Florida Swimming
Level 2
Excellence 300

Coaching Staff

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 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 

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Coach Junior was a national-caliber swimmer for Brazil and the U.S. 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 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 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!

 

Kyle Berry, Age Group Coach (Nocatee Location)

Coach Kyle joined the Planet Swim coaching staff in May 2021. Kyle started swimming at the age 8 and swam competitively for 14 years. During his four years swimming at Astronaut High School, Kyle made it to State in the 500 Free. Kyle also swam for Daytona Beach Speed coached by Steve Lochte. After high school he swam for Daytona State College, which was also coached by Steve.

As much as Kyle enjoyed competing, he found that his real passion was coaching. He has been a Head High School Coach and Head Age Group Coach since 2012 until he moved to Jacksonville to join Planet Swim. Kyle’s coaching experience ranged from developmental swimmers through college swimmers during his time as Associate Head Coach with Rockets Swimming under Mitzi Kremer-Tighe.

During his time as the Head Coach for Astronaut High School and West Shore Jr/Sr High School he coached several state qualifiers. During his two years at West Shore Jr/Sr High School Swim & Dive Team were District Champions. Also placed 2nd at Regions 2 years in a row for the first time in School History. Most recently Kyle was awarded the Brevard County High School Girls Coach of the Year for 2020.

Kyle was a part of the 2018 Florida Swimming Zones Team Coaching staff. He has also been on multiple Florida Swimming All-Star Team Coaching staffs. In 2021 Kyle was the Head Coach for the Florida Swimming All-Star Team.

 

Susan Johnson, Age Group Coach  (Jacksonville/Orange Park Location - Argyle Forest Pool)
 
Cyro Tavares, Assistant Coach        (Nocatee Location)

Coach Cyro has been coaching swimming since 2001. He was a competitive swimmer until age of 20 where he shifted the focus to becoming a swim coach. As a swimmer won multiple state and regionals titles while representing his club team in Brazil. Since coaching, Cyro has had tremendous sucess while coaching Age Group swimmers at the Clube Regatas do Flamengo, (Brazil) and as a Head Coach for the PACK Swim Club in Kentucky. Throughout his coaching career he has helped multiple athletes to reach the state, sectional and National level.

Cyro earned his B.S in Kinesiology and M.S.degree in Sports and Recreation in Brazil. In his free time, he likes to to spend time with his family and enjoys a nice brazilian barbeque!

 
 
April Barrientos, Age Group Coach  (Nocatee Location)
 
 
Nikki Miller, Age Group Coach    (Nocatee Location)

Coach Nikki is originally from Scotland and recently graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Psychology and minor in Sports Management. Nikki has an extensive swimming background, both internationally and collegiately, and competed in Fly; IM; mid/distance Free. Some of her career highlights include competing at the 2017 World Junior Championships; earning two NCAA All-American honors as well as multiple academic honor rolls. She is also the Assistant Coach at St. Augustine High School.