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othing has a greater influence on the quality of children’s sports than the excellence of the coach . . . our coaching staff is USA and Red Cross certified and are certified teachers.

Our coaches feel that the swimmers are the most important part of a swim team. Each swimmer is given the same attention and consideration regardless of ability. All swimmers are instructed with respect and encouragement so their experience will be positive one. Also, Our coaches work to provide an atmosphere where all swimmers will feel good about themselves. 

Our coaches feel strongly that through the swimming experience, young people will learn valuable lessons that will help them throughout their lives.

Coaching Staff

William R Barton

Head Coach

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With a coaching career that spans over 4 decades and two powerful countries, and a resume taller than he is, Coach Barton has placed swimmers in the Olympics, Pan American Game & many international competitions.  Having coached at Universities with names like Duke & Cornell, and Florida State, it’s easy to understand why he has so many coaching awards and honors at so many levels.  Even though his personal accomplishments include National, All American & NCAA championships, some of the many things his swimmers are so proud of are his World Records in the 200 & 400 Individual Medley and his 200 Butterfly events.  The other biggie in their minds is that, no matter what he might forget, he ALWAYS remembers every single one of their times & splits, for as long as he has coached them.  Parents also love that he believes studies come first.  CBA is thrilled to have Coach Barton as their Head Coach!

Dean Peter Kondziolka

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Coach Kondo is a 7 Time National Champion and Canadian record holder in the 50 meter sprint and 100 meter freestyle, and is the first Canadian born swimmer to break 23 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle event.  His first National Championship was attained in 1990 at the age of 17 and highest rankings in the world were 1st (LC season, 1993 Sprint eliminator meet in Nantes, France) and 4th in the 50m freestyle (Speedo World Rankings).

Victoria R Rios

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Coach Victoria Rios was born and raised in Corpus Christi and has been swimming the majority of her life. Since the young age of five, she has been swimming competitively. She started swimming in summer league and continued onward to swim with King High School.  During her High School career she was a state qualifier, and received many places in local competitions.  She has studied under the advice of Head Coach Barton and Coach Moralez, and is ready to bring her enthusiasm and expertise to her swimmers. Victoria’s current career path is to become a Physical Therapist. Coaching to her is a great joy, and she has many gifts that she can use in teaching young swimmers. 

Wendy Castellanos

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Coach Wendy is a former pro athlete with almost 30 years of coaching experience.  She credits swimming as the key to her success in sports and survival in dangerous ocean conditions.  The discipline, focus, and endurance she developed as a competitive swimmer (and gymnast) transferred directly to the sport of surfing where she achieved highest honors first as an amateur: 4-time Texas State Surfing Champion, 4 time NSSA National Team member, 4-time top-seeded female on the UCSD Surf Team (National Champions), top 2 in US Collegiate Surfing, West Coast Regional Champion, Top 3 finishes at National Championships. Consistent swim training was pivotal!  Later, Coach Wendy fulfilled her dream of becoming the first female pro surfer from Texas, representing the USA on the ASP World Championship Tour.  A bilingual coach (English/Spanish), Wendy encourages her diverse group of swimmers to develop good technique, a strong work ethic, and a healthy lifestyle so that they too may "dream big" and know that almost anything is possible with goal-setting, hard work, and dedication. 

Doug Ellett

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Coach Doug Ellett was born and raised in Richmond Virginia, where he started swimming at the age of 10.  He was an age group swimmer from 10-18 years old and then received a swimming scholarship to Old Dominion University, in Norfolk Virginia.  He was a four year letter award winner during his career at ODU from 1986-1990, where he swam 100/200 Fly and 200/400 IM.  After graduation he attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science in 1993.  He then enrolled in Physical Therapy School at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), and received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy.  During his physical therapy career he has been swimming to train for triathlons of various lengths from sprint distance to the Ironman distance.  He completed Ironman Florida in 2010.  Recently he has been swimming and competing in Masters swimming competitions while also participating as a volunteer assistant coach with the Victoria CBA swim team.  

Board of Directors

William R Barton

Executive Director

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Gil Hernandez

President

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Kari VanDeusen

Vice President

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Sandra Leeton

Secretary

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Tanya Norwood

Treasurer

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