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PLAT’s coaches have many years of experience, and are known for building a strong technical foundation while instilling a lasting love for the sport of swimming.  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 all questions related to administrative operations, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Coach Spano

Head Coach

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Coach Spano is a graduate of the University of Houston, with a BS in Kinesiology/Sports Administration and is ASCA Level II certified. He has been coaching in the Houston area for over 12 years, and takes great pride in developing swimmers by not only emphasizing stroke development but also educating swimmers and parents in all aspects of the sport. "My goal is to help educate young athletes to  manage their lives both in and out of the water." 

Coach Spano has coached swimmers of all ages and abilities, including Gulf All Stars, TAGS, Sectionals, and Gulf Zones.  As an active coach within the Gulf, he was a 2009 Gulf Southern Zones coach and has been a Gulf Gold Medal Clinic volunteer coach with Olympic Medalists and World Record holders, Eric Vendt and Jason Lezak. He was also a volunteer coach for the Gulf USA Swimming "Swimposium" Clinic with Open Water World Champion Erica Rose. As a coach with the Southwest Houston Recreational Swim League, his teams sent multiple swimmers to All-Stars, achieved division championships and divisional sportsmanship awards. "The greatest feeling I have as a coach is to watch the reaction of a swimmer, as they get out of the water with a big smile, knowing they have just achieved a personal best."

Coach Spano and his wife Mary have been married for 23 years and have 3 children. Daughter Lauren is a graduate of the University of Houston where she swam as a Lady Coog, Son Geoffrey, and Daughter Molly will join us at Platinum Aquatics. When he is not coaching, Coach Spano loves spending time with his family and friends, being outdoors and watching football (GO COOGS!! and GO TEXANS!)

Coach Mary Spano

Assistant Coach/Lesson Coordinator

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Coach Mary is a graduate of the University of Texas where she played for 5 years in the Longhorn Band, Hook 'em Horns!  She holds a BA in Psychology, with a minor in English, and is currently working on her masters degree through WGU. Coach Mary and her husband Greg are co-founders of Platinum Aquatics, a 501(c)3 non-profit member team of USA Swimming.  This is their passion project!  "My life-long love of the water drives my passion that every child should be safe in the water."  This passion has led to the development of the First Stroke Swim School.  

Coach Mary serves as Vice-President on the PLAT Board of Directors, she also serves as an Assistant Coach.  She has been coaching pre-competitive swimmers and learn to swim lessons since 2002. Coach Mary holds ASCA II certification and is ASCA III approved.  "I have had the pleasure to attend clinics and work closely with several Olympic swimmers including: Brendan Hanson, Jason Lezak,  Jessica Hardy, Tyler Clerry,  Josh Davis, RIcky Barrons, and Cammile Adams.  Prior to Olympic trials in 2016, I had the opportunity to attend a Pro-Series meet and see Olympians compete.  I also had the  opportunity to attend a training session of the 2016 Olympic swim team - SO COOL!! But my greatest love is to see our developing swimmers learn to love the sport!"

"Greg and I were married in 1991.  We have 3 wonderful children and 5 amazing grandchildren.  If you ask, I will be glad to share pictures!  In my spare time you can find me
  at the pool coachingworking on a computer project, taking photos, reading a book, enjoying my Starbucks, and spending time with my family and friends!"

Elizabeth J Hlozhuter

Assistant Coach

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Daniela M Araica

Jr. Assistant Coach

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Coach Megan Villarreal

Volunteer Jr. Assistant Coach

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Coach AnaLisa Villarreal

Volunteer Jr. Assistant Coach

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Coach Lauren Spano

Lesson Coach

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Board of Directors

Coach Spano

President

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Coach Mary Spano

Vice President/Treasurer

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Amanda Leigh Muzzy

Vice President

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Shannon Woodruff

Secretary

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