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If you want to contact any of our coaches, please click the e-mail link next to their name.  You can also leave a message at the CAT office at 727-791-9542.

Coaching Staff

Randy Reese

Director of Aquatics

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Randy Reese has been coaching swimming since 1969. He started his career in Clearwater then moved to the Bolles School, Episcopal High School / Randy Reese Swim Team, and then to University of Florida where he coached the Men’s and Women’s teams to two National Championships each (Men 1983 & 1984) (Women 1979 & 1982). He has over 14 National Championships for his age group teams. In 2004, he came back to Clearwater after sucessfully leading the Longhorn Aquatics team where he was head coach and had been ranked the number one club team in the country  three years by USA Swimming Club of Excellence program.

Coach Reese has personally led over 41 Olympic swimmers to a combined total of 18 Gold medals, 8 Silver and 9 Bronze.  He has coached 6 swimmers who achieved 16 world records and led 79 Women to achieve over 500 All-American honors and 60 men reach 200 All-American honors.
 
Coach Reese’s personal accomplishments include:
 
· 1979 Pan American Games Assistant Coach
· 1980 (Moscow), 1984 (Los Angeles), 1988 (Seoul) USA Olympic Assistant Coach
· 1982 & 1988 NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year
· 1984 & 1985 NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year
· 1987 Pan Pacific Games Assistant Coach
· 1997 University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee
· 2005 International Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee

Kevin Reese

Assistant Coach

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Bryan S. Welter

Assistant Coach

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Bryan Welter came to CAT from High Tide Aquatics where he was Head Coach for the previous 4 years.  Prior to that served for five years as  Head Age Group Coach at the Nashville Aquatic Club.   Bryan started swimming with the Greater Lee County YMCA as a very young age group swimmer. He loved swimming and continued to swim competitively for 14 years.   He swam with Swim Florida as well as Collier County YMCA, before moving on to college swimming at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He moved to Gainesville in 1995.  Here, he went to college while working as a swim coach.  He completed his Bachelor's degreee at the University of Florida,  College of Health and Human Performance in 2004.   Bryan was the Head Age Group Coach for the North Central Florida YMCA for seven years.  He has also coached at the 300 Swim and Tennis Club, Oak Hall School, Naples High School, and Buchholz High School.    He coached for Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge for two years.  In both the high school setting as well as club teams, Coach Welter has had many successes.    Some of these include: Coached a 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 3 Age Group National Record Holders (2005, 2009), 100 + USA swimming top 10 performers including 18 age group USA Swimming National Champions, Twice ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year - Louisiana (2007), Southeastern Swimming (2009); Lousisiana LHSAA Division 1 Women's State Runner-up (2005); Florida FHSAA Class 3A Women's State Championship (2002); Florida FHSAA Class 3A Women's State Runner-up (2000); Selected Head Coach - Southeastern Swimming Southern Zone All-Star team (2009, 2010); Selected Assistant coach - Southeastern Swimming Southern Zone All-Star team (2008); Selected Assistant coach - Louisiana Swimming Southern Zone All-Star Team (2006); Selected Assistant coach -Florida Swimming Southern Zone All-Star Team (2000, 2002 & 2004); Selected Head Coach -Florida Swimming Southern Zone All-Star Team (2003); Florida Dairy Farmers -Girls High School Coach of the Year - All Classes (2003); Gainesville Sun All Area Coach of the year (2000, 2002 & 2003). He also produced HTA's only Olympic Trials Quailfier in the Summer of 2015. Bryan is also a Lifetime Member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA).Coach Welter has remained actively involved in the sport of swimming either as a swimmer or coach since his earliest introduction to the sport as a 4 yr old. His passion is to help young swimmers develop their potential to be the best they can be.

Jennifer M Smith

Assistant Coach

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 Jennifer joined us in August of 2014 and is doing an oustanding job working with our Gold Group of swimmers.

Coach Jennifer comes to the C.A.T. program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and, in addition to coaching, is currently teaching school in Safety Harbor.

Jennifer has extensive experience working with age-group swimmers in a variety of settings. Her most recent coaching position was with the Longhorn Swim Camp in Austin, Texas where she coached with Olympic swimmers and Olympic coaches.

 

Dennis E McEwan

Assistant Coach

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Dennis has over 20 years of experience in athletics and coaching. In addition, he has a comprehensive background in sports medicine, sports psychology, fitness and injury prevention, and motivational technique.His most recent coaching positions were with Excel Aquatics and the Brentwood High School swim teams in Brentwood, Tennessee. Coach McEwan will be working with all of our staff members to assist in continuing our efforts to produce outstanding swimmers.

Catherine A Strickland

Assistant Coach

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