TEXAS GOLD - GEORGETOWN

Coaching Staff
Daniel McCord Owner/Head 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 top 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. Daniel graduated with his Master's in 2019 from the University of Tennessee.

 

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.

Paige McCord Lead Developmental Coach - Georgetown

Paige Tindall  McCord, who grew up in Morristown, Tennessee, was a backstroke specialist in a family of swimmers. She competed for Pilot Aquatic Club before earning an athletic scholarship to Davidson College in 2005. Paige  earned her Master’s degree in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California, in 2013.

 

Traveling along with her husband’s career, she was involved with club programs all over the southeast:  Jefferson City Swim Club in Tennessee (2006), Fort Hood Dolphins in Texas (2009), Columbus Hurricanes in Georgia (2012), & most recently with Nitro Swimming in Texas (2016).  She was responsible for establishing the inaugural Men’s and Women’s Division II Collegiate Swimming Program at Carson-Newman University from 2013-2016. While at C-N, she was honored to coach  9 NCAA Division II All-Americans, 16 NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-Americans, 2 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Champions, 59 All-BMC Award Winners, and coached the recipient of the first NCAA Elite 90 Award in Carson-Newman history.

 

Choosing Central Texas as the area to plant roots in after the military, the McCords value a family-like team feel, technical prowess, Christian values & are thrilled to now be part of something truly special at Texas Gold Georgetown. 

LeAnn Carr Head Age Group Coach - Georgetown
 
LeAnn fell in love with swimming at a young age. She swam and coached for El Paso Aqua Posse from 1977 to 2019 in addition to numerous summer league coaching experiences.  She moved to Austin in 2019 and worked with Nitro Swimming until 2022. She is now thrilled to be part of Texas Gold Georgetown.  
 
Her education includes : MS Kinesiology, BBA Accounting and MBA Course work all from University of Texas at El Paso.  
 
She has been: Border Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Coach, USA Swimming Southern Zone Select Camp Coach, Summer league and learn to swim 1985-2019. She’s also a Lifeguard Instructor for Red Cross and has taught hundreds of courses.  
 
Her coaching accomplishments include: developmental coach for Sean Grieshop (now on USA National Team) and his brothers, trained Miriam Guevara: sectionals winner and finalist at junior nationals, full scholarship to Northwestern University and 2020 Olympic Qualifier for Mexico, trained many TAGS and Sectionals finalists.  Team finishes at TAGS 7th place overall with fewer than 25 athletes, ASCA Swimming Coach of the year for Border Swimming 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, taught and mentored approximately 80% of the coaches in Border Swimming. 
 
Personal/Community Service: Safe Sport Liaison for Nitro Swimming January 2020-2022, Member of TAGS Committee for TSA since 2005.  Current Chair of TAGS Committee and Vice President of TSA, Worked diligently with members of the El Paso community to pass 2012 Quality of Life Bond, leading to the construction of two indoor 50 m natatoriums, Served on Border Swimming LSC Executive board as Age Group Chair for 8 years and as Coaches Representative for 6 years, Taught senior citizen fitness classes 2003-2019. 
 
Health and wellness are a priority.  As a former competitive powerlifter, making fitness and nutrition an important part of every day.  Weights, biking, running, swimming, walking, dancing, and just staying active are some of her favorite things!  Her mantra is “I can only ask from my athletes what I’m willing to do myself.”
David Houck Assistant Coach - Georgetown

 

David first coached Georgetown Gold in 2004, back when it was the Aquatics of Georgetown. Currently, he is the Master's 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
 
Karl first embarked on his swim journey in 2009 at the age of 7. He discovered his love and passion for the sport of swimming through his first team in South Austin, the Shady Hollow Stingrays. After swimming 8 years of summer league for the Stingrays, Karl's family moved from Austin to Florence, Texas. From here, he continued his swimming journey for the Georgetown Aquadillos, where he swam 3 years of summer league and coached 1 year of summer league for the team; as well as qualified each year for the team's fastest meet, Invitationals. After aging out in his final year in high school, he hung up his suit after his final year of summer league. However, after feeling the itch to get back in the water again, he came back to try out year-round club swimming for the first time ever at age 17, to continue the journey. After qualifying for STAGS and Sectionals in his first year-round season ever, Karl began coaching for the team as well. To date, he is still swimming and coaching for Texas Gold Georgetown, as he continues to train with goals of transitioning from competing on the local level, to competing on the National and Pro level as well. Karl's end goal is qualifying for the 2024 Olympic trials.
 
With his lifelong love for summer league swimming and new found passion for club swimming, Karl is excited and passionate to share and pass on what he has learned from the technique and training aspect of swimming, as well as the team aspect of the sport. He can't wait to continue Coaching and leading others on their path and discovery in the sport. Outside of swimming, he loves coaching P.E, airsofting, hanging out with friends and family, and exploring new and delicious restaurants to eat at.
Staff
Kathy Petersen Administration Coordinator - Georgetown