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Ryan Hermes Head Coach

My name is Ryan Hermes and I am the new Head Coach of the Cross Creek Krakens! I could not be more excited to begin working with this team and leading us to victory! I am 24 years old and am currently attending the University of Houston, as a psychology major. I began my swimming career when I was 8 years old with the Williamsburg Settlement Dolphins, where I began to volunteer coach at 13 and eventually would be hired as a paid assistant coach when I turned 16. I have been coaching either privately or with a team ever since. I love swimming and hope to share that love with the whole team. In my free time I love to go camping, hiking, and anything outdoors. I also love animals and am particularly fond of reptiles and dogs. I look forward to working with each and everyone of you and am excited to get the season started. Let’s go Krakens!

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Stephanie Chronister Assistant Coach

My name is Stephanie Chronister, & I am one of the assistant coaches for CCST this summer!! Just a little bit about me... I am actually from the Katy area! I graduated from Taylor High School in 2010. While there, I was on the swim team, & participated in spirit programs as the mascot, Mustang Sally. My experiences there propelled me to Sam Houston State University, where continued my mascot career, participated in the Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, and eventually graduated in 2015. After college, I immediately started my teaching career at Obra D. Tompkins High School where I have taught biology, and was able to start their Forensic Science program. Swimming has always been a big part of my life. I grew up swimming for Barker’s Landing Swim Team, and eventually went from a swimmer, to “teen helper”, and eventually became the assistant coach by the age of 15. Before focusing my efforts on my college studies, I also coached swim lessons for both children and adults… so if your family is looking for lessons, please do not hesitate to send me an email! I hope that everyone is ready for a pretty EPIC swim season, because I know that I am!

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Lauren Siegmund Assistant Coach

My Name is Lauren and I am going to be one of the assistant coaches for the Krakens this summer. I am currently attending Sam Houston State University as a Criminal Justice major. I am also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Sam Houston. I am looking forward to working with all of the swimmers this summer and I am ready to see how this season develops!

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Shannon Cooley Junior Coach

Hi! My name is Shannon Cooley, and I am one of your junior coaches this year! I currently swim for the varsity team at Tompkins High School and love every minute of it! I am a fifth year member or this team, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your kids again! I look forward to having a great season with everyone! 

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Megan Knicely Junior Coach

Hello fellow Krakens! My name is Megan Knicely and I am super thrilled to be returning as Junior Coach. This will be my 6th year as a member of the Cross Creek Kraken swim team. I am a Sophomore at Tompkins High School where I am a proud member of the girls Varsity swim team and I also swim club for Texas Elite Swim Team (TEST). In total I have been swimming for 10 years and I couldn’t imagine not being a part of the swim family. I am a proud member of National Charity League (NCL) Star Chapter, Class of 2021. I look forward to seeing all the returning and new swimmers and parents. I can’t wait to help them all achieve their goals and have a great time doing it. Get ready for an exciting season:) Release the Kraken!!

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Drew Ladner Junior Coach

My name is Drew Ladner and I am one of the Junior Coaches for the Krakens this year. I am a sophomore at Tompkins High School and currently swim for the Varsity swim team. This will be my 6th year as a Kraken and my 8th year swimming on a summer league team. I hope to make this year one of the best! I am very excited to assist the Krakens development as a team and to make each individual the best swimmers that they can be. Release the Kraken!

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