In the last 15+ years, the Greatwood Gators have had a developmental coaching program in place that has allowed swimmers to serve their team as both volunteers and then paid coaches. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote our Head Coach from within the ranks of those loyal and service-minded swimmers. We are proud of the fact that our coaches in the last fifteen years have all been Gator swimmers and have lead their team to success.
Coach Kelly is currently attending Texas State University where she pursuing a degree in Respiratory Care. Kelly graduated George Ranch High School in May 2019. She swam on the high school varsity swim team for 4 years and was Academic All District all 3 years at George Ranch. In addition, she competed at districts all 4 years and was a regional qualifier her junior and senior year. She was also a part of the social committee her senior year and helped with organizing events with the high school swim team. Kelly has been swimming with the Greatwood Gators since she was 5 years old, has been a volunteer coach for 4 years, has been been Assistant Coach for 2 years, and is now the Head Coach this year! Coach Kelly couldn’t be more excited to create more amazing memories with the Greatwood Gators this year!
Coach Joey is currently attending Texas A&M University in College Station and will be majoring in mechanical engineering as a part of the honors program. During his time at A&M, he has been a member of the Corps of Cadets. He has been with the Greatwood Gators since he was 6 years old and has been swimming ever since. He was a volunteer coach for 3 years before becoming an Assistant Coach the past two years. Previously, Joey was a regional high school swimmer and water polo player. Coach Joey is excited for a fun-filled swim season with the Greatwood Gators!
Coach Mari will be a sophomore at Texas A&M University where she is pursuing a degree in biomedical science. She swam for the varsity team at George Ranch High School and was Academic All-District all four years. She was team captain her junior and senior year, and holds the GRHS school record in the 200 freestyle relay, the freshman record in the 200 IM, and many top times. She was a 6A state finalist her senior year, and holds multiple district and regional titles. Coach Mari has been swimming with the Greatwood Gators since she was four years old and was a volunteer coach for three years before becoming an Assistant Coach. Coach Mari can’t wait for this upcoming season with the Greatwood Gators!
Coach Jenna graduated from George Ranch High School and is a freshman at Texas A&M University. While at George Ranch, Jenna participated in multiple varsity sports including soccer, track, and swim. Jenna was recognized as the Most Valuable Defensive Player for two years in soccer, received an Academic All-State title in all three sports, and was selected for the All-State Team in swimming. Jenna competed at the 2020 6A UIL State Swim Meet in the 200 Freestyle Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay and currently holds a George Ranch High School Swimming record. She also served as the President of the National Honor Society, Treasurer of the National Spanish Honor Society, and earned a spot in the top 2% of her graduating class. Coach Jenna has been on the Greatwood Gators Swim Team since she was 5 years old and volunteered as a crew member for 4 years before she became an Assistant Coach this year. Coach Jenna cannot wait to have a fun season with the Gators!
Coach Ben is graduating from George Ranch High School and will be attending Texas Tech this coming fall, majoring in Communications. He was drum major at GRHS, and also played/marched the tuba. Additionally, he was a member of the cymbal line for two years. Swim has always been an important factor in his life and high school career. He swam for the Gators since he was 6 years old, and swam Varsity at George Ranch for the past four years. He hold records in the 200 and 400 free relays at George Ranch and made it to State this past year. He is extremely grateful for all swim has done and will continue to do for him. He is very excited to work with the Gator team this year and share his knowledge as well as have fun!
Coach Nicky is a graduating senior from George Ranch High School and will be a freshman at Oklahoma University in the Fall majoring in business. Nicky earned a spot on the varsity swim team all four years at George Ranch. In his senior year, Nicky was elected the Boy’s Team Captain by the varsity team. He worked hard to foster an environment of encouragement, personal achievement, and team success. He plans to bring those same goals to the Greatwood Gators team. Nicky competed at the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 6A UIL Regional Swim Meet in various events. In 2021, he swam his personal best in the 50 free, earning a spot at the finals meet. Coach Nicky has been on the Greatwood Gators Swim Team since he was 4 years old and volunteered as a crew member for 4 years before he became an Assistant Coach this year. Nicky is an active member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church and teaches 4th & 5th graders as a volunteer on Sunday mornings. Nicky earned his Eagle Scout in 2020 with Troop 1000. Coach Nicky thinks this is going to be his best season yet with the Gators!