Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Derek Howorth Head Coach - SRG New Braunfels

Derek Howorth grew up in San Antonio, TX where he swam with Alamo Area Aquatics Association (AAAA) under the tutelage of the great George Block.

Coach Howorth continued his swimming career at the University of Texas where he was a 6-time All-American, US Olympic Trials Qualifier, and a member of the University of Texas National Championship Team in 1996. While at Texas he earned his degree in Applied Learning and Development/Sport Management.

During his time coaching, Coach Howorth has developed over 30, USA Swimming National Top 16 swimmers. He has also had the opportunity to share his swimming and coaching experiences in Kenya (2010), Dubai (2012), USA Swimming National Select Camp (2017) and Hangzhou, China (2019). Most recently, Coach Howorth is honored to be named to the USA Swimming National Coaches list in 2018 and 2019.

Coach Howorth enjoys coaching because it allows him to help children learn life lessons through the sport of swimming. During his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, cycling, being outdoors and spending time with his wife, Angela, whom he married in October of 2009.

Nabil Kebbab Head Coach - SRG Davenport HS

Nabil Kebbab was born and raised in Algeria, and has extensive experience in the swimming world as a professional swimmer and coach. He began swimming at 7 years old, and joined the Algerian national team at 17 years old. At 18 years old, Nabil moved to France to join Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille. As part of Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille and the Algerian national team, Nabil has traveled the world training and competing in the sport of swimming.

His most notable achievements include participation in the London and the Beijing Olympic Games, a 5th place finish in the 100m Freestyle at the 2007 World Championships, and 4 gold medals at the African Championships.

He first came to San Antonio to train with AAAA in 2004, and when he made the decision to retire from professional swimming, he came back to San Antonio with his wife Meriem (also a swimmer) to begin his full-time coaching career. Nabil holds safety certifications and coaching licenses from the American Red Cross, USA Swimming, Algerian Swimming Federation, University of Marseille, the French National Safety and Rescue Aquatic, and the American Swim Coaches Association.

Beau Tipton Coach - SRG New Braunfels

Beau Tipton was born and grew up in San Antonio, TX, where he started swimming competitively at age 6. Coach Beau graduated from Trinity University in 2021, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Business. During his swimming career at Trinity, he attained a number of achievements, including breaking the school and SCAC conference records for the 200-yard butterfly and being named SCAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year in 2019 and 2020. His most memorable competitive achievement was qualifying for Division III NCAAs in the 200-yard butterfly.

Coach Beau has enjoyed being a part of a number of incredible teams throughout his swimming career and strives to instill the same feeling of comradery in his swimmers as a coach. Prior to coaching for Surge Aquatics, Coach Beau coached for two summer league swim teams in San Antonio and has given swimming lessons to many young athletes. In addition to coaching, Coach Beau enjoys spending his time roller-skating, hiking, baking, spending time with his family, and assisting the elderly and disabled living in San Antonio.

 
Christina Slimpin Coach - SRG New Braunfels

Christina Slimpin was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas. Her swimming career started at ten years old with the Landa Park Dolphins summer swim team.   Several years later she took the next competitive step by joining Surge Aquatics as a senior swimmer.  Christina soon gained an interest in coaching and instructing and has now been on deck for the Dolphins and for Surge for the last year, in August 2021 she made the decision to stop swimming competitively herself and focus solely on coaching at Surge Aquatics and teaching private swim lessons.

Kate Brinson Developmental Lead Coach - NB
Kate Brinson grew up in Tucson, AZ and started swimming competitively at 5 years old, first with the Desert Dolphins and then with the Tucson Swim Club (now Tucson Ford). She swam club, high school and college intramural. Kate has coached swimmers from all age groups and ability levels. She coached teams in Washington State, Texas, and most recently in Arizona, where she coached the YMCA Silver Fins.
 Kate graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science and History. She also has a Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University, where she worked on childhood obesity and physical activity research. She also has a Master’s in Leadership & Management from Arizona State University.  Kate has also spent time in Australia at the University Sydney as a researcher in the Exercise Physiology Department, studying movement with children, athletes, and patients who were quadriplegic and paraplegic.
 
Kate enjoys being outside and spending time with her family here in New Braunfels. “The sport of swimming has given me so much throughout of my life and no matter where I have traveled or I lived the water, has always felt like home. I’m so excited to be able to give back to swimming and my community.” 
Kate Brinson grew up in Tucson, AZ and started swimming competitively at 5 years old, first with the Desert Dolphins and then with the Tucson Swim Club (now Tucson Ford). She swam club, high school and college intramural. Kate has coached swimmers from all age groups and ability levels. She coached teams in Washington State, Texas, and most recently in Arizona, where she coached the YMCA Silver Fins.
 Kate graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science and History. She also has a Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University, where she worked on childhood obesity and physical activity research. She also has a Master’s in Leadership & Management from Arizona State University.  Kate has also spent time in Australia at the University Sydney as a researcher in the Exercise Physiology Department, studying movement with children, athletes, and patients who were quadriplegic and paraplegic.
 
Kate enjoys being outside and spending time with her family here in New Braunfels. “The sport of swimming has given me so much throughout of my life and no matter where I have traveled or I lived the water, has always felt like home. I’m so excited to be able to give back to swimming and my community.” 
Zoe Skelton Coach - SRG Davenport HS

Zoe Skelton was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas. She started her swimming career off with the Landa Park Dolphins and swam with them for 5 years before joining Surge Aquatics to continue her competitive swimming. In the summer of 2021. Zoe gained interest in coaching competitive swimming and began coaching the Minnows group for the Landa Park Dolphins. Since then, she has retired from her swimming career of over 8 years to coach for Surge Aquatics full time. She loves coaching and she loves the kids she works with.

Kelly Sells Coach - SRG Davenport HS
 

Kelly Sells grew up in San Ramon, CA a suburb in the Bay Area. She has always had a love of swimming and she began swimming at the age of 4 but didn’t start competitive swimming until the age of 14 where she decided to try out for the high school swim team. She swam Varsity all 4 years .With little training she became a sprint freestyler as well as backstroke. She excelled at the 100 backstroke and received a consideration All-American Time Standard her senior year.  

 After finishing High School, Kelly took a break from swimming to pursue college soccer all while working as an assistant Athletic Trainer and assistant Varsity Soccer coach at Miramonte High School in Orinda, CA. She attended Brigham Young University in 2000 but took time off to see her husband through his undergraduate and law degree. She graduated in 2010 with a BS in Family Life.

In 2015 she began her swimming coaching career with Premier Aquatics of Klein after one season she moved over to coach Swim Ohana where she continued until she moved to New Braunfels this last July.  She also coached for Country Lake Estates summer league team for 6 seasons. 

Her and her husband currently live in New Braunfels with their three boys, Noah (16), Grant (13) and Henry (8). Their daughter Aurora lives in northern California where she is attending college.

Julia Shelley

Julia Shelley was born in San Antonio Texas and lived there until she was 11 when her family then moved to southern Utah. Julia started her competitive career later in life as a sophomore in High School but quickly became one of the fastest in her region in the 200 and 500 free. She served as the Capitan of her High School team as a Junior and Senior and is a three time region champion. 

 

Julia Graduated from Dixie State University with a degree in Mass Communications. While there, she was the Aquatics Director for the university pool and head coach of the youth summer league team. After College she moved to Cheyenne Wyoming and was the Aquatics Supervisor for the city and was the head coach of the summer league team. Most recently Julia was the Aquatics Supervisor at Das Rec and served as the lead chair on the committee that helped bring Surge to New Braunfels. 

 

Julia holds numerous certifications from the American Red Cross and other organizations. She has a strong passion for water safety and making the sport of swimming available to all. 

 

When not at the pool Julia likes to spend her time with her husband Derrick and their dog Daphne.