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Barbie Tibbetts Head Coach

Hi Everyone! I am so excited for this summer swim season! This will be my 14th year with the Tidal Wave family, and my 8th year coaching. I started swimming when I was six years old. I was on the Varsity Swim Team all four years during high school. I advanced to Regionals my Sophomore through Senior years. Of course, that was a million years ago. I am now a mother of two Tidal Waves; and I teach 4th grade at Winkley Elementary School in Leander ISD. I love working with children, and getting them to believe in themselves. I know through dedication and hard work each Tidal Wave will reach whatever goal it is that they set for themselves. This is going to be an awesome season!

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Josh McCusker Assistant Coach

Coaching and swimming have been a part of my life for decades. I currently coach in middle school and have spent most of my career as a PE and athletic coach, ranging from kindergarteners to professional athletes. All three of my kids swim with the Tidal Waves. Through this team, I've seen them develop a love of self-improvement and physical activity, all while having fun doing so. I couldn't ask for a better team to be a part of.

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Kim VanTatenhove Assistant Coach

Hi!! I am very excited to be starting another year coaching with the Tidal Waves although, it will be my 9th year coaching swimming. I started swimming when I was 6 years old and loved it so much that I joined a year round club team. I also swam at McNeil High School and then traveled to west Texas and swam all 4 years for McMurry University where we were NSISC champs my first 2 years. I coached the Forrest North Stingrays for 5 summers before my husband and I relocated to Michigan. There, I coached a year round club team for 2 years before starting our family. Flash forward a bit and we relocated back to Texas! I have four kiddos, two of which are now on the Tidal Waves. I love spending time with my family, going on little adventures and doing pretty much anything outdoors! I am very excited to be a part of this team and am looking forward to a great summer!!

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Marco Khalil Assistant Coach

Hello everyone my name is Marco Khalil and this will be my second year coaching at Tidal waves! I've been swimming for 12 years, one year being a collegiate swimmer and 11 years with the team. My favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly. I am currently studying Cybersecurity with a minor in psychology and hoping to be a behavioral analyst or working in IT. I loved being a coach last year, helping your kids become better swimmers and I can't wait to coach again this year.

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Kennedy Cochran Assistant Coach

Hello! I am so excited to start this season with you this summer. I started my swimming career when I was 8 years old on Tidal Waves and was on the team for 11 years until I aged out. I was a volunteer coach for 7 years on Tidal Waves. I swam in high school and was the captain my senior year. I attend Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. I am excited to help your children advance in their swimming skills and learn more about the sport and most importantly have fun. I have been very blessed to be a part of this team for so long and I am ready for this awesome season ahead!

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Walker Carlson Assistant Coach

Howdy! I'm so excited to be a part of the Tidal Waves, this time as a coach! I've been swimming for 9 years now, and 8 of those have been with this amazing team. As of now I go to Texas Tech University where I'm majoring in biology, and one day hopefully I'll become a pediatrician. I've made lifelong friends on this team and every season has been amazing, can't wait to start this one as a coach!

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