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2021 Coaches

Our coaches are the true definition of Hurricane Swim Family. 

Most all swam Hurricanes growing up. They have been junior coaches, aged out and now they continue their Hurricane journey as our coaching staff. 

Our coaches truly love the Hurricanes and can't imagine their summers without their Hurricane family. 

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Coach Leroy Head Coach

Coach Leroy first began an interest in swimming when he took swim lessons at the YMCA in Tyler, Texas. He progressed through their swim badge program obtaining Jr. Lifeguard Certification at 13. Coach Leroy worked for the YMCA Tyler for the next 7 years. Beside doing things like teaching basic sport skill classes, camp counselor and sports referee, he also was part of the aquatics program where he held a SWI certification and EMS rating thanks to college courses. He taught swimming and diving for the YMCA and lifeguarded at the pool year round.

Coach Leroy started competitive swim at 15 when he joined the AAU Tyler Swim Team under legendary Coach Theron Pickle swimming butterfly and breaststroke. Coach Leroy was the first swimmer for the Chapel Hill High School Swim Team, where he advanced to the state UIL swim meet. Coach Leroy became the first Head Coach of the Tyler YMCA Swim Team at 18. He was also appointed assistant coach of the AAU Tyler Swim Team by Coach Pickle.

Coach Leroy said one of his proudest accomplishments was taking part in the City of Tyler’s Safe Summer program sponsored through the YMCA. He said that through this program and through his YMCA instructional duties, he taught over 10,000 kids to swim at the YMCA and the apartment complex pools in the Tyler area. 

Coach Leroy then headed off to a career in Law Enforcement serving as a police officer in the East Texas Area. Post law enforcement service and earning a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Coach Leroy moved to the Austin area. He has now completed over 20 years as an educator. He taught Science for 17 years and is now teaching Economics, Government and U. S. History at Weiss High School in the Pflugerville ISD. He has coached at every high school within PfISD. He currently serves as head coach at Weiss and Connally High Schools. He has taken more than a dozen swimmers to state over the last 5 years and has multiple UIL state finalists and champions that have swam for him. He was named Swim and Dive Coach of the Year for District 18-5A in 2020.

Coach Leroy has been with the Hurricanes for the last several years and looks forward to being of service in the future to this great community swim team. As Coach Leroy re-tweeted last summer from a swimmer at the college level: “Eating candy with my friends in the swim tent, listening to music, hanging out at the pool with friends, this is where swimmers are made.” Coach Leroy said this is the truest statement he has read about summer league. “Go Canes, All the way to the wall”. “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”.

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Coach Abbey Assistant Head Coach

My name is Abbey and I started as a swimmer with the Hurricanes when I was 6 and swam until I aged out. After that I became a coach in 2008 and haven’t left since. 

I am also a physical therapist full time with Baylor Scott and White and coach swimming to triathletes part time for a company called T3. I think swimming is an amazing sport and will always be incorporated in my life in some manner. I am so happy we were able to have a swim season this year and excited to see everyone improve this year! Let’s go Canes!!

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Coach Lorretta

Hi! I'm coach Lorretta and I am so excited to be back with the Hurricanes again this season! 

I was on Hurricanes myself for 11 years as a swimmer and junior coach, and swam on both club and high school swim teams. I was captain of the McNeil swim team my senior year and have basically just spent my whole life in the pool. I currently attend University of North Texas and am working to get my degree in Speech-Language Pathology so I can work with children to help them speak with confidence! 

I work as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Rattan Creek Pool so feel free to say hi if you ever see me working there. My favorite memory as a Hurricane has to be swimming relays with my friends and that feeling of excitement we all shared before racing and breaking the team record. It's a feeling that I will never forget and inspires me to continue working with the Hurricanes so I can witness those same feelings in future generations when they break our records!

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Coach Sam
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Coach Abby
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Coach Kate

Hi I’m Kate! I’m super excited to be a coach this summer! I swam on the Hurricanes for 9 nine years and look forward to being a part of the team again! I’ve worked as a lifeguard at Rattan for two years and will continue through the summer. I just graduated from McNeil High School, where I was on the golf team! I’ll be going to Texas State University this fall to study History.

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Coach Nathan
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Coach Bennett
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Coach Sophia
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