Bill Goudeket - Founder
Bill Goudeket and swimming go back a long way to the days of early childhood when he failed beginning swimming three times. With strong parental nurturing and guidance and exceptional college coaching from Hall of Fame Coach Don Easterling, Bill went on to turn his worst childhood experience into one of his most outstanding accomplishments. Bill Goudeket began swimming competitively at the age of 12 for the YMCA swim team in Ardmore, Oklahoma. While swimming throughout his high school years, he also found time to teach swim lessons and lifeguard.
At the age of 17, Bill qualified for the 1968 Olympic Trials in the specialty of Breaststroke. After receiving a swimming scholarship, Bill's college years at the University of Texas at Arlington were highlighted with four varsity letters, the election as Team Captain his senior year, participation in several NCAA and National Championships, and a trip to the Olympic Trials as an automatic qualifier in 1972.
Mixed in with a business career and a young family, Bill found time to coach competitive swimming for summer league teams and founded three teams in the Houston Northwest Aquatic League. For the past 15 years Bill has coached for area USA Swim Teams, and in 1996, started and became Head Coach of the Houston Elite Aquatic Team (HEAT). During his leadership, the HEAT had great success, finishing as high as 2nd in the state including Top Ten finishes in Texas Age Group Swimming for ten consecutive seasons.
In 1999, Bill and his wife Kathy purchased the George Campbell Olympic Swimming Academy. The business was renamed Fun IN Swimming, FINS, and currently operates year-round swim lessons, competitive training, birthday swim parties, and aquatic fitness in a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art, indoor, heated aquatic facility in Spring, Texas and a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility in The Woodlands, Texas.
In the fall of 2001, Bill announced his retirement as Head Coach of the HEAT to spend more time training staff and, of course, teaching classes at the swim school. "I wasn't sure how retirement from coaching a team for all these years would feel… but taking new swimmers and seeing how much their confidence grows, and their enjoyment increases, has been very fulfilling. Competitive swimming is the most efficient method of swimming and if taught correctly even the very young swimmer can show terrific results. My competitive background dictates that I teach swimming with a competitive style and we have trained our staff to do the same. The results have been phenomenal."
Bill currently teaches various level classes, including the competitive classes and private lessons for advanced USA swimmers.