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 (22.8) which stood for twenty years! She gained a scholarship to swim at Stanford University and went on to become a highly decorated All-American swimmer and led the Cardinal to an NCAA National Title in 1989. She was on three American Record relay teams for the Stanford Swim team. Some of her International swimming highlights include four select USA National Teams including World Championships (Silver Medal) and World University Games (Gold Medal), competing at three Olympic Trials.

Apart from her stellar swim career, She has coached as an Assistant Coach at Arizona State University, and has helped direct USA club programs in California. Aimee has been active in the swimming world by being a designer & marketer for Speedo and Head Designer for AquaZone swimwear in Mexico. She has written many articles in national publications and a Goal log book for swimmers.  She was personally invited to go to the 2016 USA Olympic Trials in Omaha as a guest of USA Swimming.

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

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 the 50 meter freestyle. He earned spots on multiple USA National Teams including Pan-American Games (Silver Medal), 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.

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.

Andreas Yusta Coach

Andrea is from Caracas, Venezuela. She has 10 years of experience with swimming and coaching; she started swimming when she was 9 years old and represented FEVEDA (my hometown federation team) in national competitions. She moved to Katy, Texas  when she was 14 years old, and swim club swimming and represented the Seven Lakes Varsity Swimming Team. Currently, Andrea teaches elementary education and is very excited to "put all her education knowledge in practice and to be part of the amazing FRST team."


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!

Brian Leal Coach

At a very young age, Brian developed a love for swimming and competed with the Pecan Grove Swim Team every summer. He also progressed to swim with a USA club and swim with First Colony Swim Team for 4 years. He attended and graduated from Foster High School, where he swam all four years as a varsity swim team member. He is attending the University of Houston in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences where he will be studying Psychology.  He loves coaching the next generation of swimmers and teaching them all the techniques and skills to help them progress into their best potential swimmer. We are excited to have Brian with FRST.

Larry Hermes Masters Coach

Coach Larry has a long history of coaching in the Katy area. Coach Larry believes in teaching solid technique that will then build a solid foundation for speed and endurance. He began his coaching career in 2006 with the Mayde Creek Aquatic Club. Coach Larry continued coaching swimmers of all levels at MCAC from the learn-to-swim lessons, to the more advanced swimmers until 2018. Coach Larry has also been involved with several summer league programs. In 2007, he joined the Williamsburg Settlement Dolphins as their head coach, where all 4 of his children swam and eventually coached there as well. During the 7 years, Larry coached the Dolphins to 5 division titles. In 2015, Coach Larry took over as head coach for the Kelliwood Killer Whales.  In the 8 years with the Whales, the team saw growth and success which led to 4 division titles.

Larry is an 8th grade science teacher in Katy ISD. He is excited to be coaching the FRST Masters swim program for adults and has his U.S. Masters Swimming Masters Coach Level 1 certification.