The PCA Blog - Tampa Bay

John Bruenning


We're proud to honor John Bruenning as the Zap Cap Coach of the Month for January 2017!

Coach John has changed the attitude of Tampa Y Swimming. Swimmers are not only instructed on swim technique, swimmers are taught how to be great athletes, great people and how to change performances that may not have been their best.

Fellow Coach

More about Coach Bruenning:

Personal Athletic Experience:

  • University of South Carolina Class of 1998
    • Team Captain
    • MVP Scholar Athlete
  • Olympic Trials qualifier 1996

Coaching Experience:

  • Director of Competitive Swimming - Tampa YMCA Stringrays

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • Placed 3 athletes on the USA Swimming National Junior Team
  • Coached multiple HS All Americans and USA National Finalist

Quotes from current swimmers:

“The goal that he (Coach John) wants us to achieve is to not only be the best team in the water but also the best team out of the water, by encouraging one another and becoming one unit as a team. Coach John wants all of us to become great people who just happen to be great swimmers.”—Current swimmer on his team

“His approach to each individual athlete and their learning style is always in a positive and uplifting way.”—Parent of a swimmer on his team

Coach Bruenning recently lost his mother and is extremely grateful to the amazing people of Tidewell Hospice for their excellent care during a very difficult time. He is donating the $1,000 reward to Tidewell.

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