Jim McGinnis has
been with Tidal Wave since April, 2002. Prior to coaching
with Tidal Wave, Jim was Head Assistant Coach at Clemson University
and coached at Dynamo Swim Club for five years prior to
that. Coach Jim was named the 1999-2000 Georgia Age Group
Coach of the Year. He coached three swimmers who won the
Schlueter Stroke Award National Championships in 1998, and several
of his swimmers have gone on to achieve Olympic Trial, Senior
National, Junior National and Top 16 qualifying standards, as well
as setting state and team records. Jim was a Senior National
Qualifier who went on to be a four season varsity letter winner and
team swim captain at The University of Pennsylvania, where he
earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He is married to his
Associate Head Coach
Gene came to Tidal Wave with nearly 20 years of coaching experience. He has coached swimmers of all levels, from the beginner to Senior National qualifiers. Most recently, Gene spent two years as the Head Coach of Dynamo’s Alpharetta facility. There, he was responsible for overseeing the day to day training of over 300 swimmers and his coaching staff. Prior to leading the Alpharetta facility, Gene served as Dynamo’s Head Age Group coach. During the time Gene held that position, he developed some great athletes and his facility produced a National Junior Team member four years in a row!
Gene has been a well respected coach in Georgia Swimming for many years. He has been named Age Group Coach of the Year, Head Coach of the Georgia Zone Team, and run a number of camps for Georgia swimmers. Gene has also been active within the Georgia swimming LSC serving>
Kara D Demkowski
Kara has been involved with competitive swimming for 16 years! During high school, she began to coach and teach swimming at many different age groups and skill levels. After high school, she attended college at Georgia College & State University and was on their club swim team. The past two years, Kara was elected by her teammates to be the president of this organization and coordinated many meets while also coaching the team! In 2015 her team received their first national title. Kara just graduated this past May from Georgia College with a degrees in Psychology and Rhetoric. Now, she continues her education online through Florida State University. She is very excited to be a part of Tidal Wave Swimming!
Lola Campbell has been coaching summer league, high school and USA swimming teams for more than 45 years. Lola was the original founder of Tidal Wave in 1998 and serves as the CEO of the team. She has coached many swimmers to the State and Regional levels.
Lola is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management at Kennesaw State University. She holds the Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She began her swimming career in her hometown of Statesboro, Georgia, and went on to swim for Georgia Southern University, on it's first Womens team (first team captain), while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Physical Education. She has two children, Heather and Josh and three grandchildren.
Andrew J Baer
I am a husband to Kelly, I am a father to Olivia, Bennett and
Kyle. My wife is a Southern Peach and swam competitively in her
youth. All three of my kids are swimmers. I come from a swimming
family via the great state of Wisconsin. I was blessed with enough
talent and drive to swim at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
To say swimming is in my blood, is an understatement.
I swam for 14+ years. I started coaching the summer after my
senior year in High School. For the next decade I coached at every
level, Summer League, High School, USA and College. I moved to
Atlanta in 1990 to start a new life in Sports Broadcasting. After a
couple years, I was drawn back into what I love…coaching.
To me, coaching is about giving back to the sport that did so
much for me. To teach today’s
youth, not only about swimming, but about life as well.
Karen Haun is originally from Colorado where she swam
competitively through High School. She attended the University of
Northern Colorado to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.
Working with kids has always been a goal of Karen’s. She
loves helping others excel and pursue their dreams. In 2013, she
moved to Atlanta with her family and started teaching swim lessons
at the Lifetime Fitness club. A year later she became the head swim
team coach at the Woodstock Lifetime Fitness. The greatest reward
of coaching for her is seeing the kids reach their potential and
push themselves to achieve the goals they have set. She believes
positive constructive coaching can help those athletes she teaches
do the impossible and find the love she found so long ago for the
sport. Karen enjoys the outdoors and spends most of her free time
going on adventures with her husband and four children.
Coach Matt Sanspree is going on his 11th year of coaching, eight
of those years have been with Santa Clara Swim Club. Coach
Matt coached every group at Santa Clara and most recently was one
of the site director for Santa Clara Swim Club. As a site
director, he coached all ages from kids learning to swim to NAG
records relays and junior nationals swimmers.
Prior to rejoining
SCSC in 2013, He spent three seasons as a Lead Coach at
is recognized as an ASCA Level 3
Coach. Coach Matt was nominated as a 2017 ASCA Age Group
Coach of the year.
I was born and raised in Kennesaw, GA and began swimming since I
was 5 and swam all the way through high school at Kennesaw Mountain
High School. I first began coaching when my older brother, Coach
Non, was coaching a summer swim team called The Saddlebrook
Seahorses when I was 14. Since then I have been coaching swimmers
of many skill levels from helping young toddlers feel comfortable
in the water to training athletes to make their high school
I am currently enrolled and do research at Kennesaw State
University and am pursuing a degree in Chemistry and a minor in
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