Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Staff
Kate Zabler

Coach Kate is in her 7th year with the Sharks Swim Club. She currently is the lead coach of the Senior and Exploratory groups. She also oversees the Sharks Swim School and seasonal programs. Coach Kate has been coaching for over 15 yrs. Previously she was the Head Age Group & Interim Head Coach for the Space City Aquatic Team and coached with the Singapore American School Fighting Fish and at the American School of Bombay. In her tenure, Coach Kate has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities; from swim school to top 8 finishers at the Olympic Trials.

Coach Kate grew up as a competitive swimmer in Kansas City, MO and competed in college for Stony Brook University. She enjoys sharing her love of swimming and helping swimmers achieve their goals and reach outside of their comfort zone. She is active in the Gulf Swimming LSC. She has been a coach for the Gulf NACC staff, Gulf Duel in the Pool staff, and has severed on the Gulf Board of Directors. 

In her free time, Coach Kate enjoys traveling with her husband, Sachin, and her son Andrew, and gardening.

Timothy Hill

Coach Hill is a dedicated coach to his swimmers and enjoys the journey of helping swimmers grow and improve as people and athletes even more than the numerous athletic successes. He brings over 30+ years of remarkable coaching experience to the SHARKS Swim Club.  Known as a dedicated, hard working professional who is passionate about his swimmers and team, Coach Hill is highly respected and well thought of throughout the sport. A proven team-builder and superb teacher of stroke technique and mental training, Coach Hill focuses>

Coach Hill comes to the SHARKS Swim Club after 4 years as Head Coach of the West Houston Aquatic Team (WHAT).  In his 4 years with WHAT, the team progressed remarkably.  The team placed consistently in the top 5 to 10 in the various local Gulf Championships and numerous swimmers achieved and scored at Sectionals, and achieved Junior National qualifying times. 

Coach Hill has coached successfully at all levels of swimming, from age group & high school to Sectionals, Junior & Senior Nationals, and the Olympics.  He had swimmers compete in NCAA’s, USA Swimming Nationals, Junior Nationals, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other Olympic Games since 1980.  He has also served as a member of several USA Swimming National Team coaching staffs.   An American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 Coach, the highest level, Coach Tim has coached numerous world ranked swimmers, USA Swimming National Champions, and NCAA Champions, including the first woman under 1:00 in 100 Breaststroke, a US Open record. 

Prior to coaching at WHAT, Coach Hill led the USA Swimming Piranhas Swim Team, a Silver Medal Club in California. The senior program had athletes compete in the Olympic Games, World Championships, ranked in the top 50 in the world, USA Swimming National Championships (a.k.a. Senior Nationals), and Junior Nationals.  Before coaching in California, Coach Hill served 5 years as the Head Coach of First Colony Swim Team in Sugar Land, TX where he had an Olympic Trial swimmer, National Championship qualifiers and Junior National scorers. His swimmers consistently were Individual State Champions, achieved a National Record, won events at Sectionals, and he had teams in the Top 5 to 2nd place at Texas Age Group Championships.   

The first 20 years of Coach Hill's career were spent at Arizona State University and Southern Illinois University where he served as the Head Coach of the Women's Swim Team.  His teams were usually in the Top 10 and placed  as high as 3rd at Nationals. Coach of 135 All-Americans, 52 Academic All-Americans, Coach Hill was also Illinois Collegiate Coach of the year, 1981-1984, 1995 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, NCAA Top 3 coach of the year. His Saluki Swim Club placed Top 10 at USA Swimming Nationals.

Coach Tim is a former runner/triathlete, who loves the outdoors, snow/water skiing, music/drum corp and more. His wife, Shayla, is a Special Education teacher and they have two daughters, Ailish & 
Spencer.  Spencer has two sons ages 3 & 1.  During Coach Hill’s first position out of college, he created the Sarasota Y Sharks in FL, where he was the aquatic director, head coach and head high school coach, and he is excited to return to ‘Shark territory’.


Mark Boerner

I have more than 40 years of head coaching experience, beginning my coaching career with summer clubs at the age of 16. I have coached numerous world class, senior national, junior national, YMCA, high school, TAGs qualifiers, finalists and champion athletes. Teams I’ve coached have won Junior National and YMCA National team titles. Over the past 4 years I’ve helped coach 5 different Gulf teams that were in need of assistants. I have been fortunate to have coached or assisted in coaching 4 world record holders, 10 junior national champions, 9 age group national record holders, and 24 high school champions – 11 setting state records. During 1982-85 I  worked with the Nashville Aquatic Club that include 7 females that won the USA National team title, and with the Southern Illinois University women’s swim team that placed 7th at the NCAA Division-1 Championships. I have been honored to receive both the National YMCA coach of the year and Gulf Coach of the Year.  It has been my goal and responsibility with each program to develop and maintain a nationally competitive senior and age group Team; and to plan, organize and administer the activities of the Age Group Coaching staff.  I am a former member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors, Director of its Southern Zone, National Time Standards Committee, and Senior Circuit Time Standards Chairman, and have been on several committees at the local level.

Dacia Moore Discovery Groups & Dryland Coordinator

Coach Dacia  is now beginning her 7th year with Sharks.  She taught swim lessons for the past 7 years and is super excited to be coaching Developmental and younger swimmers. Coach Dacia has a dual Masters in Sports Fitness and Sport Management.  When she is not on the pool deck, she can be found coaching softball with a local select team.  Coach Dacia and her husband have four children and 2 German Shorthaired Pointers! 

Christopher Sustala Expl Advance 2 Coach

My love for coaching began in the early 90's where I swam for Texas A&M University (prior to the awesome pool). I spent my senior year at A&M coaching the junior varsity college swimmers and helping with the Aggie Swim Club in my spare time. My claim to fame in my swimming career is that I would do anything for the team to get points...the 500, the 1,650, 200 Fly, 400IM...even as far as diving! For what it's worth, I lettered in DIVING in the Southwest Conference...twice!

My passion for coaching has never diminished since getting a taste of it in College.  I have spent the last 30 years coaching swimmers, triathletes, water polo players and runners. I am also the head coach of NextGen which is a USAT youth triathlon club for the League City area. I love seeing kids of all ages and abilities set goals, build a work ethic that will help them work towards those goals, and eventually achieving those goals. My goals are to pass my passion for this sport onto the young athletes of Sharks!

It's always great to be a SHARK!

David Garcia Assistant Coach

Coach Garcia is an Assistant Coach with the Friendswood Sharks Swim Club, bringing two years of coaching experience and a three-year history as a former team swimmer. Currently pursuing Art and Graphic Design at San Jacinto College, Coach Garcia channels creativity into coaching, aiming to inspire swimmers to excel. Beyond the pool and academics, Coach Garcia finds solace in gardening, and connecting with nature."

Sophie Austin Assistant Coach
Joe Sloan Assistant Coach

Coach Joe started his swim career with Curl Burke swim club in Virginia when he was 7. He moved to Houston and joined Sharks Swim Team at 11. He swam for Sharks for 6 years, even training under COach Tim. He swam for Friendswood High School where he was a state level swimmer. He decided not to swim in college, but continue his swim career by coaching. He coached for Friendswood's summer league team TAST. Eventually he was asked to apply for a position at Lutheran South Academy where he became the head middle school coach and assistance high school coach. 

When he is not coaching, Joe is working toward a business management and entrepreneurship degree. He also enjoys and is very into music. He plays multiple instruments and owns his own music production company. 

Cherie Crawford Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor
Coach Cherie joined the Sharks Swim Team in April 2018 as a swim school instructor. She previously taught lessons at Space City Aquatics Team.
Coach Cherie started swimming at the age of 3 and never stopped. She did summer league every summer and at the age of 11, started swimming for AAAA, her local club team in San Antonio. Coach Cherie swam all four years on her high school swim team at Ronald Reagan HS and started teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding her junior year. She continued teaching swim lessons on and off through college and after moving back to the Houston/Galveston area in 2014.
Coach Cherie is also a full time high school science teacher and teaches in Pasadena, TX. This year will be her sixth year of teaching and she absolutely loves it. In her free time (mostly during the summer), she loves traveling to visit her friends in various states and hanging out with her family. Her cat Remy is also a delightful handful.
Bryon Pinkoski Assistant Coach & LTS Instructor
Peyton Robbins Assistant Coach

Hi, I am Peyton Robbins I have been swimming since I was 9 but I have swam for sharks for about 3 years I am currently on the Friendswood High school Swim and Water polo team. In my free time I love to read, knit, hang out with friends, and go camping. I can’t wait to start working with the sharks team!

Susan Hillegeist Team Admin
Board of Directors
Jim McMichael President
Laura Shipman Treasurer
Ann Esbeck Secretary/Parent Rep
Ed Jonas Member At Large