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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming-related issues, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Coach Jason.

Coaching Staff

Jason Wedlick

Head Coach

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Coach Jason is the Lead Coach for  Age Group 4 White and Senior 1/2

Coach Jason is beginning his 10th year as Head Coach for RICE Aquatics. Under his leadership the team has grown to over 200 swimmers and seen swimmers achieve a new level of excellence. RICE Aquatics has developed into the top 300 ranked USA swim team during this time. Coach Jason Wedlick has been coaching for the past 15 years in the Houston area and is an ASCA level 3 coach. 

Coach Jason’s ability to implement proper stroke technique and mechanics while keeping the atmosphere fun and enjoyable for the swimmers has allowed his swimmers to achieve success at all levels of swimming. Coach Jason’s swimmers have achieved numerous TAGS, T16, State, Sectional, NCSA and Jr National qualifiers. Coach Jason has been active with the GULF LSC having prevously served as the Admin Vice Chair of GULF Swimming. Prevously he has served on multiple committees and select coaching of the Gulf All-Star team, Gulf Zone team and "Catch the Spirit" camps. Coach Jason was selected to be the Head Coach of the Zones Team 2008 and 2015 NACC team for the GULF. Coach Jason currently sits on a USA Swimming Committe for Club Development.

Michael T Peron

Briar Club Lead Coach

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Coach Mike is the Lead Coach for Briar Club

Mike Peron grew up in the Houston area.  He graduated from Katy-Cinco Ranch High School, where he was a decorated varsity swimmer.  He earned All-State honors and was a part of school record relays.  Mike was a part of the Rice University Swim Team as a practice player athlete and graduated from Rice University in 2012.  Mike began coaching for Rice Aquatics prior to graduating and has been an integral part of the program over the years; overseeing dryland training, coaching all levels of the team and assisting with the masters swimming program. Last Spring Mike earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston in Exercise Science. He also spent 3 seasons as the Rice University Women’s Swim team volunteer assistant.  This past year Mike has been in Nice, France coaching with Olympic Nice Natation under Fabrice Pellerin and Maxime Leutenegger. 

Jessica Rodriguez

Assistant Coach - Age Group 1 & 4 Silver

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Coach Jessica is the Lead Coach for Age Group 1 and Age Group 4 Silver

Coach Jessica graduated from the University of North Texas. She was a student-athlete swimming all four years while completing her degrees in English Literature and Psychology. Jessica was the Volunteer Assistant Swim Coach for the University of North Texas Women’s Team for the 2015-2016 season. She was also the Head Coach for the Sugar Creek Gators Swim Team for 2014 and 2015. 

Jessica has a passion for the sport, which she hopes to instill in her swimmers. Her experience as a club, high school, and college swimmer brings a wide array of coaching techniques to her athletes.  Coach Jessica’s goal is for her athletes to have a fun experience while developing technique, strength, and focus.  

Beau Caldwell

Assistant Coach - Age Group 2 & 3

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Coach Beau is the Lead Coach for Age Group 2 and 3.

Coach Beau begins the 2017-18 season as his second with Rice Aquatics, bringing with him 14 years of experience in coaching the developmental, age-group, senior, and collegiate athlete, as well as coaching experience with the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal USA-Swimming clubs. Beau will be leading Age Group 2 & Age Group 3. 

Beau has previously spent 3 years with the First Colony Swim Team, 1 year with Katy Aquatics, and 5 years with the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, GA. Beau has coached 2 athletes to USA-S top ten times and holds ASCA Level 3 certification. Prior to coaching club swimming, Beau was a graduate assistant at West Chester University where he completed his master’s degree in secondary education.

Off the deck, Beau is actively involved in USA-Swimming & Gulf Swimming. Beau currently serves as the Gulf technical planning chair. Beau has served as an assistant coach and assistant manager for two USA-S Southern Zone Select Camps, and as an assistant coach for the 2014 Gulf NACC team. Beau has also been featured by USA-S Club Development for an article on choosing events at meets. 

Beau completed his bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Clarion University while earning scholar-athlete and NCAA honorable mention status.

Beau, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has been happily married to Coach Amanda for 6 years and currently resides in Houston. 

Stephen Bachicha

Assistant Coach - Group 4 Navy

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Coach Stephen is the Lead Coach for Group 4 Navy and Assistant Masters Coach

Coach Stephen is an energetic coach who likes to install the love of swimming into his athletes lifes. Stephen began working with RICE Aquatics in the fall of 2013 primarly leading the Flight School program and assisting the club and masters programs. In the summer of 2013 Stephen transitioned into a more permanent role as the Lead Assitant to the Senior groups of RICE Aquatics.

Stephen is a doctoral graduate from the Shepherd School of Music at RICE University. He swam competitively while in middle school through high school and for one year in Syracuse. He has been teaching swimming for almost 16 years now teaching all levels and ages. He's taught beginning swimming to both children and adults as well as stroke technique and coaching for children and adults alike. Stephen is has been apart of the RICE University LTS program and SYAP programs during the summer months. 

 

Hobie Huston

Assistant Coach - Flight School

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Coach Hobie is the Lead Coach for the Flight School Groups 

Coach Hobie Huston begins 2017-18 as his 3rd season with Rice Aquatics. Coach Hobie is the lead coach for all of the Flight School groups and assist with many of the older groups this season.

 

Hobie brings with him to Rice several years in growing the entry level swimmer into one ready for more competitive swimming. Prior to joining Rice, Hobie spent 1 year coaching age group and developmental swimmers with the West Houston Aquatics Team, and 4 years as a site supervisor and lesson instructor with Katy Aquatics.

 

Coach Hobie, a Houston native, studied and competed on the swim team at Wayland Baptist University before returning home to begin his coaching career. In his spare time, he enjoys taking care of his dog, Millie, and maintaining several aquariums with tropical fish. 

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