Coaching Staff

Rene E Piper

Head Coach / Team Owner




Coach Piper started her athletic career at the age of 5.  She started her carrier using a kickboard in the “gutter” lane alongside Mark Spitz at Indiana University.  She eventually earned a spot on the travel team.>



Coach Piper has coached Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Senior National and Junior National qualifiers, YMCA National Champions, high school state champions and numerous Florida age group champions.  Coach Piper was a coach for the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2016 Florida Swimming All-Stars and Zone Teams.  In 2002, Coach Piper started the high school team at Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton, Florida and led the team to the Manatee County Championship, District, Regional and State Tournaments.  At that same time, she founded the Lakewood Ranch Lightning Swim Team which grew to over 70 swimmers before she left to coach for the Sarasota Sharks YMCA Team.  She played a huge part of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks nine consecutive Junior Olympic Championships.  At the YMCA she was asking to start a synchronized swim team which subsequently won The Sunshine State Games and grew to over 30 SASSY team members.  Coach Piper spent four years at St Petersburg Aquatics under the direction of Fred Lewis.  There she gained invaluable experience prepping athletes for college mentally and physically. Coach Piper most recently had been awarded Hillsborough Western Conference American Division Coach of the Year for three years in a row (2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.)  

Coach Piper and her husband have six grown children, four who actually like the water, two who swam competitively and earned full-ride scholarships – at the University of Alabama, University of Cincinnati and at Florida International University in Miami, FL.

Peter T Banks

Coach Peter


Peter Banks (Coach Peter)



2009- Present      National Performance Director Swim Ireland

2008-2009            Head Coach, Blue Wave swim team and Director of Sports Development BSAC

2006- 2008           Executive Director BSAC and Head Coach Blue Wave swim team

2004- 2006           Head Coach Blue Wave swim team and director of sports development

2001- 2004           Director, American Club Swimming Association. Fort Lauderdale. FL

2001- 2004           Senior Coach, Broward Aquatics Fort Lauderdale. FL

1989- 2001           Head Coach, Brandon Swim and Tennis Club Blue Wave, Brandon, FL            

1989- 1998           Head Coach, Bloomingdale Senior High School, Valrico, FL

1976- 1988           Assistant Coach Trojan Swim Club Dublin Ireland.

1976- 1988           Assistant Manager Newpark Sports Centre Dublin Ireland.    


National Performance Director Swim Ireland.

Started in this position May 2009 as Irelands first Performance Director. To deliver a High Performance system and program, and to develop a strategic plan that will deliver a World class program to achieve success at World and Olympic level to include podium places and develop a program that has sustainable success over multiple quadreniums. To develop programs for pool, open water, and relay programs. To setup and manage four performance Centre programs. To manage all relationships with key stake holders to include Irish Sports council, Northern Ireland sports council, Olympic Council of Ireland and Institute of sport. To develop coaches by developing coach education and mentoring programs. To act as Head Coach when needed.

2004 – 2009 

Executive Director of BSAC and Head Coach Blue Wave swim Team

I returned to Brandon Sports and Aquatics as Head Coach and Director of sports Development in November 2004. In 2006 I took over in an interim position of Executive Director and resumed by original duties April of 2008.


2001 – 2004

Director American Club Swimming Association.

Joined the American Swimming Coaches Association as Director of a new association .This was part of the American swimming coaches association, The idea was not only help coaches to be more professional in their day  to day jobs. But also help build stronger club organizations so has to help grow the club system which is the back bone of American swimming.


Brooke M Bennett

Coach Brooke


Coach Brooke

Brooke Bennett is popularly known for being one of the most elite swimmers in the country. Early on, Brooke’s talent and determination was fueled by her grandfather who encouraged her to hone her talents in the water as she truly seemed to be a “water baby!” Brooke’s grandfather built her a swimming pool and subsequently taught her to swim. He is still, today, her role model to whom she still dedicates every race.
At the young age of 12, Brooke qualified for her first Junior National Qualifying time. After a few amazing years and a few hundred medals at the National, Pan Pacs and other U.S. and International competitions, Bennett went on to win her very first gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games at just 16 years old. That same year, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Brooke the “Sports Woman of the Year.” After ultimately adding 14 U.S. champion titles to her record, Bennett continued her success at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, winning TWO gold medals, one in the 800 meter freestyle and another in the 400 meter freestyle.
Inspired by Bennett’s passion and athleticism, Wheaties honored her wins by placing her on the cover of their “Breakfast of Champions” cereal box. Disney also praised Bennett’s success by cementing her handprints at the Disney / MGM Studios. Brooke Bennett is popularly known as being one of the most elite swimmers in the country.
Brooke left her sports broadcasting position at Bright House Sports Network to pursue her passion which is teaching children how to swim and be water safe. She now owns and run the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy (BBSA). When she isn’t teaching she is training in the pool and open water, Brooke is also a new mother. She and husband Jeremy are parents to a one-year old baby boy, who is also proving to be a “water baby” in his own right. Bennett is also a certified personal trainer and nutritionist through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT).

Hayden * Duplechain

Coach Hayden


Hayden is originally from College Station, TX and where he started his swimming career at the age of 11. The sport quickly became a passion which eventually earned him a spot on Texas A&M University's collegiate swim team. Even though he walked-on to the team as a freshman, he worked his way to earning a full athletic scholarship and still holds top 10 fastest times in the 200 breast, 200 I.M., 400 I.M., and the 800 freestyle relay. Hayden finished his competitive swimming career at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, finishing 57th in the 400 I.M. 


While at Texas A&M, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and went on to complete his Master's in Sports Law & Business from Arizona State University. Since moving to Tampa, he joined the athletic department at the University of South Florida as an Assistant Coordinator to pursue a career in Intercollegiate Athletics with a focus in Student-Athlete Development.

Jared c Pike

Coach Jared


Jared is a Johannesburg, South Africa native and had a natural talent for swimming from a young age. As a member of the South African National Swim Team, Pike has had the opportunity to train and compete around the world in locations such as Spain, Australia, Hungary, Mauritius, and France.

Pike was also a former Junior African and South African champion and medalist in the 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke events for both long and short course. 


After years of international swimming success, he was recruited to move to the USA and represent Indian River State College on a full-ride scholarship before transferring to swim for Florida State University. During his collegiate swimming career, Pike was part of two of FSU’s highest performing relay teams in school history at the NCAA championships in 2014, was a 13- time NCAA All-American Athlete, and received the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s All-American Athlete of the Year award in 2014.

Since graduating from FSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and has since continued to compete for his home country of South Africa and has been ranked in the top 5 senior breaststroke swimmers in South Africa for the past 7 years.  

Jared’s other passions include strength and conditioning, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle. He is currently training with the goal of representing his

home nation in the various international events coming up in the next few years, with the ultimate goal of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.