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Coaches & Directors

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 related to such things as dues, registration, membership, or policy issues, please contact our Office and Membership Administrator, Carolyn Fenter at cfenter@itwst.org.

Coaching Staff

Joseph Christopher Raulerson

Head Coach

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Head Coach Kit Raulerson joined The Woodlands Swim Team in the late summer of 2017. Coach Kit brings a wealth of Club and Collegiate experience to TWST, from developmental coaching to International success.  Coach Kit prioritizes the individual and personal development of all athletes within a progressive, nurturing environment.

“Every athlete’s journey is different and every athlete’s pace of progression is different.” says coach Kit. “We constantly evaluate the physical, emotional and intellectual development of our athletes and strive to provide appropriate challenges promoting growth in all areas. We programatically emphasize kicking, core strength and body line, development in all strokes and distances while also searching to unearth each athlete’s individual potential.”

Coach Kit also works to create an overall environment of efficient productivity. He looks to find and refine approaches to practice, scheduling, meet set-up and participation and seasonal planning to promote success while preserving family life and social life for club members. The underlying principle of long-term Development guides program philosophy and Kit’s athletes have consistently improved throughout their careers and in college. In both 2011 and 2015 Kit had four former athletes qualify for the NCAA D-I Championships.

Kit has worked with swimmers who went on to attend: Harvard, Dartmouth, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, South Carolina, Stanford, Southern California, Utah, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Liberty, SMU, Duquense, St. Bonaventure, UMBC, Washington, BYU, Rice, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Iowa, Arizona.

Kit was the Head Coach of The Raleigh Swimming Association from 2006-2013. Under his guidance the club grew from 250 to over 400 members and  achieved Gold and Silver Medal status in USA-Swimming’s Club Excellence program every year. (and have not since) RSA won the LSC Senior Championship in 2007 and 2012 and also the 2011 age-group Championship, becoming the first team to dethrone SWIMMAC-Carolina since the 1990’s.

Only a handful of clubs produce multiple Olympic Trial qualifiers from the club ranks (18 & under). Kit produced three 18&under OT qualifiers in both 2008 and 2012. In 2008 Sarah Henry came into Olympic Trials seeded 71st in the 200 breaststroke and qualified for semi-finals, finishing 12th. In 2012 Hannah Moore came into OT seeded 116th in the 200 backstroke and qualified for semi-finals, finishing 11th.

Additionally, Coach Kit produced a US Paralympian (Tucker Dupree), a European Junior Champion and European Senior medalist (Henriette Stenkvist), a USA-Swimming Japan Grand Prix member and NCSA high-point winner (Melanie Roberts), and many LSC, Zone and National Select Camp participants.

Prior to his time in Raleigh, Coach Kit was an assistant coach at Circle C Swimming and  then a founding member and  Associate Head Coach at Longhorn Aquatics in Austin, Texas with Hall-of-Fame coach Randy Reese.  He worked with athletes of all ages in Austin and grew a strong senior team into a well-rounded age-group team, culminating with a TAGS Championship in 2006 in The Woodlands. Eventual Olympians Garret Weber-Gale and Scott Spann were Longhorn products, along with numerous Texas High School State Champions and National team members. Longhorn was the inaugural winner of USA-Swimming’s Club Excellence program and remained Gold every year that he was in Austin.

Coach Kit’s collegiate coaching experience included a position as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech from 2000-2002. The Tech men’s team had never finished higher than sixth place prior to his arrival, and they finished third in 2001 and second in 2002 at the ACC Championships. He produced the program’s first NCAA qualifiers in over fourteen years, and Tech was Top-25 at NCAA’s both years.  Prior to that, Coach Kit was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan under Hall-of-Fame coach Jon Urbanchek. Those years included a Big-10 Championship in 2000, Tom Malchow’s World Record 200 fly and subsequent Gold medal in the event, and Chris Thompson’s bronze in the 1500.

Coach Kit has also coached with The Sandhills Sandsharks, the Piedmont Family YMCA, Bucknell University, Florida State University, Ann Arbor Swim Club, Club Wolverine and spent a brief spell in software sales.

Items not mentioned:

  • Head Coach NC Zone Team 1998
  • Coach on winning Zone team 1997, 1998
  • USA-Swimming Select Camp staff member
  • South Texas Age-group Coach of the Year
  • North Carolina Swimming Senior Coach of the Year
  • Head Coach of The O’Neal School
  • Produced an NCAA qualifier in inaugural year of Georgia Tech’s womens team
  • Coached 2 NCAA All-Americans
  • Coached NCAA qualifiers at FSU
  • Coached ACC Champion

Jarrod R Murphy

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Jarrod is in his 4th year with the Woodlands and is an ACSA level 4 coach. Since beginning with TWST coach Jarrod has developed TAGS, Sectional, and Junior National qualifiers, as well as TAGS Champions and record holders, and national top 10 athetes with #1 rankings. In 2017 coach Jarrod was a finalist for the ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year honors. He has served on the Gulf swimming technical planning task force for 2017 and 2018. In 2018 he was selected as Head Coach for the 2nd annual Gulf Swimming Select Camp.
 
Coach Jarrod began coaching with the Iowa City Eels swim team in 2003 after finishing a successful swimming career with NCAA DIII Kenyon College. During his time in Iowa he helped lead the Eels to both 12 and under and 13 and over state titles.
 
In 2005 coach Jarrod moved to Badger Aquatic Club in Madison, WI where he helped coach all level of the program and was named Head Age Group Coach during the 2006-2007 year. He coached the badgers to two Wisconsin 12 and under state titles developing numerous zone and national top 10 athletes.
 
In 2007 he moved to the Houston area to begin coaching with First Colony Swim Team. During his tenure with FCST coach Jarrod worked with every level starting as the Head Developmental coach and finishing as a senior coach and the Head Site coach for a new satellite program he developed between 2012 and 2015 in Beaumont, Tx. Coach Jarrod developed athletes from TAGS champions and record setters, Zone team athletes, Age Group top 10 rankings, and Junior National qualfiers. In addition, coach Jarrod was a member of the 2008 ASCA fellows program. In 2009 he was selected as a Gulf All Star team coach, and in 2013 named Associate Head Coach for the Gulf North American Challenge Cup Team.

Jennie Shamburger

Coach / Team Admin

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Coach Jennie joined TWST in 2008.  This season, she is working with the SENIOR 3, GREEN 2 and BLUE groups and in the office as Logistics Director. Jennie has coached all levels from National to beginner with her previous team, and also developed a learn-to-swim program. With over 20 years coaching experience here in the Gulf LSC, some of her accomplishments include:

  • Named to the ASCA 2008 Fellows Class
  • Coached eight Gulf Zones Teams; head coach of the 2007 and 2011 Zones Team and team manager in 2008.
  • Coached six Gulf Allstars Teams; head coach of the 2009 Team and team manager in 2011
  • Coached two NACC Gulf Teams; head coach of the 2016 team
  • Won first place in the Doc Counsilman Creative Coaching competition at the ASCA World Clinic in 2007
  • Developed numerous age groupers to Gulf, TAGS and Top 16 Records
  • Two-term Age Group Vice Chair for Gulf Swimming 2010-2014
  • Secretary for Gulf Swimming 2015-2019
  • Recipient of Gulf LSC Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award 2016
  • Named to the USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion National Committee for 2015-2019

Jennie has been involved in this sport for a very long time. She began swimming when she was 10 years old, and started coaching summer league while still a swimmer with her high school and summer league teams in Baton Rouge, LA. She went to Lousiana Tech and majored in pre-med before switching to theater.  She has numerous commercial voice-over credits in The Woodlands/Spring area.  She coached summer league for Shenandoah Sharks for 17 years and helped grow their team from 49 to 300+ swimmers during her tenure as head coach.

Jennie has completed her ASCA Level V testing certifications. She enjoys attending coaching conferences and clinics and bringing what she learns back to her swimmers.  She strives to make practices both challenging and creative. Jennie makes a point to take a real interest in each of her swimmers, celebrating their accomplishments not only in the water but on deck and in school.

When not coaching, Jennie enjoys family time, movies and music. Jennie and her husband live in Shenandoah, where they raised their four children, all of whom were swimmers (summer league, USA, high school and collegiate level).  She is now teaching her grandchildren how to swim!

Erik Daniel Wiken

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Erik comes to us from Milwaukee, Wisconsin having recently coached senior athletes at Southwest Aquatic Team. Prior, he was Head Coach for nine years at Heartland Aquatics in Lincoln, Nebraska. At Heartland he coached all levels of the team, with his focus on the senior program and upper age group levels. Erik earned Midwestern Swimming Senior Coach of the year in 2009, partly for producing a National Junior Team member.  That athlete qualified for the 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Trials and competed collegiately at Ohio State. At Heartland, Erik was also responsible for the training of Winter & Summer Junior National qualifiers, USA Futures relay & individual qualifiers and finalists, Speedo Sectional & Zone Finalists. Under his guidance, 10+ swimmers at HLA moved on to the college ranks at the Division I, II & III levels.

Coach Erik was also active in local governance, having served as  Age Group Chair and Technical Chair in the Midwestern Swimming LSC. He managed the Zone & Midwest All-Star Team in addition to being named All-Star Head Coach in 2016. One of his goals was to help inspire more participation and foster growth in the LSC. He created and implemented numerous programs and platforms to this end, including: LSC Academic Awards, Student-Athlete of the Year Award, IMX Awards, LSC Championship Team Spirit Award, a  Coaching Clinic Series, and an LSC IMX Elite Camp.

As a swimmer, Erik competed for Southwest Aquatic Team where he was a Junior National Qualifier and multi-event finalist. After high school, he moved on to swim for the University of Nebraska. At Nebraska, Erik was a 2-time honorable mention All-American, Big 12 Championship finalist, 2000 Nebraska Swimming Freshman of the Year and 2001 Nebraska Swimming & Diving Student Athlete of the Year. After 2 years, he transferred to the University of Minnesota finishing his career at the 2002 US Spring Nationals.

Coach Erik’s favorite memories are of seeing his swimmers achieve season goals, realize their dreams of swimming in college and his most proud moments have been attending former swimmers’ weddings and having his former swimmers choose coaching as a profession.

Brad Radford

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Coach Brad is the lead coach of the Black 2 group. Brad began his coaching career in 2001 where he spent a year coaching at Delta State University.

Brad grew up in The Woodlands as a TWST swimmer from 1989 – 1997. He attended Delta State University where he was an NCAA finalist his senior year in the 200 fly.

Brad is married to Kristi (also a former TWST swimmer) and they have two daughters, Kayley,Mackenzie, and one son Blake that are swimmers for TWST.  Brad is passionate about baseball, and when not coaching his swimmers or hanging out with his kids, Brad is likely to be watching an Astro’s game as a huge fan.

Courtney Livaudais

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Coach Courtney joined the TWST coaching staff in 2008 and works with both high school and age group swimmers.   Her coaching experience spans many years and includes Learn-to-swim, Age Group swimming, and High School swimming programs. Coach Courtney brings experience and enthusiasm with her love of the sport, both in the water and on deck.  This season, Courtney is coaching the  SENIOR 2 & 3 Groups and the WHITE 4 groups.

Courtney spent her youth swimming for New Orleans Aquatics and Elmwood Sharks, where she was a Louisiana state qualifier and finisher multiple times. She went on to attend Spring Hill College and was an NAIA national qualifier in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. She transferred to the University of New Orleans and swam under the direction of Ashley Tappin, where unfortunately an injury caused her college swimming career to be cut short.

Courtney graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2005 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. When not coaching, Courtney enjoys hanging out with her family and playing with her dog Chivas.

Shawn M Squires

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Coach Shawn Squires joined the TWST coaching staff in the Spring of 2017, and coaches the Senior 1 and Green 1 groups. Thrughout his career, he has produced multiple Junior National champions, TAGS champions & record holders, National age group top 10 ranked swimmers, Gulf & South Texas LSC record holders, USA Swimming Scholastic All Americans, and has coached 7 swimmers on USA Swimming’s all-time top 100 performances list. Senior athletes that Coach Squires has worked with have gone on to compete for schools that include Texas, Texas A&M, Auburn, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Kansas, Rice, UTPB, Washington University at St. Louis, UMBC, Emory, and UIW.

Most recently, Coach Squires served as Head Coach of the San Antonio Wave in the South Texas LSC. While at the Wave, Shawn supervised a staff of 12 assistant coaches and 325+ athletes. Under his direction, the club achieved their best finish in USA Swimming’s Virtual Club Championship in the team’s 30+ year history, ranking in the top 10% of all USA Swimming clubs. The club also produced its first Junior & Senior National qualifiers in more than a decade. While coaching in South Texas, Coach Squires served as the Open Water Committee Chair and led the LSC Open Water Teams at both the Southern Zone Open Water Championships & the Open Water Festival in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Prior to San Antonio, he served as the Head Age Group\National Team coach at Swim Streamline at Northampton. During his tenure at SSAN, the club produced its first TAGS champion, first NAG top 10 ranked swimmer, first Junior National qualifier, and first college signing. Prior to SSAN, Shawn served as Senior Assistant & Head Age Group coach at Blue Tide Aquatics. During his time at BTA, Shawn worked with a 2012 Olympic Trials Finalist (7th in Women’s 200 Backstroke) and National Junior Team member, as well as numerous Junior National, Sectionals, and TAGS champions. While at BTA, the team finished in the Top-10 at TAGS multiple times, and had a Top-10 Men’s Team finish at NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando.

The son of a head club coach, Shawn literally grew up in the sport & has been involved in Gulf Swimming as an athlete & coach for over 25 years. He has worked with all levels of athlete from learn to swim to Olympic Trials qualifier during his career. Shawn is an ASCA level 3 certified coach, and wrote an article about "Working Succesfully with Swimming Parents" that was published by the ASCA in 2011. He also served on Gulf LSC Zones & All Star team staffs in 2010 & 2011. Prior to returning to coaching, he spent 10 years with Gary Greene Realtors in Houston. In his free time, he enjoys Astros baseball, kayak fishing, and spending time with his 10 year old son, Connor.

Heather M Jorris

Head Developmental Coach

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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 Tale, Hogwarts & Goonies Groups.  She hopes to foster the discipline, fitness, memories, skills and friendships that the sport of swimming can offer.

Candice R Loebsack

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Chelsea M Ebert

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Coach Chelsea joined TWST staff in the fall of 2016 and is a coach for Green 2. Before joining the TWST staff, she coached summer league for 2 years and has had several years of experience with swimming.

Chelsea previously was a swimmer for roughly 12 years, where she swam for Blue-Tide Aquatics, Kingwood Park High School, and in college for one year at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her swimming career ended early due to an injury. She now attends the University of Houston with intent to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelors in Accountancy followed by a Master of Science in Accountancy. Coach Chelsea really enjoys working with the swimmers and bringing enthusiasm to the pool deck every day. She strives every day to be the best coach she can be even with being a full-time student.

When Coach Chelsea isn’t on deck with the swimmers or at school she enjoys hammocking, watching football or reading.

John G Vindiola

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Carolyn S Fenter

Team Admin

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