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Matthew Allen Troquille

Head Coach/Senior

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Before coming to Sails, Coach Matt swam competitively for 15+ years. In high school, at Dickinson High School he was a state qualifier in multiple events, in back to back years, while setting the school records in various event/relays. Matt started his coaching career at Dickinson Gator Summer League team where he spent 5 years , 4 years at the Head Coach position. He then moved on to coaching for SCAT for 3 years working with all age groups, 8&unders to 15&Over, where he reached status of Head Coach before leaving to join South Shore Sails in 2014. Matt's love for swimming is evident in his energetic and passionate coaching. His is to give every athlete the opportunity to reach their full potential in swimming as well as fall in love with swimming, just as he did many years ago

Lauren Conova Grous

Head Age Group Coach/Level 3

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Lauren started swimming competitively for her summer swim team, the Brookside Dolphins, in New Jersey, at age 8, where she immediately fell in love with the sport. She broke several club records in age groups 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18, in the 50 breaststroke, the 50 butterfly, and the 100 IM events. During her time at Brookside, she started coaching the younger swimmers and teaching private lessons at age 14. Lauren started swimming year-round at age 12 for the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club, training under Olympian George Breen, where she qualified every year for major showcase meets, namely Junior Olympics, in the 100/200 butterfly events, the 100/200 breaststroke events, the 200 IM, and the 50/100/200 freestyles. 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. Lauren 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>
Besides swimming, Lauren is also passionate about running, yoga, and her adorable dog, Rusty. She moved to Texas in 2011 and started running for the Bay Area Running Club. She has competed in several races, ranging from 5Ks to marathons. In 2016, after taking off almost a decade  from swimming, Lauren joined the South Shore Sails Masters swim team, and she has currently qualified for USMS Nationals in the 200 IM, the 50 butterfly, and the 100/200/400 freestyles. She was also the October 2016 overall winner of the Snapping Tortuga 2.5K Open Water race in Lake Conroe. Now that Lauren has rekindled her love for swimming, she is thrilled to join the coaching staff at South Shore Sails. She wants to give back to the swimming community, in particular by helping grow, develop, and inspire this next generation of young swimmers. GO SAILS!!! 

Heike Schlegel-Walpot

Age Group Coach/TechFit

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Heike started swimming at the age of 9. At the age of 13 she won her first West German National Age Group title in 100 backstroke, and was selected into the West German National Age Group team. During her career she won over 20 National Age Group Championship titles, and 8 West German National Championship titles. She was a member on the West German National Team from 1974 to 1981, was a semifinalist in the 1976 Olympics in 100 backstroke, and a bronze medal winner in the 1977 European Championships. She got 10th place in the 1978 World Championships in 200 IM, was a 3 time finalist in the 1979 World University Games, and a 2 time finalist in the 1981 World University Games. Among her career achievements were 13 National Records, and over 50 National Age Group Records, and top 10 World Swim Rankings. While she studied Medicine at the Aachen University Heike began coaching as head coach of the RWTH Aachen University swim team for several years. After the Schlegel family moved to Houston, she helped as volunteer coach with the Blue Marlins summer league team. She recently retired from her job as an airline pilot with Lufthansa German Airlines, which allows her to spend more time coaching at Sails. Three of her four children swim with the Sails team, Heike enjoys sharing her passion for swimming with young athletes and hopes to help them improve and reach their goals.

 

Christina Marie Solis

Age Group Coach/Level 2

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Coach Christina (goes by Chrissy) joined Sails in 2014 as an Age Group Coach.  She started swimming with the League City Barracudas at age 8. She swam in High School and played water polo. In college, she swam at the University of Incarnate Word in the fall of 2001. Chrissy graduated from University of Incarnate Word.

Chris Sustala

Age Group Coach/Level 1

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Morgan Rose Miller

Age Group Coach/Dev &Comp

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Coach Morgan moved to Houston in August after an extensive swimming and coaching career. She grew up in Fernley, Nevada where she swam for Fernley High School and Northern Nevada Aquatics. She still holds all of her high school records. Morgan continued her swimming career at Sierra College, where she earned 7 Academic All-American honors and 3 conference titles in her one year of attendance. Morgan then accepted a scholarship to San Jose State, where she swam under Sage Hopkins and USA National Coach Pete Raykovich and was a 6-time Academic All-Conference award recipient. She also has 5 times on SJSU's All-Time Top 10 list (50 Free, 200IM, 400IM, 100 Back, 200 Back) and was part of the 2013 WAC Championship winning team. Morgan still swims masters and is ranked in the top 10 nationally in her age group. She has been coaching for 4 years and loves it because she gets to share her passion for swimming with others! 

Mark Frederick Welker

Assistant Coach/Seniors

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Paul Duport

Assistant Age Group Coach/Level 2 & 3

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Coach Paul coached the Sagemont Sharks summer league team while in high school. He was a four year letter winner as a swimmer while in high schoool at Dobie in Pasadena, Texas. He was named team captain of the swim team for his junior and senior years of high school. Prior to high school swimming, Coach Paul swam for Pasadena Swim Club. After high school, Coach Paul went on to swim at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Coach Paul now resides in Seabrook, Texas. He has two sons, Makai and Shae, who swim for the Sails. 

Doug James Reno

Assistant Age Group Coach/Level 1 & 2

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Started swimming at 10, he competed in triathlons while serving in the US Navy, in his mid twenties, qualifying for the Bud Light triathlon series championship in Las Vegas in the early 90's. Later in like became a master's division champ in two sprint triathlons.  Doug also competed in beach volleyball for4 years at the A and AA level.  Having coached youth football for 4 years, in Pflugerville and Clear Lake he enjoys teaching kids technique and how to be efficient and get the most from their abilities. 

Dakota James Schick

Assistant Age Group Coach/Level 1 & 2

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Coach Dakota began his competitive swimming career at the age of six in Juneau, Alaska for the Glacier Swim Club, and continued swimming for them until he graduated high school 12 years later. While swimming in high school for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears, he qualified for the state championships in the 100 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 I.M., and 200 back four years in a row. Dakota was also selected to be the team captain his senior year of high school. In 2012 Dakota joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was given the opportunity to further his swimming career and become a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer. After completing rescue swimmer school in the summer of 2015 he was transferred to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. While in Puerto Rico he was part of a major rescue operation when the engine room of a 561-foot ferry caught fire. The rescue resulted in 511 lives saved with no lives lost. After spending two years in Puerto Rico he was again transferred to Houston, Texas where he continues his rescue swimming career. His love and passion for swimming compelled him to find the South Shore Sails so that he could share his knowledge and experience with the young athletes. Dakota hopes to inspire devotion, integrity, hard-work and pride in all of his swimmers whether it‘s in the pool or out.     

Kathleen Anne Scharchburg

Assistant Age Group Coach/Dev &Comp

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Coach Kathleen has been swimming competitively for 35 years in triathlons. She found her passion while running on her college track team and someone told her about a race where you could swim and bike too. Swimming became her favorite part of triathlon. She swims on the Sails Masters team in the mornings and is assistant swim coach at La Porte HS. Her favorite accomplishment was swimming in the currents from Alcatraz island to the shore of San Francisco. Coach Kathleen loves her students and swimmers and wants to help them succeed in finding their passion in life. 
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Kevin Duke

General Manager

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Michelle H Johnson

Admininstrator

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