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TBAY Central Coaches

Coaching Staff

Jason Bowes

Head Coach

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Jason Bowes, Head Coach of TBAY’S Central Branch, brings more than 16 years of high-level experience, integrity, innovation, and strong technical skills to his coaching position. Since moving to Tampa in 2008 to become Head Coach of TBAY-Central, Jason has resurrected TBAY’s elite program in a short time. From starting a program for younger age group swimmers in Central Tampa, to organizing swim clinics for the community, Jason has built a strong swimming foundation for a younger generation. Jason’s swim clinics have provided the unique opportunity for over 300 swimmers from the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas to train with gold medalists and world record holders Aaron Peirsol and Garrett Weber-Gale. While under Jason’s leadership as Head Coach, TBAY has developed and cultivated multiple state record-holders and record-breakers, over 50+ State medalists, International record-holders, Olympic Trial qualifiers, All-American, Academic All-Americans, and collegiate-level swimmers at top university programs, including FSU, Notre Dame, Clemson, Washington University in St. Louis, NYU, Alabama, Davidson, Dartmouth, FIU, University of Pennsylvania, Siena, College of Charlestown and Florida Gulf Coast.

Jason also serves as Head Coach of Tampa Preparatory School’s Swim and Dive Team, which has reached record achievements, including High School State Medalists, 5 Hillsborough County Swimmers of the Year, District Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 Regional Championships in 2010 & 2011, Top 5 at States in 2010 and 2011, and over 10 All-American recognitions. 

In addition to TBAY and Tampa Prep team accomplishments, Jason has achieved personal recognition as the 2010 and 2011 Hillsborough Girls Swim Coach of the Year.  In 2012, Tampa Preparatory Swim and Dive program received a Commendation from the Hillsborough County Commissioners office for their outstanding 2011 season.  Jason also served as Assistant Coach for Team Florida during their 2009 and 2010 Southern Zone Championships. 

Jason moved to the Tampa Bay area from one of the most respected swim programs in the country, North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), which has produced Olympians, and National and World Record holders, including Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Elizabeth Pelton. Jason also led the Pointe-Claire Swim Club in Montreal to the men's overall title at the 2006 Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships. In 2005, Jason was an assistant deck manager at the FINA World Championships and has written for Swim News Magazine International. In 2003, he assisted Justin Finney (former Head Coach of Club Wolverine) on his presentation at the World Swim Coaches Conference/Clinic in Australia. Jason grew up in Montreal where he swam competitively; graduated from Loyola High School; and attended Concordia College. He is a member of numerous coaching organizations, and is certified as a Level 3 coach with USA Swimming. 

Today you will find Jason on the pool deck in Tampa Bay coaching future generations of swimmers to reach their goals both in and out of the water.

 

Jen Bishop

Head Age Group Coach

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Jen has been TBAY's Head Age Group coach for the last 3 years.  Coach Jen has been coaching with TBAY for the last 4 years and has been coaching/teaching swimming for over ten years in various settings. Since coaching at TBAY, she has coached State record holders, finalist, medalist and qualifiers for the Florida Age Group Championships and Senior Championships. 

Jen has also earned her ASCA Level 2 certification. (Along with coaching at TBAY Central, Jen is currently an assistant coach for Tampa Prep’s Varsity Swim Team and before that was an assistant coach for the Tampa Prep Middle School team for two years. Early in her coaching career she worked for Berkeley Preparatory School through their Swim America program and the Berkeley Barracuda Swim Team where she was an assistant coach. She has also worked with the H.B. Plant High School Swim Team as an assistant coach for two seasons. Jen is a graduate from Gardner-Webb University (Health Promotion) where she was a swim team captain and a part of the two-time NEC Championship team.

Paige Waugh

Assistant coach with TBAY-Central

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Paige serves as an Assistant coach with TBAY-Central. She works with Age group Performance 2, Lil Bucs and Mighty Bucs groups. Paige is currently doing her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Tampa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Minor in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from the University of Tampa. Paige has been teaching swimming for the past 7 years through summer swim camps and Swim America Programs in Nassau Bahamas, where she was born and raised. She has coached with TBAY for 2 years. Her coaching experience comes from coaching and training with former Bahamian Olympians Andy and Jeremy Knowles at Swift Swimming Club. Starting at age 5, Paige swam competitively throughout her school years and served three years on the University of Tampa NCAA Division 2 swim team. Paige also enjoys volunteering with learn to swim programs where she works with underprivileged government school children when she visits the Bahamas. “I have a passion for working with kids. I love the sport of swimming and I enjoy helping people achieve their goals.”
In her free time, she enjoys taking part in community events such as running races and professional development leadership events.

Lindsey Michaelson

Assistant Coach for the Mighty Bucs

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Lindsey has been serving as Coach for the Mighty Bucs, Lil Bucs and Big Bucs for the past 3 years. Lindsey coached and taught swim lessons at a YMCA where she grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. She started swimming early and has a strong belief in teaching young children how to swim, and great enthusiasm for the sport of swimming. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in Finance and Management, and taught swimming while in school. Since moving to Tampa, she has enjoyed competing in triathlons and has helped friends work on improving times for the swim portion of triathlon races.

Breanna Sears

Assitant Coach with TBAY- Central

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She serves as an Assistant coach with TBAY-Central. She works with Mighty Bucs, Lil Bucs, and Age Group 2. Breanna is currently serving in the United States Air Force. She is a certified personal trainer. She was born and raised in Papillion, Nebraska. Breanna swam competitively from the age of 5 all the way through her senior year of high school. She places first in her district in the 100 butterfly her junior and senior year. She was a lifeguard for two years and has taught swim lessons for 3 years.