Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy has assembled a world-class team of experts that share our mission, goals, and vision to see each person reach their potential. Our goal is to bring in accomplished, well-educated, enthusiastic, and committed coaches.
Brendan Hansen has been a swimmer since the age of four and swam competitively for 21 years; 15 of which were on the USA National team. He was a member of three Olympic teams (’04, ’08, ’12), collecting six Olympic Medals. Since retiring from swimming in 2012, Brendan began coaching age group swimmers with the numerous lessons he learned through swimming. His goal is to build an atmosphere that allows athletes of all levels reach goals they never thought possible.
Missy Kuck is a pediatric occupational therapist by education and professional work background. Missy swam at the Ohio State University in college where she was team Captain for 2 years and competed at NCAA’s and US Nationals. In addition for the last 20 years Missy has competed in triathlons and currently holds her Professional/Elite triathlete card. Missy has also been privileged to assist in the reintegration process with the Wounded Warrior Regiment at Camp Pendleton for the past 4 years as an assistant swimming and multisport coach at Marine Corps Trials, Warrior Games, and the Invictus Games in London.
Natasha Van Der Merwe was born in Kimberley, South Africa to a family of athletes and sports lovers. As a junior, Natasha competed at her highest levels in swimming, cross country, field hockey, biathlon and tennis. Of those, tennis became her focus. She ranked top 50 in the world before becoming a professional tennis player. In 2008, a friend introduced her to the world of triathlon and she hasn't looked back since. In 2010, she turned professional. Last year, she placed in the Top 10 of all her races. In addition to racing on the professional circuit, Nastasha is a member of the Tri4Him Elite Team, races for Bicycle World and is a TriDot Coach, working with athletes of all abilities.
Dan Jackson has been in the fitness industry for over 5 years, working with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Texas Men’s Basketball, Todd Wright, and various other collegiate coaches around the country. Dan has trained athletes competing at a National level and has helped them carry their success into their college careers as scholarship athletes. As a member the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) along with a background as a competitive swimmer for the University of South Carolina, where he also received a B.S. in Exercise Science, Dan understands what it takes to learn, train and perform at a high level.
Bo Hickey has spent a majority of his life in the water, mainly through a passion of surfing. His other regular athletic endeavors include the sports of basketball, marathon running, swimming, golf, and soccer. Bo has worked with a multitude of ability levels, from beginners to Olympic trials competitors. His training has led him to roles at the Facebook company headquarters as well as with the United States Department of Defense. Bo has completed a B.S. in Kinesiology and a M.S. in Exercise Science. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.
Nate Chessey graduated with an MS in Sport Performance and a BA with a concentration in Sports Nutrition and has been involved with competitive swimming for the past 17 years. While attending Graduate School at Springfield College, he coached both the college team and local club team. His last six years has been spent in San Diego as an age group coach with a team of over 700+ swimmers. In addition to the continued tradition of excellence in the water, he's presented research projects and established network connections with the top performing programs in the US.
Chris Coghill was the Head Assistant Coach at Machine Aquatics, a 900 swimmer-multi-site team around the Washington DC area, and was instrumental in the establishment of their new site at the University of Maryland. Prior to his time with Machine Aquatics, Chris swam for St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he was team captain his last two years. Chris reached the podium at the Capital Athletic Conference meet 3 times, and was a regular scoring member of the team. Chris has long been serious about his passion for swimming, and is excited to help others find that enjoyment and satisfaction.
Jeff Raines competed at the Division 1 level in track and field and cross country while on scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jeff went on to obtain a master’s degree in Exercise Science, and while in graduate school, was the head triathlon coach at UTA. He then taught as an adjunct kinesiology professor at UTA and coached cross country and track at an area high school for two years. Jeff moved to Austin four years ago and has worked as head triathlon coach, program coordinator, and expert running coach for a local tri club. You'll be seeing Jeff at upcoming practices and clinics. He is available for private run and cycling lessons.