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 14 months of coaching STAR Robert 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, Iowa, 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 and his wife Christie have a thirteen-year-old son Luke, who is a member of Gator Swim Club's Silver Crocodile group.

Monica Henry, Coach



Monica grew up in the world of athletics having played basketball through her senior year of high school, played volleyball through her junior year, and ran track through her sophomore year. Although she never swam competitively, she loves being in the water and she spends much of her time scuba diving, free diving, and teaching swim lessons. She is currently enrolled at the University of Florida as an undergraduate Marine Sciences student and hopes to pursue a future career as a NOAA Corps officer or marine biologist.

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 is training for a half-marathon. She also loves being outdoors and kayaking through the springs. Anna is a high-school dual enrollment student at Santa Fe and is hoping to major in wildlife ecology because of her love for animals.


Drew Smith, Coach



Drew swam for Gator Swim Club while he was in middle and high school. He previously coached for Buchholz High School and High Tide Aquatics. Drew graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master's in secondary social science education, and teaches 12th grade government and economics at Newberry High School.


Jacob Watkins, Coach