Coaches

Alexandra Wilcoxon Head Coach

Alex (Chicken) Wilcoxon has been a part of the Riptide family for over 12 years. She started swimming for Riptide under Eric at the age of seven and continued to swim and compete all the way to her junior year of high school. After teaching swim lessons for three years, Alex started coaching for Riptide her senior year of high school. Besides spending many years on the pool deck, Alex also spent seven years being a student leader on an internationally successful robotics team and playing and competing in state-level piano competitions. Alex is a positive influence on the athletes, teaching not only how to improve as swimmers, but also how to improve as individuals, and most importantly, as teammates.  

Eric Huntsman Manager

Coach Huntsman founded the Riptide swim team in 2004. He takes great pride in building positive, professional relationships with athletes and families alike. He is proud to have built a program that began with nine swimmers to the 150+ swimmers that form the Riptide family today. He has enjoyed success with Junior National qualifiers on the elite level, as well as beginners learning to touch the wall with two hands on butterfly! He has been coaching for 25+ years for various high schools, U.S.A. clubs and recreational leagues within the Kansas City area. His soft-spoken style belies his talent at getting the best out of his swimmers. He gauges individual success by encouraging each swimmer to reach his or her personal best in practice or in competition.

Coach Eric is a former teacher in the Raytown School District. Eric has his master’s degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. He is proud to be the father of Anthony "Turbo" Huntsman, 23 a 2019 graduate from UMKC as well as Cash Huntsman born on Christmas Day 2014. He resides with his wife Tamra, their 5-year-old son Cash, Dory and Pixie (Mini Dachshund puppies).

Coach Eric is proud to be a "Lifetime Plus" member of the American Swim Coaches Association. He is a lifelong learner in honing his skills as a coach through research-based education set forth under ASCA.

Autumn Pacas Bridger

Autumn Pacas has been with Riptide since 2019. She swam for a couple different teams previously including Blue Springs South High School. As she coaches at Bridger, she also attends classes at Metropolitan Community College pursuing a degree in accounting. She loves working with children and is dedicated to the sport of swimming. In her spare time, Autumn loves to go on adventures with her 2-year old daughter, Mia. Autumn is a hard working coach and a great teacher, leading with her big heart helping each child grow as a swimmer and a person.

Gabrielle Ramsey Assistant Coach