Robert D. Pinter
Robert started his swimming career at an
early age in his native Romania. Over 13 years of competitive
swimming in Europe, he won many national and international
competitions including becoming European Junior Champion in the 200
butterfly in 1984 in Luxembourg. From 1990 to 1994, he attended the
University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Robert launched his coaching career in
1999 as the head coach of the Oregon Community Swim Club in Oregon,
Wisconsin. In 2002 he moved to be senior coach at Badger Aquatics
Club in Madison.
In the fall of 2004, Robert attained his
first collegiate coaching position at the University of Iowa,
coaching the Hawkeyes until 2008. In 2008, Pinter returned to
Madison as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, where
he coached for three seasons. For the 2011–2012 season, he
was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
In July of 2012, Robert became the head
coach of the Iowa Flyers Swim Club in Iowa City, Iowa, where he
also worked as the Assistant Aquatics Director until April 2016
when he came to Gainesville to coach Gator Swim Club. During his
time with IFLY, Robert led the club to unprecedented results in the
state and nationally.
Robert still enjoys competing. He has
participated in and competed in Ironman, half-Ironman,
and other triathlon competitions. He has also competed
in marathons, ultramarathons, half-marathons, and other
running events, as well as open-water swimming races.
Robert and his wife Christie have a
thirteen-year-old son Luke, who is a member of Gator Swim
Assistant Coach - Gold, Sect/Nat.
Adam was born in Budapest, Hungary. He was a member of the Hungarian national team in 2005–2010, for which he swam at the European Championships in 2006 and 2010. Also, he placed third in the 400 meter medley relay, fifth in the 400 LCM freestyle, and seventh in the 200 backstroke at the Junior European Championships in 2007.
Adam graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. While finishing up his degree, he was an assistant coach and a dryland supervisor for Southern Kentucky Swim Club. From May through August 2013, he worked for Coach Robert as an assistant coach for IFLY swim club. After graduation, he was hired as an assistant head and senior coach for the Piranhas Swim Club in Bettendorf, Iowa. During his time with the Piranhas, Adam was elected as a member of the Iowa Senior Coaching Staff in 2015. He coached 13 Iowa state recordholders and 44 Iowa state champions.
Adam has 2 cats, Tom and Juno. He was a Gator football fan prior to moving to Gainesville, and is looking forward to attending as many games as possible!
Erin P Condon
Assistant Coach - Sr, Sec, Masters
Erin has been a member of the Gator Swim Club staff since 2014, and works with the Senior and Masters groups. She competed for the nationally acclaimed Wilton YMCA Wahoos program in Wilton, CT, and was named to the United States Swimming Open Water National Team in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and was a USS Junior National qualifier in the distance and backstroke events. She competed for Princeton University during her undergraduate studies, and still competes for the GSC Masters program. In 2014 and 2015, Erin was ranked in the FINA Top Ten in her age group in the 1500m.
Danielle M Galyer
Coach - Senior
Danielle was born in Brisbane, Australia,
but grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where she swam for
Middle Tyger YMCA for 13 years. She attended the University of
Kentucky, where she was the 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 SEC
Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2015–2016 and 2016–2017
Elite 90 winner, and 2017 University of Kentucky and SEC nominee
for NCAA Woman of the Year. While at Kentucky, Danielle was the
2015 SEC champion and 2016 NCAA champion in the 200 backstroke. She
was a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team in
2014–2015 and the National Team in 2015–2017. She
qualified for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials; in 2016 she was a
finalist in the 200 backstroke. Danielle is currently pursuing a
law degree at the University of Florida.
Coach - Masters
Emily Blake Jacobs
Coach - Pre-comp, White
Blake is a freshman at UF and was a swimmer for 10 years on the
ATAC swim team in Tallahassee, achieving both FLAGS and state
qualifications. Prior to joining GSC, Blake was a swim instructor
for 3 years and a coach for 1 year in Tallahassee with ATAC and the
Tallahassee Swim School, teaching new swimmers strokes and
technique. She is excited to be a part of the GSC team!
Coach - White, Orange, Pre-Competition
Courtney started swimming at the young age of 4 and started assisting with swim lessons and coaching with her club team at 16. In Sebastian, Florida, she swam for Sebastian High School and in her senior year placed second in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 100 backstroke. After high school, Courtney swam for the College of Wooster, making NCAA Championships in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke in her freshman year. When not coaching, Courtney is a supervisor at Starbucks.
Coach - Green
Jen developed her chlorine addiction at age 12 when she joined
Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, and never fully recovered,
having worked as a lifeguard, head lifeguard, pool manager, swim
instructor, and coach, anything to be near a pool! In addition to
coaching with Gator Swim Club, Jen is currently the conditioning
coach for Gator Water Polo and works in aquatics at the YMCA.
Jen swims with the GSC Masters group and is a member of
GSC’s Open Water Team. Outside of swimming, she also pursues
photography and volunteers with the Boxer Aid and Rescue Coalition.
Coach - Senior
Marc G Shahboz
Coach - Silver
Marc has been coaching swimming for almost 10 years and involved in the sport for about 40 years. He started coach while in college at FSU for the Maclay Blue Dolphins and more recently with High Tide Aquatics before moving to Gator Swim Club in 2016.
Originally from Miami, Marc swam with a number of outstanding coaches from the area, including Olympian Robert Strauss at the Hurricane Swim Club, Al Sheeler from Sheeler Winton Swim Club, and Kirk Peppas at Metro Aquatics. Marc swam and played water polo at Columbus HS and played water polo while attending FSU. As a Masters swimmer Marc achieved a number of top 10 US times and was ranked as high as 2nd in the US in the 40–44 age group for the 100m backstroke.
In addition to coaching at Gator Swim Club, Marc is the lead professor of Santa Fe College’s award-winning Digital Media Baccalaureate program. He holds a MFA from the University of Florida and Baccalaureate of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
You may also catch Marc and his wife Joyce competing on NBC's American Ninja Warrior.
Alex P McDonald
Coach - Orange
Ambert Yang Sawaya
Coach - Senior
Andrew P Smith
Drew swam for Gator Swim Club while he was in middle and high school. He previously coached for Buchholz High School and High Tide Aquatics. Drew graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master's in secondary social science education, and teaches 12th grade government and economics at Newberry High School.