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.

Guerby Ruuska Head Swim Coach
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! 

Mikelle Gidlow Asst. Swim Coach

Coach Mikelle was born and raised in New Mexico and has been in the swim community since she was five years old. She and her husband just moved to Tampa and they are so excited to be here! After Coach Mikelle graduated high school, she began coaching right away and fell in love with it instantly. Four years later, she is now excited to be working with some highly competitive swimmers in Florida as she begins working with some of our Silver Warriors! She is someone who values gratitude, hard work, and being intentional. Her favorite events to swim were the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 100 backstroke. Coach Mikelle says she feels blessed to be working with what looks to be like such an amazing team, and she can’t wait to meet and build relationships with the swimmers and parents of Florida Elite Aquatics!

Abigail Hammond Asst. Swim Coach

Abigail has been coaching for 3 years at Florida Elite and co-coached 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 graduated 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.

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.

Robin Hilgenberg Asst. 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.
 

Victoria Vaile Asst. Swim Coach

Victoria has been apart of the Florida Elite team since 2017. She started swimming with the LOLL (Land O Lakes Lighting) team when she was 4 years old. Her father, Brian Vaile, had coached the Land O Lakes High School swim team for about 7 years. She not only swims with the competition group year around but also coach’s, swim instructs and lifeguards. She is currently coaching the Performance group and does private swim lessons in her free time. She swims for Wesley Chapel High School and will be graduating in 2022. Her certifications include: Lifeguard, USA Swimming Coach, AED, CRP, and First Aid.

Shannon Welch Asst. Swim Coach

Shannon Welch has been a competitive swimmer for fifteen years, and a coach for five years. She grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and her favorite things to do off the deck include hiking and powerlifting. She believes in a holistic coaching style, that every part of the stroke and member the team needs to be focused and working together to achieve success. You may occasionally see her with her service dog Beau, don’t worry, she is an even better swimmer than Shannon!

Kara Wilkins Asst. Swim Coach

Coach Kara grew up loving the sport of swimming, she swam here for Florida Elite, which ultimately lead to her swimming collegiately at a Division I University. She graduated Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Psychology in April 2021 Cum Laude. She was a swim instructor in Boca Raton with KISO Swim School for 3 years while earning her degree. She recently moved back to the area to pursue a Masters in Social Work, and will be coaching some of our Green Warriors groups. If you take a look at the team records, you’ll see Coach Kara was once a successful Warrior athlete herself!

Maria Espinoza Assistant Synchro Coach
Zoe Keegan Assistant 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!

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.