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.
Senior Coach/ Green 1 Lead
Coach Brad has over 18 years of coaching experience. He began coaching as an assistant at Delta State University. After graduation he took at Head Coaching job in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He coached multiple state qualifies and two sectional qualifiers. He was also part of the Mississippi LSC as the outreach chair. Later he took the Head Coaching job at Delta State Aquatic Club. While there he coached multiple state qualifiers, one sectional and junior national qualifier. He also coached the Master swim team.
In 2004 Coach Brad joined the TWST coaching staff. TWST was where he swam from the age of 10 until he graduated. Over the years as TWST coach Brad has coached with many of the different groups on the team. In 2004, 2005, 2006 he was an All-Star coach for Gulf Swimming. In 2005 he was a coach for the Gulf Zone team. Since being at TWST he has coached multiple state, sectional, and national qualifiers.
Coach Brad is also the Co-Head coach for the Woodlands Marlins Summer league team where he has coached for 11 years.
In 2017 he was the head coach for the Magnolia West High School swim team. He was also a Physical Education teacher. He spent two years coaching the program and had multiple state qualifiers and had swimmers break 7 individual records.
He is currently coaching the Senior group and is the lead coach for the Green 1 group. He is also one of the coaches for the Gator group.
Coach Brad has 3 kids on the team, Kayley, Kenzie, and Blake. When he is not at the pool, he is spending time with his kids, and cheering on the Astros!
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 Senior 2, White 1, White 2, and Green 2 Groups.
Coach Christine joined TWST in the fall of 2017 as a developmental coach. She has been involved in swimming since the age of 9. She grew up swimming with TWST and started coaching shortly after she graduated high school. She has coached with numerous summer league teams for over 15 years.
Christine graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2005, and she is a teacher in Conroe I.S.D. She is also the assistant swim coach for Caney Creek High School.
Christine and her husband, Joe have 3 kids who swim with TWST. Christine is passionate about coaching swimmers of any age or ability, and she is happy to be back in the water working with the developmental 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.
Coach Mitch joins us from our hometown of The Woodlands. From
the very young age of 6 he
started his swim journey and in 2008 joined TWST. After his first stint with TWST, Mitch dabbled with
soccer for 2 seasons and rejoined TWST after realizing swimming is where his true passion was. In 2012
Mitch started his second stint with TWST, and started summer league as well with The Woodlands
Hurricanes. Moving up quickly, in 2013 he made most improved swimmer in the 2013 season for summer
league, and made his first senior zones team his very first long course season. In 2014, he moved up to
TWST's Gold/National group, and that same season obtained Sectional cuts in the 100 and 200 fly.
Throughout his second stint with TWST until 2017, he obtained NCSA cuts and competed at multiple
junior national championship meets, as well as Sectionals and senior Zones meets.
Coach Mitch also coached summer league for The Woodlands Hurricanes for 2 seasons before
starting his coaching journey with TWST, and is proud that TWST is the only team he has competed on
year-round. He believes that hard work will always pay off, and that having a strong mentality is what
keeps good swimmers from being great swimmers.
Coach Mitch is now at Sam Houston State University, pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Business.
In his spare time, he enjoys racing his car at autocross and track days, and enjoys watching NFL football
with his favorite team the New England Patriots.
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!
I have had a love for sports, fitness and nutrition my entire life. I played volleyball and ran track growing up and continued playing volleyball through college. I took this passion for fitness a step furtherin 2013 when I became a certified personal trainer. I currently hold certifications in Personal Training, Group Fitness, and Pre/Postnatal Fitness I also have specialty certifications in Youth Fitness & Nutrition, Orthopedic Exercise, Fitness Nutrition and Sports Performance Specialtist.