Chris Moralez, Head Coach & Program Director
I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from Carroll HS in 1990. I was a State Finalist, Regional champion and District record holder in various events. I also qualified for Jr Nationals, Sr Nationals as well as an All-American in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM. I attended Texas A&M University in College Station and competed for the Aggie Swim Team under Mel Nash and current A&M Men’s Head Coach, Jay Holmes. I swam a personal best 58.78 in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 1991 Southwest Conference Championships. Even though that was my last competitive swim, my passion for swimming never faded and I continued to return to Corpus Christi during the summers to coach summer league. In 1995, I graduated with a BA in History and married my lovely wife and strongest supporter, Veronica. We have 4 wonderful daughters Alexis (Texas State University), Christina (attending and running for the University of North Texas), Priscilla (Texas State) and Sierra who is currently at Deer Park HS. In 2006, I decided to pursue my dream of coaching full time and accepted my first high school coaching position at CC King HS where in my first two years I was awarded All-South Texas and District Coach of the Year. During my 9 years at King HS, I had the honor of coaching 48 State Qualifiers, 1 State Champion, 5 All-Americans, 25 Academic All-Americans and over 80 TISCA All-Academic swimmers. I was also the Age Group Head Coach for Coastal Bend All Stars where I was able to coach numerous TAGS and National Qualifiers. My motivation and passion to coach swimmers is in direct relation to their dreams, desires, dedication, discipline and determination.
John Lewis, Age Group Development Coach
Coach Lewis retires from 24 years at the helm of the Deer Park High School swim program. He grew up swimming in Clear Lake for summer league and year round programs. He swam under Lenny Landtroop at Clear Lake High School. In his retirement, he has remained as a great developmental coach and substitute for DPISD. Coach Lewis has numerous Coach of the Year accolades as well as a long list of successful swimmers to his credit.
Coach Ian Lee, Seniors and Nationals Coach
Coach Ian is excited to be working with Battleground ! He started teaching and coaching swimming in North Carolina in the early 90s, where he got his degree in Exercise and Sports Science. His passion for coaching has offered him the opportunity to work in many locations including teams in NC, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, Texas, and Caribbean. He has worked with athletes of all ages and skill levels. This includes developmental to swimmers who have swam at the national and international level. He looks forward to passing this passion to every swimmer.
Bridgett Hitchcock, Senior Coach
Coach Bridgett comes to BLAST from a lifetime of swimming and a swimming family. She swam with the Deer Park Seals when she was young and in high school, she was a member of the Deer Park Lady Deer swim team. Coach Bridgett has enjoyed teaching and working in the aquatic environment since she was young though being a junior swim instructor, swim instructor, lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and developmental swim team head coach. She attended college at San Jacinto college, Trinity Valley Community College, and University of Houston Clear Lake. At UHCL, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Human Performance. She is currently a science teacher at Deepwater Junior High and works hard to merge her classroom and poolside experiences to provide her athletes with the best coaching possible.
Kelly Enk, Learn-To-Swim Coordinator and Developmental Coach (Copper)
Tyler Duke, Age Group Coach (Bronze)
Rebecca Antichevich, Age Group Coach (Copper)