Head Coach: Mr. Robert Bruns has been a swim coach since 1984. He has coached men’s and women’s high school, United States Swimming, and NCAA Div. III swimming and diving. Coach Bruns is still an active swimmer, having competed in US Masters Swimming in the State of Florida. Coach Bruns brings passion and enthusiasm to the pool deck. His philosophy to swimming is fairly easy, “What you put into your swimming, is what you get out it. If you work hard, make yourself feel uncomfortable, if you ache at the end of the day, then you will reap the benefits – faster times and high level meets.”
Coach Bruns is a teacher at Bartram Trail High School. He teachers AP World History, AP European and AP Art History. This is his 14th year at BTHS. Other than swimming,Coach Bruns has been a track and field coach as well as a men’s and women’s tennis coach.
The 2017-18 swim and dive season ended with the lady bears finishing 2nd in 3A state and the men’s team finishing 3rd in 3A states. Nathan Howze finished his senior year with a 3A State Championship medal in the 1 meter diving. Summer Stanfield, Nicole Sowell, Lily McCabe, and Lexi Smith dominated the 400 Freestyle Relay with a State Championship medal and an All-American Consideration time. With a fairly aggressive dual meet schedule the lady bears ended the season 7-3 and the men ended their season with a 9-1 record. The team took home their 4th Conference dual Championship In the Championship season, the ladies team were runner-up in district and the men took the championship trophy. At regionals, both teams took home the runner-up trophies. By the end of the season, 12 school records were broken, Summer Stanfield was an All-American Automatic in the 200 IM, Jack VanDeusen was All-American Consideration in the 200 IM and 500 Free, and the men’s 400 Freestyle Relay with Mason Ray, Jacob Camp, Chris Sylvester, and Jack VanDeusen had an All-American Consideration. Adam Stumpf crushed his 100 Fly record and Adrian Oake took the 200 Free school record. Luke Williams finished in the top 8 of the 50 Freestyle with a time of 21.75.
The 2016-17 was an exciting year. The lady Bears took home the 3A State Championship trophy by .5 points. A public high school in NE Florida had not brought home a swim championship since 1941. The men’s team finish 13th in the 3A states. The lady bears powered by Jennifer Brennock, Lily McCabe, Summer Stanfield, Lexi Smith, Emma Geiger, Emmy Iannoe, Tatiana Brown, Amelia Tayag, and Nicole Sowell dominated the relays, and their individual events. However, the team never took first except for Lily McCabe, who tied for 1st in the 100 Breaststroke and gained an All-American Consideration time. The men’s team moved up the standings with outstanding performances by Jacob Singleton, Mason Ray, Jacob Camp, Adrian Oake, Brandon Burkett, Adam Stumpf, Ryan Krejci, and Nathan Howze. Freshmen Jack VanDeusen came on strong this year to help contribute. Both teams finished the dual meet season undefeated. The team won their third dual Conference Championship. Took home District Championships for both teams. At regionals the ladies captured the gold, while the gentlemen finished 3rd. In the end of the year, 4 team records had been broken.
The 2015-16 swim season was full of surprises. The lady bears brought home the state 3A Runner-up trophy. Powered by a strong freshmen group of ladies Summer Stanfield (State 3A Champion 200 IM), Lexi Smith, Lily McCabe, and Nicole Sowell along with returning swimmers Jennifer Brennock, and Hannah Moring the team surprised themselves. For the men’s team, freshmen Ryan Krejci, Jacob Camp, Mason Ray, helped support Adrian Oake and Brandon Burkett. New diver Nathan Howze helped bring points to the men’s team at States.
Associate Coach: Mr. Ed Tolisano who has been the swim team for now 7 years. Currently, Coach Tolisano is the
Head Coach of the Summer swim team at Durbin Crossing. He is retired from the City of Jacksonville and is a certified Phys. Ed teacher. You might see Coach Tolisano at the school as a substitute and umpiring a softball game.