Bolles Swim Camp 2019
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019!
2019 Camp Coaching Staff
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Head Coach/Aquatics Director/Camp Director
Verhoef brings with him a wealth of experience in national, international and Olympic competitions. During the past three years, he has earned acclaim as a Senior Coach and High Performance Director for SwimMAC, a globally competitive swimming program in Charlotte, N.C. There, he worked with the Senior 1 program – a group that includes the highest performing 15-18 year-olds – and also directed the program’s age 15 and over programs from state to national levels. Senior athletes from SwimMAC have achieved positions on the USA National Junior Team, won Junior National Championships, and recorded the highest number of scholastic All-Americans of any program in the country. Prior to that, Verhoef assisted in coaching SwimMAC’s Team Elite program for Olympic level athletes from 2010-16. During this time, Team Elite athletes combined for a total of nine gold, four silver and one bronze. Throughout his tenure at SwimMAC, Verhoef helped guide strategic decisions including staff development, growth, team culture, member relationships and more.
Prior to SwimMAC, Verhoef was the Assistant Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s swimming at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, coaching elite swimmers from 2013-15. In this role, he experienced all facets of leadership from the pool deck–including coaching, recruiting, scheduling, compliance, administration, travel and outreach. During his tenure there, Verhoef greatly contributed in assisting the team to win the 2015 NCAA DII Championships for both the men’s and women’s teams.
As a student-athlete, Verhoef found success in the pool and classroom at the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and double majored in Management and Management Information Systems in 2007 from the Terry College of Business. While at Georgia, he was a finalist at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the World Championships in 2007 where he also served as the Team USA Team Captain and earned a Silver medal at the World University Games in 2005. He was also the recipient of UGA’s Jeff Poppell Leadership Award in 2006, among many other honors.
Dale A Porter
Head Age Group Coach / Head Great Whites
Porter is a familiar face in competitive swimming on the first coast. He came across the river to the Bolles Sharks in 2010 from the Spartan Aquatic Club (SPAC) in Orange Park, where he served as the program’s Head Coach from 2004-10. During his tenure with SPAC Porter has coached swimmers to number one rankings at the local, state, and national level. Porter also served as the Head Coach for St. Johns Country Day School since August of 2004, where he taught physical education.
Porter brings with him 29 years of competitive coaching experience. Thirteen of those years were spent as an assistant coach at the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Ohio, one of USA Swimming’s Gold Medal Clubs. Porter also served those 13 years as a teacher/coach at the Hawken School in Chesterland, Ohio.
Awarded the 2011 Florida Swimming's Age Group Coach of The Year, Dale Porter’s experience is only equaled by his enthusiasm for teaching and coaching. An established and highly respected coach in Florida Swimming, Porter brings a wealth of experience and a great store of excitement to the Bolles Sharks Age Group program. He has presented talks at the 2012 and 2014 ASCA World Clinics, 2015 San Diego Age Group Coach's Clinic, 2013 Legends of Texas Coach's Clinic, and for USA Swimming's online clinics. He has served USA Swimming as a manager for the 2015 & 2016 Open Water Select Camps, the 2016 National Junior Team Camp., and as an assistant coach for the 2014 National Select Camp. Highly regarded for his outstanding coaching, depth of knowledge, leadership, enthusiasm, and humility, Porter creates an exciting dynamic on the Bolles Sharks coaching staff and within the team itself.
J. Michael Kuzma
Head Late Night/Assistant Coach
Mike Kuzma joined The Bolles School swimming staff in April 2015. Prior to arriving at The Bolles School he held assistant coaching positions at Nova Southeastern University, University of La Verne, Los Osos High School, University of Mount Union, and Bethany College after beginning his coaching career as the head coach of St. Andrews Swim Team in 2006.
Kuzma’s student-athletes have achieved success in both the NCAA and high school ranks. He has coached NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Qualifiers, NISCA All-Americans, and CIF record holders. He helped guide the Los Osos High School boys team to their first CIF title in program history. Coach Kuzma was a member of the OAC Coaching Staff of the Year at the University of Mount Union.
Coach Mike graduated from The University of Mount Union with a B.A. in Sports Administration and a Minor in Business. He is currently finishing his Masters through the University of La Verne, California.
Bolles School Assistant Senior Coach
Coach Pishko has been coaching for nearly 20 years with 10 of those years as a Head Coach or Head Site Coach. Coach Pishko has been very successful at all levels developing Age Group State Champions, Open Water National qualifiers, Junior Nationals to Olympic and World Championship Trial qualifiers. Coach Pishko has worked with several of the best and largest club teams in the country.
Most recently Coach Pishko comes to us from Columbus, GA as the Head Coach of the Columbus Aquatic Club where he led the team to their first Top 5 finish ever at the Age Group State Championships as well as having the first athlete qualify for a national level meet in 15 years.
Coach Pishko began his coaching career in 1993 as the Head Age Group Coach with Greenville Swim Club(now ECA) in Greenville, NC while also serving as an Assistant Coach with East Carolina University, coaching mid distance flyers and breastrokers.
He then became Head Coach of the Southwest Aquatic Team-Blacksburg in 1997, from there Coach Pishko became Head Site Coach of Chattahoochee Golds Woodstock Site in 1999.
Coach Pishko served as Head Age Group Coach and Site Director of New Wave Swim Teams Cary location for 4 years beginning in 2007. Following that tenure, Coach Jeff became Director of Competitive Swimming and Head National Group Coach for the Triangle Aquatic Club Titans in Cary, NC a nearly 700 swimmer program and led several athletes to compete at Junior Nationals, Olympic Trials and World Championship Trials in 2011.
Coach Jeff has 3 sons Joshua(19), Jacob(15), Jordan(12) and is married to Beth Pishko for an outstanding 19yrs.
Bolles School Assistant Senior Coach
Coach Claire grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she developed a passion for swimming at a young age. She swam for the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she was on the Conference team in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle for her entire career with the program.
After earning her Bacherlor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science with concentrations in Coaching and Psychology she returned to Denver where she swam one year post-grad and began coaching for the Colorado Athletic Club Stingrays. While with the Stingrays, she worked as an assistant Age Group coach, Master's coach, lead Senior Assistant, and later as Associate Head Coach and Assistant Aquatics Director. She has helped athletes to achieve NCSA, ISCA, and USA Swimming Junior National time standards, and helped the program to achieve a 5th place finish at the 2016 Colorado Long Course State Championships. After 4 years with the Stingrays, she decided to leave the program in order to pursue a Master's degree in Kinesiological Science at Jacksonville University.
Coach Claire began coaching for the Bolles Sharks in the fall of 2017 as a lead Makos coach and Age Group assistant. In the fall of 2018, she began working as a full-time assistant with the Senior Program. While coaching with the Sharks, she has been a staff member for the 2018 Central Zone Select Camp and the 2018 National Select Camp. She enjoys coaching for every distance and stroke, and enjoys the challenges of training and seeing hard work pay off for her athletes.
Outside of the pool, Coach Claire works as a foster for homeless pets and spends a lot of time at the beach. She intends to complete her Master's degree in April of 2019.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Gina Aguilar; winner of three gold, two silver, and one bronze in the Central American and Caribbean Games, has returned to the Bolles School Sharks coaching staff, San Jose campus. Gina has successfully coached Recreation, High School, and USA Swim Inc. club swimmers since 2004, with several of her athletes placing in the top ten of their respective division State Championships.
Coach Aguilar has proved her passion, energy, and diligence through enrollment and retention of dedicated and respected swimmers of all abilities, while resourcefully utilizing her coaching talents to encourage and train swimmers from the Mako to Senior programming level. The Bolles School Sharks are excited and fortunate to have Coach Gina preparing our 3:30pm Mako group for their transition to competitive swim team training, as well as an additional and essential part of our multi-level coaching staff.
When not on pool deck, Gina spends her time playing tennis, working out, and making exquisite jewelry. She has been married to Dr. Jorge Aguilar since 1981, is a long-time resident of Ponte Vedra, and mother to two professionally successful executives, Joshua and Ian Aguilar. Gina is always thrilled to share pictures of her beautiful and stylish granddaughter, as well as her stately Great Dane.
Bolles Late Night Assistant Coach
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