Episcopal AmberJax Staff

The Episcopal AmberJax staff is here to support your needs, so please feel free to contact any of the coaches for questions related to workouts, meets or swimming technique. For administrative questions, including dues and billing, please contact Coach Martin Zubero or Coach Axie Phillips.

Swimmers may join the program at any point during the year. To set-up an evaluation please print and complete registration  forms and email the following:  

Episcopal or JCDS: Martin Zubero

Cecil or JCDS: Axie Phillips  

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Coaching Staff

Martin Zubero

Head Coach


Martin Zubero has been with the Episcopal AmberJax since May 2014 where he serves as the head coach of the high school and club programs.

Zubero, an ASCA Level 5, coach, was the Head Age Group Coach at Patriot Aquatics in Orlando from 1998 to 2002. He coached the team to the Florida Junior Olympic long course team title in 2000 and was named Florida Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000, and ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year for Florida in 2001. Zubero was a speaker at the 2000 ASCA World Clinic covering "Age Group Coaching Design" and "How to Coach Backstroke to Age Groupers."

From 2002 -2010, Zubero was the Head Age Group and Assistant Senior Coach at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. During that period, Zubero was a coach for the 2003 World Championship team for Malaysia and the 2007 Pan American Games for the Netherland Antilles. The Bolles won the men's and women's state title all five years he worked with the high school program along with the high school mythical championship in 2005.

In 2011, Zubero worked for the Marlins of Raleigh where he worked with the Sr and Age Group programs based out of the Ravenscroft School in North Raleigh and most recently, Zubero was the Aquatics Director for the Spartan Aquatic Club in Orange Park.

Competitively, Zubero is the former short course and long course world record holder for the 200 meter backstroke. His long course 200 meter backstroke record stood for over eight years before being broken by Lenny Krayzelburg in August 1999. His most memorable moment came when he won the Olympic gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He also was the World Champion in the 200 backstroke in 1991 and in the 100 backstroke in 1994. Collegiately, Zubero competed for the University of Florida and was the 1990 and 1991 Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Year. At the 1991 NCAA Championships, Zubero broke the NCAA record in the 200 Individual Medley and 200 backstroke and was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year.

Zubero is a 2004 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as well as member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. Martin is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received his BS in Recreation. He is married to his wife, Loretta, and they have two children, Lily (13) and Finn (7).

Paul Wise

Assistant Coach- ESJ


Paul Wise comes to Amberjax from the Palencia Piranhas as he brings a wealth of swimming knowledge spanning almost fifty years as a competitor and coach.

The Columbus, Ohio native completed a four-year collegiate swimming career at Florida State University where he lettered from 1973-1977.  While swimming for the Seminoles, he set team records in the 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyle his freshman year and was a two time Senior National qualifier.  As a master swimmer, he was a National Champion and All American in the 200 meter butterfly and achieved over 40 national top ten times.

His coaching experiences include assistant coach at Episcopal High School and Amberjax Swim Club from 1991-1995. He also was an assistant at the Bolles School High School team and the Bolles School Sharks Club team from 1995-2000 where he coached numerous Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers.

Paul has a daughter who lives in Hawaii and a son who lives in Costa Rica. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, surfing, camping, and being outdoors.

Axie Phillips

Cecil Age Group Coach



Axie Phillips joined the Amberjax coaching staff in 2008 and never looked back.

            She is an ASCA Level 3 coach and is currently coaching the Gold and Platinum groups at the Cecil location where she has been since January 2010. She has coached numerous Sectional, Senior Champ, and FLAG qualifiers including a two-time Florida Age Group Championship High Point Winner and Meet Record Holder, and FL LSC Record Holders. 

Axie swam competitively for ten years with The Birmingham Swim League, The Bolles School Sharks and The Episcopal Amberjax. Along with being homeschooled thru high school, she competed for and was team captain of the Wolfson High swim team.

 Axie’s experience outside of the AmberJax includes 8 years working with the City of Jacksonville’s JaxParks Aquatics program. She held a number of positions during that time including Coach, JaxParks Swim Team Program Manager and Programs Coordinator. She currently coaches a Kid's Triathlon group and serves as a representative for Florida Swimming to pursue Diversity in the Sport. She has coached kids and adults of all ages, from the novice to USA Swimming Nationally ranked Top Ten. 

She graduated with Honors from Thomas Edison State University with a Bachelors of Arts in 2012, and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 2013. She is a believer of continuing education and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree on a part-time basis. In her free time she enjoys Sugar Arts and making Cakes.



Beth Harrell

Masters and JCDS Coach


Stephanie Schuster

Age Group - ESJ


Stephanie Schuster is returning to the Amberjax after spending a year and a half as the Lead Age Group Coach at City of Mobile Swim Association in Mobile, Alabama. During her time there she coached several age group swimmers to the local LSC championship meet where there were several top 8 finishers. She has coached both the Florida All Star and Zone teams several times, as well as the head Zone Coach for Southeastern swimming. Beyond coaching she is working full time as an administrative assistant as well as pursing a degree in Emergency Management. She is very excited to be back at Episcopal with the Amberjax and is looking forward to working with the silver group. 

Mantha Phillips

Cecil Age Group Coach



Mantha Phillips joined the AmberJax in summer of 2007.

Mantha is a Level 2 ASCA certified coach. She currently coaches the Silver group at the Cecil location. She emphasizes building FLAG qualifying swimmers with long-term foundations to carry them into their Gold/Senior level swimming.

Mantha begun her AmberJax career with the rising stars from our developmental groups. Swimmers under her instruction have enjoyed great success in building foundations to take their careers to the next level. While maintaining her successful groups she graduated with Honors from Thomas Edison State University with a  Bachelor’s Degree in 2015.

Before she was our Cecil Bronze and Garnet expert she enjoyed many years of competitive swimming before, her career was cut short by shoulder surgery.  She coached the Englewood Ripples for three seasons during which all three seasons they claimed the title of JaxParks Divisional Champs and also worked as a Lifeguard Auditor/Registration Manager for the JaxParks Aquatics Department. In her free time enjoys making stickers, playing with her black lab and going to Disney World.


Samatha Boden

Age Group Coach


Phillip Lampp

Cecil Age Group Coach


Kitzi Friedman

Masters Coach


Janie Kennedy

Masters/Age Group Coach ESJ