Head Coach - Senior Group
John has served as CTA's Head Coach since 2002. He is currently an ASCA Level 4 coach with 19 years experience. John has devoloped and coached numorous Southeastern champions, Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, as well as Olympic Trial Qualifiers. In addition, many of these top swimmers also earned USA Scholastic All Americans, and made NAG Top 10 lists over the years. In 2006, John was named the Southeastern Coach of the Year.
Before coming to Tuscaloosa, John coached at both the club and high school levels in California. While in Carlsbad, John developed some High School All-Americans and help make Carlsbad High School into a swimming powerhouse in San Deigo county.
He received both his B.A. (mathematics) and his M.I.T. (teaching) at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where he swam during his collegiate years. He received his second Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics in 2006 from the University of Alabama. John is currently working on a third degree in Financial Planning at UA. John's hobbies include swimming (for fitness and fun) and, of course, fly-fishing the famed Gallatin River outside his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. John and his wife, Caroline, have two little girls, Kathryn and Sophie.
Asst. Coach Crimson Group
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). Lisa has previously coached the summer Northwood Lake Swim Team and the CTA Master’s Swim Team. She has taught elementary school for the past 18 years in Tuscaloosa. Her husband, Don, is also a former All-American swimmer for The University of Alabama. They have three daughters, all of whom swim for Crimson Tide Aquatics.
Asst. Coach White Group
Nancie has been coaching for Crimson Tide Aquatics (formerly TUSC) for over thirty years. She also heads the Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation swimming program. Nancie has a bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College in Ohio and a master’s degree from Cornell University. She has been teaching mathematics at Shelton State Community College since 1994. Her husband, Bing, is a professor at The University of Alabama. They have five children. All five of their children swam for Crimson Tide Aquatics and one went on to swim for The University of Alabama. Two of their grand-daughters swam for Crimson Tide Aquatics.
Asst. Coach Crimson Group
Breanna swam with FAST in Fullerton, California for 8 years. She
was captain of her high school swim team in 2012 and won league
championships in the 100 breaststroke her junior and senior years
and still holds the team record for the 100 breaststroke. She began
teaching swimming 5 years ago with in-water swimming lessons and
has coached with CTA for the past 3 years. She will be graduating
from the University of Alabama in May with a Bachelor's Degree in
Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. On most
days, after she finishes coaching, she hops in the water herself
and practices with the university Club Swim Team. In her
(non-existent) spare time, she enjoys scuba diving, water skiing,
and road trips. Roll tide!