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Triumph Aquatics is dedicated to supporting the needs of your athlete first and foremost. If you have any questions related to practice schedule, events or administrative needs such as; registration or billing, please contact Jeff.

 

Coaching Staff

Jeff Otten

Director

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Jeff Otten is the founder of Triumph Aquatics Club. He has been involved with aquatics in the Clear Lake area since 1997; as an athlete and coach. He began coaching youth water polo in 2010. He prioritizes the development of youth athletes, creating a fun environment and instilling a love for water polo.

Coach Otten coached in the Clear Creek Swim League for the League City Swim Team from 2008-2012. He has also taught private swim lessons during his career. More recently, he has coached adults in the Future Warriors program, helping them attain their goals within the USA military.

Since 2014, Coach Otten has led the Varsity Women and Men’s water polo programs at Friendswood High School. Over that course of time he has received many coaching accolades. Most Recently he received TISCA boy’s state Coach of the Year in 2018. Prior to that he was awarded boy’s Coach of the Year awards for TISCA South Region in 2014 and 2015.

Outside of Triumph Aquatics coach Otten has spent three years in the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program. He serves as the coach for the Southwest Zone Men’s Cadet team.  

Emma Womersley

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Coach Emma joined Triumph Aquatics in the Summer of 2019. She is currently the assistant aquatics coach at Clear Springs High School. Prior to joining Triumph, she played club water polo at Texas A&M (whoop!).  While at Texas A&M her team won the Texas CWPA conference 3 times, and participated at CWPA Nationals. Before attending Texas A&M Coach Emma graduated from Clear Creek High School. At Creek, she swam and played water polo. While at Creek the women’s team placed 1st at the TISCA State water polo tournament in 2012! Coach Emma loves working with athletes of all ages. Her main goal is to teach athletes the game of water polo and help them grow a love for the sport.

Coach Emma graduated from Texas A&M with Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

Ty Halford

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My name is Ty Halford, I am currently the Head Coach at Clear Creek High School for both swimming and water polo. Through out my coaching career I have enjoyed great success on both sides of aquatics, with my high school swimming and water polo teams competing at the State level. In 2018 I was named TISCA South Region girls water polo coach of the year and UIL Region 6 6A Girls swimming coach of the year in 2019. 

I enjoy teaching athletes the great game of water polo but even more enjoy teaching kids life skills that will help them be succesful later.

Sarah Padgett

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Coach Sarah is from League City and comes to us from the Bay Area Dorados Water Polo Club. She has been coaching aquatics for six years and is a graduate of the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Economics. She is currently a substitute for Goose Creek CISD while she completes her teaching certification to teach high school math. She started playing water polo in eighth grade and continued through high school. Coach Sarah attended Clear Springs High School where she was a four year varsity swimmer and a 3 year varsity water polo player. She earned all region and all state distinctions her junior and senior years, as well as breaking two CSHS records for single season saves as a goalie and all time saves as a goalie. She is excited to join the Triumph staff!

Rachel Craig

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Coach Rachel joined Triumph Aquatics in the Summer of 2019. Coach Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge to Triumph Aquatics. She has competed nationally for Rosebowl Aquatics and Bucknell University.  At Bucknell University Coach Rachel competed as a Division 1 athlete, she appeared in 16 games as a freshman. Coach Rachel is a local athlete, graduating from Clear Brook High School. While at Clear Brook she was a four-year letter winner in water polo and swimming. During that time, she was a three-year team captain, helping Clear Brook Qualify for three Texas State Water Polo Championships.  Coach Rachel was awarded Co-MVP for the Houston South Region in 2016. In 2017 as a Junior she received MVP honors for the second time in the Houston South Region. At the State Tournament, she was awarded All-State First Team. Coach Rachel is excited to share her experiences with Triumph Aquatic Athletes and helping them attain their goals.

Claire Michele Zepeda

Social Media Analyst/ Coach

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Coach Claire joined Triumph Aquatics in 2019. Coach Claire is a recent graduate from Pearland High School. In 2019, Coach Claire was a major contributor to the success of her team. Leading them to their first ever qualification in the Texas High School State Championship Tournament. Coach Claire currently attends the University of Houston. She is majoring in Business at the Bauer School of Business. Coach Claire is super excited to coach the fundamentals of water polo while creating a fun environment!

Evan Metcalf

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Coach Evan is the goalie coach at Triumph Aquatics, joining the club in 2019. Prior to joining the club, he played club water polo for Viper Pigeons. In 2018, while attending Friendswood High School Coach Evan led his team to their first ever qualification in the Texas High School State Championship tournament. Coach Evan received the following awards while attending Friendswood High School; 1st team all-district, 2nd team all-region, and an honorable mention all-state, finishing 2nd place in all-state in the goalie division. Coach Evan is attending the University of Houston, where he participates in the marching band. In 2018, Coach Evan received Eagle Scout honors from the Boy Scouts of America. Coach Evan is excited to work with the athletes and help them accomplish their goals.