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Martha Montoya Co-Head Coach

Coach Martha is returning for her second year as Head Coach and third coaching the Hurricanes. She began her passion for swimming at a young age swimming competitively for youth programs, high school and college. She holds long standing records in breast stroke, medley and freestyle relays in high school. She went on to swim for Louisiana State University.

Martha has lived in Texas for most of her life. She moved to Marble Falls in 2003 and has since begun swim programs that teach technique as well as enthusiasm for the sport. Since 2005, she has coached swim students in private and public schools. After moving back to Austin, Martha joined the University of Texas (UT) coaching staff where she has coached for the past five years.

In addition to coaching, Martha has offered private swim lessons and training courses for youth and adults in the Central Texas area. She promotes swimming as one of the most beneficial sports contributing to healthy activity that continues throughout life. She has passed on her passion for swimming to her five children and all of the children she coaches.

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Leroy Arnold Co-Head Coach

This is Coach Arnold's first summer joining us as co-Head Coach for the Hurricanes. Coach Arnold is currently the Head Swim Coach at Pflugerville and Weiss High Schools. He's a former swimmer, a former police officer, a current Science teacher and a fantastic person. He's also Special Ed certified and coached a 5A State Champion swimmer this season!!

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Abbey Nilson Assistant Head Coach

Hey everyone, I am Coach Abbey and I have been a part of the Hurricane family for forever! I started with the team when I was 6 and continued until I aged out at 18. I also swam for the McNeil swim team during high school. I have been a coach with the Hurricanes on/off since 2008. I have always wanted to stay with the same team because I enjoy being able to watch the kids grow through the years and now I even get to coach with a few kids that when I first started were 8! It amazing being able to help kids achieve their goals for the summer whether that is to improve a time, get a bingo bar or make invitational. The few years, I was not a coach, I was in graduate school getting my doctorate in physical therapy. While coaching I also work full time at an outpatient physical therapy clinic off South Lamar called Select Physical Therapy. Can’t wait for the season to start and please reach out if you have any questions! Go Canes!!!

What do you enjoy doing, outside of swim and coaching?

I enjoy traveling especially if it includes hiking. Two summers ago I went on a backpacking trip through Glacier National Park and this year I am going to Peru to hike Machu Picchu!

If you could only ever eat one snack for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chips. More specifically cheddar sour cream chips. They are amazing!

What is your favorite stroke and why?

So I am going to cheat and say IM, ha. It has a little bit of everything which is fun!

What is your most memorable moment during your swimming career?

This is not just a moment I guess, and it’s a bit cheesy, but the friendships I made during high school is what was most memorable. I still hangout and am close friends with a big chunk of people I swam with. A lot of people think that swimming is more of an individual sport since that is how most of the races are, but it really is a team.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Ireland, hands down. Have you seen their parks, they are so beautiful!

What were some of the most influential words you were ever given?

This is going to be long, sorry, but sometimes changes are hard but necessary and these words help give some good advice:

Today I acknowledge that to change my life requires the twin elements of honesty and wisdom. Honesty to understand when a change(s) is necessary and good. Wisdom to change my patterns of behavior even if they fly in the face of what others think and believe about me. I have a sacred right to live my life as I choose and reject any roles imposed or assigned to me in dysfunctional situations. I will not waste the gifts freely given by my ancestors. 

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Julia Frey Assistant Coach

Howdy!! I’m Julia Frey! I’m excited to come back and coach for my third year with the Hurricanes. I’ve been with the Hurricanes since I started swimming when I was eight, so it’s hard to imagine my summers outside of Rattan Creek pool! College Station is my home right now, as I’m currently a sophomore at Texas A&M (GIG ‘EM!). If everything goes according to plan (and let’s hope it does), I’ll graduate with a degree in Finance in the spring of 2020. I’m so grateful to be able to come back to Austin to coach in the summers and reconnect with all the kids and their families. Here’s to another great season— Go ‘Canes!!!

If you could only ever eat one snack for the rest of you life, what would it be?

Pretzels and hummus— what a killer combo!!!

Why do you love coaching?

I enjoy coaching because I like encouraging people and seeing them succeed. I love coaching the Hurricanes because I get to work with such amazing kids and their families! Hurricanes feels like family.

What is your funnest/funniest swim memory?

My last year on the team, us 15-17 girls only had enough girls for one relay team. We were rarely the fastest team in the heat, but every time we finished a race we would all scream and cheer and high-five excessively as if we had just gotten first. Or broken the world record or something. It was awesome.

What do you enjoy doing, outside of swim & coaching?

I love keeping myself busy with friends, family, and especially my dog. My hobbies include reading, working out, and cooking.

What were some of the most influential words you were ever given?

From Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, “What is the greatest lesson a woman should learn? that since day one. she’s already had everything she needs within herself. it’s the world that convinced her she did not.”

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Peter Chin Assistant Coach

Why do you love coaching?

Coaching provides a unique opportunity for me to pass down all the knowledge I have gained from over the years of swimming.

What is your favorite stroke & why?

My favorite Stroke would have to come down between breaststroke and freestyle. Mainly because freestyle is one of the few strokes where you can all out sprint, while breast requires the finesse.

How old were you when you started swimming competitively?

I was at the age of 4 when I joined Hurricanes and began swimming competitively.

What is your most memorable moment during your swimming career?

My most memorable moment was my senior year in high school where I got to swim at the 6A State meet.

What is your greatest achievement (in or out of the pool)?

My greatest achievement as of today would have to be making it through freshman year of college.

What is your funnest/funniest swim memory?

My funniest swim moment came when I was in the 15-17 boys, and both A relays on both teams decided to have a fun relay.

What is something no one knows about you?

A lot of people don’t know that I love the cuttle fish, that is one crazy, cool fish.

If you could only ever eat one snack for the rest of you life, what would it be?

If I could only eat one snack for the rest of my life it would have to be pan fried pork and cabbage dumplings. Those things are absolutely delicious.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

To travel the world anywhere I would go to Hong Kong, as it is the birth place of my mom and she always tells great things about it.

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Tiffany Souza Assistant Coach

I started my swimming career when I was five, when my mom put me on a competitive, year round swim team. I fell in love with swimming then, and it played a huge role in my life all the way through high-school. I’ve swam for Texas Gold, Nitro, Lone Star, Austin Trinity Aquatic Club…almost every club team in the area! I am a breaststroker, and qualified for State many times throughout my swimming career. Even though I don’t swim competitively anymore, swimming will always have a huge place in my heart, and I am so excited I get to coach for the Hurricanes this summer! This will be my second year with the Hurricanes; last year I enjoyed volunteering by timing, running ready bench, and manning the 6&U pit. I was born and raised in the Austin area. I was home schooled, and spent the past two years taking dual credit classes at ACC. I recently finished my senior year, and am so excited to be going to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the fall where I plan to major in Social Work.

Why do you love coaching?

This is going to be my first time coaching, and I am SO excited for this summer! My coaches have played such a big role in my life as a swimmer, and I have always wanted to be able to do for others what they have done for me. I see coaching as an opportunity to be a role model and cheerleader in one, and being able to walk alongside kids on their own journey is so fun and rewarding. Besides, swimming is the best sport, which makes coaching obviously the best job!

What is your favorite stroke & why?

I am a breaststroker, and it’s my favorite stroke by default- racing your best event is always the most fun!

What is your greatest achievement (in or out of the pool)?

My greatest swim achievement was when I made my first Sectionals cut the summer I was sixteen. I spent the last year trying to recover from shoulder surgery, and every practice was so painful…it just seemed like I would never be able to compete like I had before I got hurt. But I stuck it out, and surprised myself by qualifying for state in the 200 M Breaststroke. It was such a special, adrenaline- filled moment because I had my whole team there cheering for me as soon as I touched the wall.

What do you think makes a good coach?

I think a good coach is someone who is concerned with helping each and every swimmer do his best. The best coaches know how to push the mental and physical limits of their swimmers while being encouraging and supportive the whole time. I also think that good coaches realize that while swimming is a sport, it also is an opportunity to teach swimmers how to persevere, work hard, and be a leader to their peers, all skills they will use for the rest of their life. It’s always great when coaches have great team spirit too!

What is something no one knows about you?

I get asked if I am my siblings’ mom a lot…unfortunately!

What do you enjoy doing, outside of swim & coaching?

Outside of swimming & coaching, I enjoy staying busy, spending time with my family, playing the piano, and visiting new places.

If you could only ever eat one snack for the rest of you life, what would it be?

Oh, that’s hard, but it would probably be peanut butter with granola…I could literally live on that!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would go to Costa Rica because the culture is so neat and there’s so much to do there.

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Cameron Beier Assistant Coach
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Casey Meyer Assistant Coach
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