Coaches & Directors


Ryan "Coach Chic" Ciccarelli

The University of Texas Swimming & Diving Team Member

1998-2002 (4-year full athletic scholarship)

6-time NCAA All-American in swimming

Member of 3 NCAA National Champion teams

                                               2000 Olympic Trials participant in 3 swimming events

In the sport of swimming there are many great coaches who can’t swim and many great swimmers who can’t coach. COTA’s head coach, Ryan Ciccarelli (a.k.a. “Coach Chic”), embodies the rare and powerful combination of world-class swimmer and talented coach and stroke instructor.

Coach Chic has been teaching and coaching swimmers in Austin, Texas for ten years. His professional coaching career began with T3 (Total Technique Training), an organization that specializes in training triathletes of all levels and ages. In 2004 he founded his own USA Swimming team, the Austin Texas Piranhas, where he developed accomplished age group and senior swimmers. Coach Chic became the head coach of COTA in 2009. His COTA swimmers have achieved remarkable success, including record-setting swims at state competitions.

Coach Chic believes in complementing his demanding training regimen with meticulous stroke instruction in order to prevent the injuries that can result from flawed technique. He devises creative and varied approaches to help all swimmers master the four strokes, and he encourages his swimmers to ask questions whenever needed. His practices are challenging but never predictable or boring! Coach Chic keeps his swimmers on their toes, knowing that motivated, excited swimmers ultimately become strong, accomplished athletes. 


    Hailey Vorauer

Hailey is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a TRX and cycling instructor as well as the Head Swim Coach for her daughters Summer League swim team, The Great Hills Gators as well as an assistant coach with her USA Swimming club team, Capital of Texas Aquatics (COTA).

Hailey began swimming year around at 9 years old for Texas Aquatics. She continued swimming while earning her Bachelor's from Gallaudet university where she majored in Biology. She has been physically active her whole life and is an avid marathoner and endurance triathlete. Hailey specializes in functional programming, core strength, yoga, weight loss, metabolic conditioning, and movement screening assessments. Hailey is motivated to workout and live a healthy lifestyle. Her three children ( Vivyana, Vander and Vaughn) and loving husband benefit greatly from living in a home where physical fitness is a priority.



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