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Coaches & Directors
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Coaching Staff

Chris Prator

Head Coach

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Head Coach Chris Prator has over 35 years of coaching experience. He focuses his attention on perfection of stroke techniques, racing strategies, endurance athleticism, and balancing busy teen years with a dedication to the sport of swimming. He believes this combination of skills will provide all with a foundation for future success as swimmers, as well as well-rounded individuals in life. Chris has coached and guided many athletes to collegiate scholarships in swimming and brought several swimmers to the Junior and Senior National level as well as Olympic Trials.

Coach Chris has been associated with the Hurricanes for over 30 years. While in high school, he was one of the founding members of the Hurricane Swim Club and was responsible for selecting the name for the team. He swam on scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi and was a USM graduate assistant while in graduate school. Chris received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and received a Master's degree in Education from the Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM).

After Graduate school, he coached the USS team at the Metairie YMCA as Head Coach and Aquatic Director from 1985-1996. He then moved to the Northshore as Head Coach of Pelican Athletic Club from 1996-2008 where he founded the team. He returned to coach with the Hurricanes in 2008.  He has also coached SSA high school swim team in the Fall since 1997.  He has led the high school team to 10 State Championships in a row from 2010 - 2020 and three previous championships in early 2000. 

Chris is married to Shannon, who is an RN and also a swim coach. He has two older children, Austin, who swam with HSC and is now a professional photographer, and Brittany, who is an insurance agent. Chris and his family reside in Mandeville, LA.

Shannon Prator

Head Assistant Coach

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Shannon has been coaching swimmers of all levels and teaching swim lessons since 1987.  She swam year round from age 7 – 18 in Metairie for the Bolts and Metairie YMCA.  She started coaching in 1990 while attending nursing school.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from LSU Nursing School in New Orleans.  She is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and runs her own legal nursing business but considers coaching to be her passion and calling.  Shannon has been coaching the Hurricanes since 2010 and loves to work with the 12 & Unders and developmental aged swimmers.  She also coaches the Tchefuncta T-Birds in Covington in the Summer and Spring, SSA high school in the Fall, and Lake Castle Madisonville in the Fall as well.  She believes in positive reinforcement of stroke techniques and challenging, yet fun workouts that foster a love of the sport and encourage children to continue swimming as a lifelong activity.  Shannon is also a fellow swim parent with children aged 21 and 24 who have been USS swimmers since the age of 5.

 

Jennifer Rice

Assistant Coach

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Jennifer Kontour-Rice is a former Hurricane swimmer who also attended Delta State University on a swimming scholarship from 1998 – 2000.  She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in 2001 and also received an MBA from UNO in 2006.  Jennifer worked in banking as Manager, Assistant VP, and Loan Originator before her career as Swim Coach.  Jennifer has taught swim lessons and coached at Crossgates and has three children ages 13, 10, and 5 - one of whom is an accomplished HSC swimmer.  She and her husband reside in Slidell where she currently is a board member of the Junior Auxillary and volunteers extensively with this organization.  Jennifer loves coaching at her alma mater and enjoys sharing her expertise and knowledge of swimming with the team where she first fell in love with the sport.

Tiffany Hill

Assistant Coach

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Tiffany started swimming at age 7 in Summer league and competed in high school as well as having been a competitive year round volleyball player.  She became a licensed horticulturist and retail florist spending several years in this industry before moving into the hotel management industry.  Tiffany realized how much she missed swimming and competitive sports and has been teaching swim lessons since 1996.  She is the Head Coach of the Lake Castle Slidell swim team as well as President and Team Manager for the Pinewood Plantation summer swim team.  In addition, she is a teacher at Lake Castle Slidell School.  She has a 14 year old daughter who is also an HSC swimmer.  Tiffany is extremely dedicated to her swimmers and considers coaching her favorite job.  She knows what it takes to be a competitive athlete and strives to instill dedication and enthusiasm for the sport in her swimmers.

Zrinka Wagemann

Assistant Coach

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Zrinka Wagemann was born in Croatia and began swimming at age 5.  She grew up competitively and was a member of the Croatian National Team starting at age 14.  With this opportunity, she was able to travel the world representing Croatia and had the opportunity to train with Olympic swimmers from around the world.  She was awarded a full athletic swimming scholarship to Texas Christian University in 2008 where she also began coaching.  She developed a love of coaching to match her passion for the water as a swimmer and coached all ages and levels from TCU swim camps, summer swim, lessons for toddlers through teens, and in her senior year, she coached TCU’s Varsity team.  Zrinka graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and a Minor in Psychology first working in the Nutrition Department as a Supervisor at a Fort Worth Hospital.  She returned home to Croatia and coached with Club Orka until 2016 when she returned to the US and married her husband Brandon and gained a daughter in the process.  She and Brandon now have a 2 year old son, Noran, and she is expecting a daughter in the Fall.  Zrinka started with HSC in 2018 after coaching the summer and Developmental teams at Crossgates for several years.  Zrinka is thrilled to be able to impart her passion for swimming to our little ones at HSC with the succinct understanding that swimming teaches our young athletes perseverance, sacrifice, clarity of mind, and builds confidence that carries over to enabling one to conquer any challenge that is put in our paths.  If she can impart this bit of knowledge to her young charges, then her day is considered complete.  Zrinka continues to swim Masters and also loves to read, crochet, exercise, garden, and spend time with her 12 year old daughter, toddler son, and her husband.

Caitlyn E Gonzalez

Assistant Coach

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Brian Gohres

Assistant Coach

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Brian is one of the staff at the Tchefuncta Country Club HSC location.  He has been swimming since an 8 and under and swam year round in Covington for 8 years.  He swam one year at University of Louisiana at Monroe and graduated with a degree in . He currently is an Insurance Agent acting as President of Emory & James Ltd. Gohres Insurance in Hammond.  He is married to Kelly and has three daughters under 8 and two pets - both also of the female persuasion.  Both of his older daughters were swimming prior to age 2 and he plans for his infant daughter to beat them in this record!  He was Head Coach at Franco's FINS for 5 years in the early 2000's and believes in finite stroke work, no garbage yardage, and swimming with a purpose.  He jumped at the opportunity to be back on the deck when his daughter expressed an interest in swimming year round.  Brian is excited to be coaching again and sharing his love of the sport with his daughter. 

Aubrey P Quigley

Assistant Coach

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Aubrey is the coach of our 12 & Under and beginner group at Tchefuncta Country Club.  Aubrey started swimming competitively as a 4 year old, swam year round for many years, and in high school at SSA where she was part of the Division II State Championship Team for 4 years.  She attended LSU graduating with a Teaching degree and has been teaching ELA to Jr High Special Education students in Slidell for 5 years.  She is currently completing her Master's degree in Special Education.  Aubrey continues to swim for exercise and also loves to read, paint, and spend time with family and friends.  You may find Aubrey at the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings where she sells her beautiful artwork!  Aubrey is married and has two dog fur children.  She is excited to be coaching because she loves to see the swimmers grow and improve with practice.  She strives to create a peaceful and calming environment where her kids can learn their strokes, build endurance, get a good workout, and best of all to have fun. 

Renee Salinas

Assistant Coach

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Renee Salinas is a native Ohioan and grew up as a swimmer and multisport athlete in Columbus.  She attained a scholarship to play Golf at the University of Findlay in Ohio and earned a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree.  She has spent the majority of her professional career as a Physical Therapist and lives in Picayune, MS with her husband and two daughters aged 11 and 8 who are both competitive, and accomplished, HSC swimmers.  Renee has been coaching since 2017 where she pioneered several swim programs in her town including developing the team at Heritage Christian Academy.  She has been coaching our 10 & Unders at HSC since 2019.  Renee’s passion for swimming is evident in her focus on development of proper technique with her swimmers.  She also stresses the importance of having fun while learning to be competitive and helping foster the family atmosphere of our team.

Ed Kelly

In Memory - "Coach"

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In Memory:  Coach Ed Kelly brought a unique and exciting perspective to the Hurricane Swim Program when he was Head Coach. He believed that each and every swimmer, given the right coaching and motivation, could reach potential beyond expectation. Through his own determination and conviction, Coach Kelly taught each swimmer to set goals and to dream big. The character that was developed in his swim program carried over into every aspect of life, developing the skill and discipline for every swimmer to Be the Best You Can Be.

Sadly, Coach Kelly passed away in July 2013. He will be greatly missed and we will treasure his memory forever. Coach Kelly was the founder of the team in 1977. He also coached the Northshore High School Swim Team for 15 years and his girls’ team won the 5A State Championship in 2008 and 2009. Coach Kelly retired from the military after 26 years of service. He and his wife raised 5 children and had 10 grandchildren.