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.
Kelsey Wood - Head Junior Bolts Coach
Kelsey has been a competitive swim coach for 6 years, training some of Florida’s top ranked teams. She has been a Head Coach leading, developing, and organizing training plans for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Also certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI), she will play a large role in strengthening our already established Junior Bolts Developmental program.
Kelsey is also a NASM certified personal trainer with a specialization in strength and conditioning. She was a competitive swimmer for 15 years. As the captain of her high school swim team she led her team to back-to-back undefeated seasons and hopes to bring that same style of leadership to the pool everyday. She continues to compete in triathlons as well as open water competitions that range up to 10 miles.
Welcome Kelsey to the TBAC Brandon Family!