DeAnn Carter is from Fairmont, West Virginia and began swimming at the age of nine. She swam for Fairmont Senior High School and then went on to swim for Fairmont State College. She served three years as a USA Swimming coach for the Swim Nation Aquatics Program. She is retired from Verizon after 28 years in various management positions. She started coaching for DAM at Southlake in 2010.
 Dallas Aquatic Masters
DAM or the Dallas Aquatic Masters is one of the largest masters swimming teams in the world. Co-founded and co-owned by Bobby Patten and Olympic champion Jim Montgomery, it is a year-round adult swimming team geared towards swimming in the pool and open bodies of water for fitness, fun and competition. DAM offers expertly designed adult group swim programs and adult private lessons to suit the needs of adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.