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
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
Peter T Banks
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
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
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
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
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.