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Bobby Hicks Coaches

Todd Hoffmeier

Aquatic Director & Head Age Group Coach

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Todd Hoffmeier is the Aquatic Director of Greater Tampa Swim Association and the president of the South Tampa Aquatic Team, Inc.  Todd has more than 20 years of coaching experience, having taught swimmers everything from stroke technique, goal setting, self-confidence, commitment, and video analysis.  He works with all ages of swimmers from toddlers to teenagers, teaching proper technique and a love of the sport.

Originally from Arizona, Todd was a high school state champion in the 200 IM and runner-up in the 100 fly as a youth.  He came to Tampa on a University of Tampa swimming scholarship.  He swam for three years, graduating in 3½ with a bachelor of science in elementary education.  Todd has coached several of his swimmers to the collegiate level, and he has coached high school swimming, most notable, Maritza Correia, a former Olympian.  He also was selected as a Spring 2010 All-Star Coach for the 13 - 14 Boys and a Summer Zone Coach for the 11 - 12 Boys for Florida Swimming.

Additionally, Todd coaches swimming at Palma Ceia Country Club in South Tampa, starting as an assistant coach in 1995, and then promoted to head coach in 1998.  Many of his swimmers have become Private Club League Champions during his tenure as head coach.  During his competitive swim career, Todd swam under Pierre Lafontaine and Bob Gillett in Arizona.

Todd is a member of numerous coaching organizations; is certified in CPR/AED; First Aid; WSI; is an avid lifeguard trainer; is a Level 3 ASCA Swim Coach; and, he has been recognized by the USA Level 2 Swim Team recognition program.

Rachel Bohr

Head Coach of Bobby Hicks

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Rachel is originally from Blue Bell, PA.  She started swimming at a young age and continued through high school.  During high school she was also an All-State Water Polo player.  She went on to study Psychology at the Univeristy of Tampa and received her degree in 2016.

She started her instructing career during high school at clinics for the local winter club and individual lessons for a local summer club.  She began coaching in 2014 with GTSA at the Palma Ceia pool, working with the Dolphin and Ribbon Group.  As her love for coaching grew, she began to work with all group levels at GTSA.  With this, she became the Boys Head Swim Coach at Robinson High School in 2018.  She leads the team in setting Personal Best and team records, along with competing in post-season championships.  While coaching with each level she stays true to her philosophy...

Not only do we teach swimmers to be athletes, we also teach them life skills.  Though practices, swim meets, conversations and meetings we teach our swimmers about work ethic, dedication, success & failure, how to embrace and bring positivity to our daily situations.

It is important to take things one step at a time and always put forth our best effort!  Setting goals and taking proper steps to achieve those goals is a key component of success.

She enjoys sharing her love for the sport and hopes for others to develop the same love!

Tammy Hoffmeier

Dolphin & Ribbon Coach

Tammy Hoffmeier is originally from Dayton, OH and graduated from Miami University, Oxford in 1999 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and was a collegiate basketball player for the RedHawks.  Tammy moved to Tampa, FL in 1999 to take an elementary teaching position.  Tammy was a teacher for 11 years and then resigned to dedicate herself to the swim world.  Tammy currently does all the administration work for GTSA as well as assists with the Dolphin & Ribbon Groups.  Tammy also teaches swim lessons at Palma Ceia Country Club.  She has a passion working with children and loves to watch them grow with their swimming skills.  Swimming is a life skill and such a wonderful skill to have as you grow into an adult.

Odeime Medina

Dolphin & White Coach

Odeime Graduated from Cuba with a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Physical Education.  Odeime was on the National Swim Team for Cuba.  Her favorite strokes are backstroke and freestyle.  She also played and coached Water Polo in Medellin, Colombia for 3 years. She traveled to US in 2001 and received her citizenship in 2004. She started coaching with STAT in 2014.  She also works at Dale Mabry Elementary School as a Teacher Aide.

Lydia Ware

Dolphin & Silver 1 Coach

Lydia Ware’s swimming career spans almost two decades. She swam NCAA Division I for Florida State University all four years while receiving her Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology and minors in Psychology and Child Development. She broke three school records for FSU and qualified for NCAA’s. Her specialties included sprint free, fly and IM. Additionally, she qualified for the 2012 and 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials.

Prior to her arrival in Tampa, Lydia was head coach of the Wolfson Warrior’s swim team in Jacksonville, FL for three years. She has numerous years of experience with coaching and swim lessons. She believes that learning proper technique at a young age is essential for a successful career in swimming. She hopes to inspire her swimmers to love the sport of swimming.

Lydia holds her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida and practices in town at McKee Therapy Specialists. She is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and enjoys CrossFit and being outdoors in her free time.

Dryland Coaches

Phil Gilchrist

Dryland Coach

Phil founded SHORE FIT, LLC in 2013 and currently serves as the CEO and head trainer. Shore Fit, LLC is a personal training company based out of South Tampa that specializes in sports performance and personal training.  Phil is a graduate from the University of Tampa where he received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and served as the captain of the University's ice hockey team for 3 years.

Shore Fit has been a partner with The Tampa Bay Lightning Organization since, 2013, and are responsible for all of the strength conditioning sessions for the Lightning Made Community Hockey.  They condition and build the performance guidelines for players aging from 6 to 18.  Also, each year Phil run's the strength and conditioning program for the Lightning official Fantasy Camp held at Amalie Arena.

In 2015 Phil teamed up with former Lightning player and a first round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft - Nikita Alexeev and 2004 Stanley Cup winner Dmitry Afansenkov.  They are currently running a private hockey camp called A-Plus Hockey across the Tampa Bay area during the holidays and summer. 

Phil has several published study's in sports performance, worked with various professional athletes, and currently overseas and runs the strength and conditioning programs for the University of Tampa Ice Hockey Team, Tampa Junior Lightning, and Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey Team.  Phil can be contacted for additional private training at 908-839-7209.

 

 

Corey Ehrhart

Dryland Coach

Corey Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.

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Del Rio Coaches

Guerby Ruuska

Head Coach of Del Rio

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Guerby Ruuska was named the new head coach of GTSA Del Rio site and brings in not only a lot of enthusiasm, and passion for swimming, but a lot of connections throughout the collegiate world, and the international world as well. Guerby is not only excited to guide but to help grow GTSA as a program and lead the swimmers to unbelievable heights. 

Guerby’s coaching journey started for his local summer league team Rensselaer Summer Swim Team, where he started coaching 8&Unders. In 2015 he guided the 8&U girls to a 1-2 finish in every event at the PSSL conference championship. He then moved up to coach the 11&12’s group. At the 2018 PSSL conference meet, Guerby led the 11&12 girls to a 1-2 finish in all but 2 events and 200 medley relay team record. After 3 years of great success, in the summer of 2019 Guerby moved up to the position of the head coach where he was in charge of coaching the 13-19 group as well as full operations. Guerby helped lead the Rensselaer Summer Swim Team to a 6th straight PSSL conference title while breaking 9 team records along the way. 7 of the 9 records coming from his 13-19 group. 

Guerby has volunteered his time to assist with club swimming, swim lessons, and even high school functions. He truly enjoys being around the water and has a passion for seeing people get better. Guerby has been quoted saying many times: “Seeing kids get better is its own reward. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s just about swimming fast. Swimming fast is fun and when you see the smile on kids' face when they swim fast, nothing beats that feeling.”

Guerby is a huge believer in mental toughness and motivation training. He is also very big on dreaming big. He believes that with high energy around the pool, true respect for your athletes, and big goals, one can accomplish anything they put their mind to. Guerby has seen much success in a short period of time by following the coaching model he invented called: “The 7 G Rules.”

1.   Have a vision 

2.   Have a process to get to that vision 

3.   Long/short term goals

4.   Don’t be afraid to dream big

5.   Respect yourself and your peers 

6.   TRUST the process 

7.   Have FUN (Friends, Unity, Necessary)

Guerby's goal for the club is for it to be it's own and for it to be unique from any other club. His vision is for when athletes step on the pool deck for the first time, they realize that something neat is happening and they are about to be a part of something special.

Guerby took on the position of head coach of the new Tri-West Swim Club out of Lizton, Indiana, where in one year he grew the club tremendously. Guerby helped grow the team's numbers, coached several divisional qualifiers, and helped Tri-West. The new club under Guerby found themselves competing and being competitive with bigger clubs from around the state. In this time Guerby also took on the head coaching position of the middle school team and assisted with the high school team.

Guerby graduated from Manchester University with a BS in English and a minor in Journalism. There he competed for the Spartans all 4 years and was a record-setter in all 5 relays and the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Guerby is also a member of the Haitian National Swimming Federation where he competed for them internationally in the FINA Worlds Swim meet in Gwangju, South Korea.

In his off time, Guerby enjoys watching Netflix and or swimming, with a cup of coffee, reading articles, cooking, writing, and spending time with his loved ones.

TBA

Assistant  Coach

 

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