18 & Under World 100s
Gulf Swimming
Excellence 200

Rick Boucher
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Interim Head Coach; Senior Black, Senior Red, Senior White

Rick Boucher began coaching in June of 1994 in his home state of Maine.  He has spent the majority of his time working with smaller Clubs and worked with every level of swimmer inside of the teams he’s coached, from 1994- 2015. He arrived at FLEET in September of 2015 as a Satellite Coach and has worked with FLEET’s Age Group level from his arrival until August of 2019, where he became the coach for our Senior Red and Senior White Team. He has also been leading our Master’s Swim Program since 2018 

 
Before arriving at FLEET, he was head coach at the Buffalo Area Aquatic Club, Shelbyville Sharks, Paducah Swim Team, and Northern York County YMCA where he has coached his own athletes to US Open Qualifying Standards, Grand Prix Qualifying athletes, Top 10 and Top 16 Nationally Ranked swims, as well as multiple YMCA National Qualifiers.
  • He is an ASCA Level-3 Coach
  • ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year in Niagara Swimming for 2011
  • Served on Zone Coaching Staffs for seven times (Four of which were as the Head Coach)
  • Served as a coach for USA Swimming’s Blue Ribbon Camps twice
  • Served as an Assistant Coach for GULF Swimming’s Select Camp
  • Program Development Vice Chair for Kentucky Swimming for two terms
  • Technical Planning Vice Chair for Niagara Swimming for one term
  • His article “Because they MUST Fail” was published in ASCA’s Coach’s Newsletter, and Parent’s Newsletter
  • Has a workout published in ASCA’s Workout Exchange Book for Coaches 

 

 

Colin Kennedy
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Head Age Group Coach; Age Group Red, Age Group Black

 
Coach Colin has been coaching since 2003 in St. Louis, MO with his neighborhood summer league and the club team he grew up swimming for. Coached all levels, from learn-to-swim to Olympic Trials qualifiers. Prior to joining FLEET, he was the Head Age Group Coach of the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team, Parkway Swim Club National Prep Coach, Head Coach of the Parkway Swim Club before moving to Fleet to take the Head Age Group Coach position. He's had 73 individual USA Swimming Top 20 swims, including 43 Top 10 and 37 USA Swimming Top 20 Relays including 25 in the Top 10 (with the #1 9-10 Boys 400 FR LCM Relay in 2019). Had 1 swimmer set a TAGS record and 9 individual TAGS Champions in multiple events, numerous TAGS winning relays. We've won multiple TAGS team high point awards, and had 1 individual high point winner. We earned the Bill Nixon Team Sportsmanship award in 2021 and the Allen Salinas Gulf Team Sportsmanship Award twice. His swimmers have set 75 Fleet Team Records (including relays) and counting.
  • He is an ASCA Level-4 Coach 
  • 2012 Ozark Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year  
  • 2017 Gulf Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2021 Fitter Faster ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year

 

 

Maryanne Svoboda
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Age Group Coach; Age Group White, Age Group Gold

Maryanne is a born and raised Houstonian. She began swimming for her neighborhood swim team, the Carriage Lane Splashers, at the age of 8 after overcoming a chronic fear of water. Summer league swimming lead to club swimming, and the rest, as they say, is history. She continued her club swimming career through high school (with a little bit of water polo sprinkled in) and swam briefly for the University of Houston before turning her focus toward coaching. 

Maryanne began teaching lessons at the age of 16 in her neighborhood and for friends and family. This allowed her to make the easy transition to coaching when she retired from swimming. She started working with the club team she grew up with, and after a few seasons she landed at FLEET!  Since August of 2008, Maryanne has devoted herself to the swimmers and families of FLEET. Through the years she has coached with all of the 12 & under groups at some point, mainly focusing on the groups that are at Bleyl.  

 


 

Kristen Skroski
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Senior and Age Group Coach; Senior Gold / Stroke, Turn & Fitness Coach

Coach Kristen joined the FLEET family in 2017. She got her start at coaching and teaching swimming at age 14 through a summer camp at her high school and she continued to teach and develop young swimmers throughout her school years at various local clubs and camps. After graduating college, she continued to coach on a more regular, though still part time, basis. She has worked with all age groups and skill levels from beginner through sectional and futures qualifiers. In 2017 she moved to Houston, FLEET and full time coaching and hasn’t looked back. She is an ASCA level 2 coach and believes that good technique drives fast swimming. She preaches and teaches that being mentally prepared to swim is almost as important as being physically prepared.
 
Born and raised in Connecticut, She caught the swimming bug early and has never recovered. She began competitive swimming at the age of 5 to keep up with her older sister and continued through 4 years of college swimming at the University of Bucknell. Upon finishing her senior year at Bucknell, she was voted by her teammates to be the Frazier-Grunow award recipient for leadership and dedication in swimming.
 

Leah Ortiz
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Age Group Coach; Age Group White, Age Group Gold

Coach Leah is a born and raised Houstonian with a deep connection to both the Cypress area and FLEET, having previously been a swimmer and coach for the club. She is an alumna of Cypress Creek High School where she achieved All-American status and broke the 200 free record and two relay records (the relay records are still in place today!).

After high school, Coach Leah swam for the University of Houston, where she studied health and human development. In 2010, she began her coaching career teaching lessons at Fleet First while attending UH. After college, she began coaching age group swimmers for Fleet in 2017, and since then she has worked with all age groups. Coach Leah is excited to return to FLEET to work with Age Group Gold and Age Group White swimmers! And yes… she is Coach Maryanne’s sister!
 


Sarah Roe
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Age Group Coach; Age Group Bronze, Age Group Silver, Homeschool

Coach Sarah, originally from Detroit, Michigan, has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of 7, starting her journey with the Tippecanoe Swim Club in West Lafayette, Indiana. As a high school athlete in Montana, she was a state champion in numerous events throughout her four-year varsity career, and she was a High School All American in the 50 and 100 Freestyle. Sarah also qualified for and swam at US Junior Nationals in 1984 and 1985At 16, Coach Sarah left home in Montana to train in California with the Mission Viejo Nadadores, where she swam for 3 years, competed at US Senior Nationals in 1986, 1987, and 1988, and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 50 and 100 meter Freestyle in 1988. As a scholarship athlete, Coach Sarah competed at Arizona State University from 1988-1989. 

Coach Sarah eventually relocated to Calgary, Alberta in Canada, where she graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Development, married, and had her three amazing kids! After a 10-year stint teaching preschool and kindergarten while raising a family, Sarah got back into the competitive swimming world when she began coaching novice swimmers in Calgary. She coached in Canada for 5 years as the novice age group coach for the Nose Creek Swim Association.

Coach Sarah moved with her family to Houston in 2012 where she has coached for Team Fins and later Premier Aquatics Club of Klein following a merger of the two teams in 2018. Outside of the pool deck, Sarah is a lover of nature, animals, yoga, gardening, making jewelry, decorating cakes, and exploring the opportunities and adventures that the City of Houston and surrounding areas have to offer.


Lauren Evans

Assistant Coach


Megan Evans 

Assistant Coach


Josh Greene 

Assistant Coach


Rodney Hatfield  

Assistant Coach


Jim Svoboda 

Assistant Coach