Hawks News · Coach Gerry Item – Always a Hawk!


It is with great sadness that the Hawk family moves forward without our head swim coach Gerry Item. After collapsing on the pool deck, Coach Item passed away this past Thursday evening, May 23, 2019. Coach Item was an Indonesian National Team swimming star in his younger years, and has coached the Hawks the past two seasons with his wife of 24 years Elfira. They are the dynamic duo of Hawk Swimming. Coach Gerry was always armed with a smile, super-knowledgeable about how to teach each swimmer on how to improve, and the quintessential motivator. Coach Gerry instituted a year long program at Citrus Hill, which produced the greatest improvement of recent years. His commitment to Citrus Hill swimmers was unmatched, and he will ALWAYS be a Hawk! Services for Coach Item are Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11am, at Akes Family Funeral Home.