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: Anna Campitelli

Anna grew up in South Florida, where she swam with the Palm Beach Coralytes for eight years and competed at multiple South Zone, Age Group and Junior Olympic National Championships. After a brief hiatus from the sport, she joined the University of Florida's newly formed club team, competing and placing at Collegiate Nationals during the 2002 and 2003 seasons and becoming the club's president. After graduation, Anna continued working with Gator Synchro as an assistant coach for two years, followed by a three-year stint as head coach of the University of Georgia’s club synchro team.

Anna has bachelor's degrees in English and zoology from the University of Florida and a Master's degree in public relations and advertising from DePaul University in Chicago. She has worked in publishing, leadership training, public affairs and development and currently serves as PTX's communications coordinator and as the Southwestern Association's administrative chair. She loves coaching and being able to jump back in the pool herself as a Masters swimmer.


Coach: Sarah Koenen

Sarah fell in love with synchro while swimming with the Saint Paul Stars from 2002-2009. After attending Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she studied abroad in the Netherlands and obtained a degree in Information Systems, she moved to DFW in March 2013 in search of warmer weather.

Sarah works as a contractor for one of the country's largest telecommunications companies. She coaches our recreational team, swims with the Masters program and serves as the Southwestern Association's education chair.

 

Coach: Verónica Hébert

Veronica was born and raised in México City, where she started synchro at the age of 6, swam for nine years and was the Mexican National Team's top swimmer for seven years.

While on National Team, she participated in four Central American Games, winning three gold medals, four silver medals, three bronze medals, and placing fourth twice. She won countless Mexican National events in her age group and was Mexico’s A-team soloist and a member of the A-team duet in 1981 in Calgary, Alberta.

Veronica was on track to participate in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where synchronized swimming was recognized for the first time as an Olympic sport. Unfortunately, for health reasons, she was forced to retire in 1982, before she turned 16.

Following her synchro career, Veronica studied Industrial Design in México, then moved to the USA in 1988 when she was offered a job at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. In 1999, she moved to Texas. Just recently, her youngest daughter joined PTX, bringing Veronica back to the sport she loved as a young girl. She is currently a CCP2 level coach.