Head Coach, SR and SR Elite Groups
In addition to his head coaching role at Seminole Aquatics, overseeing all aspects of the training programs at SA, Coach Ackerson coaches the Senior and Senior Elite Group swimmers. He also serves as the Head Coach for Seminole High School’s outstanding Swimming and Water polo teams. A former high school All-State swimmer and All-America water polo player, and a collegiate All-American swimmer at Hendrix College (AR), Coach Ackerson received his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from UCF before coming to Seminole High School to coach in 1987. A member of the American Swim Coaches Association and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, Coach Ackerson has been awarded S.A.C. Coach of the Year honors 17 times, and he was the inaugural recipient of the 2001 Florida High School Swimming "Coach in the Community" award. During his tenure at Seminole, Coach Ackerson's teams have won over 35 combined Conference, District and Regional championships in swimming and water polo, and his swim and water polo teams at Seminole High are perennial State Top Ten team finishers. During his 30-plus year career, he has coached multiple Junior Olympic/ Florida Age Group champions, and several National Top 10 Age Group swimmers, several Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers, 21 Florida High School State Champions, nearly 50 NISCA High School Swimming All-Americans, and one NISCA Water Polo All-American. In 2014, Coach Ackerson was inducted into the Seminole High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and he lives in Lake Mary with his wife, Tami, where they are the proud parents of three great kids, and the owners of several spoiled pets.