10th Anniversary



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EmPOWERing Swimmers FOR Success in LIFE.  A USA Swimming / Gulf Swimming member organization in Katy/West Houston

Becky Minear

Director, Shark School

Assistant Coach

​Coach Becky has been a USA Swimming Coach since 2012. She has coached all age groups from Pre-Competition to Senior level.  She has been with PFL since Spring 2017.  

Becky holds a Bachelor of Science  degree from Texas A&M University in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences.  
She is married and has one daughter, Mallory, a PFL Thunder swimmer and Shark School coach who now swims for the Southern Illinois University Salukis .

Abril Caridad

Assistant Coach

Coach Abril is a 2017 graduate of Taylor High School where she was captain of the varsity swim team.  She was formerly a PFL Thunder swimmer where she was known for her infectious enthusiasm and love of the sport of swimming.  Abril has specialized experience coaching youth swimming programs and Mommy-and-Me classes.

She is currently attending Lone Star College with hopes of becoming a Physician's Assistant. 


Assistant Coach / IT Support

Coach Alex started working for PFL in 2017.  A lifelong love of the water started in 1977 when the family moved to Katy and he began summer league.    He married his high school sweetheart and has two daughters, Abril and Martina, both PFL Thunder swimmers.  His daugher, Abril, has followed in his footsteps as a PFL coach.

Alex is Desktop Support Manager at Spark Energy here in Houston.  He also provides IT support for Power Aquatics.

Norma Ortega

Assistant Coach

Coach Norma is originally from Mexico City.  She is an adminnistrator at the Montessori House for Children in Richmond, TX and has been coaching for PFL since 2015.

Norma has two sons, Gerardo and Leo, one a current PFL swimmer and one an alumni of the program.  Her elder son, Leo, has been a Shark School coach before leaving for college at the University of Texas.

Mary McGovern

Team Manager

Contact:  teammanager@poweraquatics.org

Phone:  832-622-2561

Mary has been Team Manager for Power Aquatics since 2017.  She has an extensive administrative background with swim teams from summer league through high school and club levels.  She holds Masters Degrees in Engineering (M.S.) and Public Affairs (M.A.) from the University of Pittsburgh and has a professional background in marketing, public relations, commercial development, and strategic planning.

Mary is married and has two sons, Zachary and Tariq, who are PFL Thunder alumni.  Zachary was a PFL coach for the Lightning group.  Both Zac and Tariq are now studying at the University of Houston.

In accordance with USA Swimming athlete protection policies, PFL coaches and staff do not communicate directly with swimmers via phone, email, or other electronic devices.  All such communications must originate from the account or device of a parent or guardian.  Our preferred mode of coach/athlete interaction is face-to-face on the pool deck.

Lupe Garcia Wright

Yoga Coach

Coach Lupe was born and raise in Panama City, Panama.  She studied business at the Catholic University in Panama and moved to Texas about 10 years ago.  Her great love is yoga.  She has been practicing yoga for many years and became a certified yoga instructor in 2013.   She is registered with Yoga Alliance and continues studying to keep her yoga education up to date.  Lupe is a yoga instructor with Power For Life and will carry on learning more about swimming and yoga.   Coach Lupe is married and has one son, Albert.

russell sollock

Dry Land Coach

Assistant Coach

Coach Russell has been with Power Aquatics since 2011.  He is an active Masters swimmer and triathlete, including a three-time Iron Man finisher and a 14-time half-Ironman among other races.  He has received All World Athlete recognition as a silver medalist for finishing in the top 5% of his age group in Ironman competitions.  

Coach Russell is a University of Houston graduate having earned a Masters in Physical Education and a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition.  Russell has years of experience teaching physical education and health sciences to Katy ISD high school students and is currently Assistant Coach of Mayde Creek High School Swim Team.

Greg Simpson

Head Age Group Coach, Power For Life

Contact:  coachgreg@poweraquatics.org

Phone:  832-622-1841

Coach Greg has worked for Power since 2012. He grew up with Texas swimming and its competitive nature, having been a swimmer for local summer leagues, club teams, and his former high school.   A 2010 Cinco Ranch graduate, Greg was a four-year varsity and All-American swimmer.  He is an active, self-driven, all-around athlete who on top of swimming participates in multiple sports including sport climbing, bouldering, cycling, and running. 

Coach Greg is seeking his Bachelors in Business at The University of Houston with a minor in sports science. Greg's extensive expertise as a swimmer and in-depth knowledge of the sport affords him the ability, as a coach, to thoroughly understand and motivate his swimmers.

sharon power

Owner of Power Aquatics

Head Coach of Power for Life Swim Team / Thunder 1 Coach

Contact:  coachsharon@poweraquatics.org

Coach Sharon has been a Swim Coach and Instructor since 1972.  She is one of only approximately 200 out of the 12,000 certified USA swim coaches holding the highest Level 5 ASCA certification.  She has the honor of being Coach of Record for Olympic Gold Medalist and former World Record Holder, Ian Crocker.  She has coached numerous National, Junior national, High School State, and NCAA qualifying champions.  Many of her swimmers have gone on to college and become captains of their teams.  In addition, Sharon has mentored dozens of young and women who have gone on to become coaches in the sport of swimming. 

​Sharon has served on National and LSC committees, received awards and recognitions in Canada and the United States, and has coached in Australia.   Coach Sharon's extensive experience coupled with a  demonstrated passion for the sport of swimming has given all who have had her as their coach the pride of being one of 'her kids.'

Coach Sharon