Coach Miles began coaching with Tigers in the Fall of 2010 as the AG3 coach. In the Fall of 2011 he became the Senior Group Coach and in the Fall of 2014 he became the new Head Coach of Tiger Aquatics.
In his time at PTAC, the team has grown signifincantly in membership. He has coached countless New Jersey Junior Olympic finalists, including state champions. He has also coached many North East Zone/Sectional qualifers and finalists. Over the past two years coach Cava has led>finishes in the country for his age, and this past season he led two swimmers to the USA Swimming SC Junior National Meet.
Miles Cava grew up swimming in the Princeton area for the Eastern Express Swim team where he achieved Top 16 status as an age group swimmer. He would then go>
Cava started his coaching career with the Community Park PASDA team as the 13 and over coach from 2004-2006. Throughout college and from 2009-2010, Cava gained multiple years of experience as an age group coach at the Whitewaters Swimming Team. After Graduation, Coach Miles has worked as the volunteer assistant for the Princeton University Mens Team. Cava has also worked as the Head Coach for the Princeton Area Masters group since 2012.
Assistant Head Coach and AG3 Coach
Coach Carolina, an ASCA Level 2 coach, has been>
Coach Carolina swam competitively for 15 years with Santa Cecilia University in Brazil. Carolina immigrated to the United States in 2005 to continue her education. She has extensive experience with various age group training and great skill in evaluating and monitoring the development of young swimmers. Coach Carolina's focus with Tigers Aquatics is to teach proper technique while providing a positive environment for her swimmers that allows them to reach their maximum potential and help them grow as individuals.
Coach Carolina is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Coach Carolina has a son named Logan.
Varsity Group Coach
Coach Katlyn joined the Tigers in the Spring of 2016 as a coach
for the Varsity group. Katlyn began her swimming career at the
age of 11 with Lawrenceville Swimming Association (LSA)
and Lawrence Lightning. After her time at Lawrence Lightning,
she swam for the Notre Dame High School swim team where she
was a 4-year letter winner and team captain. After high school,
Katlyn continued her swimming career at Rider University where
she specialized in sprint freestyle events, highlighted by
a second place finish in the 50 free at the 2013 Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships.
Katlyn started her coaching career in 2008 with the LSA. After
two-years with her former summer team, she spent the next four
years as an assistant coach with Lawrence Lightning.
Katlyn now works as a Manager for Baker Tilly’s Risk
and Internal Audit practice in Philadelphia, PA. She currently
resides in Ewing, NJ with her dog, Mikey.
AG3 Assistant Coach
Coach Lovette joined PTAC on the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Season
as an Assistant coach for AG3. She began her swimming career
competing for Scarlet Aquatic Club. Lovette then went on to swim
for Rider University, where she served as the Women's Team Captain
her senior year. During her four years at Rider, Lovette was a
Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference top 3 finisher in the 500 free,
1,000 free, and 1,650 free. She was also a team record holder in
the 1,650 free and 800 free relay. Lovette continues to swim as a
member of the Princeton Area Masters during the summers and began
competing in triathlons this past year.
Assistant Coach JR and SR
Deb Cherry grew in Rhode Island swimming for the age
group team Little Rhody Aquatic Club. The team was just forming
when she was nine and had a total of ten swimmers. By the age of
13, she was swimming 11 practices a week on a team of 300 swimmers.
Early on Deb placed in the top 3 in the State in Freestyle,
Backstroke, and Fly and continued to do so through her age group
career. She swam her first 1500 meter Freestyle at age 10, and by
13 was in the top 16 in the country in her age group in the 1500
Free, the 100 and 200 Fly, and the 400 IM. LRAC dominated
almost every year at New England Age Group Championships and New
England Seniors. Deb enjoyed the competition, fun, and excitement,
as well as the opportunities to work hard in and out of the pool to
get faster every season.
Although Deb continued to swim distance freestyle, she
began focusing on fly and IM. By the time she was ready to go to
college, her best events were the 200 fly and 400 IM. Deb attended
The University of Pennsylvania and swam 200 fly and 400 IM for the
team. After college, she was offered a coaching position for a high
school team and an age group team both of which swam at a Boys and
Girls Club. She enjoyed coaching both teams and continued for four
At that time, Deb went to graduate school at Penn
State University to get a masters degree in Special Education with
a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. After graduating with an
M.Ed., she began teaching high school students with Autism in the
State College Area School District for five years and then at the
elementary school for three years in State College, PA. After
moving to New Jersey, she continued to teach students with various
special needs at The Lewis School in Princeton, NJ. From there, she
went to Central Bucks East High School in PA where she taught high
school students with Autism.
When Deb’s daughter was nine she began swimming
for Lawrence Lighting. After a short time, Deb started coaching for
PASDA at Ben Franklin Swim Club and then for Community Park
Bluefish. She started coaching for New Jersey Stingrays at that
same time and continued for six years, coaching swimmers 14 and
under with a primary goal of attending JO’s as a team.
Deb is very excited to be coaching for PTAC and has
truly enjoyed the last few months with Tigers. She is looking
forward to many great seasons ahead! Go PTAC!!