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The Coaching Staff

Dan Flack
Director of Competitive Swimming
Head Coach / Aquatics Director


Coach Flack is recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a Level V coach, the highest level attainable. Level five is composed of the top 2-5% of coaches in the USA. In his twelfth year as the Director of both the Baylor School and club programs, Coach Flack has enjoyed remarkable success.

In his ten years with Baylor, Coach Flack accomplished the following:

Baylor Swim Club
2005-2017

  • Selected as Assistant Coach by United States Swimming for the US National Junior Team for the 2011 World Junior Swimming Championships. Coach Flack coached 5 different swimmers representing 4 different countries in this prestigious competition. Coach Flack has coached 10 different swimmers in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Selected as Assistant Coach by United States Swimming for the 2013 US National Junior Team Camp held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
  • Selected Men's Coach of the NCSA All-Star team in competition vs Japan in September 2012. Placed three swimmers on the All-Star team.
  • Selected as  Member of the United States Swimming National Team Coaching Staff
  • Coached Trey Freeman, Sam McHugh, Spencer Rowe, Arden Pitman, and Kristen Vredeveld to qualify for the USA Swimming National Junior Team which represented the United States in competitions in Hawaii, Vancouver, Canada, Barcelona Spain, and the World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru.
  • Kristen Vredeveld broke National Record in 50 yard freestyle for 16 year old girls
  • Trey Freeman broke National Record in 200 meter freestyle for 13-14 year old boys
  • Coached five different swimmers to qualify for the NCSA National All Star teams that represented the United States at the Irish National Championships in Dublin, Ireland, an All-Star competition in Osaka, Japan, and an All Star competion vs Japan in California.
  • Coached 52 individual and 21 relay records for Southeastern Swimming in the last 10 years .
  • Coached 12 Olympic Trials Qualifiers
  • Coached 5 different Junior National Champions swimmers in 12 different events
  • Baylor Swim Club placed 2nd in both boys and girls at the US Swimming Short Course Juniors in 2009 
  • Baylor Swim Club has placed 3rd -2008, 4th – 2009, 7th - 2011, 7th –2012 at the NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships
  • Baylor Swim Club is a Silver or Bronze Medal Club of Excellence for 8 of the last 11 years - ranking as the top Silver Medal Club in the country in 2009
  • USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans,48 different members over the last 12 years

Baylor School- High School Swimming
2005-2017

  • Baylor Girls were Swimming World Magazine’s National Champions 2008-2009, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012
  • Baylor Boys were Swimming World Magazine” National Independent School Champions for 2007-2008, 2008-2009
  • Baylor Girls were ranked # 2 in the country by Swimming World Magazine 2009-2010
  • Baylor won the NISCA combined national dual meet championship, and won their national division in both boys and girls 2007-2008, 2008-2009, placing 2nd Nationally 2010-16
  • Baylor School won the Tennessee State Championship  2006-2017
  • Baylor girls ranked 2nd in the NISCA national dual meet championship rankings while the boys ranked 1st 2009-2010 and have been top5 nationally every year since
  • Baylor Girls broke the National Record in the 200 free relay 3 times in 4 years
  • Baylor Girls broke the National Record in the 200 medley relay in 2009
  • Baylor Boys broke the National Record in the 200 medley relay in 2014
  • Baylor broke 31 girl’s school records and 36 boy’s school records
  • Baylor boys & girls broke 13 national records for the 25 meter course
  • Extended Girls dual meet record is 74 – 7 while the Baylor Boys record is 77-3

The outcome has resulted in a consistently nationally recognized program both in the pool, administratively and academically.

Prior to Baylor, Flack led the championship Raleigh Swimming Association from 2002 - 2006. RSA was selected as United States Swimming Gold Medal Club Excellence for 2005-2008. Coach Flack trained two qualifiers for the 2004 Olympic Trials, trained five different swimmers who are qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials and has had numerous national champions and finalists at both the junior and senior level. Coach Flack has trained a dozen high-school aged swimmers to top 100 in the world rankings. In 2004, RSA won the men's, women's and combined team championship at the NCSA Junior Nationals and repeated as men's champs in 2005. Flack was recognized as the NCSA National Coach of the Year in 2004.

Prior to his position at Raleigh, Flack was the head coach and program director for the Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club in Baton Rouge, where he coached Pan American Games Silver medal winner Jarrod Marrs, and was awarded Louisiana Coach of the year honors in 1999 and 2000. He also served on the 1999 Women's NCAA Women's Champion University of Georgia coaching staff under Head Coach Jack Bauerle, as well as the assistant coach at Germantown Academy in Philadelphia under Dick Shoulberg. Both Baurele & Shoulberg have been US Olympic coaches.

Flack earned his B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Brian Gill
Head Age Group Coach / Swim School Director


Coach Brian Gill enters his twelfth year as the Head Age Group Coach of the Baylor Swim Club.

During his ten years at Baylor, Coach Gill has produced Southeastern Swimming champions, three Southeastern Middle School Championships, created growth in the age group program, and developed the swimming lesson program.

Coach Gill also spent three summers as the head coach of CASL's Signal Mountain Swim Team, a team that boasts more than 250 swimmers. The Green Giants have come away with the Swimming and Combined titles at the CASL Swimming Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Before coming to Baylor, Coach Gill served as the Head Age Group Coach for the Raleigh Swimming Association in Raleigh, North Carolina. While working under Baylor Head Coach Dan Flack, he helped expand the RSA program from 120 swimmers to 280 swimmers in four years.

Coach Gill began his career as RSA’s Head Age Group Coach in 2001. In his second year with the club, Coach Gill received a Vocational Excellence award from the Cary Kildaire Rotary Club recognizing his work with children in coaching. Coach Gill focuses on developing proper stroke technique while striving to instill a love and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming. He boasts a coaching philosophy that every swimmer in the swimming program is important, regardless of swimming level. The RSA Age Group Program thrived under Coach Gill as he produced State and Sectional Champions in 2003 and 2005. Coach Gill also achieved American Swimming Coaches Association Level III status in 2005. In addition to his Age Group coaching responsibilities, Brian also oversaw several developmental clinics.

A competitive swimmer since the age of seven, Coach Gill swam for Lochmere Swim Club for 10 years and was a member of RSA and the Cardinal Gibbons High School swim teams. He furthered his involvement in competitive swimming at age 16, coaching summer league swimming at Glenn Ridge Swim Team. He then became the Head coach for Lochmere Swim Team in Cary, NC, where he managed 400 swimmers and five assistant coaches. In his four years as head coach, the Lochmere Monsters captured four Cary City titles, three single loss seasons, one undefeated season, and the 2003 TSA Summer League championship.

Coach Gill and his wife Leah live in Hixson, TN with their daughter Megan, dog Houston and cat Abu.

 

Laura Pitman
Director of Operations / Assistant Coach


Coach Laura Pitman grew up swimming in the Chattanooga area. Pitman swam for Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA during her high school years, where she was a member of the National record setting medley relay and Eastern prep school champions.

At the University of Tennessee she was an All-American. She has been coaching in the Chattanooga area for the last twenty four years with the last 12 being at Baylor Swim Club Pitman has experience coaching at many levels: summer league, high school and age group/ senior.

In 2006 she coached the Southeastern Middle School Champions as well as the 11-12 girls Southeastern Age Group Champions at Baylor. She has helped many swimmers achieve the Southeastern championship level. Laura currently is the assistant coach with The Baylor Lower school team and coaches the novice group with the Varsity and helps with other groups as needed. Laura is responsible for the daily operations of the club. Laura is a 2013 inductee to the Chattanooga Sports hall of Fame.

Coach Pitman lives in Hixson with her husband Wes, dog Lulu and 2 cats. Her oldest daughter Sloane, is a former Baylor Swim Club athlete and Lady Vol swimmer. She is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee and is employed as an assistant overseeing community events with LuLu Lemon Athletica as well as a part time yoga instructor. Her youngest daughter Arden is also a former Baylor Swim Club and University of Tennessee Lady Vol athlete.

 

Adam Carter
Site Director at the Hamilton YMCA / Junior Group Coach

Adam Carter is a USA Swimming certified and ASCA Level 2 certified coach from Richmond, Virginia.  He is an alumnus of both the College of Science and Honors College at George Mason University where he received a B.S. in Biology (cum laude) in 2013.  During his four years at GMU, he competed as an NCAA Division I athlete on the Men’s Swimming & Diving Team, which was then a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

As most swimmers do, Carter started swimming from an early age for the local summer league team in his area.  He began competing year-round as an age group swimmer for Burkwood Aquatic Club in 2002.  On this team, he was able to attain a number of achievements, not the least of which were attaining qualifying times for Eastern Zones, Sectionals, and NCSAs.  Having enrolled at GMU in the fall of 2009, he had the opportunity to swim competitively on the varsity team through 2013.

Carter’s experience as a coach draws from a range of leagues, teams, and locations throughout Virginia.  His background in coaching began with serving as a coach for two summer league teams in the Greater Richmond area between 2010 – 2013.  Upon graduating from university, his next move in coaching was to take an assistant coaching position at Machine Aquatics - a team offering aquatic instruction and competitive swimming training throughout Northern Virginia to a variety of ages and abilities.  Following his work there, he moved back to Richmond and began coaching for the largest club team in Virginia: NOVA of Virginia Aquatics.  More specifically, he served as the Head Age Group Coach at their satellite location in Hopewell, Virginia, also known as NOVA South.  During his time there, he was able to help his athletes achieve qualifying times for State Level Championship meets and was also selected as an Assistant Coach for the 2016 Virginia Swimming Zone Team.  Having had the privilege of working with a variety of coaches and athletes during throughout this time in the swimming community, he attributes many of his coaching philosophies and methods to their collective influence.  He hopes to bring along with him all that he has learned from these people and places to be the benefit of the Baylor Swim Club.

 

Jenny Smith
Masters Coach

Jenny Smith has an athletic career rooted in swimming with multiple Full-Distance (Ironman), Half-Distance, Sprint, Olympic triathlons under her belt racing across the country, and four “Swim the Suck” finishes (a competitive 10 mile open water swim down the TN river).  She started as a  competitive age group swimmer beginning at the Indianapolis Swim Club, swimming for Carmel High School (girls hold a 30 year consecutively 7A State Championships legacy), and graduating Indiana University where “Doc” Counsilman was a pioneer and legend.  She is currently training for a first attempt swim of the English Channel in August 2017.  She is a  certified yoga & meditation teacher, a Board Certified Ultrasound Technologist, a world wanderer, a pianist, an avid tennis player, an artist, and an outdoor enthusiast.  Jenny and her husband, Will, enjoy living in Chattanooga with their two boys, two dogs, one cat, and lizard.  Jenny offers a unique and holistic approach to her swimming and coaching.

 

Jessica Klotz
Assistant Coach / Swimming Lesson Instructor

Jessica Klotz is a graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelors degree in Pyshcology and a minor in Sociology. 

Jessica learned to swim when she was three years old while living in Puerto Rico.  She started competing at the age of five.  She swam for summer and year round teams until she was eighteen.  She also swam for her high school in Columbia, TN, where she was named queen of swimming.  Jessica has coached swimming for the past twelve years.  For the last five years she has been coaching for XCEL Aquatics and various high school teams.   Jessica has also taught swim lessons for 15 years.      

Jessica is certified Crossfit coach.  She enjoys spending time with her eight year old daughter.  Jessica also enjoys cooking and reading.

 

Jake Sosna
Assistant Coach

Coach Jake Sosna is an alumni of the Baylor School and was a former NISCA High School All-American.  During his time at Baylor, he was part of three state championship teams and two Independent High School National Championship teams.  Sosna was also a member of several school and state record relay teams.  Following his years at Baylor he went on to swim in college at the University of Alabama.

Sosna began swimming at the age of seven in Knoxville, Tennessee before moving to Signal Mountain where he was a member of the Green Giants. Jake swam for the Green Giants for ten summers winning CASL’s City Meet each year.  His final summer he was awarded CASL’s highest honor, the Jennifer Fugate Scholarship award, as well as Signal Mountain’s Green Giant Award.  He began coaching at the age of fifteen with the Signal Mountain Green Giants, and he will be the head coach at Signal Mountain for the 2016 summer season.

Jake is a Junior in his first year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with a focus on History.  He currently is a member and Coach for the UTC Mocs Swim Club.

After graduation he hopes to stay in the Chattanooga area and teach, as well as further his coaching career.  While not at the pool or school Jake likes to use his free time to workout, attend sporting events, and hangout with family.

 

Stephanie Cohen
Assistant Coach

Stephanie Cohen earned her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and graduated Cum Laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Sports Administration and minor in Business Administration. She began teaching swimming lessons at Baylor in 2012 and moved into a coaching role shortly after. In addition to coaching at Baylor, Stephanie spent two summers as the Head Coach for the Signal Mountain Green Giants summer league team and currently works full-time in the logistics industry. 

Born in New Hampshire, Stephanie started swimming when she was four years old. After moving with her family to North Carolina, she began competitive swimming at the age of six. She competed in local leagues in Durham, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee but had to stop competitive swimming due to a shoulder and collar bone injury. 

Stephanie is certified in CPR/First Aid/AED. Extracurricular activities include cooking (which she did professionally for nine years), swimming, running, hiking and going to sporting events. She loves coaching and teaching young children to enjoy being in the water and believes all children can be taught to swim well. Stephanie is thrilled to be a member of the Baylor coaching staff.

 

Erin Sawyer
Assistant Coach

Erin Sawyer comes to us from Middle Tennessee Swim Club (MTSC) in Murfreesboro, TN. She has over ten years of coaching experience, and has worked with athletes of all ages and ability levels.

She started out swimming at seven years of age with Middle Tennessee Swim Club and continued to swim through high school helping the team go to state all four years. Through high school she taught lessons and coached local summer leagues at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center in Lebanon, TN. In college she continued to teach lessons and coach at the YMCA in Cookeville as well as assisting the MTSC satellite team. After transferring to MTSU, she continued as the assistant coach with the age group program for MTSC at the Lebanon location. She also taught swimming lessons in Lebanon, and grew her swimming lessons business of 100+ students in the 8 years as a private instructor.

After coaching for MTSC for five years, she moved to Chattanooga where she teaches lessons and coaches the Masters team at the Downtown YMCA. Her twin sister, Kaitlin Sawyer coached and taught swimming lessons with the Baylor Swim Club from 2011-2013.

 

Sarah Winters
Swimming Lessons Instructor

Sarah Winters is a graduate from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a bachelors’ of science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  She was born and raised in Sevierville, TN where she became a swimmer at a young age.  Winters swam competitively for Sevier Aquatic Club Stingrays (SAC) year round since the age of six throughout her years in high school. As of age fifteen she took on the responsibility as a pre-team coach for a USA and summer swim leagues.  She also became a lifeguard for Sevierville City Park Pool.  She has a love for the water that brings her a sense of freedom and expression for her talents.

Although UTC did not have a swim team when she arrived in 2010, she still pursued her passion as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Sarah was a lifeguard/head guard for the Aquatic Recreation Center at UTC for three years and was a Water Safety Instructor for one year. During her time there, she was a swim instructor for all ages and swimming technique levels. With the freedom to design her own swim lesson plans, she was able to work with all types of swimmers in and outside of this facility.  Sarah Winters love for swimming and working with children is a passion that she has had for some time now.

When she is not playing in the water she is out and about exploring this great Scenic City, we call Chattanooga.  She also enjoys live music and art, enjoys hiking in the woods with her dog Oliver, creek hopping, climbing, biking, and painting.  Sarah is looking forward to meeting and working with all the swimmers that choose Baylor to develop their swim techniques.

Cole Fischer
Swimming Lessons Instructor

Cole Fischer is a sophomore at University of Tennessee Chattanooga, with a major of Business Marketing. He is from Franklin Tennessee just south of Nashville. Cole began swimming for summer league teams at age 4 and moved to year-round Excel Aquatics at age 8. Cole swam year-round team and competed in high school swimming at the state level all four years. At age 19 Cole became life guard certified and began teaching swim lessons. He has taught people with all different ages and experience, everything from how to swim to ways to increase speed for meets. In the summer of 2017 Cole was head coach of a local swim team the Willow Springs Wahoo’s, where he coached about 30 kids ranging in ages 5-13.

When Cole is not swimming or coaching he enjoys many outdoor activities. Things such as hiking, climbing, cliff jumping, kayaking, paddle boarding, and just spending time outside in Chattanooga. In addition to that Cole enjoys traveling, food, music, and just about any sport. Cole looks forward to working with the swimmers that chose Baylor to develop their swim technique.