SwimLabs Swim School - The Woodlands
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SwimLabs THe Woodlands Staff

At SwimLabs The Woodlands, we are dedicated professionals who are as passionate about competing and excelling in the sport we love as we are about passing on our knowledge to others. We are innovative and forward-thinking, using the latest in technology to push our sport forward, helping make swimmers of all levels more proficient and speeding up the learning curve.

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Tim Bauer, Owner & Elite Coach

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Tim has been coaching for over 30 years, 24 of those at The Woodlands Swim Team and currently at Katy Aquatics.

His coaching style is one of positive stroke technique and believes in balancing hard work with fun, while achieving goals. Coach Tim challenges his swimmers during practice having them finish something they thought was impossible!

Swimming has been a part of Tim’s life for as long as he can remember. He swam for 12 years with Glendale Arizona Gauchos with his dad as his first swim coach. He then swam for the University of Western Illinois. He’s married to a former TWST swimmer, Maxine, and has a daughter, Madison, who swims on Swim Streamline at Northampton and who may be the next Olympic champ. In his spare time, Tim enjoys a competitive game of golf.

During his coaching tenure, he has accomplished the following:

  • -2010 NCSA Head Men's Coach for the Japan All Star Team
  • -USA Swimming Board of Directors from 2011 – present
  • -Currently the Technical VP
  • -TSA Board of Directors from 2011 - 2013
  • -Selected 2008 USA National Junior Team Assistant Men’s Coach (Melbourne Australia)
  • -Named 2006 Head Coach of the USA National Select Camp
  • -Named 2005 Gulf Senior Coach of the year
  • -Voted three-time Texas Age Group Coach of the Year
  • -Developed numerous Olympian and Olympic trial qualifiers, Senior National Finalists and Junior ---National Champions
  • -Achieved American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 – the highest level – for both senior and age groups
  • -Achieved ASCA Silver Award and Level 5 Coach

Ken Grey, Owner & Elite Coach

Ken Grey, OwnerKen brings a wealth of information and knowledge to his SwimLabs venture. Starting at the age of 6 ken’s parents signed him up with Club Deportivo de Ponce in Puerto Rico and so his love for the sport began. Due to his father’s work schedule and being transferred Ken went on to swim for The Mission Viejo Nadadores in California as an age group swimmer. His freshman year of high school they relocated to San Antonio where he swam for The Alamo Area Aquatics where he became State Champion in the 100 fly his senior year at Winston Churchill High. Earning a scholarship to University of Kansas Ken went on to hold a freshman and varsity record in the 100 Fly.

Ken brings 33+ years of coaching knowledge with him beginning his coaching career at his alma mater, Kansas University as a grad assistant then off to Wichita Neptunes, Mission Viejo Nadadores, Conejo Simi Aquatics, Buenaventura Swim Team, Irvine Novaquatics, The Woodlands Swim Team, and now currently at Katy Aquatics. He has coached numerous swimmers to their highest potentials, state champions, age group record holders, and now can boast several that have gone on to great coaching careers. His love for the sport has him joining forces with Tim Bauer to bring SwimLabs to the great state of Texas! Ken is passionate about the sport and what it has given him. To be able to teach swimming from the bottom up, with the underwater technology and the ability to do side by side comparisons with Olympic swimmers, SwimLabs will only serve to enhance swimmer’s skills albeit learn to swim, age group swimmers, high school swimmers, club swimmers, and even triathletes that want to improve their swim times. In his spare time Ken enjoys cruising in his ’66 Mustang GT with his wife Bobbie and spending time with their kids and four grandchildren.

Maxine Bauer, Director of Operations/Owner

Maxine Bauer, Operations ManagerMaxine is our Director of Operations. She brings 12+ years managerial and swim apparel experience and got her start at swimming at the age of four. She swam for the DADS club in Houston and for Hall of Fame coach, Skip Kenney. She competed in many TAGS meets along with senior meets throughout Texas before moving to The Woodlands and joining The Woodlands Swim Team in 1975. Maxine has a daughter, Jessica who coaches swimming at Swim Streamline at Northampton and son, Justin who is a high school football coach. Swimming has always been a big part of her family and she even still dabbles a little in Masters. Maxine married owner Tim Bauer in 2004 who together have a 13-year-old daughter, Madison who is a competitive swimmer at Swim Streamline at Northampton.

Bobbie Grey, Marketing Manager/Owner

Bobbie Grey, Marketing ManagerBobbie is our Marketing Manager. She is a native of the area having attended Oak Ridge from elementary through high school graduating in 1988. Bobbie directs our media presence and helps support the operations at SwimLabs in the Woodlands. She has a professional career that spans 20+ years in sales support, cost analysis and project controls. Although not a swimmer herself, Bobbie has adopted the swimmer’s life since meeting and marrying Ken in 2013. Bobbie enjoys running and has competed in numerous races and completed her first half marathon. She spends her free time spending it with their five grown children and four grandchildren.


Bailey Rainey, Aquatics Director & Competitive Coach


At only six years old, Bailey began his lengthy competitive swimming career on the City of Midland Swim Team. Later, he would relocate to the great Houston area where he joined The Woodlands Swim Team as an age group swimmer. Quickly moving up through the ranks, Bailey worked his way up from a BB-level swimmer, to a TAGS relay-qualifier, onto the National Team under head coach Tim Bauer. Eventually, he became a team captain on TWST during his senior year in high school. 

Looking beyond his swimming career, Bailey turned to academics in attempt to peruse his continuing passion for sports. Attending the University of Houston, he is currently majoring in Exercise Science while minoring in Kinesiology. Maintaining his place on the Dean’s List, Bailey quickly worked his way onto the National Honors Society here at UH. Wishing to continue on into the field of sports medicine, he aspires to become a Physical Therapist.

Always having a love for the sport of swimming, he began teaching developmental aged swimmers during his sophomore-year in high school while still swimming on TWST. Both as a junior and senior, Bailey became a coach for the Woodlands Marlins Summer League team. Later, after he graduated from high school, he continued on to become a USA Swimming coach on TWST while attending the University of Houston.

Candice Loebsack, Swim Instructor

Candice 3Candice has worked in Aldine ISD for 6 years both as a Special Education Inclusion Teacher and a First Grade ESL/GT teacher.  She has 13 years of coaching/swim instruction experience, most recently a USA Age group swimming coach with The Woodlands Swim Team.  Prior to that Candice worked as a swim school instructor for Aquamobile Swim School and as a Private swim Instructor.  She moved from the Cypress area where she coached age group USA Swimming and was the Swim School Director for Texas Terrapins swim team.  She spent one year as The Stonegate Gators Head Coach.  Candice began her coaching career in NWAL summer league as a Head Coach for the Steeplechase Stallions Swim Team.  "I am excited to be a part of launching the SwimLabs School.  I am looking forward to learning new skills and helping the program grow."

Coach Kent Kirchner, Competitive Swim Instructor

Coach KCoach K brings with him 42 years of coaching swimming, he is an ASCA level 5 Coach, received State HS Coach of the Year six times, held NCAA Division I Coach for ten years, received 6 State Championships - 3 Girls and 3 Boys, and was the 2009 National High School Girls Coach of the Year. Coach K has been married to Cheryl Kirchner for 36 years and together they have three sons, Kale Kirchner and wife Jennifer (grandsons Evan 7 and Beckett 2), son Kody Kirchner and wife May (grandsons Kamden 4 and Knox 2) and son Kirby Kirchner.


Shakima Foy, Swim Instructor

Shakima FoyShakima first started swimming with Fleet Aquatics Team at the age of 6 in the learn to swim program. At the age of seven she began competitively swimming with Fleet along with the Marlins summer league swim team.  She swam through middle school and later joined the swim team at Elsik High School (Go Mighty Rams!)   Shakima swam on varsity all four years, was the district champion her senior year in the 100 backstroke, and a regional qualifier with the girl’s relay team.  Since graduating high school she has taught lessons through the summer while home from college and has also been a swim instructor at Wolfie’s Swim School.


RaeAnn Ingram, Swim Instructor

RaeAnn Ingram Pic (002)RaeAnn first started swimming at 18 months in a mommy and me swim class progressing and improving throughout her adolescent years.  She swam competitively for Caney Creek High School (Go Panthers!) all four years as well as being appointed varsity team captain for both junior and senior years.  She began working at the Conroe ISD Natatorium as a Lifeguard and Aquatics Specialist and is currently enrolled at Lone Star College majoring in Paralegal Studies.





Jenna Burnett, Client Services Representative 

JennaJenna Burnett who is our fantastic Front Desk Customer Service Rep! Jenna began swimming competitively at the age of 7 with the Imperial Oaks Seals summer league. She continued to swim with the team for many years, and later began to lifeguard for Imperial Oaks during the summer instead. In high school Jenna started coaching at Sea Sports Swim, and then decided to start coaching private lessons during the summer. After graduating from Oak Ridge High School, she began to work in several customer service/front desk positions, as well as continuing to coach privately. Her love for swim, children and customer service brought her to the SwimLabs The Woodlands team!


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