Evan has more than a decade of coaching experience, is currently the head coach for Episcopal High School Swim Team; previously a U.S.A. swim coach for First Colony Swim Team, and teams in the Chicago area. Having served as Head Coach since 2014, Evan will continue to bring his energy and a proven record of successful coaching to our Gators. We are very happy to welcome Coach Evan back to our team for another great season!
My name is Josh Avendano, I've swam since I was 7 years old in WHAT swim team and later switched to Katy aquatics. I'm a varsity swimmer at Seven Lakes High School as well as a soccer player there too. I'm a swim instructor at lifetime and of course a coach for Grand Lakes. I do private lessons throughout the summer and on weekends during the school year. This is my second year coaching and I've enjoyed every second of it , I love working with kids and teaching them something I know so much about . My goal is to improve each swimmer in even the slightest details and provide a fun atmosphere for them at the pool everyday . I look forward to a great season with all the parents and swimmers.
Bailey Gatz is a Senior at Seven Lakes High School. She is involved in NHS, PALS, NCL, and Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church Youth Programs. This is her first year coaching for the Gators but has been swimming her whole life and is very excited to join the GLST family.
Dori Mallinger is wrapping up her sophomore year at Seven Lakes High School. She is on the JV volleyball and soccer teams, and also plays club volleyball and dances at ABS. Dori is also a senior Girl Scout, beginning work on her Gold Award this summer. She serves the local community through the Star chapter of NCL, and especially loves her work with the Special Olympics. Dori began her swimming career as a Grand Lakes Gator when she was three years old, and has been honored to receive Most Valuable Swimmer, Gator Spirit, 110% and Sportsmanship awards during her 13 years at GLST. She has spent many hours volunteering with the six and under age group, and is excited to begin her position as a Junior Assistant Coach.
Eric is a recent graduate of Cinco Ranch High School where he swam and played soccer. He is an entrepreneur and is eager to join the GLST coaching staff. Eric still holds a top 8 All Star record for his 11-12 50 Fly.
Richard is a Junior at Seven Lakes and has been on Grand Lakes for 6 years. He is excited to begin coaching this year! Richard is an active member of his school choir and is an Eagle Scout. He loves reading and writing in his free time. His favorite stroke is Freestyle.