Our Coaching Staff

PEAK coaches are highly qualified, with an average of 25 years of professional experience from across the country and abroad. Most of our staff has worked with Coach Baker for many years and all employ his positive coaching style. Passionate and enthusiastic, they assist in making our camps and clinics second to none.

PEAK Coaching Certification: A Pathway to Coaching Excellence!

A great camp curriculum means nothing unless you have a team of great coaches to implement it. To develop the caliber of coaching we require, a comprehensive and systematic method of certification for our coaching staff is offered. Certification consists of three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Coaches advance from one level to the next based on knowledge, experience, and achievement. An Honorary Coach category is also included.

ALL coaching levels fully endorse the PEAK mission statement, our holistic training philosophy, and the PEAK Promise. Additionally, they are active participants in the PEAK Your Knowledge Continuing Education program and have completed Red Cross safety training.

Gold Level Coaches

  • 30 or more PEAK camps or clinics
  • International PEAK camp participation
  • Head Coach of PEAK 1 or PEAK 2 curriculum
  • Head Coach of Dry-Land training

Gregg Tye

Entering 12th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Gregg’s professional swim coaching career spans 47 years. He has assisted in the coaching of 22 Olympians and worked alongside 11 Olympic and National Team coaches. He currently coaches with the Titans Swim Team in Leesburg, Florida, and has trained multiple swimmers to the local, regional, state, and national levels. As a swimmer, Coach Gregg was a world-ranked distance freestyler and a top-ranked swimmer at the NCAA Division 1 level.

Larry Jukes

Entering 10th Year as PEAK Coach
As the current Head Coach of the CRCY Barracudas Swim Team in Centralia, Illinois, Larry Jukes enjoys the day-to-day challenge of helping swimmers achieve peak performance. Over his 14-year professional swim coaching career, he has qualified multiple swimmers to the state and junior national level. In addition, one member of his team achieved international status by qualifying for the 2012 World Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and also earning multiple gold medals at the Central American Games. At age 14, Coach Larry earned a Top 16 ranking in the 100-yard freestyle. He continued his swimming career at Vincennes University where he was a finalist at the NJCAA National Swimming Championships and later served as captain of the swim team at the University of Evansville. While attending college, Coach Larry earned an accounting degree and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Tim Regan

Entering 8th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Tim has been a professional swim coach for the past 14 years training swimmers to the regional, state, and zone level. He also developed and directed Learn to Swim programs in San Diego, California, and Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition to his full time commitment to coaching, he has served as Vice President of the Westchester County Swimming Association for 10 years and is currently the Co-Chairman of Swim Across America. Coach Tim also trains triathletes in his limited spare time, having qualified more than 30 athletes for sprint and Ironman triathlons. He was a 4-year Varsity Letterman at Villanova University and a valued member of the school’s swim team.

Richard Mojica

Entering 7th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Richard has coached swimming at the professional level for the past 20 years. His current duties include Head Coach of Boston Latin Academy and Assistant Coach at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts. Among his many coaching strengths, he is a master at identifying and maximizing swimmers’ individual strengths and has trained multiple swimmers to the state, national, and international level. Coach Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Steve Guthrie

Entering 5th Year as PEAK Coach
A professional swim coach for the past 43 years, Coach Steve is a constant source of positive energy and encouragement. For the last 30 years as the Head Coach of De La Salle High School in Concord, California, he has developed more than twenty All-Americans as well as five U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers. He has also been named the North Coast Section Coach-of-the-Year and the De La Salle High School Coach-of-the-Year, plus awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Coast Section. Under his tutelage, his team has amassed a winning record of 138 dual meets in a row and 19 league championships in a row. Coach Steve holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Physical Education.

Silver Level Coaches

  • 20 or more PEAK camps or clinics
  • Assistant Head Coach of PEAK 1 or PEAK 2 curriculum
  • Assistant Head Coach of Dry-Land training

Fred Ellis

Entering 6th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Fred has been a professional swim coach for the past 25 years. Currently, he is the Assistant Head Coach of the Dolphin Swim Club at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Prior to his current coaching position, he was the Head Coach of the Hyde Park YMCA, Assistant Head Coach at the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club, and Assistant Head Coach at the Roxbury Swim Team. Coach Fred’s life experience goes well beyond the pool deck. He was a Boston firefighter for 36 years and served as one of our nation’s heroes on a 9/11 Search and Rescue Team.

Rophe Mason

Entering 6th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Rophe has 14 years of professional swim coaching experience. Over that time she has worked primarily with swimmers at the local to state level and produced champions at the Junior Olympic level and beyond. She started her swimming career as a young age grouper, competed in college, and is well aware of the mental, technical, and physical requirements needed to achieve swimming excellence. Coach Rophe attended Fairmont State University in West Virginia, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

Rick Wheeler

Entering 6th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Rick has been a professional swim coach for the past 7 years, having produced top-notch swimmers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Before moving back to the USA, he served as the aquatics director at the British International School, was the head coach of the local travel team, and hosted Peak Performance Swim Camp in Ho Chi Minh City – a first of its kind in Vietnam. Rick’s soft-spoken approach to coaching and organizational skills are two of his greatest gifts. He is currently developing the 2017 PEAK 3 coaching curriculum.

Lewis Misinay

Entering 5th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Lewis has found his niche by returning to the sport he excelled at as a competitor. In 2015, he was named Kentucky Swimming Age Group Coach-of-the-Year and appointed Head Coach for the 2016 Kentucky Mid-States All-Star Team. In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Coach Lewis was a 6-time NAIA All-American Athlete at Westminster College and a member of the 1988-1990 Pennsylvania High School State Championship Swim Team. He earned a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from Logan University and has been a practicing chiropractor for the past 16 years.

Kymmie Johnson

Entering 4th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Kymmie brings over 10 years of experience to the pool deck. She was born in Halifax Nova Scotia, and later moved to Toronto, Ontario, and trained under Coach Nick Baker. She relocated to the USA in 1987, and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is a licensed professional massage therapist. In addition to massage therapy, she specializes in working with competitive swimmers via strength training and sport-specific conditioning. Coach Kymmie is truly passionate about health and fitness and instrumental in developing the PEAK OUT! Dry-Land Training Video.

Dave Cracknell

Entering 3rd Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Dave’s 28 years of professional swim coaching experience spans several countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the USA. He is also a world-renowned triathlete coach to multiple Olympians and elite-level competitors. Dave has been a member of the Canadian Triathlon Team, competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and is an Ironman Hawaii World Championship finisher. In New Zealand and Canada, he taught physical education and mathematics at secondary schools for 15 years, and also coached swimming, water polo, and basketball. Coach Dave graduated from York University and Queen’s University in Canada and has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education.

John QuintanA

Entering 3rd Year as PEAK Coach
As a professional swim coach for the past 40 years, Coach John has worked with swimmers of all ages. His career started in California where he coached at the high school and USA Swimming level, U.S. Masters swimming, and charted the Anaheim Hills Swim Team. He now resides in New Jersey and currently teaches overcoming fear of water classes, competitive stroke analysis, and triathlon preparation. He is the owner and instructor of Virtual Swim, conducting over 1500 private swim lessons per year. Coach John has a B.S. degree in Education, a B.A. degree in Sociology, and an A.A. degree in Philosophy.

Chris Williams

Entering 2nd Year as PEAK Coach
With 10 years of professional swim coaching experience, Coach Chris is the founder and Head Coach of the YMCA Yellow Jackets Swim Team in Lebanon, Missouri. His team is currently ranked number one amongst YMCA swim teams in Missouri. Chris attributes much of his coaching success to his four years of college swimming at Truman State University, where he not only captained the team, but achieved the honor of Varsity Letterman four years in a row. He earned a BS in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science, and is now a full-time physical therapist for the U.S. Army.

Bronze Level Coaches

  • 10 or more PEAK camps or clinics
  • Lane Coach of PEAK 1 or PEAK 2 curriculum
  • Assistant Coach of Dry-Land training

Keith Harrison

Entering 2nd Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Keith has coached swimming at the professional level for the past 5 years and trained multiple swimmers in the Boston area to regional, state, and zone level competition. He divides his time as the assistant head coach of a USA swim team, a Boston high school team, a local recreational team, and an adult U.S. Masters team. Coach Keith puts in long days and is extremely passionate about improving every swimmer he coaches. Recently, one of his most dedicated swimmers received a full swimming scholarship to college.

Chris Ludwick

Entering 2nd Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Chris has been a professional swim coach for the past 4 years and coaches with the McMinnville Swim Club in Oregon. He was also instrumental in creating a U.S. Masters swim program in McMinnville and enjoys swimming regularly himself. His two main coaching goals are to teach swimmers the correct start, stroke, and turn technique while improving their endurance, strength, and flexibility.

Honorary Coach

An Honorary Coach is a top-caliber coach who contributes significantly to the program; however, they are unable to meet the Gold or Silver level requirements due to time restraints.

  • Head Coach of PEAK 1 or PEAK 2 curriculum
  • Assistant Head Coach of Dry-Land training

Dennis Munson

Entering 12th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Dennis has been a professional swim coach for the past 48 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience at all levels of swimming including the junior and senior national level. He coached Rick Carey as a 10 & Under, who would later become a 3-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. Coach Dennis has been a swim instructor and aquatics director at the Mount Kisco Boys and Girls Club for 40 years. He also served as Head Coach of the Marlins Swim Team and U.S. Masters Swimming at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. During that time, Dennis was also named High School Sectional Coach-of-the-Year. In recognition of his 35 years of service, the Mount Kisco Boys and Girls Club renamed their Learn To Swim program the “Dennis Munson Aquatic Program”.

Barry Garner

Entering 11th Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Barry has been a professional swim coach for the past 11 years. He served as a high school head coach as well as the Head Coach for the Lake Cumberland Swim Team in Kentucky. He is a certified official for the National Federation of State High Schools, the Collegiate Swimming Officials Association, and USA Swimming. In addition, he has been a USA Swimming officials’ trainer for the past 14 years, and served 5 years as a member of the Kentucky Swimming Board of Directors.

Kimberly Garner

Entering 10th Year as PEAK Coach
As a professional swim coach for 10 years at the high school and USA Swimming level, Coach Kim has developed three high school teams, a summer swim team, and charted the Lake Cumberland Swim Team in Somerset, Kentucky. She is a certified official for the National Federation of State High Schools, the Collegiate Swimming Officials Association, and USA Swimming. Coach Kim also served on the Executive Board of the Lake Cumberland Swim Conference Association for 10 years.

Pam Armagast

Entering 4th Year as PEAK Coach
Pam Armagast has been an active, professional swim coach for 21 years. During those 21 years, she was named 13 times as the Conference Coach-of-the-Year. She was also honored to be named the Post Tribune Coach-of-the Year. Pam has developed numerous swimmers from age group to the collegiate level. Her swimmers have successfully competed at the University of Alabama, Ball State University, University of Iowa, Indiana University, Purdue University, and Wabash College. She continues to train a multitude of swimmers at the local, state, and national level.

Mark Senneff

Entering 3rd Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Mark has been a professional swim coach for over 10 years at both the club and high school level. A teacher by trade, he spent 6 years as the head swim coach at a Miami inner city school. He enjoyed the process of developing swimmers from the ground up and qualified a number of swimmers to the state level. In 2013, Coach Mark and his wife Angelica founded the Al Bustan Manta Rays Swim Team in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Through their combined efforts, they’ve successfully developed trophy winners at the national level. In 2016, their team hosted the Saudi Arabia National Swimming Championships. Coach Mark and his wife have also hosted Peak Performance Swim Camp in Riyadh for multiple years – a first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.

Mary Fowler

Entering 2nd Year as PEAK Coach
With 6 years of professional swim coaching experience, Coach Mary has made a big splash in swimming. She is the Head Coach of the TKS Sharks of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and responsible for both the junior and senior teams. Coach Mary is also the aquatics director of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, organizing and teaching swimming to more than 1,500 students. In addition, she played a key role in creating the League of International Swim Teams.

Liam Tully

Entering 1st Year as PEAK Coach
Coach Liam has over 18 years of personal swimming experience and a degree in Health and Exercise Science. He is currently an Assistant Coach at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. In addition to coaching at the college level, he has been a Special Olympics swim coach for the past 4 years. His long term goal is to become one of the top swim coaches in the nation. Coach Liam is also the owner of bealifeguard.net, a licensed training partner with the American Red Cross, offering CPR and lifeguard training.