Coaches & Directors

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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

John Fagan

GLSS Head Coach & Gilmour Bills Coach


John has been coaching swimming for over 15 years.  As an athlete John was a 2-time State Champion while attending Hawken School.  He was a 2-time conference champion while at the University of Cincinnati.  John's passion lies in helping athletes attain their personal best.

Richard D Balcam

Mayfield Bills Coach


Rick comes to GLSS with 24 years of coaching experience.  He has coached multiple State and Junior National qualifiers.  Rick's driving goal is to help young athletes meet their full potential both in the pool and in the classroom.

Bill Bare

Chagrin Valley Athletic Club Head Coach


Bill is a former Hawken Hawk who was a State qualifier his Sophmore - Senior year.  Bill was a Junior National qualifier while in high school.  In college, Bill attended DePauw Univeristy where he was a Div. III All-American honorable mention.

Timothy F Hable

CSU Bills & Fins 2 Coach


John C Tiernan

Gilmour Age group Coach


JT has been coaching swimming for 11 years, both as a USA Swimming Club Coach and currently as the Head Swimming and Diving Coach for St. Joseph's Academy in Cleveland.  He brings an enormous amount of energy and excitement to the pool deck.  JT's devotion to his swimmers is evident in his swimmers continued success and passion for the sport of swimming.

Andrea Radel

Orange Gills Coach


I recently graduated from West Virginia University with and bachelor's in Sport and Exercise Psychology and minor in Counseling. Last summer I was the 9-10 age group coach for the Mentor Marlins. This past summer I became the Marlins' Head Coach, while also coaching the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups. In the spring, I coach the Mentor High School women's lacrosse team. I am a certified National Federation of High School Association and USA swimming coach. My swimming career started when I was 6 years old and continued through high school. I was a four-year varsity swimmer and competed at Districts. I am excited to become part of the GLSS family!

Adam Katz

Orange Bills, Fins & Tails Coach


I am excited to be joining the GLSS staff and will be running the Orange site and coaching the Middle and High School teams for Orange.  I was a four year State qualifier while swimming at Hawken, and was a state champion.  I continued my swimming at Indiana University and THE Ohio State University.  I have been coaching for over sixteen years, four years at Ursuline College, and twelve years at Gilmour.I have been fortunate to coach every level of swimmer: from novice swimmers to State champions and Sectional and Junior National qualifiers.  My goal is to help student athletes reach their full potential, in and out of the swimming pool.  

Board of Directors

Kristin MacPhail



Gregory Davis

Vice Chairman


Dawn Ferrante

Registration and Billing


Carl Dondorfer

Safe Sport Chair


Stephanie Leffler

Meet Entry Chair


Pam Vanone



Kyoko Ozawa Hong

Meet Director


Hallie Gustin

Age Group Rep and Apparel