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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For administrative questions, please contact Christina at office@swimfcst.com or call the FCST office at (281) 969-8759.

Coaching Staff

Peter C Wright

Head Coach

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Coach Pete begins his 4th year as Head Coach and leader of FCST. In Pete's first three years leading FCST, the club continues to grow in an upward and positive direction.  Coach Pete’s swimmers won the 2017 Southern Senior Zones Women's title and the 2015 NASA Junior National meet, while producing 2 new Olympic Trials qualifiers, 2 US Open Qualifiers, and multiple Winter and Summer Junior National Qualifiers.  FCST also won USA Swimming Silver Medal Status in 2015 and 2016.  In addition to the team’s Senior swimming success, Coach Pete created the new FCST Swim League to bridge Learn to Swim to the competitive team. Coach Pete is an ASCA Level 5 certified coach and currently serves GULF Swimming as an At-Large Board member.

Coach Pete comes to FCST having been the head coach of the Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club in Spartanburg, SC for 12 years. During his time at YSSC, the club grew from 85 to over 450 swimmers, grew from 4 to 12 different practice groups, added a satellite location, and grew to 5 full-time and 12 part-time staff. Coach Pete was also very involved in swimming administration and governance, serving as technical planning chair and senior vice-chair for South Carolina Swimming. 

Highlights include:

USA Swimming Gold Medal status 2012 and 2014

17 YMCA Long Course Team Championships

4 YMCA Short Course Team Championships

11 Olympic Trial Qualifiers

4 National Junior Team Members

1 Junior World Record Holder

7 Time YMCA National Coach of the Meet

67 South Carolina State Team Championships

6 Time South Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year

2010 USA Swimming Women’s National Select Camp Head Coach

2011 FINA Junior World Championship Team-USA Assistant Coach – Lima, Peru

2015 National Junior Team Coaching Staff

Prior to his time at YSSC, Coach Pete was a pre-senior and senior assistant coach for Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, NC. He coached 25 Junior National qualifiers, and was part of the 1999 Long Course Junior National Champion Women's team. Pete has also held coaching positions with the Ridgewood YMCA and Ridgewood High School swim teams.

Coach Pete earned a Bachelor of Arts double degree in Biology and History from Oberlin College, and was a 4-year member of the varsity swim team, serving as Team Captain for both his Junior and Senior years.  Coach Pete is originally from Overland Park, KS, but was raised in Westfield, NJ where he competed for the Westfield YMCA and the Westfield HS.

Coach Pete is married to the lovely Meghan Wright and is the proud father of 9 year old FCST Swimmer Scarlet Wright.  He is the faithful leader of his dogs Topper, Lucky, and Willie. Coach Pete is a devout Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan and loves to collect live music.

Ben Pulskamp

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Ben is starting 2017-2018 as his third year with FCST.  In Ben’s first two years with FCST the Age Group Program has continued to grow and compete at a high level.  FCST has produced multiple National Top 10 athletes as well as swimmers achieving a number of Team Records and State Champions over the course of the past two years.  Coach Ben is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach that is very excited to lead the Pre-Senior 3 group once again this coming year.

Ben comes to us from Spartanburg, SC where he was the Senior Coach for the Y-Spartaquatics  Swim Club.   Ben grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he swam for Y-Spartaquatics for 13 years before attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Ben was a four year scholarship swimmer for the Seahawks at UNC-Wilmington where the team won four CAA Conference Championships.  While swimming at UNCW he was awarded the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award his sophomore year and was named team captain his senior year. 

Ben took over the top Pre-Senior group and the Senior 2 group at Y-Spartaquatics in 2013. During his time there he has coached multiple State Champions, Sectional Champions, Y-National Qualifiers/Finalists, Junior National Qualifiers and Nationally Ranked Top 10 Athletes.  He has also been part of the coaching staff that has lead the team to multiple Overall and Women’s Long Course Y-National Championships, the team’s first Short Course Y-National Championship as well as numerous State Championships.  Ben was also selected to the 2015 Southern Zone Select Camp Staff where he got to work with some of the Top 13-14 year olds in the country.

Before becoming part of the Y-Spartaquatics coaching staff Ben was in Charleston, SC with the Southern Marlins Racing Team.  From the time that he started in August 2009 he worked his way up from being the Gold Group coach to the Head Age group Coach.  Ben produced multiple Age Group Sectional Qualifiers/Finalists as well as State Champions and athletes that achieved Top 16 times. 

Ben is extremely excited to come to First Colony to continue a tradition of excellence.  He is very eager to apply his experiences and learn from the First Colony coaching staff to make the team its absolute best.

Dana Skelton

Head Developmental Coach

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Coach Dana will be entering her 12th season with First Colony Swim Team.  She is the lead coach for the First Colony area Age Group 1 and the Head Developmental Coach.  Dana is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach, has served as the FCST rep for Gulf Masters, served on the Southern Zone Select Camp coaching staff, and served on the coaching staff for 2 Texas All Star Camp coaching staffs.  Dana has lead athletes to Gulf Champs, TAGS, Sectionals, and Junior National cuts.
 
Dana was on the coaching staff for the East Bay Bat Rays in Hayward, California.  Working with the Bat Rays was her introduction in to USA Swimming and kick-started her love of coaching, working with young swimmers, and learning what it means to be a great coach.  She has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Kinesiology from California State University, East Bay. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters.  Hobbies include working out and being crafty/creative.

Markell Lyng

Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Coach Markell has been coaching for FCST since 2001.  In this time, she has coached all groups from Novice to Masters, and has been helping oversee FCST dryland since 2006.  In 2014 she became FCST's full-time Dryland Director.  She serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Developmental, Age Group and Senior swimmers. Markell also teaches group fitness classes is the owner of Markell, L.L.C., a Swim Performance company focusing on the individual dryland needs of swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Markell obtained a BS in Kinesiology and a BS in Business Management from Houston Baptist University and she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has completed two, forty week fellowships with the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation obtaining FAFS (Fellow of Applied Functional Science) and FMR (Functional Manual Reaction) PCM (PlayCoachMate) designations. She is also certified in 3DMAPS and is a Facilitator for the 2017 GIFTclass. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Adam and daughter Keira. Markell is also passionate about her own health and fitness and has completed 4 Ironman Triathlons in addition to many other races. 

Bonnie Finnigan

Head Masters Coach

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Coach Bonnie returns for her second season as a coach, having joined FCST as swim mom in 2006, a masters swimmer in 2014, a masters coach in the summer of 2016, and as a developmental coach in the fall of 2016.  She is a USMS Level 2 certified coach and is also starting her 6 th year of coaching high school and middle school teams for Logos Preparatory Academy.

In addition to coaching, Bonnie has served on FCST’s Board of Directors.  She is a USA swimming certified official having completed both LSC and national certification as a stroke and turn official, chief judge, and starter and LSC certification as a deck referee.  Bonnie is currently working to complete LSC certification as a meet referee. Bonnie is married with two daughters who both swam with FCST.  She loves the sport of swimming and loves making it available and accessible to people of every age.

Dustin Poe

Lead Seven Meadows Site Coach

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Dustin Poe, a native of Sugar Land, will be heading into his 8th season with FCST in the Fall. He is an ASCA Level 2 Coach, and has been the lead coach and site director for the Training Pool/Seven Meadows groups for the past three years. He is currently the lead coach for Age Group 3, Pre Senior 2, Pre Senior 3, and Senior 2 at the Seven Meadows location. Dustin has had swimmers make it to  Gulf Champs, TAGS (State), Zones, NASA Junior Nationals and Futures meets, along with having several swimmers achieve team records.

Dustin began his club coaching career with FCST’s Masters (adults) program, leading one group to the Masters Nationals Meet. Dustin is big on challenging swimmers while building their self confidence. He is a high energy coach, and has a knack for making hard sets fun! In his spare time, Coach Dustin enjoys eating at Chipotle, playing guitar, and watching The Houston Astros. 

Mandy Norris

Lead New Territory Site

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Coach Mandy Norris is excited to begin her fourth year with FCST. Coach Mandy brings valuable experience in coaching the elite, age-group, and developmental athletes. Over the past six years, she has served as our FCST New Territory Site Lead, the Head Age Group Coach for West Houston Aquatic Team, and as an assistant coach for Katy Aquatics.

Mandy is quite experienced in on-deck coaching, as well as team management. She has successfully led training sites & season planning for multiple training groups, coordinated team tryouts and registration, and managed team travel. Mandy is also very involved in our LSC. She currently serves on the Gulf Swimming Board of Directors as Camp Coordinator, is a Gulf Swimming certified meet director, and was a Gulf Age Group Zone Coach in 2013.

Coach Mandy earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management concentration from Texas A&M University. She is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II certified coach and has studied Level III coursework.

Mandy has been married to her supportive husband Lance since 2011, and they welcomed their first bundle of joy in January 2016. She lives in Katy with her beautiful family and their Australian Shepherd, Molly.

Coach Mandy will be leading our New Territory site, coaching Blue 1, Red A, and White B there this season.

Adam Lyng

Lead FC Senior 1, 2 and Age Group 2

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Coach Adam is starting his 8th season with FCST.  He is currently the lead coach for Age Group 2, Senior 1 and Senior 2.  While at FCST, Adam has helped swimmers qualify for TAGS, Sectionals, Senior Zones and the North American Challenge Cup.  Coach Adam was a part of the 2010 Gulf All Star Coaching Staff, 2011 Gulf Zones Coaching Staff, 2012 FCST Olympic Trials Coaching Staff and the Head Manager for the 2014 North American Challenge Cup. 

Before coming to FCST Adam spent seven years coaching in Michigan.  He spent three years at Olivet College as an assistant coach, one year with the Rockford Riptide (USA Club Team) and three years as the Head Coach for the Boys and Girls Swim teams at Hudsonville High School.

Coach Adam attended Hope College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as well as earning his teaching certification for K-5 and English 6-8.  While at Hope Coach Adam swam and lettered all four years.

In his spare time, Coach Adam enjoys spending time with his amazing wife (Coach Markell) and their wonderful daughter Keira.

Andre Smith

Lead FC Pre 2

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     Coach Smith started his career as the Head Learn to Swim instructor with the Alief Aquatic Club (ALAC).  Coach Smith left ALAC as the Interim Head Coach and joined the First Colony Swim Team (FCST). While at FCST, he received a Certificate of Excellence from the Sugar Land City Council. 

     After a few years with FCST, Coach Smith helped start the Sienna Plantation Aquatics club (SPA).  While at SPA, he was nominated for Gulf Swimming Age Group Coach of the year. Coach Smith left SPA to rejoin FCST.  He believes in IM training with high volume kicking.

Adrian Gomez

Lead FC Blue 1 B and AG 3

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Coach Adrian is embarking on his second year at FCST and his fifth year coaching. He is excited to be the lead coach for First Colony Blue 1 B and Age-Group 3. Adrian has lead swimmers to LSC championship meets, TAGS, Sectionals, Southern Senior Zones, and Junior Nationals. Adrian enjoys the process and journey of guiding student-athletes to their stated goals through continuously improving and learning form experiences. 

Adrian received his Bachelors of Arts from Southwestern University in 2014. Where he swam collegiately four years and was elected team captain his junior and senior year. While not thinking of swimming he enjoys getting better at cooking, learning new life skills, and enjoying the Texas sun. An avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys. 

Jill Quinn

Lead FC Blue 1 A

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Coach Jill is beginning her 5th year with FCST. She is the lead Blue 1A FC coach, Swim League Coordinator, Learn to Swim Director and Saturday morning Master’s coach. Jill is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach and a US Masters Level 2 coach. Coach Jill has a strong passion for the developing swimmers. 
Having swum most of her life, Coach Jill has had many opportunities to coach, teach and interact with swimmers of all ages and abilities from swim lessons to Master’s Swimming. Coach Jill has a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Long Beach in Child Development and Family Studies. She has taught preschool through 4 th grade.
Coach Jill lives in Sugar Land with her husband, Marc and their three kids Brandon, Nathan and Caitlyn. In her spare time she enjoys swimming with the FCST Masters, and spending time with her family.

Hillary Martinez

Lead FC Blue 2

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Coach Hillary Martinez will be leading FC Blue 2 for the short course season, as well as the team’s registrar this year. She is a level 2 ASCA coach. She has coached for 11 years with FCST where she was the Developmental Lead Coach for four years. Prior to FCST she was with a local Gulf swim club where she ran their Developmental Program.  She started her coaching career with Southwest Houston Recreational League; she coached for the Glenshire Gators for 12 years and was instrumental in starting the Sienna Sharks, where she coached for 3 years. Hillary brings to the pool deck her love for working with children, building their minds, self-confidence and physical being.
 
Hillary has been married to her husband Tony of 30 years, has four grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Karim Harris

Lead FC White & Red

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Coach Karim will be joining the staff for his first season with FCST. Originally from Montgomery New York, Karim has been living in Texas for 2 years while as the Head Age Group Coach at SPA. Before that he worked for four years at the Long Island Aquatic Club where he was an assistant coach to various different groups including working with nationally ranked and NAG record swimmers.
 
Karim graduated in 2013 with a bachelor degree in both exercise science and sports management. While attending the university he competed for the swim team making conference finals all three years. Karim is also a former high school captain and record holder in swimming and track and field.
 
Swimming is Karim’s passion and he has been a swimmer since he was a small child. When he is not home spending time with his two dogs, he can be found outside running, playing volleyball and spending time with family. 

Trenton Thome

Lead Seven Meadow Blue, AG1, & AG2

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Coach Trenton Thome is starting his third season with FCST in 2017-2018. Trenton will be the lead coach for Blue,  Age Group 1, and Age Group 2 at Seven Meadows, and brings with him 7 years of competitive coaching, most recently in an age group & pre-senior role with Katy Aquatics during the 2014-2015 season and also as the head coach of the Greatwood Gators summer league swim team.
 
Trenton is ASCA II certified and has coached 4 swimmers to the TAGS meet. As head coach of the Greatwood Gators, Trenton led the Gators to a 17-3 record and earned 3 league championships, while the team consistently held membership of 200-225 athletes. As an athlete, Trenton was a UIL State Qualifier for Lamar Consolidated High School and NISCA academic All-American Status.
 
Born in Ohio, raised in Sugar Land, thriving in Houston as he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Houston, and is seeking to one day earn a graduate degree.
 
Trenton resides in the Medical Center and spends his free time working out, watching college football, and hanging out with his Black Labrador, Zeus.

Melissa Hepler

Lead Coach at New Territory

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Coach Melissa begins 2016-17 as her first season with FCST, and her first season coaching USA Swimming. She will be working with many of our age-group and developmental groups in an assistant role.

Melissa has served as a coach for the Falcon Point Swim Team for 2 summers and has competitive experience at the NCAA Division 1 level, having competed for Eastern Illinois University. In high school, Coach Melissa earned Academic All-American honors, TISCA honorable mention, and was a member of National Honor Society.  Melissa is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in exercise science & nutrition at the University of Houston.

Justin Mouton

Lead Beaumont Site

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Coach Justin is starting his third season with FCST and first as the lead coach for FCST Beaumont. Justin oversees the Senior, PreSenior, Age Group, and Developmental groups in Beaumont. 
 
Before coming to FCST, Justin was an assistant coach for the Beaumont Area Swim Team (BAST) for 5 years, and has several years experience in teaching lessons. Justin also competed for BAST for 8 years and with Clifton J. Ozen High School for 4 years
. Justin is a Beaumont resident and native and enjoys reading, dancing, parkour, and swimming in his spare time. 

Brooks McNamara

Lead Coach PS1, FC

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Coach Brooks is excited to be starting his second year with FCST. After assisting various groups last season, he will be leading the FC Pre-Senior 1 group this season. Brooks enjoys providing athletes with lessons that will help them grow and find success throughout life.

After swimming with FCST for nine years, Brooks is currently enrolled at the University of Houston. When he isn’t working or studying, Coach Brooks enjoys swimming, watching rugby andspending time outside wit friends and family.

Susan Monteagudo

Assistant Coach

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Coach Susan started working with FCST in the Spring of 2015. She has been an assistant Coach for the Developmental groups in New Territory and the First Colony area as well as helping when needed with AG1, AG3 and Pre Senior 1. During the summer of 2015 she was part of FCST 10 week Learn to Swim Program and also worked with the Swim League groups 1, 2 and 3. Coach Susan is ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Level II certified. During the 2017 - 2018 season she will be in New Territory in charge of Swim League 1 and 2 and will also be assisting the White, Red and Blue 2 NT groups..

Coach Susan has a Bachelors degree in Architecture and was a competitive swimmer for 12 years in her native country of El Salvador. Before getting married she worked as a flight attendant for an international airline. She came to USA in 2005 and after joining FCST Masters in 2007 competed with them in several open water races and in two USMS National Championships. Coach Susan has been married for 22 years and has 3 boys. Her oldest son Fernando is studying Physics at UT Austin, her middle son Carlos was part of FCST Senior Elite group and is now studying Chemistry and swimming at Emory University and her youngest son Gabriel is in 8th grade.

Myka Cupp-Vasquez

Assistant Coach

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Coach Myka began coaching during the 2016-2017 season and this is her second year with FCST. She is very excited to be the assistant coach for Coach Dana and Coach Andre working with AG1 and PS2.

 

Coach Myka was a swimmer when she was younger and continued swimming through high school, where she swam for 4 years and became swim captain in her senior year. Coach Myka received an Associates of Arts in Business Administration in 2016 and is currently enrolled at the University of Houston, where she is completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development and a Minor in Accounting. Upon graduation, she hopes to further her education by completing a Masters in Accounting. After that, she will work towards receiving her CPA license. 

Lesley Rienstra

Assistant Coach

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Coach Lesley has over 15 years of coaching experience with all levels of swimming. This is Coach Lesley's 9th year with FCST. Coach Lesley is the Head Coach for Spring Woods High School as well as of the First Colony Gold Summer League team  in the summer. Coach Lesley is married with 2 sons. She was a former National and Olympic Swimmer for the British team

Floria Faith Perez

Masters Coach

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Coach Floria began 2015-2016 as a Masters Coach with FCST. She is a USMS Level 1 & 2 certified coach and certified ARC Water Safety Instructor. Prior to FCST, Floria taught triathletes, seeking to do their first triathlon, learn to swim.

 

She has worked with our Swim League program as an assistant, and with our Learn to Swim program as a swim instructor. She continues to work with our Learn to Swim program as a sub and teaches private lessons for all ages. Coach Floria is passionate about swimming; she wants everyone to learn to swim, be safe, and have fun in the water!

Miaeda Hutchinson

Assistant Coach

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Miaeda is in her second season of coaching with FCST. She will be FCST assistant sub for this season.  So far, she has worked with Age Groups 1, 2 and 3, Junior 2, Presenior 1 and 2, non-competitve groups and Masters, with which she also swims. Miaeda swam for 5 years in the Bahamas before moving to Sugar Land, where she swam for Clements High School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends. 

Board of Directors

Karl Schuler

BOD President

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John N Nelson

Vice President

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Yong Zhao

Treasurer

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Matt Kulow

Secretary

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Candace Brown

Director

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Ken Fu

Director

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Adrian Hembree

Director

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David Hepler

Director

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Sarah Kumar

Director

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