Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Staff
Gordy Westerberg Head Coach
Gordy comes to the Sharks after coaching for 35 years in New Mexico. During that time span he produced swimmers that competed at the Sectional, NCSA, Junior National, US Open, and Olympic Trials Level Championship Meets. He has coached at the Club, High School, and Summer League levels. Most recently, in Clovis NM, where his HS girls' team had back-to-back 3rd place overall finishes at the NMAA State Championships. His swimmers have gone on to swim collegiately at the Division 1-2-3, NAIA, and NJCAA levels. 
He has been a speaker at both the ASCA and ISCA World Coaches Clinics. In addition, he was actively involved with the LSC serving in positions of Administrative Vice Chair, Technical Planning Chair, Senior Vice Chair, and Coaches Rep. For 3 years in a row, he organized the NM Coaches Clinic for the LSC where he brought in some of the most sought-after coaches in the country as presenters. 
As an athlete, he grew up in Minnesota where he became a finalist at the Junior National Championships. He swam collegiately at the University of New Mexico where he was a 4x Conference Champion (200IM & 400IM) and NCAA qualifier in the 400 IM 4 years in a row. 
His training philosophy is an IM Based/Middle Distance program that continues to produce swimmers who are successful in a wide range of events and distances. 
He is married to Rosa and they have 2 kids as well as 2 very spoiled dogs. 
Kate Zabler Head Age Group Coach

Coach Kate is in her 5th year with the Sharks Swim Club. She currently is the lead coach of the Senior and Exploratory groups. She also oversees the Sharks Swim School and seasonal programs. Coach Kate has been coaching for over 10 yrs. Previously she was the Head Age Group & Interim Head Coach for the Space City Aquatic Team and coached with the Singapore American School Fighting Fish and at the American School of Bombay. In her tenure, Coach Kate has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities; swim school to top 8 finishers at Olympic Trials.

Coach Kate grew up as a competitive swimmer in Kansas City, Mo and competed in college for Stony Brook University. She enjoys sharing her love of swimming and helping swimmers achieve their goals and reach outside of their comfort zone. She is active in the Gulf Swimming LSC. She has been a coach for the Gulf NACC meet in 2017, the Gulf select team in 2019, the coaches clinic committee 2018,2019 and an at large board member member since 2019.

In her free time, Coach Kate enjoys traveling with her husband, Sachin and her son Andrew and gardening.

Timothy Hill Challenge Group Coach

Coach Hill is a dedicated coach to his swimmers and enjoys the journey of helping swimmers grow and improve as people and athletes even more than the numerous athletic successes. He brings over 30+ years of remarkable coaching experience to the SHARKS Swim Club.  Known as a dedicated, hard working professional who is passionate about his swimmers and team, Coach Hill is highly respected and well thought of throughout the sport. A proven team-builder and superb teacher of stroke technique and mental training, Coach Hill focuses>

Coach Hill comes to the SHARKS Swim Club after 4 years as Head Coach of the West Houston Aquatic Team (WHAT).  In his 4 years with WHAT, the team progressed remarkably.  The team placed consistently in the top 5 to 10 in the various local Gulf Championships and numerous swimmers achieved and scored at Sectionals, and achieved Junior National qualifying times. 

Coach Hill has coached successfully at all levels of swimming, from age group & high school to Sectionals, Junior & Senior Nationals, and the Olympics.  He had swimmers compete in NCAA’s, USA Swimming Nationals, Junior Nationals, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other Olympic Games since 1980.  He has also served as a member of several USA Swimming National Team coaching staffs.   An American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 Coach, the highest level, Coach Tim has coached numerous world ranked swimmers, USA Swimming National Champions, and NCAA Champions, including the first woman under 1:00 in 100 Breaststroke, a US Open record. 

Prior to coaching at WHAT, Coach Hill led the USA Swimming Piranhas Swim Team, a Silver Medal Club in California. The senior program had athletes compete in the Olympic Games, World Championships, ranked in the top 50 in the world, USA Swimming National Championships (a.k.a. Senior Nationals), and Junior Nationals.  Before coaching in California, Coach Hill served 5 years as the Head Coach of First Colony Swim Team in Sugar Land, TX where he had an Olympic Trial swimmer, National Championship qualifiers and Junior National scorers. His swimmers consistently were Individual State Champions, achieved a National Record, won events at Sectionals, and he had teams in the Top 5 to 2nd place at Texas Age Group Championships.   

The first 20 years of Coach Hill's career were spent at Arizona State University and Southern Illinois University where he served as the Head Coach of the Women's Swim Team.  His teams were usually in the Top 10 and placed  as high as 3rd at Nationals. Coach of 135 All-Americans, 52 Academic All-Americans, Coach Hill was also Illinois Collegiate Coach of the year, 1981-1984, 1995 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, NCAA Top 3 coach of the year. His Saluki Swim Club placed Top 10 at USA Swimming Nationals.

Coach Tim is a former runner/triathlete, who loves the outdoors, snow/water skiing, music/drum corp and more. His wife, Shayla, is a Special Education teacher and they have two daughters, Ailish & 
Spencer.  Spencer has two sons ages 3 & 1.  During Coach Hill’s first position out of college, he created the Sarasota Y Sharks in FL, where he was the aquatic director, head coach and head high school coach, and he is excited to return to ‘Shark territory’.


Dacia Moore Discovery Groups & Dryland Coordinator

Coach Dacia  is now beginning her 7th year with Sharks.  She taught swim lessons for the past 7 years and is super excited to be coaching Developmental and younger swimmers. Coach Dacia has a dual Masters in Sports Fitness and Sport Management.  When she is not on the pool deck, she can be found coaching softball with a local select team.  Coach Dacia and her husband have four children and 2 German Shorthaired Pointers! 

Stephanie Reyes Swim Fit Program Lead
Coach Stephanie is the Lead Swim Fit Coach. She has always been interested in working with children, helping them improve their strokes and techniques, and acquiring a love for swimming. She is also getting her Master's in Public Health in Health Promotion and Health Education at UTHealth.

She has coached for Sharks Swim Club for the past two years as an assistant coach. She coached all the different groups, mostly with the Developmental groups: Discovery Pre-Team, Discovery Advance, Swim Fit, and Exploratory with Coach Dacia and Coach Kate.

Before she worked with Sharks, she was studying at the University of Texas at Austin, studying Public Health. While there, she was the Teaching Assistant for the Swim Conditioning class.

Before her time at college, she coached for the Summer League Team: League City Barracudas for five years. All four years, she swam for her high school team at Clear Springs High School. She also swam club swimming for the Space City Aquatics Team and Sharks Swim Team during high school years. 
In her off time, Coach Stephanie loves to explore the outdoors, hiking in nature. She has two puppy huskies: Nyx and Xiro, at home.
Rhys Bender Exploratory Advance Lead

Coach Rhys began his extensive swimming career at the St. John's Sea Lions in his hometown St. John, Michigan. Next, he found himself at Space City Aquatics team. He continued here throughout his High School career when they offered him a coaching position. He coached his team until he continued his career at Lifetime Fitness. His head coaching position there led him to Sharks Swim Club. 

Christopher Sustala Assistant Coach

My love for coaching began in the early 90's where I swam for Texas A&M University (prior to the awesome pool). I spent my senior year at A&M coaching the junior varsity college swimmers and helping with the Aggie Swim Club in my spare time. My claim to fame in my swimming career is that I would do anything for the team to get points...the 500, the 1,650, 200 Fly, 400IM...even as far as diving! For what it's worth, I lettered in DIVING in the Southwest Conference...twice!

My passion for coaching has never diminished since getting a taste of it in College.  I have spent the last 30 years coaching swimmers, triathletes, water polo players and runners. I am also the head coach of NextGen which is a USAT youth triathlon club for the League City area. I love seeing kids of all ages and abilities set goals, build a work ethic that will help them work towards those goals, and eventually achieving those goals. My goals are to pass my passion for this sport onto the young athletes of Sharks!

It's always great to be a SHARK!

Cherie Crawford Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor
Coach Cherie joined the Sharks Swim Team in April 2018 as a swim school instructor. She previously taught lessons at Space City Aquatics Team.
Coach Cherie started swimming at the age of 3 and never stopped. She did summer league every summer and at the age of 11, started swimming for AAAA, her local club team in San Antonio. Coach Cherie swam all four years on her high school swim team at Ronald Reagan HS and started teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding her junior year. She continued teaching swim lessons on and off through college and after moving back to the Houston/Galveston area in 2014.
Coach Cherie is also a full time high school science teacher and teaches in Pasadena, TX. This year will be her sixth year of teaching and she absolutely loves it. In her free time (mostly during the summer), she loves traveling to visit her friends in various states and hanging out with her family. Her cat Remy is also a delightful handful.
Bryon Pinkoski Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor
Elliot Kessler Assistant Coach

Hi Sharks! My name is Elliot Kessler. I was a swimmer on this team for 8 years and I am excited to begin coaching with this amazing group of swimmers. Sharks has meant a lot to me and I am so proud to be a part of this great community. I will be starting my freshman year at San Jacinto College this year and hope to study literature and music. I love this team and I look forward to the years to come!

Susan Hillegeist Team Administrator
Board of Directors
Jim McMichael President
Timothy Hill Head Coach
Laura Shipman Treasurer
Ann Esbeck Secretary/Parent Rep
Ed Jonas Member At Large