AGGIE SWIM CLUB 

Gulf Swimming

AGGIE SWIM CLUB COACHES

The coaches' job is to supervise the competitive swim program.  The Aggie Swim Club coaching staff is dedicated to providing a program for youngsters that will enable them to learn the value of striving to improve oneself - "to be the best you can be".

 
 

Henry Clark - Senior Coach - TAMU Rec Center

Henry has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of 5.  He is an All-American, Senior National and Olympic Trial qualifier, specializing in butterfly and distance freestyle.

As a masters swimmer, Henry won the men's 40-44 100 meter butterfly in the world record time of 58.20 at the Master's World Championships in 2007.

Henry has his PhD in nuclear physics from Ohio University where he swam on full scholarship for four years and was captain of the team for three.  He is originally from Newtown Square, PA where he swam under the tutelage of Dick Schoulberg of Germantown Academy and Foxcatcher, side by side Olympians such as David Wharton, David Berkoff and Trina Radtke.

Since beginning to coach the Ags' senior program Henry has helped his swimmers achieve their goals of qualifying for Sectionals, Zones, Jr. Nationals, Sr. Nationals, Olympic Trials and the USA Swimming National Junior Team.  Henry is a 2-time member coach of USA Swimming's National Junior Team and was named 2017 Senior Coach of the Year for Gulf Swimming.  Many of Coach Henry's swimmers gone on to compete at the collegiate level.

Henry can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Eliseo Villarreal - Senior Coach - TAMU Rec Center

Eliseo started swimming at the age of 10 and competed for Rockwall Aquatic Center of Excellence and his high school.  As a distance swimmer and butterflier, Eliseo competed at HS State, US Sectionals and Junior Nationals.

Eliseo graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Architecture and now works full time as a CAD designer for Stylecraft Home Builders in College Station.

Eliseo loves to swim, work out and listen to music.  He enjoys pushing athletes and helping them realize and reach their maximum potential.

Eliseo can be reached through e-mail at [email protected] .

Nicole McConnell - Senior Coach - TAMU Rec Center

 

Dusti See - Age Group Coach - TAMU Rec Center

Dusti has been on both sides of the water for the last three decades.  She has done it all from swimming on summer swim team and Varsity high school teams, to teaching water aerobics/swim lessons, lifeguarding and being Assistant Coach for a high school swim team. 

She graduated from Texas A&M with her BS in WFSC and teaches high school sciences.  Her philosophy is that learning can be fun in all aspects of life, because what we learn today opens possibilities in our future. She is extremely enthusiastic and dedicated to creating programs that are not only fun, but educational and competitive too.  She loves anything to do with the water, as well as “hanging out” with her family watching TV, playing games, or reading.

Both her sons, Darien (22) and Dylan (15) have been involved in swimming at various levels, which has allowed Dusti to continue to take an active role in the swimming world.  During her coaching time, she has coached Sectional qualifiers/finalists; Zones team swimmers, TAGS finalists/qualifiers, Junior Nationals qualifiers and College-bound swimmers. She has been a volunteer coach for summer swim teams, camp counselor for Aggie Swim Camp, on the coaching staff of multiple Gulf LSC travel trips and camps, a “Color Leader” for USAS Leadership Summit, an Assistant Coach/Head Age Group Coach and head coach as well as serves on the Gulf LSC board.  

Dusti can be reached through e-mail at [email protected] .

  

Shannon Clark - Junior Coach - TAMU Rec Center

Originally from New Jersey, Shannon began swimming competitively at the age of 4 when her father was her coach.  She has been involved with the sport of swimming for the better part of 20 years.  As an age-group swimmer, Shannon held New Jersey Age Group State Records in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM.  At age 12 she was the youngest swimmer in her team's history to qualify for YMCA Nationals.

In college, Shannon swam for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and was a team captain for one year.  In college her specialties were the 100 and 200 backstroke.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from OU.

Shannon has continued to be involved in swimming through her children, Tyler (30) and Haley (28) who were members of the Aggie Swim Club for over 12 years.  Haley is currently attending vet school at North Carolina State University and Tyler is in the US Navy stationed in Tampa, Florida.

Shannon has been the Club's Administrator for the last 19 years and has coached the Novice, Age Group Development, Age Group and Junior programs with the Club since 2002.  She also coached with the College Station Tsunamis and worked with the Bryan Barracudas.  Shannon has been the Director of the Texas A&M University Swim Camp for the last 18 years.

Shannon can be reached through e-mail at [email protected].

Steven Gillen - Age Group Development & Age Group Coach - College Station Middle School

Steven can be reached through e-mail at [email protected] .

Kara Vance - Age Group Development & Age Group Coach - College Station Middle School

Kara is from Tomball, TX where she started swimming summer league at age six.  She swam summer league, high school and for CFSC through her high school graduation.

Kara is currently attending Texas A&M University majoring in University Studies and Chil Professional Services.  She loves hiking, fishing, hanging out with friends and swimming.

Kara loves coaching because she loves the sport of swimming and working with kids.

Kara can be reached through e-mail at [email protected] .

Lauren Ives - Age Group Development & Age Group Coach - College Station Middle School

Lauren is from Kingwood, Texas where she began her swimming career at the age of 5 in summer league.  At age 11 she joined Blue Tide Aquatics and continued with BTA and her local high school through her senior year.

Currently Lauren is a student at Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in Psychology.  Her dream is to become a sports psychologist and work with athletes on their mental health.

Lauren enjoys hiking, traveling and swimming.  As a coach she enjoys getting to know her swimmers and helping them grow in the sport.

Lauren can be reached through e-mail at [email protected] .

Kaitlyn Burk - Novice Coach - College Station Middle School

Kaitlyn is originally from Dripping Springs, Texas where she started swimming summer league at the age of 5 and club at the age of 6.  She competed for TXLA and Lost Creek Aquatics through her senior year in HS, specializing in the IM and butterfly.

Kaitlyn switched over to distance running late in high school and attended Tarleton University for one year on the track team.  She now trains locally with hopes to join a university program.

Currently Kaitlyn is working toward a degree in Social Work with plans to get her law degree to advocate for foster children.

Kaitlyn loves being around children and getting to share her love of the water.  Her favorite thing about coaching is fostering a happiness in the water on the road to becoming a stronger swimmer.

Kaitlyn can be reached through e-mail at [email protected]  .

Kate Bertelson- Novice Coach - College Station Middle School

Kate began swimming in middle school in Lubbock where she is originally from.  She competed through high school.

Kate has taught private lessons and was a coach for the middle and high school programs at Ambush in Lufkin.  While there, Kate also worked very closely with the development swimmers.  She also interned at the Boys & Girls Club of Lufkin and has helped coach all ages at the Ambush Swim Team.

Kate graduated from Texas A&M in 2021 with a BS in Agricultural Leadership.  She is currently pursuing her Masters of Recreation and Youth Development degree from Texas A&M.

Kate loves to shop, swim, play frisbee and go to the park and on walks with friends.  She loves watching swimmers reach their personal goals and realize their potential.

Kate can be reached through e-mail at [email protected]  .