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Coaching Staff

Chris W Plumb

Head Coach/CEO, HP


Chris Plumb was named Head Coach/CEO of Carmel Swim Club in July 2006, but has been with the program since 2003.  As Head Coach/CEO, Chris oversees all aspects of the club, and he coaches High Performance training group.  He is a dynamic leader for our organization, and works tirelessly to push Carmel to be a model club both in the state of Indiana and nationally.  Chris’s execution of his vision for Carmel Swim Club has pushed us towards recognition as a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club of Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015.  

When Chris took over as Head Coach/CEO of the Carmel Swim Club, the team had zero individual Junior National, National, or Olympic Trials qualifiers.  In the tem years since Chris became Head Coach that has changed drastically.  Carmel proudly took 17 athletes to the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska as well as 9 athletes in 2016.  CSC has had multiple USA Swimming National Junior Team Members and two National Team Members (Claire Adams and Amy Bilquist).  In the past two years, Carmel won the 2016 Junior National Chamionship, the Carmel girls team won the 2014 Speedo Junior National Team title, multiple swimmers have won 18 & under National Championships, numerous relays have broken National Age Group Records, and individuals have set American and Junior World Records.  Chris recently served as the Head Coach for Team USA staff at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, and served as the assistant womens' coach at the 2017 FINA World Jr. Championships. 

Chris is also the Head Coach at Carmel High School.  He directed the 2016 Carmel Boys and Girls Swim Teams to IHSAA State Championship Titles.  Coach Plumb has been at the helm for the last ten of the Lady Hound’s 30 consecutive titles and this was his fifth title for the boys.  He was inducted into the 2011 class of honorees in the Indiana Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.

Coach Plumb also devotes his time and energy to both Indiana and USA Swimming supported camps.  Most recently, Chris served as the Head Women’s Coach for the USA Swimming National Junior Team Camp.  He also fulfilled the same role for the Indiana Swimming Olympic Training Center camp, which 14 Carmel swimmers attended.  Chris was also the Head Coach for this camp in 2009.  Chris has been an assistant coach for USA Swimming’s National Select Camp in 2009, the Head Coach of the Eastern Zone Select Camp in 2010, an assistant at the 2006 Central Zone Select Camp, and an assistant coach for the Indiana Central Zone Team in 2005. 

Chris succeeds not just in inspiring his swimmers with his character and coaching, but also through his actions.  Chris swam>

Chris lives in Carmel with his wife, Emily and sons William and Nicholas.


Christopher Pfaff

Head Age Group Coach, Lead CH1


Chris Pfaff joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in the summer of 2014.  He currently serves as the Head Age Group Coach and is the Lead Coach for Challenge 1. He has previously served as the Lead Coach of Senior 1, Challenge 3, Exploration 1 and Imagination 2 training groups.  Additionally, Chris has served on the staff of Team Indiana at the 2016 Mid-States Championships.

Coach Pfaff previously coached at Boilermaker Aquatics from 2011-2014.  He also has high school experience coaching at West Lafayette West Side High School from 2011-2014, serving as Head Coach 2013-2014.  Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport to CSC. 

Chris swam for South Bend Riley High School for 3 years. After high school, he continued swimming for Purdue University (2007-2011) and graduated with a degree in Movement and Sports Science. 

Thomas Burchill

Lead SR1 & CH2


Jon Ranochak

Lead SR2 & EX1


Jon Ranochak joined the full-time coaching staff in the fall of 2014.  He currently is the Lead Coach for the Exploration 1 and Senior 2 training groups.  Previously, he served as the Lead Coach for the Imagination 2 training group.  Coach Ranochak is also an assistant coach on the Carmel High School staff.

Jon previously coached at the South West Allen County (SWAC) Swim Team from 2011-2013.  There he served as an assistant coach in their senior program, as well as Interim Head Coach for a large portion of 2013.

Jon attended Purdue University majoring in Law and Society.  He also minored in Psychology, Organization, Leadership, and Supervision.  He was a four year letter winner swimming for the Boilermakers.  Jon grew up swimming in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was a high school All-American at Homestead High School.


Brian Barnes

Lead CH3, Senior Assistant


Indiana native Brian Barnes started with the Carmel Swim Club in April 2017 with over 20 years of coaching experience. Brian came to Carmel Swim Club with an extensive background in the sport of swimming with notable stops at the University of Notre Dame, Auburn University, and Indiana University.

During his time with the Irish, Barnes has helped take the program to new heights, as they have become regular standouts on the conference and national stage. Just some of the highlights include the first individual national championship (junior Emma Reaney, 2014) for a Notre Dame swimmer or diver in school history (men's or women's), eight All-Americans, 13 honorable mention All-Americans, 24 NCAA qualifiers among 14 student-athletes, three Atlantic Coast Conference individual titles, four all-ACC honorees, one ACC Most Valuable Swimmer, one ACC Swimmer of the Year, two BIG EAST team titles, 42 BIG EAST combined relay and individual titles, 164 All-BIG EAST honors, three BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year awards, two BIG EAST Most Outstanding Swimmer awards and two BIG EAST Most Outstanding Diver awards. Eighteen of the 23 school records have fallen during Barnes' time with the program.

Before Notre Dame, the Osceola, Ind., native helped guide both the Auburn men's and women's swimming and diving teams to NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. The men won the Southeastern Conference meet three times from 2006-08, while the women picked up a pair of league titles during that span. In 2008, Auburn's men placed fifth at the NCAA meet, with the women posting a runner-up performance.

Overall, Barnes helped mentor Olympians and 291 All-Americans in his three years as an assistant, including 11 individual and six relay titles between the two teams. In the SEC, the women produced 15 individual titles and eight relay titles during Barnes three seasons, while the men had 12 individual and relay titles.

Barnes spent three seasons (2002-05) as the assistant men's swimming coach at his alma mater, Indiana University. He helped coach the 2005 Hoosiers to their highest finish at the NCAA Championships since 1991 and their first 10-win dual meet season since 1985. In 2005, Indiana garnered 29 All-America honors, the most since 1976, and finished second at the Big Ten Conference Championships. In 2004, the Hoosiers had five All-Americans and finished 17th at the NCAA Men's Championships. Overall, Barnes helped tutor seven Big Ten champions while with the Hoosiers.

Barnes was a highly-accomplished swimmer during his career at Indiana from 1992-95. He was a two-time All-American and a five-time honorable mention All-American. His school record in the 400 Individual Medley stood for more than 15 years from 1992 until 2007. A two-time team most valuable swimmer, he served as team captain during his senior campaign.

The two-time Indiana Swimming Male Swimmer of the Year (1989, 1995) was also a member of the USA Swimming National Team in 1989 and 1992. Barnes was a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in 1992 and 1996.

A 1995 graduate of Indiana, Barnes earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and is a level-4 certified member of the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Following graduation, Barnes got into coaching with the local Michiana Marlins, a USA Swimming club team that practices in the Rolfs Aquatic Center on the campus of Notre Dame. He was the assistant coach for two seasons at the University of Kansas and the head coach of the Lawrence (Kan.) Aquahawks swim club from 1998-2002 before heading to his alma mater for three seasons.

Barnes, the father of Jack and Caroline, lives in Carmel.


Assistant Coach, Senior 1 Lead, Challenge 3 lead, Carmel Swim Club, 2017-present

Head Coach, University of Notre Dame, 2008-2014
2009, 2010, 2013 BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year

Assistant Coach, Auburn University, 2005-08

Assistant Coach, Indiana University, 2002-05

Assistant Coach, University of Kansas, 1997-98



Rhiannon Sheets

Lead V1, Senior Assistant


Rhiannon Sheets joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in the spring of 2015.  During the 2015 long course season, she served as an assistant coach with the Challenge 1 and High Performance training groups.  Currently, she continues to work with High Performance and leads the Voyager 1 training group.

Rhi is a Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School alum.  She graduated from CHS in 2011 and was a part of the girl’s swimming legacy from 2007-2011.  She was an individual IHSAA Champion in the 200 free her senior year, establishing a State Record in the process.  Rhi also contributed to multiple CHS relay State Championships and was a multiple time All-American.

Coach Sheets attended Purdue University and was a NCAA qualifier in each of her four seasons for the Boilermakers.  She currently holds four Purdue varsity records and was an All-American her senior year.  Rhi graduated in 2015 with a degree in Movement and Sports Science.

Jacob Lucheon

Lead IM2, Senior Assistant


Jacob Lucheon joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in the winter of 2018. He has spent time as the Challenge 3 assistant and will now serve as the lead coach for Imagination 2. In addition, Coach Lucheon is an assistant coach with Senior 1 and the Carmel High School team.

Jake came to Carmel after three years as the Assistant Coach at Wabash College. Prior to that, he was the Graduate Assistant at Auburn University, where he earned his Master's Degree in Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology. He has also been an Assistant at Tennessee Aquatics working primarily with their senior groups.

Jake graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology. He was a team captain and former school record holder for the Salukis. Jake competes in powerlifting and plays golf in his spare time.

Mark O'Malley

Lead EX2


Mark O’Malley joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in 2011 and has been the lead group coach for the Exploration 2 group since.  Mark previously worked as an age group coach at the historic Riviera Swim Club in Indianapolis for 11 years.  At Riviera, Mark had Zone and Mid-States Quad qualifiers in each of his 22 consecutive seasons.  He has coached one Age Group State High-Point Award Winner and four Age Group State event champions. 

Mark also has experience at the collegiate level.  He worked as the Assistant Coach to the Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams at Butler University, his alma mater.  At Butler, Mark was responsible for creating and supervising the Bulldog’s weight room program and was a great asset in working with each individual swimmer’s technique.  Mark currently works at the Indiana Department of Education.  

Chris Baker

Lead V2


Chris Baker joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in the summer of 2017. He serves as the lead coach for Voyager 2. Additionally, Chris also serves as the Assistant Coach for the Butler University Women's swim team.

Chris came to Carmel after serving as Head Coach of Charger Aquatics at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His accomplishments include both school and state record holders, as well as nationally ranked age group swimmers.

DesNeiges Buchanna

Assistant Age Group Coach


DesNeiges Buchanna is back for another season with the Carmel 10 & Unders: she will be assisting our age groupers in the Discovery series, as well as the Imagination training group.  She has over 15 years of experience in the Carmel program.  DesNeiges has also been an assistant coach for Center Grove Aquatic Club.  She has been around competitive swimming nearly all her life and she excels in teaching our youngest athletes the proper fundamentals for future success in the CSC program.

DesNeiges has taught kindergarten in the Indianapolis Public School System for 20 years.  She currently lives in Indianapolis and enjoys spending time with her 9-year-old son Parker.


George Morrison

Assistant Age Group Coach


George joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in fall of 2016. He is currently the assistant coach for the Voyager 2 group. Prior to joining CSC, he was an assistant swim coach with the Anderson Barracudas in Cincinnati, OH, as well as the head coach for Turpin Hills Swim Club (also in Cincinnati).

George saw most of his swimming career take place in Cincinnati where he was a member of the Anderson Barracudas and Kingfish Aquatics.  In addition, he swam on the Saint Xavier High School 2007 NISCA National Championship Team. as well as the 2009 and 2010 State Championship Teams. George graduated from DePauw University in 2014 after completing 4 varsity seasons on the men's swim team.  He is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Indianapolis.

Melanie Pulley

Assistant Age Group Coach


Coach Melanie joined the club in June 2018. She is currently the Lead Coach for Imagination I, Discovery I and Discovery II. Coach Melanie joins the club with 18 years of coaching experience. She started her coaching career at the Annapolis Swim Club in Annapolis, MD. Most recently, Coach Melanie was an assistant coach at the Lawrence Swim Team and Lawrence North High School.

Coach Melanie grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio before moving to Pasadena, Maryland her senior year of high school.  Coach Melanie continued her education at McDaniel College (Western Maryland College), in Westminster, MD where she graduated with a degree in Exercise Science/Physical Education as well as minors in Sports Coaching and Sports Management.  Coach Melanie represented McDaniel College at the 2002 NCAA Division III Nationals, where she competed in the 1650 Freestyle, the 500 Freestyle, the 400 Individual Medley and the 200 Individual Medley.  Coach Melanie still holds the school records in the 1000 Freestyle, the 1650 Freestyle, and the 400 IM.  Before graduating from McDaniel College Coach Melanie decided she wanted to continue her coaching career and took the Head Coaching Position at Pendleton Swim Club and Pendleton Heights High School, which allowed her to move to Indiana so she could be closer to her family.

Throughout Coach Melanie’s coaching career she has been a part of several Zone and Mid States Staffs.  In 2010 Coach Melanie became a member of the Indiana Swimming Board of Directors, and was appointed as the Team Indiana Manager.  Coach Melanie served as the Team Indiana Manager for seven years before stepping down, so she could focus on her coaching career.  Coach Melanie is an ASCA Level 2 Coach.

Nicole Bills

Aquatics Director


Nicole Bills become the Aquatics Director in August of 2015.  She is a full-time member of the Carmel Swim Club Staff.  Nicole oversees all non-competitive programming (swim lessons, community lap swim, masters, and facility rentals) and manages the Carmel Aquatic Center.  Unlike the CSC Coaching Staff, her office is located at the aquatic center in Carmel High School.

Nicole comes to Carmel from after serving as the Aquatics Director at the Jerry L. Garver YMCA in Canal Winchester Ohio.  She has also previously worked in South Carolina at the Greenville YMCA and as the Head Swim Coach for Eastside High School.  There she was named Coach of the Year for the Peach Blossom Region for two consecutive years.

She brings a vast amount of aquatics experience to the program.  Nicole has managed and taught swim lessons, managed lifeguards and swim instructors, as well as coach various swim teams the past 11 years.  Throughout her career, she has traveled to various parts of the US to work in different fields of aquatics including sleep away camps and Sea World.  She is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science with emphasis on Aquatics.  While at Ball State, she worked with the university Women's swim team as a volunteer assistant. 

Lisa Sheets

Office Manager