USA Synchro Hires 3-Time Olympian as Asst. Jr. National Team Coach and HP Manager

By Emily Falkenberg | Aug. 19, 2019, 5:59 p.m. (ET)

Lara Teixeira Headshot

Colorado Springs, CO – USA Synchro is excited to announce the hiring of 3-Time Olympian, Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo, as the new High Performance Manager and Junior National Team Assistant Coach.

USA Synchro CEO, Adam Andrasko, said Teixeira will fill a critical role of unifying the Junior and Senior National Teams, the National Office and the USA Synchro membership.

"We are so excited to have Lara join the staff," Andrasko said. "It is a very important position for us that few people have the skill set to fit the role. Lara has it. Her coaching background, work ethic and spirit is what we need to take the next step as a competitive team and membership organization.

Teixeira Cianciarulo will join coaches Andrea Fuentes, Reem Abdalazem and Anna Voloshyna in Moraga, California, as the Junior National Team heads into full-time training in September. 

"I am beyond excited to work with the "Dream Team," Teixeira Cianciarulo said. "My motivation is to deliver excellence to both squads and work hard behind the scenes so they can excel and return to the Olympic podium."

Teixeira Cianciarulo represented Brazil in three Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 (Duet), London 2012 (Duet), Rio 2016 (Team), five World Championships and three Pan American Games. She holds four medals from those Pan American Games she attended. She retired from the pool following the Olympic Games Rio 2016 after she captained the Brazilian team.

After hanging up her nose clips, Teixeira Cianciarulo, moved to New Zealand and took over coaching the National Team, Koru (Junior) and Aquaferns (Senior).
In three years, she helped refine the program and developed a high-performance environment on those squads. Under her command, her New Zealand team earned a Bronze medal in duet at the 2017 Canada Open, a Silver and Bronze medal in the team event at the Argentina and Brazil Opens in 2018.

Lara Teixiera at the Olympic Games London 2012

She has spent the last year building a tech and free program for New Zealand to debut at the 2019 FINA World Championships. The average age of her swimmers this year is 16.5.

Teixeira Cianciarulo has also been the head coach of the Tauranga Synchro Club, leading them to many national titles and increasing the number of swimmers in the club by 140 percent.

Through the Brazil National Olympic Committee, Teixeira Cianciarulo obtained a Business Administration degree and post graduate degree in Sport Management which she said gave her the passion of managing a sport team one day.

Lara Teixeira Synchronized Swimming Photo
She is a firm believer that sport prepares people for life. She said her life philosophy and coaching style is excellence, respect and friendship.

Teixeira Cianciarulo will join the USA Synchro staff in November. Please join us in welcoming her to the USA Synchro team.