Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Adam Grillo

Senior and Stroke Mechanics - Burleson

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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.

Kona Morren

Flip Kick - Fort Worth, NRH

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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.

Jim Abt

Senior and Stroke Mechanics - Cleburne

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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."

Bekah Welch

Senior, Stroke Mechanics - Duncanville

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Coach Bekah has been around the water since she was in diapers. Taking swimming lessons at Emler swim school until she was proficient enough to join a USA swimming club team. At the age of 10, she started swimming competitively under USA Swimming where she competed for 8 years having numerous influential coaches under 3 different teams: the Arlington Stingrays - ASR (5 years), Swim Nation Aquatic Program- SNAP (1 year), and the Mansfield Aquatic Club - MAC (2 years). During her high school career, she also swam varsity for James Bowie High School in Arlington all four years, mostly competing in the 500 free but swim numerous other events. Her favorite event to compete in was the 200 back. 
 
Bekah is certified to lifeguard under the American Red Cross and has enjoyed lifeguarding in her spare time since the age of 16. She worked at Hurricane Harbor during summers while in high school. 
 
After graduating high school, Bekah moved to Lubbock and earned a Bachelor’s in Exercise Sport Science with a minor in Nutritional Science from Texas Tech University. She was involved on campus by working at the Texas Tech Recreation Center’s Aquatic Center and Leisure Pool. During her time at Tech, she worked at the pool for 4 years; lifeguarding, teaching swim lessons and also as an aquatics supervisor. She also thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Texas Tech Women’s Club Water Polo team for 3 seasons.
 
Currently, Bekah is continuing her education and pursuing a degree in nutritional science, hoping to one day become a registered dietitian. She has a passion for food, fitness, and football. She loves to lift weights in her free time to stay in shape.
 
Bekah’s top three coaching interests are strong swimming, making progress in each day and making sure the body has the fuel it needs to reach it’s daily potential! Seize the day!

Coralee Flug

Site Coordinator - Burleson

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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 is passionate about raising the awareness of competitive swim and being part of a #swimfamily

Wendy DeLuca

Stroke Mech, Site Coord - Fort Worth

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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!

Tiffany Freeman

Dev and Site Coordinator - Cleburne

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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."

Andrew Ha

Senior and Stroke Mechanics - Lake Worth

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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 10th 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 in California. While swimming, 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. 

Andrew's life revolves around academia, swimming, motorcycles, friends, his wife Sharon, and their son Christian.

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

Carl Johnson

Developmental - Lake Worth

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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.

Zo Binnion

SSS, Dev, Stroke Mech - Fort Worth

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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!

Amber Jones

SSS, Developmental - Cleburne

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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.

Jeff Tydlaska

Sigma Swim School - Lake Worth

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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.

Kat Crain

Developmental - Burleson

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Katherine Crain a.k.a. Kat is currently a master’s student at Tarleton State University studying in the field of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics.
 

Kat began swimming competitively at the age of 13 under Krag and Kurt Browder. She fell in love with breaststroke immediately, but over time realized that backstroke was her favorite to compete in.  Her passion for the sport grew throughout high school, which is when she decided to share her love for the sport by coaching the developmental swimmers during the summers through her college career.
 

Upon graduation, Kat accepted a head coach position at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, TX. She coached the team for two years and helped her swimmers break records before she moved back to Fort Worth with her husband to be closer to their families. Kat accepted the head coach position at Cleburne High School upon moving back to the Metroplex. After a short, but successful year at Cleburne, Kat decided to return to school full time to finish up her master’s degree.
 

She believes that stroke development, endurance, and having fun while working out are the keys to becoming a well rounded swimmer.
 

Kat’s life consists of studying, working out, gaming with her husband, and unicycling.

Brandon Nelson

Lead Instructor - Burleson Swim Lessons

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Coach Brandon is currently a student at Hill College studying education and mathematics. Brandon has swum competitively for 4 years, all for Burleson High School. He has been teaching swim lessons and coaching children for 7 years. He played football, ran track and even stuck his head into a number of others sports. But the true calling was for the water. Brandon grew up around the water and loving the fun that it holds in its depths, he has always tried to help anyone who is willing to learn and some that may not be.

Brandon loves working with kids and getting to see them grow, also prosper in the fruits of their dedication and devotion. The passion is what makes him come to work, not to mention seeing the little ones develop one another. He always will extend a helping hand out there for anyone to grab, no matter who it is. It is never too late to start and there is not starting point than where we are right now 

Coach Brandon has three things to pass on to his padawans, technique is what gets somewhere, hard work will make sure we get there, and discipline will make the journey much smoother.

Jill Robinson

SSS, Developmental - Lake Worth

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Coach Jill recently moved to the Fort Worth area due to her husband’s job relocation. She is the mother of four boys two of which swim competitively. Jill has been in the water most of her life learning to swim at a young age, joining competitive swimming by age 6, coaching and running officials training for USA swimming. After college she began a career in advertising, stopping for some time to attend graduate school, and then re-enter agency and then corporate marketing.

Coach Jill's hobbies include reading, running and working with a not for profit group promoting Autism awareness and inclusion practices throughout the local public school districts. Before moving to Fort Worth Jill served on the MoKan swim league board, coached summer league and USA swimming.

As a Tier 6, 9, and 10 instructor, Coach Jill emphasizes developing healthy technique to carry over to whatever swimming journey her swimmers choose to pursue. 

Karen Stinchcomb

Treasurer

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Karen Stinchcomb is an “all-in” homeschool and Sigma mom of 2, and wife to Darren.   We spend our days doing school, with swim, AWANA, co-op, counseling, and childcare as welcome additions to our schedule. 

Karen grew up as a military kid, from England all the way to San Antonio.  She finished her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling at Colorado Christian University in Denver, CO.

With older siblings that swam, Karen began swimming at a young age.  Mortified to get DQ’d at age 6 in breaststroke, that became her favorite stroke!  She swam for AAAA team in San Antonio, then quit when they moved to playing water polo for the fall.  All through high school years she swam for her neighborhood summer team.  She lived in the pool, and secretly wanted to be a mermaid when grown up!

Karen loves to see swimmers progress in their strokes and as people; to set goals and achieve them, to apply skills and master them. Coach Karen is i nto all things Sigma, believing that it is THE place for technique-driven coaching in a caring, family friendly environment.

God is first in Karen’s life, with family and friends right behind.  She wants to be a light wherever she is – poolside helping families feel included, engaging with kids to help them enjoy learning and playing, counseling people to give them help and hope.  Travel is a love that time doesn’t permit enough of, too!

If swimmers come to learn, they will leave with new and better skills.  Olympian Josh Davis put it best stating things to remember:  1.  You are loved!  2.  Streamline!!

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