Meet the Coaches

The coaches of Team Charleston have a combined experience of over 50 years in teaching, climbing, teambuilding, and yoga. All of our coaches have a passion for the sport of climbing and are eager to share that passion. Our coaches are always striving to improve themselves as teachers, mentors, and climbers and are constantly seeking professional development. All of our coaches possess a minimum of 1st Aid and CPR certification, have successfully completed the U.S Olympic Committees’ Safe Sport Training, and have had either a Federal or SLED background check.

Robert Lavarnway

Robert Lavarnway

Hometown

Concord, North Carolina

Certifications

  • American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor
  • Climbing Wall Association Instructor Provider
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • USA Climbing Certified Coach
  • USA Climbing Certified Route Setter
  • USA Archery Level 1 Instructor
  • High Angle Rescue Technician
  • ACCT Level II Challenge Course Instructor
  • ACA L1 Canoe Instructor

Dave Shelton

Dave Shelton

Hometown

Florence, Texas

Certifications

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • USA Climbing Certified Coach

Deanna

Deanna Douglass

Hometown

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Certifications

  • USLA Lifeguard 
  • AHA First Aide/CPR


Maddie

Maddie Albertson

Hometown

Charleston, South Carolina