Staff Profiles

Staff Profiles


Aquatics Director: brodyBrody McKinley
Qualifications: Certified Pool Operator (CPO), Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (LGIT), Water Safety Instructor Trainer (WSIT), First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, Emergency Oxygen/Blood Borne Pathogen Instructor, Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, USA Swimming Certified Coach, Safety Training for Swim Coaches Instructor


Brody McKinley has been involved in the Aquatics Industry for over 20 years. His experience includes working with fitness clubs, city and municipal public pools, open water, country clubs, HOA managed neighborhood pools and University Aquatic Centers. Mr. McKinley began his career lifeguarding in the fitness club field. He also instructed several aquatic programs including swim lessons, water aerobics, and senior arthritis classes. He quickly became involved with American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. Mr. McKinley’s passion for Aquatics continued on into college. There he worked at the Miami University Aquatics Recreation Center while also managing the lifeguard staff at a local country club. After moving to Austin, Mr. McKinley continued in the country club field. It was here that he began implementing his own programs in the areas of lifeguard management, training, emergency planning and preparedness, swim lessons, and other Aquatic Programming. He then moved into the commercial pool management industry. He acted as Aquatics Director, managing a Commercial Pool and Lifeguard Management company, before founding his own company. Mr. McKinley holds current American Red Cross certifications at the Instructor Level for Lifeguard Instructing (LGI), First Aid Instructor, CPR/AED Instructor for the Professional Rescuer, Administering Emergency Oxygen Instructor, and Blood Borne Pathogen Response Instructor. He is a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (LGIT) and Water Safety Instructor Trainer (WSIT). He is a Certified Pool Operator (CPO). He is also certified in Open Water SCUBA. When Brody isn’t at one of the Circle C Aquatics Facilities, he is spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and his daughter, Lily. You can reach the Aquatics Director at or 512-288-6057

Program Coordinator: amandaAmanda Hartman
Qualifications: Certified Pool Operator (CPO), Lifeguard Instructor (LGI), LG/First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, Emergency Oxygen/Blood Borne Pathogen Certified


Amanda Hartman has been working at the pool for the last 8 years. She is the Program Coordinator as well as Swim Lesson Instructor for Circle C Swim Center. She has been swimming competitively for over 13 years. She competed in the high school state championships and the USA Swimming state meet in her home state of New Mexico. Amanda has been teaching private swim lessons as well as stroke technique to swimmers of all ages for the past ten years and has been offering group and private swim instruction here at Circle C since spring of 2009, consistently receiving positive reviews from the parents of her students. Amanda is interested in taking her instruction further in the future and is working towards a career in teaching, specifically teaching English as a second language overseas. During the off season, she has spent time teaching in Thailand, India and most recently Africa, and is already planning her next trip abroad. Amanda can be reached by email at

Administrative Coordinator and Front Desk Lead: Sam Bridgers
Qualifications: Lifeguard Instructor (LGI), Lifeguard Management Certified, Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED/Emergency Oxygen/Blood Borne Pathogen Certified

Sam Bridgers was born and raised in Austin, TX and currently attends The University of Texas at Austin. He grew up in Circle C and frequented the pools as a child, swimming both on the Seals and Select Swim Teams. He is currently the Administrative Coordinator and the Front Desk Lead for Circle C Aquatics and has worked here since summer of 2014, starting out as a lifeguard, then moving onto front desk. Sam is currently pursing a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas. He plans to pursue a career in the entertainment industry upon completion of his degree.

Sam is a Lifeguard Certified Supervisor and Swim Team Administrator for all billing and registration purposes. When not at the Swim Center, he is most likely studying, spending time with friends, or discovering new music. Sam can be reached by email at



 Facilities Coordinator: robertRobert Bardeleben
Qualifications: Certified Pool Operator (CPO), Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)


Robert was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Austin with his family in 1968. He attended McCallum and Reagan High Schools in Austin as well as the University of Texas at Austin. Robert grew up in the swimming pool industry, going to job sites with his dad when he was a young boy and learning the tricks of the trade as he gained knowledge in the installation and operations of swimming pools. He worked as a swimming pool maintenance and repair technician throughout high school and college and after graduating, was hired as the general manager of Hill Country Pools in Austin, TX. After six years as a GM, Robert went to work at Golfsmith in Austin as a sales representative and was quickly promoted to purchasing agent where he was responsible for purchasing and distributing golf equipment and tools all over the world. He left Golfsmith after 10 years to pursue his passion of coaching volleyball. Robert started a successful USA sanctioned volleyball club in Dripping Springs and at the same time, was hired as the Head of Maintenance for The Springs Fitness Center. Robert was hired by Circle C Swim Center in the fall of 2008 as the Facility Coordinator. When asked what he does at Circle C Swim Center he simply answers, “I keep the facility safe and clean and the pool looking good.” When asked what he likes most about his job he says, “the vast diversity of what I do and the daily process of task identification and completion.” Robert is married and lives in Dripping Springs with his wife. He is currently the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Austin Waldorf School and is an avid outdoorsman. In his free time Robert can usually be found on a lake or river in his kayak wetting a line and soaking up the sun or just out somewhere enjoying nature. He is a key volunteer for Special Olympics as a volleyball official for their yearly competition. His personal motto for life is, “It’s all good.”

 Select Swim Team Head Coach: jennieJennie Lou Leeder
Qualifications: USA Certified Swimming Coach, Swim Lesson Instructor (Elite)

A Certified USA Swimming Coach, Jennie Lou is an ASCA Level Two Coach and is entering her 29th year of coaching and teaching swimming. In addition, she was named District Girls and Boys Coach of the Year, and League Coach of the Year. Jennie Lou coached District Championship teams, Regional Qualifiers, A champs, TAGS and Sectional swimmers. She has been the Aquatics Director at Llano; Alamo Area Aquatics Association age group, senior team and dry-land coach; WAVE age-group coach; she started the Northwest High School team; Thomas Jefferson High School head coach; Aquatics Director at Fair Oaks country club; and Cedar Park Swimming, age group coach for three teams. Jennie Lou is passionate about swimming correctly and believes all swimmers can achieve technically correct strokes. She believes in setting short-term and long-term goals that push swimmers to achieve their personal best times while enjoying the water. Jennie Lou graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Physical Education; and Masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. She enjoys all outside sports especially swimming and golf. Currently, she is training for her 3rd half-marathon and first backpacking trip.


 Master’s Swimming Coach: Erin Gerbrecht
Erin-300x225Qualifications: USA Certified Swimming Coach

Erin Gerbrecht is a Certified Personal Trainer, Swimming, Running & Triathlon Coach, Certified Mind-Body Specialist and Nutrition & Wellness Consultant with a Bachelors degree from the UT Austin in Kinesiology. She has over 10 years of management experience as a Fitness Director and currently is the owner of East End Fitness.

Erin grew up as a competitive swimmer, and has coached and instructed swimming for over 5 years. Later in life, she joined Team rogue as a competitive distance runner. She has competed and placed in multiple, triathlons, and marathons. Along with her professional training, fitness management, and coaching background, Erin has a passion for health and fitness, including the impact in which it can bring to an individual. All of her experiences have contributed to her holistic approach to healthy living, which encompasses the balance of the mind, body and spirit.

Front Desk Staff:

Tariq Khogly, Kara Shannon, John Shepherd, Danielle Blackburn, Emily Garcia, Nyah Bernucho, Erin Copeland, Mattie Martinez, Isabelle Blaha













Head Front Desk Staff:

Chantal Jacquot

Lifeguard Staff:

Stephen Achilles, Ace Alvarez, Kandace Blackburn, Isabelle Blaha , Abbie Brien, Joshua Brown, Lexy Brown, Jorge Bulnes, Sydney Burtch, Taylor Byrd, Lily Campsmith, Trey Campsmith, John Carroll, Thomas Carroll, Ellie Cemer, Connor Chaffin, Johnathan Chavez, Cole Contreras, Erin Copeland, Ryan Corbett, Lawson Crow, Emma Davis, Olivia Donovan, Rebecca Doris, Drew Dunsmore, Mary Dunsmore, Zach Eilers, Luke Evans, Avery Fontana, Ben Forrest, Matthew Forrest, Aden Goldwasser, Agustin Gomez Iriondo, Will Hartnett, Elizabeth Hayek, James Hayek, John Hayek, Samuel Hayek, Jed Hoard, Claudia Janes, Katie Johnson, Ellie Kimbrough, Mason Kendrick, Preston Kunkel, Jack Landrum, Khan Le, Kyle Le, Drew Leasure, Seth Leasure, Seth Leifheit, John Lionberger, Mariana Lira, Andrew Little, Kate Livingston, Michael Lowery, Connor Mahon, Scott Marker, Jamie Marmor, Mason McKaskle, Avery McKenzie, Alec Meyer, Mia Montgomery, Emily Morales, Kaitlyn Morales, Will Noser, Alexander Olah, Krystiana Olah, Noah Paine, Larry Pan, Alana Patterson, Makena Patterson, Rhyan Patterson, Jacob Poole, Aran Rhodes, Hunter Rogers, Logan Saari, Noah Schiess, Kara Shannon, John Shepherd, Kayley Skelton, Caedon Spencer, Liam Spencer, Nate St. Sauveur, Des ‘Arae Stephens, Reed Syzdek, Grace Terracina, Justin Tolin, Malak Tousson, Noah Tuttle, Cole Vavasour, Morgan Walk, Hayden Walker, Will Walton, Wes Wasserburger, Kellen Watts, Robin Xu, Sydnie Zabroski

Acting Head Guards: 

Josh Brown, Cole Vavasour

Head Guards:

Noah Paine, Nate St. Sauveur, Rebecca Doris, Jorge Bulnes, Morgan Walk, John Lionburger, Kate Livingston, Taylor Byrd, Khan Le, Will Walton, Kayley Skelton, Connor Chaffin

Swim Instructor Staff:

Amanda Hartman (Elite), Kristina Morgan (Elite), Erin G (Elite), Samuel Hayek (Premium) Megan Bell (Premium), Isabelle Blaha (Premium), Maddy H (Premium), Makena Patterson (Basic), Kandace Blackburn (Basic), Sydnie Zabroski (Basic), Ace Alvarez (Basic), Ellie C (Basic), Ellie K (Basic), Malak Tousson (Basic), Mia Montgomery (Basic), Carson Powers (Basic)

Maintenance Staff:

Camila Hartman, Keegan Kibbe, Ed Russell, Ace Alvarez