MEET THE COACHES

Kristen Oliver

Kristen (Barnett) Oliver has played water polo since 2002. She was Texas State MVP in 2005 and played Division 1 water polo at Marist College from 2006 to 2010. While at Marist, she received Rookie of the Year and First Team All-MAAC honors. She is currently a player and Board member of the local Masters team, HOPS.

Kristen has been officiating water polo since 2006. She has officiated for private high schools on the east coast, USAWP events, and Texas High School games/tournaments including the Texas State Water Polo Tournament. Kristen has also coached developmental programs for players ages 5-18.

In her personal life, she is married to Coach Austen Oliver and they have a daughter, Brooklyn that was born on Christmas Day 2018. They also have two puppy kiddos, Alexi and Bailey. When Kristen is not coaching/running the Club, she is a Senior Business Analyst at Cheniere Energy. 

Taylor Cox

Taylor (Barnett) Cox has played water polo since 2004. She was an All American swimmer and water polo player in High School. She then went on to play Division 1 water polo at Bucknell University from 2011-2015. While at Bucknell, she received CWPA Rookie of the Year and Second Team CWPA All-Southern Division team. She is currently a player for the local Masters team, HOPS.

Taylor has been officiating water polo since 2011. She coached four years of summer league swimming for a local subdivision program. Taylor has been selected as the USAWP Southwest Zone National Cadet coach. She has also coached splash ball and developmental water polo programs for players ages 5-18.

In her personal life, she is married to Coach Daniel Cox. They have four puppy kiddos, Jett, Colt, Ted, and Bear. When Taylor is not coaching/running the Club, she is a 3rd grade teacher at Bel Sanchez Elementary. 

Austen Oliver

Austen Oliver's water polo journey started as a young babe of 12 years of age from the mean streets of Baytown, Texas. He played water polo at Baytown Sterling before heading off to Occidental College in Los Angeles. While at Oxy, he was named Second Team All-SCIAC and number 3 in the nation for goals scored. After 3 years at Oxy, he left for Columbia University where he was named New York State MVP. He is currently a player and Board member of the local Masters team, HOPS.

Austen has been officiating water polo since 2013. He has officiated for CWPA, USAWP, and Texas High School games/tournaments including the Texas State Water Polo Tournament. Austen has also coached developmental programs for players ages 5-18.

In his personal life, he is married to Coach Kristen Oliver and they have a daughter, Brooklyn that was born on Christmas Day 2018. They also have two puppy kiddos, Alexi and Bailey. When Austen is not coaching/running the Club, he is a Senior Analyst of Project Controls at Cheniere Energy.

Daniel Cox

Daniel Cox has played water polo for over 14 years. He began his water polo career at South Lake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. After high school, he played at Whittier College where he was named team Captain. 

Daniel coached for Thunder Water Polo Club in Dallas, Texas from 2009 to 2017. He was the Southlake Carroll High School coach in 2012 and the ODP Men’s Coach in 2011 and 2012. 

In his personal life, he is married to Coach Taylor Cox. They have four puppy kiddos, Jett, Colt, Ted, and Bear. When Daniel is not coaching/running the Club, he is a Statistics teacher and Assistant Coach at Dawson High School. 

Chris Ordonez
Colby Thames

Chris Ordoñez began his water polo career at Clear Creek High School where he became the starting goalie and captain of the 2005 Texas State Water Polo Championship team. He also participated in the 2006 Junior Olympics in San Jose CA as the starting goalie for the Houston Championship Team, coached by Joe Linehan. After graduating he accepted a music scholarship at Pepperdine University in Southern California.

 

Even though his career as a player was put on hold, he found other avenues to stay connected within the sport, and in 2009 Chris was made head coach of the Pepperdine Women’s Club Water Polo Team. He focused on players’ growth, and instilling the use of proper form and healthy technique within the sport. His players would compete in high level tournaments throughout Southern California and had success over NCAA Division I teams.

 

Chris is a goalie for the local Masters Team HOPS, and is currently officiating for USAWP, and Texas High School Games and tournaments. His involvement within youth water polo expands over 18 years and he is looking forward to continuing his contribution in building the sport here in the Greater Houston Area.

Colby Thames has been involved in coaching and administering youth sports for over 20 years including soccer, swimming, and water polo. He spent six years in leadership roles with the Pearland Pirates summer swim team including two as club president. Over the past two years, he has been on the parent board for Southside and now he is transitioning into a coaching role.  He is passionate about expanding the sport of water polo with new and younger players by helping them learn fundamentals and love of the game.

In his personal live, he and his wife Karen, have three children: Tyler, who plays on the Texas A&M Men's Water Polo team, Callie, who is cheerleader captain at Dawson High School, and Travis, who plays for the Southside 14U team. When not coaching, Colby is the Chief Information Officer for Choice Energy Management. 

Ryan Pomier
Tyler Thames

Hey! My name is Ryan Pomier and I am currently a Junior at Clear Springs High School. I have swam on a summer swim team for 4 years and I have been the swim and waterpolo manager throughout my 3 years of high school and plan to continue next year as well. My interests include Jeeps, cars, Monster Jam, and video games. I am excited to start my coaching career for Southside!

Tyler Thames started playing water polo at age 12 and has now been playing for over 7 years.  He played water polo at Dawson High School where he spent his Junior and Senior year as the team captain.  Now, he plays for the Texas A&M men’s water polo club.

In his personal life, Tyler is currently a sophomore Computer Science major in the Texas A&M class of 2022.  He has 3 dogs, Buzz, Scraps, and Blue, as well as a fish named Squilliam.

Noah Smith

I’m coach Noah! I swam and played water polo at Dawson high school for all four years. I love music, traveling, trying new things, and meeting new people. 

Southside Water Polo Club, Houston, TX    Email: southsidewpc@gmail.com

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