Coaches

Coaching Staff
Aimee Schmitt Coach
 

Aimee Schmitt has been an active USA Swimming certified coach and stroke instructor for the past twenty years at all levels of the sport including lessons, clinics, camps, club teams, and high school teams.   Her expertise is teaching correct stroke techniques by using the same progressive drills that are used by elite level coaches.   Aimee helps make the complicated easy for young swimmers by effectively communicating how to make the necessary changes to become a  more efficient, and faster swimmer.

Coach Aimee comes with a lifetime of experience which began at the age of seven when she first joined a team on the island of Guam.  She was hooked immediately, and grew up competing in the sport. In high school she set an Ohio state record in the 50 yard free which stood for twenty years, and went on to become a highly decorated All-American swimmer at Stanford University where she led the Cardinal to an NCAA National Title in 1989.  Some of her swimming highlights include four select USA National Teams including World Championships and World University Games, competing at three Olympic Trials, and being a part of three American Record relay teams.

Aimee has been active in the swimming world since she retired from competitive swimming in 1994 and was invited to go to the 2016 USA Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE as a guest of USA Swimming.  Other fun facts : She is the author of The Ultimate SwimLog and Goal Planner and worked as a designer for Speedo and Aquazone Swimwear.

She is married to Adam Schmitt, former Division 1 collegiate coach and swimmer, and they have two daughters.

Adam Schmitt Coach
 

Coach Adam has more than twenty years of collegiate coaching experience at the highest levels of the sport.  Over the course of his career, he has coached swimmers who have earned more than one hundred All-American recognitions, SEC and PAC-10 championship honors, and NCAA individual and team championships.   His collegiate experience includes being the Head Coach of LSU, the Associate Head Coach at Arizona State University, Assistant Coach at Auburn University, the Head Coach at Long Beach City College and most recently he had been the Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Houston Women's Swim Team, a NCAA Division I program and 4-time AAC Conference champions. He was recognized by the American Swim Coaches Association as one of the elite coaches in America achieving the Coaching Excellence Award for four consecutive years. He also has coached as the Head Coach of two Silver medal USA Swimming club programs in California.   In addition to his coaching accomplishments, he has been a speaker at the Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association clinic and has spoken at events for coaching organizations in Mississippi, California and Florida.

Before his coaching career, Coach Adam was an outstanding swimmer.  With roots in Houston, Texas, he started swimming on the NWAL summer league team in his neighborhood, and then for Cy-Creek High School.  His swimming earned him a scholarship to Louisiana State University where he swam to 12 NCAA All-American honors, 3-time SEC champion in the 50 Free, SEC Relay champion, and set both school and SEC records. In his senior year, the LSU team went on to win the SEC Championship title. Post college, Adam continued to swim on the USA National team and earned the rank of 4th in the world in his event, the 50 meter freestyle. He earned spots on multiple USA National Teams including Pan-American Games, Goodwill Games and World University Games and was the US Open champion in 1991.  He competed at two US Olympic Trials (1988 and 1992). The most memorable team trip was the 1987 World University games where he met his wife Aimee!  

Coach Adam looks forward to building a local aquatics program in the beautiful community of Fulshear.

Maddi Smith Coach
 

Coach Maddi comes to FRST with 14 years of swimming experience and six years of coaching experience. She grew up in the Katy area swimming for various summer league teams, age group programs and the Seven Lakes High School swim team. She has been a swim coach for the Firethorne Firefish for the past six years and has helped lead the team to multiple victories. She has experience with private lessons and “learn to swim” programs. She has a passion for working with kids of all ages and hopes to foster a positive and supportive environment.
 

Coach Maddi is an Aggie and has recently graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor degree in history and is currently working to be a high school history teacher and swim coach. Her dream is to obtain her masters degree in school counseling and be a high school counselor. Coach Maddi is excited to be with FRST.

Landon Howard Coach
 
Coach Landon grew up in Sugar Land where he swam for the Sugar Land Sharks.  In high school, he was a varsity swimmer and team captain at Kempner HS, where he competed with the team at district/regional level.
 
Landon studied business and science at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, and at UH.  He began as the head coach of the Robindell-summer program and later was an assistant with the South Western Aquatics Team, and Richmond Aquatics, while volunteering at a physical therapy clinic.  Coach Landon looks forward to bringing his love for the sport and his background experiences in training in pilates, triathlon and physical therapy to the FRST program.  Starting in the Fall Landon will be teaching and coaching in the Fort Bend school district and assisting with swim teams.
Abby Hermes Coach
 

Coach Abby is originally from Katy, Texas and has grown up in a family of swimmers.  She is currently attending the University of Houston where she is  studying Special Education.  Abby's coaching experience extends from her 18 years in and around the sport, 11 of those years as a coach. Se has taught swim safety, learn to swim programs and competitive teams. She as experience in private swim lessons with swimmers of all ages, was the assistant coach for multiple WHALE summer leagues and was one of the head coaches for Mayde Creek Aquatic Swim Club.  Currently, she is also the Head coach of the Silver Ranch Seawolves summer team in Katy. She swam for Seven Lakes High School, and has also competed in USA Swimming.

Abby is thrilled to be part FRST and is excited to help swimmers fall in love with the sport of swimming!!

Hannah Schmitt Coach
 

Hannah comes to the FRST program with a vast experience in the competitive swimming world.  She grew up around collegiate and club swimming her whole life as the daughter of a collegiate coach, and competed as a summer league and club swimmer.  Hannah was a part of the first senior class for Tompkins High School swim team and competed at the Regional level and was a part of school records in the 200 freestyle and Medley relays.  Hannah currently attends the University of Houston and competed as a freshman and has held the position of Director of Team Operations for the UH Swim program for the past 3 years and they have won 3 consecutive American Athletic Conference championships. 

Hannah has coached summer league with the Cross Creek Krakens, and assisted at UH.  Hannah is currently student teaching at Cinco Ranch and looks to graduate this coming Spring with aspirations of being a High School art teacher and swim coach.  We are excited to have Hannah as a member of the FRST program.


Zarena Brown Coach
 

Zarena has just finished her college swimming career and has joined FRST to share her experience with our young swimmers. She swam for 18 years competitively and started swimming at the age of four from Arvada, Colorado. She specialized in the 100, 200, and the 500 free where she swam for the University of Houston and won 19 gold medals at the American Athletic Conference. Her performance helped the UH swim program to 4 AAC conference titles! She was also a Scholar Athlete of the Year, Swimmer of the Year, and an All-American swimmer in the 2019-2020 season. Her favorite part about swimming was getting the opportunity to compete! We look forward to having Zarena on the deck!


Atenor Ovalles Coach
 

Atenor is originally from Venezuela, where he started his swimming career when he was 5, he moved to Houston when he was 11 where he continued his swimming career on local USS clubs as a Sectional qualifier and later on with the Seven Lakes High School Varsity Regional team. He helped the Seven Lakes High School team to one of their best seasons in school history. He also proudly represented and swam for the Venezuela Swimming Federation (FEVEDA). 

Atenor is currently studying Architecture in the Gerald D Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston. Atenor is very excited to join FRST and we are fortunate to have him!