Swim Smart Coaching Sessions with Tom Wilkinson
The Swim Smart Personal Coaching Program gives swimmers of all levels the chance to work one-on-one with a highly skilled and experienced competitive swim coach. Your coach will discuss and review any concerns you have regarding your performance and will provide analysis and solutions that will help you achieve your peak performance. Coach Tom's lessons will take place in the NL competitive pool.
Swim Smart Personal Coaching sessions are open to all SJAC members as well as the general public.
Coach Tom assists with the Bronze II, Gold, Gold Select and Gold Select Elite groups. Coach Tom previously served as the Learn to Swim director of the Pheasant Run Flyers from 1991-2009. Over this time period, he was also the head coach (2001-2009) and primary assistant coach (1991- 2000) of the team. Under Coach Tom's leadership, the Pheasant Run Flyers won 17 "A" division championships, 15 Burlington County championships and 14 Tri-County championships.
Before coaching at SJAC, He was one of the head coaches of the PRSC United States Swimming program from the 1990s until the spring of 2020. He also coached the girls’ varsity team at Lenape High School from 1999 until 2004, receiving the BCT High School Swimming Coach of the Year award in 2003. More recently, Coach Tom was recognized as a 2015 Philadelphia Phillies All Star Teacher Honorable Mention for his efforts in both the pool and at school.
In 1997, Coach Tom established a year-round (fall, winter, and spring) Learn to Swim program based out of the Moorestown Community House. This program ran until the spring of 2016. Coach Tom has taught swim lessons for the past thirty-seven years. Coach Tom was the technology coordinator for the Lumberton Township School District until his retirement from education in the spring of 2023. Outside of school and swimming, Coach Tom is the proud father of two girls and two boys. All four of them have swam for the South Jersey Aquatic Club. Coach Tom graduated from Northwestern University. in 1996 with a degree in secondary education