SHERWOOD’s Swim & Dive Coaches

Derek Sprinz (Swim)

Derek Sprinz is an Electrical Engineer with Huntsville-based Radiance Technologies.  He is married to his wife Cara and has three children, Ceilidh, Evan and Emily who started swimming with the Sherwood Sharks last year.  Derek is a Chattanooga native, and swam & dove summers for the Stuart Heights Sharks from age 7 through High School.  In addition, Derek swam winters in his youth for the Scenic City Aquatic Club, and was a varsity swimmer for Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga.
Derek was away from the sport until his kids started swimming for Sherwood last summer, where he worked as a timer for the internal Blue vs. Green meets.  He is excited to get started in his first year of coaching swimming with Sherwood, and if he’s not coaching practices or working, you’re likely to find him in the pool with his kids swimming, diving or playing sharks and minnows!

Tim Holtcamp (Swim)

Tim Holtcamp is an electrical engineer for Sparta, Inc (a Parsons Company) in Huntsville, AL. He is a 1992 graduate of Sparkman High School and a 1997 graduate of Auburn University. Tim is married to his wife Misty and they have three children, Mackenzie, Mason and Shaun.

Tim grew up in Huntsville and swam in the Rocket City Swim League for Aquatic Club from age 5 to 13. He also competed during the winter months for Sea Horses. His family moved out of Huntsville to Toney where he became a lifeguard and swim instructor at Blue Water Springs Park YMCA for 3 years.

Tim was away from competitive swimming until his daughter began swimming for Sherwood in 2006 at age 5. In 2007, Tim began running the computer/scorer’s table for Sherwood. In 2008 when Mason joined Mackenzie on the Sherwood Swim Team, Tim added assistant coach to his volunteer work at Sherwood. Tim assistant coached for 5 years and became  head coach for Sherwood in the following years. In addition to his Sherwood coaching, Tim is a member of USA Swimming and is the Meet Director for the Madison Swimming Association, a USA Swimming Club.

Steve Hall (Dive)

Steve is a retired human factors engineer who worked for NASA at MSFC for thirty five years developing astronaut equipment for projects ranging from the Lunar Roving Vehicle and Skylab through Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. He graduated from Eastern High School in Greentown, IN, and then from Purdue University in 1968 in aerospace engineering. He and his retired wife, AnneMarie, live in Monrovia. Their daughter, Dominique, a biochemist, lives in Baltimore, MD.

Steve did not learn to swim until his senior year in college. He became SCUBA qualified upon joining NASA, and then qualified for space-suited diving in neutral buoyancy, and certified to fly in simulations on the “vomit comet”. He also became a private pilot. At fifty five, he began springboard diving, competing at his first meet in Mobile. Shortly thereafter, Sherwood needed a dive coach, and he started coaching it. Ralph Heusinger started a year around dive program, and Hall assisted him coaching the team for several years. Steve has also been coaching Huntsville and Grissom High School dive teams, concurrently, for nearly ten years. In addition to coaching, he continues to dive both 1m and 3m boards himself.


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