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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.
Coaching Staff

Nancy G Miller

Head Coach

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Nancy swam competitvely for 10 years and held a YMCA St. Louis District record for 26 years in the 13-14 100 Free.  She has coached for 24 years, 14 of which have been with the Tidalwaves.  She has coached numerous swimmers who have gone on to compete at the collegiate and national levels.

Jennifer Roth

Asst Coach

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Jen was a swimmer in the Chicagoland area for 13 years and a 5 time YMCA National qualifier.  She attended SIU Carbondale and swam with the Masters Swim team.  Jen has been an assistant coach with the Tidalwaves for 4 years.

Garth Akal

Asst Coach

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Originally from South Africa, Garth started swimming competively at the age of 6.  He competed at the National level in 3 sports - swimming, distance running, and surf life saving.  A Track & Field and Cross Country scholarship brought him to SIU Carbondale.  Garth has been the morning coach for 3 years.