Eric D Huntsman
Coach Eric founded the
Riptide swim team in 2004. He takes great pride in building
positive, professional relationships with athletes and families
alike. He is proud to have built a program that began with nine
swimmers to the 100+ swimmers that form the Riptide family today.
He has enjoyed success with Junior National qualifiers on the elite
level, as well as beginners learning to touch the wall with two
hands on butterfly! He has been coaching for 20+ years for various
U.S.A. clubs and recreational leagues within the Kansas City area.
His soft-spoken style belies his talent at getting the best out of
his swimmers. He gauges individual success by encouraging each
swimmer to reach his or her personal best in
practice or in competition.
Coach Eric is a former
teacher in the Raytown School District. Eric has his Master’s
Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in
Phoenix, AZ. He is proud to be the father of Anthony "Turbo"
Huntsman, 18 a Freshman at the University of Kansas as well as Cash
Huntsman born on Christmas Day 2014. He resides with his wife,
Tamra and their one year old son, Cash.
Coach Eric is proud to
be a "Lifetime Plus" member of the American Swim Coaches
Association. He is a lifelong learner in honing his skills as
a coach through research based education set forth under
Tyler Calvert has been around swimming since the Fall of 2000 as a
swimmer of Raytown South Highschool. After graduation he
became a swimmer for the Riptide for one season before moving
towards coaching, and loves every minute of it. He has many
hobbies which include coaching, swimming, running, fly fishing,
motorcycles, and cars. He graduated with his Bacehlors of
Science Nursing from Graceland University in May 2014 and is now an
operating room registered nurse. As an avid fan of the sport,
he is regularly working on bettering himself as a coach and the
drills he uses to aid the kids in bettering themselves in the
water. He loves seeing the kids achieving their goals and
learning how working hard with smart actions that prepare them for
future successes in both swimming and in life.
Robert Atkins is a
returning Riptide Coach, he has two swimmers Jordan and Emily.
In addition to helping develop swimmers, he is the owner of a
Farmers Insurance agency -- Atkins Insurance Agency.
He has been an agent for more than 10 years. Robert
grew up in Raytown, MO and still resides there. He feels it is
important to give back to the community that gave him so much
during his formative years, and by coaching he is able to share
some of his passion with tomorrow's leaders. In college, he was a
wrestling letterman for the United States Air Force Academy, and
qualified for the NCAA Handball Championships while at Southwest
Missouri State, now known as Missouri State. His swimming
background comes from his youth, where he spent much of his first
12 years in life competing, even posting AAA times in 200
Alex (Chicken) Wilcoxon has been a part of
the Riptide family for over 12 years. She started swimming for
Riptide under Eric at the age of seven and continued to swim
and compete all the way to her junior year of high
school. After teaching swim lessons for three years, Alex started
coaching for Riptide her senior year of high school. Besides
spending many years on the pool deck, Alex also spent seven years
being a student leader on an internationally successful robotics
team and playing and competing in state-level piano competitions.
Alex is a positive influence on the athletes, teaching not only how
to improve as swimmers, but also how to improve as individuals, and
most importantly, as teammates.
Andrew Wood has been coaching for Riptide since December of
2017. Being a lifeguard and employee at Bridge means Andrew has
spent a lot of time on the pool deck and coaching has been a
positive experience for him. His favorite part of coaching is
getting to watch swimmers improve, and their joy when they know how
much they have accomplished. Andrew is working towards joining the
United State Marines, and outside of his training he spends a lot
of his time swimming, doing art, or playing music. He works well
with swimmers of all levels and brings a warm-hearted and positive
energy to the pool deck.
Marcie R Trader
Born an Aquarius, Marcie feels at home near the water, which
naturally fostered her passion for swimming beginning at the age of
nine. Her summers were spent swimming for the Woodson Sharks until
the age of seventeen. During her high school career, she swam four
years Varsity for Raytown High School culminating in a top 10 All
Conference finish her junior and senior year as well as competing
at State in the medley and free relay.
After graduating High School Marcie found a different role in
swimming and began coaching. In 2003, while completing her degree
in Sign Language Interpreting, she was invited to coach a summer
rec team and realized coaching would remain a strong passion before
moving out of state.
Upon graduation, Marcie married her high school sweetheart and
moved across the country in support of her husband’s career
in the United States Army. From North Carolina to California and
the places in between they collected memories and became parents to
2 wonderful boys, who whether they like it or not will learn to
love the sport that has brought so much joy to her life.
After thirteen years in the military it was time to return home
to Kansas City where she took a full-time coaching position for
Riptide Aquatics. This year marks Marcie’s third season with
Riptide and her second year as head site coach at our Independence
location. Although her expectations are high but fair, it is her
solemn promise your swimmer will not only improve but have fun
while building memories as well as relationships throughout the