Heather’s 25+ years working in the fitness and coaching industry and her numerous athletic endeavors have created in her a lifelong passion for fitness and coaching.
In Pennsylvania, Heather was the Director of Competitive Aquatics for the Tri-Hampton YMCA/USA Swim Team (THY), overseeing the Age Group and Senior Teams. Prior to this she was Head Coach of the Age Group Team and assisted in founding the Age Group component of THY in 2009. Heather was also the Head Coach for The Lower Makefield Township Summer League team for 7 years and grew the team to 360 swimmers ages 4-18 of all levels, beginner to Junior National. Prior to this, she was an assistant specializing in the 8 and Under age groups.
Heather’s additional age group coaching experience includes coaching a summer league team in Northern Virginia during her high school and college summers, coaching for the Pennsbury Aquatic Club in Fairless Hills, PA and beginning a learn to swim program on the island of Guam. She has also coached Masters swimmers in Honolulu and at the Newtown Athletic Club, and directed/coached triathlon/cycling/ run training programs for over 15 years. Prior to living in Pennsylvania, Hawaii was home to Heather for 10 years. In Honolulu, Heather was as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Center Director, Personal Training Director, Triathlon Coach, Marathon Coach, and Group Exercise Director for the largest fitness club in Hawaii.
Heather graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and was a member of the Varsity swimming team for 2 years and cross country team for 1 year.
In her spare time, Heather raced and traveled extensively as a professional triathlete from 1998-2008 and now competes as a masters triathlete, specializing in the Ironman distance. Heather has competed in 17 Ironman competitions, to include The Hawaii Ironman World Championship 8 times, where she was an Age Group Champion and 2 time Top 25 female finisher.
Heather and her husband, Pete have two boys who swim on The Woodlands Swim Team and relocated to The Woodlands from Yardley, Pennsylvania in August 2012. Heather finds coaching the swimmer of any age or ability a truly rewarding opportunity and is thrilled to be back in the water working with the Nemo, Shark & Dolfin Groups. She hopes to foster the discipline, fitness, memories, skills and friendships that the sport of swimming can offer.
Coach John started coaching for TWST in the fall of 2017. Prior to that, he coached for the Spring Creek Oak Dolphins for two seasons. During his swimming career, Coach John competed for FINS, PACK, and the Klein High School Bearkats. He is currently attending Sam Houston State University where he plans to graduate with a History Degree. In his free time, Coach John loves to play video games with his friends, work out, and all things Houston Sports. Coach John is currently working with the Green 2 and White 1 groups.
Coach Suz White has been involved in swimming since the age of nine. She grew up in Indiana as an age group swimmer for the Seymour Seahawks and swam as a Fighting Owl for Seymour High School. She went to Ball State University where she swam for two seasons. Suz moved to The Woodlands with her family in 2007 and taught swim lessons at Branch Crossing YMCA. In 2010 she became the assistant aquatics coordinator for the YMCA and coached and taught various groups at both the Branch Crossing and Shadowbend Locations. In 2012 she joined the coaching staff for the NWAL team Shenandoah Sharks and has enjoyed seven exciting seasons as the developmental coach for the Sharks.
Suz joined TWST in 2018 under Developmental Coach Heather Jorris and loves working with the Sharks, Nemos and Dolphins. She loves working with coaches Heather, Laura and Christine and giving our developmental groups the best instruction on form and consistency in all four strokes as well as turns and starts. She hates seeing the swimmers go but loves to see them grow and develop in the black, white and green groups TWST offers. She and her two kids, Georgia (14) and Cooper (12) live in Cochrans Crossing where they love to eat at Brooklyn Bagel and watch Parks and Rec on Netflix when they aren’t at the pool.
Stephanie joined TWST in the fall of 2018 as our Team Administrator. She began coaching over 15 years ago as an assistant coach at Stonebriar Country Club in North Texas. During her college years, she was the assistant coach for the Southland Sharks Summer League team. Stephanie graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and moved to South Florida where she began working full-time as a graphic designer. Finding that she couldn't stay away from coaching, she became the head coach of a recreational league team. She quickly made the jump back into USA swimming as an age group coach at South Florida Aquatic Club under Chris Anderson, where she had her first Junior Olympic Champion! While in Florida, she also began her Masters degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from WKU, later completing the Practicum at Southwestern University while she served as the assistant to their swimming and diving team. Stephanie founded (and coached) the competitive swim team at VillaSport and developed the program to be launched at all of their clubs nationwide. She then assumed the role of Aquatics Director at VIllaSport where she remained until jumping to TWST.
Stephanie grew up swimming in Plano, Texas and attended Western Kentucky University on a full swimming scholarship. While there she led the team to multiple conference titles & undefeated seasons while holding several school records. Stephanie can't stay away from racing and continues to compete as a Masters swimmer in her spare time. She and her husband, Sam, live in The Woodlands with their two sons, Samuel - 4 and Steele - almost 2!