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Meet our Staff

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Coaching Staff

Rick Bishop

Tiger Aquatics Owner

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Coach Rick Bishop is the new the new owner of Tiger Aquatics Swim Club as well as the LSU Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Coach. Coach Rick is honored to be stepping into the role as owner & director of Tiger Aquatics. As a coach with 30+ years of experience in swimming, many in the USA Swimming Club ranks, Coach Rick believes that the developmental system within USA Swimming offers young kids a tremendous opportunity to grow as individuals and pursue their athletic dreams. The sport of swimming teaches great fundamental life lessons in so many areas; team work, perseverance, building friendships, competition, as well as allowing swimmers to be involved in a sport that they can pursue our entire lives.

 

Before stepping on to campus, Rick Bishop fulfilled some impressive duties with the Hong Kong National team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He served as the head coach of the squad, but was the primary coach for Siobhan Haughey, who has been under Bishop’s tutelage throughout her career at the University of Michigan. In Tokyo, Bishop coached Haughey to a silver medal in the Women’s 100-meter freestyle and the 200-meter freestyle, where she broke an Asian record in each event. Bishop also served as the primary coach for another Olympian, Maggie MacNeil, throughout her career at Michigan.

 

Bishop, a veteran coach at the college and international level, was named the LSU Swimming head coach on June 24, 2021, by athletics director Scott Woodward.

 

Bishop spent the past nine seasons as associate head coach at the University of Michigan and has experience in both collegiate and international competition as a coach. At Michigan, he built the women’s team from the ground up and turned the program into a national powerhouse. Bishop was also tabbed as the Hong Kong national team coach and led the nation’s program at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last summer. It was the third time in his career he took the reins for a national team at the Olympics. During Bishop’s tenure, the men’s team reached the pinnacle of the sport as the 2013 NCAA Champions. The Wolverines were Big Ten Champions from 2013-16 and took the title again in 2020 and 2021. The women’s team also flourished and saw dramatic improvements on the recruiting trail and in the pool, jumping 26 places at the NCAA Championships in three years from 36th in 2013 to 10th in 2016. Under Bishop’s guidance, three recruiting classes finished in the top-10. The Wolverines won three consecutive Big Ten titles from 2016-18 and tallied runner-up finishes from 2019-21. At the NCAA Championships, the women’s team has finished as high as third in 2019, along with a fourth-place finish in 2018 and sixth-place finish in 2021. Bishop’s swimmers completely rewrote the record book, breaking 19 school records (in short course yards), including 15 since 2018. Bishop coached Maggie MacNeil, one of the most accomplished swimmers in Michigan history, to the 2021 100 free and 100 fly NCAA titles. She also won Big Ten Swimmer of the Year twice and is a 14-time Big Ten champion and 19-time all-American.

 

Bishop served as an assistant coach for USA Swimming at the 2016 FINA Swimming World Championships (25m) in Canada and at the 2017 World University Games in Taiwan. Several swimmers under his guidance have represented their countries internationally, including MacNeil (2019 FINA World Championships gold medalist in the 100-meter butterfly); sisters Gabby DeLoof (2018 Pan Pacific Championships), Ali DeLoof (2016 FINA World Championships) and Catie DeLoof (2019 World University Games); Hong Kong’s Siobhán Haughey (2016 Olympics), Claudia Lau (2016 Olympics) and Jamie Yeung (2017 World University Games); Clara Smiddy and G Ryan (2015 Pan American Games); Sierra Schmidt (2019 World University Games); Canada’s Marni Oldershaw (2013 World University Games) and Singapore’s Samantha Yeo (2015 FINA World Championships).

 

Prior to serving on the Michigan staff, Bishop spent four years with USA Swimming. Bishop’s role with USA Swimming expanded every year after his arrival in Colorado Springs in 2008, including serving as a sport performance consultant for the Club Development arm of USA Swimming for two years before moving on to the national team in 2010. There, Bishop was performance support manager for one year (2010-11), managing the national team performance staff at the 2010 Short Course World Championships in Dubai. Bishop was Manager of Coach Services and Education (2011-2012), where he was responsible for choosing the 2013 World University Games team.

Over his 20-plus years as coach, Bishop has garnered significant international experience. He spent two years on the Brazilian National Team coaching staff, first serving as an assistant coach at the 1995 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro and 1995 Pan-American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina, before heading up the Brazilian Olympic Team at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. He also served as an assistant coach for Jamaica at the 1998 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg and was the head coach for the Netherlands Antilles at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Bishop began his coaching career by serving a three-year stint as an assistant men’s swimming coach at Harvard (1988-91) before moving to the University of Memphis Tiger Swimming (MTS) Club (1992-96), where he coached six swimmers to the Top-50 of the world rankings between 1994 and 1995.

In 1998, Bishop moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he began a four-year stint as an assistant coach for The Bolles School, a private college preparatory day and boarding school. He assisted with high school national championship and state championship teams, coached high school all-Americans and U.S. Nationals finalists, and was co-Director of The Bolles School Summer Swim Camps. He went on to serve as head coach and aquatics director at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., beginning in 2002, and also served as program director for the Baylor Swim Club, the school’s club team. In 2004, Bishop guided Baylor to a first-place finish (combined team) at the Tennessee State High School Championships, and coached 20 men’s and women’s all-Americans from 2003-04. Bishop returned to The Bolles School in 2006 as head coach of the high school team and aquatics director of the club team, the Bolles Sharks. In his first year, both his boys and girls teams won the Florida High School 1A State Championship. The next year, in 2007, Bishop guided Bolles to a second-place finish at the 2007 USA Swimming Spring Championships (combined team), with Bishop guiding four Olympic Trials qualifiers and five swimmers ranked in the Top 105 in the world rankings.

Bishop attended the University of Massachusetts (1988), receiving his bachelor of science in exercise science, with a concentration in exercise physiology. At UMass, Bishop was team captain on the first team championship in the program’s history in 1987.

Bishop and his wife, Pamela, have three sons – Liam, Aidan, and Kilian

Jeannine Elise Malbrough

Head Coach

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Jeannine Malbrough is in her 14th year with Tiger Aquatics serving as Head Coach.
 
Coach Jeannine is an ASCA Level 2 coach. In the water Coach Jeannine has coached Tiger Aquatics athletes to #1 National rankings, several top 16 rankings, and multiple age group record holders. Other achievemetns by her athletes have included: US Open qualifiers, Junior National, Winter Juniors, High School All Americans, Sectional Qualifiers, top 3 National Age Group rankings, Southern Zone team selections and Louisiana state record holders.
 
Jeannine graduated from Louisiana State University in 2007 and is a former member of the LSU Swimming and Diving Team. Jeannine is a native of New Orleans where she attended Mount Carmel Academy. She was team captain, consensus all-district, all-metro, all-state selection, Division I 5A State Champion and Southern Zone champion. Jeannine graduated with honors and was also named a "Who’s Who Among American Students" and was presented President’s PSAT award.
 
Coach Jeannine has five siblings; three brothers and two sisters. She is the godmother to two of her nephews Thomas & Patrick. Jeannine loves LSU sports, Mardi Gras, and crawfish.

Kirk Kumbier

Head Age Group Coach

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Kirk Kumbier begins his first season with Tiger Aquatics for the 2021-2022 season as Head Age Group ( Tigers & JR Tigers) and Masters Coach. 

Prior to arriving in Baton Rouge, Coach Kirk was the Top Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator with the University of California, San Diego from 2018-2021. At UC San Diego, Kirk worked with swimmers from all training groups.  He primarily led the sprint group and designed and implemented speed and power training for the entire team.  He also coordinated recruiting, swim clinics, and summer camps. 

While at UCSD, he helped coach swimmers on the team to myriad NCAA Individual All-American, Honorable Mention and All-American Relay Performances, and over 60 Varsity team records.  He also was primary coach for Spencer Daily, UCSD’s first NCAA Individual National Champion since 2014.  He also coached five Olympic Trials Qualifiers as well as numerous US Open and Summer Nationals Qualifiers.

While he has spent time at all three NCAA levels (Division I, II and III), he brings club experience from San Diego as well.  Working with the Pre-Senior and Senior level athletes at Team Elite Stingrays, he coached competitive swimmers ages 12 and up.  At Tritons Aquatic Club he coached college-age athletes connected to the UC San Diego program.  Additionally, he volunteered with Team Elite - San Diego, working with several ISL professional and international athletes and 2016 Team USA Olympic Coach, David Marsh.

Before shifting to the west coast, Coach Kirk was the Head Coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania from 2013-2018.  He began there as an assistant in 2011, before becoming the interim head coach in 2013 and permanent Head Coach in 2014.  At Allegheny, Kirk guided nine Gators to 14 school-record swims, with seven producing NCAA consideration qualifiers in 10 events. The teams earned multiple CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors as well.

Kirk swam for Division III powerhouse Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, aiding the Lords to three straight NCAA National titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and one NCAC Conference Championship in 2008. He was a three-time Scholar All-American Honorable Mention.  He completed his BA in Mathematics and minor in Studio Art.  He also earned the Stephen E. Bennett memorial award for his dedication to competition and training in 2011.  He earned his Master of Education with emphasis in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in 2016.

Coach Kirk has also worked numerous camps and clinics between 2008-2021, at swimming hotbeds such as the University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Georgia, as well as UC San Diego and his alma mater, Kenyon College.  He started coaching with Summer League at Ann Arbor Country Club, for the neighborhood team where he grew up.

Coach Kirk lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Kayla who is an assistant swim coach for LSU.  He is a native of the Dexter / Ann Arbor area in Michigan.  He has two brothers who both swam and played water polo as well.

Kirk is an ASCA Level 5 - NCAA II; Level 3 - NCAA III; Level 2 - USA Swimming Coach.

Grace Alynne Carter

Assistant Coach Jr Tigers

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Grace Carter is a new addition to the Tiger Aquatics staff. She is the assistant coach for the Junior Tigers group. She has been swimming all her life - summer league, high school and year round swim since she was 5 years old. Grace was a state qualifier from 2012 to 2021. Her best events were the 200/100 backstroke. She has been coaching and giving swim lessons the past 3 summers.

Grace grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended Byrd High School where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. Both of her parents were collegiate swimmers and she has one younger brother who also swims. Currently she is a freshman at LSU majoring in kinesiology.

Brain McGroarty

Assistant Coach State & Masters (LSU)

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Brian McGroarty begins his first season has a Tiger Aquatics coach after spending 4 years on the Men's LSU Swimming & Diving team. Brian grew up in Linwood New Jersey and is the youngest of 5 children who all swam competitively.

While at LSU, Brian specialized in the 400 IM and 200/500 Freestyle events. Qualifying for the SEC Championships all 4 years. Brain served as captain of the men's team his senior year.

Prior to Tiger Aquatics, Brian helped coach at his club team back in New Jersey primarily helping out with the Senior 1 group which went on the have massive amounts of success at the end of their championship season.

Lyle Edmond Robelot

Cubs Coach (LSU Site)

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Lyle Robelot returned to Baton Rouge in August of 2018 as an assistant coach for LSU after spending time as an assistant coach at Tulane. Robelot was on staff with the LSU Tigers from 2012-14 as a volunteer assistant. The Baton Rouge native also served as the head swimming coach at St. Joseph’s Academy for three seasons, leading the Red Stickers to a state championship during his tenure. He was also named the CCSL Women’s Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. During the 2017-18 season with the Tulane Green Wave, Robelot helped the swimmers break or tie eight school records and earn six medals at the AAC Championships. Prior to his time at Tulane, Robelot spent the 2016-17 campaign as a volunteer assistant at NC State, where both the men and women took home the ACC Championships.From 2014-16, Robelot worked as an assistant coach at Nova Southeastern University. In his two seasons there working with sprinters, Robelot helped the team break 33 of the program’s 38 records. Nine swimmers also won individual national championships. Robelot has earned two degrees from LSU; a bachelor’s in kinesiology and a master’s in exercise physiology. The Baton Rouge native is a McKinley High School graduate.

Conor Mathews May

Cubs & Paws Assistant Coach (LSU Site)

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Conor May is a Baton Rouge native who has been coaching competitive swimming for 4 years.

Before coaching, Conor swam competitively for 10 years. Eventually, he made the switch in 2017 when he started coaching for the summer league team at Mirabeau. The next summer, he started working for the lessons program at TAQ and did that until becoming a Paws and Cubs coach in 2019.

Coach Conor graduated from U-High in 2020 and is now pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at LSU.

Margot Tauzier May

Head Site Coach-Denham Springs

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Margot is a native of Gretna, outside of New Orleans where she attended Arden Cahill Academy and Archbishop Blenk High School. She started her swimming career in Louisiana as a 6 year old and swam middle school, high school and on year-round teams until she went to college in 1998. She was team captain her senior year and a three-year letter recipient. She was a state qualifier at Archbishop Blenk High School in Back and Fly in 1996, 1997, 1998. Her favorite events are 100 back and 100 fly and she loves teaching stroke technique.

 

Margot began teaching swim lessons through the Swim America at Arden Cahill in 1991 and has been on the pool deck, since.  During her high school and college years (1995-2002) she was with Bellemeade Swim Clubs and was the pool manager, head coach and swim instructor.

 

Margot restarted her coaching career in 2013 with opening of Greystone Golf and Country Clubs new swim team and has been part of the growing new program in Livingston Parish since.  She started the middle school/junior high program for Livingston Parish in 2017 and started coaching the CUBS/PAWS in Denham Springs group in 2017 where she currently presides as the Head Site coach at the Denham Springs PARDS location.

 

Margot is a graduated from LSU in 2003, in Advertising and Audio Visual Arts. She run BLT Marketing, a local marketing and graphic design business, after publishing the Livingston Business Journal for 13 years. She currently lives in Denham Springs with her husband, Bryan, 3 children – Laird, Berkley and Tucker May and her black lab.

 

Head Swim Coach Bellemeade Swim Club 1998-2001
Head Swim Coach Greystone Golf Country Club 2013 - present
Head Swim Coach Southside Jr High 2017- present
Head Swim Coach 
Juban Parc Junior High 2018 - present
5th grade - Seventh Ward Elementary 2018 - present
5th grade - Lewis Vincent Elementary 2018 - present

Julie Elizabeth Peveto

Head Site Coach - Zachary

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Julie (Hughes) Peveto is a 2003 graduate of LSU with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education.  She competed for the tigers all four years during her LSU career.  Julie was a 4 yr. letterman and specialized in sprint freestyle and butterfly.  She competed in the SEC championship meet every year.  Johnson was a member of the school record setting 200 medley relay.

Julie swam competitively for TAQ (formerly BTAC) in middle and high school where she learned and grew as a swimmer.  Johnson competed at Louisiana state meets, qualified for the Zones meet in 1995, qualified for junior nationals in multiple events and competed there where she became a Junior National Champion in the 100 yd. freestyle in 1997.  Johnson also competed at the Senior National level.Julie held the Louisiana state record in the 50 yd. freestyle and was a part of several state record setting relay teams along the way.

Johnson graduated from Zachary High School in 1999. She was a charter member of the swim team there where she set and still holds all of the event records for the team.

She has many years of stroke instruction from performing swimming lessons and coaching kids ages 3-18.  She was the head coach at Fennwood Hills Country Club in Zachary where she learned a lot of how to push swimmers to be their best while maintaining a fun, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere.

Julie currently lives in Central.  She is in her 12th year of teaching and now teaches 6th grade at Copper Mill Elementary.  She has two children – Joseph and Annabelle.  She is proud to have brough year round- competitive swimming to Zachary after years of the community wanting the experience.