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July 6, 2014

Todd leaving DHS swim after 16 years

Throughout his 17 years with the Carpet Capital Aquatic Club and his 16 years with the Dalton High and Dalton Middle School swim programs, Charles Todd has received looks and offers from other areas.

But with his youngest child Chase still in school and his wife playing a major role in the Whitfield County Division of Family and Children Services, Todd wasn’t looking to make a move.

Even with Chase Todd’s graduation this spring, when the Chattahoochee Gold Swimming Club approached him, he turned them down. Eventually, they got their man.

“I have had several opportunities in the last three years at both the club and college level,” Todd said. “I have had several opportunities, but nothing that really made me want to leave. I didn’t want to uproot my family. I am very happy here, but this was just an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Todd submitted his resignation on Thursday and will begin as the new director for Chattahoochee Gold in Cumming in north metro-Atlanta Forsyth County on July 14.

“I tried to turn my back on it twice, and I just couldn’t walk away from this offer,” Todd said. “They gave me an incentive package that was unbelievable and roughly doubled my salary, so I couldn’t turn this down.”

Todd, who has taught swimmers for more than three decades, made $54,425.12 in salary from Dalton Public Schools, according to www.open.georgia.gov. In addition to his roles as a teacher and the coach of the system’s swim programs, Todd also is the water polo coach and has coached football as well. Those duties are in addition to being the director of the CCAC and the Dalton Dolphins.

“I have hung up all of my hats in Dalton,” Todd said. “I told the board at CCAC, told the superintendent and my two principals.”

The Chattahoochee gold operates out of four swimming facilities in three metro counties — Cobb, Cherokee and Forsyth. The centerpiece of the club is the new $30 million Cumming Aquatic Center. The competitive swim team for the club has more than 230 members, while the entire organization serves more than 850 swimmers of various ages and abilities.

Todd was named the Georgia Coach of the Year in 2011 by USA Swimming. Twice — in 2004 and 2012 — Todd was named the Georgia High School Association’s Coach of the Year. Todd said that during his coaching career, he is most proud of the fact that more than 90 swimmers who have trained under him have received college scholarships.

During his time with the Catamounts, Dalton won its second state boys championship in 2013 and has won 10 straight boys region titles.

Todd is unsure if he will continue coaching and teaching in high school. He said Chattahoochee Gold officials have allowed him to seek a teaching position. Todd said he is certified to teach in grades K-12. He has worked 16 years with the Georgia Department of Education and 10 years in Florida before that. If he teaches four more years, he can retire with full retirement benefits.

Todd and his wife Cyndi have three children — Kara, Tyler and Chase.

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