Sarah Herrington (Cefalu) grew up in Slidell, LA and began swimming for Hurricane Swim Club under “Coach” Ed Kelly in 1997. She represented Hurricanes at the State Championships, Sectionals, and Jr National levels while also competing for Northshore High School. She represented LA in several Zone Championships and also as Louisiana’s Jr and Sr Athlete Representative at the USA Swimming Conferences her Junior and Senior years in high school. Sarah received a swimming scholarship to Clemson University in South Carolina and specialized in the breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley events. While at Clemson, she competed and scored for Clemson all four years at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, while posting NCAA B and Sr National qualifying times and was selected as a team captain her senior year. She also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representing Swimming and Diving for the University, as well as serving on the ACC SAAC representing Clemson. Sarah received her Bachelors degree in Biochemistry after her four years in undergrad competing, and upon graduation was awarded one of five ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarships, which she used to go back and receive her Bachelors in Nursing. While back in school, she was a volunteer assistant coach for Clemson Swimming and Diving and coached Clemson’s summer swim camps for several summers while in Clemson. Sarah is currently a USA Swimming certified coach, and is currently ASCA Level III Education Certified. Coach Sarah is also looking forward to obtaining sports training certification to help advance her education out of the pool!
After moving to Tampa, Florida with her husband, Bryce Herrington (who also swam sprint freestyle and backstroke at Clemson), she began her career as a Registered Nurse. In addition to nursing, she enjoyed coaching when she could with Clearwater Aquatics (CAT) under Randy Reese. Upon moving back to Slidell, Sarah coached the Cross Gates Gators one summer before joining the Hurricanes as an assistant coach for a year. She then moved on to coach the Northshore High School Panthers Swim Team for the past 2 seasons, and loves it! Her biggest goal for Lakeside Aquatics Team is to elevate the sport of swimming in Louisiana!
During her 2016 season with NHS, she took 7 girls and 4 boys to the Division I LHSAA State Championships, placing 5th and 6th overall. In her second season, 2017, she helped lead the Panther boys team of 6 to an overall 3rd place; while the team of 9 girls took 4th in the Division I LHSAA State Championships.
Sarah has three children: Parker (4), Connor (2), and Emma (6 months), a 12 year old golden retreiver (Toby), a long haired siamese cat (Renfrow), and some saltwater fish (Nemo, Flash, Jauques, and Spot). Sarah loves health, fitness, chocolate, saltwater, the Florida Keys, the sport of swimming, her family and coaching. She believes swimming is a life sport, a team sport and enjoys helping swimmers find the right balance between working hard and having fun. Finding new ways to keep swimmers motivated and challenged at the same time is one of her favorite tasks, and fostering mental growth as well and physical growth within the sport is one of her main goals. She enjoys educating herself on new research within the sport, and sharing that education among swimmers and their families. Whether it’s learning to swim or enjoying swimming for recreation after your competitive years expire, swimming can be enjoyed at any age.