Coaches & Directors

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, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Coach Robert at or 319-471-5054 by text or call.

Coaching Staff

Robert D. Pinter

Head Coach - Sect./Nat. - International


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 on an athletic scholarship as part of the men’s swimming team. While at UW he accumulated many accolades, including multiple All-American honors, multiple school records (one of which lasted 17 years), and Big Ten runner-up standing in several events. In 1992, Robert represented Romania at the Olympics in Barcelona, where he was a finalist in the 200 butterfly (7th place) and ended the year with a ranking of seventh in the world in that event.

Pinter started his coaching career in 1999 as the head coach of the Oregon Community Swim Club in Oregon, Wisconsin. In 2002 he moved on to be the Co-Head Senior Coach of the Badger Aquatics Club in Madison. It was at Badger Aquatics that he received the Wisconsin Senior Coach of the Year award in 2004. During his time as a club coach in Wisconsin, he also coached a successful master’s swimming program.

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 including five State Champoinship team titles, placed 12th at the 2015 Winter Junior Nationals, placed one swimmer on the Junior National Team in 2015-2016, had one swimmer ranked in the top 100 in the world, coached dozens of Iowa state record holders and state champions, coached one paralympic swimmer who achieved 4 american records, and won the 2013 Speedo Sectional Team title among other things.  

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

Robert and his wife Christie have an eleven-year-old son Lukacs (Luke), who is a member of Gator Swim Club.


Adam Dajka

Assistant Coach


Adam was born in Budapest, Hungary.  He was a member of the 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 major in Exercise Science.  While finishing up his degree, he was an assistant coach and a dry land supervisor for Southern Kentucky Swim Club.  From May through August 2013, he worked for iFly Swim Club with Coach Robert as an assistant coach.  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 records and 44 Iowa State Champions at the Iowa State level.

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


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.

Alexander Wray Dehner

Head Age Group Coach


Alex began swimming in Tallahassee, Fl and continued swimming there for 13 years while representing the University of Florida from 2013-2017 and swam 200(lcm/scy) stroke, Free, and I.M. He won many high school All American awards placing runner up at the FHSAA State Championships and finishing his senior year, 13th at Junior Nationals in the 200 backstroke. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida from 2013-2017, where he stopped swimming for health issues and pursued his dream career in coaching, while finishing his degree. 


Accompanied with his previous five years of experience as Assistant Coach for Terry Maul (ATAC), Alex chose to continue his career in Gainesville at Gator Swim Club where he is our current Head Age Group Coach.


Alex has two dogs, a cat, spends most his time outdoors, and enjoys watching athletes surprise themselves in competition.

Joe Scafuti

Assistant Coach, Senior Group


Nikita Denisyako

Assistant Coach, Orange Group, Masters


Nikita was born in Riga, Latvia, raised in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with bachelor degree in Agriculture Leadership and Development. A 4 time NCAA and Big 12 Conference All-American. School record holder in 200Back, 200IM 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. Currently trains with the international group at Gator Swim Club. On the road to Rio 2016! 

Sue Halfacre

Assistant Coach, Masters and Substitute


Austin Goldstein

Assistant Coach - Silver, Gold, Sect.


Austin, a Florida native, began his coaching career in his home town of Naples with T2 Aquatics in 2016. He worked closely with Head Coach Paul Yetter (2008 Olympic Coach) as an assistant to him>

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.

Angelina Ballatore

Assistant Coach - White, Blue


Angelina Ballatore grew up in Gainesville Florida. Her family has been a big part of the swimming community for many years. 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'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.  She majored in Telecommunications with a specialization in Production. Swimming in college did not hinder her academic performance. Ballatore received academic honor roll all four years.   After finding her three best events, the 500 freestyle, 400IM 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.   Prior to the University of Florida, she was a team captain of the Buchholz High School squad. Racked up 2007 high school All-America honors in the 200 IM, 400 free and 200 medley relay events. Placed third in the 200 IM at the Class 3A Florida State meet. A member of the Buchholz 2005 State Championship Team, and the 2005 meet-winning 400 free relay team. 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. 

Johanna Mellis

Assistant Coach - Green, Orange



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.

Marc G Shahboz

Assistant Coach - Silver


Marc Shahboz 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 swan with a number of outstanding coaches from the area. They included Olympian Robert Strauss at the Hurricane Swim Club,  Al Sheeler from Sheeler Winton Swim Club then with 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 on NBC’s American Ninja

Courtney Mcgovern

Assistant Coach - White, Blue


Andrew Smith

Assistant Coach - Green, Orange