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Coaching Staff

Terry Maul

Head Coach

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Coach Terry Maul directs all phases of the ATAC program and is the on-deck coach for the ATAC senior program. Coach Maul has over 40 years coaching experience which include the following accomplishments: American Swim coaches Association level 5 certification (the highest level)for both USS club and NCAA. Voted the Florida Association Senior coach of the year in 2003 Head coach USA National Junior Team in Montreal, Canada in 1992. Head coach of USA National team in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 1984. Served as head coach of swimming at Florida State University for 18 years (1975 - 1993) Coach Maul has developed numerous Olympic Trial qualifiers, Senior National finalists, and Junior National finalists as well as several USS age group swimmers in the national top 16. In addition to his duties with ATAC, Coach Maul has been an assistant professor of statistics and sociology at Thomas University in Thomasville, GA since 1998. Coach Maul is married to Dr. Jodi Yambor-Maul and has two children, John (A junior Olympic champion) and Alyssa (An olympic trial qualifier.)

Gerry Norris

Director of Program Development

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Gerry has coached and worked in Sports Management and Administration for 39 years. He has facilitated the growth and expansion of Sports and Recreation in Tallahassee/Leon County through the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department, which was recognized as the NUMBER ONE Recreation Department in the country in 2004 (National Recreation and Parks Association “Gold Medal Award”). He has served on state and national Boards of Directors for various competitive sports, as well as having presented Sports and Customer Service seminars and clinics at professional conferences and retreats. 1968 – 1972 ….Florida State Varsity Swimmer 1969 – 1974…..Head Coach of the Tallahassee Swim Team (TST) 1974 – 1984…..City of Tallahassee Aquatic Supervisor and A/G coach for ATAC (formally TST) 1984 – 2006…...City of Tallahassee Athletic Superintendent Swimming is a family affair. Gerry is married to Karen (Synchronized swimming coach for 30 years and current Southern Zone Rep. for US Synchro) and has three children; Katie,  (2005 Collegiate and US National Solo Champion – Synchro), Karla, ( 13 year ATAC swimmer and current FSU Water Polo President), and Christopher, (current NOVA Southeastern Collegiate Swimmer and ATAC swimmer).

Patrick Shropshire

PreSenior Assistant Coach

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As a Tallahassee native, Patrick grew up around the sport of swimming. The youngest of four children, he spent most of his youth in the pool. He began swimming competitively when he was five years old at Maclay Aquatics. When he was ten his whole family switched teams to ATAC. Patrick swam and trained in the pre-senior and senior groups for over eight years. He competed in the Junior Olympics, Senior Championships, FHSAA State Championships, and South Eastern Sectionals. He has coached multiple ATAC groups, including summer league, novice, high-school, and challenger, as well as for Chiles high school. Patrick is currently a sophomore working toward a dual degrees in Chemistry and Biology and hopes to attend Medical school after graduation. Aside from swimming he enjoy most other things outdoors, such as cycling and running.

Amanda Meyer

Novice Group Coach

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I began swimming when I was 13 years old and immediately fell in love with the sport. I swam competitively for a private club in Hallandale Fl., called the King Tut Swim Team. With this team, I competed in swim meets as well as Open Water swims.I swam for my High School for four years and was Team Captain my Senior year. I worked for several years as a volunteer coach for the South Broward Bulldog’s Novice team in Hollywood Fl. Then  worked for one summer as a beginning level swim instructor with Aventura Aquatic Club. After I graduated for high school I moved to Tallahassee and began working as a novice coach with ATAC in April 2007.

Jill Tabacchi

Thomasville Coach

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Jill grew up in Brooks County, Georgia and started her swimming career at the age of 13 at the Thomasville YMCA where she now coaches the Thomasville ATAC team. In high school, Jill moved to Athens where she trained with members of the University of Georgia coaching staff as a member of the Athens Bulldog Swim Club. She earned a swimming scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where she was a team captain and conference champion, earning a bachelor's degree in Family & Child Development. She is married to Pat Tabacchi and has three children, Caitlin, Sam, and Ben.

Eddie VonHertsenberg

Assistant Coach

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Edward Von Hertsenberg is a graduate of The University of the Cumberlands where he swam for the Patriot swim team for four years and served as team captain his junior and senior year. While on the Cumberlands swim team Eddie was an NAIA All-american in multiple events. Since graduating in 2009 Eddie has served as Cumberlands assistant swim coach and Interim Head Swim Coach. Along with his duties with ATAC he also is the Head Swim coach at Thomas University in Thomasville GA.

Coach Savannah Rae Fernandez

Assistant Coach

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      I began swimming when I was 5 years old for my neighborhood swim team called the Wahoos in Jacksonville, Fl. I then joined The Bolles School Sharks when I was 8 and swam there until graduation. During my swim career at Bolles I was selected to swim in multiple All-Star meets and Zone meets. I was team captain of the zone team in 2010. I also attended Southern Zone Select camp when I was 12. I graduated from The Bolles School in 2012 as the team captain of our swim program. I proceeded to swim at Arizona State University on an athletic and academic scholarship. Last year I decided to move back to Florida and attend FSU. I have taught swim lessons and competive swim clinics. I absolutely love kids and making them smile is my favorite thing to do! I still live an active lifestyle and I still love swimming. I am so honored to be a part of the ATAC's program!

 

Nissi Himes

Assistant Coach

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Nissi Himes is a Mobile, Alabama native and began swimming at the age of four. She swam for her local summer league and highschool team as long as she could, then she began coaching and teaching lessons. After graduating from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Sociology, Nissi and her husband made a big move to Boise, Idaho so her husband could attend Boise State University in pursuit of his masters degree. In Idaho Nissi coached for the Boise Y Swim team, coaching beginners through the pre-senior group, as well as teaching lessons. She also taught a master swim class at Boise State University. After graduating from BSU, Nissi's husband was offered a job in Tallahassee, so in August of 2013, they made another big move in order to be closer to home. Currently Nissi also works for Boosterthon, a name and program some of the younger swimmers may be familiar with, as well as Chick-fil-a.  Outside of work she enjoys running, backpacking, reading, and going on adventures with her husband

Board of Directors

Holley Curry

President

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Gaynell Brown

Treasurer

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Mara Rumana

Secretary/Treasurer

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