This is Holly’s first year as the head coach for Tooele High School Swimming. Holly has swum competitively for most of her life. She swam for Cottonwood High School and was the state record holder in the 100 Backstroke for several years. She went on to swim for the University of Utah for 4 years. She currently swims for Tooele Masters Aquatics Team and still enjoys swimming competitively. She has finished as high as second at the Master’s National Meets. She also assisted Annie Walgamot 2 years ago at Tooele.
Holly's Mom and Dad (Carma Hanks and Jim Whear) were both big Tooele swimmers in the past
She is looking forward to continuing the legacy that Mel Roberts established for Tooele High School.
Staci came from a "Fishaloe" family where she and her siblings all swam for Coach Mel Roberts at Tooele High School. Her Dad, who swam with Mel, started announcing at the swim meets when she was a sophomore and still announces for the swim meets today. She married Stuart Smith, who is also a "Fishaloe" alumni. They still enjoy swimming for Tooele Masters Aquatic Team. Staci's three children continued the tradition and swam for Tooele.
Even when she didn't have any of her own kids swimming she continued to be a big supporter of the Buffs and Mel's program, helping at swim meets.
She considers it an honor to be helping the Buff swimming spirit and program continue to help others, just like it has helped her and her family.
Forever and Forever in Tooele!
Charlie Roberts will be assisting Coach Tate this season after retiring from the State of Utah. He swam in Tooele’s youth age group program under Leigh Pratt and was on his brother Mel’s first team back in 1969 when was a skinny little freshman.
Charlie has closely followed Tooele High swim teams over the past five decades as an athlete, sports reporter, editor, mayor, swim official, parent of swimmers, and loyal supporter. He loves volunteering his time with the high school swimmers and helping rebuild the Buffs swimming dynasty.
Charlie and his wife, Janna, are the parents of nine children. They live near the Mill Pond in lower Tooele.
Abby participated in age group swimming for several years while growing up near Richmond, Virginia. She got back in the pool during her undergraduate years at Univ of North Carolina, and was an assistant coach for the local age group swim team in Chapel Hill, NC. A military move to Ft Bragg, NC led to a head coach position for the local age group swim team and aquatic director position there.
She went on to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, with a specialty in aquatic therapy. She served as a faculty member of Univ of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama where she taught all levels of swim ability in the school of health sciences.
Her varied experiences in aquatics have always been fulfilling, but she is most excited to be coaching again! She believes swimming encompasses much more than the physical sport. It provides an opportunity for personal well being, through discipline, dedication, team work and leadership.