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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 Head Coach

HEY THERE, my name is Stephanie Chronister and I am the assistant head coach for the CROSS CREEK KRAKENS!! Just a little background information about me... I am actually from the Katy area! I graduated from Taylor High School back in 2010. While there, I swam with Coach Apple as well as participated in school’s spirit program 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 May 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 and help Katy Independent School District write their curriculum for the course as well. 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 or ask me after practice! 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 Assistant Coach

Hi! My name is Shannon Cooley, and I am one of your assistant 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 Assistant Coach

Hey Krakens! My name is Megan Knicely and I am super thrilled to be one of your Assistant Coaches this season. This will be my 7th year as a member of the Cross Creek Kraken swim team. I am a Junior 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 11 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 as well as a member of National Honor Society (NHS). My previous two years as a Junior Coach has provided me with experiences that I believe I can use to help you all achieve your goals and have fun too. I look forward to seeing all the returning and new swimmers and parents. 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 Junior at Tompkins High School and currently swim for the Varsity swim team. I also swim with the Fulshear Racing Swim Team (FRST). This will be my 7th year as a Kraken and my 9th 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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Maddie Katz Junior Coach

Hey y'all! I'm Maddie Katz and I am one of your junior coaches this season. I am a freshman at Tompkins High School where I am on the Varsity girls' team, and I also swim for the Texas Elite club team. This is going to be my 7th year on with the Krakens, which means I've spent nearly half my life on this team! I can't wait to help you and your swimmers get involved with this awesome sport and show them what swimming, and being a Kraken, is all about! It's going to be an amazing season with you guys, and Release the Kraken!!

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Emily Chau Junior Coach

My name is Emily Chau and I’m happy to be one of the junior coaches this year. I’m a sophomore at Tompkins High School and am currently a swimmer for their varsity team. This will be my 6th year swimming for the Krakens. I am excited to be coaching with an excellent staff, and I hope to make this an amazing season! Let’s rock this season Krakens!!

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Camden Morehead Junior Coach

My name is Camden Morehead, and I’m super excited for my first season as a Junior Coach for the cross creek krakens. I am a freshman at Tompkins High School and played on the Freshman A team for basketball. I’ve been swimming for almost 9 years, and this is my 5th year swimming for the Krakens. I have always enjoyed being a member of the team, and last year I was the most valuable male. I can’t wait to start the season, and help each person on the team improve, and most importantly, have fun. Go Krakens!

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