Coach Lara brings to AMS Inc. added knowledge and experience both as a coach and athlete. Lara earned a Master's degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from California State University, Chico. She received her Undergraduate degree from The University of Texas in Kinesiology where she was a member of the UT swim team. Lara was Conference Champion in 1992 & 1993 in the 400 IM. She was an Olympic Trials qualifier in both the 400 IM and 200 backstroke in 1992. By 1999 Lara had transitioned to be a competitive road cyclist. She was a two time World Championship Qualifier for the USA Cycling Team in 2000 and 2001. Was on the USA National Road Cycling Team from 2000 to 2003. Lara lived in Italy and competed at the Women's Tour de France twice, the women's Giro of Italy and numerous World Cup events from 2000 to 2003.
Coach Lara has been coaching and teaching swimming since she was 15 years old. She is also currently the Assistant Coach for LoneStar Aquatics Swim Team. I enjoy coaching kids and adults both beginner to Experienced athletes.
Lara's coaching philosophy is based on a foundation of stroke technique and quality training. Through quality training and great technique each swimmer, cyclist, and triathlete can develop their maximum strength and efficiency to achieve their goals. Lara believes that endurance sports like swimming and triathlon are a unique way that can help kids develop self-esteem, discipline and goal setting skills for life. USAT Level 1 Coach