Coaches

Coaching Staff
Jason Petty Tyler ISD Aquatic Coordinator

Coach Petty grew up swimming for the 'Doches Dolphins in Nacogdoches, TX.  He competed for Ouchita Baptist University and was an All-American in the 200 freestyle.  Coach Petty earned a bachelor degree in Physcial Education from OBU and a masters degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin.  He begun his professional coaching career in 1995 in Hot Springs, AR and has coached in Kansas, Tennesssee, California, and New Mexico.  He moved to Tyler with his wife and two daughters in 2015 to take the position of Aquatic Coordinator.

Gordy Westerberg Head Coach & Senior Coach

Coach Gordy comes to TRAC with a track record of success from the LSC level all the way up to Olympic Trials qualifiers. Prior to arriving at TRAC, he was with the Sharks Swim Club in Friendswood, TX. During his time there, he produced a UIL-5A State Champion and 6A State Champion. He was responsible for the Senior Performance group that produced 1 US Open qualifier, a different Speedo Junior National qualifier, 2 additional NCSA qualifiers, 8 sectional qualifiers, and 5 Southern SR Zones qualifiers all within one calendar year.

Prior to that, Coach Gordy spent 4 years at Clovis Swim Club (NM, pop 40000) where he produced the first ever Top 3 team finish at the NM High School State Championships (2x). He also had 2 NCSA qualifiers and 8 additional Sectional qualifiers.

His coaching career started in Albuquerque, NM where he coached for 31 years prior to moving to Clovis, NM. During that time he produced multiple state HS Champions, over 45 NCSA qualifiers, and 2 Olympic Trials qualifiers.

Coach Gordy is a retired teacher (29 years as a HS Math teacher) and is married to Rosa and they have 2 kids, Michael and Amber, that were both collegiate swimmers and are now adults in the workplace. He is very excited to explore the lakes of East TX to find the best spots for bass fishing!

Abbi Roeland Bronze Coach & Swim Lesson Coordinator

Coach Abbi grew up swimming in Tyler. She started swimming when she was 8 and competitively swam all throughout middle school and high school at Robert E. Lee (Legacy). Abbi graduated from East Texas Baptist University with her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. Abbi's position is a full time assistant and she works with high school, middle school, and TRAC swimmers. Abbi oversees our swim lesson program, Spring/Summer/Fall league programs, and coaches our Bronze group. 

Henry McDonald Gold & Masters Coach

Stan McDonald: Long time Atascadero High School swim coach on and off from 1983 to 2015. Also Coached Atascadero Swim Club and founding coach with North County Aquatics.  Also coached with Gator Aquatics, Kean College and Livingston Highschool.  14 time NCAA division III All-American and 1979 National Champion 100 Fly. Eight top five NCAA D-III championship finishes, and six school records set in 1979 and 1980. The last two records were broken in 2016. “I want people to love swimming and the water as much as I do.”  Moved to East Texas February 2016 chasing grandchildren.

Payton Jones Silver Coach

Coach Payton started swimming at age 10 for the Arkansas Dolphins in Cabot, Arkansas. Coach Payton swam for Cabot High School where he held the record in the 200 IM, 100 back, 100 Fly, and 500 Free. Payton competed for Henderson State University on athletic scholarship from 2016-2020. While at Henderson, he competed in the 100 back, 200 back, 400 IM, 200 IM, and 500 Free. He was a conference finalist and was awarded ADA academic achievement award all four years. Payton Graduated with an Associates in Health Sciences and a Bachelors in Health and Human Performance, and he continued his education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to earn his third degree in Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences. "I love working with the next generation of swimmers and watching them grow throughout the years, and my goal is to give them more opportunities than I had so they can be successful in and out of the water.

Rhys Bender Platinum Coach