Program Director/Head Coach/Owner: Dave Gesacion
“Championship Behavior" is core to the coaching philosophy of T.B.A.C. Brandon Head Coach, Dave Gesacion. He defines championship behavior as that which embodies solid character, respect for others, and integrity for self, on and off the pool deck; at home, school and in the community.
Coach Gesacion is also a firm believer in the "Triangle of Success" where the athlete, coach and parent are all on the same page, each playing their own role in helping the athlete achieve success in all facets of life.
Coach Gesacion was a 15 time NAIA All-American, 8 time NCAA Division II All-American, NAIA National Champion in the 200 Butterfly, 4 time team MVP, and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. As a coach, he was 2006 Speedo Long Course Junior National Champions (Associate Head Coach), 2007 recipient of the ASCA Award of Excellence, and a 2008 inductee into the Westminster College Hall of Fame.
A certified ASCA Level 5 coach, Coach Gesacion is no stranger to success. After graduating from Westminster College in May of 2000, Gesacion was invited to coach at the Longhorn Swim Camp in Austin, Texas with Legendary University of Texas and Olympic Head Coach, Eddie Reese and University of Texas Women’s Coach and Olympian, Jill Sterkel. In the fall of 2000, Gesacion became a graduate assistant swim coach at Clemson University, working with both the men’s and women’s swim programs. In 2001, Gesacion moved to the Tampa, Florida area and began his own branch of Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY). As Associate Head Coach under mentor and Head Coach, Rich Rogers, Coach Gesacion helped lead TBAY to the 2006 Speedo Junior National Combined Team Championship in Irvine, California. In 2007 Gesacion accepted the position of National Development Coach at national powerhouse swim club, Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas.
In the fall of 2010, Coach Gesacion relocated back to the Tampa area where he took on the Head Coaching responsibilities of the newly formed TBAY Brandon swim team.
In just 8 years, the TBAY Brandon program achieved many things, including a 2017-2018 US National Junior Team member, 2017 US Junior World Team member and Top 6 finisher at World Junior Championships, multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers in 2012 and 2016, Puerto Rico National Record Holder, 2015 and 2017 18 & Under World Championship qualifier(Puerto Rico), Florida Swimming Swimmers of the Year honors, FLAG Champions, FHSAA State Champions and Medal winners, National Select Camp Invitees, Zone Select Camp Invitees, Florida State Record Holders, FLAG Record Holders, and Junior National Finalists. In 2012, 2 swimmers represented TBAY at the US Olympic Trials in Omaha, and 7 total swimmers competed at the Trials that swam under Coach Gesacion at one time. In 2016, 2 swimmers represented the club at the Olympic Trials, a Top 20 Finish (by a 16 year old) highlighted the Meet for TBAY Brandon!
In March 2018, TBAY Brandon became the Tampa Bay Aquatic Club(T.B.A.C.) Brandon. Along with Coach Susan Curnutte(Countryside), T.B.A.C. looks to build on past success and take swimming in the Bay area to a whole new level!
Coach Gesacion is experienced and skilled in motivating and maximizing swimming careers for swimmers at all levels of skill and ability. He has developed swimmers that have gone on to compete at all championship levels including; Age Group Championships, Senior Championships, Southern Zone Sectionals, Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, Junior World Championships, Junior Pan Pacific Championships and Olympic Trials. Swimmers under his tutelage, have gone on to swim collegiately at Georgia, Indiana, Purdue, Texas, North Carolina, Clemson, Navy, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Indiana University, University of Tampa and many more.
Head Age Group Coach: Nikki Murray
Coach Nikki joined Tampa Bay Aquatic Club in August 2018.
Before returning to the Tampa Bay Area, she was an assistant age group and middle school coach at Gulliver Swim Club in Miami, FL before being promoted to Head Age Group Coach. In two years at Gulliver, Coach Nikki helped grow the age group team, producing many JO, All-Star, Zones, and Sectional 14 & Under qualifiers. Her guidance helped the Raiders finish second at Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics twice.
Coach Nikki brings a special passion for teaching young athletes and over 20 years of high level, personal swimming experience to T.B.A.C. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a Specialization in Fitness and Wellness in May 2013. She also earned a Master of Science from the University of Tampa in Exercise and Nutrition Science in August 2016. She has used her experience and education to design dryland programs for Amberjax Swim Club, Greater Tampa Swim Association, University of Tampa, and Gulliver Swim Club that teach physical literacy and complement the specific skills swimmers learn in the water.
Prior to Coach Nikki’s arrival to each new club, the group she was appointed to had no age group championship qualifiers. By the end of each first season, many of her athletes qualified for, and scored at, their respective age group championships. Swimmers learning from Coach Nikki have qualified for Florida Swimming FLAGS, FGC Junior Olympics, Senior Champs, Sectionals, All-Stars, Zones, Sunshine State Conference, and Division II NCAAs. Her ultimate goal at T.B.A.C. is to continue to build a nationally recognized team dedicated to long-term learning and sportsmanship.
Head Junior Bolts Coach: Dean Waite
Dean has been part of TBAC Brandon since the program started back in the summer of 2010. He was a National Team member while representing TBAY. After graduation, Dean went on to swim at the University of Cincinatti before finishing his degree at the University of West Florida. He spent many summers coaching our Junior swimmers and leading our swim lesson program.
He recently came back to TBAC Brandon and has done an incredible job with our TBAC Junior Bolts program. His passion for swimming shows in all of his swimmers! We have been incredibly lucky to have had Dean a part of our program for the better part of the last Decade!