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Bolles Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff
Peter Verhoef Head Coach & Aquatic Director

Now in his third year at Bolles, Coach Peter Verhoef has shepherded the program through a difficult two years while continuing the Bolles tradition of excellence. Under his purview, Bolles has continued to defend the state title at the FHSAA State Championships and in December 2021, the Bolles men won the Junior Nationals East title. Most recently,  Coach Peter brought 6 Bolles athletes participated in the 2022 International Team Trials. His coaching philosophy includes working with student-athletes to nurture the entire person to tap into their maximum potential, in and out of the pool. 

Prior to Bolles, Coach Peter spent 3 years as a Senior Coach and High Performance Director at SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte. There he worked with the Senior 1 program (the club’s top 15-18 year olds program) and coach athletes to National Junior Team positions and to win Junior National Championships. The club also produced the most Scholastic All-Americas in the country.

For the 6 years prior to that, Verhoef worked in David Marsh’s Team Elite program before Marsh (and his elite training group). That group won 8 medals at the 2016 Olympics. He concurrently served as an assistant coach at Division II Queens University from 2013-2015, including during their 2015 NCAA Championship season.

Verhoef swam at the University of Georgia as an undergrad, where he graduated with a double major in Management and MIS in 2007. He was a finalist at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials and swam as a team captain at the 2007 World Championships. His biggest international success was a silver at the 2005 World University Games. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife Kristin & his two sons and enjoys the active lifestyle that only Florida can provide! 

Dale 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 enters his 33rd year of competitive coaching.  Thirteen of those years were spent as an assistant coach at the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Ohio, then 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 2021 Boys National Select Camp, 2018 Jr. Pan Pacs, 2017 Jr. World Championships, 2017 Western Zone Select Camp, 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.

Claire Mills Lead Senior Coach

Coach Claire grew up in and around the Denver, Colorado area. This year she is taking over the leadership reins for the National Prep group. Her experience working with some of the top swimmers in the country, both at Bolles and through numerous USA Swimming camps will no doubt provide significant foundations for the athletes in the prep group.

Claire is in her fifth year with the Bolles School Sharks and has been coaching since 2012. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport and Exercise Science with minors in Coaching and Psychology, and her Master's degree in Kinesiological Sciences from Jacksonville University.

Prior to her arrival in Jacksonville, Coach Claire was an Associate Head Coach and Assistant Aquatics Director for the Colorado Athletic Club Stingrays in Englewood, CO. While she worked with all ages with the Stingrays, her primary focus was their Senior team. During her time with the Stingrays, she coached athletes to win CHSAA State titles, Sectional and Zone titles, and helped athletes achieve Junior National qualifying times. Several of her athletes have gone on to DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA collegiate programs. 

Coach Claire was a distance swimmer throughout her time at the University of Colorado and was a member of their Conference team for all three years that she attended. She has wanted to be a professional coach since she was 15 years old and she is excited to be able to continue her coaching journey with the Bolles School Sharks!

Outside of the pool, Coach Claire likes to spend time at the beach, go for an occasional surf, and foster dogs and cats for a local animal rescue. 

Alexis Keto Late Night Senior Coach

Coach Alexis comes to Bolles most recently from New Trier Aquatics, a storied high school and club program in the Chicago area.  Her 25 years of coaching experience includes Northwestern University, North Carolina State University, New Trier Aquatics, and Colorado Athletic Club.  She has also held multiple roles within the USA Swimming organization and local LSCs and is currently the COO for Streamline Teams – and web-based networking and education platform for swim coaches. Coach Alexis has had athletes compete at all levels of the sport by focusing on an athlete-first philosophy, finding technique and training methods that suit each athlete, but are carefully integrated into the full team dynamic.

Coach Alexis has a passion for giving back to the sport and has working numerous LSC & National camps and clinics. As an athlete, Alexis competed as a swimmer at the National level while growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and continued her career as a scholarship student-athlete at Northwestern University, and then completed her graduate degree at N.C.State while coaching there. Currently, she lives at the beach with her large cat and collection of vinyl & books. 

Jake Gibbons Assistant Senior Coach

Coach Jake comes to us after finishing his athletic career at Texas A&M and spending an additional year as their volunteer coach, working with NCAA & National finalists.  A former Bolles School swimmer, Jake is passionate about continuing the Tradition that is Bolles. His connections to the Late Night program as an athlete and an alum help athletes feel they have a compassionate and empathetic coach.. Coach Peter is personally excited about Coach Jake because of his undeniable passion for swimming, for developing ‘the whole human’, and for Bolles.  

Coach Jake is currently the Vice President of Podium X, an innovative platform to help the student-athlete navigate from the competitive athletic world to the competitive professional community. 

Gina Aguilar Lead Age Group Coach
Julia Czentye Lead Age Group Coach
  • Lead Mako Coach
  • Age Group Curriculum Coordinator

Julia Czentye rejoins Bolles School Sharks after taking a journey with her career experiencing lead positions in other top programs of the country; SwimMAC Carolina and Queens University of Charlotte. Her time spent at SwimMAC (August 2012-2017) covering all age groups from Senior division all the way to Assistant Swim Lesson Coordinator.

Czentye worked for SwimMAC as a division lead swim coach (overseeing an age group of 100+ swimmers), assistant swim school director (teaching and creating curriculum), and as a registration/placement/outreach coordinator where she ran clinics and built relationships to build the program. Czentye was also instrumental in growing the program to its largest at the North site in the past three years as they increased membership to four hundred swimmers from the low 300s in previous years.

In 2017 she took the assistant coaching position at Queens University of Charlotte where she oversaw the distance group accompanied by Northwestern’s Hall of famer Bob Groseth. During her time at Queens (2017-2019) both men’s and women’s teams won yet another consecutive DII National Championship title.

As a student-athlete earning an 80% scholarship at West Virginia University Czentye competed on the swimming and diving team under Olympic Coach Sergio Lopez (and spent her time coaching for him at Bolles 2007-2012). There she swam competitively in the IM events (200/400), 200 backstroke, and 200 fly as her main collegiate events. During her time there she served as team captain her junior and senior years. She also represented the team in the university’s SAAC program as a representative for three seasons, and 4x Big East Qualifier and finalist her senior year in the 400 IM.

Julia and her husband Alexander along with their three children (Joanna, Jillian, and Xander) are so happy to be back in Jacksonville at Bolles. “We could not ask for a better place to be and be part of the Bolles family of tradition and excellence! This was my dream to come back and coach at Bolles and be part of this family again; raise our children surrounded by greatness and reconnect with this amazing community! I am thankful for my family who helped me return here, especially my husband. It is a great feeling to coach with Coach Dale, as well as my other colleagues who I worked with before…thank you to Coach Peter who has given me an opportunity to be part of the team again! I am excited the most on building on the rich tradition Bolles has and the continuation of development to keep it going, GO BOLLES!”

Melissa Steele Senior Champs Coach

Coach Melissa works with our Senior programming and returns to Bolles as an alumna coach. After her scholarship athletic experience at University of Louisville, Coach Melissa finished her graduate degree at Louisville and then a second sequence of study at Florida Gulf Coast.

With stints at the college level at Louisville, Arkansas & Florida Gulf Coast, Melissa has a wealth of knowledge in and out of the pool to assist athletes as they navigate their high school experience. Coach Melissa is a passionate educator and has also taught swim lessons and various group exercise course as well, but perhaps most impressive is her commitment to education as she currently works as a teacher at a nearby elementary school.

Cameron Bendetsen Senior Champs Coach
Daniel Abbey Coaching Staff
Kathryn Steele Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Kathy has been a longtime assistant coach for Bolles for the Age Group Program. She has a passion for education and making sure each athlete matters! Currently an elementary school teacher at San Jose Catholic School where she routinely finds potential in her students, Coach Kathy even recruited her daughter to return to Bolles as a coach! 

Barbara Gowdy Assistant Age Group Coach
Jessica Cummings Assistant Age Group Coach
Sergii Fesenko Coaching Staff

Sergey Fesenko
Assistant Age Group Coach - Great White, Middle School, Hammerheads

Sergey moved to Florida from Ukraine, where he was a head coach of a public swimming school. In less than five years between 2014-2019, Sergey created a swimming program and raised the level of the team to the national youth championship. His swimmers have repeatedly won National championships in 2018-2019.

Sergey has coaching history with “Ras Tanura Aramco” Saudi Arabia in 2013 and 2015. Twice in those seasons, swimmers of various age groups completed the NQT, the USA Standard to participate in the national championship and became KSA champions and medalists.

From 2000 to 2012, Fesenko was the head coach of the Ukrainian national swimming team and was responsible for the scientific and methodological support for swimmers. Comprehensive scientific training programs for the Ukrainian National Team at the Olympic Games 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 have been repeatedly recognized as one of the most meaningful and achievable.

From 1992 to 1999 Fesenko was a coach and consultant for the Ukrainian National Team Age Group division, specifically for endurance and IM swimming.

Fesenko got his first international coaching experience while working in China in Hubei province with a local swimming team in 1990-1992. Fesenko was invited to China as an exchange program between the Universities of Kiev, where Fesenko headed the Department of Swimming and the province of Hubei. While working in China, he advised the coaches of the National Swimming Team, studied local methods, and also coached the swim team. Later, with his help, Liu Li Ming won medals at the World Championship and the Olympic Games at 200m butterfly.

From 1985 to 1989, Fesenko was engaged in scientific activities, collecting materials on the decades of training methods from world-class swimmers around the world. Analytical data and research summary of more than 200 sports biographies were embodied in a doctoral dissertation, which Fesenko successfully defended.

Fesenko's sports biography is more vivid than his coaching activity - The champion and silver medalist of the Olympic Games, the repeated medalist of the World Championships 1978,1982, European Champion 1977, 1981, 1983, and the University Games - 4 gold medals 1981, 1983.

Victoria Peterson Assistant Age Group Coach
Support Staff
Carole Emerson Business & Office Manager