Ben Whiteside has been the head coach of Hardin Valley Aquatics since 2018. He led the high school and middle school teams to a 2nd place finish in the city meet last season. Ben has been a part of Knoxville swimming for twenty-five years. Aside from a two-year stint in New York City, he has coached in Knoxville for ten of the past twelve years. He holds degrees in English and Cinema Studies from the University of Tennessee, and in his spare time likes to play board games, chill with his two cats, and systematically cross movies off of his outrageously long Netflix queue.
Lana Burl has been an assistant coach with HVA since 2017 and a Masters coach for Tennessee Aquatics, also since 2017. Lana is a business consultant and owner of Burly Projects, LLC, as well as the owner of LB Endurance, coaching amateur athletes focused on triathlon, running, swimming and cycling. Her coaching certifications include USAT, USAC, USMS, CPR with AED, and she earned an MS in nutrition. She emphasizes life balance, continuous learning and enjoying the process of becoming great by committing to every small step.
Lana currently competes in triathlons, bicycle races, open water swims and other multisport endurance events. She is a member of Team USA, competing internationally in the disciplines of triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon.