Head Coach, ASCA Level 5
Born and grew up in NYC, Far Rockaway to be exact. Undergraduate
attended Queens College, NYC - Physical Education, 1975, both swam
and played water polo there. Co-Captain my senior year.
Graduate School Univ. of Mass., Amherst, - Exercise Science,
Started the Tsunami Swim Team in 2010
American Swim Coach Assoc. [ASCA] Level 5 Coach Senior, Age Group
and YMCA. Past President of ASCA, Past Vice Pres. of
National Team Coach 5 times
45 years of national and international experience; I've been
privileged to have coached 7 Olympic athletes, more than two
dozen national age group record holders,
over 40 senior, junior & YMCA individual national champions and
several hundred top ten nationally ranked swimmers.
Tsunami Head Age Group Coach
Guy L Bergeron
Senior Coach - Marble, ASCA Level 4
Coach Guy is a USA and
Canadian Level 4 certified swim coach. He has been
coaching all his life since swimming at the national level himself
in Canada. Guy has coached and instructed children from ages 4
years to 18 years (learn to swim to Competitive swimming at
National Level). Coaching is a passion for him and he
believes every athlete has the potential to develop their own
talent to wherever it can take them if they are willing to pay the
price of hard work. He believes swimming is a good way to learn
about self-discipline, time management and work ethics that will be
a benefit in all areas of life. With a degree in Psychology
and having coached at a NCAA Division I
University, Coach Guy has gained a broad background in developing
athletes to their potential.
Junior Team Coach - John Marble
I started swimming in Richmond VA at the age of 6 in 1969.
My parents moved us to Charleston WV for the next 11 years I swam
under Coach Greg Olsen. I attended Bethany college and
received a Degree in Economics. I was Captain of the Bethany
College swim team for 3 years, MVP for 4 years, placed 21st and
23rd in the 400 IM for Division III and still currently hold the
400 IM school record. I still swim masters and have done the
Lido beach swim as a team for the last two years. I have swum
Alcatraz four times and plan to do it again.
I started coaching in 1983 for my local summer league, then in
1986-87 assistant coach for Bethany College. I was the
assistant coach for VCU for the 1989-90 Season. My USA
swimming coaching experience started in 1990 with NOVA then TRAC of
Richmond till 1995. When we moved to Mooresville NC I
coached for Lake Norman YMCA from 1995 to 2000, Then SwimMac from
2001 to 2011. I started my own YMCA team from 2012 to 2014
till we moved to Cary NC. There I coached for NCAC for the
I am a ASCA level 3 coach and had 5 all American swims with Lake
Norman High School. I also coached over 20 years for summer
I have a Business High School Teaching Degree from VCU and taught
in Richmond VA 1990 to 95 and Mooresville NC from 2001 to 2014.
I have two wonderful kids. Austin 25, who graduated from VA
Tech with a Mechanical Engineer degree and living in Lexington Park
MD, and my Daughter Elle is living in New York City and graduated
in sports marketing from NYU where she was captain of the swim team
I met my lovely wife Kathy at Bethany College. We just
celebrated 30 years of marriage. We moved to Sarasota to be
closer to my father and love it here.
My other side business is a boat touring business called Tucker
Tours. My wife is my first mate. We have a 35 foot Sea
Ray Sundancer and enjoy getting to meet new people and enjoy the
Sarasota Bay. Fun fact… I got a WSET level III wine
certification from the Napa Valley Wine Academy in 2017.
I look forward to meeting the swimmers and the parents of the
Tsunami Swim Team.
Age Group Coach - Arlington Park
Sam grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts but has lived in 7 states thanks to the US Coast Guard. She served for 6 years both active duty and reserve before leaving to raise a family. Now the family stays on the move thanks to her husbands 19 year carer in the Coast Guard. She has been teaching swim lessons since she becoming a Life Guard and Water Safety Instructor 18 years ago. Teaching in Massachusetts at the Wellesley Center and Longfellow Sports Club. While living in New York she was the swim lesson director for New York Sports Club, learn to swim program. Once her 3 children moved on from swim lessons into competitive swimming she began coaching stroke team and young age group swimmers for the Tideriders in Arkansas. She is passionate about water safety and creating a life-long, love of swimming. When not on the pool deck coaching or watching Sailor 12, Hudson 9 and Linden 6 practice and compete, you will find her at the beach Sailing or traveling with the family in their vintage Shasta camper.
Taylor Ann Katz
Age Group Coach - Arlington Park
Coach Taylor is a recent graduate of the University of Florida.
She began swimming at the age of ten. In high school she was a
6-time state champion, 8-time high school All-American, and
four-time Florida Swimmer of the year. She competed at the 2012 and
2016 Olympic trials in the 400 and 800 freestyle, 400 IM, and 200
Butterfly. While swimming collegiately for the Gators she competed
at both the SEC and NCAA championships, where she went on to become
an All-American in the 200 Butterfly. She was a team captain her
senior year, and was a CSCAA Scholar All American. Taylor received
the Tracey Caulkins Outstanding Freshman Award, the Donald Gibb
Award, and the Leadership Award while she was a Gator swimmer. She
graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in
Robyn Faulkner Trainor
Red Team Coach - Arlington Park
Red Team Coach - John Marble
Originally from Wayne, New Jersey, Courtney moved to Sarasota in 1975. She swam for the Sarasota YMCA Sharks from 1983 to 1989, including 4 years under head coach Ira Klein. She also swam for the Riverview High School and was team captain her Senior year. Courtney started teaching and coaching swimming in 1990 for the Sarasota YMCA. Also earned a bachelor of science degree in child development from the Florida State University in 1995. In 2010-11 Coach Courtney was the head age group for the Fayetteville YMCA Sea Dragons in North Carolina. She continues to coach today for the Sarasota Tsunami, re-uniting with Coach Ira. In addition Courtney also works full-time for Children First of Sarasota. She lives with husband Greg and their two daughters Paige, 16 and Payton, 12, plus a loving golden retriever Tucker.
Rachel Elizabeth Vos
Red Team Coach - GT Bray
Jeff W Waddle
Masters Coach Jeff Waddle
Jeff Waddle joined the Tsunami Masters coaching staff in 2018.
He is USMS Masters certified
level 2 coach and U.S. Masters Swimming-certified adult
learn-to-swim instructor and brings multisport experience to the
Arlington Park pool deck.
Waddle retired in 2018 after 31 years on the corporate side of
residential construction and is currently pursuing his purpose and
passion to coach and teach adults to swim. He is co-coach of the
Masters program, and will head Tsunami’s new adult
learn-to-swim program when it launches in the fall of 2018. He
enjoys helping adults to overcome fear and past experiences in the
water, in addition to working with non-fearful beginner swimmers
and those who want to improve their technique.
Coach Jeff is an Ironman triathlete who has more than 65
triathlons on his athlete resume. He has completed premier
open-water events like the Escape from Alcatraz swim, Swim Around
Ft. De Soto, and Swim Around Lido Key. He has been a key member of
the Tsunami Masters club since 2016, when he moved to Sarasota from
Hilton Head, S.C.
Coach Jeff is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and is
pursing USMS Masters coach certification (to be completed in the
fall). When Jeff isn’t swimming, cycling or running, he can
be found woodworking, gardening, baking, and hiking. (Ask him
about Kilimanjaro in 2016). Jeff is married to Janet, and they have
two Frenchies that rule the roost.
Red Team Coach - GT Bray
Holly J Neumann
Volunteer Masters & Age Group Coach
Holly Neumann coaches the Tsunami Masters team. She is a Level 2
USMS Masters coach and a USMS-certified adult learn-to-swim
She also works for the U.S. Masters Swimming National Office,
managing the adult learn-to-swim initiative, including the Swimming
Saves Lives Foundation.
Before moving to Sarasota in 2015, Holly helped establish a Masters
workout group in West Hartford, Conn., and taught swim lessons to
both adults and children. She also coached a youth winter-league
recreational swim team. She is a lifelong swimmer with collegiate
experience at California State University Bakersfield. She has
completed many open-water swimming events, including the La Jolla
Rough Water Swim and the Great Chesapeake Bay swim multiple times.
She loves the camaraderie found in a Masters workout and finds
great joy in helping others to learn to swim and enjoy the water
Holly is also the mother of two boys who compete for the Sarasota
Tsunami age-group team.
Michelle Lynn Armer
Volunteer Age Group Coach
Michelle began swimming at the age of 9 for the Milan Swim Club
in Milan, MI. She was a 4-time state champion and a high school
All-American while competing for Milan High School. She went on to
swim for the University of Michigan and contributed to four team
Big Ten Championships. She competed at the NCAA Championships all
four years on relays and was team captain her senior year. Michelle
has coached on and off since graduating from the University of
Michigan with a BA in sports management and communications. She
teaches math at Manatee High School. She feels fortunate to coach
her son as well as all the other fantastic
young athletes with Tsunami.
Julie A Santiago
Volunteer Senior Coach
Every direction that Julie Santiago turns, she usually ends up
near the water. Her most recent change of direction was
moving to Florida with her family where she re-connected with one
of her former swim coaches,Ira
Klein. A stand-out swimmer at a young age,
Julie became a High School All American swimming for York Suburban
High School in York, PA. She would eventually enroll at the
University of Nevada , Las Vegas, on a swimming scholarship.
In 1992, she competed in the NCAA Swimming and Diving
Championships at the University of Texas in Austin where
she competed in the 200 and 500 free and 200
backstroke events. In 1994, she was named the
Big West Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the
Year, an honor that she is extremely proud of.
After earning a Masters Degree in Sport and
Leisure Services from UNLV, Julie was well on her way to a
career in Sports Marketing as she would become the Director
of Marketing for the UNLV Athletic Department.
The sport of swimming pulled her back in when her young kids
began to swim and Team Rebel Aquatics hired her as the Head Age
Group coach. Since then, Julie has held a variety of coaching
positions spanning over 13 years:
- St. Anne School Swim Team, Las Vegas,
- Seneca Valley Swim Team, Pittsburgh,
- Murray Youth Swim Team, Murray,
- Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team, Sarasota,
Now a USA Swimming, Level 2 Coach, Julie
continues on her swimming journey. She has always had a
passion to give back to the sport that provided the foundation for
her life. She feels fortunate to have an opportunity to coach
2 of her children as well as an amazing group of young athletes
that are the Sarasota Tsunami.
Volunteer Age Group Coach
Deb Walker grew up in Valley Forge, Pa, and swam for Suburban Swim Club. She obtained a degree in Clinical Chemistry from Penn State University where she was captain of the swim team for three years. After earning a certification as a Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE), she worked in IT for several years before deciding teaching was what she found most gratifying. Deb earned a Master’s Degree (Education) specialty in Integrating Technology in the Classroom, and currently teaches sixth grade science in the IB program at Brookside. She also is the web administrator for Toad Hollow Athletics, a swim supply ecommerce site. Her two grown children were born in Sarasota, and represented Swim Florida where she coached for 16 years.Swimming Credentials
Master’s Swimmer: 28 National and 18 World Records since 1980.
1985-1999: Certified USA Swim Coach, Swim Florida 1992-1999: Head Coach, Cardinal Mooney High School
1992: Appeared in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” Voted Florida Swimmer of the year
1993: Voted High School Coach of the year by the Sarasota Herald Tribune
2004: Inducted into Dick Vitale’s Sports Hall of Fame Program Director, SwimAmerica
1991: President George W. Bush’s Point of Light for volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club
2004: Frank Tillotson Service award by the Florida LMSC
2005: Congressional Special Recognition by Katherine Harris, 2005
2005: Dorothy Donnelly Service award by the USMS (United States Masters Swimming)