Texas Gold

Coaching Staff
Michael Schuber Head Coach/Owner - Georgetown

As an Athlete

Michael Schuber has been swimming since BEFORE he was born. In fact, the lifeguards GASPED as his mother DOVE into the pool while 8 months pregnant with him. Michael grew up at the pool, and eventually joined The Woodlands Marlins summer league team. After a few successful summers, he wanted to pursue swimming further, so he joined The Woodlands Swim Team--known for being the best USA Swimming Club Team in Texas at the time. As a young athlete he finalled at TAGS multiple times and won a few Team Championships. He later qualified and competed at the NCSA Junior National Championships. The high school highlight was winning the UIL State Championship Team Title in 2004.

 

Michael went on to swim for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Michael taught swimming lessons for years before returning to The Woodlands Swim Team as an assistant coach.

 

 

Coaching Highlights

 

Michael coached multiple TAGS finalists while at The Woodlands Swim Team.

 

He coached Trinity University’s swim team to three consecutive conference championships and its first-ever NCAA Champion in the 100 freestyle.

 

He coached at North Carolina State helping them achieve a Men’s ACC Team Championship, a women’s ACC Team runner-up, a Men’s NCAA 4th place finish, and a women’s NCAA 9th place finish.

 

He coached the University of Pennsylvania’s Men’s Swim team to its highest Ivy League Championship finish since 1971.

 

 

Personal

 

In his free time, Michael enjoys swimming, lifting weights, running, and yard work. Ultimate favorite thing to do is body-surfing.

 

 

Michael resides in Leander with his wife Courtney and their two kids Amelia and Rowan.

Daniel McCord Assistant Coach - Georgetown

Daniel has always loved the sport of swimming and believes the success he experienced as a competitive athlete was due only to the incredible investment of his age group coaches. As his swimming journey progressed, he competed all over the southeast before earning a scholarship to The University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky where he was an NAIA All-American swimmer.

 

After college, he served his country as an officer in the US Army. A recipient of the Bronze Star, he was deployed to Iraq as part of the US Army’s 3 rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and considers his military service to be a defining part of who he is. A number of assignments in different locations led to many twists and turns in his coaching career. He was involved in club-level swimming at each of the Army bases where he was stationed. At the conclusion of his military service, he returned to where he grew up in East Tennessee. Along with his wife Paige, he was responsible for establishing the inaugural Men’s and Women’s Swimming Program at Carson-Newman University and had outstanding success as Head Sprint Coach. Currently, his interest in coaching elite-level athletes in their formative years has led him to Austin, Texas, where he enjoys working with some of the nation’s age group athletes.

 

Daniel’s commitment to his faith and to his bride of 14 years is a distinguishing characteristic of his approach to life—and to coaching. He is passionate about using the sport of swimming as a tool to create a positive impact in the lives of the young people he coaches. His quest to “create champions both in and out of the water” is a core value that lies at the heart of every interaction with the athletes he coaches.

 

For Daniel, it’s always been about way more than simply helping gifted athletes swim faster. He uses many of the leadership principles and techniques he learned in the military to make them better, more resilient people. He bases his approach on practices developed while training with the Army’s Center for Enhanced Performance. With the goal of helping athletes perform under pressure when the stakes are high, he is skilled at using advanced techniques such as visualization, energy management, and strategic goal setting. He is confident that the application of sports psychology is effective in motivating others to perform at a high level in intensely demanding situations. His drive to achieve excellence is reflected in his pursuit of a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology.

 

One of the most meaningful events in Daniel’s coaching career was when he was presented with an IKKOS medallion by a young Para-Olympic athlete in recognition of coaching contributions that helped him capture a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Para-Olympic Games in Rio.

David Houck Assistant Coach - Georgetown

David first coached Georgetown Gold in 2004, back when it was the Aquatics of Georgetown. Currently he is the Masters Coach and works with different groups within the Texas Gold program.   

His first swim team, at age 6, was with the Braun Station Seagulls in San Antonio. David's first age group swim team was AAAA. After moving to Georgetown, David swam on the Aquadillos summer league team and was a captain on the Georgetown High School team. At that time, Georgetown lacked an age group team so he swam age group in Temple at TASC and the short lived Georgetown Area Swim team (GAS). At Trinity University he combined his years of competitive gymnastics with water and joined the diving team. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in Computer Science.

David has also coached the diving team at Southwestern University. He also coaches for the Aquadillos summer swim team. In his spare, time he does handstands and reads about computer security, but not at the same time.

 
Karl Easterbrooks Assistant Coach - Georgetown
Aubrey Knapper Head Coach/Owner - Wells Branch

 

Aubrey is the Head Coach/Owner of the Wells Branch location.  Aubrey is entering his 30th season as a coach for Texas Gold Swimming. This will be his 25th year at the helm of the Wells Branch based Texas Gold program. With an emphasis on stroke technique and mechanics, he has developed some of the best Age Group swimmers in the state of Texas, including Micah Lawrence a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team He has coached  22 different Texas Gold swimmers to  86 individual Texas State Championships over the last twenty four years. His swimmers have also achieved 16 State records and 2 National records. He has been voted the South Texas Age Group Coach of the Year for 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was also awarded the American Swim Coaches Association Age Group Coach of the year for 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2010. He received the 1999 and 2003 Tex Robertson Age Group Coach of the year award for the state of Texas. He has also been voted the South Texas Senior Coach of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.