Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Roric Fink

ASC Head Coach, Senior 1 Lead Coach

Roric Fink recently completed his eighth season as associate head coach with the University of Texas women. During that time they had six top-10 NCAA finishes and eight Big 12 Championships. Fink came to Austin from The University of Missouri where he served for two seasons as associate head coach. He has coached collegiately since 2003, spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona from 2003-2010 where they won both Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships in 2008.

Roric spent twenty-five years coaching club in Arizona. He spent his last ten years as Head Coach, building up one of the nation's top aquatics clubs -- Ford Aquatics in Tucson, Ariz. -- starting in 2000. Prior to that he worked as head coach/senior assistant coach with the Phoenix Swim Club from 1995-2000, while assisting with the U.S. National Team. He worked with athletes such as Jeff Rouse and Gary Hall, Jr., who represented Team USA in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as well as Klete Keller in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.  Roric started his coaching career in 1986 working with the Tempe Swim Devils coaching 8&U’s.

During his time coaching in Arizona he developed many NCAA Championship level athletes. He coached Arizona National Champions Lacey Nymeyer (2008 Olympic silver medalist), Dave Rollins, Tyler DeBerry and Marcus Titus with the Ford Aquatics program before they went on to compete for the Wildcats. His club won the USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif., and the Men's Team Championship at the Western Zone Sectional in Portland, Ore., back in 2010.

Fink also brings international coaching experience to ASC. In 2019 he was the head coach of the Bahama’s World Championship Team in Gwangju, South Korea.  Additionally, he coached Amanda Beard as she came out of retirement and qualified for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. He has served on the USA Swimming coaching staff for the 2008 National Junior Team in Guam, and the 2010 NSCA All-Star Team that competed in Ireland. In 2006, Fink represented Mexico as a member of their coaching staff at the Short Course World Championships in Shanghai, China.

He graduated cum laude from both the University of Phoenix in 1986 (master’s in business administration) and Whitworth University in 1986. In addition, he spent his first three years as an ASU Sun Devil. 

Roric is excited to have the opportunity to coach at ASC, working with the directors, coaching staff and amazing group of swimmers that call ASC home. 

Matthew Byrd

Head Age Group Coach, Junior 1 & Gold 2 Lead Coach

Matt graduated with his Masters Degree in Sports Management from Georgetown earlier this summer while working in DC. Prior to Georgetown he swam at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where he was a captain his senior year. He played a vital role in leading a campaign to save the team from being cut from the athletic department prior to his Senior year. After UNCW he came back to the DC area and coached a year at Machine Aquatics with Coach Chris and then two years at Nations Capital Swim Club. He has primarily worked with 11-14 year olds, but has experience assisting at all levels of the sport. Matt’s an avid triathlete, loves open water swimming and is huge Baltimore sports fan. 

Ian Cross

Head Developmental Coach, Bronze & Silver 1 Lead Coach

Coach Ian Cross is an ASCA Level 5 coach who has been coaching for 20 years in Florida, Missouri and Texas. He is a two-time Age Group Coach of the Year in the Florida Gold Coast LSC. While in St. Louis, he coached two swimmers who went on to make the U.S. National Team in 2018, and he coached his team to the Men’s Region VIII Sectional Team Title in 2015. He has coached over 120 USA swimming top-10 times including over 10 #1 rankings. Prior to coaching, Coach Cross was a U.S Marine based in Hawaii, was a 3-year captain of his club team while in high school, and he absolutely loves the sport of swimming. Coach Cross and his wife, Angela, have two beautiful daughters; Evie and Abby who swim at the University of Texas, and the University of Arkansas. 

Nate Chessey

Master's Head Coach, Senior 2 & Senior 3 Lead Coach

Coach Nate was born and raised in Portland, ME and has coached at numerous programs around the country. Nate Chessey graduated with an MS in Sport Performance and a BA with a concentration in Sports Nutrition and has been involved with competitive swimming for the past 17 years. While attending Graduate School at Springfield College, he coached both the college team and local club team. He spent six years in San Diego as an age group coach with a team of over 700+ swimmers. Coach Nate has been coaching with ASC almost five years.

Felix Gonzalez

Gold 1 & Junior 2 Lead Coach

Coach Felix was born in the beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is married to a beautiful wife, and they are happy parent of two boys, Felix Jr. and Lucas. Felix and his wife’s life changed six years ago when he decided to move to Austin by himself to work as a Swim Coach. Coach Felix was introduced to sports at a very young age. He has been teaching swimming for over 20 years, and coaching at every swimming level (including master swimming and triathletes), with focus on age group (11-14) swimming, since 2009. Felix had the opportunity to be the assistant coach of the University of Puerto Rico swimming team for two seasons (2012-2014). Felix was part of the Puerto Rico Jr. National Team (1997-2002) and played an important role at the University of Puerto Rico swimming team (2005-2008).  Felix graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico with a BA in Sports Science. He is also a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist.

Mariah Harper

Silver 2 & Homeschool Lead Coach

Mariah is a proud longhorn and two time graduate from The University of Texas at Austin (BA ‘15 and M.Ed ‘19)! Mariah grew up swimming in the Austin area before college but unfortunately a shoulder injury ended her collegiate career early. She now swims masters and trains for half marathons! Mariah is coming to ASC from her position as fitness trainer for Orangetheory Fitness and, prior to Orangetheory, she was an age group coach for Longhorn Aquatics.

Megan Thompson

AASA & ASC Director of Business Operations

Megan Graduated Cum Laude from Whitworth University in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Communications, and Graduated in 2019 with her Masters in Management from the University of Notre Dame. Megan swam competitively while growing up in Austin, and continued to swim all four years she was in college at Whitworth University. She was an A finalist at the Northwest Conference all four years, the Captain of her swim team her senior year, the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) representative for her College Swim Team for two years, a three time Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete, as well as the 2018 recipient of Whitworth University’s Aaron Leech Award. After finishing undergrad, Megan headed to South Bend, Indiana to pursue her Master’s degree. Upon graduation in May, 2019 she headed straight back to the great state of Texas and is now the Director of Business Operations for Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy and Austin Swim Club.

Jennifer Jones

AASA & ASC Business Office Manager

Foremost, I am a wife and a mom to three girls. As a passionate homeschooling family, we strive to give our kids the most well rounded life skills and education possible. In search of broader opportunities, and with swim leading the charge, we migrated to Austin from small town Mississippi in 2012. 

We began our swim journey in 2012 at another local club. Little did we know, ASC was already in early development . . . the next step was coming. Logistics delayed our arrival, but in 2016 we made our move. With ASC’s culture of positive experiences developing athletic perseverance and achievement, we knew we’d found our home. This year, I’m happy for the opportunity to join the team where I’ll make my contributions mainly in the office and in promoting a positive spirit in helping our athletes achieve their maximum potential. 

Board of Directors
Kevin Thompson Owner
Patti Thompson Owner
Bob Thompson Chief Operating Officer