Meet Our Coaches
 
 
 
Head Coach (Senior Elite):      
Peter Wright
                                                                                                          
    
Coach Pete begins his 6th year as Head Coach and leader of FCST. In Pete's first four years leading FCST, the club continues to grow in an upward and positive direction.  Coach Pete’s swimmers won back to back Southern Senior Zones Women's titles in 2017 and 2018.  In addition, the program won the 2015 NASA Junior National meet, while producing 2 new Olympic Trials qualifiers, 3 US Open Qualifiers, and multiple Winter and Summer Junior National Qualifiers.  FCST also won USA Swimming Silver Medal Status in 2015 and 2016.  In addition to the team’s Senior swimming success, Coach Pete created the new FCST Swim League to bridge Learn to Swim to the competitive team. Coach Pete is an ASCA Level 5 certified coach and currently serves GULF Swimming as an At-Large Board member.
   
Coach Pete comes to FCST having been the head coach of the Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club in Spartanburg, SC for 12 years. During his time at YSSC, the club grew from 85 to over 450 swimmers, grew from 4 to 12 different practice groups, added a satellite location, and grew to 5 full-time and 12 part-time staff. Coach Pete was also very involved in swimming administration and governance, serving as technical planning chair and senior vice-chair for South Carolina Swimming. 
 
Highlights include:
 
USA Swimming Gold Medal status 2012 and 2014
 
17 YMCA Long Course Team Championships
 
4 YMCA Short Course Team Championships
 
11 Olympic Trial Qualifiers
 
4 National Junior Team Members
 
1 Junior World Record Holder
 
7 Time YMCA National Coach of the Meet
 
67 South Carolina State Team Championships
 
6 Time South Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year
 
2010 USA Swimming Women’s National Select Camp Head Coach
 
2011 FINA Junior World Championship Team-USA Assistant Coach – Lima, Peru
 
2015 National Junior Team Coaching Staff
 
Prior to his time at YSSC, Coach Pete was a pre-senior and senior assistant coach for Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, NC. He coached 25 Junior National qualifiers, and was part of the 1999 Long Course Junior National Champion Women's team. Pete has also held coaching positions with the Ridgewood YMCA and Ridgewood High School swim teams.
  
Coach Pete earned a Bachelor of Arts double degree in Biology and History from Oberlin College, and was a 4-year member of the varsity swim team, serving as Team Captain for both his Junior and Senior years.  Coach Pete is originally from Overland Park, KS, but was raised in Westfield, NJ where he competed for the Westfield YMCA and the Westfield HS.
  
Coach Pete is married to the lovely Meghan Wright and is the proud father of 9 year old FCST Swimmer Scarlet Wright.  He is the faithful leader of his dogs Ace. Coach Pete is a devout Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan and loves to collect live music.

Head Age Group Coach (PreSenior 2 & 3):
Ben Pulskamp
  

Coach Ben is starting 2019-2020 Season as his sixth year with FCST.  In Ben’s four three years with FCST the Age Group Program has continued to grow and compete at a high level.  FCST has produced multiple National Top 10 athletes, Futures and Winter Junior National qualifiers as well as swimmers achieving a number of Team Records and State Champions over the course of the past 4 years.  Coach Ben is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach that is very excited to lead the Pre-Senior 3 group once again this coming year.                         

Ben comes to us from Spartanburg, SC where he was the Senior Coach for the Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club.   Ben grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he swam for Y-Spartaquatics for 13 years before attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Ben was a four year scholarship swimmer for the Seahawks at UNC-Wilmington where the team won four CAA Conference Championships.  While swimming at UNCW he was awarded the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award his sophomore year and was named team captain his senior year. 

Ben took over the top Pre-Senior group and the Senior 2 group at Y-Spartaquatics in 2013. During his time there he has coached multiple State Champions, Sectional Champions, Y-National Qualifiers/Finalists, Junior National Qualifiers and Nationally Ranked Top 10 Athletes.  He has also been part of the coaching staff that has lead the team to multiple Overall and Women’s Long Course Y-National Championships, the team’s first Short Course Y-National Championship as well as numerous State Championships.  Ben was also selected to the 2015 Southern Zone Select Camp Staff where he got to work with some of the Top 13-14 year olds in the country.

Before becoming part of the Y-Spartaquatics coaching staff Ben was in Charleston, SC with the Southern Marlins Racing Team.  From the time that he started in August 2009 he worked his way up from being the Gold Group coach to the Head Age group Coach.  Ben produced multiple Age Group Sectional Qualifiers/Finalists as well as State Champions and athletes that achieved Top 16 times. 

Ben is extremely excited to come to First Colony to continue a tradition of excellence.  He is very eager to apply his experiences and learn from the First Colony coaching staff to make the team its absolute best.


Head Developmental Coach (Age Group 1):
Dana Skelton
    
Coach Dana will be entering her 14th season with First Colony Swim Team.  She is the lead coach for the First Colony area Age Group 1 and the Head Developmental Coach.  Dana is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach, has served as the FCST rep for Gulf Masters, served on the Southern Zone Select Camp coaching staff, served on the Meet Task Force for Gulf Swimming, currently serving as Committee Chair for the Texas Select Camp, and served on the coaching staff for 2 Texas All Star Camp coaching staffs.  Dana has lead athletes to Gulf Champs, TAGS, Sectionals, and Junior National cuts. These accomplishments have also lead to multiple TAGS event winners.
  
Dana was on the coaching staff for the East Bay Bat Rays in Hayward, California.  Working with the Bat Rays was her introduction in to USA Swimming and kick-started her love of coaching, working with young swimmers, and learning what it means to be a great coach.  She has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Kinesiology from California State University, East Bay. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters.  Hobbies include working out, being crafty/creative, and education to continue improving herself.

 


Lead New Territory Coach (Blue 1):
Amanda Norris
   
Coach Mandy Norris is excited to begin her seventh year with FCST. Coach Mandy brings valuable experience in coaching the elite, age-group, and developmental athletes. She has coached in Gulf Swimming for the past nine years.
  
Mandy is quite experienced in on-deck coaching, as well as team management. She has successfully led training sites & season planning for multiple training groups, coordinated team tryouts and registration, and managed team travel. Mandy is also very involved in our LSC. She currently serves on the Gulf Swimming Board of Directors as Camp Coordinator, is a Gulf Swimming certified meet director, and was a Gulf Age Group Zone Coach in 2013.
   
Coach Mandy earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management concentration from Texas A&M University. She is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II certified coach and has studied Level III coursework.
  
Mandy has been married to her supportive husband, Lance, since 2011. They have two amazing little boys, ages 3 & 1. She lives in Katy with her beautiful family and their Australian Shepherd, Molly.
   
Coach Mandy will be leading our New Territory site, and coaching Blue 1 and Red A there this season.

Lead Seven Meadows Coach  
(Blue 1/2 & Age Group 1/2):
Trenton Thome
  
Coach Trenton Thome is currently in his sixth year with FCST coaching at the Age Group & Developmental level. Before FCST, Coach Trenton was with Katy Aquatics for one season, and also five seasons with Greatwood Gators summer league as the Head Coach amassing a 32-4 record in both SHRSL & WHALe. In five total seasons at the club level of USA Swimming, Coach Trenton has coached a TAGS qualifying swimmer each season. His philosophy on deck is to establish an environment that promotes positive team attitudes and encourages self-discipline, sportsmanship and responsibility by being a positive role model for  
the athletes by instilling confidence, building up a winning work ethic, and providing motivation through sport.
  
Coach Trenton obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Houston in Spring 2014. He is an American Swim Coaches Association(ASCA) Level II certified coach.
  
Coach Trenton is originally from Ohio, however, moved down to Houston, TX at a young age and found a love for the sport of swimming at the age of 7, swimming for both Greatwood Gators summer league and also Lamar Consolidated High School. Coach Trenton and his wife, Lauren(January 2019) live in Katy and are expecting their first child come December. He enjoys working out at the gym in his free time, watching endless hours of college football(favorite team: Ohio State) and being around his 3-year old black lab, Cooper.
  
Coach Trenton will be the site director for Seven Meadows as well as leading Blue 1, Blue 2, Age Group 1 & Age Group 2. He also has the role of Volunteer Coordinator with FCST for both Hosted and Away meets.

Lead Long Meadow Farms Coach  (PreSenior 2 & 3 and Senior 2):
Lesley Rienstra
   
Coach Lesley has over 15 years of coaching experience with all levels of swimming. This is Coach Lesley's 10th year with FCST. Coach Lesley is the Head Coach for Spring Woods High School as well as of the First Colony Gold Summer League team  in the summer. Coach Lesley is married with 2 sons. She was a former National and Olympic Swimmer for the British team

 


Lead FC Coach (Age Group 3 & Senior 1 & Senior 2):
Adrian Gomez
 
 
Coach Adrian is embarking on his fifth year at FCST and his seventh year coaching. He is excited to be the lead coach for First Colony Age Group 3, Senior 1, and Senior 2. Adrian has lead swimmers to LSC championship meets, TAGS, Sectionals, Southern Senior Zones, Futures, and Junior Nationals. Adrian enjoys the process and journey of guiding student-athletes to their stated goals through continuously improving and learning form experiences. 
 
Adrian received his Bachelors of Arts from Southwestern University in 2014. Where he swam collegiately four years and was elected team captain his junior and senior year. While not thinking of swimming he enjoys getting better at cooking, learning new life skills, and enjoying the Texas sun. An avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys. 

Lead FC Coach (Senior 1 & Blue 1 A):
Karim Harris
   
Coach Karim will be returning for his fourth season with FCST. Originally from Montgomery New York, Karim has been living in Texas for 2 years while as the Head Age Group Coach at SPA. Before that he worked for four years at the Long Island Aquatic Club where he was an assistant coach to various different groups including working with nationally ranked and NAG record swimmers.
 
Karim graduated in 2013 with a bachelor degree in both exercise science and sports management. While attending the university he competed for the swim team making conference finals all three years. Karim is also a former high school captain and record holder in swimming and track and field.
 
Swimming is Karim’s passion and he has been a swimmer since he was a small child. When he is not home spending time with his two dogs, he can be found outside running, playing volleyball and spending time with family. 
Lead FC Coach (PreSenior 1):
Jerome Muniz
   
Coach Jerome is excited to start his 1st year as the Lead Coach for Pre-Senior 1 at FCST. He has been working as an assistant coach with FCST for the past 2 years, working with Blue 1 and Blue 2, and Pre-Senior 1-3. 
Coach Jerome is in his 2nd year as the Head Aquatics Coach at Kempner High School in Fort Bend ISD and has been coaching at Kempner High School for the past 15 years. He is also an AP Environmental Science Teacher, AVID Coordinator, and AVID Elective Teacher. During the Summer, he coaches the Covington Wood Stingrays in SHRSL.  
During his time in FBISD, Coach Jerome has help developed 2 UIL State Qualifying Swimmers, multiple Top 6 Regional Swimmers, and 7 District Champs. He believes the fast swimming starts with strong fundamentals and the development of an excellent work ethic. He hopes to meet every athlete where they are and coach them to a place they haven’t been before.  
Jerome received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with an emphasis on Teaching from the University of Houston in 2004. When he isn’t on deck coaching or in the classroom teaching, Jerome enjoys working out, eating great food, and expanding his knowledge about anything. He likes watching sports, especially college athletics (GO COOGS!), cartoons, and anything related to Marvel Comics. 

Lead FC Coach (Blue 1 B & Age Group 2):                       
Daniel Graviss
   
Coach Daniel has served on First Colony’s Swim Team’s staff since August 2017. He has coached all of our age groups from 6 to 18 years old. He currently leads AG 2 and Blue 1B in First Colony area. He brings energy and a motivational mindset for high performance to all the athletes he coaches. 
 
Representing FCST since 2002 he has had extensive experience and opportunities in the sport of swimming. These opportunities include being on the US Junior National Team, US National Finalist, NCAA All-American, as well as being an Olympic Trials qualifier in 2012 and 2016. He looks forward to continuing the rich traditions that FCST help provide for him to attain these goals. 
 
During college, he swam for the University of Missouri from 2012 to 2016, a top 10 program at the time, and earned his bachelor's in business administration. This dedicated team is also where he found his love to give back to the youth in the sport, now devoted to passing on everything he learned. In his “off-time” Coach Daniel manages, cleans and repairs pools for his company AquaLand Management, LLC. 
Lead FC Coach (Red & White):        
Hillary Martinez
 
Coach Hillary Martinez will be leading FC Blue 2 for the short course season, as well as the team’s registrar this year. She is a level 2 ASCA coach. She has coached for 14 years with FCST where she was the Developmental Lead Coach for four years. Prior to FCST she was with a local Gulf swim club where she ran their Developmental Program. 
 
She started her coaching career with Southwest Houston Recreational League; she coached for the Glenshire Gators for 12 years and was instrumental in starting the Sienna Sharks, where she coached for 3 years. Hillary brings to the pool deck her love for working with children, building their minds, self-confidence and physical being.
 
Hillary has been married to her husband Tony of 31 years, has four grown children and 7 grandchildren.

Lead New Territory Coach (White, Red, & Blue 2):
Justin Mouton
   
Coach Justin is starting his seventh season with FCST and first as the lead coach for FCST White, Red, and Blue 2 in New Territory. Justin has a bachelor's in Computer Science from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. 
  
Coach Justin is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level III certified coach and has studied Level III coursework.  
       
Before coming to FCST, Justin was an assistant coach for the Beaumont Area Swim Team (BAST) for 7 years, and has several years experience in teaching lessons. Justin also competed for BAST for 8 years and with Clifton J. Ozen High School for 4 years.
  
When Justin isn't on deck he enjoys watching anime, horror movies, reading, parkour, and playing video games in his spare time. 

 

Lead Seven Meadows (White & Red):                       
Macy Moss

   
Coach Macy is starting her first season at FCST coaching Red and White at the Seven Meadows. Macy has been coaching for 5 years going on 6 now and loves every aspect of swimming and what the sport teaches individuals.
 
Coach Macy graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Business Management. Macy started her coaching career with Blue Tide Aquatics in 2016. During her time there she coached developmental, age group, and helped with the national level swimmers. Some of Macy’s coaching accomplishments has been swimmers qualifying in TAGS for SC/LC 2017, LC 2018, and SC 2021. Coach Macy is a level 2 ASCA member and on the Gulf LC Club Developmental Committee.
 
During her spare time she loves to be outside, she's always on the go, and is very excited about marrying her future husband this October.

Assistant Coach:                 
Susan Monteagudo
   
Coach Susan has been with FCST since the Spring of 2015. During the Short Course season she is assistant coach at the New Territory location for White, Red and Blue 2 groups and lead instructor for Swim League 1 and 2. During Spring and Summer she goes to the First Colony area to work with all Swim League groups 1, 2 and 3. In the summer of 2015 she was part of FCST 10 week Learn to Swim Program.
 
Coach Susan is ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Level II certified. She has a Bachelors degree in Architecture and was a competitive swimmer for 12 years in her native country of El Salvador. Before getting married she worked as a flight attendant for an international airline. She came to USA in 2005 and after joining FCST Masters competed with them in several open water races and in two USMS National Championships.
 
Coach Susan has been married for over 20 years and has 3 boys. Her oldest son Fernando is studying Physics at the University of Texas at Austin, her middle son Carlos was part of FCST Senior Elite group and is now studying Chemistry and swimming for Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and her youngest son Gabriel goes to Travis High School.

Assistant Coach:                    
Myka Cupp-Vasquez
   
Coach Myka was a swimmer when she was younger and continued swimming through high school, where she swam for 4 years and became captain during her senior year.
     
Coach Myka received an Associates of Arts in Business Administration in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Development in 2019 at The University of Houston.
   
Coach Myka has coached with FCST for 5 years. She is currently coaching Swim League and she has helped with groups such as Age Group 1, Age Group 3, Pre-Senior 1, & many others over the years.

Officials Coordinator & Assistant Coach:            
Bonnie Finnigan
   
Coach Bonnie returns for her second season as a coach, having joined FCST as swim mom in 2006, a masters swimmer in 2014, a masters coach in the summer of 2016, and as a developmental coach in the fall of 2016.  She is a USMS Level 2 certified coach and is also starting her 6th year of coaching high school and middle school teams for Logos Preparatory Academy.
In addition to coaching, Bonnie has served on FCST’s Board of Directors.  She is a USA swimming certified official having completed both LSC and national certification as a stroke and turn official, chief judge, and starter and LSC certification as a deck referee.  Bonnie is currently working to complete LSC certification as a meet referee. Bonnie is married with two daughters who both swam with FCST.  She loves the sport of swimming and loves making it available and accessible to people of every age.