My name is Kathleen Jackson . I am proud to have been coaching and teaching swimming in the Kingwood area for 30 years. I started out as a six and under bear, spent 10 years swimming summer league for Village Otters and Greentree. I went on to be a 4 year varsity and state qualifier at Kingwood High. I also swam BTA for 10 years. Finished out my swim career as a scholarship swimmer and conference finalist at the University of Houston. I have coached summer league for 16 years, the last four with Bear Branch. Spent ten years with Blue Tide Aquatics as a age group coach.
I have a B.S. in Exercise Science and Education. I taught at Foster Elementary and Eaglecrest Academy. My husband Sonny and I have 3 boys, Heath 18, Austin 15 and Conner 12. So excited to be back with my bear family, looking forward to a fabulous season. Swimming has given me so much, I am so lucky to get to share the sport I love with your Children. Paws up!!
Hey Bears! I am Alex Dumais and I’m so excited to be returning to BBST for my second season as a coach! Currently, I am studying marketing at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts and am on the women’s soccer team. I graduated from Kingwood High School in 2020. Swimming was a huge part of my childhood as I swam for the MBW Marlins for 11 years. I am beyond thrilled to watch these bears excel this summer and cannot wait to get started! Goooooo Bears!!
Hello Bear Branch family! I am excited to be one of your assistant coaches and part of the amazing Bear Branch swim team! Swimming has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school and being able to share this passion with you is going to be incredible. I graduated from Kingwood Park High School in 2020 and am currently studying business at Southwestern University. I started swimming when I was 7 years old and it has transformed into a swimming career, swimming summer league for 10 years, Kingwood Park Varsity for 4 years, Blue Tide Aquatics for 10 years, and I am currently in my 2nd year swimming for Southwestern University. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and being a part of a successful season. It is going to be a great summer and I can’t wait to help everyone achieve their swimming goals! Let’s get excited and GO BEARS!!!
My name is Carter Bennett and I have been a Bear Branch bear for 13 years. I started summer league when I was 6 years old and since then swimming has been a main focus in my life. Along with summer league, I have been a club swimmer for Blue Tide Aquatics and a high school swimmer for Kingwood Park. I was on the National Team for BTA and was a part of the 2020 State Championship Team at KPark. I will be graduating from Kingwood Park High School this spring. I look forward to sharing my love of the sport and my swim experiences with the next generation of bears. Go Bears!!
Hi bears! I’m Riley Goebel, I am super excited to be one of your coaches this summer! I’ve been swimming for 12 years and started off in summer league like y’all! I also swam for BTA for 10 years, and am a 4 year varsity Kingwood High School swimmer and I will be graduating in the spring! I can’t wait to meet all of y’all and I am looking forward to making fun memories. We are going to have a super great swim season!! Go bears!!
My name is Hollie Gille. I am a mom of 4 girls dubbed as the ”Gille girls” and 1 boy known as the "Gille Guy". I grew up here in kingwood swimming for the village otters and BTA. Swimming was a family thing growing up and I have very fond memories of it. As I got older I developed a love for basketball and pursued that and had the opportunity to play collegiately for 4 years. Upon graduating I got my teaching certificate in k-12 physical education. I love teaching kids and have continued that love while raising my family. Over the past 11 years I have assisted and head coached various swim teams (year round and summer league) and created small leagues of soccer and basketball for young kids. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to meeting y’all!
Hi, I’m Garret. I am the brother of Hollie Gille. I am married with one kiddo. Swimming has always been a large part of my life and it all started here at summer league. I swam for KHS and BTA and then eventually swam for the University of Utah and also for Brigham Young University. At BYU I had the opportunity to be the team captain. I graduated from BYU in mechanical engineering and got my Masters in Business at UVU. While working as an engineer, one of my BYU teammates and I started a small company called Swim First Analysis where we would perform in depth analysis on swimmers using video and pressure sensors to find parts of their technique to improve that may have otherwise been undetectable. I guess I just couldn’t get enough of swimming. I am looking forward to meeting y’all! I have heard great things from Coach Kathleen and Coach Hollie.