Meet the Staff

 

 

Meet the Staff

 

Coach's Statement of Purpose

My mission as a coach is to develop your true potential in life. I promise to have an open door policy and be available to you to talk about your needs and dreams. My goal is to encourage athletic skills through individualized instruction, strengthen inner core values and principles, encourage abilities in leadership, fair play and team work, and provide a fun, rewarding and memorable experience.
 
After years of competitive swimming, I as a coach have integral knowledge about swimming and use a wide variety of techniques. We employ extensive dry land and weight training workouts to not only promote strength and endurance but to prevent injury. But swimming is not just working out in the pool, on the deck or in the weight room.
 
We feel we must build not only a well-rounded swimmer but a well-rounded person. As a staff, we constantly work with swimmers to develop individual and team goals, exhibit sportsmanship, and create a positive environment which encourages growth in life skills.
 
Swimming is not just something you experience as a child.
What we teach at Texas Ford Aquatics changes lives.
 
Stuart Smith
Head Coach
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Stuart Smith joined Frisco Aquatics in May 2012 and is a founding owner of Texas Ford Aquatics. Coach Stuart currently coaches the Tags group. Prior to TFA, Stuart worked with the North Texas Nadadores, where he coached swimmers to Top 10 rankings and State Championship levels, and won three
straight 14 and under state championships.

 

Prior to coaching at the NTN, Smith was head coach for the Wal-Mart Swim Club in Bentonville, Arkansas where he developed senior national qualifiers, junior national champions and earned two “Coach of the Year” awards.  Before Wal-Mart, he was an assistant senior coach at Dynamo Swim Club where he coached several Top-16 qualifiers, junior, and senior national qualifiers. Prior to Dynamo, Smith coached the club team at his alma mater, Longhorn Aquatics where he was an age group assistant coach and produced several TAGS qualifiers and champions, as well as some Top-16 qualifiers.

Originally from Huntington Beach, California, Smith attended the University of Texas – Austin, where he majored in kinesiology and minored in English. While attending university, he swam for all four years and became a NCAA Division I All-American swimmer. In the 1984 Olympic Trials, he was a semi-finalist in the 100 meter breaststroke. Smith is certified by the American Swim Coaches Association as a Level 4 coach. Coach Stuart lives in Frisco with his wife Amy and son Austin. They have been Frisco residents since 2004.

 
 
 

Jim Smith

Senior Coach

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Coach James "Jim" Smith is ASCA Level 4 certified (ASCA Level 5 Education) with experience coaching at the club and high school level.  Throughout his career, Coach Jim has been able to successfully develop athletes to achieve - 

  • US Olympic Trials
  • USA-S National Championships
  • USA-S Junior National Championships (finalists)
  • NCSA Junior National Championships (finalists)
  • USA-S Senior Sectional Championships (finalists and event champions)
  • USA-S ES Southern Zone Championships (finalists and event champions)
  • ESSZ Age-Group Sectional Championships and TAGS Championships (finalists and event champions)
  • Numerous LSC Champions and record setters
  • Nationally ranked swimmers including Top-10/100 All-Time
  • USA-S Scholastic All-Americans
  • USA-S National and Southern Zone Select Camp participants

Coach Jim was recently head coach and owner of Riptides Racing Team in Myrtle Beach, SC where he built the team to achieve Level 3 Club Recognition and earn two Bronze Medals for Club Excellence, despite a program of less than 50 athletes!

In 2012, Coach Jim published an article in the Journal of the International Society of Swimming Coaches based on his observations in developing swimmer efficiency and implementation of Tempo Trainers for a variety of training aspects.

 
Patrick Kennedy
Senior Coach
Patrick Kennedy joined Texas Ford Aquatics in March of 2015.  Prior to joining TFA, Patrick coached for City of Plano Swimmers and Metroplex Aquatics.  He has coached swimmers to top 100 All-Time in age group rankings, Texas State Championships and Junior National qualifiers.
 
Patrick swam for City of Plano Swimmers and Plano Senior High School.  While on COPS, he was a multiple TAGS finalist and NJO qualifier in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke and a Texas State Record holder in the 200 freestyle relay for 15-16 boys.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he swam for 4 years.
 
Patrick is still an active competitor in Masters Swimming, having finished in the top 5 at USMS National Championships in the 50, 100 breaststroke and 400 IM.  At the 2017 Summer Masters Nationals, he placed 2nd in the 200m Breast, 3rd in the 100m Breast and 200m Back, and placed in the top 10 nationally in the one hour ePostal swim.
Samantha Kluttz
Age Group Coach
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Samantha Kluttz, from Charleston, SC, joined the Texas Ford Aquatics staff in May of 2015. She graduated cum laude from University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Recreation, Event and Sport Management in 2014. During high school, Samantha was a four time state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle. As a member of the Mean Green swim team, Samantha swam various events including middle distance and distance freestyle, backstroke and both individual medley’s. While in college, she coached a local YMCA year round swim team and also taught swimming lessons. After graduating and a year of working as the Aquatic Supervisor in Lewisville, TX, Samantha moved home to Charleston, SC and coached 6-14 year olds on the Southern Marlins Racing Team.

Samantha returns to Texas excited to work with the Texas Ford Aquatics swimmers and focus on building a foundation of good technique, endurance and love for swimming in our young swimmers.


Jonathan Brandt
Age Group Coach

Jonathan Brandt joined TFA in the fall of 2014. He grew up in San Antonio, TX and started year round competitive swimming at the age of 6. After high school he attended the University of the Incarnate Word and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and an alternative certification in physical education. Jonathan coached a private high scool for 4 years, Alamo Area Aquatics for 4 years, and was Interim Head Coach for Judson High school for 1 year.

As a coach he focuses on fundamentals and developing a feel for the water. The goal is to not just teach swimming but teach a mindset to attain/achieve goals and important life skills.

Susan Hengstenberg

Age Group Coach

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Susan Hengstenberg joined Texas Ford Aquatics September 2015 after finishing her college degree, a BS in Wildlife Management from Tarleton State University. Susan’s love for the sport of swimming started at an early age. She swam for COR when she was a little kid and went on to swim for Pearce High School. Susan’s work with children is extensive. She began lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons for the COR Recreation Department during the summers home from college. Susan has also taught at several learn-to-swim programs including COR, Aquakids in Flower Mound, and at City of Coppell Aquatics and Recreation Center. She was the Swim Lesson Coordinator for the New Mexico Military Institute Aquatics Department and was responsible for jump starting their civilian learn to swim program. Susan has been the Waterfront Director and Assistant Director for Girl Scouts of NETX Camp Gambil and Camp Rocky Point. 

 

Susan is excited to continue her work with young swimmers through Texas Ford Aquatics.

Dustin Yearwood

Age Group Coach

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Dustin lives and breathes his passion, the sport of competitive swimming. Being a swimmer his entire life, he started instructing swimmers last year for Swim America.  He quickly advanced through the ranks to become a Site Supervisor in less than a year.  He was a major contributor to the growth and management of now over 1200 students. Continuing on the expansion of his career, Dustin began coaching for Texas Ford Aquatics in December of 2016. 

Micah Crutchfield

Age Group Coach

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I joined Texas Ford Aquatics in May of 2015.  I started working with stations 4-6 in our SwimAmerica program and got the opportunity to coach levels 9 and 10.  I used to swim for the YMCA when I was in elementary and middle school.  I have my Associates in Art, but I am currently pursuing my B.S. in Athletic Training.  I was born in Dallax, TX.  I love kids and to provide them with excellent training to reach their potential.  My goal for the kids is to reach their expectations and make their parents proud.

Zach Kline

Age Group Coach

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Zachary Kline joined the Texas Ford Aquatics staff in 2017 and has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years. Zach was a member of Frisco Aquatics before Dan McDonough was brought on as head coach and elevated the team to Texas Ford Aquatics. Zach has grown up under the expertise of Dan, being in Dan’s top group from the start of his role as head coach, as well as being the team caption for his high school swim team at Wakeland Highschool. Zach attended Southwestern University where he earned his bachelors in Kinesiology. While there he swam under John Duncan for all four years and helped grow the team from being ranked last in conference before his freshman year, to being conference runner-ups his senior year by a meager 5 points. Zach has been coaching since 2012 where he started coaching summer league at Stonebriar County Club. In the summers to come, Zach was the first coach brought on by our very own Swim America program. Then in the summer of 2017 he coached under the guidance of the head of the Kinesiology department at Southwestern, Dr. Scott Mclean. Now that Zach is back in Frisco he is excited to share what he has learned over his career with the team that helped raise him!

Karthik Tadisina

Age Group Coach

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Karthik was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Carbondale, Illinois where he took private lessons to get introduced to swimming. He eventually joined the Saluki Swim Club and spent seven years swimming before entering college.

Coach Karthik joined Texas Ford Aquatics in October 2014 as an instructor for our SwimAmerica lessons program.

In May of 2017 he became a site supervisor for the lessons program where he helped run the day-to-day swim lessons.

In January 2018, Karthik joined the coaching staff for the USA Swim Team at TFA.

William Rapp

Age Group Coach

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William Rapp has has 14 years of competitive swimming experience as well as 5+ years of coaching experience. Growing up he swam among the most elite swimmers in the state of Texas, maintaining a top-10 ranking from age 12 to 18. As a junior in high school and the captain of the RHS swim team, he led his team to a district championship, while also qualifying individually for the UIL Regional meet and the UIL State Championships, where he finished 2nd and 4th respectively. William has been recognized as an All-American for his times in the 200 and 500 freestyle. He is a 5-time Speedo Sectional Series swimmer, and in 2014 qualified for the 18-and-under National Championship.

 

His coaching career began in 2012, with volunteer work for the AquaKids program. William has spent his last 3 summer’s as the assistant coach for the RGAC Stingray’s, teaching children as young as 4 and as old as 17. This past year, he worked with an elite group of middle school kids under The Aggie Swim Club in College Station. William is a certified in CPR and first-aid, as well being a registered lifeguard and USA swim coach.

 
 
Melissa Hounsel
Strength Coach
Melissa Hounsel has been working with Texas Ford Aquatics since 2011 to develop their strength work outside of the pool.  She has a BS in Kinesiology and Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and an MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Texas.  She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer and OPT for special populations and also by the Cooper Institute for CI-PTr, Master Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics.

Richard Garza

Head Masters Coach

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Richard Garza joins TFA from sunny South Florida. He started swimming competitively in 1996 and swam through college representing Florida Atlantic University. He started coaching in 2008 and over the next 7 years, he taught over 3000 children and adults how to swim.  He was the Head Age Group coach and Head Masters coach for the Wahoos of Wellington.  He has received the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award from USMS, coached for USMS at the Pan American Masters Championships, is the newly elected Chair for the North Texas Local Masters Swimming Committee, and is the Vice-Chair of the National Legislation Committee for USMS.

Richard was the Head Coach for USMS at the World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Athletically, Richard is a 3 time National Masters Champion, finished the 12.5 miles swim around Key West in just under 5 hours, and finished his first marathon run in 3:20.

Richard took a sabbatical from coaching in 2015 and successfully spent a night in all 50 states on a 5-month road trip across the country.

He is a ASCA Level 2 certified coach, and a USMS Level 4 certified coach.

Kristen Barndt

Pre-Masters and Adult Lessons

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Kris is a member of the Masters team at TFA, and is a certified USMS Adult Learn To Swim Instructor. In her previous post at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, TX, she wore many hats in her position as Farm Manager: grounds management and general facilities maintenance, event planning and set-up, volunteer management, assisted in planning and implementing adult and children’s programs with the Education Department, and museum exhibit design and installation.

Having been in the water since she was two years old, as a recreational swimmer, Kris would like to share that joy with adults who want to learn to swim or simply improve their skills. It is her hope that they will also embrace the beauty, freedom, and feel of the water.

Nancy Sandwisch
Apparel Coordinator 
Nancy has been involved with Texas Ford Aquatics since 2006.  In 2008, she began working as the volunteer apparel coordinator and was hired as the apparel coordinator for Texas Ford Aquatics in the fall of 2014.
 
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