Coach Lucky was the founding coach of the program in 1994. As the head coach of Team Orlando Masters, Lucky was asked by the YMCA Aquatic Center’s board of Directors if he would start a Special Olympics Swimming program. He agreed with the one condition that
he would get the program going but he would only be able to coach for one year. 25 years later Lucky finally retired from on deck coaching. He still runs the team blog and works with Special Olympians at his daily lake swim www.LuckysLakeSwim.com. Lucky is a Level 5 certified coach with the American Swimming Coaches Association and is a life member with over thirty years of swim coaching experience. He has been a past president of the Masters Aquatic Coaches Association. Lucky also has 50 years of experience as a competitive swimmer. He has been a Masters swimming world record holder as well as a national Masters champion. Lucky also has extensive experience as an open water swimmer, having been a national champion on triathlon relays as well as holding the Around Key West fin swimming record. He holds the Guinness World Record for the largest yo-yo collection www.Yo-Yos.net He is a Mohs surgeon www.OrlandoSkinDoc.com and serves as a board member at the YMCA Aquatic Center www.YMCAAquaticCenter.com
Coach Larry has been coaching the team since 1995. Larry has over 40 years of professional swim coaching experience including coaching
national qualifiers and national champions. A competitive swimmer all of his life Larry has been an AAU national qualifier as well as being a YMCA masters national champion and national masters record holder. Larry was the Meet Director for the 1998 United States Masters National Championships. Coach Larry runs the year round practice on Wednesday evenings 7:30PM and with Apryle Nickson started the Pre-Competitive program at the YMCA Aquatic Center. Larry currently coaches with Team Orlando Masters and does private stroke
instruction for swimmers and triathletes. For private instruction he can be contacted at 321-277-0363.
Coach Apryle has over 40 years years of competitive swim coaching experience. Sixteen of those years she was a swim coach for
Dr. Philips High School. Apryle was also a former champion swimmer for ROCOA. She was a high school All American in both the 100 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle and she was an AAU national finalist in the 100 butterfly. She was selected as an assistant swim coach for the 2003 World Special Olympics games held in Ireland. She has been a teacher of adaptive PE in the Orange County Public School system for over 15 years. Along with Coach Larry she started the Pre-Competitive Special Olympics program at the YMCA Aquatic Center. She has
been married for 32 years and has four daughters all who were All American swimmers.