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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to safety, or policy issues, please contact the head coach at your site. For administrative questions, such as dues or fees, please see a Front Desk Clerk at your site.

Coaching Staff

Cory Kephart

Head Coach

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Coach Cory came to the Hurricanes in 2017 after a lifetime of involvement in competitive sports including participation, administration and promotion.  He started his career coaching at the collegiate level at his alma mater, Gannon University.  During his time at Gannon he was the youngest coach in the Division II ranks.  He served several terms as the President of the Penn-Ohio Swim Conference and coached Gannon’s first ever national qualifiers and subsequent All-Americans.  During his tenure at Gannon he coached his swimmers to 2 All-American and 8 Honorable mention honors, while recruiting several integral alumni to build the program to one of the top Division 2 programs in the state. Over the years he has maintained an extensive network of NCAA coaching relationships, which he continues to use with current athletes to pursue college opportunities.  He recently returned to Gannon to witness his All-American athletes become the first swimmers enshrined in the Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame. 

In 1996, he left college coaching to become the Aquatics Director at the Long Center in Clearwater Florida, during that time he kept his passion for coaching fresh,  becoming  the coach of Clearwater Central Catholic High School  where he was able to coach a top level program that consistently produced state qualifiers, and the Schools  first ever FHSAA state Champion. Off deck, Cory oversaw the daily operations of The Doyle Center for Aquatics, and played an integral part increasing revenue and overseeing special events, such as the ESPN production of the Corporate Games, and hosting the Swedish and German Olympic teams prior to the Atlanta Games.  Over the years he presented on aquatics topics at the Florida Park and Recreation Conferences and continues to participate in many teaching and speaking engagements in the Aquatics field.

 After having children he began coaching and substitute teaching at The Berkeley Prep School in Tampa, where he was the assistant club and high school coach.  In the summer of 2010, after moving to Orlando, Cory joined Seminole Aquatics by helping out with the Summer Stingrays program.   In 2011, he began working with the Seminole Aquatics age group swimmers, and eventually served as the Head Age Group and masters coach, and Seminole HS assistant coach.  During his time at Seminole Aquatics he coached multiple FLAG individual and relay champions.

While at Seminole, he began to share his time and passion within the LSC, first as an Area Representative, then serving as the head coach for the Florida All-Star team, as well as leading a contingent of 50 plus Florida swimming  athletes at the  Southern Zone Championships over a three year period.  He continues to mentor and work closely with the LSC in a variety of areas.

His family has been active in the aquatics community for many years; his mother-in-law coached many high school All-Americans and college athletes and has proudly followed in that tradition.  Cory’s oldest son Austin is currently a multi-sport athlete at Division 2 Salem University in West Virginia, being named as one of the top water polo athletes in the Orlando area his senior year in high school.  His twin children, Ashley and Wesley, are looking to continue the student athlete tradition.  Wesley recently verbally committed to the class of 2020 at the University of Pittsburgh, following a successful age group and high school career, which was highlighted at Venice High School, where he was a multiple FHSAA state champion, NISCA All-American and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.  Ashley is currently pursuing her college options while being a 3 time individual state finalist and a bronze medalist while completing the IB heath program at Venice High School. 

Cory looks forward to moving competitive sports at SKY to greater heights, and recently helped to welcome Water Polo as the Y’s newest team sport.  His personal philosophy has, and always will be, based on the children he is entrusted with.  

Bruce Patmos

Senior Lead

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Coach Bruce began his coaching career at the Springfield (Ohio) YMCA in 1983 and then headed to southern California to make coaching his profession. He spent 16 years at the Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, Ca., growing the program from 90 to up over 400 swimmers. Canyons produced 94 swimmers that tallied over 540 National Age-Group top-16 rankings, 51 were #1 National rankings, and 7 were National Age-Group records. Two Olympians came from his program, they were, Anthony Ervin (2000 Gold and Silver medalist, 2012 & 2016 - Gold and Gold) and Gabe Woodward (2004 Silver medalist), along with a 1996 Olympic Team alternate, Jennifer Parmenter (400 IM). While coaching Canyons, 8 of his swimmers went to Olympic Trials; 25 swimmers qualified for USA Senior Nationals and earned 9 National and 18 & Under National titles. Coach Patmos has been an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 (highest level coach since 1992. He was alos a USA Swimming National Team Coach from 1992-2010.

In 2005, Coach Patmos went back to Ohio to care for his elderly parents and returned to the Springfield YMCA (SPY) to continue coaching. While at SPY his program produced 3 Olympic Trial qualifiers from Springfield and produced the most decorated female swimmer in Ohio high school history (Margo Geer). Margo then went on to be the 2013 NCAA Champion in the 50 & 100 free for University of Arizona. The SPY swimmers broke 7 YMCA National Records, and earned 9 YMCA National individual Titles under Coach Patmos.  Coach Patmos has also served as an assistant coach for the USA Swimming National Junior team in Melbourne, Australia and he was a guest speaker at the ASCA World Clinic in 2000 on the development of Anthony Ervin. Coach Patmos produced 1 future 2016 Olympian, Matthew Abeysinghe, who was the first Olympic swimmer ever from Sri Lanka!

Bruce joined The SKY Family YMCA in 2013 and served as the Head Coach of the Venice and Englewood site locations for the Sarasota YMCA Sharks. From 2013 - 2017, he grew the teams at the Venice and Englewood locations from a group of less than 30 up to more than 130 swimmers. He has also improved the quality of the swim program offered at these locations to an Elite level. The Spring 2017 Championship Season yielded 25 Florida Age Group Championships qualifiers, 19 Senior Champs Qualifiers, and 15 YMCA National Championships Qualifiers by 2019. It is under his direction and expertise that The SKY Family YMCA HURRICANES Swim team was formed in April of 2017. 

David Shumaker

Developmental Lead

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R Graig Fischer

Senior Assistant

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Coach Fish is a former Junior and Senior National qualifying swimmer and an ASCA registered coach with 29 years of coaching experience gained in different parts of the World.  Coach Fischer spent 11 years coaching in Indiana and Littleton, Colorado followed by a position as Head Coach of Dunedin Aquatic Club. After 3 years in Dunedin he moved to Frisco, Colorado to lead the boys and girls High School programs from 1999 to 2004 until Coach Fischer moved back to Florida to lead the Westchase Dolphins Team. In 2007 he moved to St. Thomas, USVI. In St. Thomas he lead the island team and served as Director of Aquatics followed by a position as Administrative Coach for the Barracudas in Weston, Florida. Prior to joining the YMCA Venice Coaching staff Coach Fischer was serving as Head Coach of the Al Ain Club in the United Arab Emirates.  Coach Fish works with our Junior and Senior level swimmers on specific events and/or strokes to provide more individualized attention to details, and fills in to help with other coaching needs as needed. He also supplies items to the Swim Team store in the Venice YMCA gymnasium, so please visit for practice suits, goggles, swim bags and other needs. 

Ann Urschel

Age Group Assistant

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Gabriella Maria Csiszar

Developmental Assistant

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.Hi, I'm Coach Gabi Csiszar. I started coaching for the YMCA just over a year ago. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am a senior at Venice High School and am enrolled in the dual enrollment nursing program with aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field. Currently I am an assistant coach, private swim instuctor, and lifeguard. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved down to Florida with my family 10 years ago. I definitely don't miss the snow. I swam for the Sky YMCA team for 4 years until a knee injury ended it. Needless to say i am happy to be back and working with kids.