Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Ali Bleasdell Head Coach

Ali is a former SPA swimmer and Elkins High School graduate. While swimming for SPA, Ali qualified for several Gulf All Star and Zones teams, Junior Nationals, Nationals and US Open. After spending many years swimming in the Gulf, Ali went on to swim at TCU where she was an All Big 12 Swimmer, Academic All-American, Team Captain and 7-year record holder in the 400 IM.

This is Ali's 7th season coaching for SPA. She has coached swimmers at all levels, from beginner to TAGS Champions. Ali has been a member of the Gulf Open Water Select Team Staff and was recently selected to be a part of USA Swimming's Women Coaches in Governance fellowship program.

Ali is engaged and will get married to her fiance, Reed, in December. When she's not coaching, Ali is most likely hanging out with Reed and their adorable miniature dachshund, Lucy.

Adam Lyng Associate Head Coach

Adam is excited to be in his fourth year with SPA.  He coached at First Colony Swim Team 2010-2019.  While there, his swimmers qualified for Age Group Champs, TAGS, Sectionals and Southern Senior Zones.  Adam has been a member of Gulf All Star, Zones, NACC and Select Camp Staffs.   Before coaching with FCST Adam spent three years as an assistant college coach, one year as a club coach and three years as a head high school coach.

In college, he swam for Hope College and lettered all four years.

Adam has an amazing daughter who he loves to spend as much time with as possible.

Betsy Partin SPA SwimAmerica Program Director
Gaby Babb Bronze 1 and 2 Lead Coach

Coach Gaby has been coaching in the gulf for 5 years. She coached for SWAT for 4 years and Coogs Aquatics for 1 year. She has swam on FCST for 15 years. She just recently moved to SPA and coaches Bronze 1 and Bronze 2. 


She is dedicated to the swimmers. Makes it her goal to help them work hard and improve. Most importantly she wants to make sure every swimmer enjoys swimming and wants to make it fun! Coach Gaby has worked with kids from 5 years to high school. 


On the weekends she is a dedicated Sunday school teacher at Nation church Houston. She also enjoys painting and baking. As well as taking her beautiful dog Lulu to the dog parks. 

Katie Rice Silver 2 and Developmental Coach

Katie is a former SPA swimmer and is currently enrolled in University of Houston-Downtown persuing a teaching degree.

During high school, she swam for the Ridge Point Swim Team her senior year. 

Katie started coaching Sharks in 2019 and then continued onto SPA coaching during 2020. She currently coaches Silver 2 and Developmental Red and White. She is the Head Coach of the SPA Sharks summer league team.

Board of Directors
Temika Jones President
Valerie Thomas Vice-President
James Moore Treasurer
Grace Sobczak Secretary
Tien Do Member At Large