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 Ben graduated from George Ranch High School and is attending Texas Tech this year, 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 holds 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 graduated from George Ranch High School and is attending Oklahoma University majoring in business. Nicky swam with 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. Nicky earned his Eagle Scout in 2020 with Troop 1000. Coach Nicky is excited to back coaching the Gators again this summer!
Coach Suzie graduated from Foster High School, and is attending the University of Oklahoma majoring in nursing. Suzie earned a spot on the Foster Varsity Swim and Water polo team her freshman year and was chosen to be the Girls' team captain in her senior year. She worked hard on keeping everyone motivated, energetic, and improving, and she is bringing those same goals to the Greatwood Gator season. Suzie Competed in the 5A UIL Regional Swim Meet in various events all 4 years of high school. Along with the multiple swimming achievement the Girls Foster Water polo Team dominated. Suzie’s freshman year the Girls Foster Girls Water polo went to the State Tournament and won the State Title! Coach Suzie has been on the Greatwood Gators since she was 5 years old and volunteered as a crew member for 4 years before becoming an Assistant Coach. Coach Suzie is beyond excited for this season and is determined to make this season the best season!
Coach Jed graduated from George Ranch High School and is attending Texas A&M University. He swam for the Varsity swim team and was Academic All-District all four years. He also ran for the Varsity Cross-Country and Track teams, and was Team Captain his Junior and Senior years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. Coach Jed has been swimming with the Greatwood Gators for 8 years and was a volunteer coach for 3 years before becoming an assistant coach. Coach Jed is so excited for the upcoming season with the Greatwood Gators!
Coach Emmy will graduate in May from George Ranch High School and will attend the University of Arkansas double majoring in political science and marketing. Emmy swam with the varsity swim team all four years at George Ranch. Emmy competed at the 2019 and 2020 6A UIL Regional Swim Meet in various events. During her high school career, Emmy played volleyball for two years, played the viola, the bass and the violin with the inaugural orchestra program and participated in NHS and several clubs. Emmy has taught children at Sugar Creek Baptist Church since she was 12 and is still active as a volunteer. Coach Emmy has been on the Greatwood Gators Swim Team since she was 4 years old and volunteered as a crew member for 4 years before she became an Assistant Coach this year. Coach Emmy cannot wait to coach her first season this summer!
Coach Annie will graduate from George Ranch High School in May. She served as the captain of the Varsity swim team her senior year and earned First Team All-State, State Finalist, and Academic All-District accolades all four years. Annie holds her school’s 50 Freestyle, 200 Medley relay, and 200 Freestyle relay records. She was also captain of the George Ranch Varsity soccer team her senior year and played for four years, earning the team Offensive MVP and Academic All-District. She was an officer of National Honor Society and will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall to major in Mechanical Engineering. Annie has swam for the Gators since she was 5 years old and was a volunteer coach for four years before being recognized as 2022 Gator of the Year and becoming an assistant coach. Coach Annie can’t wait for this season!