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Our Coaches

Riptide is proud to announce our coaches.  They have a passion for coaching swimmers of all ages.  If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding practices, swim meets, etc., please speak with the coaches after practice or schedule a time to speak with them that does not otherwise interfere with the start of our practices.  Thanks, they will do their best to help you!

Coaching Staff

Eric D Huntsman

Head Coach

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Tyler Calvert

Longview Coach

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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

Longview Coach

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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 breaststroke. 
 
 

Alexandra Wilcoxon

R7 Coach

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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.  

Jason Mayo

R7 Coach

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Jason Mayo started coaching for Riptide fall of 2017. He began swimming competitively at the age of eight, and continues today, as a two-time gold medalist at the 2015 State Games of America. Being a former swimmer with the Kleinbrook Swordfish in Houston, TX, Kansas City Blazers, and Blue Springs High School Wildcats, he enjoys coaching swim clinics with local teams. Jason also volunteers as a swimming merit badge counselor and provides group and individual swimming lessons to boy scout troops in the Heart of America Council. He works are in and out of the water, currently planning on beating Matt Biondi’s 50 fly split. Jason always works positively with athletes of all levels, always remaining encouraging and bringing a wide variety of skills and techniques with him. Our swimmers are always encouraged by his humor and his upbeat attitude, and he brings much joy and thoughtfulness to our team. 

Leena Nabulsi

Bridger Coach

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Leena Nabulsi has been a valuable coach for Riptide since 2016. She has been swimming since the age of 5 and ever since has spent a lot of her days in the pool and on the pool deck. Getting to see kids having fun and learning skills are what makes coaching important to Leena, and her favorite part knowing she helped athletes learn new, and different skills that resonate well with them. Outside of swimming, Leena has earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Psychology and is currently working on a PhD in Biochemistry. Be it with her coaching, studies, lacrosse, and tea studies Leena is always a devoted, and positive individual, who brings much knowledge to our team. 

Andrew Wood

Bridger Coach

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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. 

Dirk Becker

Summer Rec Coach.

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Dirk Becker is one of Riptide’s newest coaches, and he will be joining us for our summer rec league this year! Dirk spent 8 years swimming on Riptide under coach Eric and coach Tyler, and he is excited to help inspire and improve other swimmers. Off the pool deck, Dirk spends a lot of his time with technology. Between gaming, streaming, and mixing/composing new music he also taking charge of all the technology Riptide uses to run our swim meets. With his dedication and positive work ethic, we are very exited to have Dirk with us this year.

Board of Directors

Matt Thompson

BOARD MEMBER-PRESIDENT

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Bill Huntsman

BOARD MEMBER AT-LARGE

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