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SOFLO COACHES

CHRIS ANDERSON, HEAD COACH & CEO

canderson@swim4comets.com
 

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 2015 World’s in Kazan, 2012 London Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games in India (2010) and Scotland 2014…West Broward High School head coach (2008-09)…Pembroke Pines Charter head coach (1999-2007)…North Carolina State assistant coach (1998-1999).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Coach of record for SCM Women’s 100 Breast world record… Coached three swimmers at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics…Jamaica assistant coach at Olympics and World Championships…USA Swimming Zone Select Camp Head Coach May 2015… Jamaica head coach at 2004, 2014 & 2015 National Team Select Camp…Coached more than 50 USA Swimming age group Top 16 national swimmers, 20 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 (2008-2013)…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.


LOU MANGANIELLO

coachlou@bellsouth.net
 

BORN: Paterson, N.J.

RESIDES: Palmetto

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Miami Palmetto High School; University of South Florida.

 

COACHING BACKGROUND: Currently coaches Miami Westminster Christian School boys and girls teams...owner of AquaKids Inc. Swim School, Swim Team and Summer Swim Camp...head coach SOFLO site coach...former University of South Florida women's assistant coach (1982-87).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Forty years coaching experience at every level of swimming...coached Olympic Trial qualifiers in 2012, 2016 and 2021...several high school state finalists and champions...coached USF's 1985 NCAA Division II women's champion team...inducted into the University of South Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009...coached AquaKids Sharks program to USA Swimming Silver Medal club status.


ROSE LOCKIE, LEAD AGE GROUP COACH

CoachRose@swim4comets.com
 

BORN: Zambia

RESIDES: Pembroke Pines

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

 

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 and officiating in the Florida Gold Coast since she moved to Florida in 1995…Joined the Comets coaching staff 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 has had several state qualifiers…Selected Broward County High School Swim Coach of the Year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel...currently coaches the Bronze age group and assists with the Dippers and Senior Development groups with several promising swimmers…ASCA Level 3-certified. Honored with two Florida Gold Coast Age Group Coach of the Year Awards...Finalist for ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year.


LUIS SOLER, LEAD AGE GROUP COACH (ASTEROIDS & METEORITES)

CoachLuis@swim4comets.com
 

BORN: Philadelphia, Pa.

RESIDES: Sunrise

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Graduated from South Broward High School.

 

COACHING BACKGROUND: Has been coaching for 14 years and member of the South Florida Aquatic Club coaching staff since 2000…plays a key role in the South Florida Aquatic Club age group success in the Florida Gold Coast…currently lead age group swim coach at Academic Village Pool working with the Asteroids and Meteorites groups.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Selected Age Group Coach of the Year 2011, 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 …Assistant coach for Pembroke Pines Charter swimming (2000-2014) …Introduced water polo at Pembroke Pines Charter where the boys team won five district titles and girls team to six district titles …Named Sun-Sentinel Coach of the Year in Broward County for girls water polo in 2009 and 2012. Also for boys water polo in 2010…has been a lifeguard and CPR-certified since 1992…ASCA Level 3-certified.


JACK DAVIES, SILVER, SENIOR DEVELOPMENTAL

CoachJack@swim4soflo.com
 

BORN: Bishop Aukland, Durham,England

RESIDES: Davie

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill., Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a background in data analytics, projections, basic administration and business environment theoretical techniques...Woodlands (Tex.) College Park High School.

 

COACHING BACKGROUND: CSP Tideriders, St. Louis, Mo., coached all age groups and masters from ages 4-60...private swim instructor at McKendree MetroRec Plex...coached for two years at McKendree University.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:McKendree University Division II swim team...captain of swim team at Woodlands College Park High School...swam for five years at The Woodlands club team where he was a junior national team member, 2014-2016...member of SOFLO swim team for four years (age 9-13) under Coach George, Coach Luis and Coach Rose before moving to Texas with his family.


ANDREA GOLDING

Coachandrea@swim4soflo.com
 

BORN: Bridgetown, Barbados

RESIDES: Cooper City

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Bachelor of Science Honors Psychology...minor Biology, 1993...Bachelor of Science Honors Occupational Therapy, 1996. 

 

COACHING/SWIMMING BACKGROUND: College Swimmer Acadia University, NS, Canada 1989-1992...Masters swimmer, 2005-present...volunteer coach for YMCA (NH), 10-and-under swimmers, 2007-2008...volunteer coach for MST (NH), 10-and-under and 13-14 swimmers, 2008-2014...Comets Swim Team Booster Club volunteer coordinator, 2014-present...USA Swimming Florida Gold Coast official, 2014-present...SOFLO Dippers Coach, 2019-present...ASCA Level 2-certified.


ISIDRO PLANELL, Coach & Safe Sport Coordinator (Miami Dade)

CoachIsidro@swim4soflo.com
 

BORN: Miami

RESIDES: Cutler Bay

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Florida International University, B.S. Sport & Fitness Studies, Physical Education.

 

COACHING BACKGROUND: Currently head age group coach of AquaKids Sharks site, coaching the Mako Sharks group...six years age group coach with AquaKids Sharks...assistant coach NCAA Division I FIU women's swimming and diving team for two seasons...ASCA Level 2-certified.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:Conference USA Champion with FIU women's swimming and diving team (2019-2020)...counselor coach at Longhorn Swim Camp at University of Texas...2020 All-Star Coach for Florida Gold Coast (11-12 year olds).


AUDREY CURTIS, Coach & Safe Sport Coordinator (Broward)

CoachAudrey@swim4soflo.com
 

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GEORGE MERSINGER, DIPPERS LEAD COACH

CoachGeorge@swim4comets.com
 

BORN: Maine.

RESIDES: Miramar, Florida

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Bachelor & Master Degree

 

COACHING BACKGROUND: ASCA Level 1, Red Cross Certified Instructor.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:Over 30 years of dedication to Swim Coaching and Lesson Instructions.


MALIQUE ELDER

CoachMalique@swim4soflo.com
 

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ADRIENNE BROWN

 

BORN: Charleston, S.C.

RESIDES: Miami, Florida

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: University of South Carolina, 2004, PhD in Exercise Physiology...University of Georgia, 1999, MA in Exercise Physiology...Emory University, 1996, BA in Sociology.

 

COACHING BACKGROUND: Kinesiology Instructor at University of Miami...10-plus years developing fitness programs...ACSM-CPT...AquaKids Sharks/SOFLO dryland coach for two years.


SOFLO SUPPORT STAFF

NATASHA MOODIE

collegeprep@swim4soflo.com
 

BORN: Kingston, Jamaica.

RESIDES: Lauderhill

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Illinois State University, Masters of Science in Sociology, Applied Community and Economic Development...University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science in Movement Science...Miramar High School.

 

COACHING/TEACHING BACKGROUND: Former positions over eight years in college prep and secondary education include graduation coach, high school science teacher, high school swimming coach and SmartPath College Prep Program Director.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:Sixteen years in competitive swimming...Comets alum, 2007...Represented Jamaica in 2008 Beijing Olympics...varsity athlete and captain at University of Michigan...administrative assistant for Michigan women's varsity swimming and diving and Wolverine Swim Camps...oversaw NCAA Compliance and Recruiting Operations.


 SANDRA KAMPERVEEN

officemanager@swim4comets.com
 

BORN: Paramaribo, Suriname.

RESIDES: Fort Lauderdale.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Florida International University...Algemene Middelbare School.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Office manager for South Florida Aquatic Club, oversees daily office operations since April, 2013.


MARIA ALEJANDRA GOMEZ

maria@flaquaticsupply.com
 

BORN: Bogota, Colombia.

RESIDES: Miramar.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Bachelor's degree in Economics, 1996...graduated from University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: South Florida Aquatic Supply store manager since 2016 and office administrative assistant since 2017.


JOIA McDONALD

mgt@swim4soflo.com
 

BORN: Arlington, Mass..

RESIDES: Nashua, N.H.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Degree in Medical Technology, Northeastern University, Boston...Colby-Sawyer College, New London, N.H...Burlington (Mass.) High School.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Oversees income and expenses...human resources manager...payroll processor...20 years of managing and working in medical facilities...Director of Operations for American Red Cross...entrepreneur/owner of Flower and Gift Shop.


SHARON ROBB

sha11cats@aol.com
 

BORN: Point Pleasant, N.J.

RESIDES: Fort Lauderdale.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Nova High School; AA in English and Journalism, Broward College; Attended Florida Atlantic, University of Miami.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Award-winning freelance sportswriter that covers Olympic sports. She wrote for the Hollywood Sun-Tattler/Scripps Howard for nine years and Chicago Tribune Co./South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 28 years covering Summer and Winter Olympics, World Championships and Pan American Games taking her around the world to New Zealand, Australia, Outer Mongolia, Germany, Russia and Cuba among other countries in addition to other mainstream sports. She has won Associated Press Sports Editor and Florida Sportswriters Association writing awards, earned the Sun-Sentinel Pettijohn Award for her work in journalism and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame and Broward County Sports Hall of Fame.


 
 
     
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