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Coaching Staff

Larry T Hough

Head Coach

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865-232-1790

"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.

Michael Hamann

Senior Assistant Coach

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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.

Ben Whiteside

Senior 2/WSY Marlins

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"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 queue.

Lars Hondorf

Gray 2

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"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.

Chris Martin

Gray 3/Swim Clinics

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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.

Jamie Tannhauser

Gray 1/Swim Clinics

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"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

Orange 3

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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.

 

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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"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.

Allie Magrino

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Allie 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

Orange 3

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Betsy Hondorf

Youth Fit

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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 spare time.

 

Christopher Pelant

Masters Head Coach

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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 the Conference.

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.

Lana Burl

Masters Coach - Triathlon & Clinics

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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

Masters coach

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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.

Mike Wright

Head Diving Coach

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Mike is the Head coach and Program Director for Tennessee Aquatics diving.

  • 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

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.