winner at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg Pennsylvania. She received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where she was a swim team letter winner.

Currently Coach McCullough is a volunteer coach at Saint Maria Goretti in Hagerstown Maryland. As well as private coaching, she runs swim clinics throughout the year. She actively advocates for high-quality swim coaching and training that emphasizes stroke development, cognitive skills, and physiological training (in that order.) Other coaching experiences include three years at the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA, Waynesboro area YMCA, James Buchanan High School as head coach and head coach of USA Rockets Swim Club. She researches extensively about current stroke and training developments in the sport. She is working on an e-book “The Conscientious Coach’s 15 Week Guide to High School Swimming”. Her blog is found here: