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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 our Head Coach, Head Age Group Coach, or the front desk.

Coaching Staff

Justin Correia

Head Coach ASCA 4

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Justin Correia has been coaching since 1997. He previously coached for three years as Head Swim Coach and Program Director at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center BlueWave swim team. Prior to there he was the Head Coach and Program director at Swim Macon Aquatic Club in Macon Georgia. He also served as Head Swim Coach at The Aquatic Club of Temple Terrace/City of Temple Terrace, Florida where he served for nine years. During the summer of 2005, Justin trained athletes with disabilities at Blaze Sports Clubs, and was the Head Swim Coach at Tampa Bay Technical High School.

His accomplishments include USA Olympic Trial, USA Senior National, USA Junior National, USA Futures, NCSA Junior National, NISCA All Americans, Florida Age Group Championship, Florida Senior Championship, Southern Sectional, Georgia Age Group, FHSAA State Championship, GISA State Championship, GHSA State Championship and Georgia Senior State qualifiers. Justin's swimmers have broken countless team records, Age Group Championship records and state records. He has also coached 3 swimmers that were World Ranked for 18 & unders.

He was named teh Head Coach for the Central Zone Select Camp in 2017. He was selected to be on the 2014 National Diversity Select Camp coaching staff, the 2014 Southern Zone Select Camp coaching staff, and was named the 2009 Georgia Zone Team Head Coach. He has coached three Olympic Trial qualifiers, 4 swimmers in the USA Top 100 Times, 20+ National Age Group Top 10/16, 20+ Florida Age Group champions, one Futures Champion, three Georgia State champions and four Scholastic All Americans.  He has also coached 5 FHSAA and 10 GISA State Champions. While at  Swim Macon they won three Division 3 State team titles during his tenure at the club. Swim Macon also grew to compete in Division 2, where they eventually placed 3rd in the higher group. As Head Coach of Tampa Bay Tech High School, he coached the Titans from a losing record to a 4th Place team finish at the FHSAA State Championships in 2003.

He is also involved in governance for Florida Swimming as the Coaches Chair on the board of directors. He also served on the USA Swimming National Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. He produced a online coahing clinic for USA Swimming in 2018. Justin's coaching ideas have been published and he has spoken at the USS National Convention about team development.

A former Brandon Blue Wave team record holder and part of the1993-94 Blue Wave Junior National Team, Justin trained as a swimmer under Internationally acclaimed ASCA Hall of Fame Coach Peter Banks. He attended the University of Florida and The University of South Florida where he majored in education. He lives in Winter Garden with his wife, Vanessa and 3 sons, Sebastian, Leo and Simon.

Larry Jukes

Head Age Group Coach ASCA 3

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Larry Jukes has coaching elite athletes since 2003, and has qualified multiple state, junior national and international swimmers.  Larry is also certified with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) as a level 3 coach. This means that he is in the top 15-18% of all coaches in the country, based on his success as a USA Swimming coach. He is also gold level ranked coach with Peak Performance Swim Camps, teaching at clinics and swim camps around the world. 

Having been a collegiate swimmer and ranked in the top 16 in the nation himself, Coach Larry knows what it takes to get his swimmers to the next level of competitive swimming.  

Coach Larry holds a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Evansville, where he served as the captain of the swim team, and earned a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Cooley Law School.  Larry and his wife Susan live in Winter Garden. They have three children; Heath, who is attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland; their other son, Keegan, and daughter, AnnDaleigh, who both swim for the SouthWest STARS

Jonathan Thomas Land

Age Group Coach

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Coach J.T. has been with the South West Aquatics family since 2012. He has worked his way up from a stroke instructor to team coach. His experience from stroke lessons has easily transitioned into coaching swim team due to his solid foundations in stroke technique and stroke progressions. JT has coached multiple swimmers to the Florida Age Group Championships(FLAGs). His swimmers have won FLAG Championships and set FLAG and Florida records. He has also worked with the PEAK performance camps and has worked with countless athletes of all ability levels.

J.T. has a  bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching from the University of Central Florida. He has a true passion for coaching and enjoys seeing his swimmers accomplish their goals. He bring a high energy and excitement to the pool deck. 
 
JT and his wife Kari live in Winter Garden and have a son, Beckham.
 

Rachel Hall

Age Group Coach ASCA 1

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Coach Rachel has been coaching swimming since 2010. She coached athletes from multiple levels for Central Brevard Swimming (CBS) from 2010-2016. Rachel moved to Orlando to began attending UCF in the summer of 2016, and was an Age Group Coach for Highlander Aquatics from August 2016-August 2017. Rachel represented Florida Swimming as an All-Stars coach in both 2016 and 2017, and served as a Zones coach for Florida Swimming in Tupelo, Mississippi, in August of 2017.  

Rachel hails from Brevard County, and is one of three sisters.  She is currently attending the University of Central Florida, pursuing a degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a track in coaching. She lives in Orlando with her pet hedgehog, Luna. 

Kenna Pasquale

Age Group Coach

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Coach  Kenna  has been coaching since 2014. Hailing from the twin Cities in Minnesota, she established her coaching career as the Head Age Group  Coach for ACDC Swim Club. While overseeing different age  group levels, she built her groups outside the pool by  incorporating dryland workouts, stretching, nutritional lessons, as well as goal-oriented activities. She created monthly parent meetings  understanding how important it is for parents to know what is going on  in and out of the pool. Through these efforts she was able to increase the teams membership and excitement. She has coached swimmers to the Minnesota State Championships, and was able to create an excitement to compete within her athletes.
Coach  Kenna  started swimming when she was 14 years old, competing with  her high school team. Later, she joined Aquajets Swim Club, based in Minnesota. There, she became a 3-time high school state finalist,  obtained junior national time standards and went on to receive a  Division 1 Swimming Scholarship for the University of North Dakota.  Unfortunately, she suffered a lung injury when she was 16 and even  with her comeback, her injury prevented her from fulfilling her  collegiate career.
With her analytical skills, upbeat personality, and her drive for  helping others, Coach  Kenna  is determined to guide swimmers to their  full potential.  Kenna , and her fiancé, Juan, enjoy going on adrenaline  packed adventures and spending time with their pup Sadie.

Mike McGinty

Age Group Coach

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Coach Mike has been coaching since 2001, and has been working with swimmers since 1998. He has coached multiple swimmers from different ages to the Florida age Group Championships(FLAGS) and to the Florida Senior Championships. He has also coached a swimmer who won multiple events at FLAGS. Coach Mike loves developing swimmers and ensuring their progress. He promotes and teaches commitment to his athletes which are important life skills.

Mike grew up in the Dr. Phillips/Winter Garden Area and swam for Coach Bruce Follensbee at Dr. Phillips High School. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is a certified private pilot and a Coast Guard certified boat captain. He enjoys fishing and water skiing in his spare time.  

Chris Smith

Age Group Coach

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Coach Chris has been with the Southwest STARS since 2014. He has instructed our younger swimmers from lessons all the way up to team. Chris is an integral part of the team as he develops our swimmers from the basics to proficient swimmers. He has an excellent eye for stroke technique and correction. His goal is to develop inexperienced swimmers into confident athletes.

Chris has an AA Degree and is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Engineering at UCF. He and his wife Lexie live in Ocoee and enjoy hiking and skiing together.

John W Bonnell

Age Group Coach

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John started coaching while he was swimming in college. He would swim practice and then help the head coach.  During this time, he was the assistant coach under Wes Sinclair at Mequan Area Swim Team and Dave Westfahl at Shorewood Swim Club.  After his college swimming career, John continued coaching at Shorewood Swim Club and was the Head Coach of the boy's swimming team at Homestead High School.  He coached the team to a Wisconsin Division 1 WIAA state championship in 2001 and became the youngest coach in state history to win that title.
John moved to Biloxi, Mississippi in 2004 and was an assistant coach at SURF Swim Team.  He worked his way up to become Head Coach, but the team dissolved after Hurricane Katrina. 
In 2006, he moved to Orlando and began coaching at Team Orlando/Swim Orlando.  He became the Head Age Group Coach and assisted in coaching swimmers to state and national records. 
In 2009, John was offered a position as a City of Winter Park Fire Fighter and Paramedic, which he still does full time.  Missing coaching, John is excited and energized to be back on the pool deck pursuing his passion. He is committed to helping EVERY swimmer reach their goals and personal best.
John began swimming on a local Wisconsin club team at the age of five.  He was a Junior National qualifier and YMCA National finalist.  He received a full scholarship to swim at Division 1 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was a freshman record holder and multiple time conference championship finalist.  He swam Backstroke and IM.
John lives in Winter Garden with his wife Beth and two kids, Sloane and Liam.  He has a bachelors degree in Finance and Real Estate.