Coaching Staff

 
Robert Pinter
Head Coach
 
Robert started his swimming career at an early age in his native Romania. Over 13 years of competitive swimming in Europe, he won many national and international competitions including becoming European Junior Champion in the 200 butterfly in 1984 in Luxembourg. From 1990 to 1994, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
 
Robert launched his coaching career in 1998 as the head coach of the Stoughton Aqua Racers in Stoughton, WI, after which he accepted the head coaching position with Oregon Community Swim Club in Oregon, WI, and then in 2002 he moved to be senior coach at Badger Aquatics Club in Madison.
 
In the fall of 2004, Robert attained his first collegiate coaching position at the University of Iowa, coaching the Hawkeyes until 2008. In 2008, Pinter returned to Madison as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he coached for three seasons. For the 2011–2012 season, he was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  
In July of 2012, Robert became the head coach of the Iowa Flyers Swim Club in Iowa City, IA, where he also worked as the Assistant Aquatics Director until April 2016 when he came to Gainesville to coach Gator Swim Club. During his time with IFLY, Robert led the club to unprecedented results in the state and nationally.
 
Robert still enjoys competing. He has participated in and competed in Ironman, half-Ironman, and other triathlon competitions. He has also competed in marathons, ultramarathons, half-marathons, and other running events, as well as open-water swimming races.
 
Robert and his wife Christie have a fifteen-year-old son Luke, who is a member of Gator Swim Club's Senior Gator group.
 
Gregg Troy
High-Performance Coach
 
Gregg Troy was the head coach of the University of Florida Gators men's swimming and diving teams from 1999 to 2018, and the head coach of the Gators women's team from 1998 to 2018. Before joining the Gators in 1998, he was the head coach of the swim teams of The Bolles School in Jacksonville for 20 years. Gregg has twice served as an assistant coach (1996, 2008) and once as the head coach for the U.S. Olympic swim team (2012); his 2012 men's Olympic team won a total of sixteen medals in seventeen events. Gregg has also been the U.S. National Team head coach at the Pan Pacific Games (2010), World Championships (women: 1998; men: 2001), and Pan American Games (1995, 1999). Most recently Coach Troy was selected to be a coach for the 2018 Pan Pac Games. He has been named Coach of the Year multiple times by the SEC, USA Swimming, ASCA, and the NCAA.
 
Troy has coached more than 70 Olympians and multiple world champions and world record holders, notably including Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte, who currently train with Gator Swim Club.
 
Coach Troy was named Swimming World's 2019 U.S. Coach of the Year.
 
Erin Condon
Lead Developmental Coach
 
Erin has been a member of the Gator Swim Club staff since 2014. She competed for the nationally acclaimed Wilton YMCA Wahoos program in Wilton, CT, and was named to the United States Swimming Open Water National Team in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and was a USS Junior National qualifier in the distance and backstroke events. She competed for Princeton University during her undergraduate studies, and still competes for the GSC Masters program. In 2014 and 2015, Erin was ranked in the FINA Top Ten in her age group in the 1500m.
 
Jamie Akenberger
Coach
 
Jordynn Balducci
Coach
 
Chris Clemons
Coach

Chris was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. As a swimmer, he started competing at age 5 and eventually achieved All-American status. Chris comes to us from the Manhattan Marlins where he was previously head coach. He has also spent time coaching for the University of Texas and SwimMAC Carolina. Along with GSC, Chris coaches for the UF women’s team as a volunteer assistant. 

Frank Conversano
Coach
 
Frank was born in Ft. Lauderdale and was taught to love swimming at a very young age by his grandmother. He swam all four years of high school, while also studying and teaching martial arts. Frank is also an instructor for SwimAmerica of Gainesville and continues to make swimming a big part of his life.
 
Marisa Gaynor
Coach
 
Marisa swam competitively for 15 years, from a young age through high school, and has 12 years of coaching experience ranging from learn-to-swim lessons to elite age-group technique work. Marisa graduated from Iona College in May 2014 where she played Division-1 water polo for the Gaels and earned her bachelor’s degree. Following graduation, she played professional water polo in France and earned her MBA from Wagner College, graduating in May 2018, while also serving as an Assistant Strength Coach for the Wagner Seahawks.
 
Marisa was most recently an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Iona College. She developed and implemented training programs for several of the Gaels men’s & women’s Division 1 teams, including swimming and water polo. Marisa has led small-group swim and dryland sessions, as well as private water polo, swimming, and personal training lessons.
 
Sue Halfacre
Coach
 
Coach Sue has a long history with Florida swimming, having been the first coach of the University of Florida women's program. In addition to coaching the Masters group for GSC, Sue is the director of the Florida Gator Splash Club. Sue also competes with the Masters group, having been most recently at the 2018 Pan American Masters Championships.
 
Anna Hooks
Coach
 
Anna swam for Gator Swim Club and the Makos through middle school, then swam with her high school team through her sophomore year. Now she enjoys running and training for half-marathons. She also loves being outdoors and kayaking through the springs. Anna is a freshman at UF.
 
Jen Murphy
Coach
 
Jen developed her chlorine addiction at age 12 when she joined Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, and never fully recovered, having worked as a lifeguard, head lifeguard, pool manager, swim instructor, and coach, anything to be near a pool! In addition to coaching with Gator Swim Club, Jen is currently the conditioning coach for Gator Water Polo and works with the Gainesville Gaviatas synchronized swim team.
 
Jen swims with the GSC Masters group and is a member of GSC’s Open Water Team. Outside of swimming, she also pursues photography and volunteers with the Boxer Aid and Rescue Coalition.
 
Marc Shahboz
Coach
 
 
Marc has been coaching swimming for more than 10 years and involved in the sport for about 40 years. He started coaching while in college at FSU for the Maclay Blue Dolphins and joined the Gator Swim Club coaching staff in 2016.
 
Originally from Miami, Marc swam with a number of outstanding coaches from the area, including Olympian Robert Strauss at the Hurricane Swim Club, Al Sheeler from Sheeler Winton Swim Club, and Kirk Peppas at Metro Aquatics. Marc swam and played water polo at Columbus HS and played water polo while attending FSU. As a Masters swimmer Marc achieved a number of top 10 US times and was ranked as high as 2nd in the US in the 40–44 age group for the 100m backstroke.
 
Marc is the lead professor of Santa Fe College’s award-winning Digital Media Baccalaureate program. He holds a MFA from the University of Florida and Baccalaureate of Science in Psychology from Florida State University. Marc and his wife Joyce have both competed on American Ninja Warrior.
 
 
 
Administration

Christie Pinter
GSC Team Administrator

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