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Coaching Staff

Donald Gibb

Head Coach, ASCA Level 5, NCAA Div 1

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Don Gibb brings 34 years of collegiate and club coaching experience to NTC Aquatics. He has served as the Head Coach at Florida State University, the University of South Carolina, and Daytona State College as well as assisting at the University of Florida, Florida State, and the University of Kentucky. Don was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach-of-the-Year while at FSU (1995, 1998) and led the ‘Noles to their only top ten NCAA finish in the school's history.

Domestically, his swimmers have won USA Swimming titles at Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals and at the U.S. Open. At the prep level, swimmers have been champions at Florida High School State as well as at the ACC, SEC, and NCAA Division I level. On the international scene, Gibb has guided fourteen Olympians including an Olympic finalist at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has also led swimmers to finals at the Pan Pacific Games, Pan American Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Gibb got his start as an age grouper at age 12 at Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club where he swam for Olympic Coach and current Texas A & M Women’s Head Coach, Steve Bultman. Don then went on to swim at the University of Florida under Olympic Coach, Randy Reese, where he became an SEC, NCAA, and U.S. Swimming champion during his time in Gainesville.

Gibb graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Psychology. He enjoys fishing, golf, and spending time with his family. Gibb and his wife of 34 years, Gena, have adopted four children, Sarah, Emily, Hannah, and son, Dylan. They also have three grandchildren, Aaliyah, Kaysen & Raelynn.

The Don Gibb File

Swimming Highlights:

  • Five-time NCAA Division I All-American
  • 1982 SEC Champion 100 freestyle
  • 1983 SEC and NCAA Team Champions
  • Co-American Record Holder 4x100m Free Relay
  • Top 25 World Ranking 1981-1983 100m Freestyle
  • 1986 Masters National Champion (25-29) 100yd Freestyle
  • 2003 NJCAA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • The Donald Gibb Award at the University of Florida is given annually to a male and female Gator swimmer who performs above and beyond expectation .

Coaching Career:

  • Head Coach, NTC Aquatics, 2013-Present;
  • Head Coach, Daytona State College, 2011-2013;
  • Assistant Coach, University of Kentucky, 2009-2010;
  • Head Coach, St. Edwards School in Vero Beach, 2007-2009;
  • Head Coach, University of South Carolina, 1999-2007;
  • Head Coach, Florida State University, 1994-1999;
  • Assistant Coach, Florida State University, 1992-1994;
  • Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 1987-1992; Florida Aquatic Swim Team/Holmes Lumber Gators;
  • Head Age Group Coach, Nashville Aquatic Club 1985-1987. Head Masters Coach, Nashville Aquatic Club;

  

Alex G Baxter

Head Age Group Coach, ASCA Level 4

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Coach Alex comes to NTC Aquatics with over a decade of coaching experience with all ages and ability levels. He has spent the last 5 ½ years as the Head Age Group Coach and Associate Director of Competitive Aquatics with the Wilton Y Wahoos in Wilton, CT. In his time with the Wahoos, Coach Alex achieved an ASCA Level 4 coaching certification with over 40 YMCA National Top Ten Swimmers, 2 USA Swimming National Top 20 Swimmers, and one Eastern Zones Champion. Coach Alex’s teams also won one overall Connecticut LSC Age Group Championship, three boys team championships, and two 10&Under age group championships. In 2017 the Wahoos were the top IMX scoring 14&Under team in Connecticut earning Coach Alex a nomination by ASCA as the National Age Group Coach of the Year.
  Prior to arriving in Connecticut, Coach Alex was the Head Coach and Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Lionville Community YMCA in Exton, PA. At LCY, Coach Alex grew the Riptide swim team by over 30% in 4 years, helped numerous swimmers reach their first YMCA National qualifying times, and coached his first USA Swimming Junior National qualifiers.
  On the pool deck Coach Alex is known to be enthusiastic and engaged with all of his swimmers. He has a goal for every swimmer in the pool to have fun and to learn something every day. He hopes to see his swimmers learn to love the challenges the sport of swimming can provide, to learn to be great teammates, and to learn lessons which will make them better young people away from the pool. 
  Coach Alex is excited to join his new team on deck and looks forward to helping each of his swimmers find the same enjoyment from the sport of swimming he has found throughout his own swimming and coaching career.

 

Bill Kuminka

Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 3

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Coach Bill moved to Clermont in 2001 for the purpose of opening the aquatic facility at the National Training Center in Clermont. He served as the facility’s first aquatic coordinator during which time he started the aquatic programming and the NTC’s competitive swim program, serving as Head Coach. Originally from Ocala, he began his career in swimming at the age of 10 with the Ocala Swim Club. He competed on the state and national level with OSC and continued in college at Furman University and later with several masters swim programs. He completed his education in Tallahassee at Florida State with a bachelor’s in Recreation and a graduate degree in Movement Science. It was during this time that he officially began his coaching career with the TALY Dolphins at the local YMCA. Since that time, Coach Bill has founded two USS club teams, coached for two other club teams, served as head coach for three different high school teams and coached masters swimmers and competitive triathletes.

In addition to coaching, Coach Bill has worked in the fields of fitness, recreation/sport management, and sport performance for more than 20 years. He served as aquatic and sports director for two different YMCA’s and the aquatic coordinator at the NTC. Coach Bill previously worked as an instructor in the undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science program for UCF at the South Lake campus, and now teaches physical education at Imagine South Lake Charter School. He is married to Debbie and has three daughters, Brittany, Chelsea and Maddie and two grandchildren. He enjoys swimming, running, triathlon, and SUP. 

Rene James

Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 2

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Coach Rene was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and she is one of six children.  She grew up in Cincinnati and then moved to Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of her high school years.  Coach James began her swimming career at the early age of 5 years and have continued through college and at the masters level.  She has competed at the national level in age group, college, and masters swimming.  She was awarded a swimming scholarship at Daytona Beach Community College and then Florida Atlantic University, where she received All American status during her collegiate years.  Prior to graduating Florida Atlantic University, she began her coaching career in South Florida.  Her coaching career includes not only USS club teams but masters and high school coaching as well.  In Central Florida, she has coached Lake Aquatics, a program very successful during her tenure.

Coach James has worked in the field of parks and recreation management for 20 years specializing in aquatic management.  Her second career has been teaching for Lake County Schools, including working for Lake Minneola High School as both an Assistant Athletic Director and Head Swim Coach for many years. Coach Rene is currently an Assistant Principal at South Lake High School, and coaches our Gold group.

Haleigh K Smith

Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 1

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Coach Haleigh comes to the NTC from Grand Bay, AL. Growing up, she started competitive swimming at age 7 with the City of Mobile Swim Association. It was under this club team that she learned all of the positive influences the sport of swimming could have on a younger child. Haleigh swam at the local and national level representing CMSA until she graduated high school. She claimed several personal and team Alabama State Championships during her high school career swimming for St. Paul’s Episcopal School. After high school, Coach Haleigh continued her swimming career at the University of Kentucky.  As a Kentucky Wildcat, she competed in the SEC Conference meet every year of her collegiate career and served as the team captain for 2 of her 4 years on the team.  

Coach Haleigh developed a passion for teaching the sport of swimming from a very young age. She has taught swimming lessons and coached with summer league and club teams for over 10 years. Haleigh swam under several very influential coaches that were both performance and technique oriented. She hopes to transfer all that she has learned both inside and outside of the pool to the next generation of swimmers.
Off the pool deck, Coach Haleigh works as the Director of Finance at the Community Foundation of South Lake. She also wrote a children's book about Winter Garden and the surrounding area called "Wake Up Winter Garden!". Coach Haleigh lives in Oakland with her husband Justin (who was a diver for the Kentucky Wildcats) and her two children, Beckett and Clarke. 

Kelsey Tobin

Coordinator of Developmental Aquatics

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Willow Brooke Kalinen

Strength & Conditioning Coach

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