Larry T Hough
"Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child"
Larry Hough grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from Central
High. He started coaching summer league and High school in
1986 and has been a professional coach since 1994. Larry has
a BA in History from the University of Tennessee, and studied for 3
years in the Vocal Performance program at the New England
Conservatory of Music in Boston. He then sang opera
professionally from 1991-1994. Larry is an ASCA Level 5
coach, has had several athletes ranked #1 in the country, has had a
National High School Record Holder, and two 15-18 USA National
Record holders. His athletes have competed at the 2000, 2004,
2008, 2012, and 2016 USA Olympic Trials, and the London Olympics
in 2012. Larry has worked in 4 different LSC’s
over the last 25 years, been named an LSC Coach of the Year 3
times, served as an LSC Board member in 3 different zones, has
been named a TISCA Coach of the Year 3 times, and LSC Coach of the
year twice. Between coaching and singing he has visited 43 US
states and 7 foreign countries. In his spare time he enjoys
UT football, playing golf, working outside, West Wing reruns,
Seinfeld, 80s music, listening to opera, and most of all spending
time with his 3 children.
Senior Assistant Coach
Michael Hamann is originally from the northwest Chicago suburb
of Cary, IL. Growing up, Michael swam for the Mundelein Mustang
Swim Club (MMSC) where he was a Junior National qualifier in IM,
Backstroke and Butterfly. Michael first started coaching with MMSC
in his junior year of high school, where he coached the club's 10
& under swimmers. Michael swam for two years at the University
of Pennsylvania before a heart condition ended his swimming career,
starting a transition to Student Assistant Coach where he assisted
in training the 2016 NCAA Champion in the 1650 and a US National
Team member in the 100 Breast. Michael is a graduate of Penn's
Wharton School and is currently a Master's student at UT.
Senior 2/WSY Marlins
"True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the
quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care--with no one
there to see or cheer." - David Foster Wallace
His two-year stint in Manhattan aside, Ben Whiteside has been a
part of Knoxville swimming for well over two decades. Before moving
to NYC, Ben coached nearly every group at Tennessee Aquatics over
the course of five years. He holds degrees in English and Cinema
Studies from the University of Tennessee, and in his spare time
likes to play board games, chill with his two cats, and
systematically cross movies off of his outrageously long Netflix
"NDNR. No Deposit No Return." - John Naber
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Lars Hondorf began competitive swimming at 7 years old. He swam for MCC Marauders for over ten years where he was an Empire State Games medalist and was a Junior National Participant. While swimming high school for Harley Allendale Columbia he rewrote the team record book, graduating with 6 individual swimming records, still holding the 200 free and 500 free. He won four events at sectionals, qualified for state meet 3 years and placed top 8 in 3 events at state meet. He is also a member of the Section 5 Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame. At The Johns Hopkins University, while pursuing an engineering degree, he was a four year varsity swimmer. He placed top eight in distance events at the conference championships and was an All American in 1989. After graduating college, he swam and competed in master swimming.
He began his coaching career in Baltimore, as an assistant swim coach for Bolton Hill in 1991. Moving to Atlanta, he was the head coach of a summer league swim for a season, before going to graduate school at the University of Georgia for Mathematics Education. He was an assistant coach for Winder Barrow high school for two seasons, before moving to Cleveland TN. While in Cleveland he started and coached Cleveland Middle School’s swim team and was an assistant coach for the Cleveland AquaTigers summer league team. After 9 years, he moved to Oak Ridge and has been teaching high school math at Oak Ridge since. He was also the assistant swim coach for Oak Ridge for 6 years and on the TISCA Board for four years. He began coaching Atomic City Aquatic Club special needs group and then was red group coach at ACAC for the past several years. He has also been involved with the Oak Ridge summer league team for multiple years and the head coach the last 3 years.
Gray 3/Swim Clinics
Chris Martin brings a world of coaching experience to the TNAQ
team. Chris has been the Head Coach and/or Director of
Swimming for national swimming institutions in China, Scotland, and
Great Britain. Prior to his international coaching he was the
Head coach at the University of Florida and before that he was the
HC at the Peddie School. Chris was a member of the US Olympic
staff in 1992 and the British Olympic staff in 2004. He
has presented talks around the world for FINA, USA Swimming, ASCA,
and GB Swimming. Chris is a graduate of Yale and is
originally from Philadelphia. In his spare time he enjoys
reading and classic movies.
Gray 1/Swim Clinics
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden
Jamie Tannhauser is from Seattle, Washington.
She started swimming at the age of six for Salmon Bay Aquatic Club.
Jamie went on to become a high school state champion, National
Junior team member and a Finalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials in the
800 meter freestyle. She swam for the University of Florida and is
a Gator at heart.
Emily Kathryn Allen
Coming from North Carolina, Emily competed at Tennessee for
three years before making the decision to medically retire from the
sport. She is passionate about teaching kids about the sport that
has given her so much joy.
Emily was a member of the Short Course World Championship Team
which competed in Qatar in November 2015. She was a member of the
SEC Team for Tennessee as a Redshirt Freshman. She was 2016 SEC
First-Year Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
She is currently working towards her degree in Sport Management.
She enjoys being outside in nature, reading, yoga, and looking
at pictures of her dog, Tucker.
Orange 1/Business Manager
"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.
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." -Walter Bagehot
Chris grew up in the Knoxville area and has been involved with Knoxville swimming for nearly 16 years. He swam for GKAISA's Gulfwood Gators as a kid and has now been their coach for the last 6 Summer seasons. Chris swam for Pilot Aquatic Club (now Tennessee Aquatics) and Bearden High School throughout his school-aged years. He then continued his career at Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Disorders in May 2016. While at Western Kentucky, Chris was 400IM conference champion and a backstroke specialist. He holds the 200 backstroke pool record at WKU and was the team's Top Scholar award recipient for the highest GPA as well as the Most Dedicated award recipient. Outside of the pool Chris enjoys the outdoors and working with the special needs population. Chris is currently at the University of Tennessee pursuing his Masters of Speech Language Pathology.
Magrino began her coaching career with Vandal
Aquatics in Moscow, Idaho and is currently a graduate student and
team manager for the University of Tennessee swim team while
assisting both Tennessee Aquatics and Hardin Valley Academy. Allie
was a four-year All-Western Athletic Conference swimmer for the
University of Idaho from 2014-2018, where she was the top
backstroker for the Vandals her last three years, as well as a
member of the Academic All-Conference team all four years. Prior to
competing for coach Mark Sowa and the Vandals, Allie was a
four-year letterman for aquatics powerhouse Dr. Phillips High
School in Orlando, Florida, where she earned All-American honors in
both swimming and water polo. She was a two-time state champion
swimmer (2010 and 2012), earned 11 conference championships, five
district titles, five regional championships, set school records in
four events over her four years and was named Most Outstanding
Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Bennett L Monroe
Quote: Mastery is a Mindset!
Betsy Hondorf grew up in Oak Ridge, TN. She graduated from ORHS
and Pilot Aquatic Club of Knoxville in 1988. She attended and swam
at The Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Bachelor’s
of Arts in Biophysics and was a 4 year All American. She
later earned a Master’s of Science in Immunology and
Molecular Pathogenesis from Emory University and an Educational
Specialist degree in Science Education from the University of
Georgia while coaching as a Graduate Assistant. An ASCA Level
III coach, Betsy began coaching with Oak Ridge City Aquatics summer
team in 1985 and has coached high school, age group, college and
Masters programs in her career. Her athletes have competed at
NCSA and USA Swimming Junior Nationals and at Division 2 and 3 NCAA
National meets. She is married to TNAQ Coach Lars Hondorf.
Together they have three swimmer children- Loki Hondorf (Colorado
School of Mines graduate), Tyr Hondorf (Brandeis University,
sophomore), Vidar Hondorf (ORHS, junior). Betsy also teaches
AP Physics at ORHS and enjoys biking, reading and cooking in her
Masters Head Coach
Christopher Pelant entered the world of competitive swimming at
the age of six. A Southern California native, he began
swimming after having an operation on his legs. After two months of
full leg casts, Christopher had to re-learn how to walk, which
included physical therapy sessions in the pool. It was there that
he found comfort in the water and began a ‘love of
sport’ that has lasted for more than 30 years.
Christopher was the fastest age group swimmer in the United
States, over many years in multiple Freestyle and Butterfly
events. He broke four Southern California swim records- one
which lasted for 19 years. In addition to being a multiple
Junior National and Senior National Finalist, Christopher was on
both the USA National Junior Team and USA Olympic Festival Team,
where he was a Finalist and featured athlete. His success in
age group swimming earned him a Division I Full Scholarship to
Southern Illinois University. There, he was a multiple
Conference Champion and Record Holder, as well as Team Captain, the
Spirit Award Winner and an Academic All-American.
Additionally, Christopher qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in
the 200 meter Butterfly. Post graduation, the Missouri Valley
Conference named Christopher to their “All Centennial
Team”, a collection of the best athletes in the history of
With over 15 years of professional coaching under his belt,
Coach Chris has had the opportunity to teach and train every
possible kind of swimmer. No matter the level, Coach Chris instills
proper technique while enthusiastically enhancing the swimming
experience. Currently, he is the Director of Business
Development for Smarter Searches, a digital marketing company here
in Knoxville and is honored to be part of the TNAQ family.
Masters Coach - Triathlon & Clinics
Lana Burl coaches in our Masters Program, and she is also an
assistant coach for Hardin Valley Academy. She is a lifelong
athlete and an adult onset swimmer herself. Her coaching
certifications include USMS Level 2, USAT level 1, USAC Level 3,
and Training Peaks Level 1, as well as an M.S. in nutrition.
Outside of TNAQ, Lana owns Burly Projects, LLC, providing
project management and business consulting services, as well as LB
Endurance, privately coaching amateur athletes including beginners
and accomplished Ironman athletes, competing in a variety of
disciplines. She emphasizes life balance, continuous learning
and enjoying the process of becoming great by committing to every
small step. She finds it both a thrill and honor to share her
knowledge and passion, and be a small part of any athlete's
progress. Lana is also a competitive endurance athlete,
regularly racing triathlons, open water swimming, cycling and other
multisport endurance races.
Martin M Plummer
Martin originally hails from Saginaw, Michigan, where he began
swimming for the Saginaw YMCA Sharks. Through developing a passion
and interest in the sport Martin went on to swim for and attend
Grand Valley State University where he earned his Bachelor’s
of Science in Exercise Science and was a four-year varsity swimmer,
team captain, and two time conference champion. Taking an interest
in coaching, Martin stayed in Grand Rapids and began coaching for
Division III Calvin College and East Grand Rapids Aquatics where he
helped develop multiple NCAA Division III All-Americans, MHSAA
state champions, and NCSA qualifiers. Martin has experience
coaching all ages ranging from swim lessons to college athletes and
enjoys working with swimmers at all levels. Martin is currently a
Master’s student at UT studying Sport Psychology and Motor
Behavior and volunteers his time with the UT Men’s and
Women’s swimming teams. In his spare time Martin enjoys
playing guitar, chess, and spending time outdoors.
Head Diving Coach
Mike is the Head coach and Program Director for Tennessee
- 2018 TEAM USA Junior National Diving Coach
- 2018 Tennessee H.S State Coach of the Year
- Coach of 3 Tennessee H.S State Diving Champions
- Coached athlete to 2 Pan American Gold Medals
- Coached athletes to 5 USA National Titles
- 2010 USA Diving 1 meter National Champion
- 2011 SEC 1 meter Champion and NCAA All America
- 2012 USA 3 meter Olympic Trial finalist
Meet Director/UT Asst Aquatic Director
"Get the fundamentals
down and the level of everything you do will rise." - Michael
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.