Coaches

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

The current coaches are as follows:

Carolyn Boak

Carolyn Boak
Coach

Carolyn Boak began her coaching career in 1963 with summer league teams, has been coaching Masters Swimmers since 1983, and us since 2000. Carolyn started competitive swimming at age 13 and competed for five years, highlighted by swimming finals at Senior Nationals. Carolyn became a Masters swimmer in 1977 (with Los Altos Masters) and went on to set numerous national and world records and is the recipient of many USMS awards including their most prestigious, the Ransom Arthur Award, for all her many contributions to Masters swimming – including being the meet director for the largest USMS National SC Championships held to date; in 1987 at Stanford. She has also received the honor of being inudcted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame for her incredible athletic achievements.  Carolyn is married to Tom (also a Masters Swimmer and coach – see below) and shares her time with us and her children, and grand children, back in California.

Tom Boak

Tom Boak
Coach

Tom Boak is one of our founding members and has been coaching us since 2002. Tom crowned his youth career by being a Middle Atlantic Conference Champion in 1963 and then took up Masters swimming in 1977. Tom, as a breaststroker, has been a national and world champion and record holder. Tom has been the meet director for national short and long course championships, is currently serving as Treasurer of U.S. Aquatic Sports, has chaired the Championship, Rules, and Finance Committees, and served as President of USMS from 1985-1989. Tom is a recipient of the Meet Directors Award and of the Ransom Arthur Award, in addition to his induction into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame as a great contributor to the sport of swimming. Tom is married to Carolyn (also a Masters Swimmer and coach – see above) and is a long time Woodlands resident and "Home Town Hero."

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Stacey Eicks
Coach

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Janis Gebhart

Janis Gebhart
Coach

Janis Gebhart developed a love for the sport of swimming when she started summer league at age 7. She moved onto year-round swimming and qualified for Senior Nationals in high school. She went to the University of Missouri on a swimming scholarship and became a Big 8 Conference Champion in several backstroke events while pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Janis took about 15 years off from swimming, but came back to the sport when her children began swimming on a summer league team. She began swimming with WMST in 2004 and became a Masters National Champion in her age group in several backstroke events in 2007. Janis has been coaching for WMST since 2009, and loves it! She lives in Spring, TX with her 4 children. Her full-time career is in the nutrition industry and she especially loves sports nutrition.

 Greg Tharp

Greg J Tharp
Coach

Greg Tharp loves Masters swimming and coaching. He swam competitively throughout his childhood, was on 2 state champion teams in high school, and on four Big Eight championship teams with the University of Kansas . Besides swimming, Greg enjoys bicycling and an occasional triathlon. Greg is a clinical psychologist with a strong interest in sports psychology and would like to assist Masters Swimmers in fully developing the mental aspects of their competitive or fitness swimming.

 Laura Koch

Laura K Koch
Coach

Laura Koch started competitive swimming at age 10 in Sugar Land, was a High School All-American in 1994, and went on to earn an academic/athletic scholarship to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. While at Iona she set numerous school records, was team captain for swimming and water polo, won Most Valuable and Most Dedicated Honors throughout her collegiate career, named MAAC Conference Champ, and All-Academic Water polo 1999. She graduated from Iona in 1998 with a B.A. in History, and with Honors from Iona Graduate School in 2000 with an MST in History/Education. Laura joined WMST in 2006 and has been active in Masters swimming since 2002. She is ranked Top Ten nationally and FINA in numerous events, and also serves as a delegate for the Marketing committee. She started her coaching career while in high school for summer league teams and has worked with many USA , USMS, and summer league teams in New York and Texas since 1993. She is a certified USA and ASCA Level 3 Coach. Laura Koch (now Davis ) married Ross (see above) in March, and moved here from Austin with their two dogs Guinness and Sienna.

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Sabine Weiser
Coach

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Steve White
Coach

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Heather Jorris

Heather Jorris
Coach

Ross Davis

Ross Davis
Coach

As a walk-on at Clarion University of Pennsylvania he earned a spot on the State Conference Team his first year in 100/200 Backstroke and 200/400 IM. Granted a scholarship his sophomore year but missing National qualifying in the same events, was asked to swim 200 Butterfly his junior year. He qualified for Nationals just 4 months later in the new event and went on to earn NCAA All American Honors 8 times. After a hiatus in the corporate world, Ross started coaching in 2002; later becoming ASCA certified and began competing again in 2003. In 2005 he won his first Masters National Titles and in 2006, while competing in FINA Masters World Championships he broke 2 Masters World Records. He married Laura (Koch) Davis in 2008, loves dogs and is also an avid hunter while enjoying all types of outdoor activity.

Phil Sundahl

Phil Sundahl
Coach

Phil was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 Meter Backstroke and World ranked in several events, including the 200 Backstroke and 400 IM. A scholarship graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Phil has trained under several Olympic coaches throughout his career, notably Frank Busch (2008 Assistant U.S. Olympic Coach) and Jack Nelson (1976 U.S. Olympic Head Coach). Phil has been involved in all levels of coaching, including Head Age Group Coach, Masters Swim Coach, and Private Instructor. He is currently the aquatics Director at VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa.

Mike Nordmann

Michael T Nordmann
Coach

Michael Nordmann joins WMST with 10 years experience at the Clayton Shaw Park Swim Team in St. Louis , Missouri . A former AAU National Champion and current AAU National record-holder, Mike qualified for the USS Junior Nationals in the 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke and Senior Nationals in the 200 backstroke. While swimming for the University of Utah , Nordmann was All-Conference in the 200 backstroke all 4 years for the Utes. After a 12-year absence from the water, Mike returned to competitive swimming by racing at the 2007 Masters National Long Course Championships competing in several events and winning his age group in the 200 backstroke. Mike lives in The Woodlands with his wife Amy and four daughters Lucie, Lillie, Mary and Zoe.

 

Megan Dickson
Coach

 

Sara Bany
Coach

 

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