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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 below.

For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the Board Members or Committee Heads below.

Coaching Staff

Don Henshaw

FGCU SR 1 Coach / Team Director

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I am the Senior High Performance Team Coach, and Team Director of Gulf Coast Swim Team. I'm also the President of Southwest Florida Swim Club, Inc.  I formed GCST on Sept. 1, 1998.  I have been coaching since 1975.  I grew up in Miami, FL and was a swimmer from 8 years old until I attended college at Indian River State College.

I have had several National Top 16 swimmers, Florida LSC Record Holders, National Age Group Record Holders, High School State Champions, Junior National Qualifiers, Senior National Qualifiers, and Olympic Trials Qualifiers during my coaching career.  

I'm  blessed with 2 daughters with my wife Connie, and they are coaches as well.  I have seven grandchildren that all are swimmers.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding GCST, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at gcst@comcast.net or by phone at 239-560-4820.

 

Connie Henshaw

FGCU JR Perf. Team / Head AG Coach

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Coach Connie Henshaw is a graduate of Hialeah High School, and swam for Hialeah Swim Association and North Dade YMCA where she qualified for Senior Nationals in the 200 Butterfly. She was also one of the top female waterpolo players in the USA. 
Coach Connie has produced some of the fastest age group swimmers in the United States in the last 15 years, many National Top 16 swimmers, Florida LSC record breakers, and helped them reach the top with several #1 rankings and NAG records.  
She is married to Coach Don and has 2 daughters, Heather Fort, and Jen Seluk, as well as 7 grandchildren.

Zach R Jamieson

FGCU Advanced / Novice Coach

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Swam for GCST from 8 years old to 17 years old.  Graduated from Gateway Charter in 2013.  Now coaching the Bronze Performance Team at FGCU with GCST.

Gina L Bakakos

SCP Advanced Coach

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Megan Frances Warner

SCP Novice / Masters Coach

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Jack Eichenlaub

Bonita Springs Head Site Coach

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I’m originally from Philadelphia, Pa and I moved to Bonita Springs in April of 2017. I’ve been passionately coaching the sport of swimming for the last 8 years. My coaching experience first began at Sunny Willow Swim Club (Willow Grove, Pa) where I served as the Head Coach from 2011-2014. The team consisted of 125 athletes with ages ranging from 4-18 years old. I also volunteered as the assistant coach for my alma mater, Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg, Pa), for the 2013-2014 season. After graduating from BU in 2014 with a B.S. in communications, I went on to attend graduate school at Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale). While at NSU, I served as the graduate assistant coach for both them men’s and women’s swim programs from 2014-2016. During my time at NSU I helped coach 4 individual Division II National Champions, including GCST alum Courtney Deveny in the 400 IM. Additionally, I was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami University (Oxford, Oh) for the 2016-2017 campaign. After one year in Ohio, I chose to move back to the Sunshine State to volunteer with the women’s swim team at Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers) while I complete my masters’ degree in college student administration. In addition, I assist with Eagle Swim Camp/Clinics hosted at FGCU.

Colleen Foster

Bonita Springs Assistant Coach

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I was raised in West Lafayette, Indiana.  At the age of 6 years old, I began swimming on the Lafayette Country Club team and continued throughout my high school years.  After graduating, I spent many summers working on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  It was there, where I started a swim program with over 40 Islanders, ages 3-15 years.  In 1982, I moved to Bonita Springs. Years later, I was an Assistant Coach in Bonita for Swim Florida, in 1998.  Now, once again I am excited to get back into teaching and coaching kids in a sport that I love!  I’m happy to join the GCST, as a Novice Coach at the Bonita Springs pool.

I reside in Bonita, with my husband Doug and daughter Ashley.

Board of Directors, and Committees

Don Henshaw

SFSCI President

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Karl Ritz

SFSCI Vice President

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Connie Henshaw

SFSCI Treasurer

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Maria Medina

SFSCI Secretary

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Rhonda Fiore

SFSCI At-Large Member

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Rhonda Fiore

Team Volunteer Director

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Adele Woodrow

Meet Computer Chairperson

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Carrie Puckett

Team Hospitality Director

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Maria Medina

Team Events Director

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