Coaching Staff

Adam Byars

Head Coach/ COO


Adam was named head coach in August, 2017. Prior to MTS, he was assistant coach for the University of Arizona men’s and women’s swim program for four years. Adam’s swimmers earned numerous All-PAC 12 honors, 12 NCAA All-America honors and three different school records fell to his athletes.

Prior to Arizona, Adam spent eight years with the Aiken-Augusta Swim League in Augusta, GA; first as head age group coach then as head coach for his last six years there.

Adam swam collegiately for the University of Wisconsin, where he was an All-America selection, team MVP and named team captain in 2001. He also participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in two events (100 back and 200 back).

Personally, Adam is married to his wife Ruth, and they have three children: Zachary, Madeline, and Jacob. 

Rick Hancock

Associate Head Coach


Rick, originally from Clemson, SC, has been a Memphian for the last six years. He is an accomplished coach and the owner of a beautiful dog, Kaia. Most recently, Rick served as head age group coach for Memphis Thunder Aquatics Club for the past 5 ½ years. During that time, Rick helped more than double the size of Thunder’s age group program, and developed numerous SES champions, Southern Zone champions as well as NCSA Juniors and Futures qualifiers. Rick swam competitively for the University of Virginia, where he earned all-ACC honors and was a two-time ACC team champion

Justin S Ingram

Head Age Group Coach


Justin grew up swimming for MTS, and was named head age group coach in May, 2017. He is also head swim coach for Collierville High School; the reigning Shelby County Co-ed Champions.

In addition, Justin is summer league coach for Ridgeway Country Club. Prior to coming to MTS he worked as head age group coach for Collierville Swimming for more than 10 years.

Ardell Paul Blossom

Assistant Coach


Determination and intelligence are the fundamental parts to building a world class swimmer. As the coach, the swimmers goals are my top priority. During my years coaching in the Memphis area I’ve mentored athletes from novice level to collegiate recruits. Having seen this sport grow more and more each year is the driving force for my commitment. My coaching experience provides me with the best facility and best coaches to make our swimming success second to none. It’s my honor to be part of Memphis Tiger Swimming and coaching our swimmers not only to excel in the water but also making their time with us educational and inviting.

David E Cortes

Assistant Coach


David was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Memphis. He started swimming competitively at the age of 5 for Germantown Swim Team under Scott Robinson until graduating from Ridgeway High School. He went on to swim at Delta State University for 2 years. Transferred from DSU to Memphis to finish his degree in exercise of sport science. David began coaching in the Memphis summer league 7 years ago and joined Memphis Tiger Swimming May 2017.

“I love coaching because it gives me a chance to pass along the experiences I have had in swimming and the knowledge I have picked up through my life in the sport.”

William McCormick

Assistant Coach


Taryn AM Krier

Assistant Coach: Senior Performance