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Coaches & Directors

othing has a greater influence on the success of a child's sport than the excellence of their coach . . . CBA has an accomplished and talented coaching staff who will guide your athlete to achieve their goals.

Our coaches feel that each swimmer is an essential part of the team. All swimmers are given the same attention and consideration regardless of ability. Every athlete is instructed with respect and then given encouragement which instills a positive environment. The approach of our coaching staff is to provide the swimmer with every skill set needed to succeed on any level of USA Swimming.


We at CBA feel strongly that through the sport of swimming,  young people will learn valuable life lessons which will never be forgotten.

Coaching Staff

William Barton

Head Coach

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[Our amazing head coach's profile will be restored soon! Did you know that he has placed over 25 athletes into the USA Olympic Team Trials over the course of his career? He is the Head Coach, the coach of National Group, and the overseer of Seniors group]
 

Dean Kondziolka

Youth Elite Coach

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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.  Kondziolka began his swimming career at the Lakeshore Swim Club at the age of 9, shortly thereafter moving to the Mississauga Aquatic Club at age 11. Kondziolka first broke on the national scene in 1986 at the age of 14, making national time standards in the sprint events, 50 and 100 meter freestyle. He was the youngest competitor (by two years) at the 1986 Canadian National Championships in Edmonton. He went on to compete in the Netherlands and Germany as a member of the Junior National Teams in 1987 and 1988.  His first National Championship was attained in 1990 at the age of 17 (Summer nationals in Etobicoke Ontario) and highest rankings in the world were 1st (LC season, 1993 documented at the Sprint eliminator meet in Nantes, France) and 4th in the 50m freestyle (Speedo World Rankings) respectively. He was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1990 to 1996, winning numerous individual and relay medals at national and international competitions, and was the only swimmer to medal at both the World University Games and 1993 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 1993.   Notable international and national swimming competitions include: (click here to continue reading on Wikipedia)

Wendy Castellanos

Age Group Coach/Director; Open Water

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Wendy is a former pro athlete with over 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, Wendy fulfilled her dream of  becoming the first female pro surfer to hail from Texas. With sponsor support, including Team PowerBar, she easily won events on the West Coast Pro/Am Tour. After 6 months as a rookie American on the ASP World Tour, she signed a contract with a California-based action sports television show (Planet X, Wendy Frederick) as a "pro athlete personality" on-air host, with many episodes airing on Fox and other networks. 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.

Victoria Rios

Seniors Coach

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Coach Victoria is an shining example of home-grown talent. A state-qualifier and stand-out high school swimmer, Victoria was coached and mentored by our own Head Coach Barton, CBA founder and living legend in the world of swimming. After high school, Victoria decided to stay home for universtity studies instead of leaving Corpus to pursue collegiate swimming. A student of kinesiology, she combines her unique knowledge with CBA-style coaching expertise to provide an excellent Seniors program for CBA. At CBA, Victoria prepares swimmers for promotion to either Youth Elite or National Practice groups by helping them reach the required levels of competence, as is possible depending on each swimmer's attendance, attitude, and work ethic.

 

James Ellett

Victoria Coach

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Coach Doug Ellett was born and raised in Richmond Virginia, where he swam as an age group swimmer from 10-18 years old and then swam for Old Dominion University.  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 working 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.  Coach Doug leads the CBA team located in Victoria, Texas, and has swimmers from age 9-17 years old.  Coach Doug is able to handle a variety of levels in each practice from first year swimmers to those that qualify for Sectionals by mixing a learning environment with a strong training environment.   He is actively recruiting for new team members in all age groups and wants to grow age group swimming in the Victoria area. 

Nelle Drexel Glasser

Olympic Way Coach

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Nelle is from Jacksonville, FL where she swam as team captain for her hometown high school and club, the Bolles School. State champion and record holder in the 200 freestyle relay, Nelle competed in the freestyle and butterfly events. After high school, she continued her swimming career at the University of Florida. For two years, she swam with the Gators as an SEC Academic All American, until an injury ended her career as a competitor. After that injury, Nelle partnered with SwimAmerica in Gainesville, FL to coach for the remainder of her years at the University of Florida. In addition to teaching private lessons to young athletes seeking to take their talents to the next level, Nelle focused on coaching fundamental swimming skills to children who’s ages ranged from toddlers to teenagers. Nelle joined the CBA staff in September 2016 and has enjoyed returning to the world of coaching. She believes that all kids, regardless of experience or background, can benefit from swimming; she hopes that all of her students can learn to develop discipline, concentration, and confidence in her practices. Nelle loves seeing the kids in her group having fun and challenging themselves!

Ansley Hayes Hopping

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Ansley has swam competitively since she was three years old, participating in summer league and club levels. She swam Varsity starting her freshman year at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. Her best events were butterfly and the individual medley. Ansley's swimming career was ended by a torn rotator cuff and tear in her shoulder cartilage her junior year after 14 years. She couldn’t keep herself away from the pool and transitioned into coaching and swim instruction. Her favorite part of coaching is being the kids’ cheerleader and watching the students advance. Ansley graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in International Studies. Married to a Marine aviator, she recently moved to Corpus from Pensacola, Florida. Ansley is a group exercise instructor and currently working on her personal trainer certification. According to her, one of the best things about being back in Texas is the chance to see some of her old swimmers compete in TAGS this year.