Head Masters Coach
Jimi Kiner has been the a coach of Greater Tampa Swimming Association since 2001. During his illustrious swimming career at The University of Tampa (1997-2001) he was a 22 time All-American, including a National Championship in the 100 Breaststroke (55.49) in 2000. His Breaststroke time remained a school record until 2009. In 2000 Jimi represented GTSA at the United States Olympic Trials.
Nikki joined the GTSA family in August of 2015. Previously she served as an age group and masters coach for the Episcopal Amberjax in Jacksonville, FL, where she developed FLAGS, Sr Champ, and NASA qualifiers and finalists. She worked closely with the group of Amberjax 11-12 year old boys who broke all four Florida Swimming relay records in the spring of 2015. Nikki served as a coach for the Florida All-Star team in 2014 & 2015, was assistant manager for the Florida Zone team in 2014, and was the Senior Girls’ coach for the Florida Zone team in 2015.
As a certified USMS level 2 coach, Nikki grew the Amberjax masters program to double its size during her two year tenure as lead masters coach. Her masters team included athletes of all levels and swimming backgrounds, including USMS national record holders, Half-Ironman and Ironman World Championship Qualifiers, and some of the areas best open waters swimmers.
A Jacksonville native, Nikki was a decorated age group and high school swimmer, and competed for 13 years with Southside Athletic Club, the Bolles School Sharks, and the Episcopal Amberjax. Nikki attended the University of Florida, graduating in the May 2013 with her Bachelor’s in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Fitness and Wellness. Now, she is perusing her Masters at the University of Tampa in Exercise and Nutrition Science. She hopes that this is just the beginning of a long, successful coaching career for her in Tampa.