Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brent Arckey Contact By

Head Coach/CEO

Coach Brent Arckey has been with the Sarasota Sharks since 2010. He has worked in various capacities in the swimming world from a novice coach to working with Olympians. He enjoys the development of athletes and helping them be the best they can be.

Coach Brent started his coaching career in Gainesville, Florida in 2005 with Gator Swim Club. Coach Brent was the head Masters coach and worked with the age group program while finishing his degree in Sports Management in 2008. After graduating, Brent helped run and build Gator Swim Club as the Senior Assistant and the Volunteer Assistant with the University of Florida. Coach Brent had the opportunity to work with the University of Florida team that won the 2010 Women’s NCAA Championship. Additionally, Brent worked with many of the post graduated Olympians that competed in 2008 Olympics.

Since becoming the Head Coach in 2014, Coach Brent has helped the program become independently board run, as well as, the operator of the Selby Aquatic Center. Brent has also helped continue and the further the tradition of excellence that has existed with the Sharks, since 1961.

Coach Brent has been named the Florida LSC Coach of the year in 2016, 2019, and 2020; Florida High School Coach of the year in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, been a part of 9 YMCA National Combined Team Championships, 18 Florida Age Group Championships, and multiple top 10 Junior National Team finishes.

In addition, Coach Brent has helped developed Olympians, International medalists, American Record Holders, NCAA champions, NCAA All Americans, 20+ Olympic Trial Qualifiers, National finalist/Medalists, Pan Pac Qualifiers/Medalists, World Junior Qualifiers/Medalists, Junior Pan Pac members, National Team Members, National Junior Team members, YMCA National Champions, NCAA Qualifiers/Medalists, NCAA All Americans, YMCA National Champions, Florida High School Champions and All Americans, and National Age Group Record holders.

Coach Brent has been a part of multiple Gold Medal Club Awards from USA Swimming, received multiple American Swim Coaches’ Association Recognition of Excellence awards, and was selected to be a part of the 2015 Junior World Staff, 2016 Junior Pan Pac staff, 2021 Olympic Staff, 2022 Head Coach Junior Pan Pacs  for the United States. He has also served on multiple Florida Swimming staffs at the Zone and State level.

Coach Brent and his family love living in Sarasota. He has a son, Jackson and daughter, Amelia. His wife Katie is a Nurse Anesthetist and former national level swimmer.

Coach Brent leads our National group.

 

John Bruenning Contact By

Head Senior Coach

Coach Bruenning grew up in Sarasota and began his competitive career under Sherwood Watts, achieving team records across multiple events and top national rankings and culminating his Shark career with a YMCA National title in the 500 Freestyle.  John continued competing for the Sharks through High School before swimming for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks for four years. Coach John was the Men's Team captain, two-time MVP, and earned SEC Scholar Athlete honors. 

After graduation from South Carolina, he was the lead assistant coach for George Washington University where he worked primarily with the stroke and IM groups for five seasons helping the team earn 23 conference titles and break 12 school records.

Coach Bruenning ran the Venice site for the Sharks from 2007-2011 before taking the Head Coach position with STAR Aquatics in Greensboro, NC. 

After the birth of his children, his family decided to move back to Florida to be closer to the grandparents and became the Head Coach of the Tampa YMCA Swim Team from 2014-2018.

In October 2018 John rejoined the Sarasota Sharks as the lead coach of our Senior Prep group and assistant coach of the National group.

Coach Bruenning is a proud husband and father of two beautiful children, Finley and Hunter.

Coach Bruenning leads our Senior and Senior Prep groups.

Andrew Eckhart Contact By

Head Age Group Coach

Coach Andrew started coaching with the Sharks in 2012 until 2016 when he became the Head Age Group Coach for Gulliver Swim Club in Miami, Florida.  While with Gulliver Swim Club he helped lead the Age Group Program to two second place finishes at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Swim Meet.  He also he oversaw the lessons program, taught physical education, was the Aquatics Facility Operator, and was in charge of developing and communicating the progression of the program.  In 2018 he rejoined the Sharks as a Lead Coach and Aquatics Facility Operator.

Before joining the Sharks in 2012 he coached at Florida State University as a volunteer assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s programs during the 2011-12 season.  He was also the Associate Head Coach of the club program through the University, Club Seminole, during his time in Tallahassee.

Before moving to Florida he coached in Massillon, Ohio.  Where he was an assistant coach for the boys high school team at Jackson High School for the 2010-2011 season.  He also coached at the local YMCA, Paul and Carol David YMCA, were he coached all levels of groups from 8 and unders up to the Senior Age Groups.

While in college he was a 4 year letter winner in swimming at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and was selected as captain for his senior year. He is a 2010 graduated from Eastern Michigan with a double major in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) and History along with a minor in Political Science.

Since rejoining the Sharks in 2018 he has also taken part in several USA
Swimming Camps and Summits. He was invited to the National Age Group Summit in 2018 and the National Open Water Select Camp in 2019. He was also chosen to be a part of the 2020 Southern Zone Select Camp.

Coach Andrew has also found success as a high school coach. Since 2018 he has been the head coach for Sarasota High School. In 2019 he was named HT Preps Coach of the Year. In 2020 he was named Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year and helped lead the Sarasota High School boys team to a state title.

Coach Andrew and his family are happy and excited to be back in Sarasota. Coach Andrew has two young sons, Colin and Anderson. His wife works as a teacher and is a former Shark national team memeber.

Coach Andrew leads our Gold group and assists with the Senior and National groups.

Terri Leap Contact By

Development Coordinator 

Coach Terri has been with the Sharks for over 20 years.  Her experience not only comes from years on the deck developing future champions, but from a long and successful swimming career.

As a New Jersey age grouper and senior,Terri was a multiple-time state champion, a two-time high school swimmer of the year, and high school All American.

She competed in senior national championships from ages 12 to 18, and represented the northeast as a 12-year old at the National Junior Olympics in Colorado.

She specialized in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and distance freestyle events, was a National Championship finalist, achieving a national rank of 8th for the 1650 freestyle. In addition, she was an Olympic Trial qualifier in the 400 IM.

She swam for Florida State University and was a four time All American. 

Coach Terri’s daughter Bethany, a Shark Alumni, swam for the University of Texas and Gardner-Webb University .  She also followed in her mother’s footsteps qualifying and swimming in the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Coach Terri leads our White group and Middle School Speed group, and assists on Senior Speed.

Drew Clark Contact By
Lead Gold Group Coach/Assistant Senior Coach

Coach Drew is a Shark alum who swam for the program for 13 years. While he represented the Sharks, Drew won multiple multiple YMCA national titles, was a High school state champion in the 500 free, and Qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 1500.

Coach Drew attended the University of Florida and was a 4-year letter winner for the mens swim team. During his time at UF, Drew was apart of a team which won SEC championships all four years he was there.

Coach Drew has a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community science, with a specialization in youth development.
Greg Steinberg Aquatics Director

AQUATICS DIRECTOR

Greg joined the Sharks as Aquatic Director in the Spring of 2022. Before becoming a part of the Sharks Greg worked for Charlotte County as the Aquatic Coordinator in charge of their brand new 50-meter competition facility, Centennial Park Pool. Greg and his wife relocated from Massachusetts to Southwest Florida in December of 2019 after stepping down from a 16-year career in public education. Besides being a high school Biology teacher, he also coached club and high school swimming while also competing as a masters swimmer competing in Riccione, Italy during the summer of 2012 at FINA World Masters. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with New Wave Swim Club, Lowell MA, where he was Head Pre-competitive coach and assisted with all groups within the team. While coaching club for New Wave he was also fortunate to be the assistant coach of the Haverhill High School Girls Swim and Dive Team and the Lowell High School Boys Swim and Dive Team (2003-2013).

During his time as assistant coach the Haverhill High School Girls team saw many records broken, and numerous top ten state finishes. The Lowell High School Boys team rewrote their entire record board and had multiple winning seasons in a row, along with finishing third at Division 1 States earning him Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Assistant Swim Coach of The Year in 2010. Greg considers himself eternally grateful to have worked under the tutelage of Rick Battistini, Massachusetts High School Swimming Hall of Fame Coach, and Haverhill High School Hall of Fame. Greg became Head Coach of the Academy of Notre Dame-Tyngsboro and Greater Lowell Technical High School in 2013. From 2013 until 2017 his teams had drastic turnarounds, winning seasons and he credits his strong coaching staffs which helped earn him Merrimack Valley Conference Fall Swim Coach of the Year in 2013 and Commonwealth Athletic Conference Winter Swim Coach of the Year twice (2014, 2017).

Besides teaching, coaching, and working on multiple schools’ athletic staffs as bus driver, public address announcer, or coordinator to name a few roles, he was able to earn two Masters of Education, one in Biology and one in Athletic Administration. Greg currently resides in Port Charlotte with his wife Claudine and their dog Charlie.

Kristi Weyant Contact By

Team Administrator

Kristi has been with the Sharks since 2008 when her daughter Emma started with the Sarasota Sharks.  She started working in the business office in 2017.
 
Her daughters, Emma and Gracie, are not only Shark team record holders but have competed at state, regional, national levels, international levels, and the Tokyo Olympics for Team USA (Emma silver medalist in the 400IM).  With this, Kristi has hands on knowledge and experience with FLAGS, FL All Stars, JR & SR Champs, High School Regional, Sectional and State Championships, Y Nats, National Select Camp, National Championships and World Trials meets.

Prior to the Sarasota Sharks, Kristi stayed home with her 4 daughters, Emma, Ava, Gracie, and Harper. Before that, she worked at Berkeley Preparatory school as an academic and college counselor. Prio to her time with the Barracudas Kristi was the Director of Wellness at United States Department of the Treasury and the IRS in Washington, DC. 

Kristi has a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Exercise Science/Health Education and has been working towards her Master of Arts from the University of South Florida in Educational Leadership.

Rick Walker Contact By

Masters Swim Team Associate Head Coach

Coach Walker was born and raised in Sarasota. After many years in business he started the Masters program at the Shark Tank in 2002 with three swimmers. The Sharks Masters have grown to a roster of over 300 with 100+ actively swimming at the Shark Tank. The Sharks Masters pride themselves on offering a program that includes all levels of swimming along with an active social atmosphere.

Coach Walker has been an active Masters swimmer since 1985. Swimming highlights include World Records in the 400M and 1500M Free and a World Championship 3K Open Water Swim. In 2020 he was named a recipient of the Kerry O’Brien Award for coaching excellence in Masters Swimming.

Daphne Elliott Contact By

Associate Head Masters Coach & Assitant Black Group Coach

 

Coach Daphne began her swimming career as a Shark at age 3 in 1971 as part of the “Mini Sharks “under Coach Sherwood Watts.  During her swimming career she also competed for Gotham (under Lenny and Don Galuzzi), Badger (under John Collins), Starlit (under Holger Dietz and Bob and Greg York) and for the Northern Virginia Swim League (Under Mike Simpson).  

Daphne restarted her swimming career as a member of U.S. Masters Swimming in 2014 after a lengthy hiatus. She has earned 13 Individual National Top Ten and 32 Relay National Top Ten awards since that time.  She has earned a National Top Ten in 200 Butterfly every year since 2016 and earned an All American in that event in 2020.  Coach Daphne enjoys the challenge of long-distance butterfly and has completed the 2K and 4K open water “Round the Sound” race in Bermuda all butterfly. She has competed as an open water swimmer in Swim Around Lido, Swim Around Ft. Desoto, Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, Hurricane Man, Tropical Splash, Round the Sound, and the Lake Fontana 5K. Her biggest bucket list item is to swim the “Escape from Alcatraz” open water race all butterfly!

Daphne also competes as a multisport athlete as an individual or as part of a relay.  She is often the swimmer pulling a challenged athlete behind her in a kayak for the “BeTri4Us” Triathlon Team. At the 2017 Aquabike Long Course National Championships, she qualified to compete in the Aquabike World Championships.  Because of her diagnosis with a form of progressive peripheral neuropathy, she now competes as a para-triathlete.

Coach Daphne has coached for North Port High School and the North Port and Venice YMCA.  She is a Certified Level II USA Swimming and USMS coach and has taught swim lessons for decades.  Coach Daphne leads the SwimFit group and the evening Masters group.  She loves to help new and returning swimmers improve their technique and find their love of swimming!

Bence Arany Contact By
Vern Gambetta Contact By

Functional  Training Consultant

Coach Gambetta designs the Sharks' state of the art dryland program for each competitive swim group level.  Gambetta’s program is designed to bulletproof the swimmer by developing strength, conditioning and athleticism outside of the pool.  The results have been exemplary with little to no injuries at the elite level.  

Gambetta is a seven-time author, international speaker, Co-founder of USA Track & Field coaching education program, Associate editor of the IAAF technical journal and considered to be the Founding Father of Functional Sports Training.  He has worked with many sports at the highest levels.  Including: University of Texas Baseball, University of North Carolina Soccer, University of Virginia Soccer, Harvard Women's Swimming, University Michigan women's swimming, Kenyon College Swimming. Mission Viejo Nadadores Swimming, Carmel Swim Club, and Sarasota YMCA Sharks Swimming; USA Track & Field, US World Cup Soccer Team, Australian Olympic bronze metal softball team, and the Canadian National Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams; New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Bulls, Tampa Bay Mutiny, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire; San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Jose Sharks; Monica Seles and Billy Stearns Tennis Academy.

Austin Lambert Contact By

Swim Lessons Coordinator & Lead SwimFit Coach

Austin is a recent graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology. While at the University of Florida he was a lifeguard and swim lessons in structor. Austing is currently our swim lessons coordinator and leads our SwimFit Group. Austin is also a Shark alumni and we are excited to have him back with the team.

Andrew Antonetz Contact By

Lead Senior Speed & Age Group Assistant Coach

Coach Andy  was born in 1957. He grew up in Zanesville, Ohio with nine brothers and one sister. He graduated from Zanesville High School in 1975. Attended University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire from 1975 to 1979. He was WSUC swimmer of the meet his freshman year, and four-year NAIA All American. He was top three in the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle, and swam in two relays that were national champions. He swam fly in the 400-medley relay and anchored the 800 free relay that set the NAIA national record. He was inducted into the UWEC Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.   In 1980 he moved to Palm Beach, Florida and worked for the Town of Palm Beach, Beach Patrol. During this tenure he competed in numerous beach lifeguarding competitions, ocean miles, and masters swimming competitions.  In 1990 he took his first head coaching job as the first head coach in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While coaching Andy attended McNeese State University as a Graduate Assistant and visiting lecturer . He received his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in exercise science. In 1993 he started a high school league that started with four teams and within 20 years produced over 20 teams and multiple state championship teams. In 1995 he took a job at Hargrave Military Academy as the first Swimming Head Coach. Moved back to Louisiana in 1998 and took a head middle school physical education teaching job and coaching football, basketball and track. In 2003 he transferred to teaching elementary physical education and coaching swimming at Sulphur High School. H e hosted the LHSAA Swimming Championships for fifteen years. He retired from the school system and in 2019 moved to work for The Sharks.   

Kane Rigney Contact By

Lead Junior Sharks Coach, Assistant Senior Prep Coach & Masters Swim Team Assistant Coach

Coach Kane was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia where he swam competitively for the Aquabears swim team from age 11 until he was 16 years old. He attended school at Deakin University where he received his Marine Biology degree and moved to the US in 2005 where he spent 10 years with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission working in the manatee rescue program. Coach Kane joined the staff at the Shark tank in 2020 where he leads our Junior Sharks program and is an Assistant Coach for the Senior Prep, and Sharks Masters teams. Coach Kane is also an avid swimmer with the Sharks Masters team and still continues to swim competitively. He has three children who are also Sharks swimmers. Coach Kane has a passion for swimming and helping young athletes develop their strengths, technique and abilities. He also works full time as a Worship Pastor at Woodland Community Church.

Veronica Folian

Junior Sharks / Middle School Speed Coach

Coach Veronica has been a member of the Sharks since she moved to Sarasota in 2009. Veronica swam with the Sharks for 10 years and remained and active volunteer until she became a coach in 2021.

Coach Veronica loves working with young swimmers who remind her of everything she loves about being a Shark.

Veronica is completing her degeee in interior and mutimedia design at the Univeristy of South Florida and dreams of a future working as an Imagineer, when she isn’t at the Shark Tank with her swimmers.



 

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Danny Erlenmeyer
Assistant Senior and Senior Prep Coach 

Coach Danny was born and raised in Sarasota and was a Shark for 13 years. During his time on the Sharks, Coach Danny qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. He also swam for Lakewood Ranch High School and was a high school state champion in the 500 free, as well as a multiple-time state runner-up.

Coach Danny attended North Carolina State University (NCSU) and was a four year letter winner for the men’s swim team. At NC State, Coach Danny was also a four-time ACC team champion and earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

In college, Coach Danny worked with a local summer league swim team where he was able to further develop his love for the sport.

Coach Danny assists with the Senior and Senior Prep groups.
Erin Bacon Contact By

Synchro Head Coach

Coach Bacon has been a member of the Sarasota Aquatics Synchronized Swimming coaching staff since 2006. She currently holds positions as Administrative Chair of the Southwest Association, Education Chair for the South Zone, and is also a member of the National Coaching Board. She led the SYNCHRO team to National competition during the 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons.

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