ATAC Coaches
ATAC is proud to have some of the finest swim coaches around. Our coaches are highly qualified and have years of experience, not only in coaching but competing in the sport. Our ATAC coaches share their experiences, knowledge and love of the sport of swimming with the athletes. Their wide range of experiences and knowledge as well as their dedication to the sport of swimming has helped create one of the best teams in the Dallas area.

 

           Chris MacCurdy, Head Coach  
 
 
Chris MacCurdy has 49 years of coaching experience including summer league, age group, senior, and collegiate levels. Chris is a Level 5 USA Coach, the highest level possible, as certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association. A member of the City of Plano Swimmers (COPS) staff from 1978 to 1997, MacCurdy served as Head Age Group Coach for 1 ½ years and as Head Coach for the remaining 18 years.  Prior to coaching at COPS, MacCurdy founded, along with his brother-in-law, Jerry Heidenreich, a very successful USA team and swim school in the Garland area, then rejoined Heidenreich in the fall of 1997 to form the Academy of Texas Aquatic champions.

Under MacCurdy’s guidance, COPS developed into one of the most successful USS teams in the country. Achievements included five Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) championships in 1982, 1989, 1990, and 1991. COPS is the only northern Texas team to win a TAGS championship in the 20th century. COPS was a consistent competitor on the national level as well including six Junior National team championships and a Top Ten finish in the USS Senior National Championships. Chris has developed twelve high school age swimmers who have qualified for the U.S.  Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004, several National Age Group record holders, numerous National Age Group champions . His swimmers have been Junior National record holders, Junior National champions, Senior National finalists and a USA Swimming National Champion. They have also been United States Olympic Sports Festival medalists, high school and collegiate All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and USS National Team members for international and national competitions including placing a swimmer on the 1998 US Goodwill Games team brining home a gold medal.

Chris has also been voted North Texas Swimming Senior Coach of the Year three times in 1991, 1992, and 1996.Chris has played major roles in United States Swimming on both the local and national level. He has served North Texas Swimming as Age Group Vice-Chairman, Senior Vice-Chairman, Technical Committee Vice-Chairman, and Coaches Representative and has served United States Swimming as delegate to the USAS convention, as a member of coaching staffs for regional and national select USS Camps, as a member of the USS National Camp Time Standards Committee and USS National  Championship Site Selection Committee. Chris has been an instructor for the United States Swimming Coaches’ College at the Olympic Training Center. He has served the Texas Swimming Association (TSA) as a member and chairman of the TAGS Committee and the TSA All-Star Dual Meet Committee and is currently a member of the TSA Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of the Texas Senior Circuit Committee. 

“Swimming F-A-S-T is FUN!” according to Chris, “Swimming smart, swimming with heart, and swimming to gain as much knowledge about oneself while pursuing personal and team goals allow each individual to experience life long benefits. Swimming is a four stroke sport.  Everyone should emphasize all four strokes throughout their career for total body strength and for the variety and versatility one has for training and competition.”

As an age group swimmer for the City of Midland Swim Team, he won Texas State and International Swimming titles. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.While at Tech, he was a four year letterman, four year Southwest Conference Championship finalist, school record holder, and team co-captain. He also served as an assistant swim coach for the Red Raiders. Today, Chris is still an active athlete in the sport of triathlon. In 2003, he was 3rd at the USA Triathlon National Championships in the 50-54 age group and in 2004 he was ninth in the World Triathlon Championships in that age group. He and his wife, Krissy, have been married 49 years and have two daughters, Jamie (41) and Ashley (38) and three granddaughters.

 

       Sherry Gentry, Head Age Group Coach

 

As Head Age Group Coach, I have been coaching with ATAC for over 14 years.
I learned to swim at age 3, started competitive swimming at age 9. I swam 8 years with Panther Boys Club in Fort Worth and with Arlington Swim Team ( changed to Burford Swim Team after we got a team sponsor) under the legendary coach Don Easterling. I am a former teammate of the late Jerry Heidenreich, co founder of ATAC. I have been teaching swimming for nearly 40 years. I started my coaching career in 1994 coaching for STAR (Swim Team Arlington). I took a 2 year break from coaching to travel around the USA, Canada and Mexico with my son Trent who was a child actor with Barney. After the 2 years we returned and I started coaching for ATAC in 1998. All three of my children are swimmers, Casey, Courtney, and Trent, and they moved from STAR to ATAC with me. Two of my children are now coaches and love teaching the sport. My husband is an official with North Texas and both of my granddaughters Kylie-Raye and Mikaela-Mae swim for ATAC, so you can call us a swimming family.


       Todd Codish Age Group Coach

Todd Codish is a long time triathlete and coach who loves to help people reach their goals and achieve! He's done a lot himself and hopes hi skills and experiences help others, athletes, other coaches and anyone he can reach.

He was born and raised in Tulsa, Ok and has been a Dallasite the last 33 years and can definitely call this home. He's been racing triathlons since 1988 and coaching since 1998. He has coached youth, adults, elite and just regular ol' people in his career.
 
He loves food, coffee, football, (sports!) and lives in Carrollton with his dog, Johnny Cash.
 
      Hannah Velasco Age Group Coach
 
Hannah is from Austin, Texas where she lived most of her life before coming to Dallas to attend college at Southern Methodist University. She is currently an undergraduate studying Biology and Psychology. Hannah is also a member of the Women's Swim Team at SMU. 
 
She began swimming at age eight for her summer league team. At age ten, Hannah began competing for Nitro Swimming. After three years with Nitro she moved to a small team called Western Hills Athletic Club where she swam under Jimmy Bynum and Ian Crocker for the remainder of her pre-collegiate swimming career. During high school, Hannah won five state titles in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke. Hannah enjoys swimming all of the strokes so the I.M. events are her favorite. 
 
Hannah has experience in coaching from giving swim lessons to young children during high school and has been involved with the sport for over 12 years , most recently coaching for the local Elite Swim Program. She is beyond excited about the opportunity to help young swimmers and share the knowledge she has gained throughout her career with others. She strives to give her swimmers the best learning environment possible filled with support and motivation.