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William T Sprague

Head Coach / Owner

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Coach Bill (ASCA 4) is the Head Coach / Owner of Texas Gold Swimming Georgetown. With over 20 years of coaching experience he has produced a multitude of swimmers that have achieved some of the highest levels of swimming including: 

  • USA Olympic Trials
  • USA Swimming National Championships
  • USA Swimming Open Championships
  • USA Swimming Junior National 
  • NCSA Junior Nationals
  • NASA Junior Nationals
  • USA Swimming National Top 10
  • Senior Sectionals
  • Georgia Swimming Zone Team
  • Gulf Swimming Zone Team
  • South Carolina Zone Team
  • South Carolina Age Group Coach of the Year (2001, 2002)

“My philosophy is to strive to instill in our athletes an understanding of and appreciation for such concepts as high self esteem, personal accountability, constructive self motivation, goal setting, and goal achievement as these ideas relate to their success in training and competition. It is my belief that the process of achieving is as significant as realizing the achievement itself. ‘Life is a journey, not a destination’. At each level of my training program, athletes are guided to strive for excellence. Excellence in this sense represents the achievement of that level at which you know that you have done your utmost to become the best you are capable of becoming. This philosophy is consistent throughout my training program.” – Coach Bill

Bill completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University and competed in Swimming and Judo.

David P Houck

Assistant Coach

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David first coached Georgetown Gold in 2004, back when it was the Aquatics of Georgetown. Currently he is the Masters Coach and works with different groups within the Texas Gold program.   

His first swim team, at age 6, was with the Braun Station Seagulls in San Antonio. David's first age group swim team was AAAA. After moving to Georgetown, David swam on the Aquadillos summer league team and was a captain on the Georgetown High School team. At that time, Georgetown lacked an age group team so he swam age group in Temple at TASC and the short lived Georgetown Area Swim team (GAS). At Trinity University he combined his years of competitive gymnastics with water and joined the diving team. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in Computer Science.

David has also coached the diving team at Southwestern University. He also coaches for the Aquadillos summer swim team. In his spare, time he does handstands and reads about computer security, but not at the same time.

 

Aubrey Knapper

Head Coach/Owner - Wells Branch

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Aubrey is the Head Coach / Owner of the Wells Branch location and is entering his 26th season as a coach for Texas Gold Swimming. This will be his 21st year at the helm of the Wells Branch based Texas Gold program. With an emphasis on stroke technique and mechanics he has developed some of the best Age Group talent in the State of Texas, including Micah Lawrence a member of the 2012 United States Olympic Team

 

He has coached 21 different Texas Gold swimmers to 81 individual Texas State Championships over the last eighteen years. His swimmers have also achieved 16 State records and 2 National records. He has been voted the South Texas Age Group Coach of the Year for 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was also awarded the American Swim Coaches Association Age Group Coach of the year for 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2010. He received the 1999 and 2003 Tex Robertson Age Group Coach of the year award for the state of Texas. He has also been voted the South Texas Senior Coach of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.