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Meet the Coaches

Aloha from the Canyon Creek Cyclone Swim Coaches!

We would like to welcome you to the Canyon Creek Cyclones’ Swim Team.

This should be another very exciting Swim Season with a schedule full of fun swim workouts, aquatic activities, and numerous special events.

Please bring all of your questions and swim suits to test the water and show off your favorite swimming strokes!

Head Coach: Don Crowley

Don is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and teaches for the Aquatics Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. He works side by side with the UT Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and Olympians.

The NEW Accredited Aquatics Minor’s program will be launched this Fall. The purpose is to train students to become Coaches and Instructors for all kinds of Physical Fitness Programs everywhere! It will be one of three in the nation.

Don also directs the University’s Aquatic Community Outreach programs that teach people of all ages how to Swim, Dive, play Polo, SCUBA, SUP, and how to be a coach and teach sports and how to lifeguard and perform CPR & 1st Aid and use an AED.

He also is a USA Swimming, Diving and Triathlon Coach and has coached for the University of Texas’ Longhorn Aquatics Swim Team as well as other Austin and Round Rock Summer League Swim Teams since the 1900s.

Additionally, Don is on the board of the American Red Cross of Central Texas, Central Texas Water Safety Coalition, International Surf Lifeguards Association and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance as well as others life saving organizations. He tries to help communites at large become more aware water safety and of the benefits of “SWIMMING…the only Sport that can save your Life!”

Keeping Water Clean, SUP Fishing, Snorkel & SCUBA diving and other exciting aquatic activities also fill up his sunny days in the USA and world-wide.

He ultimately strives to help others enjoy and respect water with the aid of his family: Heidi, Caprice, Cruz and Cia!

2018 is the year of the STREAMLINE at the Canyon Creek Cyclones Swim Team’s POOL!!!



Assistant Coach: Alisha Janiga

Born in California and raised in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. As an Undergraduate student at UT Austin, Alisha was a Kinesiology UT Aquatics Teaching Assistant at the Texas Swim Center and the Gregory Aquatic Complex and Natatorium. Alisha enjoys teaching children and adults at a variety of community aquatics programs and supervises the lifeguards and deck staff as well. She studied biology at the University of Texas at Austin and then earned her Masters degree in Agriculture, Environmental, and Sustainable Sciences at UT Rio Grande Valley. Her next academic step is her PhD at Texas A&M University. Alisha currently teaches high school chemistry at IDEA Montopolis in Austin. Alisha enjoys cooking, gardening, and playing with her Cat. Coach Alisha is ready for Summer 2019 and the Canyon Creek Cyclones Swim Team!

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USA/SWIMMING, the swimming USA Federation, spreads this handbook for parents, useful at all to approach the swim racing activity, complex and not easy world to understand. We propose to our parents as food for thought.

  1. Thou shall not impose thy ambitions on thy child. Remember that swimming is his business. Improvements and progress depend on individual characteristics. Do not judge your child’s progress based on the comparison with other athletes and do not criticize based on your impressions.
  2. Thou shall be supportive no matter what. The only question you need to ask him after a race is “did you have fun?” If races and training do not represent a fun, your child should not be forced to take part.
  3. Thou shall not coach thy child. Do not undermine the credibility of the coach interfering in training. Your job is to give love and support. The coach is responsible for the technical side of the preparation. Do not give advice on technique or race strategy. You do not have to reward your child for a good result: it only serves to confuse him about the real reasons for this sport and weakens the figure of the coach.
  4. Thou shall only have positive things to say at a competition. You must be an encouragement and you never criticize your child or his coach. They know how to recognize the mistakes themselves.
  5. Thou shall acknowledge thy child’s fears. New experiences can be stressful. And is quite normal that your child is afraid. Do not minimize, confort him in the belief that if his coach let him join a race is because he has proven to be ready. Remember, your job is to support him throughout his experience swim.
  6. Thou shall not criticize the officials. Do not criticize people who are doing their best, without being remunerated in any way.
  7. Thou shall honor thy child’s coach. The mutual trust between coach and swimmer is indispensable. It contributes significantly to the success of your child. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of your child.
  8. Thou shall be loyal and supportive of thy team. It is not wise for a parent to face “jump” the son from club to club. The water from the neighbor is not necessarily bluer. All clubs have their own problems, even those that churn champions. Constantly change team can be emotionally difficult. Rarely an athlete improves significantly after a change of team.
  9. Thy child shall have goals besides winning. Many successful swimmers have learned to focus on training and not on the results. Give the best of themselves regardless of the results is much more important than winning. An Olympic champion said, “My goal was to establish a world record. Well, I did, but in the same race another athlete has done even better. Makes me a failure? For nothing: I’m proud of that race.”
  10. Thou shall not expect thy child to become an Olympian. Every 4 years there are about 50 chosen for the Olympic Games, between males and females. The possibility that one day your child falls within the squad is about 0,0002%

Probably, almost certainly, these simple rules are adaptable to all kinds of sports, including of course Finswimming. So if there is any parent who is reading, keep in mind this handbook. Not for nothing that the Americans are the best in the water, at least without fins!


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