Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Staff
Timothy Hill Head 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’.

 

Kate Zabler Head Age Group Coach

Coach Kate is in her 3rd 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 of Directors member 2019.

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

Matt Troquille Challenge & Exploratory Adv Lead Coach

Coach Matt swam competitively for 15+ years and has been coaching for 10+ years. In high school, at Dickinson High School he was a state qualifier in multiple events, in back to back years, while setting the school records in various event/relays. Matt started his coaching career at Dickinson Gator Summer League team where he spent 5 years, 4 years at the Head Coach position. He then moved on to coaching for SCAT for 3 years working with all age groups, 8 & unders to 15 & over, where he reached status of Head Coach before leaving to join South Shore Sails in 2014.  At South Shore Sails Matt worked at every position from Asst. Coach to reaching the the Head Coach position, which allowed him to work with a wide variety of swimmers at every skill level from swimmers just learning to swim through the Jr. National and National level. Matt’s love for swimming is evident in his energetic and passionate coaching. Matt aspires to give every athlete the opportunity to reach their full potential in swimming and in life, as well as fall in love with the sport, just as he did years ago.

Dacia Moore Discovery Groups Lead Coach

Coach Dacia  is now beginning her 3rd 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! 

Juan Somoza Pre Senior Lead, Summer Squad Head Coach
Sharks it is an honor to be here! 
 
I am Juan Somoza from Cancun, Mexico. I started swimming in a club around the age of 4, started competing at 9. Swimming has taken me to many places. I swam for Proa Nadadores (club team based in Cancun) where I made Nationals on multiple occasions and Olympic trials for Mexico in 2016. I swam in college for King University from 2016 to 2019 where I got my degree in Sports Management and Coaching. I swam multiple conference finals in the 200 and 400 IM, 200 Backstroke, and 200 Freestyle. Finally, in my senior year, I became Conference Carolinas champion in the 200 IM. After graduation, I decided to study for my Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Delta State University. At the same time, coaching the college team as a Graduate Assistant. In the two years of coaching college-level athletes, the team managed to get runner-up at D2 Nationals plus five Individual National Champions. 
 
Swimming is my biggest passion and I hope I can bring this passion to the team! 
Stephanie Reyes Assistant Coach
Emily Leavelle Assistant Coach

Hello Sharks! I am Coach Emily. I am really excited to join the Sharks team / family. I swam competitively through out my childhood into young adulthood. I swam for the Kleinwood Dolphins (summer league), Klein Aquatics which is now called PACK (year round), Schindlewolf Intermediate School, and Klein Collins High School. I likely would have swam in college but life had different plans. I just started college in 2019 and recently was accepted into the University of Houston’s Speech and Language program. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa which is the college level national honor’s society. I started volunteering to help coach as a young swimmer. In 2018 I had the privilege of being offered the head coach position for a YMCA team. I was recently offered a position with the Sharks and I am so eager to meet everyone! I have two children ages 5 and 7. Their names are Tinsley and Sebastian. They are so excited to join the team as well. Coaching swim team is one of my biggest passions. The pool has always been my favorite place to be. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and coaching the team members to be great both in the pool and in life. See you at the pool!  

Hailie Connell Assistant coach
Coach Hailie is in her 2 nd  year working with our Discovery groups & Summer Squad. Coach Hailie swam for the Sharks for many years before joining the coaching staff.

 

Cherie Crawford Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor
Bryon Pinkoski Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor
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