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Coaching Staff

Ben Davis

Head Coach

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Ben is ASCA level 5 certified – the highest possible certification representing the top 2-5% of swim coaches in the U.S. His work history includes two Division 1 college assistant coaching positions (University of Alabama and University of Kentucky) as well as head coach and director at four premier competitive swim organizations (High Point Swim Club, N.C.; Tualatin Hills Swim Club, OR; Birmingham Swim League, AL and Wildcat Aquatics, KY). Additionally, Ben was selected to coach multiple National and International teams including head coach for the 1994 U.S. National Junior team and head coach for Turkey in the 1996 Olympics. Finally, Ben has held three different LSC leadership positions as past general chairman for Oregon Swimming, Southeastern Swimming and Kentucky Swimming.

Ben knows how to help his swimmers reach the highest levels of achievement. He has coached more than 95 USA Junior National Qualifiers (with 9 individual champions), more than 50 USA National Qualifiers, 31 USA Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 15 USA National Team Members and 2 Olympians including Gold Medal Winner Brent Lang.

Cheryl Parker

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Cheryl is in her 13th year of coaching with her last 5 as head age group coach at Memphis Tiger Swimming.   Cheryl served as head coach of the Southeastern Zone All-star team in 2011 and 2012, winning the 2011 meet and served as Age Group Chair for Southeastern Swimming in 2013.  Cheryl has also been a part of the Southeastern zone team coaching staff 2008, 2009 and 2010.   Prior to coaching at Tigers Cheryl coached at Pilot Aquatic Club of Knoxville which is where she found her love of coaching and decided to become a full-time swim coach.

Before coaching at Pilot, Cheryl coached summer league in Knoxville for 8 seasons with the Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swim Association. Cheryl spent her last 3 summers in Knoxville coaching the Village Green Gators who moved up to win the City Championship and Smoky Mountain Championship in 2008. As a coach Cheryl has become famous for her energy, team spirit, competitive spirit, and most importantly her use of flair.
As a swimmer, Cheryl was a  letter winner and state qualifier for Coach John Woods at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN.  Cheryl then went on to study at  the University of Tennessee and is an avid Vol football and Blues hockey fan. Cheryl holds a Bachelors degree in English from the University of Memphis. Cheryl is happily married to Coach Bryan and has a 7 year old son named Simon who is in Gold group. Cheryl loves everything about Memphis, especially Central BBQ, Bosses, and the Grizz.

Bryan Parker

White Group and High School

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Coach Bryan has been coaching at Tigers since February 2009. Coach Bryan has been involved in Memphis swimming since he began his country club career as a swimmer at age 8.  Since then he has participated in 20 straight city meets (9 as a swimmer, 11 as a coach)! Bryan swam for 4 years as a Tiger from 98-02.  He swam and lettered all 4 years at CBHS and went on to swim in college at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  

Bryan is also the head coach of two high school programs: Memphis University School and Hutchison School. Memphis University School has won the county meet the last 3 years under his direction.  Bryan was awarded Tennessee Men's High School coach of the year for 2013.  Bryan was also awarded "Best of Preps" Shelby County men's coach of the year for the past 2 years.

Bryan has also been head coach of the Memphis Country Club Stingrays for 10 years and has grown them from 40 to over 160 swimmers in that time.

Bryan loves Memphis and enjoys watching hockey, eating Bosses hot wings, and hanging out with Coach Cheryl.

Felipe Cortes

Coach: Senior and Red Group

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Felipe is originally from Mexico. Has been living in Memphis for 20 years and is attending the University of Memphis. Felipe started swimming at the age of 11 for Germantown Swim Team here in town. His coaching experience includes coaching for Germantown Swim Team as Head Age Group for 9 years, Windyke Country Club as Head Coach for 5 years and several middle school swim teams in the Memphis Area. Felipe was selected as a coach for the Southeastern Zone All-Star team in 2013. He has also worked with Tennessee state finalists, age group sectional finalists, senior sectional qualifiers, and junior national qualifiers. Coach Felipe is also a triathlete and likes to play golf.

Collin Dowling

Coach: Gold Group Lead Coach

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Coach Collin has been coaching for 4 years and he has been with Tigers for the last two.  He got his start coaching summer league with the Bluff City Bluefins where he still coaches in the summer. Coach Collin also swam for both Memphis Tigers and Bluff City Blue Fins as well as White Station High School.  Collin is the lead coach of the gold group but he helps with every group on the team as well. Collin says the thing he enjoys most about coaching is watching the kids improve.  Collin is a student at the University of Memphis where he is an excercise science major and intends to become a professional coach. Collin is an avid Tigers and Grizzlies fan, he loves Bosses hot wings and is currently pursuing a goal of being able to slam-dunk.

Caroline Kruzcek

Coach: Gold Group

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Caroline began coaching at Memphis Tiger Swimming in the Fall of 2012.  She has been a great addition to the staff and is wonderful with all the swimmers but she has a special gift for the younger ones.  Caroline was also a swimmer for Memphis Tigers, St. Agnes High school and the University Club of Memphis.  She is a senior at Imaculate Conception High School and has been accepted already to many colleges!  Caroline says her favorite thing about coaching is watching the kids progress and how humerous they all are.  She is an avid Notre Dame fan, loves eating at Central BBQ and has a black lab named Wiggles.