"Wherever work is done, victory is attained."
2017 Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Jerome "D.C." Muniz
Coach “DC” Muniz has been the Head Coach of the stingrays for the past 3 years. Prior to being head coach, Coach Muniz served as Meet Director for two years and an assistant coach for two years. Originally from Corpus Christi, TX, Coach DC graduated from Mary Carroll HS in 2000 and The University of Houston in 2005. Jerome is an AP Environmental Science Teacher, AVID Coordinator, and Assistant Varsity Swim Coach at Kempner High School in Fort Bend ISD. He has been teaching for 10 years and Coaching for 9 years. His goal is to promote fast swimmers through fundamentals, family, and fun.
Assistant Coach - Mallory Kauffman
Coach Mallory Kauffman has been an assistant coach for two years. This will be her thirteenth summer as a Stingray where, prior to assistant coaching, she swam for Covington Woods as an athlete and served as a Junior Coach for five years. Mallory graduated in 2014 from Kemper High School where she swam on the high school swim team all four years. Currently, she is a student in her second year at East Texas Baptist University majoring in elementary education. Her coaching philosophy focuses on the details and techniques behind each of the strokes so that every swimmers can master the fundamentals and complete each race legally and confidently.
4/2017- Mallory was chosen as Miss Congeniality AND the 2nd runner up in the Miss ETBU pageant. She says she is blessed to be loved by SO many people who came out to support her and She is truly honored to participate in such a sweet tradition 💐☺️ Way to go Mallory!
Assistant Coach - Miranda Barrios
Coach Miranda Barrios is 19 years old and a current student at Texas A&M University. She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 5 and has been swimming for Covington Woods Swim Team for 14 years. Out of those 14 years, Coach Barrios has been a junior coach for 4 of them and has learned so much from not only the kids, but the entire swim team community. Coach Miranda is excited to begin a career as assistant coach for the 2016 swim season! This season, her coaching focus is to establish a solid understanding of the four strokes, to improve any errors in technique, and most importantly, to make the season as fun for the swimmers as possible.
Assistant Coach - Mikki Tran
Coach Mikki is attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and majoring Health Science. She has been on the Covington Woods Swim Team for 9 years and junior coached for 4 years. She was a member of the Kempner High School Swim Team for 4 years and became the Swim Captain her senior year! With this up and coming summer, She is excited to help coach the team that has been a big part of her life! This summer, Coach Mikki wants to strive to maintain our team spirit and sportsmanship as well as continuing to master technique within the strokes so that individuals can improve and be successful!
Stroke Development Coach – Cole Calabrese
Coach Cole started his swim career as a CWST stingray 14 years ago at the age of 4. During that time he was a regular at Allstars, has served as a junior coach, has been the high point scorer 7 years, and holds several team records. He swam one year each with FCST when he was 10 and with Escalate Aquatic Team as an 18-year-old. He lettered all 4 years of high school at Kempner, was captain as a senior, won several District Championships his junior and senior years, set a new FBISD district record in the 100 backstroke, and made it all the way to State this year as a senior where he placed 17th. Even with some success though, Cole has remained committed to improving and developing his strokes. He has an incredible work ethic, enormous self discipline, a passion for swimming, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge of technique, training, and nutrition. When he’s not in the pool or gym or kitchen, he’s watching hours and hours of videos and vlogs to find any minute way to improve. This is his last year of eligibility, and he is excited to have the opportunity to swim one last year as a stingray. But swimming will not distract him from his bigger goal of enhancing stroke development for this team, and as his swim career winds down, he’s uber-motivated to pass along his knowledge and technique to the swimmers of CWST.
2017 Junior Coaches
- Bernadette Barcelo
- Stephanie Boehm
- Madeline Briski
- Gustavo Bustos
- Olivia Chang
- Andrew Crawford
- Olivia Fuchs
- Kurt Kauffman
- Haley Kuehn
- Nikki Malone
- Conner Mullins
- Brianna Murch
- Alexander Nguyen
- Jonathan Nguyen
- Elise Rodriguez
- Ethan Rodriguez
Private Swimming Lessons
Private Lesson Rates for 30/60 Minutes:
- Head Coach: $30/$45
- Assistant Coach: $25/$40
- Junior Coach: $20/$35
At the Meets
Bring a positive attitude to endure the heat and the organized chaos, a chair, towels, sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks (optional â€" there is usually a concession stand), and a sun hat or umbrella.
- Check in with the child's Team Parent. (VERY IMPORTANT)
- Sit near the Team Parent if possible (especially important for the 8 and under swimmers). Have your child get with the Team Parent for line ups at least 2 events prior to their swim
- Look for the Meet Director or Volunteer Coordinator and ask if you can help. (There are lots of things to do!)
- After the meet, clean up your area, check for personal items, and help put up the equipment at home meets
Criteria for Making the Team
- To make the team, swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool without touching the sides, ropes, or bottom and without stopping (see Hope Team policy below)
- 7&ups may be required to swim two lengths of the pool and all strokes (Freestyle, Breast, Back, and Butterfly)