Coaches

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 contact the Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

John Boxmeyer

Head Coach/President

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John has served as CTA's Head Coach since 2002. He is currently an ASCA Level 4 coach with over 20 years experience.  John has devoloped and coached numorous Southeastern champions, Junior and Senior National Qualifiers/Finalists, as well as Olympic Trial Qualifiers.  In addition, many of these top swimmers have also earned USA Scholastic All Americans, and made NAG Top 10 lists over the years. 

He received both his B.A. (mathematics) and his M.I.T. (teaching) at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where he swam during his college years. He received his second Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics in 2006 from the University of Alabama. John then earned a third Masters in Financial Planning from UA (2017).  John's hobbies include swimming, woodworking, and of course, fly-fishing when he can.  John and his wife, Caroline, have two girls, Kathryn and Sophie.

Lisa Berger

Asst. Coach - Crimson

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Lisa has been coaching with CTA for 14 years. Her coaching experience also includes Crimson Tide Master’s Swim Team and Northwood Lake summer Swim Team.

Lisa is a former All-American swimmer for The University of Alabama (1982-1986).  She was a member of the University’s only women’s SEC Championship swimming team (1985).  She competed in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Trials and a highlight of her career was a Top 20 World Ranking in 200 meter I.M. (1979).  

Lisa also has a 32 year career in Education and is employed by the Tuscaloosa City Schools as an Elementary Curriculum Specialist for Special Education.  Her husband, Don, is also a former All-American swimmer for The University of Alabama. They have three daughters who all swam for Crimson Tide Aquatics. Their oldest Ashley was previously an assistant coach with CTA, Kelly swam at the University of Kentucky and Julie currently competes for Drury University. 

“What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching potential in the individuals I get to teach and coach.”

 

Alex Smith

Asst. Coach - Junior

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Alex has been a member of Crimson Tide Aquatics since 2007 when he was just a boy.  He swam for CTA for eleven years during which he was coached by both Coach Lisa and John before joining our coaching staff in 2017 as an assistant coach to the Crimson group.

He is currently the coach of the Junior Group. Alex is a junior at the University of Alabama studying mathematics. His youngest brother Zachary also swam for CTA and is currently attending the University of Notre Dame as a student athlete. He has two dogs: Maggie and Lulu.

Nathan Kemnitz

Asst. Coach - Crimson

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Nathan is in his second year with CTA, and primarly coaches the Crimson group.  Nathan grew up swimming for Swim Atlanta for 8 years.  He began coaching sumer league at age 14, and then began coaching competive year-round swimming in 2017-18..

Currently, Nathan is a sophmore at the University of Alabama and is majoring in Accounting.

Meredith Schuckert

Asst. Coach - White

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Meredith swam with Crimson Tide Aquatics from a young age through her senior year of high school. Meredith has been coaching the White group for the last three years and has helped so many young swimmers to get better.

In college she majored in Biology at the University of Alabama, and then moved to Guatemala for a year and worked at an orphanage teaching English in the onsite school. She is currently working as a certified dermatology technician and will be starting graduate school at the University of Alabama in 2020 with plans to then apply to medical school. 

Riley Dreyfus

Asst. Coach - White

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Riley grew up swimming with CTA from age 8 through her Senio year in High School (o ne of Riley's favorite sets was kicking with fins!) .  She has spent the last 5 summers teaching swim lessons at PARA with Coach Blewitt.  Riley is currently a freshman at the University of Alabama, majoring in Human Development and Child Life. 

When Riley's not on deck or in the water, she enjoys singing in her church’s worship band, babysitting, and spending time with her parents and three brothers.