Coaches


Coach Wilson

 

Coach Wilson has been a Jump Rope parent since 2012 - his daughter being a member of the Highflyers.  On the retirement of the team's founding members Coach Wilson accepted the position of Assistant Coach and then became Head Coach in 2017.

 

Coach Wilson, a native of the U.K., has worked in the oil and gas industry for approximately 25 years.  Originally based in Scotland he lived and worked in Italy and Singapore before moving to Texas in 2010.

 

Coach Wilson is a keen sportsman participating in judo and rugby in his younger years.  In 2003 he started long distance running and has completed numerous road and trail races up to marathon distance.  In 2011 he completed his first triathlon.  This is a sport he continues to participate in - his highlight being the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon which includes a 1.2 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to San Fransisco!  Most recently he has competed in a number of obstacle course races, including the Spartan series.


Coach DiBenedetto

 

Coach D. began her Jump Rope career in 2001.  Since then, Coach D. has been a member of three competitive Jump Rope teams and has competed in multiple Regional and National Championships, plus five International Championships.  She has traveled all over of the country and the world; including 48 of the 50 States, Canada, England, Israel, South Africa, Sweden and Denmark all through opportunities with the sport of Jump Rope.  Coach D. was a Team Captain of Team USA in the 2016 International Rope Skipping Championships held in Malmo, Sweden.  She is a Grand National Champion and a World Champion receiving first place medals and trophies at the National and International Jump Rope competition level.

 

Coach D. was a member of the USA Jump Rope All-Star team in the 2013-2014 season, and a member of the NBA Houston Rockets Launch Crew Entertainment Team where she performed Jump Rope at Houston Rockets games.  She also traveled and performed with the Cirque Dreams Holidaze Tour as a Jump Rope performer in 2014.


Coach Katrina started jumping at the age of 7 and jumped competitively for 14 years.   She jumped with a Houston-based team, called Razz-Ma-Tazz, and also was part of a team formed by jumpers from across Texas.  She is a National and Grand National - which includes a record high score in Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle.  Coach Katrina is a long-term supporter of U.S.A. Jump Rope and has volunteered as staff at several National Championships.  She joined the Highflyers as Coach in 2017.