SHAWN M SQUIRES
HEAD COACH, UTSA ~ Senior, Pre-National
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 represented Gulf Swimming on coaching staffs for both the Texas All-Star Championships & the Southern Zone Championships. He has coached 9 swimmers on USA Swimming's All-Time Top 100 list.
UTSA ~ Typhoon
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.
AHHS ~ Pre-National
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 eight seasons as the Pre-Nationals coach, Coach Marks has produced 33 first time Sectional qualifiers. His practices include an emphasis on streamlining, variety, daily challenges and proper technique.
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AHHS ~ Typhoon, Silver
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 ~ Tsunami, Tidalwave
Amanda has been
a swim coach for the past 5 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 for age group swimmers. Amanda swam
throughout high school on both the school and club teams and was
thoroughly involved in both.
Amanda is currently attending UTSA studying athletic medicine. Her
passion for swimming continues to grow as she furthers her coaching
SVHS ~ Bronze, Silver, Gold
JOHN W MCCLURE
SVHS ~ Senior, Pre-National
UTSA ~ Bronze, Silver, Gold
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 still in high school Jen began teaching
swim lessons and helping coach her summer league team. She 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. Before joining the WAVE,
she was the head coach of the Hunters Creek Lone Star summer league
swim team. This will be Jen’s second season with the San
Antonio WAVE and will be working with Bronze, Silver, and Gold
groups at UTSA. She looks forward to having another great
season with the WAVE!
AHHS ~ Tsunami, Tidalwave
I'm Kelly VanderWeele and this will be my 3nd season with the Wave. I grew up near Erie, PA, but have called home, wherever the Air Force sends us.
I began competitive swimming when I was 8 years old with the YMCA. I have a BA in Elementary Ed, from Grove City College, where I swam competitively for four years. 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.
I've coached 10&under age group for Chartiers Valley Swim Club in Pittsburgh PA, Eifel Sharks and Elmendorf Penguins at overseas Air Force bases.
I am very excited to work with the Tidal Wave and Tsunami groups and to encourage all young swimmers to enjoy their sport and take it as far as they can.
AHHS ~ Gold
Coach Lauren returns to the WAVE family after a two year absence. She has been a member of the WAVE family since she was six years old, 12 years as a swimmer and 11 as a coach. She also swam for Churchill High School and Marymount University. Coach Lauren has 15 years experience coaching for the Hollywood Park Hammerheads and the Vineyard Vipers (local summer league teams). She truly loves the sport of swimming! For the San Antonio WAVE, she coaches the Gold group at Alamo Heights. She just can’t get enough of her swimmers energy, insight, and humor! Coach Lauren graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in education with teacher certification at the middle school level. She is in her 10th year teaching American History for Texas Virtual Academy.
SVHS ~ Typhoon, Tsunami, Tidalwave
Coach Jason has more than 15 years of coaching experience at all levels from Learn to Swim all the way to Collegiate swimmers. Many of his age group swimmers continue to swim at the Collegiate level in the Pac-12, WAC, MAC, Ivy league and Conference USA. Under his watchful eye, Jason's swimmers have become multiple age-group state record holders in both Arizona and New Jersey and have also qualified for Junior and Senior Nationals as well as Olympic trials.
Coach Jason comes from an athletic family, his father, David, was a National Champion in Track & Field and his younger brother, Jadd, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
Coach Jason’s love and passion for the water and swimming can be credited to his Grandma Sylvia who starting him out in parent/toddler classes at a very early age. The fact that she lived 100 yards from the beach was certainly a contributing factor as well.