Coaches

Lost Creek Aquatics 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 administrative questions, such as membership, scheduling tryouts, dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our General Manager.

Coaching Staff

Steve Jones

LCA Head Coach

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Coach Steve has over 30 years of experience coaching swimming, including four years with the Cruzers (Summers of ’95-’97, ’01). Before becoming Aquatics Director and head coach at LCA, Steve was the swim coach at Westlake High School, where he was awarded "State Coach of the Year" in 1996. Steve has coached 28 high school All-Americans and won two Class 5A state titles. Steve works with swimmers of all ages and abilities. Steve took swimmers to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016.

Carolyn Doyal

Strength & Conditioning Coach, LCCC/LW

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Coach Carolyn has over 30 years of professional fitness experience with clients of all levels and more than 10 years of experience working with competitive swimmers. She has worked with numerous professional and beginner athletes of all ages. Licensed by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer, Carolyn focuses on all aspects of fitness and health including nutrition. "My primary goal here at LCA is to help the team with core strength, flexibility, and endurance. I want to teach our youth that good health is a life-long and rewarding practice. Challenge yourself daily!"

 

Patrick Novak

Assistant Coach, Lost Creek Country Club

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Coach Patrick brings years of experience to LCA. 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, and 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.

Janet Risser

Lead Coach, Lakeway

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Coach Janet has been coaching for over 30 years in the Austin area at Longhorn Aquatics, Circle C, Texas Gold, and West Austin, and now for Lost Creek Aquatics at Lakeway.

She too, grew up swimming in Nashville and in the Austin area. She was a high school All-American and Collegiate All-American. Her love of swimming continued and coaching became her passion. Janet has been a South Texas Age Group Chairperson and a Zones coach, and has coached many Top 16 swimmers, National record holders, and so much more. Janet works with all levels of swimmers from the beginner to the National elite, and took four swimmers to the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Janet has three children.

Cooper Robinson

Assistant Coach, Lakeway

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Coach Cooper has been involved with swimming for more than 13 years, both as an athlete and as a coach. He started swimming when he was in 8th  grade and has continued to love the sport ever since. He swam for Texas Christian University, where he was able to qualify for the US Olympic Trials and NCAAs. He finds it extremely rewarding to teach young swimmers to have fun and help improve their swimming while loving the sport.

Andrew McGalliard

Assistant Coach

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Coach Andrew grew up in Palm Desert, California. He started competitive swimming at the age of 5 in his local summer league. Whenever he wasn’t in the pool he was playing soccer and football. Starting in 8 th grade he started participating in club water polo in Southern California. For college Andrew moved to the great state of Texas, and attended Texas Christian University where he graduated with a degree in kinesiology with a business minor. After graduation he started working as the Aquatics Director and Swim Coach at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas for two summers before moving to Austin to become the Aquatics Director and Swim Coach at River Place Country Club. This will be Coach Andrew's 6th season coaching competitive swimming. During his spare time Andrew loves to spend time outdoors, exercise, & cheer on the TCU Horned Frogs.

Josh Geisinger

Lead Coach, Cedar Park

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Coach Josh has been a member of the LCA family for over 16 years both as a swimmer (2002-2008) and a coach. He attributes much of his success in life from the values cultivated in the Lost Creek pool.  He graduated from St. Michael's Catholic Academy in 2008 and attended the University of Texas, where he studied Economics and Nutritional Sciences. For five years at UT, he acted as the student manager for the UT men's swimming and diving team. The time spent on deck with the greatest swimmers and coaches in the world definitely helped shape his philosophies and love for the sport.

Coach Josh has been coaching with Lost Creek since 2008 and has worked with every group from our learn to swim program, up through our national team. He coached the Lost Creek Cruzers summer team for three years, the Twin Creek Twisters (2017), and was the head coach at Regents High School (2010-2014). Josh is the head coach for the Cedar Park High School team, as well.

In addition to coaching, Josh teaches high school algebra at Cedar Park High School. He is an avid reader of classic literature and his interests span from running to drum playing to blacksmithing.

Chuck Herrmann

Assistant Coach, Cedar Park

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Coach Chuck was born and raised on Long Island, growing up on the north shore in Smithtown. He grew up surrounded by water, whether it was the beach or the pool in his backyard. Naturally, because of his love for the water, he started taking swim lessons at the local YMCA when he was 5. By the time he was 7 he started swimming for the Team Suffolk Swim Club. He continued to swim for Team Suffolk up until his senior year of high school. Along with swimming club, he swam Varsity in high school, swimming doubles every day of the week. He was voted captain his senior year of high school.

Chuck attended Vassar College where he majored in Biology. Originally unsure of whether or not he was going to swim, after swimming for 11 years straight, his passion was reignited by an awesome coaching staff and great teammates. Over the next four years the team became like a family for him and he was eventually elected captain senior year.

Chuck coached for two years in Las Vegas, while getting his Masters in Biology at UNLV, and fell in love with the sport all over again. Outside of swimming, Chuck is a wildlife biologist with a passion for the outdoors, a good book, and fitness.

 

Kristen Gregg

Assistant Coach, Cedar Park

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Kristen comes to us after coaching in New England since 2012. She has a keen eye in identifying stroke errors and uses her strong knowledge of swimming methods and techniques to help swimmers improve and correct their strokes. She has taught in-water lessons for the beginner to the highest level swimmers. She has coached swimmers at local and out of state competitive swimming events, and was assistant coach for the 11-12 year olds at the 2015 NE Zones meet in Virginia. With her assistance, swimmers have gone on to Age Group Championships, Zones, Sectionals, Arena Pro Series, Junior Nationals, Nationals, special USA teams and Olympic Trials. Many of these have gone on to achieve New England Records, USA Swimming Top 10 national reportable times, all-time USA Swimming Top 10 Age Group times, and Top 10 World Rankings. With her efforts, swimmers have also gone on to swim in college at Division I through Division III schools. Kristen lives in Pflugerville with her husband and two daughters and is happy to be in her home state of Texas.

Jessica Evans

General Manager

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Jessica manages our team's operations, including swimmer registrations, meet entries, billing issues, swim meets, website and team communications, and schedules. Jessica has been a very active volunteer in the sport of swimming since 2004 with different Austin area summer league, US Masters Swimming, high school swimming, Special Olympics, and USA Swimming teams. Jessica has been a UIL and USA Swimming certified official since 2009, served as the Technical Planning Chair on the South Texas Swimming Board of Directors from 2012 to 2017, is the Regional SWIMS User for the Austin area for South Texas Swimming, and serves on the South Texas Swimming Officials Committee and the Austin Hills Swim League Board of Directors. South Texas Swimming presented the LSC's Outstanding Volunteer Award to Jessica in 2015. Jessica is also LCA's meet entries chair, meet director, and meet referee for LCA hosted meets. Now retired from her first career as a technical editor and author of more than 125 college textbooks on computer topics, Jessica has followed her passion for the sport of swimming to LCA. Please contact Jessica for any administrative, meet entry, or billing questions, or to join our club.