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Coaches & Directors

Questions related to workouts, meets, event entry, goal setting, and other swimming-related topics, please contact the lead coach of your swimmer's group using the e-mail link next to the coach's name below.  For all account administration questions related to billing, please contact the club office at [email protected]  If you have a question about team support and working at meets, contact the club office, as well. 

 

Coaching Staff

Chris W Plumb

CEO/Head Coach

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Christopher Pfaff

Associate Head Coach

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Chris Pfaff joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in April of 2014.  He currently serves as the Associate Head Coach. He has previously served as the Head Age Group Coach and lead Coach of Challenge 1, 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.

Alex Rayle

Head Age Group Coach, Lead Challenge 1

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Alex Rayle joins the Carmel Coaching Staff after serving as the Head Senior Coach for the Virginia Gators in Charlottesville, Virginia for the 2020-2021 season. As the Head Senior Coach, Coach Alex worked with the clubs top middle school and high school practice groups. During his time with the Gators, Coach Alex’s swimmers set multiple Virginia State Records, Junior National Qualifiers, and Age Group Champions.

Before Alex joined the Gators, he served as the Associate Head Coach for CYAC swimming in Charlottesville Virginia from 2017-2020. At CYAC, Coach Alex was charged with leading the age group program and worked with the swimmers from the ages of 8-14 years old. At CYAC, Coach Alex helped the program achieve multiple 2nd place finishes at the Virginia State Championships, had multiple state record holders, and had a swimmer break multiple National Age Group Records. Under Coach Alex’s leadership, the 12 and under program at CYAC was ranked 4th nationally by ASCA.

Alex was named Virginia Swimming’s Age Group Coach of the year in 2019 and 2020 and was named the ASCA Age Group Coach of the year in 2020 as well. Alex is an ASCA certified Level 5 Age Group Coach.

Before Alex got started in full-time coaching he went to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he swam all 4 years and graduated with a degree in Marketing Strategy in 2017. Alex is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia where he grew up swimming and coaching for local summer league swim teams.

Thomas Burchill

Lead Senior 1 & Challenge 2

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Coach Tom has 30 years of coaching experience, twenty-one years as a head coach.  Tom was the Head Coach of the Lawrence Swim Team and Lawrence North, served as the lead age group coach at the Peters Township Swim Club 2009-2012, Head Coach at Lancaster Aquatic Club (2006 -2008; Lancaster, PA), Head Coach at Carmel Swim Club (2003 - 2006, Carmel, IN), and Head Coach at Mt. Lebanon Aquatic Club (1993 - 2003, Mt. Lebanon, PA). Tom's teams have won the National High School Championship and 5 State titles (IN/PA). Coach Burchill is in the Indiana High School Swimming HOF.

Tom has three children (Veronica, Sammie, and Tanner) you might recognize.  Veronica and Sammie swim for the University of Georgia and swam for Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School. Tanner plays basketball and is a senior in high school. 

Tom swam for the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club and Mt. Lebanon H.S. in Pittsburgh.  In college, he swam at the University of Maryland, where he served as team captain and, is a former Terrapin Record Holder and competed at Two NCAA Division I Championships (here in Indianapolis).

Jon Ranochak

Lead Senior 2 & Exploration 1

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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.

 

Jacob Lucheon

Lead Challenge 3, IM 1, Senior Assistant

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Jacob Lucheon joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in the winter of 2018. He is the lead coach for Challenge 3 and Imagination 1 and 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.
 
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. 
 
Outside the pool, Jake loves spending time with his wife and daughter. He created and owns the Swim Bridge LLC. He competes in powerlifting and enjoys playing golf.  

Rhiannon Sheets

Senior Assistant

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Rhiannon joined the CSC staff in the spring of 2015 and has served as a High Performance assistant since. She has previously served as lead coach for both Voyager 1 and 2. Rhiannon is a CSC alum; she graduated from Carmel High School in 2011 and swam under the direction of Chris Plumb. She continued her academic and athletic career at Purdue University where she studied Movement and Sport Sciences. She was a former team captain, team record holder, and Division 1 NCAA All-American for the Boilermakers.

Melanie Pulley

Lead Senior 3 & Exploration 2

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Coach Melanie joined the club in June 2018. She is currently the Lead Coach for Exploration 2 and Senior 3 as well as an assistant coach for Senior 2.  Coach Melanie joins the club with over 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.  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.

George Morrison

Lead Voyager 1

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George joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in fall of 2016. He is currently the lead coach for the Voyager 1 group. Prior to joining CSC, he was an assistant swim coach with the Anderson Barracudas in Cincinnati, OH, where he led the pre-competitive program and a 10 & under practice group. He also was the head coach for Turpin Hills Swim Club (also in Cincinnati) from 2012-2014. 

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 and 2008 NISCA National Championship Teams as well as the 2009 and 2010 State Championship Teams. George then swam for DePauw University where he specialized in sprint/middle distance free and backstroke.

Ellie Kight

Lead Voyager 2

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Ellie has been volunteer coaching for Carmel Swim Club since 2016, when she was a Senior at Carmel High School. She is the lead coach of Voyager II, and has also assisted Imagination, Discovery, and Challenge groups. Ellie swam for Carmel Swim Club from 2006 through college.

She attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a B.S. in Public Health on the pre-med track. Ellie competed on the American University Swim and Dive team, twice earning All-Academic Patriot League and Top 8 All Times in at least 6 individual events and multiple relays, and served as Captain her Senior year. She is currently working at an Otolaryngology office as a Medical Scribe as she applies to medical school.

 

Hillary Staab

Lead Imagination 2

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Hillary spent her college swim career at Drury University and went on to get her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. She most recently moved back to Indianapolis from the greater Chicago area where she coached for two high schools.  Hillary joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in May of 2021 as the Imagination 2 lead coach.

Audrey Schank

Lead Discovery 1 & 2

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Audrey Schank joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in the summer of 2021. Audrey is currently the Lead Coach of Discovery 1 and Discovery 2. Audrey is also an Assistant Coach for Imagination 1, Challenge 1, Challenge 3, and Senior groups 1, 2, and 3. Before Carmel Swim Club she gave private lessons and helped as an assistant coach in her hometown in Missouri.

Audrey graduated from Ball State University in May of 2021 where she earned a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in fashion. During her time at Ball State she competed on the swim team where she was one of the top backstroke swimmers in school history and a current record holder. She was All Academic all four years. 

Audrey is from near Kansas City, Missouri and has lived there her whole life. She ventured to Indiana for school and ended up staying. Audrey enjoys spending time with her 3 nieces and 1 nephew. She is also a tutor at Carmel Middle School, Creekside Middle School and Carmel High School.

DesNeiges Buchanna

Assistant Age Group Coach

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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.

 

Julie Cardona

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Megan Cogswell

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Megan grew up on the south side of Indianapolis and started swimming on a swim team at 5 years old.  Before moving to Carmel from Greenwood IN, Megan coached for the Greenwood Gators from 2000 to 2007 and coached the Greenwood Middle School swim team for three years.

After graduating college in 2007, she accepted a teaching position at Creekside Middle School and started coaching for the Carmel Swim Club. She coached until 2013 when her son, Mason, was born. Megan then took a break from coaching and also had a daughter, Morgan.  Now that her children are swimming, she is excited to be back on the deck coaching again. Megan taught math at Creekside for three years and now teaches math at Carmel High School.

Connor Geshay

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Victor Schleich

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Vic Schleich is a Carmel High School alumni who swam for five years for Carmel High School.  After College, he became a teacher and currently teaches at North Central High School.  Vic has been coaching at Carmel Swim Club for five years and has enjoyed helping his swimmers achieve their goals in and out of the pool. 
 

Nicole Bills

Aquatics Director

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Nicole Bills became 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 Swim Academy.   She also sets ups and tears down all Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School swim meets that are scheduled at Carmel High School. 

Nicole came to Carmel from after serving as the Aquatics Director at the Jerry L. Garver YMCA in Canal Winchester Ohio.  She previously worked in South Carolina at the Greenville YMCA and was the Head Swim Coach for Eastside High School. 

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 coached various swim teams the past 17 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. 

Nicole loves to be in the water and teaching kids.  She enjoys all levels and age groups.  Nicole especially loves being in the water with her two young kids Ella and Michael.
 

Maggie Mestrich

Director of Business Development

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Maggie Mestrich returns to Carmel Swim Club as Director of Business Development. In this role, Maggie oversees the Carmel Swim Academy construction and fundraising efforts as CSC works to expand its community programs and impact. From 2009 to 2012, Maggie was a full-time coach (working with Challenge 2 and High Performance) and the Director of Operation Omaha 2.0 for Carmel Swim Club. Prior to coaching with CSC, Maggie was the Head Age Group Coach of the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers, and served as a Volunteer Assistant Swim Coach with Indiana University.

From 2012 through the end of 2019, Maggie worked as the Director of Development for the Joseph Maley Foundation, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization with the mission, “serving children of all abilities.” At JMF, Maggie was responsible for all aspects of fundraising and communications.

Maggie lives in Westfield with her husband Jeff, a Physical Therapist, and two children: Leo (7) and Maisie (3).

Lisa Sheets

Office Manager

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