Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Steve Jones LCA Head Coach

Coach Steve has over 30 years of experience coaching swimming, including four years with the Cruzers (Summers of ’95-’97, ’01). Before becoming Aquatics Director and head coach at LCA, Steve was the swim coach at Westlake High School, where he was awarded "State Coach of the Year" in 1996. Steve has coached 28 high school All-Americans and won two Class 5A state titles. Steve works with swimmers of all ages and abilities. Steve took swimmers to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Carolyn Doyal Strength & Conditioning Coach, LCCC/LW

Coach Carolyn has over 30 years of professional fitness experience with clients of all levels and more than 10 years of experience working with competitive swimmers. She has worked with numerous professional and beginner athletes of all ages. Licensed by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer, Carolyn focuses on all aspects of fitness and health including nutrition. "My primary goal here at LCA is to help the team with core strength, flexibility, and endurance. I want to teach our youth that good health is a life-long and rewarding practice. Challenge yourself daily!"

 
Patrick Novak Assistant Coach, Lost Creek Country Club

Coach Patrick brings years of experience to LCA. He began his coaching career at Northwest Swim Club in Bethlehem, PA. Next, he coached at Catawba Valley Aquatics Club (CVAC) in Salisbury, NC before coaching summer league swimming for Broomall’s Lake Country Club in Media, PA. Most recently, he coached Division III Cedar Crest College.

Patrick swam competitively for 17 years, and in his high school career he received All-America Honorable Mention honors all four years. He swam for three years at NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, breaking multiple records throughout his tenure. 

Patrick graduated from Catawba College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. After his undergrad, he completed his Juris Doctor in 2014 from the Villanova University School of Law. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Education degree.

Stephen Novak Assistant Coach, Lost Creek Country Club

Coach Stephen has over 14 years of swimming experience, from age group swimming through his freshman year of college, when he switched over to collegiate water polo at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He was a multiple-year age group state champion in various backstroke and sprint freestyle events. He coached for four years at the Northwest Swim Club and the Bethlehem YMCA in Bethlehem, PA. 

After college, Stephen attended culinary school and opened a restaurant in Somers Point, NJ. He was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network in  2015. 

Stephen recently relocated to Austin and is the Head Chef at St. Andrews Episcopal School, and coaches the Bronze and Silver groups. He is ecstatic about his return to the pool deck and looks forward to bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm to LCA. 

Ian Cross Lead Coach, Lakeway

Coach Ian was born in Canada and grew up swimming in California, where he once broke the national age group record for the 50 freestyle as a 10&under. He competed through high school and was a national qualifier in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. A former U.S. Marine, he has 20 years of coaching experience with clubs in Fort Lauderdale, Saint Louis, and Houston. He is a Level 5 coach with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), and has coached swimmers from summer league all the way up to current members of the U.S. National Team. Ian coached six swimmers to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004, 2012, and 2016. Many of Ian’s swimmers have gone on to compete for Division I colleges, including Alabama, Florida, Cal, Georgia, Texas, Princeton, and Missouri. Ian is married to Angela, a teacher, and they have two daughters: Abby, a junior at Lake Travis High School; and Evie, a sophomore at The University of Texas, where she is a member of the UT Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.

Cooper Robinson Assistant Coach, Lakeway

Coach Cooper has been involved with swimming for more than 13 years, both as an athlete and as a coach. He started swimming when he was in 8th grade and has continued to love the sport ever since. He swam for Texas Christian University, where he was able to qualify for the US Olympic Trials and NCAAs. He finds it extremely rewarding to teach young swimmers to have fun and help improve their swimming while loving the sport.

Chuck Herrmann Interim Lead Coach, Cedar Park

Coach Chuck was born and raised on Long Island, growing up on the north shore in Smithtown. He grew up surrounded by water, whether it was the beach or the pool in his backyard. Naturally, because of his love for the water, he started taking swim lessons at the local YMCA when he was 5. By the time he was 7 he started swimming for the Team Suffolk Swim Club. He continued to swim for Team Suffolk up until his senior year of high school. Along with swimming club, he swam Varsity in high school, swimming doubles every day of the week. He was voted captain his senior year of high school.

Chuck attended Vassar College where he majored in Biology. Originally unsure of whether or not he was going to swim, after swimming for 11 years straight, his passion was reignited by an awesome coaching staff and great teammates. Over the next four years the team became like a family for him and he was eventually elected captain senior year.

Chuck coached for two years in Las Vegas, while getting his Masters in Biology at UNLV, and fell in love with the sport all over again. Outside of swimming, Chuck is a wildlife biologist with a passion for the outdoors, a good book, and fitness.

Kristen Gregg Assistant Coach, Cedar Park

Kristen comes to us after coaching in New England since 2012. She has a keen eye in identifying stroke errors and uses her strong knowledge of swimming methods and techniques to help swimmers improve and correct their strokes. She has taught in-water lessons for the beginner to the highest level swimmers. She has coached swimmers at local and out of state competitive swimming events, and was assistant coach for the 11-12 year olds at the 2015 NE Zones meet in Virginia. With her assistance, swimmers have gone on to Age Group Championships, Zones, Sectionals, Arena Pro Series, Junior Nationals, Nationals, special USA teams and Olympic Trials. Many of these have gone on to achieve New England Records, USA Swimming Top 10 national reportable times, all-time USA Swimming Top 10 Age Group times, and Top 10 World Rankings. With her efforts, swimmers have also gone on to swim in college at Division I through Division III schools. Kristen lives in Pflugerville with her husband and two daughters and is happy to be in her home state of Texas.

Caitlyn Goodfellow Strength&Conditioning Coach, Cedar Park

Coach Caitlyn is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and grew up participating in several sports and activities with swim always being one of her favorites. Caitlyn relocated to the Austin area four years ago to become Vista Ridge High School’s head swim coach. She has been coaching swim for five years and is passionate about developing swimmers to achieve success in athleticism as well as water safety. During her five years of coaching at the high school level, she has coached a variety of levels from beginning swimmers, competitive swimmers, and advanced swimmers who have continued on to collegiate levels. During the summer, she also enjoys coaching summer league to help swimmers of all ages improve their skill sets and dedication to the sport.

Caitlyn attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, receiving a BS in Secondary Social Studies and a BA in History. She is currently teaching Psychology, Sociology, and Government at Vista Ridge High School in Leander ISD. 

Jessica Evans General Manager

Jessica manages our team's operations, including swimmer registrations, meet entries, billing issues, swim meets, website and team communications, and schedules. Jessica has been a very active volunteer in the sport of swimming since 2004 with different Austin area summer league, US Masters Swimming, high school swimming, Special Olympics, and USA Swimming teams. Jessica has been a UIL and USA Swimming certified official since 2009, served as the Technical Planning Chair on the South Texas Swimming Board of Directors from 2012 to 2017 and is the current Administrative Vice Chair for South Texas Swimming, is the Regional SWIMS User for the Austin area for South Texas Swimming, and serves on the South Texas Swimming Officials Committee and the Austin Hills Swim League Board of Directors. South Texas Swimming presented the LSC's Outstanding Volunteer Award to Jessica in 2015. Jessica is also LCA's meet entries chair, meet director, and meet referee for LCA hosted meets. Now retired from her first career as a technical editor and author of more than 125 college textbooks on computer topics, Jessica has followed her passion for the sport of swimming to LCA. Please contact Jessica for any administrative, meet entry, or billing questions, or to join our club.

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