Coaches

Coaches

Coaching Staff
Mark Parshall Co-Head Swim Coach/Owner

I have been coaching swimmers of all abilities over 30 years. It all started with Masters and a few age-group swimmers at St Edwards University. Living in Round Rock, and the commute becoming longer, I started coaching at Micki when the pool first opened.

Living in Round Rock since 1983, my wife Ann and I, raised three outstanding daughters. All three swam for me with the Dolphins, RRHS, and Aquatex. Marcy swam for Incarnate Word, Casey and Corey attending A&M.

I am very passionate about swimming, and truly believe in the way a swim team should be run. I am not perfect, have, and will continue to make mistakes. However, I will always be upfront and honest about my views, and hope to learn from my mistakes, and will continue to take risks, just as I ask of my swimmers.

A team that believes that traveling to swim meets and places like the Olympic Training Center, or Boston for college tours of Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Tufts, etc. is just as important, if not more so, than how fast you swam at a particular meet.

The opportunity to swim at the collegiate level, even if you decide that is not the path you choose to follow.

I look forward to many years of working with our community’s kids, their parents, being involved in their lives, to hopefully have a positive impact, and be someone they remember for the rest of their lives.

Marcella Parshall Co-Head Swim Coach
James Smith Waterpolo Head Coach
Amy Linkous Assistant Coach

Coach Amy Linkous has been involved in teaching and coaching swimming for over 30 years, working in all facets of the sport. 

Coach Amy started her swimming career at age 9 in summer league and progressed to become a year-round age-group competitor with the renowned Nashville Aquatic Club (NAC). She continued her swimming career through high school, where she was ranked top ten in several events and assisted her NAC teammates in breaking multiple Southeastern age-group relay records. Amy went on to compete in NCAA swimming on the women’s varsity team at the University of Notre Dame.

Amy started her coaching career as a summer league swim coach in Nashville and Memphis, and later joined the coaching staff at the Phoenix Swim Club as a competitive age-group coach and instructor. Amy later served as the head instructor for the Southern Methodist University summer swim program in Dallas, and later founded her own small business in Round Rock focusing on adaptive aquatics for children with special needs. She is also a certified Swim Whisperer® through the Swim Angelfish® Methodology, and frequently officiates at USA Swimming events throughout Central Texas.

Amy holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and M.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee (the other “UT”). She is the proud mother of two strong-willed boys, including a competitive age-group swimmer and a talented special needs teen. Away from the pool, Amy has 18 years’ experience as a professional educator in mathematics, loves listening to live music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Erik Downs Assistant Coach

I started coaching over fifteen years ago with a summer league team in Cedar Park. Since then, I’ve worked with clubs in three different states, helped coach teams to four state titles, and had the privilege of working with Olympians and national record holders. 

I learned how to swim my sophomore year of high school, and went on to swim division II at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. After graduating with a bachelors in kinesiology I moved back to Austin and worked as a personal trainer and as a coach at Nitro. While there, my main role was running the dryland program. 

In Colorado I worked with the Denver Swim Academy and Regis Jesuit High School. RJHS finished in the top three each season I was there, including a win in 2018. On the club side I helped the team during a rebuilding phase to move from eighth in the state to runner-up.

In Oklahoma I was the Head Age Group Coach of Trident Aquatic Club. While there, the team doubled in size, each season qualifying more swimmers for the State Championship than ever in the program’s history. 

On the philosophy side of coaching, I believe the process is more important than the outcome; positively-oriented athletes see more success, and well-rounded athletes have a higher potential for swimming fast. 

On the personal side, I am excited to be back in the Austin area, around friends and family. As a swimmer my best events were the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly, and 50 Free, and have developed a particular interest in breaststroke over the past few years. I also enjoy lifting weights, running, reading, disc golf, cold brew coffee, mythology/stories, and standup comedy.