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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 Anthony.

Coaching Staff

Kirtis Huelsman

Head Coach & CEO

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Coach Kirtis co-founded the Twinsburg Competitive Aquatics Team in the Spring of 2015.  Under his direction TCAT has more than doubled in size.  TCAT has produced swimmers who have been OHSAA  finalists, USA Sectional, Futures, and Junior Nationals qualifiers while producing age group swimmers whom have earned  Lake Erie Swimming's Top 10 Times from 2016-2019.

Coach Kirtis has been head coach of the Twinsburg High School swim team since 2013. As head coach for Twinsburg High School, Kirtis has established a successful culture through which the school continues to send swimmers to the District and State levels, while breaking school records each year.  Coach Kirtis was named NOC Coach of the Year from 2014-2016 while the program achieved its first conference championship titles.

From 2009-2015 Coach Kirtis worked with various USA Swimming and high school teams in Ohio.  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 National level swimmers and Olympic Trials qualifiers in his previous club experiences while helping age group swimmers achieve their first Zone cuts.

Coach Kirtis graduated in 2012 with his Master’s of Science 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 earned two All American honors for swimming in 2006.

Anthony Telerico

Lead Assistant Coach

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Coach Anthony is on his second season with the TCAT Tigersharks.  He teaches the sport through hard work and effort with the more mature swimmers.  Coach Anthony is highly animated and encouraging with the younger swimmers keeping them engaged in lessons.  

Anthony currently sudies Computer Science at Kent State University.  In the summers he coaches the Barrington Barricudas where he has coached since 2016.

 Coach Anthony graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School as a Butterfly specialist, team captain, and 4 year letterwinner.  Anthony earned an 8th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay at the OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Tournament in 2017.  He was a four time Northeast Ohio District qualifier.  Coach Anthony swam for Solon Stars and Barrington Barricudas as he developed within the sport.

Jeremy Preston

Assistant Coach

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Coach Preston is a first year coach for TCAT.  Coach Preston began his swimming career with the Painesville YMCA Penguins and the Mentor Marlins.  Jeremy started a swim team for Painesville Harvey High High School while in high school.  Coach Preston was a Northeast Ohio District qualifer and OHSAA State Championship Qualifier.  After high school Coach Preston swam at Ohio Northern University where he was a 2 year letterwinner, 4 time OAC Champion and helped lead the team to two Conference titles.  Coach Preston looks forward to developing the swimmers into lifelong participants of the sport.

Board of Directors

Jamie Santa Maria

President

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Dean Martin

Vice President

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Laura Bartel

Treasurer

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Nancy Veto

Administrative Manager

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Kirtis Huelsman

Coach Representative

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Dwayne Smith

At Large Member

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Haishan Peiris

At Large Member

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Sharon Badertscher

Meet Director

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Ryan Peper

Swim Meet Operations

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