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.
Head Age Group Coach
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
White Group and High School
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 I Cortes
Coach: Senior and Red Group
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.
Coach: Gold Group Lead Coach
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.
Coach: Gold Group
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.