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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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact John Gibson     john.gibson@nacs.k12.in.us.

Coaching Staff

John B Gibson

Head Coach / HS-Senior Group Coach

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  • Has coached swimming at age group, high school and summer league levels for over thirty(30) years.
  • Has worked with swimmers from beginners to State Champions (USS & High School), numerous High School All-Americans, Junior National & NAtional qualifiers and Olympic Trials qualifiers.
  • Started out swimming as an Age Group swimmer and swam through college level.
  • Known for extensive stroke knowledge and working on stroke techniques and helping his swimmers develop in all areas; mental preparation, race strategies, nutrition, training, goal setting, etc.
  • Certifications: United States Swimming, American Swim Coaches Association, National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, Indiana High School Swim Coaches, Indiana Girls Swim Coaches.
  • Married, has five(5) sons (all swimmers), occupation: NACS Natatorium Director
  • john.gibson@nacs.k12.in.us   260-637-0340

Ben W Sutton

Head Age Group Coach, Blue & Gold Coach

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Ben Sutton joined FORT Wayne Swim Team January 2015.  He currently serves as our Head Age Group Coach while being Lead Coach for Blue Group, Gold Group & Assistant High School.  Ben has previously served as Lead Coach for Bronze Group, Silver Group & White Group.    Before Ben moved back to Indiana, he served for four years as Head Coach for Saint Johns Sea Lions and before that served as Assistant Coach for 3 years at Dexter Community Aquatic Club while living in Michigan.

·        Currently Serves as Coach Rep on Board of Directors for Indiana Swimming

·        2019 Indiana Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year

·        2019 Team Indiana Head Coach at Central Zone Championships in Fargo, ND

·        2019 Selected to represent Indiana Swimming at USA Swimming’s Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO

·        2019 Team Indiana Lead 13-14 Coach at Mid-States All Star Championship

·        2018 Lead Boys Coach at Indiana Swimming Age Group Development Camp

·        2017 Team Indiana Assistant Coach at Central Zone Championship in Pleasant Prairie, WI

·        2016 Assistant Coach at Catch the Spirit Camp in Crawfordsville, IN

Ben grew up swimming for Fort Wayne Aquatics and graduated from Concordia High School.  Ben earned a scholarship to swim at Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Laura.  Ben and Laura have a son Cameron, who is currently in 5th grade at Cedar Canyon.  Ben has a love and passion for the sport of swimming, Indiana Swimming & FORT Wayne Swim Team.  “My goal is to have a positive interaction with every one of my swimmers every single night.  Teach the kids to love the sport, at that point is when you have their trust and can teach them to train the right way.”  

Kahler M Goldsmith

Lead Silver and White Group Coach

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Kahler grew up swimming for the DCY Dolphins and then following that, DeKalb High School. He began coaching as an Assistant Coach for the Dolphins in 2017 and was with them for two seasons. In 2019 Kahler started coaching for Pine Valley during the summer and was made Head Coach of the team the following year. Kahler joined FORT Wayne Swim Team in the fall of 2019 where he began coaching Bronze Group and is now our Lead Coach for both Silver and White Groups. Kahler has a passion for swimming and believes in the importance of teaching “why” we do what we do; not just how to do it. His goal is to prepare swimmers for both the physical and mental aspects of the sport as they continue on through their time swimming. Kahler is excited to be a part of FORT and to help continue to build the love of the sport for the swimmers. 

Tori G Bagan

Asst HS Coach, Head Dryland

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Tori joined the Fort Wayne Swim Team staff in July of 2016. Having 18 years of competitive swimming experience, over 8 years of strength and conditioning experience, and more than 4 years of coaching experience, she brings knowledge and enthusiasm to the program.   Tori was a 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke. A native to Indiana, she was a two-time high school state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. Swimming at Ohio University for four years, she medaled in multiple events during conference championships and was named team captain her junior and senior year.   Coaching experience for Tori includes coaching at Ohio University where she worked with athletic trainers, physical therapists, and strength coaches to develop knowledge of the body’s recovery and strengthening processes. She has also coached at the club level and for the swimming portion of the Special Olympics.   Tori has a bachelor’s degree in AYA English Literature Education and is a licensed massage practitioner. She finds her passion in helping others both in and outside the water and loves to continue learning about the body’s recovery and healing processes.

Daniel James Hartman

Lead Red Group Coach

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I started swimming when I was 7 years old for Park Forest Swim & Dive Club. After finding some early success I decided to turn swimming into a year-round event starting at Southeast Family YMCA and  eventually switching to Fort Wayne Central YMCA at the age of 8. I continued my swimming career at Concordia Lutheran High School where I was first introduced to Coach John Gibson. With his help I was able to qualify for the IHSAA State Championship meet in 2004 (placing 4th in the medley relay) and 2005 (placing 3rd in the medley relay, state champion in the 200 free relay, and consolation champion in the 100 backstroke). After a year of playing basketball for the Cadets I returned to the pool in 2007 and placed 7th in the 50 freestyle at state. After high school I spent my freshman year in college at Long Beach State university as a member of the men's water polo team. I returned home in 2008 and spent my sophomore year in college as an assistant coach for the Homestead High School swim team. I transferred to Indiana University in 2009 and graduated in 2012 with a bachelors in Journalism. I returned to Fort Wayne after graduation and coached with FORT (at the time known as NACS) in 2012 and 2013. I primary worked with the middle school age group during my first tenure as a coach with NACS. After a brief hiatus I am now making my return to coaching and am very excited about the opportunity to get back on deck! I have always had a passion for coaching and look forward to getting to work and helping everyone achieve their personal goals. 

Yardley Glassley

Asst Silver Group & Asst AG Coach

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Yardley is a long time member of the Indiana and Fort Wayne swimming communities. She grew up swimming at Avalon and has coached multiple summer teams over the years. She began swimming competitively for NAK at Norwell pool at age 11. She swam for Concordia HS and was 4 year relay and individual state qualifier. She began coaching with John Gibson as an assistant coach for 2 years at Concordia High School after graduating from Ball State. In 2004 she began coaching at TRAC and continued coaching year round for 13 years. She has coached multiple age group state champions and countless championship meet qualifiers. After taking 2 years off to spend time with her family she is excited to be back on the pool deck.  She is married to Jason and their children Jordyn and Tyson are in 5th and 2nd grade. Both are swimming at FORT this season. Yardley can't wait to pass her love of swimming on the new swimmers and is excited to be part of the FORT family! 

Katelyn Renee McCurdy

Bronze Group Coach

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Kara Renee West

Bronze Group and Asst AG Coach

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Kara grew up here in Fort Wayne and began swimming at the age of seven.   She swam for New Haven Barracudas, FWCY Sharks, and finally for Fort Wayne Aquatics.   Her early coaching history includes New Haven & Avalon summer leagues, North Side & Canterbury High School teams, and Three Rivers Aquatics Club.   After that, she took several years off to focus on raising her son.   She rejoined the swimming community last summer when she dove back in with Pine Valley Country Club and FWCY.   She maintains her position with Pine Valley but is excited to get back into USA Swimming and coaching at FORT.   In addition to her diverse coaching background, she has 14 years of experience teaching swim lessons here in the Fort Wayne area.   She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently the Pre-K teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School.   Kara has been married to her baseball loving husband, Tony, for 15 years and has a 13 year old son, Brennen.   She also continues to pursue her own personal growth in the water by being an active member of a local Master’s team.   Kara believes deeply in value of youth sports and focuses on not only athletic development, but character development as well.

Andy W Sather

Asst White Group Coach

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Ciana A Heaston

HS/Sr Group Assistant Coach

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Ciana has been involved in swimming for 16 years. She began swimming at 8 years old and was one of the original members of NACS/FORT Swim Team. Ciana graduated from Carroll High School where she was a multiple State Meet qualifier and still holds the 100 breaststroke school record. She then got a scholarship to swim at the University of Toledo, where she received the spirt and hardest worker awards.   Ciana was the head coach at Club North Pointe from 2015 to 2018. She also was an assistant coach for the University of Toledo in 2018-19, where she worked with the swimmers in the pool and in the weight room. Ciana has a BS in Exercise Science from UT and is working towards a master’s degree in Kinesiology Sports Performance from Ball State University. She is currently a certified personal trainer through NSCA and works at Catalyst Fitness. Ciana is excited to help athletes reach their goals.

Bill T Reynolds

Assistant Bronze/AG Coach

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Bill began swimming competitively at age 5 with Blackhawk Swim Team. Bill continued to swim with various summer swim teams and joined SWAC in middle school. He then swam for Homestead High School, where he was a relay and individual state meet qualifier. Bill swam for Ball State University but suffered a shoulder injury during his first season. This experience influenced Bill to emphasize proper conditioning and injury prevention as a coach. Bill’s coaching experience includes 3 years with the Fort Wayne Central YMCA and 3 years with Pine Valley Country Club. Additionally, Bill works for Navistar as a software engineer. He is married with two sons who are both swimmers. Bill is looking forward to working with the FORT swimmers-having fun, refining strokes, and fostering a love of swimming. 

Courtney A Smith

Assistant Coach

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