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, which included observing and assisting various successful coaches around the country (now at Tennesse and Kentucky) and assisting with practices among senior national and Olympic Trial Qualifying athletes. Sarah is currently a USA Swimming certified coach, and is currently ASCA Level V Education Certified, III Achievement Certified, and I Disability Certified. Coach Sarah is also looking forward to obtaining a sports training certification to help advance her strength 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 3 seasons, and loves it! Her biggest goal for Lakeside Aquatics Team is to elevate the sport of swimming in Louisiana!
Coach Sarah just completed her 3rd successful season as Northshore High School Panther Swimming’s Head Coach- Go Panthers!
Sarah has three children: Parker (5), Connor (3), and Emma (18 months), a 13 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, having fun, and committing to goals. 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 passions. 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.