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 

E-mail: [email protected]
 

Chris MacCurdy has 51 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 51 years and have two daughters, Jamie (43) and Ashley (40) and three granddaughters.

 

 

 

Sherry Gentry: Head Age Group Coach

E-mail: [email protected]

My name is Sherry Gentry and I started coaching with ATAC in September, 1998 as an age group coach. I have been the Head Age Group Coach now for many years and love what I do. Before then,  I swam 8 years for Panther Boys Club in Ft. Worth and then Arlington Swim Team out of UTA. We finally became the Burford Swim Team and my coach during these years was Don Easterling. Don groomed many olympians in the late 60’s and 70’s. During my swimming career I was privileged to swim 2 TAGS meets, including the very first ever TAGS.  TAGS had just started and continues today as Texas’s top qualifying age group meet. In my day, I was the only swimmer in my high school, unlike today with many kids swimming on various teams in the metroplex.I ran a very successful swim school for 10 years in Arlington and Mansfield, Tx. I coached for STAR (Swim Team Arlington) for a couple of years, then my son was hired to be a child actor on the “Barney” the purple dinosaur’s stage show. I sold my swim school and traveled as his guardian for 2 years all over the US, Canada and Mexico. My husband, Mike, stayed home with our twin girls  taking them to swim practice and becoming a swim official. They came out to visit us often so the girls felt a part of our son’s experience. I taught the show’s kids swimming while on tour and became the “Child Wrangler” with the show. After returning in 1998, I was hired by ATAC. I believe firmly in loyalty and dedication, not only to my family, but also my team and swimmers. I enjoy promoting technique, healthy environment and fun while striving to have my kids work hard and improve their strokes. It’s very exciting knowing that not only are you training kids to be strong athletes but giving them lifesaving skills too.Coaches Chris and Jerry taught me so much about proper technique in swimming. The cool thing is we are still learning new things all the time. My husband Mike has been a USA Swimming referee for about 27 years.  Mike and I adopted 3 beautiful children all from birth. The same biological birth mother gave birth to all three, Trent 36, Casey and Courtney 34. They all loved ATAC.   Unfortunately we lost Courtney a year and a half ago and we miss her daily. We are now raising our 3 grandkids, Kylie-Raye 16, Mikaela-Mae 14, and Mickey 8. They all swim with ATAC and continue the family’s love of swimming.


    

Todd Codish: Age Group Coach  

E-mail: [email protected]

 

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.
 
 
 
    
Caroline Small: Age Group Coach   

Hello! My name is Caroline Small, I have worked with children in a variety of settings from babysitting to daycare, after school programs, swim lessons, coaching at my neighborhood pool, and   most recently teaching. I am going into my second year of teaching Kindergarten in RISD.  

I also have been swimming for as long as I can remember! I learned to swim at the age of three and joined my neighborhood summer league at the age of 4. I swam for them every summer     until I became a coach for them at the age of 17 and continued to coach for them for years to follow. At the age of 10 I joined ATAC and swam with them until I went off to college! Additionally, I swam for my high school team while swimming on ATAC and was the DISD district champion in the 100 fly in 2016. I swam for the club swim team in college for fun and to remain in the water, my second home! 

I am thrilled to be back at ATAC, I have so many fond memories looking back. I look forward to coaching, getting to know your swimmers, helping them become stronger each day, and making their swimming experience fun and meaningful both in and out of the water!