Samantha has coached for the Hurricanes for four years and will be returning this upcoming summer for her fifth year as Co-Head Coach with Coach Martha. She began her swimming career at a young age with the Hurricanes and swam competitively in high school. She went on to swim for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, where she earned a bachelors degree in Psychology. She is currently a USA Swimming certified coach at Nitro, where she coaches from TAGS 1 to the intro level to Masters. Swimming has always played a huge role in Samantha’s life and she is excited to pass on her knowledge and passion to the Hurricanes this summer!
Martha Montoya is returning for the second year as an Assistant Coach. 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.
My name is Abbey Nilson and I have been a part of the Hurricane family for awhile and am so excited to be back! I swam on the Hurricanes from 6-18 years old and then coached for four years. I graduated with my doctorate in physical therapy this past December and am currently working as a physical therapist. Can't wait to start the season and see familiar faces as well as new ones! Go Canes!
Cara coached for the Hurricanes last summer and is back this upcoming summer as an Assistant Coach. Cara began swimming with the Hurricanes in 2002, swam competitively throughout high school, and is currently swimming at Southwestern University where she studies Sociology. Growing up around swimming, Cara has learned to love and appreciate the sport that builds unwavering character, she is excited to share that same love and appreciation with the Hurricane family this summer!
Hi, I'm Julia Frey and I'm excited for my first year as an assistant coach for the Hurricanes! I swam for the Hurricanes for 10 years until I aged out last year. I am currently a Swim Instructor for the North Austin YMCA and am loving working with the kids. This fall I will be attending Texas A&M University-- Gig'em and go 'canes!