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Coaching Staff

Jon D Sakovich

Head Coach/Aquatics Director

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 Jon Sakovich began his career at the Bolles School swim program in August of 2000.  He is currently the Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Director, as well as the Director of the internationally renowned Bolles School Swim Camp.

Sakovich’s swimmers have achieved success at all levels of the sport.  He has coached numerous NAG Top 16 athletes, High School All-Americans, Junior National and Senior National qualifiers, and Olympic Trials qualifiers.  He began his coaching career at Gainesville’s Florida Aquatics before being named Clearwater Aquatics’ Head Age Group Coach, a post he held for 4 years prior to his move to Bolles.

Sakovich’s personal swimming journey began when he trained in a hotel pool and the ocean as part of the Saipan Swim Club.  The unconventional training yielded exceptional results as Sakovich went>  Sakovich’s success also yielded an Olympic berth in 1988, where he represented Guam and came into contact with the Head Coach at the University of Florida.

Sakovich enrolled at UF, where the training was more conventional while his personal success continued.  Sakovich earned All-American honors by finishing in the top 8 at NCAA’s; won National titles both in the pool and open water; earned a bronze medal while representing the USA at the 1995 Pan American Games; and represented Team USA at the 1996 Pan Pacific Championships.  Sakovich narrowly missed qualifying for the US Team for both the FINA World Championships and the Olympic Games.

Coach Sakovich graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Recreation.  He and his wife, Angele, have three children: John 18, Joseph 14, and Avyree 11, as well as>

Dale A 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 brings with him 29 years of competitive coaching experience.  Thirteen of those years were spent as an assistant coach at the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Ohio, 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 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.

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. He is currently finishing his Masters through the University of La Verne, California.

Jeffrey E Pishko

Assistant Senior Coach

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Coach Pishko has been coaching for nearly 20 years with 10 of those years as a Head Coach or Head Site Coach. Coach Pishko has been very successful at all levels developing Age Group State Champions, Open Water National qualifiers, Junior Nationals to Olympic and World Championship Trial qualifiers. Coach Pishko has worked with several of the best and largest club teams in the country.

Most recently Coach Pishko comes to us from Columbus, GA as the Head Coach of the Columbus Aquatic Club where he led the team to their first Top 5 finish ever at the Age Group State Championships as well as having the first athlete qualify for a national level meet in 15 years.

Coach Pishko began his coaching career in 1993 as the Head Age Group Coach with Greenville Swim Club(now ECA) in Greenville, NC while also serving as an Assistant Coach with East Carolina University, coaching mid distance flyers and breastrokers.

He then became Head Coach of the Southwest Aquatic Team-Blacksburg in 1997, from there Coach Pishko became Head Site Coach of Chattahoochee Golds Woodstock location in 1999.

Coach Pishko served as Head Age Group Coach and Site Director of New Wave Swim Teams Cary location for 4 years beginning in 2007. Following that tenure, In 2011 Coach Jeff became Director of Competitive Swimming and Head National Group Coach for the Triangle Aquatic Club Titans in Cary, NC a nearly 700 swimmer program and led several athletes to compete at Junior Nationals, Olympic Trials and World Championship Trials.

Coach Jeff has 3 sons Joshua(17), Jacob(13), Jordan(10) and is married to Beth Pishko for an outstanding 18yrs.

Cassandra Lynn Craddock

Assistant Senior Coach

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Gina M Aguilar

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kathy A Steele

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Coach Kathy is a native of West Haven, CT. and began competitive swimming at age 11.  After moving to Jacksonville she swam for the Bolles Sharks Club team for one year under former coach Greg Troy.  She went on to swim in college as a scholarship athlete.

Her coaching experience spans more than thirty years and includes coaching both summer league and high school. She joined the Bolles coaching staff in 1996 and currently coaches the Makos and Jr. Makos.

Outside the pool, Coach Kathy teaches second grade at San Jose Catholic School. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and dog.

Jessica N Cummings

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Jessica Cummings was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL.  She learned very early>

Jessi went to the University of North Florida - Go Ospreys!  She earned her Bachelors in Health with a concentration in Sports Medicine in 2002.  She continued her love for learning by earning a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and Chinese Studies.  She currently works at UF Health Jacksonville as the Director of Development for the hospitals and the UF College of Medicine Jacksonville. 

Jessi has a passion for swimming, which is why she continues to work with the Great Whites.  Her greatest joy is watching a swimmer achieve their goals whether it be during an "ah-ha" moment or a new personal best. 

Jessi's spare time is spent with her family, enjoying life.  She has a love for traveling, cooking (baking especially), being around any body of water, running with her husband Mike and stepson Colby, and hanging with her two English Bulldogs - Rondo and Barkley.  She loves being "AJ" to her nephews and niece - spoiling them any chance she gets.  Her favorite place>

 

 

Regina M Carbone

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Cameron M Bendetsen

Assistant Senior Coach

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Victoria N Peterson

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Claire Elizabeth Mills

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Robin R Gibbons

Swim Office Admin

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