Groups: Live Strong
Joining LTP from the Ivy League at Dartmouth College, Jesup Szatkowski brings an array of experience and passion to the LTP Racing Club. As a swimming coach of 15 years, and collegiate coach for 12, Jesup has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding athletes, including an eventual National Champion, several Ivy League and conference champions NCAA qualifiers, National Qualifiers, Academic All-Americans, and great future leaders across a variety of fields.
LTP has thrived under Szatkowski's leadership this season, earning a 3rd place Team finish at the 2013 South Carolina Swimming Short Course Championships, in just the Club's 2nd season. Two swimmers qualified for U.S. Nationals, 4 for U.S. Junior Nationals, 22 for Sectionals, and 78 for State Championships. One swimmer earned a 4th place finish at Junior Nationals and 7 finished top 8 at Sectionals. Four LTP swimmers set new South Carolina State records and 1 achieved a National Age Group Top 10 ranking. All 4 graduating seniors in the class of 2013 are college swimming bound next fall. Szatkowski was also nominated for South Carolina's Coach of the Year honor.
At Dartmouth, he helped the women and men to 53 new varsity records, as well as 52 new all-time top-ten performances. Primarily coaching the Dartmouth sprinters in freestyle and butterfly events, Szatkowski has coached athletes to League finalist finishes in each of his six seasons, including several Ivy League Champions. He also oversaw the Big Green recruiting efforts, establishing himself as one of the most profficient recruiters nationally.
Prior to Dartmouth, Jesup was at Vassar College where he filled a variety of roles including assistant coach of men's and women's swimming and diving, head coach/founder of the men's and women's club water polo teams and aquatic director. During his three seasons at Vassar, Jesup assisted in the rapid increase in squad size and strength of the swimming program, coaching division-three All-Americans and two conference champion sprinters.
A 2000 graduate of Washington & Lee University, where he was an all-conference swimmer in butterflyfly, backstroke and IM, Jesup earned a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, serving as assistant coach for the Wildcats in 2002-03. Szatkowski has worked numerous swim camps, including those at the University of Georgia, New Hampshire, Colgate, and Dartmouth, and has also coached at the club and high school levels at the Rye Beach Club (Rye, NH.), Rockbridge Area Team Swimming (Lexington, Va.), and Rockbridge CountyHigh School (Lexington, Va.).
Jesup, his wife Megan and their children Kellyn and Carter are now happy to call Charleston their new home!
Associate Head Coach
Groups: Live, Love
Tara is one of the most respected developmental coaches in the State and knows Charleston area swimming like few others. She started her swimming career at Snee Farm in the summer and year-round with the City of Charleston Swim Team (CCST) at age 8 (with one City Meet record still remaining). With several South Carolina state records still intact, Tara (fomerly Tara Riggs) is one of South Carolina's most accomplished swimmers ever, including accolades of:
Following a phenomenal age-group career, Tara continued competing at the National level in the Big East conference, accepting a scholarship to Notre Dame, where she swam distance free and fly and served as co-captain her senior year.
Tara started her coaching career at Hobcaw Creek Plantation in Mt. Pleasant while she was still in college before returning home to coach for the City of Charleston's Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) in 2005, where she served as the Head Age Group Coach and WLS Pool leader, overseeing the development and implementation of instruction for swimmers aged 6-12. In 2010-11, she also coached the pre-senior and age group swimmers aged 11-16, and served as the interim head coach. Active in the SCLSC- serve on the Sport Development Director Hiring and Oversight Committee
Tara lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, John and their sons, Jonathan and Charles.
Assistant Coach, Swim School Coordinator
Groups: Live Light, Learn
Jessica began her swimming career in 1999 at Mount Pleasant Swim Club (MPSC). Years later, she swam high school swimming for Ashley Hall, receiving the Most Improved Swimmer award in 2003. She became a swimmer on the Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) in 2005, coached by Coach Tara. In 2006, she joined the Daniel Island Flying Fish for competitive fun!
In 2007, Jessica became certified in Water Safety Instruction and began running swim camps on Daniel Island. In 2010, she began her coaching career with the Daniel Island Flying Fish, coaching the younger developmental swimmers. She is excited to have an equally lasting impact as a member at the LTP Racing Club coaching staff.
A 2009 graduate from Wando High School, Jessica is currently a senior at the College of Charleston, studying Special Education in hopes of becoming a teacher. She still swims with the C of C Club Swimming team at the college, guiding the Team as Club Manager.
Groups: Stroke School, Love
Jaci began swimming competitively at the age of 8 with the Wantagh Park Swim Team and year round with Farmingdale Aqautics in New York. She has held various county and state records, specializing in breaststroke. Following her high school swimming career, Jaci competed for California State University in Long Beach.
Prior to moving to South Carolina, Jaci taught 8th grade science in New York City public schools and is currently pursuing a masters in Education at the College of Charleston. Jaci's prior coaching experience includes age-group caoching at Wantagh Park, Marjorie Post, and with her home team of Farmingdale. She is also very active in the community as PTA President and President of Dunes West summer swim team.
Jaci and her husband, Stu live in Mt. Pleasant with their two sons, Aiden and Sean, both LTP swimmers.
Groups: Live Strong, Live
Head Coach, Academic Magnet High School
Groups: TRAC, Learn, Live
-Jackie Tully (JT) is originally from Bethesda, Maryland.
-Attended high school at Holton-Arms School where she swam varsity for four years and was captain her senior year.
-All-ISL junior and senior year.
-Swam club for Curl-Burke (now NCAP) for six years.
-Undergrad at College of Charleston, where she swam four years, setting the CofC 200 breast record senior year.
-Scholar Athlete all four years and graduated in May 2013 with a BS in Biology.
-Started coaching with Curl Burke's Stroke School (three years) and Congressional Country Clubs's Developmental Team (five years).
-Assistant coach for Congressional for two years.
-Head coach of Brickyard Swim Team summer 2013.
Groups: Stroke School, Learn, Trac
● Began swimming at age 7 for the Botany Woods Swim Team in Greenville, SC.
● Swam for Wade Hampton High School earning 6 Varsity Letters.
● At age 13 began swimming year round for Team Greenville and continued to swim all through high school obtaining multiple Senior Sectional cuts in the Butterfly and Freestyle events.
● Former State Record holder in the 13-14 200 Medley Relay.
● From 2007-2010 attended Greenville Technical College and began coaching with Team Greenville as the primary assistant coach for their competitive 8 and under swimmers, as well as lead instructor for the TG Swim School.
● In 2010 transferred to the College of Charleston to study Physical Education and Psychology.
● From 2011-2013 Head Coach for the Stone Lake Stingrays, one of the largest summer teams in the Greenville with over 300 swimmers each season.
● Continue to swim and compete with the College of Charleston Swim Club.
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Groups: Live Strong, Live, Live Light, Love
Meredith Deckert is a certified personal trainer, experienced athlete, and lifetime fitness fanatic! Holding a degree in Applied Health Science from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health/Fitness Specialist, Kettlebell Concepts-Level One, Johnny G Maddogg Spinning, and most recently, Fitness Nutritionist with the American Council on Exercise (ACE)!!
Meredith began swimming at age seven after watching the 1992 Summer Olympics, she knew swimming was her calling! She swam all throughout her school age years, attend a State Championship winning private high school in Connecticut where she is from, as well as East Carolina University on a swimming scholarship where she swam breaststroke for two years! Meredith qualified numerous times for Junior Nationals in the 100 & 200 yard & meter Breast as well as qualifying for NCAAs in 2003 in the 100 yd event. Her love of swimming & competition continues as she races in triathlons, half & full marathons and local 5 & 10 Ks!
Meredith looks forwards to helping the swimmers reach their full potential!
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston
Groups: Live Strong
-Graduated from the Citadel in 2009 with a degree in Health Exercise and Sports Science
-Played varsity football at the Citadel for 4 years
-Physical Therapy Aide at Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston in Mount Pleasant
-Performance trainer at Velocity Sports Performance from 2009-2011
-Defensive Coordinator and strength coach for football at Palmetto Christian Academy during 2012 season
Daniel started his swimming career in Charleston, SC swimming for
· The North Bridge Terrace Swim Team from 1993-2006.
· The West Ashley High School Swim Team from 2002-2006.
· The Southern Marlins Racing Team from 2002-2006.
While in high school, Daniel earned 4 varsity letters, 2 MVP awards, and held school records in the 100 free, 500 free, and 400 freestyle relay.
In 2006, Daniel continued his swimming career, competing for Limestone College. As an inaugural member of the men’s swim team, he competed in the distance freestyle and butterfly events. While in school, Daniel started his coaching career volunteering as an assistant coach for the Gaffney High School Swim Team. In 2010, he coached collegiately as a student assistant coach, for the Limestone College Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. Daniel graduated from Limestone College in 2011 earning a degree in Elementary Education.
In 2012, Daniel was named the head coach for the Charleston Charter for Math and Science (Riptide) Swim Team. Daniel is an active member of the South Carolina National Guard and currently teaches 4th grade at The Apple Charter School. “I am excited to join the LTP Racing Club coaching staff. It has been a goal of mine for a long time to coach at this level. I look forward to contributing my efforts to bring success to the LTP Racing Team.”