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Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Michael Verwest

Head Coach

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Coaches Mike and Laura Verwest have been teaching swimming and life skills for competive swimmers for 7 years. 

Coach Mike swam competively in his youth, for Fort Myers High School and for the club team Fort Myers Swim Association in the 1970's, and swam his freshman year at Davidson College.  He is a Level 2 Coach, and Certified Stroke Technician through the American Swim Coaches Association and a certified Learn-To-Swim Professional through Swim Lessons University.

 

Laura Verwest

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Coach Laura is a Certified USA Swimming Coach.  She has been guiding children through the beginning stages of competitive swimming as well as bringing her gentle and compassionate spirit to the children and families of the team since its inception.  She is "heart and soul" of SwimEnergy Aquatics. 

Juan Carlos Picon

Coach

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A former competitive swimmer, Juan started swimming at 4 years old and swimming team (Bogota, Colombia) from ages 8 – 18 years. At age 10, winning national and international merits. At age 14 - 22, Juan began teaching swim lessons at the Club Campestre Internacional (Colombia) and became the head coached for the swim team.
At age 27, Juan moved to the United States, attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha and working as lifeguard , lifeguard instructor and American Red Cross swim instructor (all levels). He became part of the Omaha Masters swim program as participant wining some merits and became assistant coach in 2002 to 2014.
Juan has worked in finance for almost 25 years. Currently, he is a Regional Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank.
Juan is a certified USA Swimming Coach and Certified USA Master Swimming Coach