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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please call our office phone at (865) 232-1790.

Coaching Staff

Larry Hough

Head Coach

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"Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child"

Larry Hough grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from Central High in 1985.  He started coaching summer league and High school in 1986 and has been a professional coach since 1994.  Larry has a BA in History from the University of Tennessee, and studied for 3 years in the Vocal Performance program at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He sang opera professionally from 1991-1994.  Larry is an ASCA Level 5 coach, has had several athletes ranked #1 in the country, has had a National High School Record Holder, and two 15-18 USA National Record holders.  His athletes have competed at the USA Olympic Trials, and the Olympics in 2012.  Larry has worked in 4 different LSC’s over the last 23 years, been named an LSC Coach of the Year 3 times, served>

Jackie Bussard-Bertucci

Director of Operations / Gray Head Coach

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"Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise." - Michael Jordan

Jackie, the daughter of legendary UT and Olympic coach Ray Bussard, is our head age group coach. She joined Pilot as a coach in 1994 and has since become one of the top age group coaches in the country. Jackie's recognition and accolades include being named Southeastern Swimming Age Group Coach of the year in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2012, and 2014.  She was the Age Group Chair of Southeastern swimming from 2002-2006. She also served as Head Coach of the Southeastern Zone All-Star Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001.  Jackie was elected by her peers to the board of Southeastern Swimming and has served from 2002 to 2015. In the summers, she has been involved as a swimmer, parent and coach for the Knoxville Racquet Club and served as their Head Coach for the past 6 seasons. Prior to coming to Pilot, Jackie coached for several years with the UT Continuing Education swim program and at swim camps at Mercersberg, PA, St. Lawrence, NY and St. Bonaventure, NY.  Jackie enjoys giving swimming lessons, being a instructor trainer for the Red Cross and spending time with her husband and, Chris, and sons, Henry and Stephen.

Lizzie Fleming

Orange Head Coach, Orange 2 & 3

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"The only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday."

Lizzie grew up in Knoxville, graduated from Webb School, and went on to swim at Radford University, where she earned a degree in communications. She has coached high school, summer league and club swimming for eighteen years, and has been a full time coach with TNAQ since 2009. Off the pool deck Lizzie loves to travel, be outdoors and spend time with her husband and two little boys. 

Rob Collins

Senior Coach/Masters Director

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Rob grew up in Oregon where he graduated high school in 1999. After graduating, he moved to California to swim for San Francisco State University where he received a BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science).  His coaching career began in 2005 as the Head Age Group coach for the South San Francisco Aquatic Club where he developed nationally ranked age group swimmers and successfully guided athletes to various all-star teams and select camps.  Upon leaving SSFAC in 2009,  Rob continued his coaching career with stops in Boston, MA and Walla Walla, WA where he was able to build great programs, double membership, and coached numerous senior athletes to the national level.   In 2013,  Rob returned to San Francisco to earn a graduate degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.  While finishing his degree, Rob worked as the head senior coach for the Otter Swim Club.  In his time at OSC, Rob was successful in building a dynamic senior program from scratch, resulting in the club's first ever junior national qualifiers and being recognized by his peers as a finalist for Pacific Swimming senior coach of the year in 2015. Outside of swimming, he enjoys live music, running, hiking, and spending time with his girlfriend Harper and their Jack Russell Terrier named Savvy.

Jamie Tannhauser Haman

Foundations/Youth Fit/Gray 1

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"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

Jamie Tannhauser-Haman is from Seattle, Washington. She started swimming at the age of six for Salmon Bay Aquatic Club. Jamie went on to become a high school state champion, National Junior team member and a Finalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 800 meter freestyle. She swam for the University of Florida and is a Gator at heart. During the day Jamie works at the Episcopal School of Knoxville as a third grade assistant. Jamie has four years of club coaching experience as well as five years of summer league coaching under her belt. She is excited to start her fifth year of club coaching with Pilot.

Chris Goodman

Gray 3

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"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." -Walter Bagehot 

Chris grew up in the Knoxville area and has been involved with Knoxville swimming for nearly 16 years. He swam for GKAISA's Gulfwood Gators as a kid and has now been their coach for the last 6 Summer seasons. Chris swam for Pilot Aquatic Club (now Tennessee Aquatics) and Bearden High School throughout his school-aged years. He then continued his career at Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Disorders in May 2016. While at Western Kentucky, Chris was 400IM conference champion and a backstroke specialist. He holds the 200 backstroke pool record at WKU and was the team's Top Scholar award recipient for the highest GPA as well as the Most Dedicated award recipient. Outside of the pool Chris enjoys the outdoors and working with the special needs population. Chris is currently at the University of Tennessee pursuing his Masters of Speech Language Pathology.

Lars Hondorf

Orange 1

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"NDNR. No Deposit No Return." - John Naber

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Lars Hondorf began competitive swimming at 7 years old.  He swam for MCC Marauders for over ten years where he was an Empire State Games medalist and was a Junior National Participant.  While swimming high school for Harley Allendale Columbia he rewrote the team record book, graduating with 6 individual swimming records, still holding the 200 free and 500 free. He won four events at sectionals, qualified for state meet 3 years and placed top 8 in 3 events at state meet.  He is also a member of the Section 5 Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame. At The Johns Hopkins University, while pursuing an engineering degree, he was a four year varsity swimmer.  He placed top eight in distance events at the conference championships and was an All American in 1989.  After graduating college, he swam and competed in master swimming.

He began his coaching career in Baltimore, as an assistant swim coach for Bolton Hill in 1991.  Moving to Atlanta, he was the head coach of a summer league swim for a season, before going to graduate school at the University of Georgia for Mathematics Education.  He was an assistant coach for Winder Barrow high school for two seasons, before moving to Cleveland TN.  While in Cleveland he started and coached Cleveland Middle School’s swim team and was an assistant coach for the Cleveland AquaTigers summer league team.  After 9 years, he moved to Oak Ridge and has been teaching high school math at Oak Ridge since.  He was also the assistant swim coach for Oak Ridge for 6 years and on the TISCA Board for four years. He began coaching Atomic City Aquatic Club special needs group and then was red group coach at ACAC for the past several years.  He has also been involved with the Oak Ridge summer league team for multiple years and the head coach the last 3 years.

Britton Leitch

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

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“If what you did yesterday was big, you haven’t done anything today.” – Lou Holtz

Britton Leitch oversees the dryland training for TNAQ and serves as our strength & conditioning coach. He has over a decade of knowledge and experience preparing athletes for success. His training philosophy is centered on improving movement mechanics and the long term healthy development of the athlete.

Britton is a native of Knoxville, TN. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Maryville College. While at MC, Britton was a 3 year football letterman and a College Football Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.

Britton is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is very involved with the National Strength & Conditioning Association and serves on the State of Tennessee Advisory Board.

In his spare time, Britton competes in Scottish Heavy Athletics at Highland Games throughout the country. He is married to his lovely wife Robyn. They have one daughter, Savannah Grace.

Christopher Franklin

Assistant Coach

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“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”  - Vince Lombardi

This is Chris Franklin’s first season coaching with Tennessee Aquatics although he has been involved in the swim coaching community in East Tennessee since 2005.  Growing up in East Tennessee, Chris swam with Pilot Aquatic Club for seven years and was lucky enough to swim for the University of Tennessee from 2003-2005 where he was an IM, backstroke, and distance freestyle specialist.  Chris will also be entering his fifth season as assistant coach at Knoxville Catholic High School where he graduated from in 2003.  While away from the pool deck Chris enjoys all things sports and Tennessee related.

Michael Hamman

Senior Assistant

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Betsy Hondorf

Youth Fit

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Christopher Pelant

Morning Masters Coach

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Christopher Pelant entered the world of competitive swimming at the age of six.  A Southern California native, he began swimming after having an operation on his legs. After two months of full leg casts, Christopher had to re-learn how to walk, which included physical therapy sessions in the pool. It was there that he found comfort in the water and began a ‘love of sport’ that has lasted for more than 30 years.

Christopher was the fastest age group swimmer in the United States, over many years in multiple Freestyle and Butterfly events.  He broke four Southern California swim records- one which lasted for 19 years.  In addition to being a multiple Junior National and Senior National Finalist, Christopher was on both the USA National Junior Team and USA Olympic Festival Team, where he was a Finalist and featured athlete.  His success in age group swimming earned him a Division I Full Scholarship to Southern Illinois University.  There, he was a multiple Conference Champion and Record Holder, as well as Team Captain, the Spirit Award Winner and an Academic All-American.  Additionally, Christopher qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 meter Butterfly.  Post graduation, the Missouri Valley Conference named Christopher to their “All Centennial Team”, a collection of the best athletes in the history of the Conference.

With over 15 years of professional coaching under his belt, Coach Chris has had the opportunity to teach and train every possible kind of swimmer. No matter the level, Coach Chris instills proper technique while enthusiastically enhancing the swimming experience.  Currently, he is the Director of Business Development for Smarter Searches, a digital marketing company here in Knoxville and is excited to join the TNAQ family.

Scott Kubicki

Evening Masters Coach

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Charles Scott Kubicki was born in Illinois raised in Memphis, TN and graduated from UT Knoxville with a BS Communications in 1986.  He has since worked in television production for the past 31 years. Scott grew up in swimming by way of diving at the local YMCA in Memphis when I was 13-14 years old. He competed in diving in the YMCA league in Memphis, and even traveled for a regional meet to Jackson, Miss. A big deal for a little kid. Swimming came to him by way of the country club summer diving/swim team. Once he reached high school, Scott was swimming high school, club, and summer while still being able to dive for his high school team. This continued until graduation. He then left high school and swimming competitively behind until he found the Knoxville Masters program in 2013. Scott absolutely loves the sport of swimming,and plans to stay involved going forward through competing and coaching. 

Laura Shuford

Lunch Masters Coach

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Laura started swimming when she was 5 years old all the way through college at Auburn University. Her strengths were the IM and breast stroke. After having children, Laura wanted a quick and easy way to get back into shape so she started running. She enjoyed the endurance part of running which led to trying out a marathon and was instantly hooked. The history of the Boston Marathon was an exciting goal that she was able to experience. After to wanting to put all three sports together she decided to try Ironman events. Laura feels that he working knowledge of multiple sports and their individual demands on the body enable her to help people work through issues and meet their goals. She hopes that her experience and enthusiasm for sports and team environments can help athletes achieve new levels in their performance.

Swimming Accomplishments: 1992 Olympic Trials qualifier in 400IM, 200IM, 200 Breast Stroke. Auburn University Varsity Swimmer, 3 Time All American, All SEC Team ini 1993 and 1994 and SEC Champion in 400 IM

Bicycling Accomplishments: 1998 Tennessee Bike Racing Association Women’s Champion, Category 1 Professional Cyclist, Cox Atlanta Velo, Autotrader.com, and Trek Women’s Team. 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier for Road Cycling - Autotrader.com team was 2nd Place in World Rankings.

Running Accomplishments: Burlington VT Marathon - qualified for Boston Marathon Multiple Boston Marathon, 1st Place Half Marathon Snow Shoe Race.

Triathlon Accomplishments: 70.3 Rhode Island 9th, 70.3 Timberman 8th, Lake Placid Ironman 9th, Challenge Knoxville - 1st Age Group & 4th Overall Woman, Louisville Ironman - 17th Age Group, Rev3 70.3 Knoxville -1st Place Woman, Ironman Chattanooga - 5th Place Woman.

Lana Burl

Masters Coach - TRI

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Lana believes in the value of living a full and happy life.  She found joy in her own odyssey of disconvering and nurturing the athlete within.  She believes the pursuit of endurance sprots brings clarity, perspective, and opportunity.  This is why Lana coaches edurance atheltes; theirs is a journey that anyone can undertake to learn about themselves and be happy in even the toughest moments.

An experienced triathlete, Lana started coaching to give back and encourage others to develop in this sport that has become her healthy.lifestyle.  Lana loves learning;  she relentlessly seeks and implements practical knowledge into her coaching practice.  While she also works as a freelance business consultant,  Lana loves the challenge of guiding people that simply want to be better.

Lana coaches age group athletes focused on triathlon, running, swimming, and cycling, both locally and remote.  Her coaching certifications include USAT level 1,  USAC Level 3, and Training Peaks Level 1, and she earned an MS in nutritition.  Over the years, Lana coached equestrian and ice hockey, as well as taught undergraduate classes in nutrition. She emphasizes life balance, continuous learning and enjoying the process of becoming great by comitting to every small step.  She finds it both a thrill and honor to share her knowledge and passion, and be a small part of any athlete's progress.