phil donihe - Head Coach
Growing up, I swam for Carpet Capital Aquatics Club, Scenic City Aquatic Club and The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. I found my love for teaching and coaching swimming as a teenager, working with students of various skill levels. I studied exercise science at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I served as the Student Assistant Strength Coach and Head Manager for the Men's swim team. I spent my time working with the swimmers on underwater video analysis and strength training to enhance their understanding of efficient body position, utilization of gravity, and mechanics.
I became a true student of General Movement Theory when I began working at La Palestra, The Center for Preventative Medicine in Manhattan, NY. We applied an integrated approach to wellness by using Internists, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Nutritionists, Behavioral Therapists, and Personal Trainers. My clientele ranged from actors and athletes (with a big focus on swimmers & triathletes), to cardiac and orthopedic rehab.
I then moved back to Chattanooga to pursue my true passion as a full-time swim coach and apply the knowledge I had gained to the swimming community. I formerly served as an age group coach for a local USA swim team and as head coach for the FTO Marlins. Today, I proudly act as the head coach for the Catoosa Great White Sharks and in September of 2017 I launched the year-round USA team, Great White Shark Aquatics. In addition to being a coach, I remain active in the sport by competing in Masters swimming as I represent the GWSA Masters team - The Megalodons.
I believe that true Champions are developed through the reinforcement of positive character qualities and a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Elizabeth kirk - assistant Coach
Hey everyone! My name is Elizabeth Ashley Kirk and I am so excited to meet all of you this summer. I started swimming at an early age and began swimming competitively in the fourth grade. I started teaching swimming lessons and water safety when I was seventeen years old for children and adults. Shortly after, I began teaching children with special needs and coached the YMCA of Coosa Valley swim team. I am extremely passionate about swimming and I truly believe that swimming is not only incomparable to any other cardiac activity but is the most accepting for any individual.