Hi! I'm Coach Kate. I am an Avery Ranch resident and mother of two: Molly, 6 and Alice, 3.5. I joined the Redfish coaching staff in 2014 and absolutely love this team!
I began swimming for my neighborhood summer league team as a 6 & under and fell in love with the sport so much that I joined Longhorn Aquatics that very fall. I continued to swim for Longhorn Aquatics (then Texas Aquatics) until my high school graduation. I attended Bucknell University (Go Bison!) and swam all four years.
While swimming, I was blessed with some of the best coaches. One of my favorite coaches, Kirsten Weiss, invited me to coach with her for a summer league team after my sophomore year in college. I found that I enjoyed coaching even more than swimming. After graduate school I coached for the Ancient Mariner's swim team and Rockville Montgomery Swim Club, both in the Rockville, MD area.
I enjoy coaching all ages and abilities, but have a special place in my heart for our youngest swimmers!
I cannot wait to see how our team performs this summer!
Kailah is joining us for the third season in a row. She has been coaching swimming for over 15 years including club level, summer league level, and the secondary level. Coach Kailah spent two years as the head coach at Leander Rouse High School and Cleburne High School. She has been coaching a club team since she was 15 years old, no matter where she lived. She loves coaching and working with athletes to achieve success in athleticism and water safety. This will be Coach Kailah's fourth year as a coach with the Redfish and she is EXTREMELY EXCITED to be a part of such a wonderful and exponentially growing team. GOOOOOO REDFISH, SWIM FAST!!!
Hi I am Coach Kathy! I am currently a Second Grade Bilingual teacher at Berkman Elementary. I graduated from Texas State University in 2016. I also graduated high school from Vista Ridge where I swam for all four years of high school. My junior year I went to State for the medley relay where we won second place. During my senior year I was captain. My favorite events were the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. I am so excited for this season and I can't wait to watch how amazing your children excel in swimming! Gooooo redfish!
Hi, I’m Coach Caitlyn. I am currently a social studies teacher at Vista Ridge High School and will be returning for my third year as Vista Ridge’s Head Swim Coach. I am so excited to get to work with Redfish this season since summer league was always my favorite time to swim! I am also excited to be working with so many great coaches and junior coaches who I also get the privilege of coaching at VR. I can’t wait to see what this summer has to offer and to see everyone work together, improve and most importantly have fun! Goooo Redfish!
Hey guys, my name is Hunter Artmann. This is my second year with Redfish. Throughout my swimming career, I've specialized in every stroke at one time or another (except for Breaststroke), but freestyle was definitely my primary through late highschool and college. I swam for Nitro through highschool and swam for Texas A&M in college (whoop). I'm super excited for this season. Go Redfish!
Hi, I am Coach Katie! I am so excited to be part of the Redfish Swim Family this year! I am returning to Austin for the summer after working at an Internship in at Disney World in Orlando for the past year. In the fall I will be returning to Texas Tech to finish my degree. At Tech, I am also part of a Swim Team like I was in high school. In high school, I was a member of the Varsity Swim Team all four years and earned a Regionals spot my last two years, after swimming on a State team in TAPPS. I LOVE being part of a team and helping you swim fast and love the sport as much as I do! I can’t wait to get started! See you at the pool!
Lucy Emmerson is returning for her fourth year of coaching! She is so excited! Lucy swam at Nitro Swimming for 10 years and was a former captain until she retired upon her graduation in 2018. She was also previously a lessons instructor at Nitro during her senior year. In her free time, you can find Lucy at a spin class or rewatching The Office (again). She is currently attending Texas State University, pursuing Mass Communications and Public Relations. GoooOOOOOO Redfish!!!
Hello my Name is Marco Vasquez II, I've been swimming since I was 9 years old, starting out on the Lonestar aquatics team, then later switching to Nitro in the summer of 2014. As well as swimming for my high school MWS (Go Lions!), I have also worked part-time as a swim instructor with many kids and families in the Brushy Creek District and have assisted with coach swimming for the Freshman on my school team this past year. I'm obsessed with learning and teaching all kinds of goofy dives that just make jumping into the water much more fun! I look forward to teaching people mostly kids how to swim, and my motto to motivate kids to swim is "You gotta practice, to get good."
Dean Ruiz has been on Redfish from the start. Over the years she has won Swimmer of the year, top point earner, and currently several 13-14 records. She returns for year two of junior coaching and will continue to swim for Redfish. Dean swims for three teams; Redfish, McNeil Mavericks, and Nitro. This year Dean placed 3rd at District finals and advanced to Regionals for high school. However, she doesn't consider Redfish as just another team. Redfish to Dean means family, a family that supports each other with a positive attitude. What Dean wants this season is to see swimmers achieve their goal both in and out of the water. "Don't sell yourself short. You're more capable than you think" ~Katie Ledecky
JT Ahman is a sophomore at McNeil and has been a Redfish from the beginning! This is his second year as a Junior Coach. JT 's favorite stroke is Breaststroke. When not at the pool you can find him running cross country and track for McNeil. His favorite coach is his track coach, Coach Roberts. JT says he "genuinely cares about all of his runners". Like many of us out there, JT isn't a fan of Brussels Sprouts.
Jaxson LaFeber is a Junior at Round Rock High School. He also started swimming with the Redfish seven years ago! Jaxson is an avid runner and is on the RRHS cross country and track teams. His favorite stroke is freestyle. Jaxson's favorite coach is his dad. "My favorite coach has always been my dad. He is great at sports and has always helped me to improve in all sports. He is also always there supporting me". Jaxson's least favorite food is broccoli.
Logan Gier is a sophomore at Leander High school. This is his 5th year as a Redfish but his first year as a Junior Coach. Logan's favorite stroke is Butterfly. His favorite coach is our own Marky Marc! Logan's least favorite food is moldy bread!
Cayden Rosenbeck is a freshman at Vista Ridge Highschool. This is Cayden's second year on the team, but his first year as a Junior Coach. HIs favorite stroke is breaststroke. Cayden's favorite coach is Coach Goodwin, his VR swim coach and Redish coach! Cayden thinks salmon smells 'super bad' and it is his least favorite food.
Delaney Briggs is also a freshman this year. She's been a Redfish for SIX years and this is her first year as a Junior Coach. Her favorite stroke is Backstroke. Delaney says that she doesn't play a lot of sports, but her favorite coach is her Dad. He's been the best "coach of life". Delaney does not enjoy Philly Cheesesteaks
Franny Buckel is returning to Redfish for her second year, but first year as a Junior Coach. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke. Franny's favorite coach is her former coach from Nitro, Coach Adam. She says "he gave us a good challenge, but we could still have fun".
Flora Cheng is a freshman in high school and a seasoned Redfish. Although she's been swimming for the Redfish for three years, this is her first year as a Junior Coach. Flora's favorite stroke is Freestyle. Her favorite coach is Coach Michaella from her club team, Waterloo. Flora's least favorite food is the mushroom!
Taeyoon Kim is a Rookie Redfish. This is his first year to the team and as a junior coach. Taeyoon swims for McNeil and his favorite stroke is Breaststroke. His favorite coach is Coach Foss from McNeil swimming. Taeyoon says he likes most foods but he doesn't like eggplant.
Eashaan Gopal is a freshman at McNeil and has been swimming for the Redfish for six years. This is his first year as a Junior Coach. Eashaan's favorite stroke is backstroke. His favorite coach is his High School swim coach, Coach Foss. "He is the best coach I have ever had and always looks out for the good of the team". Eashaan's least favorite food is papaya!
Rachel Abraham is a freshman in High School this year. This is her 6th season as a Redfish but her first season as a Junior Coach. Rachel's favorite strokes are breaststroke and freestyle. Like a fellow coach, Rachels' least favorite food are mushrooms.