Florida Swimming
Head Coach | Junior Temotio

Junior Temotio is local Ponte Vedra resident with over 10 years of coaching experience across all age levels including summer league, High school, Club and collegiate. Currently the Head Swim & Dive Coach of the Ponte Vedra HS Sharks where they recently won their third state championship. Most recently Coach Junior dedicated 6 years with Planet Swim Aquatics team where he developed the 10 and under program before moving on to be the head age group coach and furthering the success rate of his swimmers, more than tripling the number of FLAGS (Florida Age Group Championship) qualifiers and leading the team to being Top 5 in the State. 

Coach Junior was a national-caliber swimmer for Brazil and the US. He is very passionate about swimming and its impact on student-athletes and the community. As a former athlete, he knows what it takes to set and accomplish goals. He was an age group national champion in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, and 100 Butterfly. Coach Junior, left Brazil when was 15 year of age to compete and graduate in the United States. He was a National and Junior National Qualifier, Coach Junior graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing in 2012 where he was a four-year scholarship swimmer, holding records in several relays and ranked among the school’s Top 10 All Time in the 50 Freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

Coach Junior gained a wide range of experience and coaching philosophies throughout the US, starting his career as a full-time age group coach for the West Houston Aquatic Team in Houston, Texas, and later excelling in Northern Oregon. Coach Junior was the Head age group coach for Bearcat Swim Club in Salem, Oregon where he doubled the success rate of State and sectional level swimmers. He was also nominated for age group coach of the year in Oregon, in only his second year of coaching. Additionally, while coaching at the club level, Coach Junior was the assistant coach for Willamette University men’s and women’s swim team. 

Developing SwimRise Aquatics as a top USA Competitive Swim Team is just one of many goals. Coach Junior aims to create a modern perspective to coaching and intends to implement a culture of integrity and a philosophy among his athletes to develop a strong mindset. There is a wide array of skills necessary to not only be successful but to also enjoy swimming. His goal is to use his skills to foster a love for the sport of swimming and encourage a goal driven mentality through discipline and a strong work ethic in and out of the water.

Coach Junior is passionate about swimming and is ambitious to expand the accessibility of the sport to more athletes across North Florida.

Coaching Highlights: 

    2021 & 2022 St. Johns County, Girls Class 3A - Coach of the Year
    FHSAA Women’s State Champion’s, 2021, 2022 and 2023
    Florida Swimming Zones Coach, 2018 ( Team Champion )
    Florida All Stars Coach, 2018-2019
    2022 USA Swimming Manager for the Eastern Regional Diversity Camp 
      2023 Selected National Diversity Camp at Olympic training center
      2012 Assistant coach USA Swimming spirit select camp - Houston Texas