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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.

Felipe I Cortes

Associate Head Coach

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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.

Gil Stovall

Head Age Group Coach

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Gil is a Memphis native and MTS alum.  He set multiple team and southeastern records while swimming with the Memphis Tigers.  Gil went on to swim at the University of Georgia from 2004-2008.  While at UGA, Gil set multple team records, as well as winning the 200 fly at the 2008 NCAA Championships, breaking Melvin Stewart's 17 year standing record in the process.  After NCAAs, Gil qualified for and competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 200m fly.  He swam a time of 1:53.86 to qualify behind Michael Phelps.  At the time, it was the second fastest 200m fly ever swum.  

For the past three years, Gil has been coaching a satellite program for the Germantown Swim Team in Jackson, TN.  Gil helped build the program and produced many Southeastern and Sectional qualifiers.  In his last season with GST, he produced many Southeastern Championship finalist and guided one swimmer to a Summer Junior National cut.  

Gil brings a lot of experience to our team, both in and out of the pool.  We are happy to have him back with Tigers! 

Collin Dowling

White Group

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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

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.

Melissa Puppa

Assistant Coach

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Pam Taylor

Assistant Coach

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Janai Ederaine

Assistant Coach

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