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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Loren Michael Macdonald

Head Coach

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Coach Loren grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Since age 15, Loren has been sharing her love with swimming by teaching lessons and coaching in various programs. In high school, she helped the younger kids>always looking for new learning opportunities and chances to improve herself as a coach. Loren’s degree in Kinesiology has allowed her the chance to learn the effects of exercise on the human body throughout all stages of development and has had the chance to learn exclusively the effects on developing children. This has given her the opportunity to develop a unique perspective on coaching.  “My coaching style seems to be unique compared to other coaches that I have had the opportunity to observe. I am a very hands on coach who likes to take the strokes and simplify them for my athletes. I like to teach my swimmers the reasons for the tasks and expectations I have of them, explain to them why I want their hands to enter the water a specific way or why there needs to be that pause for glide in breast stroke. I want my athletes to understand the fundamentals of what will make them better swimmers and not just swim for the sake of doing what I ask.”

Robin Hilgenberg

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Robin Hilgenberg came from southeast Ohio and graduated from BGSU with a BS in Physical Education.   She moved to Tampa to earn a Masters in Adapted Physical Education from USF. She has taught Adapted Physical Education in Hillsborough County since 1980. Robin has coached all levels for LOLL/FE since 2000 and has also coached the LOLHS Swim Team since 2002. Her Synchronized Swimming experience paired with her Track and Field concentration along with teaching swim lessons since she was 16 lead her to where she is now as a coach for FE.  She is married to Scott (26 years) and has coached her three sons who earned medals at states.   They have also coached LOLL/FE.   Craig swam for FSC and now teaches school and coaches a swim team in Lakeland.   Curt played baseball and earned a degree in Marketing from Northwood Univ and now lives and works for Enterprise in Jacksonville with Kami and their daughter Kali.  Cam attends Florida Gulf Coast University and is a swim coach for GCST.  He coaches LOLL/FE in the summer months and teaches swim lessons.
 

Michelle R Koutras

Developmental Coach

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Shelly Koutras was a Division II scholarship swimmer for Monmouth College in New Jersey. She still holds school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650yd freestyle events. Since 2009, Coach Shelly has run the swim program at Wilderness Lake Preserve specializing in the developmental aspects of swimming. She joined Florida Elite in the spring of 2014 and is the Head Coach for the SLHS Swim Team. As a teen, Coach Shelly taught Red Cross swim lessons, lifeguarding and springboard diving at her home lake in New Jersey. She dove competitively for several years before committing to swimming full time.  She is a P.A.D.I. Dive Master. Coach Shelly has a BS in Biology from Monmouth and a Masters in Marine Biology from University of Miami (FL).