Head Coach - Dean Lackey
Coach Lackey spent most of his childhood in Beaumont, Texas and started swimming competitively at age 8. He won his first TAGS meet with a state record in the 50-yard breaststroke at age 10. Competing in state, zone, and national meets with AAU, USS, and YMCA, he set several state records and was chosen to participate on zone and regional all-star teams practically every season through age 18.
Coach Lackey’s first instructional position was at the age of fourteen, teaching swimming to a large group of 8-10 year old boys. He’s been coaching and teaching lessons ever since
In 2011 and 2012, he coached at Nitro, ranked top ten nationally. Starting as head of the Silver and Gold age group programs at the Bee Cave location, Coach Lackey qualified 9 of his 22 gold swimmers for the state championship meet, exceeding the goal of 4 state age group qualifiers. At the Cedar Park location, Coach Lackey quickly moved from leading the Bronze group to assisting with the National Team while their head coach was at the Olympic Trials. His leadership efforts earned him a call-back to coach the end of season national team athletic scholarship recipients, preparing them technically, physically, and mentally for the rigors of college swimming.
In December of 2012, Coach Lackey lead the Bowie High School team, which had lost two coaches that season. The next fall, the Bowie team increased to 53 swimmers and 3 divers. Swimming everyone at District Champs, Coach Lackey led his team to a dominating 2nd place, qualifying 26 athletes for Regional Champs, and one State Champs participant. The following season, the team increased to 62 athletes.
In March of 2014, he took the position as head coach of the Shadyhollow Stingrays summer league team with180 swimmers. A 30-year tradition, the team turned to Coach Lackey's leadership to make the Stingrays competitive again. Shady Hollow, with very few club swimmers, finished the season with second place to a much larger Circle C team. This was their highest place in many years.
In 2015, Coach Lackey began coaching the Cedar Park HS Swim & Dive Team. In his first season, he led the team of 26 to a 2nd place finish at District Champs and Coach Lackey won District Coach of the Year for the girls. The team also placed 2nd at Regional Champs where Coach Lackey won Regional Coach of the Year, and 10th at State Champs with top 10 finishes and six new school records.
Dean currently coaches swim at Lake Travis High School and lives in Cedar Park with his wife and children. He still swims hard 3 to 6 times per week, and probably always will. Besides swimming and coaching, he enjoys playing with his kids, cycling (on/off road), golf, disc golf, water polo, bowling, racquetball, sailing, wake boarding, K1 racing, and much more.
Head Assistant Coach - Jordan McDaniel
My name is Jordan McDaniel. I have a 3 year old daughter, Sida, and have been happily married to my wife, Jessica, for 5 years as of November 12 of this year. I am currently teaching 5th grade at Winkley Elementary and I love it! I enjoy being around young minds and helping them grow. I have been around swimming for 15 years and can honestly say I would not be the man I am today if I had chosen to pursue another sport. I swam at Vista Ridge and graduated Alpha class in '07. I still hold the 100 yard breaststroke record at that school.
I firmly believe swimming refines and enhances a person's best character traits. I have seen how it can build a young person's confidence, making a permanent impression on their future.
I think summer league is an extremely important part of swimming. It allows beginners to get into the sport and it also allows veterans of the sport to enjoy a less demanding aspect of swimming. I like to push my swimmers to better themselves and worry only about their own improvements, but I also like to have fun because after all it is Summer Break!
I look forward the new season, Go Typhoons!