Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Robert Shearer Head Coach

Coach Bob begins his fifth year with TSA.  He was raised in Wichita, KS and swam for the Wichita Swim Club.  He later graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1997. 

Bob has over 25 years of USA, Collegiate, and High School coaching experience.  He is an A.S.C.A. Level 4 certified coach.  Over the course of his career he has coached Olympic Trial Qualifiers, world ranked swimmers, NCAA Division 1 National Qualifiers, Senior and Junior National Qualifiers including 1 Junior National Champion, and numerous nationally ranked age group swimmers.

Prior to coming to TSA, Bob was an assistant coach for the Columbia University Men’s Swimming Team and the Head Coach/CEO of the Ridgefield Aquatic Club in CT.  While working with Columbia, he assisted the men's team in qualifying 3 swimmers for the NCAA Division 1 National Championships, the team placed 3rd at the ECAC Swimming Championships, and broke 10 varsity records.  During his tenure (2004-2014) with Ridgefield, the team grew from 85 to approximately 170 athletes.  The team qualified 3 swimmers for the 2012 Olympic Trials, had several Senior and Junior National Qualifiers, was designated a Silver Medal program by USA Swimming, and the team placed in the Top 5 at the Eastern Zone Sectionals.

Bob is currently the Technically Planning Chair for Missouri Valley Swimming.  In his free time, he is a devoted Dolphins, Royals, and NY Mets fan!

Office Hours: M-F 1:30-4 PM




Edward Hunte Asst. Swim Coach/Swim School Director

Coach Howard Hunte was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2000 where he swam under the Hall of Fame Coach Jack Nelson (FLST) and Coach Duffy Dillon (FLA).

He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Fairmont State University in West Virginia in 2006, and went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University in 2008.

Hunte began his coaching career in 2003 as an assistant coach at Fairmont Area Swim Team (FAST) while he was still an undergraduate, and then served as the head coach of FAST in 2006 and 2007. He also worked as an assistant swim coach for the West Virginia Southern Zone Team in 2005 and 2006. While pursuing his Master’s degree at West Virginia University, Hunte was a Strength and Conditioning intern for WVU athletics and worked specifically with their football, rowing and soccer teams.

In 2008, Hunte was announced as the Head Coach for Valparaiso University’s Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams; a Division I program where he served for 9 years. In Hunte’s nine seasons with the VU swim team, his swimmers broke nearly every program record. On the men’s side, 13 of 14 individual event records and all five relay event records were set since the start of the 2008–2009 season. In addition, in his nine years Hunte coached the VU women’s swimmers to twelve new individual and three new relay records.

Amy Suggitt Assistant Swim Coach
Nicole Solis Assistant Coach

Nicole was born and raised in Wichita, KS and swam for the Northwest YMCA Neptunes. She graduated from Wichita State with a BA in English Literature. Prior to joining TSA, she coached with the Neptunes from 2012 until 2014. She was then the assitant men's coach and head women's coach for Hays High School. Currently, Nicole is the TSA varsity coach in addition to being the assistant men and women's coach for Hayden High School. She is working on her Master's in Social Work at Washburn University. 

Kirk Meier Asst. Coach/Masters

Kirk Meier

Assistant Coach

A native Topekan, Kirk swam on the Topeka Swim Association for eleven years. He has over thirty-six years of experience as a swim instructor, including seven years coaching local summer league teams and six years coaching at the high school level. His swimmers at Topeka West include multiple school record holders in both the boys' and girls' programs, as well as a four-time KSHSAA State Champion and NFHS All-American.

Kirk completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from Emporia State University. He currently coaches the Masters' team and credits competitive swimming for introducing him to his wife of over twenty years.

Board of Directors
Richard Allen President
Kimberly Garber Business Manager
Danielle Jeffries Secretary
Danielle Jeffries Volunteer Coordinator
Monica Brede Merchandise/Fundraising Coordinator
Laura Perkins Marketing Coordinator