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 family.
ASCA Level: 3 working on 4 and 5
I am currently the Southern Zone Age Group Chair, TSA TAGS Committee Chair, and I have also served on the South Texas Board of Directors as the Age Group Chair and Coaches Rep.
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
Coach, 1604 Nat
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 Youth Leadership. Missy started her coaching career in 2000 and coached swim teams with Orem 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 Team. 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’ safety). 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 swimming!
Asca Level: 2
Coach Gabriel Best, MSW, M.Ed., Ph.D (abd) began swimming in his native country of Panama at the age of 5 and continues to swim on a regular basis to this day. He learned basic swimming skills from his late father who would take him almost every Saturday to either the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean to swim. He swam competitively in high school (1977) and began coaching the sport in 2001, thanks to George Block. Over the years, he coached age group, high school and master swimmers in swimming and water polo with championships seasons in both as the head coach of William H. Taft High School (2004-2008).
ASCA Certified Coach: Level 3 working on 4 and 5.
USMS Certified Coach: Level 2 working on 3 and 4.
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 diving team. 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 The Incarnate Word.
ASCA Level: 2
Ana R Carey
Asst Coach Elite and Coach, 1604
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
Justin Joaquin Carey
Justin Carey is a native of San Antonio and a familiar face on the pool deck. Justin began swimming 10 years ago with Misty Oaks Summer League team then joined AAAA soon thereafter.
His passion in swimming has evolved to a coaching level that he thoroughly enjoys and is now helping the developmental swimmers in our program advance in the sport. He is a homeschool graduate that is attending Vista Community College while continuing to train with the Elite group of our team. He is looking forward to college level swimming in the near future. He is a an avid outdoorsman that loves anything that is not in-doors. He especially enjoys mountain biking, trail building, fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. Justin has developed into a well rounded swimmer and coach under the tutelage of Coach Derek Howorth and loves that he can help form the next generation of swimmers.
Coach, 1604 Nat
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
Kickstarting her swimming career at the age of 8, Coach Gianna Davis began swimming with NISD's Alamo Area Aquatics. She quickly discovered a love for the sport and the technicalities that it holds.
Coach Gianna swam and enjoyed playing water polo through all four years of high school. Towards the end of her high school career, Coach Gianna recognized a strong inclination to help others discover all they can be through the love of swimming.
Coach Siobhan Goodman swam for AAAA for six years and eventually swam for Brennan high school where she consistently qualified for regionals and qualified for state her sophomore year. While in high school she taught swim lessons with Swim America for three years. Transitioning from high school to college she continued to swim; but now with the AAAA Masters team. She competed in the Masters Nationals meet and medaled in several events. In addition to swimming she plays water polo for the Gator Gals and attends UTSA where she is pursuing a bachelors degree for biology
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
Meriem Talbi Kebbab
Coach Meriem Talbi Kebbab was born and raised in Algeria; She starts swimming at the age of 8 years old and became an Algerian Champion in 200 Breastroke. At the age of 24 years old Meriem got her Bachelor degree in Environmental Science. In 2014, she came to San Antonio with her husband Nabil (an Olympic swimmer) to start a new life in the US. Meriem holds safety certifications and coaching licenses from the American Red Cross, USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association. She also speaks French, Arabic, and English fluently. Meriem is both an instructor for SwimAmerica and an AAAA coach and works hard to help the kids to improve and develop themselves.
ASCA Certification - Level 1, working on 2
Nabil Kebbab was born and raised in Algeria, and has extensive experience in the swimming world as a professional swimmer and coach. He began swimming at 7 years old, and joined the Algerian national team at 17 years old. At 18 years old, Nabil moved to France to join Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille. As part of Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille and the Algerian national team, Nabil has traveled the world training and competing in the sport of swimming. His most notable achievements include participation in the London and the Beijing Olympic Games, a 5th place finish in the 100m Freestyle at the 2007 World Championships, and 4 gold medals at the African Championships. He first came to San Antonio to train with AAAA in 2004, and when he made the decision to retire from professional swimming, he came back to San Antonio with his wife Meriem (also a swimmer) to begin his full-time coaching career. Nabil holds safety certifications and coaching licenses from the American Red Cross, USA Swimming, Algerian Swimming Federation, University of Marseille, the French National Safety and Rescue Aquatic, and the American Swim Coaches Association. In addition to his swimming and coaching credentials, Nabil is fluent in French, Arabic, and English. He brings a wealth of experience to AAAA and enthusiastically shares his experience to help develop young athletes.
ASCA Certification - Level 3
Coach Rachael Richtberg has been swimming for over 20 years, both competitively and for enjoyment. In 2007, she worked as a lessons instructor for the SwimAmerica program at George Block Aquatics Center and has since moved on to coaching the 12 U White and has been working as a coach for the district since August 2014.
ASCA Certification - Level 1
Coach Drew 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. He 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.
Coach Lorna Walters recently returned to coach at Northside where she started her coaching career.
In 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 Coach.
In 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.
In December 2006 Coach Walters became the Head Age Group Coach for Sea Devils Swimming under Coach Victor Abrahaminian in Burke, Virginia.
Coach Walters returned to Northside as the Senior Assistant Coach in 2008.
She is now the coach for the HS Gold Team.
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 experience.
Coach Zhao recently received her Masters degree in Kinesiology from UTSA.
ASCA Level: 2