Coaches & Directors

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


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 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. 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


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

Maureen Minervini

Developmental Age Group Coach


Mateo De Angulo

Senior & Distance Coach ASCA 2


Mateo De Angulo is a 2012 Olympian for Colombia and has been coaching in 2012.He is the STARS Senior group assistant and Distance coach. He previously coached for 2 years at the National Training Center as an Age Group coach. He also coached at Southlake High School as an assistant. Prior to that he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the FSU Seminoles team for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons. After competing and graduating from FSU he started coaching at Club Seminole where he served as a Senior and Age Group coach

His coaching accomplishments include swimmers who qualified for and competed at the Florida Age Group Championships, and Florida Senior Championships. At the FHSAA side, his swimmers qualified and competed at the Regional Championships.

Mateo is from Cali, Colombia and a 2012 Graduate from Florida State University where he amassed numerous accolades at both the intercollegiate level and on the world stage. As a Seminole, he was named 2011-12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Swimmer of the Year and went on to final at the NCAA Championships that same season. His times of 4:15.43 (500 Free), 8:54.22 (1000 split), and 14:42.77 remain F.S.U. school records to this day. Before FSU, He swam for Indian River Community College where he was the 2010 NJCAA Swimmer of the Year signifying the best all- around Junior College swimmer in the nation. while in High School he placed 2nd at USA Junior Nationals in both the 400 Free(2007) and 1500 Free(2008). He was coached by Fabio Toro(Club Delfines Del Valle), Gary Taylor(FSU) and Frank Bradley(FSU & IRCC).

Internationally, he competed in the South American Championships, the Pan American Games, and four World Championships. His long course performances include:  3:51.38 (400m Free), 8:05.39 (800m Free), and 15:24.27 (1500m Free) - All of which are National Colombian records.

In 2012, he realized his lifelong goal of representing his country and competing in the 400 Free at the Olympic Games in London, England. 

Mateo and his girlfriend, Maria, reside in Windermere with their bulldog, Maia.

Amanda Bird

Age Group Coach


Coach Amanda has been coaching swimming since 2000. Previous to the Southwest Stars, Amanda was the Head Minis Coach at the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club(RMSC) for 5 years where she was able to teach her swimmers proper stroke development in a fun, engaging and constructive environment. Amanda also was the lead/mentor for the assistant coaches in developing positive coaching techniques and practices. RMSC, as a team, won the Frosty Pentathalon and Mini Champs every year. Swimmers that she helped develop at RMSC went>

Amanda attended Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Master of Arts in Education Degree. She grew up in Poolesville, Maryland and swam for RMSC. She enjoys swimming, rugby, art and baking in her spare time. She currently lives in Winter Garden with her fiance and dog, Duchess. 

Tod Joossens

Age Group Coach - ASCA 1


Coach Tod has been coaching high school swimming and water polo since 2005 as assistant and head coach beginning at Olympia High School, West Orange high School (2014), and currently at Ocoee High School.  As a head swim coach at Olympia, he has coached over a dozen NISCA (High School) All-American Swimmers and Divers, three district championship teams, four top three finishes at regional finals, and two top-ten finishes at state finals and counting.

 His swimming career began at the Roper YMCA, moved to Justus Blue Dolphins to train year-round where he met Coach Bruce Follensbee and swam for him at Dr. Phillips High School specializing in mid-distance and distance events after swimming one year at West Orange High School.  While at Dr. Philips, Coach Tod was captain of the first Central Florida high school water polo team to play in the State Finals.  All of this, while still finding time to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

After 35 years in the aquatics community, Coach Tod strongly believes that anyone with this much time invested into their own development should endeavor to give the same attention to the next generation of swimmers.

Married to wife Christine, they have four children together; twin sons Connor and Parker, daughter Ramsey, and youngest son Hayden, all but Parker have swum for the Southwest STARS. 

Rachel Hall

Age Group Coach


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. 

Drew Berube

Age Group Coach


Jason Westcott

Developmental Age Group Coach


Jason Westcott has been coaching with Southwest Aquatics since 2014. He has been teaching stroke development to all ages and enjoys passing down knowledge he learns in the pool when he practices, to his own students when he coaches. 

He swam in high school for both Ocoee High School and Southwest Stars. He won the MVP award his senior year for swimming, along with being awarded Athlete of the month, and holds the current 50 yard Free record for his High School swim team. Jason currently swims for the STARS Senior team, and has his eyes set on college swimming. 
Jason currently lives in Ocoee with his pet dog Maximus, along with his cat Sirius Black. He has 8 siblings total (all of his 4 older brothers: Micah, Tim, Joe, and Chris have currently/previously worked as coaches for Southwest as age group coaches), and is currently studying to get his Bachelors in Fine Arts.

Nicolas Brun

Assistant Age Group Coach


Bruce Reed Follensbee

Emeritus Coach


Coach Bruce Follensbee has been coaching since 1973 and brings 40+ years of coaching experience to the Southwest STARS. He began working with the STARS program in the summer of 2010 and has worked with the Senior, Pre-Senior, Gold and Silver groups.  His emphasis will be with the Gold group.

He began his coaching career with Glenridge Junior High and from 1973 to 1987 his boys and girls teams won 17 county championships.  From 1982 to 1987 he was an assistant coach at Winter Park High School and Assistant Senior Coach for the Blue Dolphins and Central Florida Stars.  In 1987 he became the head coach of Justus Dolphins and Dr. Phillips High School.  During his 24 years at Dr. Phillips his boys and girls teams won 6 state championships and 2 runner-ups, he was selected as FHSAA Swim Coach of the year 5 times, inducted into the Metro Conference Hall of Fame, selected 16 times a Metro Swim Coach of the Year and had 19 individual state championships  .  Over his 43 years he has coached some 200 athletes to Olympic Trials, US Open, Senior and Junior Nationals, Top 10 US Swimming and Florida Swimming rankings, NISCA (High School) All-American Swimmers and Divers.

In 2012 Coach Bruce was recognized by the National High School Coaches Association as the National High School Swimming Coach of the Year. In 2015 Coach Bruce was enshrined into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a coach.  We are very proud of all of Coach Bruce’s accomplishments.

Coach Bruce has been married to Kathy for 29 years and they have 3 children, Reed (25) who is in the Army, Bryce (23) who graduated from Coastal Carolina and is perusing a professional soccer and coaching career, and Kayla (20) who attends University of South Florida as a Dance major.