Florida Swimming
Level 2

Coaches

Gus Calado, CEO & Head Coach
 

Gus is an entrepreneur and a swimming enthusiast. He began his swimming journey soon after turning 8 years old and by the age of 14 he qualified for his first international swim meet representing the Brazilian Junior National Team.  It did not take long for Gus to understand his passion for the sport and decide he wanted to swim in college in the U.S.

At the age of 18 Gus moved to Roanoke, VA, and while representing the VA Gators he won a few National Titles and broke a few state and YMCA National records. In 2003 he enrolled at Virginia Tech and began his collegiate swimming career. While at VT, he became the first All-American swimmer in the school history and earned four individual conference titles in the butterfly and distance freestyle events. In 2004 he represented his home country at the FINA World Championships and finished 9th in the 200m Butterfly.

After graduating in 2007, Gus continued his swimming career at a professional level and retired in 2010 after representing his home country at the Nation’s Cup in Canada. During his final years as a competitive swimmer Gus founded Planet Swim and began his coaching career at the Bolles School under the guidance of former Olympic Medalist and Swim Coach, Sergio Lopez.  Since then, Gus has focused on developing young swimmers and has had the opportunity to work with several world class athletes including World Championship/Olympic qualifiers and medalists.

Since then, Coach Gus has helped many swimmers achieve personal best times, win state championships and reach to the National Level. His passion for coaching is second to none and through coaching he hopes to empower individuals to reach their full potential both in and out of the water...building long-lasting confidence to be carried out through life. 

 

Junior Temotio, Head Age Group Coach & Swim Camp Coordinator 
 
  

Coach Junior was a national-caliber swimmer for Brazil and the US. He was an age group national   champion in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, and 100 Butterfly. Temotio, also swam and finished High school in the United States and was a Conoco Phillips National and Junior National Qualifier as well as a medalist in the 2007 Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way, WA.  Coach Junior graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing in 2012 where he was a four year scholarship swimmer, holding records in several relays and ranked among the school’s all-time top 10 in the 50 Freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

As a younger coach, Junior started his career as a full time age group coach for the West Houston Aquatic Team in Houston, Texas. Most recently, Temotio coached one of the Senior groups at Coral springs swim club and prior to that the Head age group coach for Bearcat Swim Club, now Mid Valley Aquatics in Salem, Oregon. Temotio has coached Junior National level qualifiers and doubled the success rate of State and sectional level swimmers while coaching for Bearcat Swim Club. While coaching at the club level, Temotio also was the assistant coach for Willamette University men’s and women’s swim team

Since taking his passion for swimming into coaching he has transformed a large group producing multiple top 8 State and Sectional swimmers. Temotio, was also nominated for age group coach of the year in Oregon, in his second year of coaching. 

 

Kyle Casias, Head Site Coach (Jacksonville/Orange Park Location - Argyle Forest Pool)
 

Coach Kyle Casias joined our team in March of 2018 as the Head Site Coach at Magnolia Point.  Before coaching in the Jacksonville Area, he swam at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for two years, where he majored in Foreign Area Studies and Geospatial Sciences with a focus in Africa and a minor in the French language. 

Although he only started swimming his freshman year of high school, he rose quickly as a leader and hard worker. Attending Fleming Island High School, and swimming for the YMCA of Florida's First Coast under Coach Shawn Delifus, his accolades include being a 3-time finalist in the FHSAA State Meet, a National Qualifier and a two-time Scholastic All-American. 

Coach Kyle possesses a strong technical-philosophy, adjusting the feedback given to athletes based on their own unique attributes such as body-type, and ranges of motion. He identifies the importance of visualization and it's impact on promoting strong self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence; Through implementation of these practices, Coach Kyle endeavors to develop hyper-focused, and highly-motivated individuals in and out of the pool. 

An Eagle Scout and former Cadet of a Service Academy, Coach Kyle is determined to magnify and strengthen the moral fiber within each of the athletes he interacts with. He strives to provide influential, and profound life lessons at every opportune moment to not only produce fast and intelligent swimmers, but champions of the journey!

 

Raquel Scarpelli, Age Group Coach (Ponte Vedra Beach Location - Oak Bridge Pool)
 

Coach Raquel has over 25 years of aquatic's experience. From teaching to coaching to managing, she is a well-rounded aquatics expert. She is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach who began her coaching career with Porto Ação Swim Club in Brazil. In 2004, Coach Raquel moved to Jacksonville where she was the Aquatics Director at the Winston Family YMCA in Ponte Vedra. Most recently, prior to joining Planet Swim, she served as an age group coach at the Episcopal Amberjax Swim Team and at the Loggerhead Aquatics; and was Coach Calado's assistant coach at Nease High School. Coach Raquel currently serves as a the Instructor and Teaching Curriculum & Instructors Coordinator at Planet Swim's swim school program and coaches our Sailfish 1 group at the Ponte Vedra Beach location.