Florida Swimming
Level 2

Coaches

Coaching Staff
Darcee Jean Redding Aquatics Director & Synchro Coach

Darcee Redding has been involved in the swimming community for over 25 years. She grew up in Tarpon Springs, and began synchronized swimming with the Pasco County Pirouettes at 5 years old and then Suncoast Water Works where she qualified for many Age Group Nationals, Junior Nationals and US Opens. Darcee went on to swim synchro at the University of Florida where she was the Club President for 3 years and they won 2 Club National Titles, and she majored in Health Education and Behavior. She served as the Florida Association, South Zone and Collegiate Regional Athlete Representative to the USAS Convention throughout her years as an athlete. She continues to swim Masters Synchro with Team Florida. 

Darcee coaches the new Florida Elite Synchro Team, and has been coaching synchro since 2012. She has also taught swim lessons to children and adults on an off for many years. She has coached numerous athletes to qualify for Junior Olympics, 13-15, Jr and Sr Nationals, as well as 2 athletes to the USA 12&Under National Team and 1 athlete to the USA Junior National Team. She is a USA Swimming Level 1 Coach, a USA Artistic Swimming Level 3 Coach, and a practicing USA Artistic Swimming Level 4 Judge. Darcee also serves as the Officials Chair for the NW FL Artistic Swimming Association. 

Darcee lives in Seminole Heights, with her husband, their husky George Michael, and 5 rescue cats. When she's not at the pool she enjoys traveling to national parks, gardening, and yoga.

Svet Bobev Head Swim Coach

Svetoslav Bobev is an elite member of the swim coaching community, inspiring swimming success for over two decades. Following his graduation from Bulgaria’s prestigious National Sports Academy, Svet’s work earned him the Bulgarian Swimming Association’s Coach of the Year award in 2001. His notable coaching assignments have included: the Bulgarian national team, which Svet coached to the World Championships; and, for an eight-year period, the Croatian Swimming Federation’s Olympic team. His work in the Istria region of Croatia earned him 5 Coach of the Year awards over a 9-year period. Here in the U.S, Svet quickly obtained American Swimming Coaches Association’s Level 3 certification, validating his documented skills in improving the performance of the athletes he coaches. Svet has coached his athletes to 47 national records and repeat trips to the Olympic Games. And Svet personally set a Bulgarian national swimming record in the 13-14 year-old 800-meter freestyle relay in 1985 – a record that still stands 35 years later!

Camille Albrecht Head Synchro Coach

Camille Albrecht swam synchronized swimming for 14 years. She competed as a member of the Tampa Bay Synchrays and placed top 10 in many National meets including placing 4th at US Open in 2007 and 2nd at Age Group Nationals in 2008.  In 2009 Camille was a part of the inaugural cruise on The Oasis of the Sea where she preformed as a dancer and Synchronized swimmer in the first ever Aqua show at sea: The Oasis of Dreams. After completing her contract on the ship, she retuned to Tampa YMCA Synchro where she had volunteered as a coach in her senior year of high school. She coached as an assistant coach for 4 years. In October of 2013 Camille took over as the head coach. While with TYS she coached multiple swimmers to qualify and swim at US Nationals and Junior Olympics where swimmers have to placed and swam in finals. Also during her time with Tampa YMCA Synchro she placed 2 swimmers to the 12-U National Team and 1 to the JR National team. Camille was named the 12-U USA Artistic Swimming National team assistant coach for 2020-2021.  In the Spring of 2020 Camille became the head coach of the newly founded FL Elite Synchro Warriors where she looks forward to coaching more and more athletes to their highest potential! Other than coaching Camille runs a swim lesson business, swims masters synchro with Team Florida, dances, cycles, runs, and practices yoga as often as possible! 

Abigail Hammond Swim Coach

Abigail has been coaching for 3 years at Florida Elite and is also co-coaching the High School Swim Team at Academy At The Lakes.  She swam for Land O' Lakes High School as well as Florida Elite after moving to Florida in 2017.  Before that, she swam with Tidal Waves Swim Club in Aurora, Illinois.  She is currently coaching the Developmental Team, including the Homeschool group.  She will graduate Pasco Hernando State College with her Associated Degree in December 2020 Magna Cum Laude.  Her certifications include: Lifeguard, USA Swimming Coach, CPR/First Aid/AED, and she is Florida Elite's Certified Pool Operator.

Robin Hilgenberg Swim Coach

Robin Hilgenberg came from southeast Ohio and graduated from BGSU with a BS in Physical Education.   She moved to Tampa to earn a Masters in Adapted Physical Education from USF. She has taught Adapted Physical Education in Hillsborough County since 1980. Robin has coached all levels for LOLL/FE since 2000 and has also coached the LOLHS Swim Team since 2002. Her Synchronized Swimming experience paired with her Track and Field concentration along with teaching swim lessons since she was 16 lead her to where she is now as a coach for FE.  She is married to Scott (26 years) and has coached her three sons who earned medals at states.   They have also coached LOLL/FE.   Craig swam for FSC and now teaches school and coaches a swim team in Lakeland.   Curt played baseball and earned a degree in Marketing from Northwood Univ and now lives and works for Enterprise in Jacksonville with Kami and their daughter Kali.  Cam attends Florida Gulf Coast University and is a swim coach for GCST.  He coaches LOLL/FE in the summer months and teaches swim lessons.
 

Michelle Koutras Swim Coach

Shelly Koutras was a Division II scholarship swimmer for Monmouth College in New Jersey. She still holds school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650yd freestyle events. Since 2009, Coach Shelly has run the swim program at Wilderness Lake Preserve specializing in the developmental aspects of swimming. She joined Florida Elite in the spring of 2014 and is the Head Coach for the SLHS Swim Team. As a teen, Coach Shelly taught Red Cross swim lessons, lifeguarding and springboard diving at her home lake in New Jersey. She dove competitively for several years before committing to swimming full time.  She is a P.A.D.I. Dive Master. Coach Shelly has a BS in Biology from Monmouth and a Masters in Marine Biology from University of Miami (FL).

Romina McCloskey Swim Coach
Cameron Hilgenberg Sub Swim Coach

Coach Cam will be assisting on-deck, coaching with multiple levels, as needed. Coach Cam has been with Florida Elite for many years both as a swimmer and as a coach. He is also a full-time firefighter.

Zoe Keegan Novice Synchro Coach

Zoe Keegan swam synchronized swimmer for 8 years with Tampa YMCA Synchro and has been a coach since 2017. Zoe is extremely passionate about coaching and takes immense pride in her swimmers and her job as a coach. When Zoe isn’t on the pool deck she is attending classes at Pasco Hernando State College. She loves nothing more then to spend time with those she loves and curling up with a good book!

Maria Espinoza Assistant Synchro Coach
Saloni Mehra Assistant Synchro Coach
Kyra Okin Assistant Synchro Coach
Kyra Okin swam synchronized swimmer for eight years with Tampa YMCA Synchro. She loves being on the pool deck and sharing the joy of the sport. She is a pre-vet student at the University of Tampa and an emergency vet tech. In her free time, Kyra enjoys baking, and spending time with loved ones.