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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other needs, please contact Coach Kirtis or Coach Bryan.

Coaching Staff

Kirtis Huelsman

Head Coach & CEO

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Coach Kirtis co-founded the Twinsburg Competitive Aquatics team in the Sping of 2015.  TCAT has grown from a team with 50 swimmers to that of over 100 swimmers in his two years directing the program.  The Tigersharks have produced swimmers who have earned Lake Erie's Top 10 times from the 2016-2018 seasons Under Kirtis' direction the team has produced multiple Speedo Sectional qualifiers and a Futures qualifier.

Coach Kirtis has been head coach of the Twinsburg High School swim team since 2013.  As head coach for Twinsburg High School Kirtis sends the most Northeast District qualifiers in the history of the program each year.  He has re-established Twinsburg as a team that sends swimmers to the OHSAA State Championship meet.  The Tigers also achieve several school record setting times each year.  Coach Kirtis was named NOC Coach of the Year 2014-2015 while the program achieved its first conference championship titles.

Coach Kirtis had several years of USA Swimming club and high school coaching experience before joining TCAT.  While coaching at the club level he had swimmers qualify to the 2014 Central Zone meet and 2013 International Children’s games.  Coach Kirtis assisted with Jr. National swimmers and Ohio State finalists in his previous club experiene.  

Coach Kirtis graduated in 2012 with his Master’s of Sceince degree in Sports Sciences with an emphasis on Coaching Education.  In 2011 he earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education.

As a swimmer, Coach Kirtis was a member of the Ohio University Men's Swimming and Diving program in 2006-2007 season until the program was discontinued. While at Ohio University he earned the Tad Potter Memorial Award for Teamwork, Leadership, Courage and Dedication.  In high school Coach Kirtis was a four time OHSAA State Championship qualifier.  He earned two All American honors for swimming in 2006.

Bryan Gerber

Head Age Group Coach

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Matt Wong

Assistant Coach

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Coach Matt has been coaching for several years at the age group and high school levels.  Coach Matt started his coaching career as an age group coach with the Solon Stars.  At the Stars he was responsible for implementing drill progressions for novice swimmers.  At that time he also coached Kenston High School.  At Kenston, Matt produced several Northeast District Qualifiers.  As a swimmer Coach Matt swam in Solon and went on to compete for the College of Wooster.  Matt was a 4 year letterwinner at Wooster and competed in the 200 Fly, 200 Back, and 400 IM.

Nate Flauto

Head SRT Coach & Assistant USA

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Nate is a current student at CSU studying Political Science.  Nate started coaching with the Tigersharks in the summer of 2015.  As a 4 year letterwinner at Twinsburg High School, Nate was a backstroke specialist.  Nates favorite part about coaching is the team aspect of the sport.  He believes everyone can contribute to the team in a way and is happy to help the swimmers find their spot within the team.  While Nate is around primarily in the Summer, he also helps with the USA programs during 

Gary Ising

Assistant Coach

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Coach Gary came to TCAT in the Summer of 2017.  Coach Gary has over 5 years of coaching experience at all levels.  Gary started his coaching career with University Swim Club.  With USC Gary was in charge of the age group development of the program.  He helped organize team group progression standards for the team.  Gary also founded the Lawrence School swim team 3 years ago.  Coach Gary built the program from a group of 5 to a team of over 20 swimmers.  Coach Gary began his swimming career in Pennsylvania and became a 4 year letterwinner at Hiram College.  Gary was a team captain and competed in distance freestyle, 400 IM and 200 Breaststroke.

TCAT Parent Board-Boosters

Tom McCoy

President

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Dean Martin

Vice President

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Branden Robert Burns

Facility Representative

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Laura Bartel

Treasurer

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Nancy Veto

Operations

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Kirtis Huelsman

Coach Representative

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Jamie Santa Maria

Secretary

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