Supporting Our Team
Coaches & Directors

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  Head Coach Peppas.

Coaching Staff

Kirk Peppas

Head Coach


Head coach Kirk Peppas founded Metro Aquatic Club of Miami in 1983. Since his first year with the program where he had a Senior National Qualifier – to now where we have multiple top 16 ranked swimmers and World Championship Athletes– he has made it his mission to make sure MAC stays a dominant force in South Florida.

Under coach Peppas guidance, MAC has seen over a hundred LSC records broken, 2 Olympians – one who earned a silver medal, 9 Olympic trial qualifiers, 17 Senior National Qualifiers, 17 US open qualifiers, 46 Junior National Qualifiers, 49 Zone Team Qualifiers, and16 Zone champions.

Coach Peppas has also coached Belen High School for the past 16 years. He has amassed an amazing 54 High School All-Americans, 21 of which are individual All-Americans, 5 state championships in 2006-2010 and 2nd place in 2005, 12 county championships, 13 regional championships, and 23 top 10 finishes at the state meet.

This past season at MAC he saw several of his swimmers have break out years. Carlos Omana swam a top 30 time in the world in the 400IM LCM and Chinyere Pigot became ranked top 100 in the world in the 50 LCM freestyle.   Victor Lopez Cantera and Ana Anaya will be competing at the 2011 Senior Nationals and Julian Ballestas and Carlos Omana will  compete at summer Junior nationals. All of these athletes are all presently ranked top 10% in the nation for their age in their specific events. He saw 75% of his graduating seniors go to Division one colleges and earn over 300,000 dollars in college scholarship.

Before MAC, Peppas worked for the University of Miami’s club program where he was in charge of many junior national qualifiers, and also coached the age group program which had multiple team Junior National Championships.

As an athlete Peppas swam in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Trials and was world ranked in 1979 and 1980 in the 100 Meter Freestyle. He swam for the University of Miami and Graduated with a degree in accounting.

Coach Kirk lives in south Miami with his wife Julieta Rodriguez and dogs Bear and Bayley. He has lived in South Florida his entire life surrounded by his family and friends who admire, cherish and respect him.

Coach Kirk Peppas can be reached at [email protected]

Ana Vasallo



As coach Ana enters her 11th season with MAC she has truly highlighted our age group program with her high accomplishments in the 2010-2011 year.  As the coach of the 8 and under age group, which is normally just suited for beginner swimmers, her swimmers had a break out year scoring in the 9-10 age group JO's.  Taking children from just learning to swim and teaching the four competitive strokes is a difficult task, but she also helped her athletes not only qualify for the JO championship meet, but to score as well and help the team to a great year of success. 

With the help of our learn to swim program coach Ana's group will take a big step forward.  The group is sure to improve further due to the fact that all 8 and unders at Tami-Ami will know the competitive strokes and will be at a similar training level. 



Jose Fernandez



Graduate Physical Education Teacher (1966-1970)
Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Sport at the University of Havana (1973-1977)
Complementary training:
Technical advice from Gerald Levin, professor at the School of Physical Education in Leipzig, Germany, and Harold Hardy, coach of the German national swimming team (1981-1984).
Technical advice from Tomas Zichi, head coach of the Hungarian swimming team (1981-1984)

Coach in 5 Central American games Age group (Colombia 1973, Mexico 1975, Santo Domingo 1977, Mexico 1981, Santo Domingo 1983).

·         Coach in 3 Central American and Caribbean Games (Santo Domingo 1974, Medellin 1978, Havana 1982).

·         Coach in 2 Pan American Games (Mexico 1975 and Caracas 1983).

·         Coach in 2 Latin Cups (Acapulco 1976 and Puerto Rico 1978)

·         In addition, multiple tournaments and international training

·         Head coach of Rockway Swimming team (2005-2014)

·         Coach of MAC (2014-Present)

- Multiple medals in Central American and Caribbean Games and Finalist in Pan American Games, such as Pedro Hernandez, Joaquin de los Rios, Ana Teresa Lopez, Jose Raul Lopez, Maria Isabel Ramon de Mares, Elena Jacob, Dania Davila, Debora Gregor, Juan Carlos Sequera, Maria Cuesta, and Laritza Diaz


-Venezuelan National Records in 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 Breast with Juan Carlos Sequera

-Multiple medals in Zone Championships National Age group (2005 Atlanta 5 gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze) Juan Carlos Sequera and Andy Vasquez. (2008 Atlanta 3 Gold, 1 Silver 1 Bronze) Juan Carlos Sequera, Jay Litherland. (2012 Texas 3 Bronzes) Kelly Fertel

-Multiples athletes in the Top 10 USA Age group.

-Multiple athletes have obtained university scholarships due to their sporting achievements