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TRAC Coaching Staff

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.

TRAC Coaching Philosophy

TRAC is all about the athlete and will take a philosophy that dictates technique over yardage. The effects of overtraining young athletes can be seen throughout swimming, with athletes hitting 15-16 no longer competitive, not improving, injured and looking to try something else. The effects of yardage training have peaked and since no attention was given to proper technique and race preparation the athlete hits the proverbial wall. As the swimmers mature into the more competitive levels of swimming it is imperative that they have worked to become the most efficient they can be in the water. 

TRAC will focus on technique throughout our program. Our Race Pace Technique philosophy will focus on improving our technique while swimming similarily to what we do when we race. Developing the ability to perform at a high speed, improve our times by using proper strokes, underwaters, walls and turns will then assist the athletes in a continuation of improvement as they grow and get stronger. 

The coaches at TRAC will be teachers first and personally engaged with our swimmers. We will be looking to keep our swimmer to coach ratio at a level where we continue to allow constant feedback to our swimmers. Teaching swimming is a skill and an art which requires preparation, knowledge and passion. That is what we want to stand for.

Coaching Staff

Ryan West

TRAC Head Coach/TISD Assistant Coach

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Coach Ryan is from Riverside, California where he began his coaching career.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1997 and has had the privilege of finding coaching opportunities all over the world.  His first coaching opportunity started with a small summer league team in Corona, California.  Until his enlistment he continued to coach club and city recreational teams in the Riverside area.  Ryan has organized, managed and coached large swim camps while stationed in Europe. For the past 20 years he has earned his swimming education>

 

Other Qualifications and Experience:

  • ASCA Leve 3 International
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • Navy Swim Instructor
  • CPR/First Aid Instructor
  • Certified Stroke Technician
  • UIL Official

Jason G Petty

Head Coach TISD, Assistant TRAC Coach

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Coach Petty has been coaching competitive swimming since 1997.  He grew up in Nacogdoches, TX where he swam for the ‘Doches Dolphin swim club and later for Nacogdoches High School.  He continued his swimming career at Ouachita Baptist University where he was a four time All-American.  Coach Petty graduated from OBU with a degree in Physical Education and then went>

Courtni C West

Assistant Coach

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Jeremy A Taylor

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Specializing in functional fitness and injury prevention/recovery, Jeremy has worked in Tyler as a personal trainer since 2003. Having worked with a clientele ranging from young/high school/collegiate athletes to the general population of all ages wanting to simply better their quality of life, his goal is to teach proper movement and alignment in the body to allow for more efficient muscle recruitment and reduce injury. He studied Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler and obtained his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.