18 & Under World 100s
Florida Swimming
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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Ira Klein Head Coach, ASCA Level 5

Born and grew up in NYC, Far Rockaway to be exact. Undergraduate attended Queens College, NYC - Physical Education, 1975, both swam and played water polo there. Co-Captain my senior year.  Graduate School Univ. of Mass., Amherst, - Exercise Science, 1977
Started the Tsunami Swim Team in 2010
American Swim Coach Assoc. [ASCA] Level 5 Coach Senior, Age Group and YMCA.  Past President of ASCA,  Past Vice Pres. of USA Swimming
National Team Coach 5 times.
More than 45 years of national and international experience;  I've been privileged to have coached 7 Olympic athletes,  more than two dozen national age group record holders, over 40 senior, junior & YMCA individual national champions and several hundred top ten nationally ranked swimmers.

Lisa Repassy Tsunami Head Age Group Coach
Lisa Repassy- Head Age Group Coach
 
Coach Lisa grew up in Winter Haven Florida home of Cypress Gardens and Legoland. At the age of 7 she joined the White Dolphins Synchronized SwimTeam where she competed through High School nationally and earned numerous State Championships in the Team and Duet categories culminating in a 10 th place finish at Junior Nationals. Throughout her years in High School she also competed at the State level in Soccer which is her next passion behind swimming.  Lisa attended Troy State University earning a degree in Marketing and Management. While at TSU she was active within the Sorority and Fraternity councils and also taught Synchronized swimming for the university.
 
Upon moving to Sarasota in 1994 she met and married her husband and together they have 2 children- Jared and Julia.  She found the Tsunami Swim Team after her son moved to the team in 2011. She became active with the team initially with the Learn to Swim Program and has since coached with all group levels and is a certified Level 2 USA Swimming Coach and Red Cross certified LifeGuard.  Coach Lisa is currently the Head Varsity Swim Coach for Booker High School and previously the Head Coach at Sarasota Christian School from 2015-2019.
 
In addition to coaching for Tsunami Swim Team, Coach Lisa is the Coordinator for Girls Inc Sarasota County Schools 2nd grade Swim Lessons initiative and a facilitator for the Inspire Academy.  
Guy Bergeron Senior Coach - Marble, ASCA Level 4

Coach Guy is a USA and Canadian Level 4 certified swim coach.  He has been coaching all his life since swimming at the national level himself in Canada. Guy has coached and instructed children from ages 4 years to 18 years (learn to swim to Competitive swimming at National Level).  Coaching is a passion for him and he believes every athlete has the potential to develop their own talent to wherever it can take them if they are willing to pay the price of hard work. He believes swimming is a good way to learn about self-discipline, time management and work ethics that will be a benefit in all areas of life.  With a degree in Psychology and having coached at a NCAA Division I University, Coach Guy has gained a broad background in developing athletes to their potential.

Rachel Vos Red Team Coach - GT Bray
Coach Rachel Vos grew up in Southeast Minnesota, competing for high school and club teams growing up. She spent several years in Central Arkansas, working as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor, before moving to Florida in 2018. Coach Rachel coaches the Bradenton Christian School Swim Team, and began coaching with Tsunami in November of 2019. When she's not on the pool deck, you can find Coach Rachel teaching middle school science at Bradenton Christian School or spending time with friends and family. 
Coach Rachel is our age group coach at our GT Bray facility.
 
Jeff Waddle Masters Coach

Masters Coach Jeff Waddle

Jeff Waddle joined the Tsunami Masters coaching staff in 2018. He is USMS Masters certified level 3 coach and U.S. Masters Swimming-certified adult learn-to-swim instructor and brings multisport experience to the Arlington Park pool deck. Jeff was recognized by USMS in 2020 as a recipient of the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award.  
Waddle retired in 2018 after 31 years on the corporate side of residential construction and is currently pursuing his purpose and passion to coach and teach adults to swim. He is coach of the Masters program, and leads an adult learn-to-swim program. He enjoys helping adults to overcome fear and past experiences in the water, in addition to working with non-fearful beginner swimmers and those who want to improve their technique.
Coach Jeff is an Ironman triathlete who has more than 75 triathlons on his athlete resume. He has completed premier open-water events like the Escape from Alcatraz swim, Swim Around Ft. De Soto, and Swim Around Lido Key. He has been a key member of the Tsunami Masters club since 2016, when he moved to Sarasota from Hilton Head, S.C.
Coach Jeff is a graduate of the University of Georgia. When Jeff isn’t swimming, cycling or running, he can be found woodworking, gardening, baking, and hiking. (Ask him about Kilimanjaro in 2016) and runs a bike repair business in his spare time.

Michael Babich Age Group Coach Arlington

Coach Michael 'Kiwi' Babich comes from Auckland New Zealand he has been a swim instructor/coach for the past 12 years. He started coaching as a learn to swim instructor in New Zealand. He then moved to Maine where he became a Red Cross Lifeguard and Water safety Instructor . After teaching swim instruction and lifeguarding for two years he moved to California. In California he worked as an Aquatic Manager at the YMCA and then started to coach competitive level swimmers.

Coach Kiwi coached for 3 years in California where he worked his way up the ranks of his club and was  appointed head coach after only his second year at the club. Coach Kiwi then made a move back to Maine where he took on a head-coaching role in Cumberland. After Coaching in Maine for 2 seasons coach Kiwi had the opportunity to go back to New Zealand after being in the USA for 8 years, and coach at an age group team. He coached in New Zealand for 2 years.

Coach Kiwi has coached swimmers to Junior Olympic medals and records in California,  and on to California and Maine State All Star Teams. He is also very proud of being the direct coach of  a swimmer who made her first Junior New Zealand national level team. Coach Kiwi has been nominated twice for coach of the year in California and in New Zealand.

He is very happy to be part of Tsunami swim club and is looking forward to meeting more of the Tsunami family. Some other places you may see coach Kiwi are on The Out-of-Door Academy campus in his first grade classroom. Singing a song at the local Karaoke bar or hanging out down at the beach with his wife Merin and his son Jayton. You might even be lucky enough to see him swim a few lazy lengths of the Arlington pool in the mornings.

Samuel Morgan Age Group & Master Coach, Arlington

I grew up in Gainesville, GA where I started year-round swimming at 5. My older sister was already swimming, so my mom figured I would as well. I had some early success as a 10 and under winning state in a few events, but then didn’t swim for a full season at 11 or 12 because I had a bad attitude about the sport. I was the oblivious kid who was always underwater when the coach was talking. Luckily I grew out of that and after a few years of maturing and getting back into shape I started having success as a 13-16 year old swimming 15:39 in the mile at 16. I plateaued there for about 2 years because I was from a small club and had no training partner the last 2 years.

I swam at Georgia Tech 2002-06 where I dropped to 15:12 my freshman year, and 14:54 by my junior year. I was also 3:52 400 IM and 4:21 500 free. I went to GT to study Mechanical Engineering, but my mom was right. If you breeze through high school math and never study, you won’t have the study habits for the harder maths required for an engineering degree. I switched to business management which I’ve come to terms with, because while I still love anything mechanical, I probably never wanted to work as an engineer anyway.

After college I got big into racing triathlons because I really fell in love with cycling (you get to look at stuff and explore the world rather than staring at a black line), and I was an good runner for somebody 6’3” 195 lbs. I was winning races by the end of my first season and placed top 10 overall twice at the national championships as well as qualifying for my pro card at St. Anthonys Olympic in 2010. I never turned pro in triathlon because I knew I was too big to run fast in the heat and racing hard was incredibly painful (worse than swimming). I didn’t have anything to prove and didn’t want to train as hard as I did in college again.

While racing triathlons I was busy working on my swim and triathlon coaching careers. I was the head coach for 5 years of a small summer team of about 100 kids where we not only taught kids to swim, but to race as well. I started coaching teens and adults in triathlon in 2009 and still do to this day (online only right now).

After my wife and I had our daughter in 2016 while living in Atlanta we decided to RV around the country while she was young and we were trying to find somewhere else to settle with less traffic. We spent a year on the west coast and I worked odd jobs and coached online, but eventually we found ourselves in Florida near my in laws who live in Bradenton. I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years, but like a bungee cord I always find myself pulled back to coaching. I know the effect a structured swim program can have on a kid because I was one of those obnoxious kids who needed structure and discipline. By working with lots of adult triathletes over the years I can say for sure swimmers train better than any other sports background I’ve encountered. Swimming hard in your youth makes everything else in life seem easier, and I enjoy being part of that process.

Paul Sochin Age Group Coach, John Marble

Head Age group swim coach and high school boys swimming and diving at Pomperaug Regional High School in Southbury, Connecticut, 1987-1997 , teams amassed several league championships and state records, Program director and coach of Tennis, swimming and golf junior program at the Longboat Key Club and Resort in Longboat Key , Florida, 1998 -2009 ; Tennis Professional at IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida, 1997/1998..Owner of Paul’s Club Fit Tennis, 2009 -current, USS swim coach for Tsunami swimming, Sarasota October 2020 - current . Specialty in developing age groups swimmers into competitive high school swimmers and strength training for the high school athletes 

Holly Neumann Stroke School Coach

Holly Neumann coaches the Tsunami Masters team. She is a Level 2 USMS Masters coach and a USMS-certified adult learn-to-swim instructor.

She also works for the U.S. Masters Swimming National Office, managing the adult learn-to-swim initiative, including the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation.

Before moving to Sarasota in 2015, Holly helped establish a Masters workout group in West Hartford, Conn., and taught swim lessons to both adults and children. She also coached a youth winter-league recreational swim team. She is a lifelong swimmer with collegiate experience at California State University Bakersfield. She has completed many open-water swimming events, including the La Jolla Rough Water Swim and the Great Chesapeake Bay swim multiple times. She loves the camaraderie found in a Masters workout and finds great joy in helping others to learn to swim and enjoy the water safely.

Holly is also the mother of two boys who compete for the Sarasota Tsunami age-group team.

Charles Henry Stroke School Coach

I starte Life Guarding & teaching swim lessons for all ages as well as private lessons at the YMCA a in Needham, Massachusetts.  I was also the Springboard diving coach for the YMCA swim team.  After moving to Sarasota I began coaching for the Tsunami Learn to Swim Program.  I now also coach the Stroke School for the Tsunami program.

Samantha Groom Age Group Coach - Arlington Park

Sam grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts but has lived in 7 states thanks to the US Coast Guard.  She served for 6 years both active duty and reserve before leaving to raise a family.  Now the family stays on the move thanks to her husbands 19 year carer in the Coast Guard.  She has been teaching swim lessons since she becoming a Life Guard and Water Safety Instructor 18 years ago.  Teaching in Massachusetts at the Wellesley Center and Longfellow Sports Club. While living in New York she was the swim lesson director for New York Sports Club, learn to swim program.  Once her 3 children moved on from swim lessons into competitive swimming she began coaching stroke team and young age group swimmers for the Tideriders in Arkansas.  She is passionate about water safety and creating a life-long, love of swimming.  When not on the pool deck coaching or watching Sailor 12, Hudson 9 and Linden 6 practice and compete, you will find her at the beach Sailing or traveling with the family in their vintage Shasta camper. 

David Tucker Junior Team Coach - John Marble

I started swimming in Richmond VA at the age of 6 in 1969.  My parents moved us to Charleston WV for the next 11 years I swam under Coach Greg Olsen.  I attended Bethany college and received a Degree in Economics.  I was Captain of the Bethany College swim team for 3 years, MVP for 4 years, placed 21st and 23rd in the 400 IM for Division III and still currently hold the 400 IM school record.  I still swim masters and have done the Lido beach swim as a team for the last two years.  I have swum Alcatraz four times and plan to do it again.  
I started coaching in 1983 for my local summer league, then in 1986-87 assistant coach for Bethany College.  I was the assistant coach for VCU for the 1989-90 Season.  My USA swimming coaching experience started in 1990 with NOVA then TRAC of Richmond till 1995.  When we moved to Mooresville NC  I coached for Lake Norman YMCA from 1995 to 2000, Then SwimMac from 2001 to 2011.  I started my own YMCA team from 2012 to 2014 till we moved to Cary NC.  There I coached for NCAC for the 2014-15 season.  
I am a ASCA level 3 coach and had 5 all American swims with Lake Norman High School.  I also coached over 20 years for summer leagues.  
I have a Business High School Teaching Degree from VCU and taught in Richmond VA 1990 to 95 and Mooresville NC from 2001 to 2014.  
I have two wonderful kids.  Austin 25, who graduated from VA Tech with a Mechanical Engineer degree and living in Lexington Park MD, and my Daughter Elle is living in New York City and graduated in sports marketing from NYU where she was captain of the swim team in 2019.  
I met my lovely wife Kathy at Bethany College.  We just celebrated 30 years of marriage.  We moved to Sarasota to be closer to my father and love it here.  
My other side business is a boat touring business called Tucker Tours.  My wife is my first mate.  We have a 35 foot Sea Ray Sundancer and enjoy getting to meet new people and enjoy the Sarasota Bay.  Fun fact… I got a WSET level III wine certification from the Napa Valley Wine Academy in 2017.   
I look forward to meeting the swimmers and the parents of the Tsunami Swim Team. 

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