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    2021 WILD ORCA Coaches

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    Sandy Neilson-Bell - Head Coach

    • 1972 Olympic Triple Gold Medalist
    • 1971 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
    • 1984 Comeback Swimmer of the Year
    • First ever to rank internationally in 3 decades
    • 1988 Olympic Trials Finalist at age 32
    • 1992 Olympic Trials Finalist | 1996 Finalist USA Nat'l Championships & Olympic Trials Qualifier at age 40
    • 72 Masters National Records • 38 Masters World Records
    • International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree
    • Wild Orca Coach 1998-present

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    Note from the Head Coach

    Swimmers get ready to go! Dust off your "swim toys" (aka: fins & goggles), put on an Orca shirt, wear a smile, and come down to the Westover Club to give a nice big Wild Orca "hello" to your buddies and the coaches who think you're grand :). Summer season is just around the corner!

    Parents please know that we coaches and swimmers appreciate very much, our wonderful Orca parent group (aka: POD Parents), and all the things you do to support the Orca program. Thank you in advance for what’s bound to be another great season.

    We've got 4 dual meets this season, Orca team spirit events in the works, and as you know ... we're just going to have some plain ol' WESTOVER WILD ORCA SUMMER FUN! So,get your spirit caps on and get ready to rock & roll! Good things are going to happen!

    See you at the pool :)
    Coach Sandy

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    Cooper Bell - Assistant Coach

    Cooper's coaching career began with his family's swim team when he was 14 years old. An Orca himself from age 8 to 18, he has been coaching the Wild Orcas since 2007.  He's lived in San Marcos since  graduating Texas State and in his "off-Orca" time he works as a private coach, carpenter, landscaper, and part-time book-keeper.  He enjoys tending to his home-grown garden and other things which live in the hills surrounding his home.

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    Adam Snow - Assistant Coach

    Adam, a NW Austin native, made the neighborhood rounds attending Hill Elementary, Murchison Middle School, and Anderson High. He earned an Environmental Studies degree, with a minor in Geology, from Texas State University. We know Adam “rocks” . . . now we know why!

    A Westover Club member his whole life, As a young Wild Orca, Adam had his share of splashes in the Westover Pool with Orca (& now coach) buddy, Cooper. He is an avid tennis player and for years taught tennis at Westover. Adam enjoys yoga, finds his zen at Barton Springs, and since 2017 has re-kindled his Orca Spirit as a Wild Orca Coach. 

    The Orcas are grateful to have his energy, spirit and expertise again this season!

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    Amy McPherson — Assistant Coach

    Amy McPherson has been an enthusiastic swimmer all her life. Ten consecutive years of competing with the Orcas provided opportunity and strength not garnered anywhere else. Passionately cheering her teammates and encouraging other swimmers, she earned the Ross Feeley Memorial Spirit Award in 2013. Besides having the time of her life, Amy earned the Most Best Times Award in 2012 and 2013.

    Lifeguarding, swim lessons, and eight years of competitive water polo are a few of Coach Amy’s water-related endeavors. 2021 marks her third year of coaching the Wild Orcas. Helping kids’ find excitement and self-confidence for the same sport she loves is fulfilling beyond words. 

    The Orcas would not be where they are without Coach Amy's enthusiasm & ever-positive attitude!

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    Theresa Snow — Assistant Coach
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    Marie Taylor — Assistant Coach
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