Zap Cap Systems® honors Coach of the Month

Tampa Electric’s Zap Cap Systems® honored its January Coach of the Month at a recent Tampa Bay Lightning game. Zap Cap has partnered with the Lightning this season to recognize and honor youth sports coaches in our community who coach kids ages 18 and under.

We’re proud to congratulate John Bruenning of Tampa Bay YMCA Swimming  as the latest recipient of this honor.

Here’s more about Coach Bruenning:

Personal Athletic Experience:

  • University of South Carolina Class of 1998 (Team Captain and MVP Scholar Athlete)
  • Olympic Trials qualifier 1996

Coaching Experience:

  • Currently the Director of Competitive Swimming for the Tampa YMCA Stringrays

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • Placed 3 athletes on the USA Swimming National Junior Team
  • Coached multiple HS All Americans and USA National Finalist

Quotes from current players:

“Coach John has changed the attitude of Tampa Y Swimming. Swimmers are not only instructed on swim technique, swimmer are taught how to be great athletes, great people and how to change performances that may not have been their best.” —Fellow Coach

“The goal that he (Coach John) wants us to achieve is to not only be the best team in the water but also the best team out of the water, by encouraging one another and becoming one unit as a team. Coach John wants all of us to become great people who just happen to be great swimmers.”—Current swimmer on his team

“His approach to each individual athlete and their learning style is always in a positive and uplifting way.”—Parent of a swimmer on his team

Coach Bruenning recently lost his mother and is extremely grateful to the amazing people of Tidewell Hospice for their excellent care during a very difficult time. He is donating the $1,000 reward to Tidewell.

Zap Cap Systems is proud to support the strength of youth coaches across our communities. Anyone can nominate a youth or high school coach in the Greater Tampa Bay area for consideration. For more information on how you can nominate a deserving youth coach, go to

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