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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christian earned All American honors swimming for the University of Texas and represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. While earning a degree in Kinesiology at UT, Christian competed for the United States in the World University Games in 2003 and the Pan American Games in 2007, where he earned a gold medal. After completing his degree, Christian swam professionally, competing in both the Short Course and Long Course World Championships in 2012 and 2013. Christian has helped individuals turn B cuts into multiple A times and faster, as well as those who have A times attain their TAGS cuts in multiple events. Most importantly, Christian wants those he coaches to improve while enjoying their swimming experience!
Hayley earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Iowa State University where she was also a four-year member of the Iowa State Women's swim team. While at Iowa State, Hayley earned NSCA All-American honors in strength and conditioning. Before coming to AASA, Hayley served as a sports performance coach in Park City, Utah working with a wide variety of athletes ranging from youth, to Paralympic, to professional. While in Utah, she also assisted in coaching the Park City High School swim team to a Utah State Championship. Hayley’s athletic training knowledge and swimming background led her to Austin where she is excited to enhance our strength and dryland programs.
Justin Green is a native Texan who grew up in Dallas, lived all over, and is now bringing his experience to Austin. Justin brings 6 years of endurance coaching experience and 15 years combined experience as a Pro1,2 elite cyclist and top ranked triathlete to the Academy. He is a 3x USA Triathlon All-American, an Ironman 70.3 podium finisher, and 70.3 World Championships Qualifier. Justin holds USAT Level 1, AESP Track and Field, and BikeFit certifications, he also contributes on occassion to Triathlete Magazine. As a student of the sport, he understands the coach-athlete relationship from both sides of the table. Justin enjoys working with motivated, and enthusiastic triathletes that are trying to better their performance; whether that be qualifying for the Ironman World Championships, or finishing their first sprint.
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.
Jennifer Reinhart grew up swimming near Cincinnati, Ohio & swam for Purdue University. While at Purdue, she graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and grew to love coaching age group swimmers! Jen worked as a chemical engineer for 12 years then chose to stay home with her 3 young children. This allowed Jen to begin coaching swimmers and triathletes. From college graduation to the present day, Jen has swam with Masters swim teams and participated in triathlon for over 35 years! Her triathlon coaching career spans 15+ years as a USMS Master’s level !! Swim Coach, Training Peaks Certified Coach, & a USAT Level ! Triathlon Coach. She is a 12 X USA Triathlon/Aquathlon All-America, 4 X Ironman All World Athlete with a 1st ranking in 2015 for the F55-59 age group, 7 time Kona Ironman World Championships finisher, podium finisher at all distances Sprint to Ironman. Jen applies her passion and enthusiasm for triathlon to coaching, allowing athletes to progress their fitness and love of the sport!