ABOUT SWIM CENLA
The Stingray Mission
SWIM CENLA is dedicated to providing Central Louisiana with a competitive swim program which encourages youth of all ages and abilities to experience a culture of FUN, FAST swimming and develop to their highest potential.
SWIM CENLA was started in May 2014 by Coach Leslie "Joie" Stanley with 7 swimmers. In just three months, the program grew to 30 swimmers. SWIM CENLA has now grown to 85 swimmers of all ages and abilities. Some team members have dreams of swimming in college, and some enjoy swimming for the positive social aspects and to stay in shape. The vision of SWIM CENLA is for each and every swimmer to have the opportunity to make swimming whatever they want it to be for themselves and to provide a positive, fun and healthy environment for them to grow into happy, successful adults. Swimming is a sport which teaches the value of delayed gratification, personal improvement and long term goal setting. Our Goal is to assist every swimmer in developing life skills and confidence through the sport of swimming to achieve their personal goals. Swimming is the "FUNNEST" sport and is for everyone!
swim cenla coaches
All SWIM CENLA Coaches are Fully Certified United States Swimming Coaches with college degrees who are dedicated to coaching your swimmers and teaching them Values and Good Character.
LESLIE "JOIE" STANLEY
Coach Joie began her aquatic career at age 10 swimming for Green Wave Swim Club in New Orleans, Louisiana as an age grouper. She set multiple Louisiana swimming age group state records. She attended Grace King High School where she was a 4-year letter winner and won several state high school titles. Coach Joie was the first swimmer in her high school's history to be awarded the VELMA T KEMPT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD. She was a national qualifier and went on to swim on scholarship at Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) under John Pittington. She was a 4 year captain, held several team records and represented the university on the national level. At the end of her college swimming career, the university honored her by creating the Leslie J. Stanley Performance Award.
Coach Joie began her coaching career as a student assistant at NLU while completing her Bachelor's degree of Psychology. She continued with NLU as a graduate assistant while earning her master's degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation Coach Joie began her age group coaching in Columbus, Mississippi for Golden Triangle Swim League. She continued coaching full time for 10 years. At that time she became an assistant coach and earned a Master of Social Work degree. She continues to work in the field of Social Work for the Department of Veteran Affairs Health Center in Pineville, Louisiana. Swimming has remained Coach Joie's passion. She has worked with age groupers, seniors, college swimmers and triathletes from beginners to national level. Coach Joie is the Executive Board of Louisiana Swimming as the Age Group Chair. She was selected to represent Louisiana at the 2019 USA Swimming Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center.
TERESA "T" GUILLOT
Coach "T" joined SWIM CENLA in August 2014. She was a physical education teacher for 33 years. She spent the first 8 years working with special needs children and the last 25 years at Phoenix Magnet Elementary School. In 2017, the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD) awarded Coach "T" with their highest award, the KATHERINE F. HILL AWARD. In 2016, she was awarded STATE RECREATOR OF THE YEAR for the second time in her career. She has also been awarded STATE ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR and SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR. Coach "T" has contributed to the American Heart Association fund raising campaign with her school for 20 years. Her love of water sports and belief in swimming as a healthy lifetime sport began in 1986 in Adapted Physical Education with Special Olympians. Coach "T" has a passion for helping students and swimmers find their love of activity, in particular a love of swimming, wake boarding and other sports promoting lifelong fitness.