COACHING STAFF

 


Jerry Hardt 
Coach

Coach Hardt began coaching with Aquastar in 2012 under the instruction and mentorship of Coach Harold Johnston. During this time, Coach Hardt coached all swim groups from red group through senior group.  Currently, Coach Hardt coaches gold and senior groups while stressing the science, technique, biomechanics, discipline, and team spirit of competitive swimming.  Coach Hardt has led many Friendswood, Clear Lake, and home school high school swimmers to UIL 6A & 5A state championship titles, A finals at Junior Nationals, and HAPPI championship titles.   Many of these swimmers have gone on to swim with Division 1 college swim programs such as Texas A&M, LSU, University of Kansas, and Southern Illinois University.  Additionally, Coach Hardt has coached age group swimmers that have won TAGS multiple times in multiple events.  Coach Hardt is a long time resident of Friendswood, Texas. He is married with two sons and has a Business Administration degree from Texas A&M.

 


 


Jay Ferguson
Coach

Coach Jay comes to AQUASTAR with many years of swimming experience, both as an established competitive swimmer and as a successful coach.  As a four-year collegiate swimmer at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), she specialized in distance swimming and accumulated numerous school records.  

After graduating with her BBA in Sports Management, she was head coach for Incarnate Word High School and the graduate assistant for UIW.  She also was the head age group coach for Streamline Aquatics and the Alamo Heights Poolsharks in San Antonio. After receiving her MBA, she stepped away from the sport she loved to enter the business world and is the safety manager for the nation’s leading transporter of liquefied industrial gases. She is also married to her college sweetheart.

 


Kevin Nguyen
Coach

Kevin swam for AQUASTAR for 9 years. He also swam for Southbelt Sharks and Dobie High School. His best stroke is breaststroke and he attended Sectionals and Senior Circuit meets with AQUASTAR. He enjoys sharing what he learned swimming with AQUASTAR with new and upcoming swimmers.


 

 


Allison Swenson
Coach

Allison is a former Texas A&M competitive swimmer with a degree in mechanical engineering.  After graduation from A&M, she coached for AQUASTAR for several years with a focus on technique and stroke efficiency.  Now married with two children, she is excited to be a part of the AQUASTAR family again.


 

 


Melissa Rhodes
Coach

Melissa grew up loving, respecting and sometimes fearing water. Originally from San Diego, she dabbled in surfing, she swam and dove in high school, competitively swam and played water polo in college and made her best swim times with U.S. Masters Swimming.  Many moons later she became a mother and passed her love for the water onto her wonderfully excitable and independent children. Naturally, her love for swim, for kids and for water safety lead her to take the plunge into becoming a USA Swimming coach as well as a certified survival swim instructor. She strives to provide the best swim instruction by keeping her certifications and skills current and relevant.  Now get swimming... and floating!