Coaches & Directors

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

Gardner Howland

Head Swim Coach

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Jamie Tannhauser

SR/Swim Clinics

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Patrick O Beasley

Gray 1

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Lars Hondorf

Gray 2

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Martin M Plummer

Gray 3/Masters Coach

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Martin Plummer is the lead Gray 3 Coach for Tennessee Aquatics and works as a Volunteer Coach for the University of Tennessee’s Swimming and Diving teams. Prior to joining TNAQ,  Martin worked as an Assistant Coach at Division III Calvin College and East Grand Rapids Aquatics, where he worked with all levels of the club.  Martin has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University and is working towards his Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior at The University of Tennessee. In his free time,  Martin can be found reading, playing chess, playing guitar, or spending time outdoors.

Lizzie Fleming

Orange 1/Business Manager

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"The only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday."

Lizzie grew up in Knoxville, graduated from Webb School, and went on to swim at Radford University, where she earned a degree in communications. She has coached high school, summer league and club swimming for eighteen years, and has been a full time coach with TNAQ since 2009. Off the pool deck Lizzie loves to travel, be outdoors and spend time with her husband and two little boys. 

Chris Goodman

Orange 2

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Emily Kathryn Allen

Orange 3

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Betsy Hondorf

Youth Fit

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Mike Wright

Head Diving Coach

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Jackie Bussard-Bertucci

Meet Director/UT Asst Aquatic Director

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865-207-7297

"Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise." - Michael Jordan

Jackie, the daughter of legendary UT and Olympic coach Ray Bussard, is our Meet Director. She joined Pilot as a coach in 1994 and has since become one of the top age group coaches in the country. Jackie's recognition and accolades include being named Southeastern Swimming Age Group Coach of the year in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2012, and 2014.  She was the Age Group Chair of Southeastern swimming from 2002-2006. She also served as Head Coach of the Southeastern Zone All-Star Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001.  Jackie was elected by her peers to the board of Southeastern Swimming and has served from 2002 to 2015. In the summers, she has been involved as a swimmer, parent and coach for the Knoxville Racquet Club and served as their Head Coach for the past several seasons. Prior to coming to Pilot, Jackie coached for several years with the UT Continuing Education swim program and at swim camps at Mercersberg, PA, St. Lawrence, NY and St. Bonaventure, NY.  Jackie enjoys giving swimming lessons, being a instructor trainer for the Red Cross and spending time with her husband and, Chris, and sons, Henry and Stephen.