Head Coach, Traci Callendar
I come from Jamaica, the great little island in the West Indies, where I've been told that my personality is as warm and friendly as Jamaica itself! I graduated from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, and earned a B.Sc in International Relations. Life had other exciting plans for me, though, and took me into an exciting journey in the world of aquatics.
I've been swimming since a preschooler and continued swimming and playing water polo for the Jamaica National Team in 2003. I did a short course in the teaching and dynamics of swimming with the Swim Jamaica Team and because a group assistant coach with the Tornadoes Swim Team. Later, I became the Aquatics Director for The Queen's High School for Girls, Jamaica, one of the largest high schools in the country.
I moved to Houston on 2010 and became a swim instructor at SwimJim School. Eventually, I was promoted to the director's position. I have also coached summer leagues. The last two years, I coached the West Houston Aquatic Swim Teach.
I love to sing and dance (even though I'm not so good at it!), so it wouldn't seem too strange that my favorite activity are the carnivals in Trinidad and Jamaica.
My philosophy is strive for more and be the best in all that you do; along the way help someone. Each child is special to me and all of them are unique. To each of them, I say, "Woot!! Woot!!" and "Good job, Buddy!!!" I look forward to meeting you and your children this summer!
I attended Nottingham Elementary, Spring Forest Middle School and am currently a senior at Stratford High School. This is my third year on Stratford Varsity Team. I qualified for regionals and placed 8th out of 26 swimmers in the 100 yard backstroke. I am also a goalie for the Boy’s Water Polo Team. I have participated in year-round swimming since 5th grade starting at the West Houston Aquatic Team and then moved to DAD’S Club. I am currently in all Pre-AP classes. I have swum for the Westchester Dolphins since I was five years old and I hope to maintain that streak.
Thank you for the opportunity to be an assistant coach for another swim season!