For Terry Thimlar, sports and the business of sports has been his life and passion. In 1972, he graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, helping to lead his basketball team to a sectional and regional championship. At Edison Community College (FSW), he was a two year starter, earned his A.A. degree and was a Phi Theta Kappa national honoree. Following E.C.C., Terry earned his B.S. degree in economics at Indiana State University while also serving as a student assistant for the Sycamores men’s basketball team. In his senior year at I.S.U., the team finished the season 25-2 and participated in the prestigious NIT.
After I.S.U., he was hired by the University of Florida as an assistant coach for the 1977-78 basketball season. After one season with the Gators, he returned to Indiana State as the lead assistant coach. In the 1978-79 season, Indiana State finished the year with a perfect 28-0 regular season record, the #1 ranking in the country, and the #1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The season ended when Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, lost one of the most memorable NCAA Championship games in basketball history to Michigan State, which was led by Earvin “Magic” Johnson. During his three years as an assistant, he was also responsible for conducting the youth summer basketball camps for the Sycamores. In addition, he began his own basketball camp, The Thimlar Basketball Camp, in Fort Myers, Florida, developing all marketing and business operations.
In 1986, Terry became the head boys’ basketball coach at Cypress Lake High School and in 1994, opened Lehigh Senior High School as its first head boys’ basketball coach. But Indiana basketball called Terry back and in 1996, he was hired as the head boys’ basketball coach at the basketball powerhouse, Muncie Central High School, Muncie, Indiana. His summer camp followed him to each of these schools and was highly successful from the business side and in the fundamentals and techniques of basketball.
In the fall of 1999, Terry was hired as the athletic director for the new Dunbar High School in Fort Myers. This is where his sports and business background came rising to the top. He was responsible for every aspect of beginning and developing the total athletic department. His responsibilities included, but not limited to: all budgeting, hiring of coaches, designing of all athletic facilities including the baseball and softball complex, the football stadium and locker rooms, the track and field complex and tennis center, the sports complex which included the gymnasium, fitness room, training room, wrestling room, varsity locker rooms, equipment and laundry rooms and athletic offices. He created the support network for manpower needs in all sports, solicited involvement from the corporate sector and marketed the entire athletic program.
In the spring of 2004, Terry organized an investor/ownership group that purchased a NBA Development League team, the official minor league of the NBA, thus becoming the first privately owned team in the NBA Development League. Terry negotiated all aspects in the process to purchase the team and in the operating agreement with the Development League. For the Florida Flame, Terry served as team general manager and assistant coach for Dennis “DJ” Johnson (Naismith Hall of Fame member) in the 2004-05 season. And in the 2005-06 season, Terry was the team general manager and assistant coach for Jeff Malone (13 year NBA veteran and three time NBA All-Star). As general manager he oversaw all business operations of the team including budgeting, sales, marketing, media, public and community relations. The NBA Development League is owned and operated by the NBA.
Terry is excited about being part of the Island Coast High School family and looks forward to every aspect of the “green and gold” academic and athletic world. Let’s GO GATORS!
Clint Montgomery was born and raised in Arcadia Florida and attended Charlotte High School where he lettered 3 times in Varsity Basketball.
After Coach Montomery graduated high school he attended Lake Sumter Community College and FGCU where he was a member of the baseball team and graduated with a degree in Sports Management in 2005.
He then began teaching and coaching at Lehigh Senior High. Coach Montgomery was promoted to Head Coach a year later as an assistant. The team improved 7 wins in the first year and 5 more the second year under Montgomery. He then took the job at Island Coast as head coach of the Baseball team.
It didn't take long for the winning to start. During the second year, the Gators defeated Bishop Verot for the District Title.
Overall the Gator Baseball team has won 3 district titles and have been to the playoffs 4 out of the 5 years of eligibility. Coach Montgomery is also a coach at SWFL baseball and has helped several kids receive college scholarships, including 13 Gators. Coach Montgomery is a father of 3 girls Rylyn, Jacey, and Saylor, and is married to his wife Jessica.
Coach Edmunds has been a successful head swimming coach for over thirty six years! She has coached all levels of age group teams including high school, college & university (Ohio University, Oberlin College and The Colorado College), YMCA, and Master teams. Coach Edmunds coached 36 high school All-Americans and 15 NCAA All-American teams; 3 Olympic Trial qualifiers and was awarded Ohio High school-State Coach of the Year in 1988. (First female coach to have won!)
Personal Accomplishments: Age group state champion, High school All-American, NCAA All-American, Olympic Trial qualifier (consideration) 1972, 1st Female Athletic Scholarship recipient for Indiana University-1976.
Coach Edmunds philosophy: “Swim for the BEST times of your life!”
Coach Brian Jones was a three sport athlete in at Greenbrier High School in West Virginia. He attended Glenville State College in West Virginia where he was a three year letterman in football. Coach Jones is entering his thirty-sixth year as a wrestling coach, and has also coached football for over thirty years. In addition, Coach Jones has been the boys’ and girls’ bowling coach for Island Coast for the last six years.
Coach Hauser has been here at Island Coast since the school opened in 2007 coaching Football, Boys and Girls Track, Boys and Girls Golf, as well as Boys Soccer.
Originally from sioux City, Iowa, Coach Hauser graduated from Morning Side College. Happily married 18 years, Coach Hauser has two children, Hunter, and Emilee.
Coach Curliss has been here at Island Coast for 5 years as a teacher, and a coach for 4. Curliss currently coaches Football, and Boys and Girls Track.
Originally from Fremonet Ohio, he graduated from University Of Toledo.
Coach Curliss has been happily married since 2008, and has two sons; Trent (6) Cameron (7).
Coach Louisme is a native of Fort Myers, Florida and played for Coach Ed O’Brien at Fort Myers High School from 2000 until 2004. He was a Two-time All- State selection and the Fort Myers News-Press Player of the year in 2004. He averaged 15.8 points 12.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game as a senior, 12.5 points 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks a game as a junior. Coach Louisme was named one of the Top 25 players in the state of Florida in 2004. Coach Louisme then took his talents to New Orleans, Louisiana where he received an athletic scholarship to play at Tulane University. A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Coach Louisme graduated with a bachelors in Media Arts and a minor in Advertising. He moved on to play professionally in France, Ireland and Germany for five years.
Coach Louisme has continued his passion and love for the game with the Island Coast Gators. Last season as the junior varsity coach and now as the head coach of the Gators.
Coach Garner is a native of Sheffield, Alabama. She attended Sheffield High School where she was a starter on the varsity all four years. Coach Garner then accepted a two year basketball scholarship at Northwest Shoals Community College located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. While at Northwest Shoals she help lead her team to the State Finals two years and graduated with an A.A. degree in Science.
After graduating from Northwest Shoals Community College she continued her basketball career at Blue Mountain College located in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. She graduated with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Social Science.
Coach Garner started her career coaching at a 6A middle school as the 8 th grade head girls’ basketball coach while also serving as the assistant coach for Northwest Shoals Community College. Both coaching jobs brought her much success. Coach Garner then became an assistant coach at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida State College were Conference Champs two years in a row and also nationally ranked. Her players had the opportunity to continue their basketball careers and play for other major colleges and universities around the world.
Coach Garner has a true passion for the game and wants nothing more than to teach and coach basketball, something that has brought so much joy and opportunities in her life. She is so happy to be a part of the “Gator Nation” and all the success that is to come as the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Island Coast High School.
Coach Reitz has been a member of the Island Coast team since the 2015-2016 school year. He has been coaching golf here since 2016. He has over a decade of golf team experience as either a player or coach. Coach Reitz has also been a member of the baseball coaching staff since 2015-16 school year.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Coach Reitz graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education from The Bowling Green State University in 2005. He has been married to his wife Kayla since 2009. They have three children, Alysia, Cooper, and Liam. Coach Reitz has been a member of the Lee County School District since 2006.