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


Biography link


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


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 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.


Rhiannon Sheets

Senior Assistant


Jacob Lucheon

Lead IM1, CH3, 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.

Christian Hanselmann

Lead V1; HP Assistant


Melanie Pulley

Lead SR 3 & EX 2


Coach Melanie joined the club in June 2018. She is currently the Lead Coach for Exploration 2 and Senior 3. She is also an assistant coach for Senior 2, Discovery 1 and Discovery 2.  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.

Hannah Carter

Lead Discovery 1&2


George Morrison

Lead V2


George joined the Carmel Swim Club staff in fall of 2016. He is currently the lead 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.  

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.


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