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Jason Walter

Head Coach

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Jason Walter was named Lakeside Aquatic Club’s Head Coach in February of 2011 after a successful 4 year tenure as LAC's Head Age Group Coach, leading the team to consecutive Top 6 finishes at TAGS.  Coach Jason started with LAC in the spring of 2007 and has been integral part of the club's success over the last 12 years.  During Coach Jason's tenure as Head Coach of Lakeside, he has lead the team twice to a Gold Medal team in USA Swimming's Club Excellence Program (2017 & 2018).  LAC has also almost tripled in size, under Coach Jason's leadership, as well as becoming one of the top Age Group and Senior Programs in the State of Texas.

Coach Jason is currently coaching the National group at our Keller facility.  Under Coach Jason, LAC has had more success at both the local, state and National level than ever before.  In the past six years, Coach Jason’s swimmers have achieved over 25 college signings, 2014-2018 years with a swimmer on the USA Swimming National Junior Team, Junior National champions, Texas High School State Champions and many USA Swimming National Top 10 swims, and have set multiple team, LSC, state, and Junior National records.  

Coach Jason has been involved in the sport of swimming for over 30 years as a coach and athlete.  Coach Jason’s swimming career credits include High School State Champion in the 200 Free Relay, placing in the 50 free at State Championships, and attending Junior Nationals. Jason holds bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Communication Studies from UT Austin and currently lives in Fort Worth with his wife Darcy and children Anna, Colin and Nora.

Steve Mateer

National Team Coach - The Colony

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Steve Mateer joined LAC in the fall of 2013, running the Age Group program in The Colony.  He brings to LAC over 30 years of coaching success at all levels of swimming.

Most recently, Steve was at COPS (City of Plano Swimmers) where he served in a variety of roles for 20 years including Head Coach and Head Age Group Coach.  As Head Age Group Coach, his swimmers won TAGS four times.  Coach Steve’s swimmers have been Junior National champions, Senior National finalists, and over 60 of his swimmers have achieved Top 16 or better national rankings in a variety of events.


Steve’s personal coaching accolades include being named Texas Age Group Coach twice, North Texas Age Group Coach of the Year four times, and also awarded Texas Senior Coach of the Year, USA Swimming Coach of Excellence (3 times) and coaching for USA at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific meet in Hawaii.


Raised by competitive swimmers, Steve began competitive swimming at six, and continued on through his years at the University of Missouri. 

Thomas Cyprus

National Team Coach - Flower Mound

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A five-time Age Group Coach of the Year, Thomas (TomCyprus brings over 22 years of club coaching experience and competitive excellence to LAC.  Prior to LAC, Tom was Head Coach at Charger Aquatics in New Mexico since 2007 where he led the team to be the first team in New Mexico to achieve a Virtual Club Championship in the top 100. 

Prior to his tenure at Charger Aquatics, Tom was with City of Plano Swimmers, Inc. (COPS), where he spent one year as an assistant coach and 10 years as Head Age Group Coach. Tom is a Level-5 ASCA certified coach who has produced seven National Champions and over 200 Top-16/Top 10 time qualifiers. Tom joined COPS in 1996 and was promoted to Head Age Group Coach in 1997, where he made a significant contribution to the club's long-standing tradition of competitive excellence.  Prior to working with COPS, Tom coached in Ft. Worth, El Paso and Austin. 

Tom began his swimming career at the age of 5 in El Paso, TX and has now been involved with the sport for more than 40 years.  His first coaching job was at the age of 16 during the summer of 1982.  He is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, enjoys all outdoor sports, but especially swimming and golf. Tom also taught high school math for seven years prior to making club swimming his full-time occupation.

He is married to Tawni Cyprus and has two daughters, Laurel and Chandler.

Jon Sakovich

Nat Prep & Senior Coach - Flower Mound

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With over 20 years coaching experience, Jon was most recently the Head Coach of The Bolles School in Florida, one of the most successful high-school swimming programs in the country. 

As an ASCA Level 4 coach, Jon’s coaching success has included 10 USA Olympic Trials Qualifiers, 18 USA Swimming Senior National Qualifiers, 30+ USA Swimming Junior National Qualifiers, 25+ USA Swimming Top 16 NAG Swimmers, 30+ USA High School All-Americans and numerous Florida High School State Championship Teams.  Jon is a 3-time recipient of the National Federation of High School Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” award.

 

Born in Saipan, Jon represented Guam at the 1988 Olympics where he set Guam records in the 400m & 1500m freestyle.  Those records still stand today. 

 

Jon swam for the University of Florida where he was a 7-time NCAA All American and represented Team USA at the 1995 Pan American Games.

 

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Sciences and master’s degree in Sport Coaching and Pedagogy. 

 

Jon and his wife Angele have 3 children and a dog.  He enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and action movies.

Bryan Welter

Nat Prep & Senior Coach - Keller

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Bryan comes to us from Clearwater Aquatics where he was Senior Assistant Coach/ Head Age Group Coach of their very successful Age Group Program.  Bryan began his coaching career in 1990 and has coached High School and Age Group programs including 5 years at Nashville Aquatic Club as the Head Age Group Coach and 4 years at High Tide Aquatics as the Head Coach.


Bryan started swimming as a very young age group swimmer. He loved swimming and continued to swim competitively for 14 years, including swimming at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Coach Bryan has had many successes including: Coached a 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 3 Age Group National Record Holders (2005, 2009), 100 + USA swimming top 10 performers including 18 age group USA Swimming National Champions, Twice ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year - Louisiana (2007), Southeastern Swimming (2009); Louisiana LHSAA Division 1 Women's State Runner-up (2005); Florida FHSAA Class 3A Women's State Championship (2002); Florida FHSAA Class 3A Women's State Runner-up (2000); Selected Head Coach - Southeastern Swimming Southern Zone All-Star team (2009, 2010); Selected Assistant coach - Southeastern Swimming Southern Zone All-Star team (2008); Selected Assistant coach - Louisiana Swimming Southern Zone All-Star Team (2006); Selected Assistant coach -Florida Swimming Southern Zone All-Star Team (2000, 2002 & 2004); Selected Head Coach -Florida Swimming Southern Zone All-Star Team (2003); Florida Dairy Farmers -Girls High School Coach of the Year - All Classes (2003); Gainesville Sun All Area Coach of the year (2000, 2002 & 2003). He also produced HTA's only Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Summer of 2015. Bryan is also a Lifetime Member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). 

 

Chrissy M Gentry

Head Age Group Coach

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Chrissy Gentry brings a wealth of experience in age group swimming and coaching, and we are excited to have her at LAC.  She has most recently been coaching in High Point, North Carolina from 2006-2015, where she was the Head Age Group Coach at High Point Swim Club (HPSC).  While at HPSC, she mentored a variety of swimmers, from those involved in the Learn-To-Swim program through Age Group Sectional Finalists.  While in North Carolina, she served on the Local Swimming Committee Board as well as coaching many camps and zone championship teams.


Prior to HPSC, Chrissy spent two years as the Aquatics Director and Head Coach at the American School in Japan.  She graduated from Williams College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  At Williams, she earned four All-American Honors awards in swimming, and was a member of the NCAA Division III Champion rowing team in 2002. 

 

Andrew Marsh

Site Head Age Group Coach - TC

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Sarah Crouch

Development Program Manager

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Coach Sarah joined LAC in 2011 and oversees the developmental program for Lakeside.


Sarah’s swim career started as a high school swimmer in Oklahoma and continued on to Hendrix College. In 1997, Coach Sara began coaching in North Texas. As an ASCA level 2 swim coach, she has coached age group swimmers through Masters swimmers in Irving, Keller, and, most recently in Southlake and developed NTN’s lesson program in 2001.


Sarah earned a degree in Classics from the University of Dallas.  When not teaching kids to swim, Sarah home schools her three sons.

 

Samuel Stuart Anderson

Development Program Mgr - FM

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Sam Anderson started swimming at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX.  After high school, he played club water polo at Texas Tech University, while obtaining a degree in History.


In 2013, Sam began his career as a swim instructor at Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX, where he worked for 3 years before returning to Irving.  Most recently, Sam was working as a Deck Manager and instructor for AquaKids Swim School.  He joins LAC in 2016 as a Development Program Manager in Flower Mound.


Sam’s favorite thing about coaching is being able to see the progression of all the swimmers and knowing that he is helping them get better at every practice. He currently lives in Irving with his wife and two children.

 

Shannon Garfield

Dryland Coordinator - All Sites

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Coach Shannon has been on staff with LAC since 2011 as a coach of the Bronze and Silver groups and most recently as the “Dryland Coordinator” for LAC 2017-present.

Growing up, her athletic experience was predominately through the sports of Gymnastics, Track, & Dance. She attended Oklahoma City University & Southern Methodist University on Dance Scholarships. After dancing professionally in Tokyo, Nashville, & Los Angeles, she returned to Texas and graduated from UNT with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 1996. Shannon became a certified AFAA Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer in 1994 and has remained an instructor in a variety of formats including Weight Resistance, Pilates, & Yoga throughout her career. Shannon began teaching at the Cooper Aerobic Center in 2002, where she was named “Group Exercise Instructor of the Year” & still teaches 3 scheduled Yoga classes per week. Shannon earned her Texas State Certification in Education in 1997, and has both taught and coached at the secondary level in P.E., Heath Education, Dance, & Teen Leadership. Currently, she works at Griffin Middle School in LISD as a Family & Consumer Science Instructor. In 2017, Shannon attended the G.A.I.N. Dryland Conference, led by renowned athletic trainer Vern Gambetta, where she met with other national level trainers to study and learn about their programs and subsequently developed a comprehensive dryland program for LAC that helps increase the swimmers’ strength, while decreasing their risk for injuries.

 

Saxon Michael Simpson

Age Group Coach - The Colony

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Saxon has a lifetime connection to swimming, both as a swimmer and a coach.  Saxon began his competitive swimming career at the age of 7 and continued all the way through college where he competed for Gardner-Webb University and was a finalist at the CCSA Championships.


He began coaching in 2013 at the Sharks Aquatic Club in Shelby, NC and was named Head Coach in 2014.  While at the Sharks, Saxon coached several athletes who qualified for Age Group Champs, Senior Champs, and a Junior National Qualifier. Saxon also served as the Gardner-Webb Volunteer Assistant Coach in 2015 and 2016.  Saxon joines LAC in 2016 as an Age Group Coach at The Colony.


Saxon has a BA in English and a Masters in Sports Science and Pedagogy from Gardner-Webb University.  He enjoys photography, card games, and cheering for the Braves, Seahawks and ‘Noles.  Besides his love for swimming, he also enjoys baseball, football and basketball.

 

Tony Arbogast

Age Group Coach - Flower Mound

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Tony Arbogast joined LAC in November 2014 and works at the Flower Mound location with the Silver group.  He spent the last two years working with the Wheaton Swim Club in the Chicago suburbs.  During his time there, he coached Illinois 14 & Under State qualifiers and Illinois Regional champions.  He also was the head coach of the Hanover Park Park District summer club leading them to a conference championship in 2012.  In addition, he’s spent time coaching with the Naperville Park District and Ypsilanti Otters in Michigan.
Coach Tony has been involved in the sport for over 20 years as both a coach and swimmer.  He started swimming year round for the BR Ryall YMCA competing in YMCA Nationals and Junior Nationals.  In college, he competed for Eastern Michigan University from 1999 – 2003.  While at Eastern Michigan, Tony contributed to 4 consecutive Mid-American Conference team championships.


Tony has a BS from Eastern Michigan University in History and Political Science.  He currently resides in Corinth with his wife Robyn, 6 year old son, Jackson and 3 year old daughter, Brooklyn.

 

Amber McHugh

Age Group Coach-Flower Mound

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Amber McHugh joined LAC in September of 2014, coaching Bronze 2, Silver 2, Gold 2 and Red and Black in Flower Mound.  She graduated from Minnesota State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at The University of North Texas, where she is also student teaching Elementary and Middle School Physical Education. 
 
Amber swam for Lewisville High School and continued swimming as a Division II swimmer at Minnesota State University, swimming breaststroke and IM.  She has coached many years through TAAF Swimming and has spent two summers coaching at the Longhorn Swim Camp at The University of Texas in Austin. 

 

Leslie Wyatt

Age Group Coach - Flower Mound

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Leslie started swimming at the age of 8 with the City of Plano swim team.  She competed with them until moving to Denver, Colorado at age 13.  She was part of the 5A varsity team at Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, CO, who won state 3 of the 4 years she competed.  In addition, she swam with the Denver Hilltoppers, a year-round team out of the University of Denver. There she competed in meets up to Sectionals, mainly in Breaststroke and IM events.  She went on to swim Division 1 in her 4 years at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. There she holds 6 top 10 school times in individual events, as well as being part of 3 top 5 school relay teams. She graduated from Centenary with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Physics in 2010.


Leslie has since been teaching various levels of swimming around the Shreveport and Plano areas. These include a summer league team in Shreveport, as well as teaching at Emler Swim School in Plano and Frisco, and teaching lessons and coaching the Masters' team at Lifetime Fitness in Plano.


Leslie lives in Plano and she still enjoys swimming with a Masters swim program 3-4 times a week, as well as competing in the area.

 

Sam Murphy

Assistant Coach - FM and Keller

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Sam grew up in Flower Mound and swam for Lakeside Aquatic Club.  At one point in LAC's history, Sam had 3/4 of the 10 and under and 11-12 records.   Sam won the 11-12 100 breast at short course tags in 2005. He had a top 3 time in the country at 12 and top 5 as a 14 year old.  Sam also qualified for the High School State Meet as a freshman and was the Flower Mound High School record holder in the 200 free his senior year.   

Sam hung up his goggles after high school and went to the University of Alabama to study Mechanical Engineering.  He is currently finishing out his last 2 semesters at UNT.  Sam has coached the Bronze group for Dallas Mustangs, as well as all ages at Lakewood County Club for the DASA Summer League.  During his time at Lakewood Country Club his 10 and under boys had an amazing summer season in 2015 and ended up winning DASA.  In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing golf and spending time with his dog.

 

Shelley Ross

Age Group Coach - Keller

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Coach Shelley's swimming career actually started on Logan Martin Lake in east Alabama, chasing down her water skis and flipping from a rope swing into open lake water.  As a freshman, her family relocated from Alabama to Grapevine, where she gained the opportunity to dive into the competitive swimming world at GHS. She has since spent the last 20 years working in aquatics, from life guarding, teaching and coaching to program/facility management. Coach Shelley obtained a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Alabama in 2005, ROLL TIDE!  Her seasons spent coaching prior to joining LAC were with The Greater Trussville Aquatic Club, Crimson Tide Aquatics and most recently, seven years with the North Texas Nadadores.  She spends her time away from the pool with husband Bryan, trying to keep up with her daughters Avery and Charley, and her son Wyatt.  She has two dogs, Eddie and Otis. Weekends during the summer, she and her family can be found back at the lake swimming, jumping, tubing and skiing.

 

Amanda Hogan

Age Group Coach - Keller

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Amanda began competitive swimming at age 9 with JAWS in Southern Indiana.  She competed in multiple Zone, Quad and State meets through her high school in Indiana.  Truman State University, a small DII school in NE Missouri, gave her a scholarship to swim on their swim team.  Amanda graduated college with a BS in Exercise Science and a BFA in Ceramics.


In 2010, she moved to Texas to become a personal trainer.  Amanda began coaching in 2011 with NTN (Southlake), where she has been for the past 7 years.  She worked with various groups from lessons to the Seniors/National group.  She worked most consistently with the 10 & under age groups.


Amanda has acquired her ASCA Level 3 and is currently working towards her Texas Teacher Certification.

 

Donovan Pope

Age Group Coach - Keller

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Coach Donovan learned to swim at 6 years old. He began swimming competitively at 8, and then competed for 13 years in Hawaii and Virginia. During the last four years of his competitive swimming, he competed in Freestyle and Backstroke with Old Dominion University's Varsity team in Norfolk, Virginia. Donovan was named Team Captain for both his Junior and Senior years. He graduated from ODU with a degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies, with a concentration in Park and Recreation Management.
 
Donovan also coached Special Olympics Athletes for four years while at ODU, mentoring Junior Guards during the summers since 2013, as well as leading Youth Recreation programs at the local elementary school in Norfolk. He was also a Professional Beach Lifeguard from 2013-2018. He competed at SALA Regionals and USLA Nationals from 2015-2018, and also the Redbull Surf-Rescue competition in 2018.
 
When he's not at the pool, Coach Donovan enjoys surfing, working out, video games and camping.
 

Cherish Masters

Age Group Coach - Keller

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Cherish is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she swam competitively in high school. She was a lifeguard for three years, and she taught at the Miller Swim School through college. Living in New York for the past five years, she managed a dog walking company and taught swim lessons. 
 
Cherish has an orange tabby cat named Pumpkin. She loves travel, knitting, theatre, singing, dancing, and experiencing different cultures. She has lived in Africa and France, and she is fluent in French.

Samantha Conn

Age Group Coach - Keller

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Samantha's swimming career began locally at Keller High School, where she swam all 4 years. She then continued swimming at Texas Tech University. Samantha helped start and was also a part of the Texas Tech Women's Water Polo Club, which ranked 3rd in the state all 4 years she attended. She has taught swim lessons at different programs from Keller ISD Natatorium (2006-2008) to Texas Tech Aquatic Center (2008-2011), and is currently Assistant Coach at Central High School in Keller.
 
She has a BS in Microbiology and Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. In addition to coaching swim, she currently teaches Medical Terminology at Central High School. She'd previously worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the Medical District from 2011-2017.
 
Samantha currently lives in Saginaw with her husband William and her son Owen. In her free time, she loves to bake, watch movies, and hang out with her family.

Alex Reinbrecht

Dryland/Asst Coach - Keller

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Pam Glynn

Team Manager

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Pam began as LAC’s Team Manager in April of 2015 after her swimmers headed off to college and she had to give up her Board seat of 7 years where she learned the inner workings of running a swim team. Prior to being a Member of LAC for 10 years, Pam’s swimmers swam in summer leagues both in Texas and California. Pam has served on the Boards of summer league, Club and high school swim teams.


In the real world, Pam’s business expertise includes over 2 decades in the tech industry running Marketing organizations and over 10 years in the non-profit sector in roles such as Executive Director and Director of Development.


In her spare time, Pam enjoys cooking, reading, visiting her children and hanging out with her husband and pets.