About johnnie means aquatics

JMA is a competitive swim team based in Third Ward, Houston, Texas. Founded in 2022 to support the diverse community of central Houston.

JM is a USA Swimming affiliated club and is a member of Gulf Swimming, one of five Texas Local Swimming Committees (LSCs).

about us

about us

Our Team

Our swimmers come from all across the Greater Houston area to train. Our swimmers (ages 5-18) attend schools in Houston ISD, Pearland ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and Humble ISD. Our middle and high school swimmers also participate on the school swim teams.


Our Coaching team advances the legacy of Johnnie Means, Texas Hall of Fame Coach with over 60 years of experience. Our coaches have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport. Our culture of learning ensures that your swimmer is trained using the most current age appropriate programming.


Johnnie Means Aquatics, a 501©3 non-profit club, is run by its elected Board of Directors which meets quarterly. All members are welcome at each meeting and encouraged to be involved in team activities and fundraisers.

Community Involvement

JMA has pledged to engage with the community we serve, partnering with local schools, neighborhood associations, government, and other nonprofit organizations.

Our HIstory

Continuing the legacy

While JMA’s story begins in 2022, our history in the sport of swimming begins much, much earlier.


Our coaches

Our highly skilled and supportive coaching staff are here to guide your swimmer to achieve their best in and out of the pool. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact us.


Our goal is to provide a developmentally appropriate training progression from the youngest athlete up to the national competitor. We teach and perfect all four competitive strokes and emphasize the importance of streamlining, kicking, body position and body awareness.


Johnnie Means Aquatics coaches are not just swim coaches. Our coaches hold certifications/licenses as Personal Trainer, USA Triathlon Coach, Youth Sports Specialist, Water Fitness Instructor, and Lifeguard Trainer. This means that our swimmers have access to a wide range of age appropriate modalities for their total development.


Each level of the dryland program (out of water training) is focused on physical literacy and technique first followed by progressive overload strength training where athletes are continually challenged and engaged.


JMA focuses on developing four critical athlete-centered outcomes: Competence, Character, Confidence, and Connection.

Candess Tucker

Coaching Groups: Baby Sharks, Black TigerSharks and Red TigerSharks

Dominique Hamilton

Coaching Groups: White Sharks, Grey TigerSharks, Senior TigerSharks

Swim Beyond Boundaries, Inspire Beyond Yourself.


Held at the TSU Recreation center where your swimmer can be evaluated by our coaching staff. Submit a request to schedule your child’s evaluation.

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