||Kristen / Brandon/Hannah
||Kristen / Brandon/Hannah
Jimmy has been involved in the Austin aquatic scene for basically his entire life. Few are the people who he hasn’t coached, coached with, or coached against. Jimmy swam at the University of Texas back in the 1980′s for coach Eddie Reese, and played for the club water polo team. He has coached summer league and year round swimming since that time, becoming a fixture in the community. Among the facilities he has worked are the Hills Fitness Center, Westwood Country Club, Courtyard Tennis & Swim Club, and West Austin Athletic Club. For years before he became the WHAC Swim Team Head Coach, he coached for the club’s masters swim team, helping it to become one of the premier masters programs around.
Sean’s been involved in competitive swimming since age 7. At age 18 he moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Austin to swim for University of Texas, where we was an All American swimmer for the Longhorns, and a Big 12 Academic honoree. He had the honor to be a member of 3 NCAA Championship teams while swimming for the Longhorns. He also was awarded an academic post graduate scholarship, and earned his MBA from UT. Sean has coached swimmers from age 3-73 along his aquatic journey that he expects will continue long into the future. Sean lives in East Austin, works in Central Austin, and swims/coaches in West Austin.
Tommy returned to Masters swimming at WHAC, where he briefly coached and worked out after college, after ending his full time coaching career. Prior to returning to Austin, Tommy was the assistant coach at the University of Washington, working under Whitney Hite, until the university cut the program for budgetary reasons. He then coached the National Team group at King Aquatic Club in Seattle. His desire to leave full time coaching was our gain as he returned to Austin and started coaching with WHAC in 2014. Tommy grew up in swimming in Baltimore, and swam in college for Texas as part of the legendary teams that won NCAA titles in 2000, 2001, 2002. He swam the 100 Butterfly at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and won a gold medal on the 4 X 100 Medley Relay. Tommy is an inductee into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame. While swimming talk among the coaches had always been lively, the intensity increased dramatically when Tommy returned. Mixing his lack of shyness with his brilliance as a stroke technician, Tommy’s opinions have led to some great discussions, and the program can only be better for it.
Chris grew up in Texas spending the hot summers at the neighborhood pool where he would participate on the summer league swim team, eating nachos and playing intense games of wall ball between events. As fate would have it, a freak basketball injury in high school led him back to the pool. When he walked into the pool area to see about joining the team, former WHAC Masters Coach Dave Kalange was the coach on deck. Chris went on to swim at the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of 3 NCAA Championship teams, anchoring a medley relay that featured future world record holders Aaron Piersol, Brendan Hansen, and Ian Crocker.. After his swim career, Chris coached age group and masters swimming in the Cayman Islands and Orlando, FL. He lists being a part of the WHAC Masters program as one of his favorite parts of being an Austin resident.
Karen is a former All American high school and collegiate swimmer from Wilmington, Delaware. While swimming for SMU, she was a Southwest Conference finalist, a US National finalist and an Olympic trials qualifier. During graduate school, Karen began competing in triathlons, winning many and eventually becoming the Texas Triathlete of the year in 1994. While competing in triathlons, Karen also won Masters Nationals in various swimming events. Her running career commenced in 1996 and culminated with her qualifying for the 2000 Olympic trials in the marathon. Throughout her professional career, Karen has coached swimming, including masters in Miami, Houston and now Austin.
Amy was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She went to the University of Minnesota on a swimming scholarship where she was a four-time All-American, part of the 1999 and 2000 Minnesota Big-Ten Championship team, and competed at the 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials. In 2002 she competed in her first triathlon, Danskin, on a mountain bike! Just three years later, she competed in her first Ironman distance at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. From 2009 to 2011, Amy captured four Ironman titles at Ironman Wisconsin, Ironman China, Ironman Lake Placid, and Ironman Brazil. She also placed 2nd at Ironman Switzerland and had wins at the inaugural Revolution3 Full-Rev triathlon as well as Challenge Vichy in France. In 2012 and 2013, Amy was a consistent top-10 and top-5 performer. While Amy and Brandon make their home in Texas, they have spent the last 2 summers in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Since completing his first triathlon in 1988, triathlons have been Brandon’s passion. He has raced every distance from Ironkids to Ironman. While in high school, in addition to running and swimming, he represented the U.S. at the 1992 Triathlon World Championships in Muskoka, Canada. Shortly after transitioning from being a high school swimmer and cross-country runner, he turned to triathlons and won his first of many Texas State Triathlon championships in 1993. As an age grouper, he has represented the USA at 3 ITU Triathlon World Championship events and qualified for more. After finishing 2nd overall at the USA Triathlon National Amateur Championships in 2003, he began racing as a professional and has competed on 6 of the continents…and is waiting on the Antarctica triathlon!! Brandon placed 25th overall at the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kona. In addition to competing, he also coaches triathletes. Having earned an engineering degree, Brandon combines a methodical approach with his passion for swimming and triathlon to create a personalized training regimen. Brandon currently serves and a sub coach for both the masters and WHAC Swim Team.
Quite simply, Jane is one of the coolest people you will ever meet. She is a business woman, artist, volunteer, board member, world traveler, yoga instructor, and swim coach, to name just a few of her interests. Jane swam as a kid, but really discovered her love of swimming with the masters program at UT when she was an undergrad. In addition to swimming in the pool, over the years Jane has participated in many open water events. She started coaching masters in the late 90’s, and loves sharing her passion for swimming. Jane has Level 1 & 2 Coaching Certifications from US Masters Swimming.
Kristen began her competitive swimming career at the age of seven in Greeley, Colorado. Her parents moved her family to Hawaii for a year when she was 13, and she grew up watching her parents train and compete in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Attending Pepperdine University, Kristen swam distance freestyle, the 400 Individual Medley, and the 200 Butterfly. During college, Kristen won her age group in the 1989 Triathlon World Championships in Avignon, France. Her senior year of college, she also ran cross-country and was a two-time All-American in triathlon. In 1998, her family (Mom, Dad, and brother) was the first family of four to ever compete in and finish the Hawaii Ironman. For the last 20 years in Austin, Kristen has coached summer league, masters, high school swimming, and triathlon-training programs. She is also a personal trainer, and has Level 1 & 2 Coaching Certifications from US Masters Swimming. In 2008, Kristen and her husband Nate, launched a youth fitness business called Sport Speed Austin. She and Nate were named one of Austin Fit Magazine’s 10 Fittest Couples in 2012. Kristen has a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a PowerBar Elite athlete and former Lululemon Ambassador. Kristen and Nate have three children, Austin, Autumn, and Landon.