Coach TJ was born and raised in small-town Hamilton, Montana where he attended Hamilton High School. With few indoor pools throughout Montana, TJ started competitive swimming in the Montana Federation of Swimmers, a summer only league for towns without indoor pools, at age 9. He won State in the 50 Backstroke his second year at age 10 and culminated his swimming career with a state record in the 100 Backstroke at age 14 and multiple State Championships, including high point honors at State his senior season, winning the 50 Free, 100 Back, and 50 Fly (yes, he was able to race the 50 Fly at age 18...it was awesome).

TJ began teaching swim lessons in 2002 and started coaching at 2005 where he was a swimmer/coach with the club team he grew up with at age 18. After high school, he attended Montana State University and was introduced to USA swimming where he got a job working with the Bozeman Barracudas as a lead coach of their 10 & Under program for six years. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, TJ took some time off for travel and even worked teaching swim lessons in Melbourne, Australia. After returning for one more year to coach the Barracudas, TJ and his future wife moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he coached for three years with Med-City Aquatics. After his first year, he was promoted to Head Age Group Coach and continued coaching there for the next two years.

TJ and his wife Katelyn moved to Arizona in November of 2016 where he decided to take a break from 10+ years of swim coaching and pursue and passion for professional golf. After a year of rigorous training he decided the dream was just not financially possible and stepped away content with his decision. Feeling refreshed with his time away from swimming and reinvigorated to start teaching again, he reached out to SAC and was hired on in October of 2017. As a coach and teacher of children, TJ brings ample enthusiasm and an eye for technique to each practice. His favorite part of coaching is breaking down complicated skills into simple steps and watching the light bulbs come on. TJ is a happy Scottsdale resident and at last content to finally be living in sunny Arizona.