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Kathleen Jackson

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Head Coach

My name is Kathleen Jackson . I am proud to have been coaching and teaching swimming in the Kingwood area for over 25 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 17, Austin 14 and Conner 11. 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!! 🐻

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Alex Dumais

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Assistant Coach

Hey Bears! I am Alex Dumais and I’m so excited to be one of your coaches this summer! I am on the women’s soccer team at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts and I am studying marketing. I graduated from Kingwood High School in 2020. Growing up I swam for 11 years for the MBW Marlins! Swim team was such a huge part of my life and I can’t wait to make the summer league experience even more fun than it was for me! I’m super excited to meet all of you! Go Bears!!

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Owen Pickering

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Assistant Coach

My name Owen Pickering and I’m very excited to be a part of Bear Branch Swim Team! I am a Freshman at Texas A&M University studying engineering. Over my seven years of swimming at Kingwood High, Blue Tide, and summer league, I have qualified for and scored at Ponderosa, TAGS, Sectionals, Zones, NCSA, Speedo Winter Juniors, and 6A State. This last summer, I worked as a swim instructor at the Lake Houston YMCA and loved it. I can’t be more excited to work for the best summer league team in Kingwood! Go Bears!

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Julia Westwood

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Assistant Coach

Hi everyone! I’m Julia Westwood and I am a graduating senior at Kingwood High School. I’m super excited to return to summer league, where my love of swimming first began. I started as a Greentree/Riverchase Gator and then swam for Blue Tide Aquatics for 10 years, where I competed at TAGS, Sectionals and Zones. More recently, I was a three-year member of the KHS Varsity Team, a two- time district champion, a regional finalist, and an alternate and relay member of the 2018 and 2019 State Teams. I retired my cap and goggles last summer but have kept my hair smelling of chlorine as an instructor at FINS, where I teach safe water skills to toddlers and younger swimmers. I plan to study marine and conservation biology at Boston University in the fall. For now, though, I get to study BEARS in the water, and I can’t wait to make memories with these swimmers and to help them get stronger and faster!

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Hollie Gille

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Volunteer Coach

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! 

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