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Meet Our Coaches

Harper Houk is a student-athlete at Grand Canyon University located in Phoenix, Arizona. Harper is currently majoring in Sports and Entertainment Management and will be entering his senior year in the fall. Upon graduation, Harper plans to pursue a career in either coaching or children’s ministry. In regards to swimming, Harper specializes in breaststroke and individual medley events. At the collegiate level, Harper competes in the 200 breast, 100 breast, and 200 IM, as well as medley relay events. Finally, Harper won the 2020 Knoxville Male Swimmer of the Year award and was a 200 IM Tennessee High School State Champion/All-American.

Zack Telep will be starting his Senior year at the University of Tennessee this fall. Zack is currently majoring in exercise science. He plans on pursuing a career in either physical therapy or as a chiropractor upon graduation. For Carson Newman, Zack competes in both the 100 & 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, and 100 backstroke. Back in 2020, he placed 3rd in the state for the 100 fly and 4th in the 100 free, was a Winter Junior National Qualifier, and a nominee for the 2020 Knoxville Male Swimmer of the Year.

Ridge McCay is a student-athlete at Carson-Newman University and is entering his Junior year this fall. He plans on completing his business major over the next few years and then plans on pursuing the start of his own business once he graduates. Collegiately, Ridge is a freestyle sprinter with his best events being the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 200 freestyle. One of his most recent achievements was becoming an 2x All-American back in March at Division 2 Nationals. He can’t wait to continue coaching this year and seeking other leadership roles over the next few months. 

Sarah Walker will be going into her senior year at Southern Illinois University, where she is majoring in marketing. As a member of SIU’s swim team, Sarah swims sprint butterfly and backstroke. 

Grant Moss -  Grant is a student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, majoring in Biological sciences and just finished his Sophomore year of college where he is pursuing a career in the medical field. In terms of swimming, Grant specializes in Breastroke and Backstroke, was an assistant coach for the last two years here at Gulf Park, and has been swimming since the age of 5. In 2021 Grant was recognized for the Bill Lauer Service Award at the GKAISA city meet which is given to a swimmer in his final year of GKAISA eligibility who displays “excellence in service, leadership, and being a good role model.”

Tori Beth Sullivan will be beginning her senior year at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Here, she swims for the Vol Swim Club and is studying Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering and Premed with Music and Chemistry minors. She currently works as a Certified Personal Trainer, and specializes in rehab. Coaching and encouraging the swimmers is such a gift to her, and she is thrilled to be returning to coach again this summer.

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