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
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
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
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."
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!
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
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
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
Her interests include music, hunting and fishing, running, lifting
weights, swimming, body building, her husband Anthony and her dog
Wendy's top three coaching interests are safety, technique
development and love of the sport!
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
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
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
The loves of Tiffany's life include
swimming, her two dogs AJ and BUSA, her niece Addisyn, and her
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
Senior and Developmental - Burleson
currently a student at Weatherford College completing prerequisites
required to transfer to the UNT Health and Science Department to
study Physical Therapy.
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
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.
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.
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!
Sigma Swim School - NRH, Fort Worth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
interested in stroke technique, nutrition, and
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.
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.