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Head Coach: Gina Spartaro Zayas
Asst. Head Coaches: Tucker Lewis
Asst. Coaches: Courtney Black, Danielle Casper, Jack Prud'homme, Amy Taffinder and Miranda Wadhera
Volunteer Coaches: Bethany Siebelink

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2017 Armada Coaches

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Gina
Gina Spataro Zayas Head Coach

Gina, head coach of the WBA, is returning for her 21st season as part of the coaching staff.  Gina and her husband Mike have been married for 15 yrs and live in Round Rock with their two sons Riley (12 yrs old) and Luke (10 yrs old) .... Both WBA swimmers. Gina has a degree in education from Texas A&M University.  In the off season she stays busy home schooling her son's, being a mom, watching her niece & nephew, and spending time with family.  Gina is looking forward to another great Armada season!

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Tucker Lewis Assistant Head Coach

Tucker was an Armada swimmer for 12 years and a junior coach for four years. He is excited to be joining the Armada coaching staff for his fifth year. He loves the team and is very thankful to be able to coach this season. 

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Courtney Black Assistant Coach

Courtney, after taking a break from swimming for her senior year, is excited to be back at the pool. Courtney swam with the Armada team from the age of six until she was fifteen, and she junior coached for the team for one summer. She also swam on Texas Gold for nine years, and can’t wait to start her first summer coaching for the team.

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Danielle Casper Assistant Coach

Danielle is excited to be returning to Armada this year to coach. She swam with Armada for 10 years and coached for 3 years after. She took her first job as a nurse in Amarillo for 2 years, but couldn’t stay away from the pool and coached a school swim team while there. Now she is back in Austin working as a registered pediatric nurse at Dell Children’s Hospital. She can’t wait to see all of the familiar faces, and to meet new families this summer.

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Jack Prud'Homme Assistant Coach

Jack is excited to be back and coaching the team he started swimming with in 2004. Jack is currently swimming for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and is ready to share his knowledge of the strokes.

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Amy Taffinder Assistant Coach

Amy's family joined WBA the year she was born in 1999 and then, when Amy was 5 years old, she started swimming, too. Amy has been swimming with the team for 12 years now and her favorite strokes are butterfly and backstroke. She has junior coached for three years and is very excited to be coaching for the team during this, her "age out year" of competing. Amy has been homeschooled her whole life and is currently taking dual credit classes at ACC, studying to become a Personal Fitness Trainer. She loves WBA and can't wait to see what this swim season holds. 

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Miranda Wadehra Assistant Coach

Miranda swam with Armada since she was six years old. She junior coached for four summers and started coaching last season. She was captain of the swim team at McNeil High School, and has had experience teaching swim lessons with Brushy Creek M.U.D. 

She loves to use her knowledge of the sport and of teaching in her coaching experience. 

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Bethany Libby Volunteer Coach

"Bethany swam on the Armada for 10 years and has coached several years since aging out. She is a traveling physical therapist assistant and is currently back in the Austin area for rehab from ACL reconstruction surgery. Her favorite hobbies include camping, hiking, drawing and traveling with her husband."  

The Armada board is excited that she is volunteering her time to help the Armada swimmers.

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