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Coaching Staff

TAMPA BAY AQUATICS
COACHING PHILOSOPHY

Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY) engages in a multi-level competition program with USA Swimming that, like our training program, attempts to provide challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The TBAY coaching staff is dedicated to providing a program for children that will enable them to learn the value of striving to improve oneself.  Therefore, the coaches must be in total control in matters relating to training and competition.

The coaches are responsible for placing swimmers in practice groups.  This decision is based on a number of factors including the age and ability level of each individual. Sole responsibility for stroke instruction and the training regimen rests with the TBAY coaching staff.  Each level’s practices are based on scientific principles and geared to the long-term progress of that group.  At meets, the coaching staff will conduct and supervise warm-up activities for all team members.  After each race, the coaches will offer feedback regarding the swimmer’s performance.

We emphasize competition with oneself.  Winning ribbons, medals or trophies is not our main goal.  Even if a swimmer finishes first, but has swum poorly in comparison to his/her own past performance, he/she is encouraged to do better.  The individual’s improvement is our primary objective.  Sportsmanlike behavior is of equal importance to improved performance.  Respect for officials, congratulations to opponents (others competitors), encouragement to teammates, determined effort, and mature attitudes are examples of behaviors praised and rewarded by the TBAY coaching staff.  A swimmer is praised for improving his/her stroke or time.  Swimmers are taught to set realistic, yet challenging goals for meets and to relate those goals to practice in order to direct their training efforts. Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances and strokes.  This policy promotes versatility and encourages the swimmer to explore his/her potential in the wide range of events offered in competitive swimming.

The coaching staff is constantly updating and improving the TBAY program.  It is the athlete’s and parent’s responsibility to make the most out of the excellent opportunity this program provides for success in competitive swimming.      

 

COACHING STAFF


Jason Bowes
 Program Director

Head Coach

Jason Bowes, Head Coach of TBAY’S Central Branch, brings more than 18 years of high-level experience, integrity, innovation, and strong technical skills to his coaching position. Since moving to Tampa in 2008 to become Head Coach of TBAY-Central, Jason has resurrected TBAY’s elite program in a short time. From starting a program for younger age group swimmers in Central Tampa, to organizing swim clinics for the community, Jason has built a strong swimming foundation for a younger generation. Jason’s swim clinics have provided the unique opportunity for over 300 swimmers from the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas to train with gold medalists and world record holders Aaron Peirsol and Garrett Weber-Gale. While under Jason’s leadership as Head Coach, TBAY has developed and cultivated multiple state record-holders and record-breakers, over 50+ State medalists, International record-holders, Olympic Trial qualifiers, All-American, Academic All-Americans, and collegiate-level swimmers at top university programs, including FSU, Notre Dame, Clemson, Texas, Washington University in St. Louis, NYU, Alabama, Davidson, Dartmouth, FIU, University of Pennsylvania, Siena, Columbia, College of Charlestown and Florida Gulf Coast.

Jason also serves as Head Coach of Tampa Preparatory School’s Swim and Dive Team, which has reached record achievements, including High School State Medalists, 5 Hillsborough County Swimmers of the Year, District Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 Regional Championships in 2010 & 2011, Top 5 at States in 2010 and 2011, and over 10 All-American awards. 

In addition to TBAY and Tampa Prep team accomplishments, Jason has achieved personal recognition as the 2010 and 2011 Hillsborough Girls Swim Coach of the Year.  In 2012, Tampa Preparatory Swim and Dive program received a Commendation from the Hillsborough County Commissioners office for their outstanding 2011 season.  Jason also served as Assistant Coach for Team Florida during their 2009 and 2010 Southern Zone Championships. 

Jason moved to the Tampa Bay area from one of the most respected swim programs in the country, North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), which has produced Olympians, National and World Record holders, including Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Elizabeth Pelton. Jason also led the Pointe-Claire Swim Club in Montreal to the men's overall title at the 2006 Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships. In 2005, Jason was an assistant deck manager at the FINA World Championships and has written for Swim News Magazine International.  Jason grew up in Montreal, Quebec Canada where he swam competitively; graduated from Loyola High School; and attended Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He is a member of numerous coaching organizations, and is certified as a Level 5 coach with
American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).

Today you will find Jason on the pool deck in Tampa Bay coaching future generations of swimmers to reach their goals both in and out of the water.

Coach Jason's Email

 


 


Cara Potter

Head Age Group Coach
Head of TBAY Swim School


Cara is from Rockledge, Florida where she swam and competed competitively since age 10.  She swam at Indian River State College from 2007-2009 and at Florida Southern College where she graduated in 2012.  She is a 12 time NJCAA All American and a 7 time NCAA Division II All American.  She served as a student assistant coach for Florida Southern Swimming, as well as the Assistant Age Group swim coach for Lakeland Area Swimming.  She then went on and worked as a Graduate Assistant Coach for Saint Leo University Men and Women’s swim team and has also worked with Bolles School Swim Camp and served as a Head Coach for high school swimming in her area.

Her various amounts of experience with different age groups and levels has helped her to develop the skills and knowledge to support young athletes through the sport of swimming. She is very passionate about the sport and helping others to achieve their goals in swimming and throughout life.

Coach Cara's Email

 


 


Jordan Smith
Assistant Coach

Assistant Swim Coach Jordan Smith is well experienced in the sport and looks to be an exciting new addition to our team. Originally from Orlando, FL, she swam competitively for 18 years. Jordan was a multi time All-American in high school and went on to represent the University of Florida Women's swim team. From qualifying and competing at the 2012 Olympic Trials, to becoming an NCAA D1 qualifier, and finishing out her career as the Senior Team Captain, Jordan holds a strong understanding and passion for the sport.  Jordan is certified as a Level 2 coach with American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).

 


Clement Lachat
Lil Bucs & Mighty Bucs Coach


Clement Lachat is a college student currently enrolled at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). From Saint-Etienne, France, Clement started swimming at 10 years old. He moved to Tampa in 2013 where he started swimming competitively for TBAY. Clement went to High School State championship as a team captain and started coaching with TBAY in summer 2016. He works with Mighty Bucs, Lil Bucs and AGP2 groups. Clement is certified as a Level 2 coach with American Swim Coaches Association. Clement is a very positive person who enjoys teaching others in a fun and safe environment.

 


Kylie Piche
Assistant Coach

Kylie serves as an Assistant coach with TBAY-Central. She works with Age group Performance 2 (AGP2), Lil Bucs and Mighty Bucs groups.  Kylie grew up in Brandon, Florida and began swimming competitively when she was 8 years old.  She attended Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida and qualified for state championships all four years.  Kylie attended the University of Tampa on a swimming scholarship from 2011 until May of 2013. Kylie went to NCAA Division II championships both years in college swimming, achieving 2 All-American awards and holds school records at UT.  She currently studies Elementary Education at University of South Florida and has been working with children for the past 4 years of her life.  Kylie loves encouraging others to their highest personal level of achievement possible and learning the valuable lessons along that journey.


 

 

Board President  - Judah Rubin

Treasure  - Ann Golden