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Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Dave M Gesacion

Head Coach/Program Director/Owner

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T.B.A.C. Brandon Head Coach and Program Director - Dave Gesacion is an ASCA Level 5 certified coach and has coached at; the Longhorn Swim Camp in Austin, TX, Clemson University, NITRO Swimming in Austin, TX and Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY). As a coach he was the 2006 Speedo Long Course Junior National Champions Associate Head Coach and 2007 recipient of the ASCA Award of Excellence. Former swimmers under Coach Gesacion have swum at or are now swimming collegiately at Indiana, Florida, Florida State, Georgia,Purdue, Texas, North Carolina, Clemson, Navy, Kentucky, University of Tampa, University of Cincinnati, University of West Florida and more.

As an athlete at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, Coach Gesacion was a NAIA National Champion in the 200 Butterfly, 15 time NAIA All-American, 8 time NCAA Division II All-American, 4 time team MVP, and a CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was elected to teh Westminster College Titan Hall of Fame in 2008!  

Coach Gesacion is experienced and skilled in maximizing swimming careers for swimmers at all levels of skill and ability. To learn more about Coach Gesacion, click on the "About Us" tab.

Nikki Murray

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Nikki joined Tampa Bay Aquatic Club in August 2018.

 

Before returning to the Tampa Bay Area, she was an assistant age group and middle school coach at Gulliver Swim Club in Miami, FL before being promoted to Head Age Group Coach. In two years at Gulliver, Coach Nikki helped grow the age group team, producing many JO, All-Star, Zones, and Sectional 14 & Under qualifiers. Her guidance helped the Raiders finish second at Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics twice.

 

Coach Nikki brings a special passion for teaching young athletes and over 20 years of high level, personal swimming experience to T.B.A.C. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a Specialization in Fitness and Wellness in May 2013. She also earned a Master of Science from the University of Tampa in Exercise and Nutrition Science in August 2016. She has used her experience and education to design dryland programs for Amberjax Swim Club, Greater Tampa Swim Association, University of Tampa, and Gulliver Swim Club that teach physical literacy and complement the specific skills swimmers learn in the water.

 

Prior to Coach Nikki’s arrival to each new club, the group she was appointed to had no age group championship qualifiers. By the end of each first season, many of her athletes qualified for, and scored at, their respective age group championships. Swimmers learning from Coach Nikki have qualified for Florida Swimming FLAGS, FGC Junior Olympics, Senior Champs, Sectionals, All-Stars, Zones, Sunshine State Conference, and Division II NCAAs. Her ultimate goal at T.B.A.C. is to continue to build a nationally recognized team dedicated to long-term learning and sportsmanship.

Dean Waite

Head Junior Bolts Coach

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Dean has been part of TBAC Brandon since the program started back in the summer of 2010.  He was a National Team member while representing TBAY.  After graduation, Dean went on to swim at the University of Cincinatti before finishing his degree at the University of West Florida.  He spent many summers coaching our Junior swimmers and leading our swim lesson program.

He recently came back to TBAC Brandon and has done an incredible job with our TBAC Junior Bolts program.  His passion for swimming shows in all of his swimmers!  We have been incredibly lucky to have had Dean a part of our program for the better part of the last Decade!

Charles Richardson

Assistant Coach

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Coach Alex Richardson started his swimming career over 20 years ago right here in the Tampa Bay Area.  As an age group swimmer he was a Junior Olympic Qualifier and Finalist with West Florida Lightning Aquatics (WLFA) and Patriot Aquatics (PA).  He was an FHSAA Swimming District Champion, Regional Champion and State Finalist representing the Lake Brantley High School Patriots from 2003-2006.  
 
Coach Alex started his coaching career in 2005 as a Patriot Aquatics Summer League Coach before becoming a member of the Patriot Aquatics Coaching Staff until 2008.  From 2008-2012 he worked as the Head Age Group Coach for Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY) in New Tampa before becoming the Head Coach of TBAY/TBAC Westchase from 2012-2018.  From 2018-2020 he became the Head Age Group Coach for Tampa Elite Aquatics (TEAM) in New Tampa.  Over his 15 year coaching career Coach Alex has developed hundreds of age group swimmers, FLAG qualifiers and finalists, Senior Champ and Sectional Qualifiers and Finalists as well as a NASA Junior National Champion Qualifier and Finalist.  Coach Alex believes in creating an environment where the focus is having fun and working hard and he hopes to inspire swimmers to become lifelong members of the sport!
 
Coach Alex is currently an Assistant Manager at Amazon Fresh and spends his free time at the gym and with his family.