Coaches and Staff

 

 

Craig Chlasta Head Coach- Hendersonville

Coach Craig grew up in Western Pennsylvania and as an age group swimmer started out at the North Hills YMCA in Pittsburgh.  At age 10 he moved to the Pittsburgh Aquatic Club (now Team Pittsburgh).  At age 12 his family moved to the Chicago area and Craig swam for the Hinsdale Swim Club and Hinsdale Central High School.  At Hinsdale Central, he was a two time NISCA All-American and an Illinois State High School Champion in his junior year.  After graduating, Craig went on to swim at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

After college Craig began his coaching career and spent three years at the Larose Regional Park in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.  In 1986, Craig was hired by the Guatemalan Olympic Committee and the Guatemalan Swimming Federation to coach their National Team.  In 1994 he moved to Puerto Rico and coached for three years at the Albergue Olimpico.  In 1997 Craig moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee and along with Cindy Baker formed the Middle Tennessee Swim Club.

Craig has coached swimmers of all levels ranging from novice to the Olympic Games.  While in Guatemala, he had one swimmer compete in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, five swimmers compete in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and one swimmer compete in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. 

At the Middle Tennessee Swim Club Coach Craig has coached swimmers that have reached almost every level including SES Champions, Junior and Senior National qualifiers, NCAA and U.S. Open qualifiers, and Olympic Trials Qualifiers.  Thirty-two swimmers have gone on to swim in college.

Coach Craig can be reached at 615-734-9552 or by email at [email protected]

Kelsie Crotts Assistant Coach- Hendersonville

Kelsie began swimming at MTSC Hendersonville in 2003.  She swam as a member of the Station Camp High School Swim Team and graduated in 2014. She completed her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies at Liberty University.  Kelsie has coached for the Gallatin Civic Center summer league as well as taught lessons with Sea Star Swim School in years passed. In October of 2020, she began coaching the age group and senior swimmers at MTSC Hendersonville. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, watching football (Go VOLS!) and being outdoors.  Her greatest joy as a swim coach is building relationships with the swimmers and their families.  She is passionate about seeing the members of the MTSC team suceed both in their personal lives and in the water! 

Alex Major Head Coach- Lebanon

Bio coming soon!

Erin Sawyer Assistant Coach- Lebanon

Coach Erin: has been a swim coach since 1995, starting with the JFFC league.  While attending Tennessee Tech, coached MTSC swimmers in Cookeville as well as the YMCA of Cookeville team. After completing her bachelor's degree from MTSU she moved to Chattanooga and coached for the Baylor swim team before finding her way home to Lebanon where she started her own very successful swim program. in 2022 Erin accepted the position of  Aquatics Director of the Jimmy Floyd Family Center (home of our Lebanon location).  She is a former Lebanon High School swimmer and currently coaches for us five days a week.

Amy Caldwell Head Coach- Knoxville

Bio coming soon!

Cindy Baker Administrative Coach

Cindy Baker began her swimming career in 1985 when she was hired as a swim teacher, primarily teaching babies.  Over the year as the babies grew up, she found herself teaching competitive strokes and began looking for a competitive swim team.  In 1997 she met Coach Craig and together they formed Middle Tennessee Swim Club.  For three years she coached alongside Coach Craig in Hendersonville while waiting for the Jimmy Floyd Family Center (JFFC) to be built.  In late 2000, 30 competitive swimmers joined the JFFC and began their practice there.  In 2021 she became the Aquatics Manager, and facilitated the start of high school swimming in Wilson County.  Today the number of swimmers in Lebanon have more than doubled and two of her former swimmers and one of Craig’s, now share the coaching responsibilities at the JFFC.  Today, Cindy can be found in various pools teaching babies and young children.  She handles all administrative duties of MTSC.

Team Admin
Cindy Baker Administrative Coach