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Coaching Staff

Michael Montez

Head Coach, Senior and Age Group Coach


Coach Mike is in his fifth year as head coach of ESCALATE Aquatic Team.  His philosophy centers around stroke technique development, mental discipline, and personal growth.   Prior to his current position, Mike worked as the lead facility coach and coached summer league teams in Sugar Land and Katy for three years.  He swam for over fifteen years with his high school and USA swim club and brings an extraordinary level of commitment to the program.  He has developed multiple TAGS, Sectional and Junior National qualifiers.  Coach Mike is also a certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist (NASM).


Stan Kuzmin

Head Age Group Coach


Coach Stan joins ESCALATE Aquatic Team in 2019 and will be in his fourth year of coach.  Prior to joining ESCA, he was the lead Age Group coach at Sienna Plantation Aquatics and Age Group swim coach for the City of Midland Aquatics.  His philosophy is Purpose - to achieve the swimmer’s potential, Leadership - to encourage team unity, to maintain discipline, and to drive self-confidence, and Value - to respect other athletes and to honor the sport.

Stan participated in numerous international competitions including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and multiple World Championships as a member of the National Team of Kazakhstan.  He was a two-time NCAA Division II National Champ and a four-time All American with the Drury Swimming and Diving Team.

Stan earned his degree in Sport Management and Exercise and Sport Science from Drury University.

Stephanie Penagos

Lead Developmental Coach