James E. Smith
Waterpolo Club Director
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.
Kendall has been with AquaTex since she was 14. She currently plays at Austin College after being named Most Valuable Player for TISCA High School Water Polo’s West Region in 2018. Her Round Rock High School team was the first ever to defeat a North Texas HS team that season. She and Coach Shannon are two of three AquaTex athletes who have gone on to play NCAA varsity water polo. She coaches during the summer and winter seasons.
Samantha “Sam” Smith
One of AquaTex’s most prolific scorers as a player Sam is currently a Texas State student where she plays for their club team. She began swimming competitively for the Hurricanes at age 5, then excelled at Westwood High School as an all-region water polo player. She is the lead water polo coach for our Swim2Score program.
Hayley is a former water polo athlete at Round Rock High School and an accomplished swimmer with AquaTex. She currently coaches youth athletes for AQTX Swim Team and leads our the swim technique portion of our Swim2Score program.
Coach Matt has been involved in aquatics since his youth in Chicago. He joins AquaTex after playing at New Trier HS and North Beach Water Polo Club, then with the University of Arizona men’s team. He assists at all levels and is AquaTex’s main goalie coach. He led the AquaTex 12U team to a Polar Bear League Winter Championship in 2019 and is an assistant for Round Rock High School. He’s a certified referee and a regular master’s athlete along with training for an Ironman. He works for an IT consulting firm and lives in Austin.
Alon grew up playing water polo in Northern California at many clubs including Stanford Water Polo club and Legacy Water Polo. He was captain and earned all-league and senior all-star honors while at Carmel High School. Received the Monterey Bay League’s Best Shooter Award and was Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2010 and 2011 An ODP selection, he went on to play with the current U20 Italian Champions, Circolo Canotierri Napoli, in Italy, practiced with the Israeli Junior National Team in the summer of 2015 and participated in the Berlin Maccabi Game in 2015. A varsity water polo athlete at Fordham University in New York, Alon majored in Math/CS and Italian Studies and now works in Pharmaceutical Software in Austin.
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.