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COACHES

Our coaching staff is one of the most experienced and most successful in the nation, enabling us to provide a program that can fit the needs of athletes of all ages and abilities. 

Robert D. Pinter

Head Coach

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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 1998 as the head coach of the Stoughton Aqua Racers in Stoughton, WI, after which he accepted the head coaching position with Oregon Community Swim Club in Oregon, WI, and then 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, IA, 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 Club's Silver Crocodile group.

 

Gregg C Troy

Assistant Coach - High Performance

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Gregg Troy was the head coach of the University of Florida Gators men's swimming and diving teams from 1999 to 2018, and the head coach of the Gators women's team from 1998 to 2018. Before joining the Gators in 1998, he was the head coach of the swim teams of The Bolles School in Jacksonville for 20 years. Gregg has twice served as an assistant coach (1996, 2008) and once as the head coach for the U.S. Olympic swim team (2012); his 2012 men's Olympic team won a total of sixteen medals in seventeen events. Gregg has also been the U.S. National Team head coach at the Pan Pacific Games (2010), World Championships (women: 1998; men: 2001), and Pan American Games (1995, 1999). Most recently Coach Troy was selected to be a coach for the 2018 Pan Pac Games. He has been named Coach of the Year multiple times by the SEC, USA Swimming, ASCA, and the NCAA.

Troy has coached more than 70 Olympians and multiple world champions and world record holders, notably including Caeleb Dressel, who currently trains with Gator Swim Club.

Adam Dajka

Assistant Coach - Sectional, National

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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 - Senior, Masters

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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.

Casey L Francis

Coach - Silver

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Casey grew up in Long Island, New York, where she swam from Long Island Express for 11 years before moving to south Florida and swimming at Pine Crest for 2 years. Casey attended and swam for Penn State University, where she was a 3-time NCAA qualifier, Scholar All American, and US Olympic Trial qualifier. Over the course of her career at Penn State, she was a school record-holder in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle, team captain her senior year, and received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Post-Graduate Scholarship, and Sportsmanship Award honors. Casey graduated from Penn State in 2017, and is now in her first year of physical therapy school at the University of Florida. She is a current member of the USA Surf Lifesaving National Team.

Danielle M Galyer

Coach - White

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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. In addition to coaching for GSC, she is the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Florida women’s swim team. 

Sue Halfacre

Coach - Masters

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Coach Sue has a long history with Florida swimming, having been the first coach of the University of Florida women's program. In addition to coaching the Masters group for GSC, Sue is the director of the Florida Gator Splash Club. Sue also competes with the Masters group, having been most recently at the 2018 Pan American Masters Championships.

Anna MacKenzie Hooks

Coach - Pre-comp, White, Green

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Anna swam for Gator Swim Club and the Makos through middle school, then swam with her high school team through her sophomore year. Now she enjoys running and is training for a half-marathon. She also loves being outdoors and kayaking through the springs. Anna is a high-school dual enrollment student at Santa Fe and is hoping to major in wildlife ecology because of her love for animals.

Stacey Lee Huber

Coach - Senior

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Stacey was born and raised in Gainesville, and has been a part of the swimming community here since the age of 5. She swam for Gator Swim Club and Gainesville High School, and then competed for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she was a CSCAA Academic All American in 2008, 2009, and 2011, first team All Mid-American Conference in 2008 and 2009, and second team All Mid-American Conference in 2011. After returning to Gainesville, Stacey coached for High Tide Aquatics, and is a member of the GSC Masters group, achieving four top-10 finishes at the 2018 Pan Am Masters Championships! Stacey has a master's degree in textile history and museum studies, and is the Assistant Collection Manager for the South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Emily Blake Jacobs

Coach - Pre-comp, White, Blue

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Blake is a sophomore 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!

Matthew James Leenhouts

Coach - Orange

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Matt was born in and grew up around the town of Reading, PA. His father was a swimmer and had him in a pool for as long as he can remember. While he did not start his competitive swimming career until the age of 12, he quickly took a liking to the sport and swam with the Boyertown YMCA Navy Seals in high school. Matt swam for Kenyon College in Ohio, where he was a four-year NCAA Division III championship meet qualifier and a team captain during his senior year. He contributed to a third-place team finish in 2018, two team runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2017, and was a member of Kenyon’s most recent national championship team in 2015. Over his four years, he amassed 8 All-American awards and is a Kenyon team record holder in the 800 freestyle relay. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in biology. In addition to coaching for GSC, Matt is the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Florida men’s swim team. 

Alex P McDonald

Coach - Orange

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Alex is originally from Gainesville, and swam for Eastside High School, where he then served as an assistant swim coach for the Purple Hurricanes, helping to lead the team to 6 district titles (2 boys, 4 girls) and 2 girls regional titles. Before coming to GSC, Alex was a coach and swim instructor for Makos Aquatics Club for more than four years. Alex graduated from the University of Florida with a double major in English and journalism.

Courtney McGovern

Coach - Silver

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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.

Jennifer Murphy

Coach - Green

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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.

Joyce Shahboz

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Joyce grew up a recreational swimmer who later started triathlons and masters swimming. She was lucky to swim under Coach Jim Miller, MD, who has been heavily involved in not only U.S. Masters Swimming but also served as the USA Swimming National Team Physician and a FINA official. From 2007-2016, Joyce was the dryland and strength coach and an assistant swim coach for High Tide Aquatics in Gainesville, participated in a 2-week medical team rotation in Sports Performances at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs (where she provided health care services to both national athletes and sports camp participants utilizing the facility), and worked a rotation for USA Swimming at the Charlotte Ultra Swim where she provided pre- and post-race musculoskeletal work, stretching, and massage for the US National Team members and other elite swimmers. Joyce is a physical therapist in orthopaedics, a certified strength and conditioning coach, and a former member of the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Network. Joyce competed on American Ninja Warrior (Seasons 4-7) and was a runner-up on Team Ninja Warrior 1.

Marc G Shahboz

Coach - Gold

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Marc has been coaching swimming for almost 10 years and involved in the sport for about 40 years. He started coaching 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. Marc and his wife Joyce have both competed on American Ninja Warrior.

Andrew P Smith

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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.