Gus is an entrepreneur and a swimming enthusiast. He began his swimming journey soon after turning 8 years old and by the age of 14 he qualified for his first international swim meet representing the Brazilian Junior National Team. It did not take long for Gus to understand his passion for the sport and decide he wanted to swim in college in the U.S.
At the age of 18 Gus moved to Roanoke, VA, and while representing the VA Gators he won a few National Titles and broke a few state and YMCA National records. In 2003 he enrolled at Virginia Tech and began his collegiate swimming career. While at VT, he became the first All-American swimmer in the school history and earned four individual conference titles in the butterfly and distance freestyle events. In 2004 he represented his home country at the FINA World Championships and finished 9th in the 200m Butterfly.
After graduating in 2007, Gus continued his swimming career at a professional level and retired in 2010 after representing his home country at the Nation’s Cup in Canada. During his final years as a competitive swimmer Gus founded Planet Swim and began his coaching career at the Bolles School under the guidance of former Olympic Medalist and Swim Coach, Sergio Lopez. Since then, Gus has focused on developing young swimmers and has had the opportunity to work with several world class athletes including World Championship/Olympic qualifiers and medalists.
Passionate about technique and science, Gus is also a founding member of IKKOS, Inc. IKKOS (www.ikkos.com) applies advances in neuroscience – neuroplasticity – to learning movement patterns. The patent-pending IKKOS System teaches technique faster and more effectively than traditional methods. IKKOS’ clients include some of the top athletes, clubs, and Universities in the United States as well as around the globe. IKKOS System translates across all sports and has been used with high level golfers, tennis players, basketball players, swimmers, triathletes, and exercise specialists (core/physical development).
With Planet Swim and IKKOS, Gus hopes to empower individuals to reach their full potential both in swimming and sports in general while building long-lasting confidence to be carried out through life.
DIRECTOR OF SWIM TEAM - MASTERS & SAILFISH 1 COACH (Oak Bridge Location)
Coach Gus was born in Recife, Brazil. His swimming background is more than impressive; when he was just 12 years old he was already ranked #1 in Brazil in his age group. In 2001 Gus won the Brazilian National Championships as a member of Esporte Clube Pinhneiros.
Gus moved to the U.S. in 2005 to swim for a club team in Roanoke, VA, for whom he also won two events at the YMCA National Championships. His swimming career continued as he joined Wingate University and became their first ever national champion when he won the 200-yard freestyle at NCAA Championships. While at Wingate, Gus earned multiple All-American Honors and won a total of 8 individual titles in several events at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships.
He began teaching swim lessons in 2005 upon his arrival in Roanoke, VA, and continued to teach swim lessons while in college. Altogether, Gus accumulates a total of 10 years of teaching and coaching under his belt. He joined Planet Swim in 2011 soon after graduating from Wingate University with a Business Management degree. Since then Gus has proven to be a great asset to our staff both teaching and coaching and plays a major role managing the daily business operations.
As our Head Age Group Coach, Gus helped several swimmers qualify to the Florida Age Group Championship (FLAGs) and to achieve AAA and AAAA time standards.
ASSISTANT COACH - AGE GROUP ELITE & SAILFISH 2 (Oak Bridge Location)
Coach Junior was a national-caliber swimmer for Brazil and the US. He was an age group national champion in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, and 100 Butterfly. Temotio, also swam and finished High school in the United States and was a Conoco Phillips National and Junior National Qualifier as well as a medalist in the 2007 Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way, WA. Coach Junior graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing in 2012 where he was a four year scholarship swimmer, holding records in several relays and ranked among the school’s all-time top 10 in the 50 Freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.
As a younger coach, Junior started his career as a full time age group coach for the West Houston Aquatic Team in Houston, Texas. Most recently, Temotio coached one of the Senior groups at Coral springs swim club and prior to that the Head age group coach for Bearcat Swim Club, now Mid Valley Aquatics in Salem, Oregon. Temotio has coached Junior National level qualifiers and doubled the success rate of State and sectional level swimmers while coaching for Bearcat Swim Club. While coaching at the club level, Temotio also was the assistant coach for Willamette University men’s and women’s swim team
Since taking his passion for swimming into coaching he has transformed a large group producing multiple top 8 State and Sectional swimmers. Temotio, was also nominated for age group coach of the year in Oregon, in his second year of coaching.
HEAD SITE COACH - ELITE & AGE GROUP ELITE (Magnolia Point Location)
Coach Kyle Casias joined our team in March of 2018 as the Head Site Coach at Magnolia Point. Before coaching in the Jacksonville Area, he swam at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for two years, where he majored in Foreign Area Studies and Geospatial Sciences with a focus in Africa and a minor in the French language.
Although he only started swimming his freshman year of high school, he rose quickly as a leader and hard worker. Attending Fleming Island High School, and swimming for the YMCA of Florida's First Coast under Coach Shawn Delifus, his accolades include being a 3-time finalist in the FHSAA State Meet, a National Qualifier and a two-time Scholastic All-American.
Coach Kyle possesses a strong technical-philosophy, adjusting the feedback given to athletes based on their own unique attributes such as body-type, and ranges of motion. He identifies the importance of visualization and it's impact on promoting strong self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence; Through implementation of these practices, Coach Kyle endeavors to develop hyper-focused, and highly-motivated individuals in and out of the pool.
An Eagle Scout and former Cadet of a Service Academy, Coach Kyle is determined to magnify and strengthen the moral fiber within each of the athletes he interacts with. He strives to provide influential, and profound life lessons at every opportune moment to not only produce fast and intelligent swimmers, but champions of the journey!
Bio coming soon!
ASSISTANT COACH - SAILFISH 1 & SAILFISH 2 (Magnolia Point Location)
DIRECTOR OF SWIM SCHOOL
Born in Bratislava – Slovakia, Katarina started swimming at the age of 10. Soon after, results started showing as she became a National Champion at the age of 14. Since then Katarina broke many national records, competed at European and World Championships as well as the 2012 London Olympic Games. After graduating in High School from St. Paul’s Anglican High School in Brisbane – Australia, she decided to pursue a collegiate swimming career and joined the Virginia Tech Hokies. During her collegiate career Katarina broke multiple school and conference records, was awarded for her outstanding freshman and senior year, became an ACC champion as well as NCAA All-American.
Prior to joining Planet Swim, Katarina served as Swim Camp Counselor at the Virginia Tech Swim Camps. She joins Planet Swim as our Swim Lesson Coordinator.