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Coaching Staff

Keele Steglich

Head Coach

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Keele completed her BS in Health and Nutrition at the University of Houston and received her teaching credentials through the University of Texas at Tyler. She teaches Language Arts at Clear Lake Intermediate and has taught there for the past sixteen years. Before moving to Clear Lake, she was an assistant Language Arts teacher for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students in Yachiyo, Japan. She taught in Yachiyo two years and thoroughly enjoyed the children and  the cultural experience.

Keele is originally from Tyler, Texas where she began swimming for the North East Texas Swimmers at the age of seven. She competed at the age group circuit, qualified for TAGS multiple times, and qualified for two ZONE Championships. Keele swam for Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler and lettered all four years. She was selected MVP her freshman and senior years. She was a coach with the Tyler Swim Team and worked as a lifeguard while in high school. She received scholarships to Texas Christian University and the University of Houston. Keele was a member of the TCU swim team two years, then transferred to U of H where she continued swimming competitively her junior and senior years. During college, she taught private and group lessons for Miller Swim Academy. More recently, Keele completed her ASCA Level 1 Certification and worked for three years as an assistant coach for Aquastar.

This will be Keele’s 10th season with Pineloch Piranhas. She has always enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of her swim teams and would like to see each member of the Pineloch Piranhas find that same enjoyment and passion that swimming has to offer.

Allie Pitassi

Assistant Coach

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Allie Pitassi was originally born in Seattle, Washington; but, her mother’s Texas roots brought her back to Houston at the age of five. Her love for swimming began at 2 years old when she took her first swimming lessons, but her competitive swimming journey didn’t begin until 8th grade, when she excitingly joined the Pineloch Piranhas and was coached by Coach Keele. She continued swimming into high school where she also found a new love for water polo.

During her freshman year, Allie was awarded “Most Improved” alongside the other members of her freshman water polo team. Her sophomore year, she made varsity, went to regionals, and lettered for both sports. Junior year, Allie was Co-Captain for the water polo team, attended Regionals, and was awarded “Most Valuable Player”. Her senior year, she became Captain of the water polo team and attended Regionals for her last time. During her summers off from high school, Allie was also involved in numerous swim and water polo leagues including Light House Aquatics, Lightening Quick Aquatics, and Jalapeño Water Polo League.

Allie graduated from Clear Brook High School in 2015 and is currently a sophomore at San Jacinto College, where she will receive her Associate’s degree in the fall of 2016. In the spring of 2017, Allie will be transferring to the University of Houston where she will major in marketing at the Bauer School of Business. While attending U of H she also plans to join the club water polo team.

Allie is extremely excited to be an assistant coach for the first time and hopes everyone falls in love with the sport like she did!

 

Hayden Morano

Assistant Coach

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Hayden Morano is was born in Charleston, West Virginia but grew up in Houston, Texas. She first started swimming in elementary school and joined the Clear Lake City Stars. She fell in love with swimming and continued with the sport throughout middle school and high school.

During Hayden’s freshman and sophomore year, she attended varsity districts for swimming. Junior year, Hayden competed in varsity districts and went on to compete with her relay team at the regional competition. In high school, Hayden also played water polo. She made the varsity team her sophomore year and attended regionals. Hayden was a Co-Captain of the water polo team and attended regionals her junior year. During her off-season from high school swimming, Hayden swam for various club teams, including Lighthouse Aquatics and Aquastar.

Hayden graduated from Clear Brook High School in 2015 and just completed her freshman year at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. While Hayden is not currently swimming at CU, she is thinking about joining the inner-tube water polo intramural team. This will be Hayden’s second year as an assistant coach for the Pineloch Piranhas and she is excited to return and help everyone do their very best.