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The Bolles School Sharks are here to support your needs. If you have questions related to training, events, goal setting, and other swimming inquiries, please contact one of the coaches listed below. For all questions related to team administration, please contact the Swim Office at 904-256-5213.

Coaching Staff

Peter Verhoef

Head Coach & Aquatic Director

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Coach Peter joined Bolles in January of 2019.  His reputation as a star student-athlete began during his college career at the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and double majored in Management and Management Information Systems in 2007 from the Terry College of Business.  While at Georgia, he was a finalist at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the World Championships in 2007 where he also served as the Team USA Team Captain and earned a Silver medal at the World University Games in 2005.  He was also the recipient of the 2006 Jeff Poppell Leadership Award, among many other honors.   

Prior to joining Bolles, Coach Peter had been the Senior Coach and High-Performance Director for SwimMAC since 2015, coaching USA National Junior Teams, Junior National Champions, and recorded the highest number of scholastic All-Americans of any program in the country. Peter also assisted in coaching SwimMAC's Team Elite program for Olympic level athletes from 2010-16. During this time, Team Elite athletes combined for a total of 9 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze. Throughout his tenure at SwimMAC Peter helped guide strategic decisions including staff development, growth, team culture, member relationships and more. 

From 2013-15, Peter was also the Assistant Head Coach for Men's and Women's swimming at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In this role, he experienced all facets of leadership from the pool deck--including coaching, recruiting, scheduling, compliance, administration, travel and outreach.  During his tenure here, Peter greatly contributed in assisting the team to win the 2015 NCAA DII Championships for both the men's and women's teams.

Coach Peter will continue his  emphasis on a culture of unity among the coaches and student-athletes in order to promote long term development of excellence in competition and beyond as the Head Coach and Aquatics Director at The Bolles School.  

Dale Albert Porter

Head Age Group Coach / Head Great Whites

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Porter is a familiar face in competitive swimming on the first coast.  He came across the river to the Bolles Sharks in 2010 from the Spartan Aquatic Club (SPAC) in Orange Park, where he served as the program’s Head Coach from 2004-10.  During his tenure with SPAC Porter has coached swimmers to number one rankings at the local, state, and national level.  Porter also served as the Head Coach for St. Johns Country Day School since August of 2004, where he taught physical education.

Porter enters his 32nd year of competitive coaching.  Thirteen of those years were spent as an assistant coach at the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Ohio, then one of USA Swimming’s Gold Medal Clubs.  Porter also served those 13 years as a teacher/coach at the Hawken School in Chesterland, Ohio.

Awarded the 2011 Florida Swimming's Age Group Coach of The Year, Dale Porter’s experience is only equaled by his enthusiasm for teaching and coaching.  An established and highly respected coach in Florida Swimming, Porter brings a wealth of experience and a great store of excitement to the Bolles Sharks Age Group program.  He has presented talks at the 2012 and 2014 ASCA World Clinics, 2015 San Diego Age Group Coach's Clinic, 2013 Legends of Texas Coach's Clinic, and for USA Swimming's online clinics.  He has served USA Swimming as a manager for the 2018 Jr. Pan Pacs, 2017 Jr. World Championships, 2017 Western Zone Select Camp, 2015 & 2016 Open Water Select Camps, the 2016 National Junior Team Camp., and as an assistant coach for the 2014 National Select Camp.  Highly regarded for his outstanding coaching, depth of knowledge, leadership, enthusiasm, and humility, Porter creates an exciting dynamic on the Bolles Sharks coaching staff and within the team itself.

Jeffrey E Pishko

Assistant Senior Coach

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James Michael Kuzma

Assistant Senior Coach

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Mike Kuzma joined The Bolles School swimming staff in April 2015.  Prior to arriving at The Bolles School he held assistant coaching positions at Nova Southeastern University, University of La Verne, Los Osos High School, University of Mount Union, and Bethany College after beginning his coaching career as the head coach of St. Andrews Swim Team in 2006.

Kuzma’s student-athletes have achieved success in both the NCAA and high school ranks.  He has coached NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Qualifiers, NISCA All-Americans, and CIF record holders.  He helped guide the Los Osos High School boys team to their first CIF title in program history.  Coach Kuzma was a member of the OAC Coaching Staff of the Year at the University of Mount Union.

Coach Mike graduated from The University of Mount Union with a B.A. in Sports Administration and a Minor in Business. 

Claire Elizabeth Mills

Assistant Senior Coach

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Coach Claire grew up in and around the Denver, Colorado area. She is in her second year with the Bolles School Sharks and has been coaching for over 6 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport and Exercise Science with minors in Coaching and Psychology, and is expected to complete her Master's degree in Kinesiological Sciences from Jacksonville University this April.

Prior to her arrival in Jacksonville, Coach Claire was an Associate Head Coach and Assistant Aquatics Director for the Colorado Athletic Club Stingrays in Englewood, CO. While she worked with all ages with the Stingrays, her primary focus was their Senior team. During her time with the Stingrays, she coached athletes to win CHSAA State titles, Sectional and Zone titles, and helped athletes achieve Junior National qualifying times. Several of her athletes have gone on to DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA collegiate programs. 

Coach Claire was a distance swimmer throughout her time at the University of Colorado and was a member of their Conference team for all three years that she attended. She has wanted to be a professional coach since she was 15 years old and she is excited to be able to continue her coaching journey with the Bolles School Sharks!

Outside of the pool, Coach Claire likes to spend time at the beach, go for an occasional swim, and foster dogs and cats for a local animal rescue. 

Gina M Aguilar

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kathryn Ann Steele

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Jessica N Cummings

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Regina M Carbone

Assistant Age Group Coach

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'Little' Gina, as she is affectionatly known, has been the Head Tiger Coach since 2016.  She spends her time walking, biking, swimming and weight training.  Coach Gina is the proud Mom of Christian, a former Sharks swimmer, as well as Joey '15 and Anthony '17, both Bolles School graduates and swimmers.

Gina's patient and amiable personality make her the perfect leader of our Tiger group!

Cameron Mcintosh Bendetsen

Assistant Senior Coach

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Elizabeth L Pishko

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Daniel Sean Abbey

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Victoria N Peterson

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Barbara Gowdy

Assistant Age Group Coach

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