Hunter Tabloff returns to his former team.

September 20, 2019

Suncoast teacher and alumnus Hunter Tabloff joins Valerie Newcomer to coach the swim and dive team for the 2019-2020 season. The two work together to help the team, which has 93 students with varying skills from all grade levels. 

Tabloff, who currently teaches Middle Years Programme (MYP) Chemistry and International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry, has been a swimmer all his life. Growing up, he participated in year-round competitive swimming. While attending Suncoast, he was a part of the swim team as well. Tabloff explained, “it seemed natural to become the [swim] coach here given my prior experience coaching in college and as an alumnus of the team.”

Newcomer, who Tabloff will be working with, has been coaching the swim team for 17 years. Once the swim season ends, she helps with water polo, which she has been the head coach of or has helped coach for 17 years. 

“His [Tabloff’s] swimming experience is a great asset to the team,” Newcomer expressed.

This is not the first time the duo have worked together. Newcomer was Tabloff’s coach when he was a part of the swim team at Suncoast. Now, they collaborate again to help Chargers on the swim and dive team. They help the swimmers learn new techniques/styles to improve their times for swim meets and competitions against various schools in the district. 

Junior Anthony Perez, who has been a part of the team since his sophomore year, explained the effects of Newcomer and Tabloff working together. “[They] have made a huge impact on me [because they] cover different aspects of swimming […] which allows me to have a real complete practice throughout the week,” Perez said. 

Newcomer and Tabloff working together benefits beginners on the swim and dive team as well. Perez said, “[they] make the team work much better and grow faster. Even with the hurricane pausing [practice] last week, I’d say our beginners are in a [good] position.”

During the previous season, the team fared mostly positive results from their competitions; some of the members even placed in the top positions. 

Despite the challenge of having such a large team, Tabloff has high hopes for this season. He wished that a “good amount of our swimmers qualify for district, regionals, and states.” He continued, “It’s really great to watch swimmers who dedicate so much time to compete at high levels. The feeling of accomplishment is always apparent.”

The swim and dive team kicked off the season with their first meet on Wednesday, September 10th, at Barracuda Bay Aquatic Complex.


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