Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Matt Sanspree Head Coach

Head Coach Matt Sanspree came to Eagle Swimming Association in August 2018 from Tidal Wave Swimming in Georgia. During his time at Tidal Wave he helped swimmers reach the Georgia Zones Team, Age Group State Team, and Senior State team. Coach Matt is currently an ASCA level 5:4 certified coach and a certified International Swim Coach Association coach that brings over 12 years of experience at three of the best clubs in the country to Eagle Swimming Association. 

Before his most recent position, he was the Head Site Director /High-Performance Coach for Santa Clara Swim Club. As site Director, he handled all the day-to-day operational tasks needed to run a large club effectively. While at SCSC he coached every level from learning to swim to Junior National swimmers and Olympic Trial Qualifiers. He has helped numerous swimmers that have gone to compete at NCAA Division 1 Championships, Olympic Trials, Nationals, and Junior Nationals and was a Lead Coach to a National Age Group Relay Record. Apprenticing under great coaches such as John Bitter, Dave Meck, Allison Beebe, Brad Meacham, Mark Taliaferro, and Luba Popilenco helped lead to a nomination for ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year.

While working at Dynamo Swim Club, coach Matt was on staff for two Junior National titles under as an assistant coach. During his time at Dynamo he got to be a part of a Gold Medal Club who eventually put three kids on Olympic teams. 

Coach Matt’s coaching philosophy is simple. He believes that setting a high standard rather than enact rules is the best way to help teach student-athletes. He believes through positive reinforcement about not only swimming techniques but also hard work, dedication, and dealing with success and failures is the best way to help swimmers succeed.

Coach Matt was born near Gulf Shores, Alabama and then moved to Carroll County Georgia.  After graduation at Villa Rica High School he went on play soccer at Atlanta Christian College. In addition to his time on deck, Coach Matt loves to spend time with his Great Dane (Barkley) and two cats (Aubie and Bo) all named after his favorite football team Auburn University. 

Coach Matt’s goal is to create a positive, supportive, competitive and fun team culture for the swimmers at every level at Eagle Swimming Association. Coach Matt brings a passion for the sport of swimming, promises the pursuit of excellence in swimming, and will strive to be a model 18 and under club not only for Gulf Swimming but also USA swimming.

David Pink President/Administrator/Coach

Coach Pink is one of ESA's founders and is also the Head Swim Coach at Atascocita High School.  Growing up in Colorado, Coach Pink was a state finalist all three years while in high school.  He swam collegiately for the University of Wyoming.

Coach Pink has a proven background of success with both high school and USA Swimming athletes. He has coached numerous All Americans, Texas high school state champions & Texas high school state record holders; including one “State Swimmer of the Year".  For all of his accomplishments, he has been named High School District Coach of the year four times, and the National Federation of High School Sports - Girls Coach of the Year for the State of Texas in 2017.

Frank DeMaria Head Age Group Coach

Frank comes to ESA from Davenport, IA where he was the Associate Head Coach of the Piranhas Swim Club and the Head Girls Coach for Pleasant Valley High School.  Originally form Rochester, NY, Frank was named the Adirondack Swimming Male Scholar Athlete in 2009.  Swimming collegiately at Eastern Michigan University, he competed in the distance events and was part of the MAC Conference Champions team of 2012 & 2013.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A. in Finance & Management.

Frank began his coaching career by serving six years on staff at the Wolverine Swim Camp at the University of Michigan.  Frank’s first coaching stint was with Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor MI.  While in Michigan, Frank was able to learn from such coaching greats as Gunnar Schmidt (Club Wolverine) & Jim Richardson (U of M Women).  While with Club Wolverine, he also coached with the Michigan’s All-American Swim Camps form 2013 – 2017.   And if that didn’t make him busy enough, Frank also coached two local high school teams during his time in Ann Arbor.

Under Frank’s tutelage, his athletes have qualified for both NCSA’s and Winter Juniors.  Both club and high school athletes have obtained numerous team records and several of his high school athletes have gone to qualify for their respective State Championships.  In his relatively short career, many of Frank’s athletes (high school & club) have gone on to compete collegiately at all levels (Division I, II & III).

Starting on May 6th, Frank will work closely with Coach Matt, and serve as our Head Age Group Coach; coaching both AG3 & 4.  Please help us give a warm welcome to Coach Frank DeMaria!


 

Jorge Huerta Coach

Leading AG2 and AG3, Coach Huerta brings several years of experience coaching elementary age swimmers.  He has swum competitively in Mexico as well as in Texas. Coach Huerta teaches at AHS and serves as the Assistant Swim Coach at AHS. 

Kelly Simmons Coach

Kelly brings approximately 20 years of competitive swimming experience to ESA.  She has participated in USA, YMCA, summer league, high school, Division 1 college and Masters swimming.  As an age group swimmer, Kelly won numerous Illinois State Championships, broke numerous team, pool, meet and state records, many of which still stand over 30 years later.  In addition, Kelly earned high point at Zones and made it onto the USA Swimming Top 10 list nine times. 

Furthermore, Kelly was awarded a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was named the Female Student Athlete of the Year in 1994.  A conference record holder in the 200 Back, Kelly was also a two-time conference champion in 1993 & ‘94.  She also holds several university records to date.  When Kelly was not training and competing, she worked as a learn-to-swim instructor for young children in the Chicago area. 

Currently, Kelly is a proud mother of four children who are ESA team members and works part-time as a hospital pharmacist. 

Victoria Burghard Coach
Wesley Foltz Coach

Wesley Foltz is currently an intern at Kingwood Park High School who has helped several swimmers go to state. Wesley has spent a lifetime at the pool. He has been a part of competitive swimming since the age of five and was a member of the ESA team for eleven years. He competed on the varsity swim team at Kingwood Park High School where he was a part of the District, Region, and State team. Wesley currently attends Lonestar and is working towards a teaching degree.  When not at school or coaching, Wesley lifeguards and cleans pools.  His philosophy is swimming is not just a sport; it is a way of life. 

He plans on bringing his love of the sport to the team and sharing his knowledge of swimming.  He is very enthusiastic about his swimmers future.

Wesley lives in Kingwood and currently has 3 siblings on ESA and an older brother, Mario, who currently swims at Southwestern University.

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