Coaches & Directors

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, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Laura Koch Davis

Head Coach / Team Administrator

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Coach Laura started competitive swimming at age 10 in Sugar Land, was a High School All-American in 1994, and went on to earn an academic/athletic scholarship to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. While at Iona she set 9 individual school records, was 3- time team captain for swimming and 2-time team captain for water polo, won Most Valuable and Most Dedicated honors throughout her collegiate career, named MAAC Conference Champ, and All-Academic Water polo 1999. She graduated from Iona in 1998 with a B.A. in History. In 2012, she was inducted into the Iona College Goal Club Hall of Fame for her athletic accomplishments throughout her collegiate career.

She started her coaching career while in college for summer league teams and has worked with many USA, USMS, and Summer league teams in New York and Texas since 1994. In 2006, she started her own USA team in Austin, and helped her swimmers obtain STAGS and TAGS. She moved to Houston in April of 2008 to coach the summer league team The Northampton Cudas, the Masters program- WMST, and later started Swim Streamline at Northampton. Laura joined WMST in 2006 and has been active in Masters swimming since 2002. She is ranked Top Ten nationally and FINA in numerous events, named All-American 2003-2015.

She has been busy in volunteer work throughout the years. She was the Vice President of WMST for 3 years and served as Coach Representative. She has served as a delegate for the Marketing, Rules, and Long Distance committees in USMS.In Gulf Swimming she served a term on the Board of review, and is currently in her 2nd term as Age Group Vice Chair for Gulf Swimming.  In summer league, she serves on the Northampton Cuda Board.

Currently, she is coaching her 10th year as Head Coach/ Co- Owner of SSAN. SSAN has already had some exciting events happen in our team history numerous top 3 finishes at 8 & under, Fall, Senior, Summer & Spring champs, TAGS record holder, LSC record breakers, numerous USA Swimming National Age Group Top 10 athletes, High Point TAGS, Numerous Collegiate swimmers, Junior & Senior National qualiers,  8th Place at 2018 SC & LC TAGS - Highest finish to date, 42nd Place at 2018 SC NCSA - Highest finish to date, 28th Place at 2018 LC NCSA - Highest finish to date4th Place at 2017 SC Age Group Champs - Highest finish to date, Team Spirit Award 2017 SC Age Groups Champs - First time to win award, 2nd Place at 2018 LC Age Group Champs - Highest finish to date, Multiple National Top 20 SC & LC swims, 1st Top 100 All Time Swim - First swimmer recognize, 1st Swimmer named to USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team, 1st Speedo Junior National Qualifiers, 1st Speedo Senior National Qualifier, 2 New Qualifiers for the Gulf Team at the Florida Open Water Championships, 2018 Graduating Class of 6 with 2 Swimming and 4 Academic Scholarships, and 11 sectional qualifiers plus multiple Futures & NCSA Qualifiers from 11-14 program. She also finished her 11th season as Head Coach with the Northampton Cudas in which she lead them to several Division 1 winning seasons (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)!

In October 2018, she was named Gulf Age Group Coach of the Year!

She has helped lead SSAN to a historic year on the Junior National, local, and State levels. Looking forward to a strong 10th year throughout the 2019 season.... GO SSAN! We are Streamline Strong!

 

Ross Davis

Senior and Age Group Coach

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Coach Ross Davis was born in Fremont, CA but grew up South of Pittsburgh in Uniontown, PA. He was a walk on at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, but earned a spot on the State Conference Team his first year in 100/200 backstroke and 200/400IM. Granted a scholarship his sophomore year but missing National qualifying in the same events, was asked to swim 200 Butterfly his junior year. He qualified for Nationals just 4 months later in the new event and went on to earn NCAA All American Honors 8 times; while setting school records in the 200 Free, 200 Fly, 200IM and 800 Free Relay. He competed as an Open Water Lifeguard, winning Maine's Iron Guard event 4 times. He was honored as Maine's Most Valuable Lifeguard in 1989. Graduating from Clarion in 1989, with a BSBA in Accounting, Coach Ross entered the sales field with a Nikon Instrument dealer in Georgia and was later hired by Nikon in Dallas. There he was the Regional Sales Manager for many years. Currently, he is the Production Manager of Komak Mfg. and is a coach part time for WMST, the Northampton Cudas, and SSAN. Ross joined WMST in 2006 and has been active in Masters swimming since 1993. He has served as a delegate for the finance committee. He is an Assistant Coach, and also serves as a WMST representative in the Gulf. He has been ranked Top Ten Nationally in the 50/100/200/400/500 Free, 50/100/200 Fly, 50/100/200 Back, 100/200/400 I.M., open water swimming and 1 hour postal. Coach Ross also holds South Texas Masters Zone records in the 100/200 Fly, 50/100/200 Back, 50/100/200 Free and 200/400IM. He has achieved All American Masters status over the past 8 years, and holds numerous National and World titles.  He was an Assistant Coach of the Northampton Cudas for 8 seasons, and helped lead them to a 2012, 2013, 2014 C-1 Division Championship!

He is currently is in his 10th year at SSAN as Senior Coach and Dry-land Coordinator, and is looking forward to the 2019 season! Coach Ross tries to lead by example by building strong positive habits and fundamentals, which will not only help a swimmer swim faster but build self confidence for the future. He believes, "The mirror does not reflect truth or potential, only your perception" which he hopes young swimmers realize that if they think and train like a champion every chance they get, they can become one.

Andrew Sipp

Lead Site & Age group Coach- Northcrest

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Has been a part of the swimming community since the age of 4. First swim team was a summer league team in Berea, Kentucky, the Berea Dolphins. When he was five, his family moved to Texas and he and his two brothers began swimming for the Oak Ridge North Otters.

Was a member of USA Swimming for two years at age 11 with ATEX (Pack). In high school, He made the Varsity all four years, and was the Team Captain Junior and Senior year.  During High school he made Regionals his freshman, junior and senior years.  He competed in the 200 IM, 100 Backstroke, and 100 Breastroke.

After high school, Andrew got the opportunity to coach for the Oak Ridge North Otters at age 17. He became the head coach two years later and the team grew from 110 swimmers to 200 in his two years as head coach.

Andrew began coaching for The Woodlands Swim Team in 2012. He joined TWST as an assistant coach in the top 13-14 age group. Not soon after that he became the Senior Assistant Coach at TWST, and being the lead coach of both a senior group and the elite 8-10 group. During his tenure at TWST, he has coached multiple TAGS qualifiers/champions, Sectional swimmers, NCSA swimmers, and a US open qualifier.

When not on deck, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and his baby girl Jocelyn. He enjoys watching all Houston sports teams, spending time with friends and family, and loves everything that has to do with the water.
 

Trevor Schafer

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Coach Trevor started competitive swimming at the age of 10. He started swimming for the Imperial Oaks Seals in 2002. He also swam 3 years for the Oak Ridge High School swim team. His final year of summer league he decided to swim for the Oak Ridge Otters. The next season the Otters needed a part time coach and asked Trevor to join the staff. He has coached the Otters for 5 years now! He is new to the SSAN Coaching Staff and very excited for the new season!

Sarah Lovely

Windrose Lead Site Coach

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Sarah grew up in Lansing New York where she learned to swim at an early age. She developed her passion for swimming throughout the years by participating in all types of aquatic programs. By the time she was a junior in high school, she realized that teaching/coaching swimming was her future, so she became a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the local Ithaca YMCA. Shortly thereafter, she became the assistant aquatics director and remained there until 1998. Sarah then gained experience at Cornell University focusing on lifeguarding, teaching lessons, assisting scuba classes, teaching health and safety courses, and managing three pools. Leaving Cornell was not an easy task, however she met her mate and followed him with her boys to Virginia Beach and then Louisiana where she spent five years developing swimmers and spoiling her rescue dogs. She coached multiple swim teams and saw many team records broken. For the last seven years Sarah has been in Houston coaching year-round at Blue Tide Aquatics. She has developed hundreds of beginners to all types of accomplishments. Many made TAGS, gave a solid foundation to swimmers competing at the sectional & national levels and dozens went into high school swimming programs. Taking pride in every swimmer at each level in and out of the water while instilling the Olympian mindset is Sarah's philosophy. "We are creating the future generation of well-rounded individuals and I take great pride in that!! Each swimmer will take the life experience from swimming and apply it to the future."on lifeguarding, teaching lessons, assisting scuba classes, teaching health and safety courses, and managing three pools. Leaving Cornell was not an easy task, however she met her mate and followed him with her boys to Virginia Beach and then Louisiana where she spent five years developing swimmers and spoiling her rescue dogs. She coached multiple swim teams and saw many team records broken. For the last seven years Sarah has been in Houston coaching year-round. She has developed hundreds of beginners to all types of accomplishments. Many made TAGS, gave a solid foundation to swimmers competing at the sectional & national levels and dozens went into high school swimming programs. Taking pride in every swimmer at each level in and out of the water while instilling the Olympian mindset is Sarah's philosophy. "We are creating the future generation of well-rounded individuals and I take great pride in that!! Each swimmer will take the life experience from swimming and apply it to the future."

Kara Ward

Assistant Age Group/ Developmental Coach

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Coach Kara joined the SSAN coaching staff in 2016, and is responsible for developing the younger age group swimmers by focusing on skills that will enable them to be successful as they progress to new skill groups. The primary goal for Coach Kara and her younger swimmers is to focus on skills that translate to success down the road. Focusing on “basic” skills like diving off blocks, breathing, and touches, the success of her group is quantified by the successful completion and progression of strokes, rather than the winning of races.

Kara’s background in swimming started at age 4, when she began swimming for her neighborhood swim team in Erie, Pennsylvania. There she excelled at butterfly and backstroke and won many team relay championships.  Coach Kara continues to love summer league and its environment for fun and development, and as a result, in addition to her USA Swim coaching responsibilities, Coach Kara is also an assistant coach of Imperial Oaks Swim Team, where she helped lead the Seals to an undefeated 2015 season, 3rd place in the top NWAL C1 division in 2016, 2017 Red 1 and Ponderosa Champions.  She spent 2 years coaching with Spring Swim Team.  

Dedicated to the younger age group swimmers, Kara has a love for teaching and motivating her swimmers to pursue the sport of swimming. It’s not uncommon to hear her tell her swimmers that practice makes habits. In fact, because of her heart for teaching, swimmers in her group may often come home reciting creative little sayings for them to remember what they have spent the day learning.

Currently Coach Kara helps coach the Inway groups. 

Kara is a mother of 4 SSAN swimmers, and when not coaching at the pool, she enjoys relaxing with her family and traveling to new places. She is also STREAMLINE STRONG, fighting to be a two time breast cancer overcomer and committed to making the most of every day.  Go SSAN!!!

Ryan Murphy

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Ryan has swum competitively since he was 6 years old. He started out with the Woodlands Marlins, and loved the sport of swimming! When he turned 8 years old he started swimming year-round competitively for The Woodlands Swim Team. In 2008, he swam with the Northampton Cudas and swam for them for 3 summers and also junior coached for the Cudas for 2 years. In 2009, he swam year round on (SSAN) Swim Streamline at Northampton and swam with the team for 1 season. He also swam 4 straight years in High school. This past summer he taught swim lessons in the Spring and Woodlands area. Currently, Ryan is a Freshman at Lonestar College, and is also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan!   Ryan is excited to join the SSAN Coaching Staff this year!

Lauren Schiel

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Christen Shanor

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Christen has been a competitive athlete her entire life.  Through high school she played volleyball, basketball softball and ran track receiving multiple all state accolades In multiple sports.  She continued her softball career as the starting short stop for Texas A & M Corpus Christi receiving the team MVP award her freshman season.   After college Christen married Nathan Shanor whom she went to high school with.  They have 4 children all whom swim for SSAN,  ages 11, 9, 7, & 4.   She is passionate about staying is shape and being active and maintains her fitness by running.  She has run 5 half marathons and just ran the Chevron Houston Marathon in January. Her ultimate goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2020. Christen was introduced to swimming through her neighborhood summer league team, the Spring Creek Oaks Dolphins and fell in love with the sport.  She has been an assistant coach for the Dolphins for 3 years and runs their Little Dolphins learn to swim program for younger children who aren’t quite ready for the team. What Christen loves about swimming is seeing all the friendships that are made and seeing swimmers hard work payoff when they achieve their goals!  When not at the pool Christen is sure to be out on a long run or staying busy with her kids!

Chad LeJeune

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Chad began swimming summer league when he was 9 for the Oak Ridge Otters. At 12, he joined TWST where he swam Tags in all events except for the 200, 500, and 1650 free. From 15 - 18, he competed at Sectionals (All events except distance free), NCSA, and Jr Nationals (100 and 200 Breaststroke). Chad’s high school career included swimming regionals in the 100 Breast and 200 IM, and broke school records in both of those events all four years. He continued swimming in college at Biola University, part of the NAIA division. There he broke 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM school records and competed at nationals in those 3 events freshman and sophomore year, placing 9th and 13th respectively. Severe asthma reactions to California’s air quality cut his career short as a junior. However he is convinced the best is yet to come! He enjoys seeing swimmers’ joy in creating and exceeding their own goals, and the tight knit family that SSAN fosters and plans to use his experience to help SSAN swimmers to break goals and encourage each other!

Brian Greeney

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Quinton Jones

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Quinton has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 5.  He has always had a passion for swimming and knew that he wanted to coach. After completing his first year of undergraduate studies in 2009, Quinton returned to the sport as an assistant coach for the Northampton Cudas, a position he held through 2013.  He joined Swim Streamline’s coaching staff in January 2013.

Through the years, Quinton has gained an appreciation for all aspects of coaching.  Whether it is working on stroke development for young swimmers or honing stroke technique for more advanced swimmers, Quinton enjoys all the intricacies of coaching in a competitive atmosphere.

Quinton is obtaining his master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.  Prior to moving to College Station, TX, Quinton received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.