Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jenna Purkey Email

 

 

Head Coach: Select Team and Dolphin 1

 

"Confidence comes from discipline and training." --Robert Kiyosaki

 

Jenna started her swimming career in El Paso at the age of 7, performing very well through her age group and high school years as an All State Swimmer, High School State Qualifier and TAGS Finalist. She then attended Hardin Simmons University where she quickly began her coaching career.  

 

Before joining COM, she was the head coach of Abilene Tidal Wave for 5 years where she grew the program from 4 athletes to over 100, including TAGS, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals qualifiers. Jenna was also the Head Swim and Dive Coach for Wylie High School during the 2010-2011 school year. 

 

Since coming to COM Aquatics in 2011, she has served the team in many roles, including the Head Age Group Coach, Interim Head Coach, Co-Head Coach and took over in 2016 as the Head Coach.  The program has grown from 125 to over 400 athletes under her leadership.  Jenna lead COM to a top 200 ranked club in the country in 2019.  She has helped athletes achieve their dreams, ranging from TAGS podium finishes to Olympic Trial qualifications and three 18&Under Top 100 World Performances.  Jenna has helped over 20 athletes continue their swimming careers collegiately from junior college to Division 1 scholarships.  

 

 

Jenna has been married to Jonathan Purkey since 2006 and has two sons- Jason Dean and Josiah David. They live in Midland with their two Goldendoodles--Daisy and Lizzie. Jenna has also played acoustic guitar on two different albums with her church, loves doing puzzles and iced chia team lattes. 

Mike Anzano Email

Associate Head Coach: Junior/Presenior 3 and Dev 2 10&U

 

"If you want to swim fast at meets, you have to swim fast at pratice.”

 

Mike has been with COM swim team for 10 years. Mike loves the community that comes with swimming. Mike encourages his swimmers by reminding them to "[always] listen, be kind and take ownership of yourself."

Prior to his coaching career, Mike also swam for 4 years at Parkland High in his hometown of El Paso, TX. He was a 4A State qualifier in 2008 and 2009, which was the first from his school. In club swimming, he was a Sectional level swimmer for the Desert Shark Swim Club. He continued his swimming career into college as a member of the Falcon Swim Team while attending UTPB. During his 4 years with the Falcons, he received All-Conference academic honors and had the highest GPA on the men's swim team in 2012.

Mike graduated from UTPB with a degree in Math in 2013.  He is now married to Aubrei Anzano and they live in Midland with their two children, Sarah and Isaiah. They also have one dog named Leia Organa Anzano.

Luke Serrano Email
Head Age Group Coach: Dolphin 1&2, Junior 2, Pre-Senior 2
"If someone is going to beat you, make them earn it."-- Coach Terri Morse
Coach Luke joined COM coaching staff after coaching for Odessa Aquatic Club for nine years. He is rounding off his third year at the COM and has proven to be a quality asset to the entire team. Luke is a Pecos, Texas native where he swam for Pecos Aquatic Club and Pecos High School. While swimming, Luke was apart of District and Regional Champs for four years, and All District and All Region in several events.  Coach Luke strives to inspire young athletes to overcome adveristy through hardwork, discipline, and perseverence. Coach Luke likes to encourage his athletes by reminding them to, "take what you've learned here and build on it with what you will learn there." Luke is so passionate about swimming because he enjoys being able to help athletes fall in love with a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. 
Coach Luke went on to graduate from The University of Texas of The Permian Basin with a Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Kinesiology. He comes from a family of pastors and finds the most joy when he can be with his family and involved in all sorts of church activities ad events. You can find Luke spending time with friends and family or doing things around the house with his free time. 
Steve Flato Email

Coach: Senior Gold

"Elevate your mind to elevate your game.”

 

Coach Flato has been involved in the sport of swimming since 1968.  He grew up swimming in El Paso for the El Paso YMCA, which later became El Paso Aqua Posse.  Coach Flato experienced many successes as a swimmer, ranging from high school state qualifier to being a member of the NAIA National Championship winning team at Drury University in 1981.  

 

In college he was the Collegiate All American. Flato loves to coach swimming because he gets to watch the growth in his swimmers.

 

Flato has been a teacher of Phsyical Education for over 30 years and has been selected as the Who's Who Among American Teachers four times.  

 

He is an inductee to the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame and has coached 63 All State First Team athletes.  

 

Coach Flato married his wife Veronica in August of 2017. They are both from El Paso. He proposed to his wife on the FMH deck using the scoreboard. You can find Flato playing guitar, mountain biking and jet skiing.

Julia Worthy Email

Splash, Developmental 1, Developmental 2, and Discovery

Julia has been coaching at the COM since 2018 after joining an internship through Midland College. Her swimming career began as a swimmer for Lubbock Swim Club, where she swam for eight years.

Whitney Jorgensen

Prior to joining the COM Aquatics staff, Jorgensen assisted the age group coach/head master coach for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team in Folsom, California, a position she held since February 2018. She later went on to assist the head coach for San Jose State University’s division I swimming program during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. 

 

Jorgensen, a native of Roseville, California, had a prolific four-year college career that spanned two universities. She began her career at Boise State where she earned All-Mountain West accolades in the 400 IM as a freshman in 2013-14. Jorgensen swam again for Boise State in 2014-15 as a sophomore, but transferred to University of the Pacific for her junior and senior seasons. As a junior, she picked up All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team honors in the 200 IM with a third place finish at the MPSF Championships. She also earned first team honors in the 400 IM and was a second team member in the 200 Breast.

 

Between her junior and senior years, Jorgensen was selected to compete at the 2016 US Olympic Trials in both the 400 IM and 200 Breast.

 

Jorgensen closed her collegiate career by breaking a pair of school records in the 200 Breast and 200 IM, doing so at the MPSF Championships. She won the 200 Fly and was second in the 400 IM as well. Overall, Jorgensen finished the season with Pacific's top times in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 200 Breast and 200 Back.

 

In her free time, Jorgensen loves to stay active by hiking, camping, hunting and occasionally enjoys getting back in the water to swim laps! She is a fitness trainer at F45 Training and also holds her Texas Real Estate License!

Jaime Geric Email

Swim Team Administrator

"Trust the Process."

Jaime has been a COM swim parent since 2017 and has been one of three admins for the swim team. She has daughters on both the swim team and the dive team.  She loves swimming for the lifelong lessons taught and friends both parents and swimmers make. She can see the change that swimming has done in the lives of her daughters, both as athletes and individuals. 

Jaime has been married to her husband, James, for 19 years and has two daughters, Kristin and Kaitlin. They have two dogs and two horses. 

Tyler Smits Email

Junior 1

"Try your best and work your hardest, so you never live life with any regrets.”

 

Tyler joined our coaching staff in 2019 after swimming for fourteen years at Pfast, Nitro, TXLA, ATAC and UTPB.  Accomplishments while swimming included 2nd Team for UTPB Conference and Athlete Scholar for three years at conference.  

 

Tyler's favorite thing about swimming is seeing other swimmers' passion for the sport; it was the first and only sport he genuinely enjoyed.

Elaine Connell Coaching Staff

Coach: Splash

"The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but who don't give up when they lose."

Coach Elaine, who goes by Lanie, has been coaching at the COM since 2020, but she has long been apart of the COM family. She started swimming when she was 11 and swam through elementary and high school.  Whilst being an elementary Fine Arts teacher, she deisred to be in the swim world, and she found herself the perfect spot with the Splash Team.  Lanie loves that swimming can be a sport for all ages, body types and fitness levels. She enjoyed swimming while pregnant with her daughter. She likes to encourage her athletes by reminding them, "It's important to go back to the basics and remind yourself why you fell in love with the sport in the first place. Sometimes we can get so caught up in ourselves that we can forget what brought us to where we are now."  She is so passionate about swimming because of the atmosphere that can only be found by the pool. When she isn't there, she craves it; when she's having a bad day, some pool time can make it better!

Some of Lanie's greatest accomplishments include: Bachelor of Music with a Teaching Certificate, Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Woodwind Pedagogy, four-time Honor Recital performer, Who’s Who in America’s Universities and Colleges, Drum Major for the WTAMU marching band in 2012, WTAMU Band Ernest Howry Spirit Award, Completed the Tall City Triathlon in July of 2017, and-- of course-- becoming a mom!

Lanie and her husband, Cameron, have been married for four years and have a one year old daughter, Madeleine. Cameron is a band director for MISD. They have a four year old black lab/boxer mix, Piper. In her spare time, you can find Lanie working on Calligraphy, painting, reading, listening to band and orchestra music and creating digital art.

Legend Jankowski

Coach: Senior Black

"If you ain't first, you're last."-- Ricky Bobby

Legend joined the COM coaching staff in 2019. He started his swimming career while living in Las Vegas, Nevada and continued it at the COM after moving to Midland. He has been swimming for twelve years and will continue his career at UTPB under Coach Betsy Graham. Go Falcons!  Legend loves the competition and friendly environment that comes with swimming and likes to encourage his swimmers by reminding them, "Don't let whatever happened here stop you from who you want to be." Some of Legend's greatest accomplishments include: Swimmer of the Year, MVP, Most Dedicated Swimmer and our very own COM Award. He has also won the state title for the 100 and 200 backstroke.

Legend has three brothers, three sisters who are all just as competitive as Legend. They also own a dog business. In his spare time, Legend likes to play frisbee golf and basketball.  

Raymond Martinez Coaching Staff

Coach: Developmental 1 & 2 10&Unders

"Don't train where you are, train where you want to be." Erik Eikenbary

 

Raymond joined our coaching staff in August of 2021. He was volunteering with the team for a year and a half before coming on to coach. He started his swimming career through our COM swim lessons and joined the swim team at the age of seven and has been swimming ever since. 

 

Raymond is currently on our Select team. In his time at COM he has swam at the TAGS and Sectional level. He enjoys that swimming is a goal oriented sport catered to each individuals' own focus and desires.

 

Raymond is also a blackbelt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

Sophia Ortiz Email
Nash Dowdle email

“It’s simple, Never Give up.”

Nash is a native Midlander and was one of the original 19 swimmers on the first COM Swim Team in 1967. Nash attended Texas A&M University and was an All-Southwest Conference in Swimming and on the All-Texas Water Polo Team. He is a Petroleum Landman and was a former Paramedic with the City of Austin Texas EMS Service. Nash also volunteers with the Midland County Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Unit.

 

Allie Strand Email

Swim Team Administrator

Alli has been apart of the swim team family since 2017. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University. Her husband, Andrew, and her pastor together at Mid-Cities Neely Church. They have two beautiful daughters, Andie Jane and Anna Claire. They have a sweet dog-baby named Henry. 

Monique Rangel Email

Swim Team Administrator

"You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the  Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed." Joshua 34:14

Monique found herself at the COM with her first child in Swim & Gym. Longtime friend, Coach Jenna, recruited her for a part-time admin position and Monique has not looked back. She handles all travel arrngements and plannng for the swim team. She has grown to appreciate and the love the sport after attending multiple swim meets, volunteering in Meet Operations and building relationships with the athletes. She even began to practice swimming to understand the sport in its entirety and has developed a passion for watching the kids reach their goals. She hopes to be able to compete with the kids on one of their Friday races!

Monique has a degree in Social Work from UTPB and Psychology from Midland College. She has worked for Communities in Schools and interned at the Children's Advocacy Center. She has been married to her husband, Abraham, since 2013. They have three children, Chrissy (6), Eva (4) and Gideon (1). Some of her greatest accomplishments include: graduating with Magnum Cum Laude Honors, ripping up all the carpet in her house and laying new floor on her own, being able to carry two carseats at once while holding two babies on her body. 

Monique enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Switzerland being their favorite place so far. She also enjoys paddleboarding, binge watching Netflix and baking plant based desserts. 

Angie Workman

"Be yourself-ALWAYS!"

Angie has been a COM swim mom since 2016. She joined the swim team admin team in 2022.  She has a son on Select and a daughter swimming for MISD. She loves being involved in meet operations and seeing all the amazing relationships made through swimming.  Her favorite part is watching the older swimmers cheer for the littles! 

Angie has been married to her husband, Shane ,for 27 years. They have 3 children, Brayden, Cooper & Darby,  and 1 grandchild.  They have 2 dogs Ace & Birdie. Their oldest son Brayden, is serving in the US Air Force.  
Angie enjoys CrossFit, music, and cheering and dancing in the stands during swim meets!  

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