Coach Brandon Allenstein (Coach BJ) This is the start of
my 18th year coaching Club swimming. I have worked with all levels
of kids from beginner to Olympic Trial
qualifiers. I was an elite age group swimmer with several top times
at the national, state and club
(DADS) levels. I graduated from Churchill HS in 1995 and from UTSA
in 2013 (Bachelor of Science in
Kinesiology with Teacher Certification). I have a wonderful and
loving family with my wife, Laurel, and 2 sons,
Logan (3 1⁄2) and Geoffrey (3 months). Family is very
important in my life and swimming is part of my
ASCA Level: 1
working on 2 and 3.
Committee Chair South Texas All Star Select
Camp Committee Representative I have also served on the
South Texas Board of Directors as the Age Group Chair and Coaches
Doug Andrew has coached at every level of the team
here at the George Block Aquatics Center.
Novice Coach (10&U) -
Alamo Area 1981-1991
Age Group Coach (11-14) -
Alamo Area 1991-2006
HS1 Coach - Alamo Area
HS2 Assistant Coach -
John Marshall High School -
Swimming and Water Polo Coach 1981-2009
ASCA Certification - Level
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Melissa “Missy” Bahr is a native of
Orem, Utah. She and her husband and four cute children- Kaylee,
Lucas and Sydney and Wesley moved to the San Antonio area in the
spring of 2014. She attended Mountain View High and lettered in
swimming all four years of her high school career. Her favorite
swim stroke is the butterfly- she once swam a 500-yard butterfly
race because she whined too much to her coach about how long the
100 fly race was! She graduated from Brigham Young University with
a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, emphasis in
Missy started her coaching career in 2000 and coached swim teams
Timpanogos Aquatics Club, Mountain View High School, Timpanogos
High School, and the City of Orem. She is very excited to be apart
of the Northside Alamo Area Aquatics Association Swim
She is certified through United States Swimming (USS), American
Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), American Sports Education Program
(ASEP), and Red Cross (first aid, CPR, and coaches’
Missy loves swimming and working with kids. She believes there is
nothing better than helping swimmers set and achieve their goals.
There is so much our swimmers can learn about life through
Asca Level: 2
Lead Age Group Coach, GBAC
Coach Jeremy Block literally grew up at the
George Block Aquatics Center and has been around swimming
his entire life. He split
his younger athletic endeavors between swimming, basketball, and
soccer; finally committing to year-round swimming in middle school.
Coach Block attended Holmes High School where he swam and played
water polo for four years, eventually earning an all-district water polo award and the
school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as part of the
200 freestyle relay.
After graduating from Holmes high school, Coach Block attended the
University of Redlands where he swam for four years and was part of seven
consecutive SCIAC conference titles won by the Redlands
men's swimming and
After graduating from Redlands with a major in history and a
minor in anthropology, Coach Block immediately returned to San Antonio with the goal of
returning to his home pool to turn what was then a very novice
coaching hobby into a
career. Coach Block is currently working in the office at the
George Block Aquatics Center and is seeking a Masters Degree in International
Sport Coaching with an emphasis in swimming from the University of
ASCA Level: 2
Ana R Carey
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Coach Ana Carey is a native of El Paso,
Texas. She started
swimming there at age 5 and continued through high school with
legendary El Paso coach, Leo Cancellare, and later at North Texas
Coach Carey is a Registered Dietician and currently
consults at St. Mary’s University. She has three children that
participate on the team at the NISD Natatorium, Justin, Claudia and
Certification - Level 2
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Coach Nyssa Counts is a Kurt Swanson protégé, swimming under his tutelage throughout her high school career. During that same time, she swam for Holmes as a consistent Regional competitor.
She began her coaching career as a Summer League assistant coach for Gabriel Best at Northchase and is currently an Instructional Assistant with the Northside ISD as well as Head Coach for the Woods of Shavano Summer League Team.
ASCA Certification - Level 1
Consultant and Coach, GBAC
Coach Laura Cox works for the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical
Research here in San Antonio. She is an Associate Scientist in the Department of
Genetics and a Core Scientist in the Southwest National Primate
From 1977-1985, she was the first woman to work
as a lifeguard at Huntington State Beach. From 1984-1985, she was
the Assistant Swimming and Water Polo Coach at Washington and Lee
University in Lexington, VA. She was also the Head Swimming
Coach for the Rockbridge Aquatics Team in Lexington as well.
From 1985 until today, she has held numerous coaching positions
with Alamo Area Aquatics Association (Northside Aquatics): Novice
Coach, 1985-1987; Senior Coach, 1987-1988; Age Group Coach,
1988-1989, Head Age Group coach, 1989-1990; Head Novice Coach,
1991-1993; Head 8 & Under Coach, 1993-1998; Head Novice and 8
& under Coach, 1999; Head Coach 10 & unders, 2000 -
Since 1998, she has held a chair on the American
Swimming Coaches Association Anti-Doping Advisory
She has also published the following
books:Fundamentals of Competitive Swimming for 8 &
Unders: Based on Breath Control, Balance, Sculling and Rhythm;
Fundamental of Competitive Swimming for 8 & Unders, The Video;
and Dryland for Age Group Swimmers.
ASCA Certification - Level 4
Head Coach, Elite, 1604
Coach Derek Howorthjoined NISD Aquatics in the
fall of 2006 as the Head Coach of the George Block Aquatics Center.
He grew up in San Antonio where he swam with AAAA and Jay High
School. While at Jay he was a UIL State medalist in what many say
was the greatest race in the history of Texas High School Swimming
(1992 Boys' 200IM), a many time All-American and current record
holder at Jay.
Coach Howorth continued his swimming career at the University of
Texas where he was a 6-time All-American, US Olympic Trials
Qualifier, and a member of the UT National Championship Team in
1996. While at Texas he earned his degree in Applied Learning and
After college, Derek began coaching as the Head Coach of the
Florida Aquatic Swim Club (the club team for the University of
Florida). From there he moved to the Highlander Aquatic Club in
Orlando, before returning home to Texas as the Associate Head Coach
of the famed Cy-Fair Swim Club (a.k.a. The Fleet).
During his time coaching Derek has developed over 20, National
Top 16 swimmers, served the Texas Age Group Swimming Committee
(Chair), All-Star Committee (Chair), been named Gulf Swimming Age
Group Coach of the Year in 2005 & 2006, and named TSA and ASCA
Age Group Coach of the Year in 2006. Coach Howorth has
also had the opportunity to share his swimming and coaching
experiences in Kenya (2010), Dubai (2012) and The ASCA World Clinic
Coach Howorth enjoys coaching because it allows him to help kids
learn life lessons through the sport of swimming.
During his free time Derek enjoys traveling, cooking, cycling,
being outdoors (when it’s not too hot) and spending time with
his wife, Angela, whom he married in October of 2009.
ASCA Certification - Level 4
Tanya Nicole Lane
Coach Tanya Lane joined the Northside staff in the summer of 2011. She grew up in San Antonio where she swam with AAAA and still holds records in the 10 & under and 11&12 age groups. She is very proud to currently share the AAAA record board with her son, Hunter, who swims at Northside. Her high school swimming years were spent in Florida where she was a member of the 1986 U.S. World Championship Team and earned a 9thplace world ranking in the 400 IM. She competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials, finishing 5thand 7thin the 200 IM and 400 IM, respectively.
Coach Lane continued her swimming career at the University of Notre Dame as an All-American and competed in the 1993 Olympic Trials. Many years later, she took up Master’s Swimming and has won National’s in several events. Both Coach Lane and her husband, Will, swim Masters at the Northside pool and have 3 boys, Hunter, Austin and Sean, whom all participate at Northside Aquatics.
She is excited to be coaching swimming and be able to give back to a sport that has meant so much to her over the years.
ASCA Certification: Level 2
Coach Alyssa Martinez was a AAAA swimmer since she
was eight years old participating in the age group program at the
410 pool and high school at the 1604 pool. She was a varsity
swimmer for both Stevens High School & Brennan High School
where she was a district finalist all four years, a regional
finalist for two years and a 2012 4A State qualifier in the 100
butterfly, 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay. In summer
2009, she started off as a swim instructor for Swim America, and
really enjoyed teaching kids how to swim and then became a
Westcreek summer league swim team assistant coach. She is now
excited to be a club coach at the pool she started at and is
excited to teach kids to love swimming as much as she does. On top
of coaching, she is currently a full-time student at the University
of the Incarnate Word as a pre-nursing student.
ASCA Level: 1
Swam for the City of Midland Aquatics club from the age of 9
years old and continued swimming competitively for the next 9 years
all the way through high school. Upon completing her B.A. in
Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio she decide
to return to her passion for swimming as a coach at NISD Aquatics.
Kristina's swim career includes being coached by highly known and
decorated Coach Ted Carson who is now coaching for City of Plano
Swimmers. As well as, spending a few summers at Arizona Sports
Ranch Swim Camp being coached by Olympic swim coach Bob
Kristina's passion for swimming is evident through her
commitment to her young swimmers and through her philosophy that
swimming is not just an activity but a way of life.
Kristina is American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2
certified and currently working on her ASCA Level 3 certification.
Her future plans also included returning to the University of Texas
at San Antonio to earn a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a UTSA
Lead Age Group Coach, GBAC
Megan Perez grew up swimming in Northside
Aquatics, while in high school she swam for Warren HS and swam club
under Coach Howorth. While in high school she started
teaching swim lessons. After graduating High School, She
started coaching with AAAA at the George Block Aquatics Center as
an 8 and under coach. Megan has coached a variety of levels from
novice swimmers to TAGS qualifiers. Megan attended St.
Mary’s University and graduated with a BA in Mathematics, as
well as a teacher’s certification. She is currently
teaching mathematics at John Jay High School.
This Season Coach Megan will be working with the 12 Navy and 12
ASCA Level: 2
Rodriguez grew up at Medina Lake and started his life in the
water skiing, knee boarding, and bare footing around the age of
five. Later on as he grew to be braver in the water he enjoyed
cliff jumping and scuba diving where he took the opportunity to
scuba dive inside Jacob’s Well.
attended John Jay High School where he joined the swim team and
swam competitively for his first and only season. He absolutely
enjoyed the physical and mental challenges of the sport. He still
loves to be athletic and enjoys playing many other sports when he
has the chance.
Coach Drew started coaching at the George Block Aquatic
Center in 2002.
ASCA Certification - Level
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Head Coach, GBAC
Bill Thomas coached at Northside from 1987-1998 and rejoined
the district in 2001 to coach at O’Connor High School. During his coaching career
he was a part of a Junior National Team Championship, coached
numerous Junior National Champions, UIL Champions, USA National
Team Members, Olympic Trials qualifiers, a World Championship gold
medalist and over 100 high school and collegiate
lifetime member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and
Instructor of the ASCA Stroke School, Coach Thomas has been
nationally recognized with a Counsilman Creative Coaching Award for
developing the “Backstroke Canopy” seen at the George
Block Aquatics Center.
He has also written and published numerous articles in the areas of
Coaching and Leadership.
Thomas is a native of Oregon where he was a high school state
champion, collegiate All-American and National Championship
competitor in the freestyle. He also played collegiate water
polo and holds a Master of Science degree from Southern Oregon
Certification - Level 4
Coach Lorna Walters recently returned to coach at
Northside where she started her coaching
2002 Coach Walters began as a Swim America Instructor. In the fall of the same year she
was hired by Laura Cox as the Girls Age Group
the summer of 2004 Coach Walters moved to Marina, California where
she was the Head Age Group Coach and Swim Lessons Coordinator for
the Seaside Dolphins, under head coach Ken Fittro. In 2006 Coach Fittro added high
coaching to Coach Walters’ assignment as the Seaside High
School Junior Varsity Coach.
December 2006 Coach Walters became the Head Age Group Coach for Sea
Devils Swimming under Coach Victor Abrahaminian in Burke,
Coach Walters returned to Northside as the Senior
Assistant Coach in 2008.
She is now the coach for the Senior Development
ASCA Certification – Level 2
Originally hailing from China, Coach Zhao has
over 10 years of competitive swimming experience. Coach Zhao
excelled in competition, eventually earning herself a place on the
Beijing Professional Swim Team. In addition to her swimming
experience, Coach Zhao also has over 8 years of coaching
Coach Zhao recently received her Masters degree in Kinesiology
ASCA Level: 2