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Coaching Staff

Patrick Novak

Head Coach

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Coach Patrick brings years of experience to the Cruzers. He began his coaching career at Northwest Swim Club in Bethlehem, PA. Next, he coached at Catawba Valley Aquatics Club (CVAC) in Salisbury, NC before coaching summer league swimming for Broomall’s Lake Country Club in Media, PA. Most recently, he coached Division III Cedar Crest College.

Patrick swam competitively for 17 years, in his high school career he received All-America Honorable Mention honors all four years. He swam for three years at NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, breaking multiple records throughout his tenure. 

Patrick graduated from Catawba College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. After his undergrad, he completed his Juris Doctor in 2014 from the Villanova University School of Law. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Education Degree from Cedar Crest.

Taylor Poehl

Assistant Coach

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Coach Taylor is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University and has over 15 years experience in swimming.  From summer league, competitive and high school swimming, lifeguarding and swim lessons, Taylor has always loved being in and around the water. While at TAMU, Taylor ran swim meets and realized how much she missed being around the sport. She enjoys teaching children of all ages the importance of water safety and loves to encourage athletes to reach their personal goals.

Halle Gordon

Assistant Coach

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I have been swimming since I was 7! I swam at Lost Creek for 8 years and did two years of Cruzers. I am a junior at Westlake and am just finished with my third year of high school swimming. I work with first graders multiple times a week and love working with kids. 

Susannah Balcezak

Assistant Coach

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My mom signed me up for the Cruzers when I was 5, and I fell in love with swimming that first summer. I swam with the Cruzers for 6 years and for LCA for 3 years, and now I am a certified lifeguard. I am a junior at Westlake High School, and worked as a lifeguard for the City of Austin last summer and for the Special Olympics. My little sister swims with LCA and the Cruzers, and I have really enjoyed passing the love of swimming down to her. 

Board of Directors

Erica Allison

President

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Coach Steve Jones

Aquatics Director

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