She’s got huge shoes to fill, replacing the recently departed Hannah Burandy, but she seems to have the chops.
“I am very excited to welcome Abbie to the Houston Swimming & Diving family,” says Wochomurka. "I have known Abbie for many years and knew she would be a great fit and add tremendous value to our program. She is an amazing on deck and technical coach, and I am eager for her to bring a fresh perspective to our student-athletes.
Perhaps most important is Abbie’s enthusiasm for our program and her innate ability to communicate and educate at a high level with potential and current athletes."
Houck comes to Houston from IUPUI where she was the Assistant Swimming Coach and the Head Women’s Recruiting Coordinator during the 2018-19 season. In her role with the Jaguars, Houck handled recruiting efforts for the women’s team, created and executed all training plans and coordinated with the Head Coach on scheduling competitions as well as assisting with the day-to-day needs of the program. In her tenure at IUPUI, the Jaguars achieved their highest combined program finish at the Horizon League Championships, cultivated four conference champions and broke nine program records.
“I am so excited to join the University of Houston and be on deck with Ryan again,” said Houck. “I have known Ryan for seven years and I am so thankful for this opportunity that he and the athletic department have given me. I am ready to help build on the momentum they have created and know we can be even more successful. I’m looking forward to getting started and working with this amazing team”.
Prior to her stint at IUPUI, Houck served as the Student Assistant Coach at Louisville following a four-year career for the Cardinals. Houck closed out her career at Louisville as a two-time NCAA All-American and four-time All-ACC selection.