Ryan "Coach Chic" Ciccarelli

      Head Coach 

      The University of Texas Swimming and Diving Team Member

      1998-2002 (4-year full athletic scholarship)

      6-time NCAA All-American in swimming

      Member of 3 NCAA National Champion teams

                                                              2000 Olympic Trials participant in 3 swimming events

In the sport of swimming there are many great coaches who can’t swim and many great swimmers who can’t coach. COTA’s head coach, Ryan Ciccarelli (a.k.a. “Coach Chic”), embodies the rare and powerful combination of world-class swimmer and talented coach and stroke instructor.

Coach Chic has been teaching and coaching swimmers in Austin, Texas for ten years. His professional coaching career began with T3 (Total Technique Training), an organization that specializes in training triathletes of all levels and ages. In 2004 he founded his own USA Swimming team, the Austin Texas Piranhas, where he developed accomplished age group and senior swimmers. Coach Chic became the head coach of COTA in 2009. His COTA swimmers have achieved remarkable success, including record-setting swims at state competitions.

Coach Chic believes in complementing his demanding training regimen with meticulous stroke instruction in order to prevent the injuries that can result from flawed technique. He devises creative and varied approaches to help all swimmers master the four strokes, and he encourages his swimmers to ask questions whenever needed. His practices are challenging but never predictable or boring! Coach Chic keeps his swimmers on their toes, knowing that motivated, excited swimmers ultimately become strong, accomplished athletes. 

Anthony Minier

Assistant Coach ~ Masters

Certified Personal Trainer through National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA).  Specializes in Strength & Conditioning, Plyometrics, Endurance training, Sprint Training and Agility Drills.
Anthony started Swimming competitively at 6 years old and continued swimming to the present day on a Masters level. He has always been an active individual and loves competing to where he can constantly challenge himself and do better each time around. Swimming is a way of life, and he feels that this is a skill set that everyone should know.

"Swimming has always been a big passion of mine.  I have taught 1 on 1 swim training sessions with children for 3 years.  I enjoy working with kids in the pool and helping them develop their stroke technique, watching them progress to the next level. Also, pin pointing areas of each swimmer and working on small elements to help improve the overall structure of their performance.