Coaches & Directors

Gilbert  Legaspi.   ShAC’s seasoned coaching staff is led by Head Coach and Owner, Gilbert  Legaspi. Coach Gilbert has been coaching under USA Swimming for almost 30 years. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Integrated School and earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. Coach Gilbert has shown great commitment to the sport of swimming. He is involved with the governance of the sport at both the national and regional levels, through USA Swimming and Gulf Swimming. Coach Gilbert has lead his swimmers to many elite championship meets, including Junior Nationals, Nationals and Olympic Trials. Many of Coach Gilbert’s alumni swimmers have gone on to swim in colleges such as the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Missouri, Rice University, Yale University, Cornell University, Columbia University, New York University, Howard University, Rider University, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Denver, the University of Hawaii and the United States Military Academy at West Point (including many with swimming scholarships). In 2015, Coach Gilbert was awarded Gulf Swimming’s Head Coach of the Year Award. Coach Gilbert coaches the Senior Group and Junior 2 Group.


Karol  Legaspi.  Head Age Group Coach and Owner  Karol  Legaspi has been an Age Group Coach for almost 25 years.  She graduated from Houston Baptist University with a BS in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. She has been a certified USA Swimming Swim Coach since 1998 and is a lifetime member of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Because of her expertise in advanced swim technique, Coach  Karol is sought after by swimmers for her private coaching sessions. Coach  Karol’s vast experience and commitment to the sport are evidenced in the quality of the swimmers she has produced.  Every season Coach  Karol has had state qualifiers, many of whom have gone on to become finalists and/or winners at the Texas Age Group Swimming Championship. Coach  Karol coaches ShAC 2, 3 and Junior 1.


Justin Reed.  Coach Justin Reed has been working with Coach Gilbert and Coach  Karol since 2001. Since that time, he has taught and coached swimmers at all levels, while continuing his education. In 2010, Justin graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Health, and in 2013, he completed his MS in Exercise Physiology at U of H. He is now pursuing his PhD in Exercising Physiology at U of H, while carrying out his coaching duties at  ShAC. He also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2012, he transitioned to working with the swim team while concurrently pursuing. Coach Justin coaches the Senior Group with Coach Gilbert and creates and implements  ShAC’s dryland training program.


Coaching Staff