Coaching Staff

All of our coaches are certified by USA Synchro and hold current CPR/First Aid credentials.

 

Co-Head Coach: Medley Butterfield

Medley is in her 12th year of coaching with PTX, returning for the fourth year as a head coach and 12&Under team coach and currently serving as officials chair for the Southwestern Association. Born and raised in Texas, Medley started synchro with the Pirouettes when she was nine and retired as a nationally competitive swimmer 13 years later.  Some of her career highlights include: placing fourth in the team competition at U.S. Senior Open in 2001, winning the South Zone high point trophy multiple times in a row, losing it, and getting it back again; going to Senior Nationals several times with duet partner Jessica Jenkins and team; and winning first and second place at Masters Nationals in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In addition, Medley performed professionally as a synchronized swimmer in Sea World San Antonio’s Viva show when she was 21.

When not coaching, Medley works as a personal trainer and runs private swim lessons at clients' homes, teaching little ones how to swim and enjoying the outdoors. She graduated in May 2012 with a B.S. in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and is contemplating returning to school to further her education.


Co-Head Coach: Soohee Shim

Soohee is a lifelong synchronized swimmer who has been involved with the sport at a high level for several decades. Her synchro resume includes captaining the 1988 Korean Synchro National Team (which demonstrated at the Seoul Olympic Games) and serving as head coach of the Korean Synchro National Team I, which earned first place in duet and second place in solo at the 1997 World Junior Championships and ninth place in team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Most recently, she was assistant head coach for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, where she pulled double duty as assistant coach for U.S. National Team II. Soohee was also the head coach of the Sacramento Synchronized Swimming team for two years, developing the team to place fifth at the U.S. Open.

Soohee lives with her husband and two kids in west Plano, where she participates in Dallas-area activities like yoga, tennis, hiking and eating out at Texas BBQ restaurants.

Coach: Laura Barlow

Laura was introduced to synchro through her daughter, Rebecca, who joined PTX in 2005 after two years with a recreational class. Laura has taken on a myriad of roles with the team ever since, from hospitality, timing and meet help to suit decorating and headpiece production — and finally progressing to judging. At age 45, she decided to try the sport out for herself and found it to be one of the most fun activities she had ever done.

Over the years, Laura has attended multiple association, regional, Zone and national-level meets, judged multiple meets up to the zone level, and swum in two masters national championships (three ribbons hanging on her wall). Laura obtained her USA Synchro Coaching Certification Program Level 2 credentials in November 2012, attended the USA Synchro Coaches College in Colorado Springs in November 2013, has served as Association tech chair for three years, and is on the nominating committee at Convention as a South Zone representative. She appreciates all the opportunities being connected with this team has brought her and hopes to introduce that joy to her youth classes and new Masters swimmers.

12 & Under Coach: Beth Evans

Beth was born in Michigan and lived in several Midwestern states before moving to Dallas in 1983. Her daughter, Claire, joined PTX in 2000 and was a member for 10 years. During that time, Beth held a variety of volunteer jobs including several positions on the board, club representative, team mom, official, and meet manager before becoming the coach of the 12 & Under team. 

When not at the pool, Beth enjoys watching HGTV, the Food Network and most sporting activities, going to the movies, traveling and spending time with family. 


13-15 Coach: Erika Johnson

Erika is a life-long synchronized swimmer. She swam for 18 years as a
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f the Troy Sculpins in Troy, New York and collegiately for Keuka College. She has coached at the Age Group and Collegiate levels, and has taught swimming lessons. Erika is currently a CCP2 Level coach.

 

 


Coach: Sarah McKay

Sarah fell in love with synchro while swimming with the Saint Paul Stars from 2002-2009. After college, she moved to DFW in 2013 in search of warmer weather.

Recently married, Sarah currently works in site acquisition for the telecommunications industry. She coaches and swims with the PTX Masters program and coaches the youth team.