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!
Coach Schwochow was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Woodmore HS. He played college football at University of Findlay and then graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in special education with a math minor. Coach Schwochow started his coaching career in Ohio at Cardinal Stritch HS and then Sylvania Northview HS while still in college before moving to SW Florida in 1997. In Lee County, he coached and taught math at Cape Coral HS for 5 years as Defensive Coordinator before moving to Fort Myers High School for a decade as the defensive line and Running backs coach, where he taught Algebra and Geometry. In 2012, along with teaching Algebra, he became the defensive coordinator at South Fort Myers High School. Now, he is excited to be the head football at Island Coast HS.
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 Addison has been coaching at Island Coast High School for two years as the head coach of Boys Girls Track & Field.
Coach Joe was born in Fort Myers Florida and attended Fort Myers High School. He attended Troy University in Alabama under a Track scholarship but finished his bachelors degree in Arts and History at USF.
Coach Joe loves to run, fish, as well as travel. He loves Football, Track, and Nascar.
Coach Jones has been employed by Island Coast High School since 2008. He currently coaches Wrestling, Bowling, and has coached Football for over 30 years.
Coach Jones is Originally from West Virginia, and has been happily married for 15 years and has two wonderful children.
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 Galka (Mr)
Coach Galka has been coaching Boys and Girls Raiders and Boys and Girls Cross Country, as well as teaching JROTC here at Island Coast since the school has opened in 2007. He has been in Lee Country for 11 years. Previously, Coach Galka served 27 years in the U.S Army.
Boys and Girls Raiders has entered Nationals one, as well as entering states 3 times. Joseph Poteet is the Male national champion in Raiders, winning Nationals as the Ultime Raider.
Boys and Girls Cross Country has entered regionals twice.
Coach Galka (Mrs)
Coach Galka has been teaching Biology 1, Biology Honors, and Biology AP, as well as coaching at Island Coast since the school opened in 2007. Mrs. Galka currently coach Boys and Girls Cross Country, and also assists in Raiders.
Coach Galka is originally from Long Island, New York. She graduated from Drury University and studied Psychology. Coach Galka has been happily married for 37 years, has 2 children, and 3 grand-children.
Coach Graham was born and raised in Southwest Florida. He graduated from Fort Myers High school. He went on to play division 1 basketball at Jacksonville University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Coach Graham graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor in History.
As a player he led Fort Myers High School to the first boys’ basketball State Championship in Southwest Florida. Along with winning two back to back News Press Player of the year awards and breaking many school records during his career at Fort Myers High School.
He returned back to Fort Myers last year looking to start his coaching career. Since returning to his hometown he taught and coached at Oak Hammock Middle where he lead them to the county boys basketball championship game and also was an assistant coach for Varsity and Junior Varsity at his alma mater. Coach Graham is excited and looking forward to bringing Island Coast to a consistently high level basketball program here in Southwest Florida.