South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson Wins 2 Gold Medals at the FINA/Mastbank World Cup in Doha, Qatar and 2 More Golde Medals and a Silver one in Dubai, UAE.
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AGE: 40

BORN: Arlington, Mass.

RESIDES: Pembroke Pines

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Graduated Clemson in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreational Management…Swam for Clemson (1994-1998), All-American and team captain senior year.


COACHING BACKGROUND: SOFLO Senior Coach (2010-present)…Comets Swim Team head coach (1999-present)…Jamaican National Team head coach at Commonwealth Games in India (2010)…West Broward High School head coach (2008-09)…Pembroke Pines Charter head coach (1999-2007)…North Carolina State assistant coach (1998-1999).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Coached three swimmers at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics…Jamaica assistant coach at Olympics and World Championships…Jamaica head coach at 2004 National Team Select Camp…Coached more than 50 USA Swimming age group Top 16 national swimmers, 10 LSC records, world-ranked athletes and one 25K open water national champion…2009 USA Swimming Open Water Select Camp assistant coach…2007 USA Swimming Southern Zone Select Camp assistant coach…Florida Gold Coast Chairman (2008-present)…FGC Vice Chairman (2007-2008)…FGC Technical Planning Committee Chairman (2003-2008)…Founder of the Comets Swim Team Booster Club and Alumni Foundation and Director of Comets Swim School…ASCA Level 5-certified.


AGE: 40

BORN: Philadelphia, Pa.

RESIDES: Sunrise

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Graduated from South Broward High School where he was also an athlete.


COACHING BACKGROUND: Has been coaching for eleven years and member of the Comets coaching staff since 2000…plays a key role in the Comets age group success in the Florida Gold Coast…currently head age group swim coach at Academic Village Pool working with the Asteroids and Meteorites.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Selected Florida Gold Coast All-Star coach in 2001, 2002 and 2003 when he coached several All-Star champions…in 2005, 2006 and 2007 was a member of the coaching staff for the Southeastern Zone Championships where he coached several champions…coached Pembroke Pines Charter swimming (2000-2009) where he produced several state finalists including state champion Marc Rojas in 2009…introduced water polo at Pembroke Pines Charter where the boys team won four district titles (2006-2010) and girls team to four district titles (2007-2010)…Named Sun-Sentinel Coach of the Year in Broward County for girls water polo in 2009 and boys water polo in 2010…has been a lifeguard and CPR-certified since 1992…ASCA Level 2-certified.


BORN: Zambia

RESIDES: Pembroke Pines

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Attended schools in Zambia and South Africa, where she was a competitive swimmer and lacrosse player.


COACHING BACKGROUND: The mother of three, all competitive swimmers, started coaching late in life and has more than made up for lost time. The well-liked coach works with swimmers of all ages including age group, high school and masters.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Actively involved in coaching or officiating within the Florida Gold Coast since she moved to Florida in 1995…Started coaching with the Comets in 2006…member of the FGC’s Southeastern Zone coaching staff in 2008…Made high school coaching debut in 2010 as head boys and girls coach at Pembroke Pines Charter and had three state qualifiers…currently coaches the Bronze age group and assists with the Dippers and Senior Development groups and coaches the masters program with several promising swimmers…ASCA Level 2-certified.


AGE: 27

BORN: Bedford, England

RESIDES: Cooper City

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Graduated from Cooper City High School and University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Biology…currently working on Masters degree in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center.


COACHING BACKGROUND: Two years as USA Swimming coach…two years student-assistant coach at University of Tampa…currently Senior Group coach.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: After moving to Florida at age 4, swam for Comets Swim Team under Chris Anderson for eight years…coached the boys 11-12 inaugural Open Water All-Star team in summer of 2010…ASCA Level 1-certified.


AGE: 29

BORN: Aurora, Colorado


EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Graduated from University of Tampa in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Biology…currently enrolled in graduate school at Nova Southeastern University where she is working on a joint Masters in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management.


COACHING BACKGROUND: Joined the SOFLO staff in February 2010…was a swim lesson instructor for eleven years…began her coaching career last fall at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy where she was girls’ swimming and diving assistant coach…is helping coach the Nova Southeastern first-year team and swims for the SOFLO masters.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Has been a competitive swimmer since age 5…swam four seasons at University of Tampa, where she was a two-time All-American honorable mention in the 200-yard freestyle relay at NCAA Division II meet, an All-American and school record holder in the 800-yard freestyle relay…was team captain her senior year…she is a two-time masters national champion and masters All-American…ASCA Level 1-certified.


COACHING BACKGROUND: Coaches SOFLO’s younger Age Group and Senior Groups in Pembroke Pines.

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