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Derek Theiss

Head Coach

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Derek Theiss  – swam competitively throughout his high school career for Space City Aquatics team near Houston, TX. After high school graduation, he became the Head Summer League Coach for the North Channel Space Cowboys. After a brief stint at Texas State University, in which he was a starting water polo player for the university’s club polo team, he moved back to Houston to coach for North Channel Aquatics.

Derek's main focus for each practice is to maintain a fun learning environment helping each swimmer take the right steps at the right time towards competitive swimming. Another goal of his is to teach kids how to transfer the good things they learn in swimming into their daily lives.

Achievements:

  • Space Cowboys Head Summer League Coach 2007-2008
  • North Channel Nadadores Head Summer League Coach 2009-2012
  • North Channel Age Group Coach 2009-2013
  • USA Coach Certified

Eddie Edward Adams

Assistant Coach

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Coach Eddie has 40 years of coaching experience in Gulf Swimming and is currently on the Board of Directors for Gulf Swimming.  He Coaches part time at Lehmann Aquatic Center and is involved with Fitter Faster Clinics.  His full time occupation is as a chicken farmer West of Nacogdoches.

Sheridan Lamb

Lufkin Coach

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Tonya Rigby

Lufkin Coach

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Coach Tonya has a long history of Coaching in East Texas.  Currently she is building a program with Hudson High School as the Charter Coach of the program and has enjoyed H.S. State qualifiers.

Coach Tonya has softened the overly competitive sports rivalries in East Texas and turned them to positive rivalries as she has coached and/or assisted with High School Swimmers from Huntington H.S. and Central Hights H.S.

Children of Coach Tonya and Coach Carrie (Nacogdoches H.S.) enjoy being team mates.

Victoria A Thompson

Nacogdoches Coach

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Victoria currently coaches at Nacogdoches leading the Bronze and Silver Groups.

Lucas L Kahn

Nacogdoches Coach

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Lucas is currently a USA Swwimming Registered Athlete and the second fastest sprinter to ever emerge from East Texas (0.01 slower than Coach Erik).  Lucas is a student at SFA and helps with the Boys and Girls Club Pre-Competitive and Summer League Squads.

Azea M Gluff

Nacogdoches Coach

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Erik N Cozadd

Team Administrator

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Erik Cozadd (Ambush Coach & Team Administrator) - Has been the Aquatics Director for both Lufkin & Nacogdoches pools since May 2007. His swimming background began as a freshman with the NHS swim team. In the fall of 1998 Erik began his collegiate three year swimming career as a fighting Cardinal at Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia. Erik earned his Bachelors in Psychology & Spanish in December 2002.

Erik's main duties with Ambush involve administrative work, but he also helps coach>

Erik now resides in his hometown of Nacogdoches with his wife Angie Cozadd R.N. and daughter Ava.

Coaching Achievements:

  • East Texas Swim Team Coach 2007-2012
  • Team Ambush Coach & Administrator 2012-2016
  • Gulf Masters Swimming board member since 2009
  • USA Swimming Meet Director Certified, CPO, LGI, ASCA Level I
  • USA Swimming Coach Certified & Registered USA Swimmer

Swimming Achievements:

  • Texas 5A State Qualifier 1997 & 1998 50 Freestyle
  • Awarded Swimming Scholarship to Wheeling Jesuit University Spring 1998
  • Bluegrass Mountain Conference Medalist 1999, 2000, & 2001
  • Junior National Qualifier, ETEX 1998
  • United States Masters Swimming member since 2007
  • USMS Nationals 2008, 2009 & 2015