Courage

Over Comfort

Derek Howorth

Coach Derek Howorth

Derek Howorth grew up in San Antonio, TX where he swam with Alamo Area Aquatics Association (AAAA) under the tutelage of the great George Block.

Coach Howorth continued his swimming career at the University of Texas where he was a 6-time All-American, US Olympic Trials Qualifier, and a member of the University of Texas National Championship Team in 1996. While at Texas he earned his degree in Applied Learning and Development/Sport Management.

During his time coaching, Coach Howorth has developed over 30, USA Swimming National Top 16 swimmers. He has also had the opportunity to share his swimming and coaching experiences in Kenya (2010), Dubai (2012), USA Swimming National Select Camp (2017) and Hangzhou, China (2019). Most recently, Coach Howorth is honored to be named to the USA Swimming National Coaches list in 2018 and 2019.

Coach Howorth enjoys coaching because it allows him to help children learn life lessons through the sport of swimming. During his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, cycling, being outdoors and spending time with his wife, Angela, whom he married in October of 2009.


Jeremy Block

Coach Jeremy Block

Jeremy Block was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Coach Jeremy grew up around competitive swimming, his father George is a Hall of Fame coach and remains active coaching and working within the swimming community.

Coach Jeremy’s competitive swimming career blossomed late, as his early childhood was taken up by a variety of activities from soccer to basketball to Lego Camp. He began swimming competitively in middle school and continued through high school at Holmes HS in San Antonio, where he set school records in backstroke and as part of a relay team in addition to being Team Captain. Coach Jeremy took the opportunity to complete his competitive career at the University of Redlands, in Southern California. During his four years with The Bulldogs the men’s team went undefeated in the SCIAC league. While attending Redlands, Coach Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History and a Minor in Anthropology.

Coach Jeremy began his coaching career in the water with swimming lessons, but quickly transitioned on deck to the competitive side. Although his favorite part of coaching is teaching strokes and fixing details, as an age group coach Coach Jeremy has produced numerous TAGS qualifiers and has developed many Sectionals qualifiers. He is incredibly proud of his alumni who have gone on to swim at Division 1, 2, and 3 programs at the NCAA level. One of his greatest honors as a coach was coaching at his first international meet, the Olimpiana Nacional in Veracruz, Mexico, where he served as Head Coach for IME, a team of swimmers of Mexican descent living throughout the United States and Canada.

Coach Jeremy and his wife, Christalene, recently added baby Rosemary to their family. In his leisure time, Coach Jeremy enjoys target shooting, hiking, fishing and camping with his wife, baby and dogs.


Nabil Kebbab

Coach Derek Howorth

Nabil Kebbab was born and raised in Algeria, and has extensive experience in the swimming world as a professional swimmer and coach. He began swimming at 7 years old, and joined the Algerian national team at 17 years old. At 18 years old, Nabil moved to France to join Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille. As part of Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille and the Algerian national team, Nabil has traveled the world training and competing in the sport of swimming.

His most notable achievements include participation in the London and the Beijing Olympic Games, a 5th place finish in the 100m Freestyle at the 2007 World Championships, and 4 gold medals at the African Championships.

He first came to San Antonio to train with AAAA in 2004, and when he made the decision to retire from professional swimming, he came back to San Antonio with his wife Meriem (also a swimmer) to begin his full-time coaching career. Nabil holds safety certifications and coaching licenses from the American Red Cross, USA Swimming, Algerian Swimming Federation, University of Marseille, the French National Safety and Rescue Aquatic, and the American Swim Coaches Association