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We are committed to the athletes of the Space City Aquatic Team and their families.  We believe it takes everyone working together to succeed as a Team and as Individuals.  This means we have an open door policy with a strong commitment to open communication.  Please contact the Coaches anytime if you have a question, comment, thought, or suggestion about swimming and training or the Board members about administrative issues such as dues and registration.  Together we make Space City a GREAT place to be; a place where Athletes can learn how to achieve Greatness in the pool and in Life!

If you have any questions e-mail: coachphilipp@swimscat.com or call (706)271-5000

Coaching Staff

Philipp Alexander Davydotchkin

Head Coach/CEO

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Coach Philipp came to the US from Russia, as a child, in 1992. New to this country, he quickly discovered a love for swimming, and never looked back. Coach Philipp’s swim career highlights include competing with the Russian Junior Team, becoming a state high school champion in Georgia, and joining the USA Junior National Team in 2004. He went on to swim for coaching legend Jack Bauerle at the University of Georgia, and followed that by making the Russian National Team, narrowly missing the Olympics. Always the competitor, he recently began competing in US Masters Swimming again, placing in the top 3 in his age group at Masters Nationals in Riverside, California in April 2017. His passion for swimming led to completing his studies in Sports Education, receiving a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the Moscow Institute of Physical Culture. Coach Philipp’s coaching career is accentuated by several notable achievements. He has produced #1 ranked swimmers (in all of USA swimming) for their age group 52 times within a single season. He has coached numerous state champions, as well as a 12 year old who set 2 national records. Under Coach Philipp’s training, numerous swimmers have competed and placed in national meets (2 top finishers) including Nationals, Junior Nationals, and the Olympic Trials. His crowning achievement was qualifying a brother (17) and sister (15) to their first Olympic Trials within 20 minutes of each other at the same meet. Coach Philipp was voted the 2016 Emerging Coach of the Year by the Georgia Swimming LSC. In his 10 years of coaching, his passion for swimming and coaching shines through the success of his swimmers. He comes to us, having been head age group and site coach for the Marietta Marlins, as well as head coach for HYCAT in Charleston, WV. Coach Philipp is currently working to complete his ASCA level 4 certification, which will place him in the top 5-8% of all swim coaches in the US. Off the pool deck, he enjoys spending time with his son and exploring the great outdoors. Coach Philipp looks forward to spreading his love and passion of swimming to the League City community and taking the Space City Aquatic Team to the next level! 

Rapolas Janonis

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Rap is a Level 3 USA Swimming coach who produced multiple Junior Olympic champions and Sectional qualifiers throughout his coaching career. Previous to joining SCAT in 2018 Coach Rap was a Director of Spartan Aquatis/Varsity Head Coach at St Johns Country Day School and before that a Head Coach at AKIS in Qatar and an Assiatant Coach at Los Angeles Swim Club and a Head Age Group/Assistant Senior Coach at Royal Swim Team since 2005 at the same time served as a Head Swim Instructor at Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Coach Rap was a member of the Lithuanian NationalYouth Team, Henderson State University and Santa Monica College teams. He graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with Honors degree in Kinesiology and a master’s in coaching at Texas Women’s University.

Lauren Grous

Group Lead Coach

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Coach Lauren is excited to join the coaching staff and team at SCAT! She wants to continue to give back to the swimming community, in particular by helping grow, develop, and inspire the next generation of young swimmers at SCAT. Lauren comes to us as the former Head Age Group Coach of South Shore Sails, where she mainly coached the Level 3 and Senior groups. Besides swimming, Lauren is also passionate about running, yoga, and her adorable dog, Rusty. Lauren started swimming competitively at the age of 8 with her summer swim team in New Jersey, where she broke several club records in the 50 breaststroke, the 50 butterfly, and the 100 IM events. She also started coaching the younger swimmers and teaching private lessons at age 13. Lauren started swimming year-round at age 12 for the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club, where she qualified for, and placed at, major showcase meets every year. Lauren also swam for her high school, where she earned many county and tri-county championship titles, as well as top state times, in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM events. She still holds high school records in the 100 backstroke, the 100 breaststroke, the 100 butterfly, and the 200 IM. Even though she was recruited to college as a butterflier, Lauren quickly became the breaststroke leg on the 200/400 medley relays as a freshman. After a decade “retirement” from swimming after college, Lauren returned to Masters swimming in 2016. She currently swims with Houston Cougar Aquatic Masters and trains specifically for open water events. Some of her recent accomplishments include when she won and set the course record at Sharkfest Waco 4K in the Brazos River (July 2017). She also was the female winner of the Highland Lakes Challenge in Austin in October 2017 (17 miles in 5 lakes over 5 days). Most recently, she competed in all four stages of the S.C.A.R. swim challenge (41 miles) in Arizona, where she successfully crossed Saguaro Lake (9.5 miles) and Roosevelt Lake (6.2 miles), in extremely difficult conditions. She plans to go back and take on Canyon Lake (swam 3 of the 9 miles) and Apache Lake (swam 9 of the 17 miles) in the near future! Her next swims include the Maui Channel (Lanai to Maui crossing) and the North Shore 10K (Oahu), to name a few!

Megan Briody Andrews

Assistant Coach

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Coach Megan is in her second year with the team and leads the Discovery group. She has been a part of the swimming community in League City as a young child and now gives back to the swimmers of our program. 

Rachel A White

Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor

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Coach Rachel started swimming competitively when she was seven years old. She swam for the League City Barracudas, Space City Aquatic Team, and 4 years for Clear Springs High School. She coached Summer League for 4 years and is in her 4th year coaching our team. She attends a local college in the Houston area during the day and enthusiastically shares all of her years of competitive swimming with our swimmers every evening.

Aron Edwards

Strength Training Coach

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Coach Aron is our strength and conditioning coach.  He grew up in North Texas playing soccer and football.  While in college, he rowed competitively and in graduate school coached the Texas A&M University at Galveston Rowing Team.  His rowing career began in 1997, competing in 4+ and 8+ at the regional and national level. Upon graduation he remained active in the team as a coach for both novice and experienced rowers, in the water and also in strength and conditioning training, until 2008.  While in college he also trained for and completed many running races, including marathons, 10k's and 5k's. 

Coach Aron has kept active out of college as well.  He was a member of the Bay Area Rowing Club Open 8+ boat that broke the time record for Masters Open 8+ at the Rowing Marathon Championship in Natchitoches, La.  He most recently began training for triathlons with the ultimate goal of completing a Half Ironman. 

 

Board of Directors

Patricia Renee Edwards

President

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Valerie Ellington

Secretary

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Chance Sanford

Treasurer

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Jason Matthew Koenst

At-Large Member; Officials Chair

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