Aq Ctr Senior Swim Coach
Coach Tom Nielsen was born in San Francisco, California. After an adventurous tour of duty with the
U. S. Navy, he settled in Orlando, Florida.
Coach was a member of the water polo and swim teams when he attended Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, California. He was selected to the Junior College All-American Swim Team for two years in a row. At San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge, California, Coach Nielsen was an NCAA Division II finalist for two years and was selected to the NCAA Division II All-American Swim Team.
Upon completion of his college eligibility, Coach Nielsen began his coaching career as an assistant coach with a swim club in Chatsworth, California. He was also an assistant coach with Reseda High School in Reseda, California. After two year of coaching he made a career change and joined the U.S. Navy.
Coach Nielsen served 20 years in the U.S. Navy of which 18 years were spent in Underwater Demolition Teams and SEAL Teams. He traveled all over the world visiting many different countries. He continued to coach by evaluating the swimming techniques of members of the Naval Special Warfare Community.
After Coach retired from the U.S. Navy, he returned to his passion for coaching swimming and water polo. He joined the Y Team Orlando coaching staff as an assistant coach for two years. He went on to become the head swimming and water polo coach at Cypress Creek High School for eleven years. In addition to his position at Cypress Creek High School, Coach Nielsen managed and owned Kissimmee Swim Association for 5 years. In 2008, Coach Nielsen left Cypress Creek and KSA to return to California to become the Head Coach at Tiger Aquatics in Stockton, California. Upon returning to Florida, he resumed coaching swimming with Y Central Florida.
Coach Nielsen is married to the former Michelle Lynn Bisceglia, a registered nurse from Somerville, New Jersey and they have two children. Lianna graduated from Cypress Creek High School (member of the Academic All-American Swim Team) and Rollins College (member of the swim team), and Shawn also graduated from Cypress Creek High School (2 year All-American High School Water Polo Team). He attended The University of South Florida and played water polo while at USF. Shawn graduated in December 2010 from The University of South Florida in Tampa, and is now in the U.S. Navy training be become a Navy SEAL.