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Don Rodenbaugh Aquatics Center

Posted on: April 5, 2019


City of Allen Swim Team (COAST)

A special City of Allen Swim Team (COAST) Open House is being held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium!

New, old and prospective COAST members will have the opportunity to meet the new head coach and learn about the 2019 COAST season!

For questions and more information, please visit the COAST webpage or contact Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium at 214.509.4770.

COAST Philosophy

COAST uses the sport of swimming and its environment to teach life lessons while providing a family-friendly competitive swim team. We use swimming as a way to teach goal setting, dedication, commitment and a strong work ethic.

COAST is not a "result focused" team but instead "development and process focused." We will emphasize kicking and technical skills at the younger ages, and progress to training in all four strokes as an athlete grows within the program.

Given this approach, we pride COAST on being a low-stress and low-pressure team. COAST offers a coaching and training structure that will allow swimmers to achieve their highest potential, whether that's making a competitive club team at the end of summer, mastering a certain stroke, improving personal record times or competing well locally.

Head Coach Tia McVey 

COAST is excited to welcome new head coach Tia McVey! Tia is excited to bring her swimming knowledge and teaching experience to help all COAST members have fun and grow as swimmers:

"My teaching career got its start being born into a family of teachers. My love for swimming was activated by my mother working during her summer break as a swimming instructor in the mornings and a lifeguard in the afternoon. I lived in the water from the time I could walk, so to speak. 

I decided to turn my special education teaching career towards the pool when I discovered that several of my students with disabilities didn't know how to swim. I launched my swim teaching career in 2004, and concluded in 2009 that I would like to instill a passion for swimming/teaching swimming in others. During that time, I also coached fro Special Olympics Texas, working with all levels of swimmers and coaches. 

My teaching career has spanned close to 20 years and has included being in the water and on the deck. The best thing I get to witness is when someone learns how to do something they thought was impossible and their face lights up with a look of transformed sense of 'I can do it!'"

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