Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jorge Silva Head Coach/Safe Sport Contact

Head coach Jorge D. Silva opened up the Hydro-Sonic Tiburones Swim Club in January 2002 after many years of coaching and swimming in Montgomery County. Jorge has served as a head coach in many area leagues, including MCSL, MCPS (high school), and Potomac Valley Swimming, where he got his start at the Ward’s Wolverine Swim Club. After seven years of coaching the Waters Landing Thunder team in Germantown, Jorge moved to a summer head coaching position in 2008 at the Clopper’s Mill Marlins.

With the help of an excellent coaching and office staff, Jorge has grown and improved his club literally every year. He has trained MCPS County champions, Metros’ finalists, PVS Sr. Champs champions, and Junior Nationals qualifiers. In addition to coaching this top tier of the program, Jorge continues to work regularly with all of his practice groups; he especially loves to coach the little guys in the developmental programs!

When it comes to swimming, Jorge “knows his stuff,” and he really cares about the young people he coaches. In order to keep up with the latest developments in the world of swimming, Jorge researches extensively and attends the annual convention of the American Swim Coaches Association. Jorge is a perfectionist when it comes to correcting stroke mechanics; he believes that developing proper stroke technique can prevent many common swimming injuries. Having watched many talented young swimmers suffer from “burn-out” before high school, Jorge believes strongly in a gradual development of time in the water and yardage in practice. He wants his kids
to like swimming and to want to continue swimming through high school and college; therefore, he deliberately places the emphasis on quality over quantity when training his younger athletes. Finally, what makes swimming with Jorge fun is his wacky sense of humor. Come watch a workout or two, and you’ll see Jorge joking with the kids and creating laughter all around.

When not coaching, Jorge loves to read, watch silly movies, cook, collect shark memorabilia, draw, and scuba dive. He spends much of his time taking care of his two young daughters and hopes that they might some day swim in something other than the bath tub.

Jennifer Halem Head Age Group Coach

Jenni grew up in the age group swimming world in central Ohio swimming for the Upper Arlington Swim Team.   She attended The Ohio State University and University of Maryland Baltimore County studying Psychology and Chemistry.  

Jenni comes to us with several years of Potomac Valley club coaching experience including 3 years with Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins and 4 years with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club.   She also has 5 years of experience coaching MCSL including 4 years as the head coach of the Clarksburg Village Swim Team. 

For many years Jenni worked as a teaching assistant in a Montessori school and she uses many of the Montessori teaching methods in the way she approaches teaching swim mechanics.  One skill leads to another and so on.  She attends clinics and training sessions yearly to learn the best way to reach every child and to learn from the best in the swim coaching world. She is confident that your children will have a wonderful season learning new things, maturing and gaining confidence that will not only carry on into their future within this sport but also into their daily life. 

When not on a pool deck, Jenni can be found hanging out with her family and watching OSU football. 

Jeremy Snyder Coach & Team Statistician

Jeremy was a competitive swimmer for 15 years for the Long Beach Aquatics, in Long Beach, New York. He earned a varsity letter each of the five years he was a member of his high school team. During his tenure on his high school team, he earned All-Conference honors in the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke and as a member of the 200 Medley Relay.

Jeremy has been coaching for Tibu for 14 years. His previous coaching experience inclucdes two years for Nations Capital Aquatic Program and five years with the Long Beach Aquatics in New York. Currently, Jeremy coaches Magruder High School Swim and Dive team. Jeremy is also the former coach of The Quince Orchard Otters, The Potomac Glen Gators, and has also coached at Westleigh Baracudas, Montgomery Square Seahawks and Stonegate.

When not on the pool deck, Jeremy can be found teaching math at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring.

Board of Directors
Jorge Silva Owner