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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 your swimmer's coach. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Head Coach Jim McGinnis.

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Jim McGinnis

Head Coach

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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 wife Shannon.

Gene Paliskis

Associate Head Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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. 

Matt Sanspree

Assistant Coach

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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 Dynamo.

He is recognized as an ASCA Level 3 Coach.   Coach Matt was nominated as a 2017 ASCA Age Group Coach of the year.  

Nat Siwabut

Assistant Coach

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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 team.
 
I am currently enrolled and do research at Kennesaw State University and am pursuing a degree in Chemistry and a minor in math

Hans E Kind

Assistant Coach

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Adam Patrick Northrup

Assistant Coach

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Dylan M Lemonds

Assistant Coach

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