Name: Derek Ernst

Home Town: Colleyville, Texas

I started swimming competitively my freshman year at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. During my high school swimming career I was awarded hardest worker , MVP and became a team captain as well as holding numerous high school records including the 200 yard Freestyle Relay, and I still hold the 100 yard and 50 yard freestyle. In 2006 I was District and Regional Champion while also becoming a State qualifier in the same year.  I earned All-American and All-State status while competing in high school. 

I was a Junior National Qualifier with USA Swimming while I swam with the Grapevine Colleyville Aquatics Team (GCAT).  I went on to receive a varsity swimming scholarship to North Carolina State University (NCAA Division 1) under the coaching of Brooks Teel who coached Olympian Cullen Jones. While in college I added the 100 yard and 200 yard butterfly events to my specialties and earned Academic Scholarship Athlete status as a freshman.  

During my high school swimming career I worked part time as a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor where I taught many lessons to swimmers of all ages. During the summers of my college career I worked my way up to Head Swim Coach of the summer league program for Falls River Country Club where I developed, planned, and implemented swim meets, swim practices, and non swimming activities for young swimmers ages 5 to 18 years of age while also holding private lessons for all country club members between practices. During my time there I coached the Black Racers to 2 Division titles in 2008 and 2009.  

I had always loved teaching private lessons when I was in high school, so when the opportunity to coach summer league in North Carolina came about I fell in love it again, it is then that Irealized I had some talent in growing young athletes. 

I love to coach because I get to pass along techniques, idea, and situations I personally have dealt with and seen to help grow young athletes in the pool, academically, and in their general lives.  I am very humbled to see goals and dreams met, because in the end I simply provide the tools for the athlete to reach such ambitions.

I know that everyone learns differently and at different paces, that is why I coach based on verbally explaining, physically showing, and then providing feedback once the task is attempted. These coaching techniques and from past experiences has molded my coaching philosophy. I believe in practice, perseverance, growth/development and FUN!

Swimming Experience:

Colleyville Heritage Highschool Varsity Swim Team: 2002-2006

Water Safety Swim Instructor: 2004-2006

NCAA Division 1 Varsity Swimming Scholarship: 2006-2009

Private Swim Lessons Boys and Girls Club: 2007-2008

Assistant/Head Swim Coach Falls River Swim Team: 2007-2011

Assistant Swim Coach ESP: 2013-present