Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your child's coach. If you are not sure who to contact, please email and your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate coach.

Coaching Staff

Jim Abt

Senior and Stroke Mechanics - Cleburne


Coach Jim is currently a coach and retired businessman. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and an education certification from UT Permian Basin.

Jim started coaching in 1971 after watching the UTA college swimmers' dedication to the sport. His first coaching position was with the Ralph Wilson Boys Club from 1971-1977. After his tenure at the boys club, Jim moved to Midland for a brief stay as an assistant coach.
Jim then founded the Temple Area Swim Club in 1977 and was Temple High School's first swim coach. In 1987, Jim left Temple and in 1993 started the Cleburne TAAF team. 14 years later in 2007, Coach Jim started the Cleburne Area Swim Team.
Coach Jim has qualified swimmers for Olympic Trials, State, and Junior Nationals in addition to developing lifelong friendships and successful citizens. 
The loves of Jim's life are his wife, family, and swimmers. 
Jim's top coaching interests are stroke technique and watching swimmers achieve their full potential - "Seeing my swimmers become the best people they can be."

Zo Binnion

Sigma Swim School - Lake Worth


Zo Binnion attended and swam for the University of New Mexico. She swam the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle, and anchored the 200 and 400 free relays. She went to Taos High School, where she swam the 50 freestyle, and the 200 and 400 freestyle relay at New Mexico High School State Championships 2007.

Coach Zo hopes to help shape tomorrow's swimmers today by helping them with their stroke technique, their endurance, and their speed!

Wendy DeLuca

Dev and Site Coordinator - Fort Worth


Wendy recently moved to Arlington with her husband from Augusta, Ga. She will continue to pursue certifiaction inDiagnostic Medical Sonography in the Spring of 2013.

She attended the Augusta State University until she was a senior in the Spring of 2012 pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She plans to obtain her certification in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and then finish her Bachelors degree in Science. She later plans to continue her education in Sonography and become a Cardiac Sonorgrapher.

Wendy began her competitive swimming career at the age of 6 and has continued to swim competitively through out her life. She swam for her local high school in Oklahoma and was ranked in the top 16 in multiple events and qualified for the state meet in every event for all four years. She has taught swim lessons for 14 years,  has more than 5 years of experience as a USA swimming age group coach and has been head coach of a large summer league team in Georgia.

Coach Wendy has concentrated on teaching beginning swimmers. She takes great satisfaction as a coach in assisting a non swimmers to develop competency in all four strokes and to develop their love of swimming.

Her interests include music, hunting and fishing, running, lifting weights, swimming, body building, her husband Anthony and her dog Baby Girl.

Wendy's top three coaching interests are safety, technique development and love of the sport!

Coralee Flug

Site Coordinator - Burleson


Coralee is the Burleson coordinator, she also manages our team Social Media & coordinates our intrasquad meet setup/completion.  She is a graduate of Mount Royal at Calgary, Alberta Canada with an Interior Design Degree. She has worked with a wellness company for 10 years & part-time in social media management.

Coralee started her path in swim when her kids joined the Lander Tiger Sharks in Lander, Wyoming in 2004. After moving to Texas her kids joined the TAAF Barracuda summer program in 2009. With a desire not to travel for practice for year round training she was instrumental in helping set up the program in Burleson.
Coralee is mom to Nicloaus & Amelia but #swimmom to many.
Coralee's passionate about raising the awareness of competitive swim and being part of a #swimfamily

Tiffany Freeman

Dev and Site Coordinator - Cleburne


In addition to being the coach and site coordinator for our Cleburne location, Coach Tiffany is currently a student at The University of Arlington. At UTA, Tiffany is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Math with a minor in Education.

Tiffany started swimming when she was 11 for Jim Abt with Cleburne TAAF. She advanced to State in TAAF in 6 out of the 7 years. Tiffany also swam for Coach Jim in high school for 3 years, was a district finalist, and regional finalist all three years from 2000-2003.
Tiffany is proud to have had a swimmer achieve BB times at his very first swim meet and for having sent a TAAF swimmer to State in the 50 yard breast
The loves of Tiffany's life include swimming, her two dogs AJ and BUSA, her niece Addisyn, and her nephew Branson.
Tiffany's top coaching interests are stroke technique, setting and achieving Goals, and doing one's best no matter the outcome. A favorite quote of Coach Tiffany's is: "The race starts long before you dive off the blocks."

Adam Grillo

Senior and Developmental - Burleson


Adam is currently a student at Weatherford College completing prerequisites required to transfer to the UNT Health and Science Department to study Physical Therapy.

Adam has been around the sport of swimming for almost ten years, with three of those years coaching a wide range of swimmers as young as two-years-old to the adult masters level. The first seven years of his swimming career were spent swimming with Kreg and Kurt Browder, along with Andrew Ha. Through a combination of all of their work, Adam achieved many sectionals qualifying times, seconds away from junior nationals times, and a title of all state swimmer in the 100 backstroke.
Adam's first position in Sigma was as a swim lessons instructor at TWU teaching the very basic fundamentals of swimming. As the years progressed, he coached along side Andrew Ha and helped produce TAGS, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals qualifiers. He is very passionate about the sport and enjoys watching his swimmers accomplish feats that they once thought were out of their grasp.
Adam's life consists of swimming, work, school, family, friends, and the occasional unicycle ride.
Adam's top three coaching interests are mental programming, stroke mechanics, and hybrid workouts.

Andrew Ha

Senior and Stroke Mechanics - Lake Worth


Dr. Andrew Ha is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a Doctorate in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. He is also a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master of Arts in Math and a Bachelor of Science in Math. He has minors in Education and Exercise Sports Science. 

Andrew is also in his 9th year as a full-time Math Instructor at Weatherford College where he teaches developmental and college level math.

Andrew grew up swimming for the Fullerton Aquatic Sports Team (FAST) in California. While swimming for FAST, Andrew achieved Top-16 rankings in Southern California Swimming and was a three-time CIF consolation finalist.

Andrew has coached USA Swimming Top-16 nationally ranked swimmers, Senior and Junior National qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers, TAGS champions, UIL State finalists, UIL Regional champions, and UIL District champions. Click HERE for a video made by one of his swimmers.

Andrew's life revolves around academia, swimming, motorcycles, friends, and family.

Andrew's top three coaching interests are stroke technique, mental performance, and workout design.

Shawn Hertel

Developmental - Burleson


Shawn is currently enrolled in Hill College and working on his associates. Shawn graduated from Burleson High School (GO Elks!). Shawn swam all four years of high school and was named captain his senior year.

Shawn loves his family and friends more than anything. When he's not spending time with family and friends, Shawn also enjoys staying fit, jogging with his dog, and the occasional rib eating contest at Riscky's.

Shawn feels he has triumphed as a coach when his students try harder and continue to love the sport. Shawn feels even more pride and fulfillment when his swimmers are able to master the techniques and insight he imparts.

Shawn's top three coaching interests are motivation, responsibility, and making sure his swimmers have fun doing what they love - Swimming!

Friday Idehen

Sigma Swim School - NRH, Fort Worth


Carl Johnson

Developmental - Lake Worth


Coach Carl was a competitive swimmer for 17 years. Like many other swimmers, his career started with summer league swimming for the community. Upon reaching middle school Carl started to swim for PACK Swimming under Mike McCauley in Houston, Texas. Carl also swam in middle school as well as high school. At Klein High School, Carl developed his 200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly, and 100 Fly. Carl placed in district, regionals, and finally made it to state his junior year in 2008. As for club swimming, Carl qualified for Jr. Nationals twice.
Upon graduating high school, Carl attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he earned a degree in history. While swimming at Ouachita Carl again swam distance and middle-distance as his events were the 500 and 200 free as well as the 100 and 200 fly. Though he never made it to nationals in college, Carl always placed top in Regionals.
After graduating from college in 2013, Carl coached on and off for swim teams, helping young swimmers develop their skill and endurance. 
Carl hopes to help his swimmers understand that swimming is not just a sport, but something that can make their lives so unique and can bring them to important life lessons as well as friends. 
Swimming brought many friends and lessons that Carl looks upon fondly and applies everyday to his life.

Amber Jones

Sigma Swim School - Cleburne


My name is Amber Jones I am currently a stay at home mother of 6 and I home school my children. This is my 3rd year to homeschool. Before that I was a dental assistant for 26 years.
Coach Amber graduated from Spirit and Word Christian School and was in the top ten of her class. She also took some college courses in dental hygiene and marketing at TCJC but never finished my degree.

Amber has always loved the water and swimming and currently has four of her children in swim which she thinks is very important, and took swim lessons until the end of middle school.

Coach Amber loves kids and can be serious when needed and fun when appropriate to help kids find a passion for swimming and inspire some to dream big as a mentor and coach. Coach Amber believes nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and put the effort and hard work it requires, but all the while always have fun and enjoy swimming. To do one's best, train hard, never give up, and no excuses. When life gives you lemons make lemonade! The glass is always half full. Very positive thinking makes big differences and always encourage each child to their potential.

Coach Amber's main coaching interest are correct technique, positive outlook, and creating workouts specific for the level of swimmers that she has.

Shannon Jones

Sigma Swim School - Lake Worth


Shannon Jones currently works as an Ecologist in Dallas and is pursuing an online Master's Certificate in Geospatial Technology at the University of Southern California. 

She obtained both an M.S. (2013) and B.S. (2011) in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University and was a Teaching Assistant as well. While an undergraduate at TCU, she competed for the TCU Womens Swimming and Diving Team and swam the 100 and 200 Butterfly and the 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle.

Prior to TCU, she competed for Alamo Area Aquatics Club Team for 16 years in San Antonio, Texas. She also competed for Douglas Mac Arthur High School and qualified for the 5A UIL State Meet in 2007 and 2009 in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay.

She still continues to swim and currently is training for her first triathlon. She loves swimming and wants to share her knowledge and passion with others.

Shannon's top three coaching interests are stroke technique, facilitating a positive environment, and helping young swimmers build great attitudes and appreciation for the sport. 

Briana Klapp

Sigma Swim School - Lake Worth


Briana will be in TCC's business program in hopes to be a aquatics director for the YMCA.
Briana has been a lifeguard and swim instructor since 2010 for the YMCA and is currently the head lifeguard, swim instructor, and lifeguard instructor for the Benbrook YMCA. Briana has been swimming for as long as she can remember. She enjoys being in and around water.
Briana enjoys swimming, running, working out, paintballing, dancing, archery, music, and spending time with her family. She loves her two cats!
Coach Briana works primarily with beginners with a focus on introducing kids to water and getting them to become independent swimmers.

John Leitch

Sigma Swim School - Lake Worth


John Leitch has been a swim instructor with sigma going on 4 years. He specializes in beginning levels including tiers 8 and 9, and loves to teach with a hands on approach. His favorite stroke happens to be the backstroke. John is a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross.

John is currently studying civil engineering and has a love for math and the sciences. Some of his favorite passtimes include video games, working out, and spending time with cherished friends and family.

Kona Morren

Flip Kick - Fort Worth, NRH


Kona is a wife and mother of three children, ages 13, 7, and 1.   She is certified in infant and child survival swimming and is an instructor for Diaper Dolphins & AquaSharks Survival Swim Academy.  Kona iscommitted to teaching and educating children and their parents about water safety, technique, and training. 

Kona is currently attending the University of Texas at Arlington where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Health Science and Business.  She is looking forward to the opportunity of obtaining her Masters in Sports Management.

Kona began swimming competitively for USA Swimming at the age of five in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout her 15 year swimming career, Kona participated in Far Western Championships, Western Zone Championships and Sectional Championships and achieved Pacific Recognition Times (PRT) for the 200 free, 500 free, 100 Individual Medley, and 200 Individual Medley. 

Kona’s most rewarding coaching accomplishment includes mentoring swimmers as they achieve their personal goals.

Kona adores her family, friends, and 3 dogs.  She also enjoys the outdoors, traveling, gardening, running, swimming, and reading. 

Kona is interested in stroke technique, nutrition, and conditioning.

Paula Peckham

Developmental - Burleson


Paula Peckham is currently a mathematics teacher and swim coach at Burleson High School. She has been teaching there since 2000, and has been coaching the swim team since 2010. Paula received her Bachelors in Business Administration - Marketing from the University of Texas in Arlington, and went back to become certified to teach through their education program.

Paula started her second life as a swim coach at BHS when she was asked to take over a previous coach's spot. There was not a swim team at BHS when she was a student there in the 80, so she never had the chance to compete, but she has loved swimming all her life and spent three years as a lifeguard during high school. The past three years have been amazing and a blast for her as she has learned more about the fine details of crafting a stroke and encouraging young swimmers to give their best at their sport.

Paula loves to read, to scuba dive, to swim, and loves her church family at St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burleson. She's also pretty fond of her granddaughters.

Paula's enjoys helping swimmers understand how their bodies work in the water and to realize the relationship between movements and speed. Answering the "why" of things is always a fulfilling part of coaching for her, and she loves it when her swimmers begin to see how everything fits together. She also loves watching the growth of self-confidence as swimmers begin to improve and meet their goals. " It is very exciting to watch them grow!"

Paula's top coaching interests are stroke mechanics, developing the whole swimmer, and personal growth.

Jeff Tydlaska

Sigma Swim School - Lake Worth


Coach Jeff has been in and out of the water most of his life.  He was a competitive swimmer from the ages of 7-10 years old.  But, due to moving to a small town where they did not have a youth swim team (or any swim team) he had to give up the competitive swimming. 


Still loving the water, he would swim daily at the lake by his house every summer.  Jeff got the chance to become a lifeguard in 1997 at a summer church camp.  He would continue to lifeguard until he received his LGI (lifeguard instructor) and his WSI (water safety instructor) through the American Red Cross in 2002. 


Jeff has been teaching lifeguards and giving swimming lessons through the Red Cross until 2009.  Jeff started coaching with Sigma 2012. 


Coach Jeff promotes swimming fundamentals, endurance, and technique.