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!
Assistant Coach - Mason Miller
Hey Typhoons! I am so excited to return for my second season as your coach! I am finishing up my freshman year at Oklahoma State University where I am majoring in Food Science and minoring in Chemistry. I am a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity where I am on the philanthropy committee for LiveLikeLou to help fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in honor of our late brother, Lou Gehrig. I have absolutely loved my first year in college - especially cheering on the Cowboys!
If there is a sporting event on campus, I am usually there! I began swimming when I was nine years old and continued up until my senior year of high school. Breaststroke is my favorite stroke with the IM following close behind. While I love seeing swimmers winning races or getting heat winner ribbons, I especially love seeing first legal swims and time improvements each week.
I absolutely loved coaching the Typhoons last year and cannot wait for this season to begin! Summer league swimming is so special because you get to cheer on five year olds and then seventeen year olds. Let’s Go Typhoons!
Assistant Coach - Riley Wilkinson
When Riley was young, he did something bold. He joined to typhoons, to win the gold.
But Riley was short, from his mother you see. So he didn’t win gold, at any swim meet
But he didn’t give up, he just kept on going. He just loved to swim, so he just kept on swimming.
And as the years went by, he started to grow. Little by little, though he didn’t know.
And then he got faster and stronger and longer. He worked on his strokes to make them less wronger.
Now here he is, coach of a team. And excited to show kids what swimming means.
So don’t ever forget to do what it takes. For really hard work, does a great swimmer make!
Assistant Coach - Natalie Romero
I’m currently finishing up my last semester at ACC. I plan on continuing my education in California pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Health Science.
I’ve loved swimming and being in the water my whole life and swam competitively for 2 years on the Typhoons Swim Team. I joined the swim team because I loved swimming and enjoyed the challenge of competing. I loved the idea of a sport where I could be in the water all the time.
I’m a Typhoons Coach this year because I loved being a part of the team and I just enjoy swimming & being in the water!
Assistant Coach - Amber Saez
Hello Typhoons! My name is Amber Saez and this will be my first year coaching with the Cedar Park Typhoons.
I am a senior at Rouse High School and I will be attending University of Arkansas in the fall. I've been on the Varsity swim team for four years and have competed at TISCA and Regional's. I competed on Tidal Waves for two seasons and found a passion for helping people achieve there goals. I am also a swim instructor for City of Cedar Park. I am very excited for this upcoming season and I am very excited to meet everyone!
Assistant Coach - McKenzie Sumner
I am excited to join the Typhoons. I just finished up my first year of college at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. I want to create my own major at Mount Holyoke and do a criminal justice/forensics major.
I swam for Leander High school and Nitro Swimming as well as Mount Holyoke until I got injured. I was a distance freestyle and IM. I worked at Nitro swimming in the lessons pool for 2 years. I really enjoyed getting to know all the kids and watching them learn how to swim.
When not coaching swim, I love riding horses, zip lining, competing in triathlons, and hanging out with my 3 dogs.
I am excited to show swimmers younger than me what I learned from swimming as well as making it fun. Can’t wait to meet you all.