Coaches

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James E. Smith

Head Waterpolo Coach

USA Water Polo named Coach James the 2015-16 Top Development Coach for its national Olympic Development Program. He remains the Southwest Zone Boys’ Head Coach. He helmed the Round Rock High School girls to four TISCA West Region Championships and was Coach of the Year in 2018. Previously he coached at The Priory School and La Costa Canyon HS in California. He played at Long Beach Wilson High School and UC San Diego and earned his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He’s the founder of Total Waterpolo, and co-host of the TXWaterpolo Podcast.

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Kendall Katusak

Seasonal Coach

The Austin College and former AquaTex player will join us in the winter and summer seasons. Named TISCA West Region High School MVP in 2018 she’s one of the vanguard of AquaTexans taking her skills to the collegiate varsity ranks. She coaches both youth and high school athletes.

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Matthew Smiley

Assistant Coach

Coach Matthew has been involved in aquatics since his youth in Chicago. He joins AquaTex after playing at New Trier HS in the Chicago suburbs, and then with the University of Arizona men’s team. At the U of A he was honored with the Legacy Scholarship Award. He assists at all levels of play with AquaTex, is a regular masters athlete, and works for a consulting firm. He lives in Austin.

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Shannon Berry

Seasonal Coach

Shannon is one of AquaTex’s (formerly CenTex) earliest members. In 2019 she finished her first season of varsity water polo at Austin College where she was honored by the school with the Sig Lawson Award, given to those who show great character and work ethic. She coaches youth and high school athletes with a focus on goalkeeping.