Background-image
Coaches & Directors

Gator Swim Club Coaching Staff


We are here to support our members. If you have questions relating to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming-related needs, please contact your group coach. All administrative questions (dues, policy issues, etc.) can be sent to admin@gatorswimclub.com. For any other team issues, contact Coach Robert at headcoach@gatorswimclub.com or 319-471-5054 (text/call).

Robert D. Pinter

Head Coach

Email

Robert started his swimming career at an early age in his native Romania. Over 13 years of competitive swimming in Europe, he won many national and international competitions including becoming European Junior Champion in the 200 butterfly in 1984 in Luxembourg. From 1990 to 1994, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Robert launched his coaching career in 1999 as the head coach of the Oregon Community Swim Club in Oregon, Wisconsin. In 2002 he moved to be senior coach at Badger Aquatics Club in Madison.

In the fall of 2004, Robert attained his first collegiate coaching position at the University of Iowa, coaching the Hawkeyes until 2008. In 2008, Pinter returned to Madison as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he coached for three seasons. For the 2011–2012 season, he was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  

In July of 2012, Robert became the head coach of the Iowa Flyers Swim Club in Iowa City, Iowa, where he also worked as the Assistant Aquatics Director until April 2016 when he came to Gainesville to coach Gator Swim Club. During his time with IFLY, Robert led the club to unprecedented results in the state and nationally.

Robert still enjoys competing. He has participated in and competed in Ironman, half-Ironman, and other triathlon competitions. He has also competed in marathons, ultramarathons, half-marathons, and other running events, as well as open-water swimming races.

Robert and his wife Christie have a twelve-year-old son Luke, who is a member of Gator Swim Club.

Adam Dajka

Assistant Coach - Gold, Sect/Nat.

Email

Adam was born in Budapest, Hungary. He was a member of the Hungarian national team in 2005–2010, for which he swam at the European Championships in 2006 and 2010. Also, he placed third in the 400 meter medley relay, fifth in the 400 LCM freestyle, and seventh in the 200 backstroke at the Junior European Championships in 2007.

Adam graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. While finishing up his degree, he was an assistant coach and a dryland supervisor for Southern Kentucky Swim Club. From May through August 2013, he worked for Coach Robert as an assistant coach for IFLY swim club. After graduation, he was hired as an assistant head and senior coach for the Piranhas Swim Club in Bettendorf, Iowa. During his time with the Piranhas, Adam was elected as a member of the Iowa Senior Coaching Staff in 2015. He coached 13 Iowa state recordholders and 44 Iowa state champions.

Adam has 2 cats, Tom and Juno. He was a Gator football fan prior to moving to Gainesville, and is looking forward to attending as many games as possible! 

Erin Condon

Assistant Coach - Sr, Sec, Masters

Email

Erin has been a member of the Gator Swim Club staff since 2014, and works with the Senior and Masters groups. She competed for the nationally acclaimed Wilton YMCA Wahoos program in Wilton, CT, and was named to the United States Swimming Open Water National Team in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and was a USS Junior National qualifier in the distance and backstroke events. She competed for Princeton University during her undergraduate studies, and still competes for the GSC Masters program. In 2014 and 2015, Erin was ranked in the FINA Top Ten in her age group in the 1500m.

Angelina Ballatore

Coach - Blue

Email

Angelina grew up in Gainesville Florida. Her family has been a big part of the swimming community for many years, as both her mother and father coached swimming at the age-group, college, and Olympic levels. She joined Gator Swim Club at the age of six while her father "Sticks" was coaching the UF Men's Swimming Team.

Angelina was a team captain of the Buchholz High School squad, where she racked up 2007 high school All-America honors in the 200 IM, 400 free, and 200 medley relay events, and placed third in the 200 IM at the Class 3A Florida state meet. She was a member of the Buchholz 2005 State Championship Team and the 2005 meet-winning 400 free relay.

Angelina's hard work ethic and competitive spirit boosted her to the elite level of competitive swimming. She swam for the Florida Gators from 2008–2012 while majoring in telecommunications with a specialization in production. Swimming in college did not hinder her academic performance, as she received academic honor roll all four years. After finding her three best events (the 500 freestyle, 400 IM, and the 1650), Angelina was able to excel and surpass her goals each year. Her stellar performances included making NCAA's as a freshman and junior and was part of the 2009 SEC and 2010 NCAA championship teams. She was also named co-captain both her junior and senior years.

Angelina's passions include, exercising, filming, and helping up-and-coming swimmers become the best people and athletes they can be. Coach Angelina is also a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Trend Realty in Gainesville.

Nikita Denisyako

Coach - Green, Orange

Email

Nikita was born in Riga, Latvia, and raised in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture leadership and development, having been a 4-time NCAA and Big 12 Conference All-American and school record-holder in the 200 backstroke, 200 IM, and 400 medley relay. After graduation, Nikita spent a year training under sprint guru coach Coley Stickels at Canyons Aquatic Club in California. Nikita also participated in many international swim meets such as World Cup series, European Championships, and Grand Prix. He had pleasure to work with multiple top-level coaches around the world. In addition to coaching, Nikita currently trains with the international group at Gator Swim Club.

Danielle M Galyer

Coach - Senior

Email

Danielle was born in Brisbane, Australia, but grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where she swam for Middle Tyger YMCA for 13 years. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she was the 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 Elite 90 winner, and 2017 University of Kentucky and SEC nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. While at Kentucky, Danielle was the 2015 SEC champion and 2016 NCAA champion in the 200 backstroke. She was a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team in 2014–2015 and the National Team in 2015–2017. She qualified for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials; in 2016 she was a finalist in the 200 backstroke. Danielle is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Florida.

Austin Goldstein

Coach - Gold, Sect.

Email

Austin, a Florida native, began his coaching career in his hometown of Naples with T2 Aquatics in 2016. He worked closely with head coach Paul Yetter (2008 Olympic coach) as an assistant coach.

Austin also has an extensive experience in the aquatics field, holding multiple certifications including life guard instructor, and water safety instructor. In addition he has experience as a swim instructor and stroke clinic coach for the Naples Swim School.

Currently he is studying for a degree in athletic training, with aspirations of making swim coaching a lifelong career.

Sue Halfacre

Coach - Masters

Email

Emily Blake Jacobs

Coach - Pre-comp, White

Email

Blake is originally from Tallahassee, where she swam for 10 years for ATAC, achieving FLAGS and state championship qualifications. She has been a swim instructor for three years and also coached for a year with ATAC and the Tallahassee Swim School. She is now a freshman at the University of Florida and is excited to join the coaching staff at GSC!

Alec J Kandt

Coach - Blue, Sect/Nat

Email

Courtney Mcgovern

Coach - White, Orange, Pre-Competition

Email

Courtney started swimming at the young age of 4 and started assisting with swim lessons and coaching with her club team at 16. In Sebastian, Florida, she swam for Sebastian High School and in her senior year placed second in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 100 backstroke. After high school, Courtney swam for the College of Wooster, making NCAA Championships in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke in her freshman year. When not coaching, Courtney is a supervisor at Starbucks.

Johanna Mellis

Coach - Green

Email

Johanna comes to us from Richmond, VA, where she swam for Poseidon Swimming for 10 years. She continued her career at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, from 2004–2008. After coaching summer league teams in Richmond and Charleston for five years, Johanna coached the last five years for club teams in Gainesville. More recently she coached at High Tide Aquatics from 2012–2016, working mainly with the 11 & unders in the Bronze and Silver groups.

Johanna is now completing her PhD in history at the University of Florida, combining her interests in history and sports. Her passion for swimming continues to thrive. Johanna's knowledge and enthusiasm for swimming will contribute to Gator Swim Club’s continued success in the pool.

Joe Scafuti

Coach - Senior

Email

Marc G Shahboz

Coach - Silver

Email

Marc has been coaching swimming for almost 10 years and involved in the sport for about 40 years. He started coach while in college at FSU for the Maclay Blue Dolphins and more recently with High Tide Aquatics before moving to Gator Swim Club in 2016.

Originally from Miami, Marc swam with a number of outstanding coaches from the area, including Olympian Robert Strauss at the Hurricane Swim Club, Al Sheeler from Sheeler Winton Swim Club, and Kirk Peppas at Metro Aquatics. Marc swam and played water polo at Columbus HS and played water polo while attending FSU. As a Masters swimmer Marc achieved a number of top 10 US times and was ranked as high as 2nd in the US in the 40–44 age group for the 100m backstroke.

In addition to coaching at Gator Swim Club, Marc is the lead professor of Santa Fe College’s award-winning Digital Media Baccalaureate program. He holds a MFA from the University of Florida and Baccalaureate of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.

You may also catch Marc and his wife Joyce competing on NBC's American Ninja Warrior.

Andrew Smith

Coach - Green

Email

Drew swam for Gator Swim Club while he was in middle and high school. He previously coached for Buchholz High School and High Tide Aquatics. Drew graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master's in secondary social science education, and teaches 12th grade government and economics at Newberry High School.