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Ben Whiteside Head Coach

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.

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Lana Burl Assistant Coach

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.

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Allie Magrino Assistant Coach

Allie Magrino began her coaching career with Vandal Aquatics in Moscow, Idaho and is currently a graduate student and team manager for the University of Tennessee Swimming and Diving team while assisting both Tennessee Aquatics and Hardin Valley Academy. Allie was a four-year All-Western Athletic Conference swimmer for the University of Idaho from 2014-2018, where she was the top backstroker for the Vandals, as well as a member of the Academic All-Conference team all four years. Prior to competing for coach Mark Sowa and the Vandals, Allie was a four-year letterman for aquatics powerhouse Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, where she earned All-American honors in both swimming and water polo. She was a two-time state champion swimmer (2010 and 2012), set school records in four events over her four years and was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.

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