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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. He was recently voted the 2014 Senior coach of the year by the Florida Swimming LSC. Coach Maul has 50 years coaching experience which include the following accomplishments: American Swim coaches Association level 5 certification (the highest level) for both USS club and NCAA. Head coach of the 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 1996. Coach Maul is married to Dr. Jodi Yambor-Maul and has two children, John (a 2016 Junior National Qualifier) and Alyssa (a senior swimmer at the University of Florida and a 2012 and 2016 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).

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.

Sami Pochowski

Presenior/Senior Coach

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    I am Sami Pochowski and a recent Graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. I have spent the last four years apart of the varsity Swimming and Diving team at Florida State, making the conference team all four years and NCAAs my sophmore and junior year. I swam the 200, 100, and 50 freestyle along with the 100 breaststroke in which I am a current school record holder. I was a captain of the Swimming and Diving team my senior year at FSU. I started my career as a late bloomer at the age of 12 and worked my way up to second place at Junior Nationals in the 100 breast in 2011 and making it to the Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke in 2012. I was born and raised in Wisconsin.

Sviatlana Khakhlova

Presenior Coach

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Sviatlana Khakhlova comes from Belarus, Minsk. She graduated from the Belarus University of Physical Culture in 2006.

As a competitor, Sviatlana is one of the top swimmers of Belarus. She is a BLR Swimming National Team Member since 2000. Throughout her career, she has been medalist of European championships in 2002–2015. She is a three-time Olympian who represented Belarus in 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London. She also was the winner and medalist of World University Games in 2005 Izmir, 2007 Bangkok, and 2009 Belgrade.

Sviatlana is married to Pavel Sankovich.

Michael J Cenedella

Age Group Coach

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Coach Michael (Mike) Cenedella has been with ATAC since 2004, and has been coaching since 2013.  In that time he swam in the novice program all the way up through the senior program.  As a result of his swimming experience on the team, Mike has been very versatile in coaching swimmers of all ages.  While he was in high school, he was the team captain at Leon his senior year and the recipient of the Jim Nettles Award for Leadership on the swim Team.

Mike attends Florida State University, and he will be graduating in the spring of 2017 to then pursue law school. 

Richard C Abbey

Age Group Coach

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Colin has been part of the ATAC family since he joined the team at the age of nine. He swam under Coach Terry through the end of his senior high school season, at which point he decided to devote his training time to triathlon, where in the ensuing years he qualified and competed at 2013 Ironman World Championships, 2014 Age Group Nationals, and 2015 WTS Olympic Distance World Championships. Colin is also a professional photographer, and can often be found on the pool deck outside of coaching, helping provide the team and parents with high quality images.

Colin is senior in Civil Engineering at FSU.

Coach Meghan Haila

Novice Coach

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My swimming career began when I was just 5 years old on my local summer swim league team in Saint Johns, FL. From there my love for the sport grew and I joined the Bolles Sharks program in Jacksonville at 7 years old. I spent my entire childhood in the water where eventually I worked to qualify for the USA Swimming Junior National, and National meets. As a Florida high school swimmer, I was a state finalist in my individual events all 4 years and was state champion in the 100y breaststroke both my junior and senior years. After high school I moved to Tallahassee to swim for Florida State. My freshman year I was a member of the ACC team and had a top 24 finish. Since then, I have decided to end my own competitive career and focus on my continued studies at FSU where I am a double major in Psychology, and Family and Child Sciences. I have a love for swimming that runs deep and a passion for working with kids and I am so excited to have the opportunity to coach as a part of the ATAC family. I look forward to lots of fun and fast swimming ahead!

Madison Jacobi

Challenger and Novice Coach

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My name is Madison Jacobi. I am a Florida State graduate with a degree in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Special Education. I swam for Florida State University for four years, competing at a conference and national level throughout my career. Coaching for ATAC has been a great way to combine my love for the sport of swimming, educating children, and working with individuals with special needs.

Board of Directors

Gail Steinkuehler

Secretary

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