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The Dayton Raiders provide athletes with the highest level of coaching resources found anywhere.  They work hard to bring out the best in every child and each group has coaches for their special needs. Our coaches are highly educated with college degrees and many have or are working towards advanced degrees.  They have been recognized as Ohio Coach of the Year eight times. The coaches are ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) certified and attend national and international coaching clinics annually.

The Dayton Raiders emphasize a high level technique-based program for all groups.  Our groups are have more lane space and the best swimmer-to-coach ratio in the Miami Valley.  Swimmers are introduced to the latest and most effective techniques available in the sport of swimming today.  Practices are designed so that swimmers can learn in a stimulating environment.  Our age group swimmers (14-unders) are introduced to mastery of balance, core development, propulsion,  technique, starts, and turns.  These critical areas are further developed in the senior groups (15-overs) so that swimmers can achieve the highest level of performance at the high school, collegiate level, and beyond.  Dayton Raider swimmers achieve tremendous continuous improvement rates over their career dispelling legacy myths of "burnout" and "plateau" in the sport of swimming. The Raider coaches strongly feel that swimming is a long-term sport where development at the age group level greatly influences performance at the senior level.

Staff Forms
Form Description
Coaches Checklist  Use this handy print version to follow all steps whether you are a new coach or returning coach from previous season. All safety, education, and background requirements are listed.
Coaches hourly timesheet (XLS)  Hourly coaches complete this every 2 weeks. Click here for the list of pay periods.
W4 for new coaches Submit to the Team Registrar to get on payroll
Direct Deposit Form Submit to the Team Registrar to receive paychecks
Raider Pre-Employment Screening Complete upon hiring, forward to Team Registrar - this is required in addition to your Background check done through USA-Swimming and shown on the above onboarding checklist
E mployment Verification Complete prior to the first date of employment and bring to the Team Registrar.
Reimbursement Form All staff forward this to Team Treasurer for approved expenses
Travel Policy Travel Policy and guidelines for coaches and staff

 

Coaching Staff

Kevin T Weldon

Head Coach

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Head Coach Kevin Weldon returned to Dayton, Ohio, in 1989 as the Raiders Head Coach after competing as an age group/teenager for the Dayton Dolphins in the late 70’s/early 80’s.   Kevin is a Level 5 ASCA Member as well as a USA Swimming National Team Member Coach.  Kevin graduated from Eaton High School in 1976 and went on to swim at NC State where he earned a B.S. Degree in Business Management.  From here, Coach Kevin continued his education at the University of Nebraska where he earned a Master’s Degree in P.E. while working as the Assistant Men’s Swim Coach. Kevin coached at several swim clubs until 1989 when he was hired as the Head Coach of the Dayton Raiders.  Under his guidance, the club has grown from 50 to over 200 year round swimmers.  As Head Coach, Kevin has led one of the top USA-Swimming clubs in the country that can compete not only at the local and regional level, but also at the national and international level.  This is evidenced as the Dayton Raiders were nationally recognized as a USA Gold Medal Club - 2 years in a row; a distinction oonly reserved for the top 20 clubs nationally.  Kevin’s many accomplishments include leading the Dayton Raiders to the 2012 Men’s USA Junior National Team Champions, the only time in history Dayton has won a National title.   Additionally, Kevin has coached numerous individual Junior & Senior National Champions, several National Age Group Champions and Record Holders, American Record Holder, two Olympic Trial Finalists and numerous Ohio High School Champions and Record Holders.  Kevin has also been honored 10 times as the Ohio Senior Coach of the year as well as 2013 NCSA Junior National Coach of the Year.  Kevin has been married for 32 years to his wife, Lana, and they have 2 grown daughters, Kylie and Makenzie, who both have swam and coached in the program.

Brent T Peaden

Head Age Group Coach

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Brent Peaden became the Dayton Raiders Head Age Group Coach in September 1999 following three years as the Raiders Senior Assistant. Prior to the Raiders, Brent was the Head Age Group Coach for the Wright-Patterson Flying Fish at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Brent has coached National Junior Qualifiers, National Age Group Top 16 swimmers, state record holders, Zone Qualifiers and record holders, and Ohio Junior Olympic State Champions. Twelve (12) swimmers have followed up their age group careers by qualifying for the US Olympic Trials, including a top 8 finalist. Brent has coached swimmers to hundreds of "Top 10" national rankings.  Brent also helped guide the Age Group program to six (6) Ohio Large Team State Championship titles.   The former Ohio Age Group Coach of the Year is also a team manager for the Ohio All-Star Zone Team.  He was the head coach at Fairborn High School 1991-2001 and he was also led the Wayne Swim Club in Huber Heights (OH), a local summer league team, to winning two Miami Valley Swim Association (MVSA) titles after the team finished last in the league the previous season.   Brent began his swimming career in San Pedro, CA and later swam at Torrejon AB, Spain in the European Forces Swim League (EFSL).   Brent mixes creativity, enthusiasm, and innovative technique ideas into a comprehensive program that is both stimulating and challenging for swimmers.  Brent earned a BS in Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University. Brent is married to his wife, Ann, and have three children (Connor and twin boys Carson and Cohen); they reside in Beavercreek (OH). Brent’s favorite hobby is surf and deep sea fishing.

Katie E Boyd

Assistant Coach

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Coach Katie rejoined the Raider staff in the spring of 2014 following her graduation from Miami (OH) University. She is the Lead Development Age Group Coach for the Raiders.  Coach Katie originally joined the Raider staff in the fall of 2007 and coached through the summer of 2009. While at Miami University, Katie was the Age Group Coach of the Miami Valley Aquatic Club (MAKOS). In 2012, Katie began coaching the Franklin High School Swim Team.  Since rejoining the Raiders, Coach Katie assisted all of the age groups from 8 & under to the 11-12's.  She helped the Raiders produce over 30 age group swimmers qualify for state Junior Olympics and 12 swimmers to USA Zone Championships in just one year.  Coach Katie was also a member of the Ohio All-Star Zone Coach staff that helped Team Ohio finish second overall in the USA Central Zone Championships in 2015.  Coach Katie teaches Math at Franklin High School and coaches Track in the spring. 

Meghan Olson

Assistant Coach

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Jaclyn M Helt

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jaclyn joined the Raider coaching staff in 2008.  The former Centerville HS standout was one of the region's fastest swimmers during her decorated age group and high school career.  Coach Jaclyn helped lead Centerville HS to multiple state finalist appearances in the 1990s.  Coach Jaclyn is a school teacher and assists with the Raider senior groups.

Amanda M Sherwood

Assistant Coach

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Amanda Sherwood joined the Raider coaching staff in the fall of 2015. She is a graduate of Centerville High School as well as Wright State University, where she completed a degree in Exercise Biology with honors. Amanda loves working with kids of all ages and enjoys having the opportunity to help young swimmers develop as both athletes and individuals.  Coach Amanda was the Head Coach at Oak Creek Swim Club in Centerville in 2014 and 2015.  She worked previously as an assistant coach and primary Masters team coach for 5 years. Additionally, she has worked for many years as both an assistant and head coach at local summer swimming clubs. Currently Amanda is pursuing a degree to become a Physical Therapy Assistant at Clark State University.

Charlotte J Berwald

Assistant Coach

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Coach Charlotte has been a swimmer since the age of 7.  She swam with the Dayton Raiders for 9 years and the Oakwood Dolphins Summer league for 10 years.  Charlotte also on the Varsity swim team at Oakwood High School, where she qualified to SWBL and Sectionals all 4 years of high school.  Coach Charlotte also coaches numerous Raider Swim Clinics as both an in-water and deck coach.  Charlotte also taught swim lessons for 5 years in Oakwood.  She is currently a manager at the Oakwood Community Center Pool, where she has worked for 5 years.   Coach Charlotte is majoring in Middle Childhood Education with a minor in French at Wright State University.  She loves to travel all across the world and will be studying abroad this summer for a month in Dublin, London and Paris. Coach Charlotte works primarily with the age groups.

Maddison E Eckley

Assistant Coach

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Coach Maddie joined the Raider staff in the summer of 2016.  The Centerville standout and Ohio HS State Finalist followed up her age group career with a spot on the Wright State University NCAA program beginning in the fall of 2016.  Coach Maddie's versatile performances throughout her career has made her one of the best all around female athletes from the Dayton area.  Coach Maddie's outgoing and positive energy is an important part of teaching young swimmers technique and training tips.

Allison J Wampler

Assistant Coach

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Coach Ally joined Raider staff in 2017.

Ken Hunter

Fitness Director / Conditioning Coach

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Coach Ken Hunter is the Director of Fitness for the Dayton Raiders. He brings over 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Ken’s professional experience originates from Personal Training, Martial Arts, Yoga, Pilates, and Joint Pain Reduction. He has trained collegiate, elite, and junior elite athletes and effectively helped many clients reach weight loss goals and get in shape. Ken has a genuine passion and dedication to promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging fitness for the whole family, and activating today’s youth. Ken has thoughtfully developed effective fitness programs that teach, motivate, and promote hard work while ensuring that the time is enjoyable for all. Ken’s programs encompass the true meaning of fitness. As the new Director of Fitness for the Dayton Raiders Swim Club, Ken ensures the fitness environment at DRAC to be one of learning, safety, growth, and personal development. The Dayton Raiders Swim Club Masters Fitness programs encompass innovative fitness for youth and adults. 

Owen C Measel

Assistant Coach

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Coach Owen joined the Raider staff in 2017.  Owen joined the NCAA Div I Wright State University during the 2016-2017 school year.
 

Dylan Allen

Assistant Coach

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Coach Dylan joined the Raider staff in 2017.   Dylan competed for Div I Wright State University from 2015-2018.

Megan Carlson

Assistant Coach

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Megan is from Dayton, Ohio, and started swimming at age 7.  She found her love and passion for the sport when she was 14 years old and knew it was what she wanted to continue doing.  Megan qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 400 IM and competed at US Nationals. She swam with the Dayton Raiders for 8 years before continuing her swimming career at the University of South Carolina for four years and competing at the SEC championships each year. Megan was named team captain for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season. Megan graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice but wanted to pursue her passion for swimming by becoming a coach. After finishing her colligate career Megan coached with Carolina Aquatics, working with their senior level group and age group programs. After graduation she continued her coaching career down in Houston, Texas with Sienna Plantation Aquatics. Megan assisted with their Senior 1 and 2 level athletes and the age groupers as well as revamping the team’s dryland program.

She will lead SRS (senior select) with another part time coach to help on occasion, as well as be the lead for Juniors, focusing mainly with the 13-14’s while working closely with Coach Jackie as she prepares the 12 years old’s soon to be 13 to move into the next age group.  

We welcomed Megan “Back Home” to the Raiders to begin coaching in 2018.

Victoria E Swartz

Assistant Coach

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Coach Vickie joined the Raiders in 2018.  The former Centerville High School swimmer was also a member of the Washington TWP Sharks year-round program and competed as a member of the West Carrollton Waves summer league team. 

Meghan E Holtz

Assistant Coach

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Cindy A Savino

Assistant Coach

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Coach Cindy joined the Raider staff in the fall of 2018.