Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Sean Barry Head Tigershark Coach

After finishing his own athletic career and a short hiatus from swimming, Sean returned to Indiana where he spent two seasons helping with the Women's team at Purdue University. Upon completion of his first masters degree, he began coaching club and high school swimming. With limited training opportunities for high performing swimmers, Sean and a colleague started Fish Aquatics, where their staff was able to grow the team from 70 to over 225 swimmers in under two years. In this short time, Sean helped build the team to one of the top performing programs in Indiana. In addition to their team success, Sean has had the opportunity to coach state champions as well as zone, sectional, future, junior and senior national qualifiers. Building off of their success on the club side, Sean also served as the West Lafayette High School head coach; winning 4 conference titles in 4 years and building the program back into a premier team in the state of Indiana. Sean spent the last year working with one of the most dynamic coaching staffs in Indiana. As a coach of Franklin Regional Swim Team he was able to work with multiple state, zone, sectionals, futures, and Olympic trial qualifiers, as well as help the team achieve state runner-up status in both men’s and women’s swimming. He is beyond excited to join the Tiger Sharks Swim Team and help build on the amazing success the team has experienced.

Reece Sullivan Assistant Coach

The son of a swim coach, Reece has been swimming competitively since the age of 6, he grew up swimming against the Tiger Sharks at the nearby TASC, which has since closed down. A state qualifier in high school and a conference champion for his college swim team, Oklahoma Baptist University, Reece has taken that passion and energy for swimming, poured it into coaching and can't wait to see the success this team has!

Chris Knipp Assistant Coach

Coach Chris has been coaching swimming for the past 7 years, which has included coaching at the age group, senior, and master’s level. Chris began his coaching career in August of 2014 at West Lafayette High School in Indiana, immediately following his high school graduation. For four years, Chris was an assistant coach helping to guide the team to four consecutive conference titles and multiple state appearances. Chris’ age group coaching began in the summer of 2016 with the beginner group for FISH Aquatics. Since then, Chris has had the opportunity to coach each of the age group programs throughout the club as well as working with seniors. Chris also served as the head coach of McCutcheon Swim Club, a summer league program. In 2018, Chris joined the staff of McCutcheon High School was responsible for the junior varsity team, while also assisting with the varsity swimmers. This past year, Chris worked as the Belton High School Head Swim Coach,where both the Girls and Boys team won the District 10-6A Championship.

Chris’ swimming philosophy centers on maintaining a strong focus on proper technique combined with aerobic threshold sets and high intensity race pace training. Chris always emphasizes the importance of team unity, academic excellence, citizenship, and simply enjoying the sport of swimming. He approaches coaching with the desire to instill self-motivation, dedication, goal setting, and independence in every one of his swimmers, hoping that they will in turn motivate one another.
Chris graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s in social studies education and a minor in Music History and Theory in the Spring of 2020. In addition to coaching the Tigers, Chris has been teaching World Geography at Belton High School since 2020. When Chris is not at the pool, he enjoys watching almost every sport and soccer as well as staying active.

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