WRIGHT STANTON IV
Coach Wright is an El Paso native, and a talented young coach who has been coaching the Loretto Swim team for the last 9 years. He comes from a family of swimmers and athletes, and has been coaching in El Paso for the last 16 years. Over this time he has coached at the Jewish Community Center (Head Coach) for 5 years, Tennis West (Head Coach) for 3 years, El Paso Tennis Club (Assistant Coach) for 1 year, and Fort Bliss Barracudas Swim Team (Assistant Coach) for 4 years. Coach Wright also swam professionally for seven years during which time he achieved top place finishes 8 times nationally, top ten world championship medalist in 2006. In 2007, he was named City of El Paso Athlete of the Year, and a United States of America Swimmer for 10 Years. During his High School swimming career he was TAGS qualifier, sectionals qualifier, Texas Athletic amateur federation medalist and record holder, and state games of America national competition-10 time gold medalist. Coach Wright is excited to be part of SWAT and he will work to implement a passionate love for swimming into his coaching style, and he is committed to bringing discipline, enthusiasm and fun to team.
Coach Cristina began her swimming career at the age of 6 in El Campestre in Ciudad Juarez, which was followed by several swimming seasons at Piedmont Hill Club where she won “All Piedmont Girl”. She then trained with the legendary coach Leo Cancellare for 3 years. She is a Coronado High School graduate where she also swam for a couple of years. Coach Cristina has been working with children for the last 15 years to teach them how to swim and is highly regarded as an excellent and caring coach. During the last 4 years she has been working with the Fort Bliss Barracudas swimming team providing preventive injury therapy and teaching swimmers how to manipulate their movements in the water to perfect their swim technique. She also works with athletes and swimmers from the community on preventive injury techniques. In addition, she has been teaching spinning and strength training for the last 15 years. Coach Cristina is a triathlete (swimming, biking and running) and has participated in numerous triathlons throughout the last 17 years including the “Iron Man” and “Half Iron Man” (winning 2nd & 3rd place in the Rocky Point Triathlon in Rocky Point, Puerto Penasco, Mexico). Coach Cristina has also participated and won 1st place in the “Run, Swim, Run” race at UTEP, swam at the national level in the Master category, and swims the 10,000 m “Los Rapidos ” race every year. Coach Cristina is certified in AIS (Active Isolated Stretches), water safety instructor and stroke technique. She is a consumed athlete who enjoys working, teaching and training younger children and adolescents how to swim, compete, stay fit and eat healthy. She has won numerous awards and accolades throughout her career in swimming and triathlons and is very excited to continue her career working with all the swimmers from SWAT.
Josh swam for Chapin High School and in 2013 was the District Champion (Medley Relay), District Record Holder (Medley Relay), Regional Qualifier and First Team All-District Selection. He since then has coached summer league for the past 4 years and was the owner/head coach of tidal wave swimming from 2014 - 2016. He had a tags swimmer qualify in 2015-2016 short course. Following is Josh's other swim coaching experience: El Paso Aqua Posse 2014-2016 (age group coach) and 2013 Head Coach for Parkfoot Hills Swim Club.
Oscar is currently a student at UTEP pursuing a career in education. Oscar was in competitive swimming for 15 years and swam for local El Paso club teams such as SWAT, WETT and Desert Sharks. He also swam for FHS and EPHS where he proudly holds school record at both and was also a district and regional champion. Oscar was honored with 1st team All-State as a senior and offered a scholarship to swim at Wayland Baptist University. After coaching summer league at the Fighting Frogs this past summer Oscar realized he still had much to offer the swimming community. As Oscar says: "Maybe my swim days are washed up, but my mind isn't and neither are the kids I coach! Ilove this sport and I'm very passionate about it. I can't wait to get to work!" GO SWAT!!!
JIM VAN ATTA - "COACH V"
Coach V has loved swimming since joining his neighborhood team at the Orchard Hills Aquatic Club as a 7-yr old in Ann Arbor, MI. At the end of that summer he joined Ann Arbor Swim Club declaring to his parents: “I’m joining the year round team so I can get a scholarship and swim in college!” In high school Coach V qualified for nationals and was selected to swim for the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at USMA he was a 12-time Patriot league finalist, 400 IM Conference Champ, 4-time Eastern Seaboard Finalist (Ivy League + Army/Navy). Coach V believes in long term development of swimmers as great young people, strong students, and well-rounded athletes.
Manny Quiñones is an excellent addition to SWAT, with a stand-out history in the El Paso swimming community. He has worked with children and people of all ages since 2005, when he volunteered at Piedmont Hills. In 2010, Manny assisted the Boys Scouts of America and was swim coach and lifeguard from 2009 to 2011 at Tennis West Club. Manny was also Head Swimming Coach at Piedmont Hills Club during the summer of 2013. Not only is he an experienced swim coach, but his abilities as a certified lifeguard, team work philosophy and community service activities will benefit the entire Southwest Aquatic Team!