Coaches & Directors

Riptide Coaches

Riptide coaches 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.  The coaches will do their best to assist you with your questions and concerns.

Coaching Staff

Eric D Huntsman

Head Coach


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 ASCA.


Tyler Calvert

Longview Coach


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


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


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

Bridger Coach


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

Bridger Coach


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 season.

Board of Directors

Matt Thompson



Bill Huntsman