Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff




Coach Shawn began swimming competitively at the age of 4 for a summer league team in Northwest Houston, Texas. He started competing in year round club swimming in 1990, and excelled as an age group swimmer. While swimming throughout his high school years, he also found time to teach swim lessons and coach. The son of a former swimming coach, he was afforded the opportunity to develop his coaching skills at an early age with various club & summer league teams in the Houston area. He is excited to bring his knowledge & experience to the San Antonio Wave as Head Coach.

Shawn has coached for numerous clubs within the Gulf Swimming LSC, most recently serving as Head Age Group Coach at Swim Streamline at Northampton. During his time at SSAN, the club produced TAGS Champions, 6 first time Sectionals qualifiers, Sectionals Finalists, NCSA Junior National Qualifiers, National age group top 10 swimmers, and college signings; all firsts in program history. Over the past three years, he has coached his swimmers to 16 TAGS individual event championships, and a TAGS record. Under his direction, the age group program at SSAN developed into one of the best in the state, improving from a 65th place team finish at TAGS in 2013, to 15th place just two years later at short course TAGS in March 2015.

Coach Squires is an ASCA level 3 certified coach, and an article he wrote about working with swimming parents was published nationally by ASCA in 2010. He has experience coaching all levels from “mommy & me” classes to Masters Swimming during his career. Over the past few years he has coached or assisted with a USA Olympic Trials Finalist (7th overall), USA Swimming National Junior Team Member, NCSA Junior National Champion, NCSA & Speedo Junior Nationals medalists, numerous Junior National & Sectionals Finalists, and 17 swimmers now swimming on scholarship in the NCAA. Shawn has coached his team to two Top 10 Team finishes at TAGS, and was instrumental in a Top Ten Men's Team finish at NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando. Shawn has also represented Gulf Swimming on coaching staffs for both the Texas All-Star Championships & the Southern Zone Championships. 


UTSA ~ ET1, ET2 (M/W/F)


Coach Betsy Ball is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified Level 3 United States Swimming Coach with over 15 years of extensive experience in stroke development and age group coaching for both USA swim programs and highly successful summer league teams in several states. Coach Betsy's swimmers have achieved "Top 16" national time recognitions in United States Swimming and have broken several team records. She brings a strong background of stroke technique, a love for swimming, and a passion to see kids excel in the sport and in life. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento and is married with two children. 




Al Marks led Churchill High School to nine UIL state swimming and diving championships in 31 years as head coach.  During his tenure the Chargers won girls state championships in three different decades, 1984, 1999, 2005, and boys state championships in three different decades, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2008.

Marks coached 16 different individual state champions and 118 different N.I.S.C.A. All-Americans.  His motivational techniques and emphasis on goal-setting contributed to the development of Olympians Josh Davis, Jimmy Feigen, and Kim Pavlin.

In his six seasons as the Senior I coach, Coach Marks has produced 30 first time Sectional qualifiers.  His practices include an emphasis on streamlining, variety, daily challenges and proper technique.

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Courtney has been coaching swimming for over five years.  She spent two summers as the head coach of the Boerne Barracudas summer swim team, one year as the head coach of the Boerne Special Olympics swim team, and four years coaching for a year-round team before joining the Wave.  As a young swimmer, she was a member of a TAAF state record-breaking relay team, placed 4th in the state of Michigan in the 100 yard breaststroke, and she still holds the team record for the 1500 meter free.  In high school, she received the “Swimmer of the Year” awards from both her school and district.

Courtney graduated with a degree in physics and currently works as a math tutor at St. Philip’s College.  She loves teaching swimmers how best to use their momentum and energy.  She believes in keeping swimmers motivated with lots of encouragement, positive reinforcement, and the occasional game of sharks and minnows.


UTSA ~ ET2 (T/T/S), ET3


Amanda has been coaching for the past 4 years. She began assisting with the Hays summer league swim team for ages 4- 18 as well as assisting on the Hays Club swim team. She began working with the very youngest age group and assisting in dry land with the senior group. While also doing this she taught beginner to intermediate level lessons as well as private swim lessons at the YMCA. Amanda swam for five years and was involved in her club team as well as the high school team and was captain her junior and senior year.

Amanda is currently attending UTSA and is a sports science major. Her passion for swimming continues to grow as she furthers her coaching career.



SVHS ~ ET1, ET2, ET3



SVHS ~ JT1, JT2, JT3





Jennifer “Jen” Gil grew up in Corpus Christi but has recently made San Antonio her new home. She began her swimming career at her local summer swim league team at the age of 9. She then progressed her career into club and high school swimming. While in High school, she swam varsity all four years, was All District and Region all four years, Honorable mention All-State for four years, and was Captain her senior year. Jen then moved on to college swimming where she swam at the University of the Incarnate Word. She graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Biology and now works as a Children’s and Youth Minister at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. This will be Jen’s first season with the San Antonio WAVE and she looks forward to having a great first season!




 I'm Kelly VanderWeele and this will be my 2nd season with the Wave.  I grew up near Erie, PA but have called wherever the Air Force sends us; home. I am the mother of four girls, all swimmers with the Wave.  In addition to coaching, I'm also a leader with an American Heritage Girls Troop.

     I began competitive swimming when I was 8 years old. I went to a practice to keep a friend company and fell in love with the sport.  I swam for the YMCA, Corry Area High School, and four years at Grove City College.  I have a BA in Elementary Ed.  I began teaching swim lessons in my early teens and developed a love for stroke technique through years of attending and working at swim camps. I had exceptional examples in coaches who taught, encouraged, and fueled my desire to coach. 

      My first opportunity to coach age group, was for Chartiers Valley Swim Club in Pittsburgh PA. I was the 10under coach. The Air Force took us to Germany and Alaska where I helped coach the base teams: Eifel Sharks and Elmendorf Penguins. The times in between, I taught lessons whenever I could find a pool. 

       I am very excited to work with the Wave and to have the opportunity to encourage young swimmers to take the sport as far as they can and enjoy it.




I graduated from The University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences. I swam with the university for 4 years and was a 2 time All-American and All-Academic. I am hoping to go back to school to get my degree in Physical Therapy.





Board of Directors

Craig Darilek



Chris Troyer

Vice President


Terri Stewart



Chris Trinkle



Chuck Anz



Tommy Campbell



Darryl Steadman



Paul Williams