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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 contact the Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

Kiril Zahariev

Head Coach

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  • 36 years of professional swim coaching
  • Graduate of National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria in Coaching and Physical and Health education.
  • Certified Member coach of USA Swimming
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and Coaches Safety Training
  • Current Background Check and Athlete Protection education 
  • National Coaching Certification Program in Swimming – Canada
  • Directs all phases of Jupiter Dragons Swim Team Program
  • On deck coach for Blue Senior and Elite groups
  • Jupiter High School Swimming Coach
  • Developed Florida State High School Top 3 finishers
  • Developed Junior National finalists Florida Gold Coast Senior and Junior Olympic Champions and Record Holders
  • 7 years Coach of the Year for PBC High School Athletic Conference - North
  • Developed National Level Champions in Canada and Bulgaria
  • Founder of Champion Athletic Club in Toronto, Canada
  • 14 years experience as a competitive swimmer
  • Former member of the Bulgarian National Swim Team and participant in International Swimming Competitions

Ivanka Zaharieva

Assistant Coach

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  • 35 years of professional coaching
  • Graduate of National Sports Academy Sofia, Bulgaria in Coaching and Physical and Health education.
  • Certified Member coach of USA Swimming
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and Coaches Safety Training
  • Current Background Check and Athlete Protection education
  • National Coaching Certification Program in Swimming – Canada
  • On deck coach for Blue Junior, Elite, Green 2 and Green 1 groups
  • Developed Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Champions and Record Holders
  • 12 years experience as a competitive gymnast
  • Former member of the Bulgarian National Gymnastics Team and participant in International Gymnastics Competitions

Dave Taylor

Assistant Coach

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  • 6 years of professional coaching
  • Graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado
  • Certified Member coach of USA Swimming
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and Coaches Safety Training
  • Current Background Check and Athlete Protection education
  • On deck coach for Purple, Orange groups and dry-land coach for Blue - Junior group
  • 13 years experience as a competitive swimme

Andrew Harthsorne

Assistant Coach

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  • 7 years as Men/Women Assistant Swim Coach at St. Francis College - Brooklyn
  • Retired FDNY Firefighter
  • Certified Member coach of USA Swimming
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and Coaches Safety Training
  • Certified Paramedic 
  • Registered Nurse State of Florida
  • Current Background Check and Athlete Protection education
  • Virtus Trained - Safe Environment for Children trained
  • On deck coach for Elite and Red groups