Bud Dallmann, Founder
Lifelong Head Coach & Founder of the Landa Park Dolphins
American Swimming Coaches Association Certification Level 5
Born in Two Rivers, WI, Bud Dallmann moved to New Braunfels in 1945 and in 1962 formed the New Braunfels Aquatic Club. He worked as a volunteer coach in the area for more than 50 years and almost as long as an official at local, state, national and international levels. Dallmann introduced automatic timing to Texas and to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (T.A.A.F.) and he originated, organized, and staged the first major coaching clinic in Texas at Trinity University. He started the swim team at both New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School, and coached three high school all-Americans and seven world and American record holders. As a swimmer, Dallmann medaled at the first World Masters Games in 1985 and the first FINA World Masters Swimming Championships - Tokyo in 1986. He set Masters world records and was named a national top ten Masters swimmer. (Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame)
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Blaine Rucker, Head Coach
Coach Blaine is the owner and Head Coach of Aqua Swift Aquatics. His is dedicated to providing the highest quality of aquatic based programs that promote life long wellness, personal development, and superior community development. Aqua Swift Aquatics currently manages four different teams in the hill country area. Coach Blaine is always working on new and exciting opportunities for the community of swimming to grow.
Coach Blaine has been very active in the swimming community of Boerne, San Antonio, and New Braunfels for many years. In those years he started, and coached many different teams in Texas. He was a swimmer when growing up until his sophomore year in college. He managed the fitness and wellness department of Texas Tech University Sports and Recreation for 3 years. Then he went on to the corporate world where he worked for USAA in their employee healthy services. While he was managing a multi doctor chiropractic office in Austin, he received a phone call from Boerne parents about the opportunity to return to the swimming community of Boerne in 2016.
Coach Blaine is an elected Board Member of the South Texas USA Swimming, hosts large championship meets for the sport of USA Swimming in South Texas, and is a registered official/admin for South Texas Swimming. He believes that every athlete counts in the water. No matter you skill set or achievements, you can always be a winner. Winning does not always mean coming in first; it means that you improved on one skill set during the competition.
Josh Cunningham, Senior Assistant Coach
Josh Cunningham was a competitive swimmer with the Dolphins, under Coach Bud, from 1989-1997 where he set several age group Regional records. Josh began coaching with the Landa Park Dolphins in 2012, and he is a Level 2 certified coach with the American Swimming Coaches Association. Josh brings years of both tutoring and managerial experience to novice and advanced swimmers' training and development.
Paige Flume Bird, Assistant Head Coach
Paige began swimming competitively under Coach Bud at the age of 4. During her 14 years as a Dolphin, she became a successful age group athlete setting team, regional, and state records. She served as captain for the NBHS varsity swim team, set numerous school records, and was the first student from New Braunfels to be honored as a NISCA All-American. In 2015, she began her coaching career with the very team that fostered her love for the sport. When Bud asked her to take over as head coach that summer, she did not hesitate and has loved every moment. Paige is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science, a level 2 certified coach with the American Swimming Coaches Association, and a proud mother of three children. Her son and twin daughters are following in her footsteps as Dolphins.
Kip Duckworth-Werner, Assistant Head Coach
Kip first joined the Landa Park Dolphins when she was 8 years old. At the age of 12, she began swimming under the instruction of Coach Bud Dallmann and continued to do so on the New Braunfels High School Swim Team, where she served as Captain. After graduating from Texas State University, in 2010, Kip returned to the Dolphins as a Can Do coach. She then served as Asst. Head Coach under the tutelage of Bud Dallmann throughout the summers of 2011-2013, coaching Silver. In the summer of 2014, she gave birth to her son Jude and stepped away from the pool in order to spend time with her family. She has since returned and looks forward to fulfilling her new role on the team. Kip is an elementary teacher at Lone Star in NBISD.
Ashley Martinez, Senior Coach
Ashley Martinez first found a love for swimming with the Kingsville Swim Team when she was in 2nd grade. She developed a love for all things water and teaching related and became a lifeguard, and water safety instructor by the time she was 15. At 17 Ashley started coaching her first swim team, the Otters in Odem, Texas. Ashley received her BFA at Texas A&M University Kingsville in 2008. During her degree she ran the NASK swimming pool and trained Army ROTC cadets in swimming. After moving to San Marcos in 2009, Ashley began her teaching career with NBHS as an art teacher. From 2010-2011 she was the assistant swim coach with New Braunfels High School. For the last five years Ashley has owned her own art studio, Traveling ART. She is so excited to be back into coaching with this amazing team.
Charis Criddle, Senior Coach
Charis Criddle will be in her fifth year of coaching the Dolphins this summer, and she loves every minute of it. She has completed her American Swimming Coaches Association Level 1 certification. Charis is a junior at Texas State University. She is studying to become a physical therapist and currently volunteers at a clinic in San Marcos.
Victoria Horn, Senior Coach
Victoria swam with Landa Park Dolphins from 2011-2014. She has also been doing club swimming for Alamo Area Aquatics Association for the past 4 years. Swimming is her passion, and she is looking forward to sharing her love for swimming with others before she goes to Liberty University in the fall. Bucky Smith is the reason she loves swimming like she does, and Coach Bud is the reason she started swimming competitively. Coach Bud taught her to never give up and to know that "I CAN DO all things through Christ who gives me strength." She can't wait to share all she has learned about swimming with the Minnows and Can Do swimmers!
Connor Copeland, Senior Coach
Connor joined the dolphins in the summer of 2008 as a member of the minnows group and swam with the team through the summer of 2014 and became a coach! He is happy to say that this is his fourth year as a coach for the Dolphins and his first year as a senior coach. Connor love kids and the sport of swimming, so coaching was a perfect fit! Now that his high school swimming career is over, he's glad that he has the opportunity to stay close to the sport and pass on what he can to the next generations of Dolphins. He is graduating from New Braunfels High School in May and will be attending The University of Texas in the Fall.
Cierra Criddle, Senior Coach
Cierra started swimming in the fall of 2010 with Coach Bud at a stroke class held at the YMCA. The following summer, she joined the Dolphins swim team and has been swimming for the team since then. She has also participated on a club team for the past 2 years, and is now closing out her last year of swimming as a senior. Last year, she joined the LPD coaching staff, and loves seeing the joy and confidence the kids find learning to swim competitively.
We are dedicated to instilling a can-do mindset and a will-do attitude.