Head Swim Team Coach
Matt started swimming competetively when he was 6 years old. At the age of 10 he started winning state titles. During his youth swimming years Matt held multiple age group swimming state records in the state of Michigan. He was a 21 time All American in High School and set 5 state records and one national record in the 200 Freestyle Relay.
Matt attended the University of Tennessee on a swimming scholarship and during his senior year earned All American honors twice.
Matt has been coaching for 19 years. He has coached teams with as few as 20 swimmers and as many as 200 swimmers all ages and skill levels. This is Matt's eighth year coaching the Geuaga Otters Swim Team, you may have also seen Matt this summer as head coach of the Chardon Sharks Summer Swim Team.
He enjoys working with kids and 8 years ago he and his wife had a baby girl, Stella. Matt also has two other children (Alex and Lindsay) that he was so blessed to inherit when he married his wife Lori. Matt looks forward to having a wonderfully white winter with all of you. Please do not be afraid to approach Matt with any concerns or potential problems.
"I am a very laid back guy most of the time, but when its time to focus I expect everyone to perform to the best of their ability. Swimming is a very tough sport, but I feel that the more you put into it, the more you are going to get out of it. Good luck and I look forward to helping you all become better swimmers, athletes, and people. Together we can do great things for our community"
GO Coach & Geauga Aquatics Director
Jodi started swimming competetively when she was 8 years old. After a number of summers on the local recreation team, Jodi joined the Ridgewood YMCA swim team and never really left the pool again.
Jodi attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where she swam for 2 years before taking on a new role as a student coach/manager. Some of Jodi's best friends are her teammates from her years at B-W and she would highly recommend swimming in college to anyone who is interested. "There are plenty of opportunities to go further in the sport through Division III programs that make the swimming accessible to many kids in college."
Jodi has been coaching for 15+ years. She began her coached career at with a summer recreation team in Parma, Ohio, and went on to coach USA and High School swimming in Westlake, Ohio. For 8 years Jodi coached at Magnificat High School as the Strength and Conditioning coach and assistant coach- while there, the team sent several qualifiers to the state meet every year, including one state champion. Two of her former Magnificat swimmers went on to very successful collegiate careers and were US Olympic Trial athletes. Several more athletes went on to swim in college in Division 1, 2 and 3 programs. Jodi is happy to get back into coaching after a couple year hiatus!
Jodi loves working with the younger swimmers and loves to find out what makes them tick. Jodi and her husband Steve are proud parents of 2 of kids, Austin (age 7), Abby (age 4), and she is step mom to Dustin (age 16). She believes in treating all kids like her own, with respect, care, and encouragement.
Warrensville Site Coach
If it has anything to do with water, Kevin is passionate about it. During his career in restaurants and Wholesale Food Distribution, his specialty was seafood.
Before Kevin was old enough to get swim instructor certifications or be employed, he was eager to teach people to swim, so he volunteered to do so and has been teaching swimming for 45 years. At the Southeast YMCA, many of his students took classes year-round and after the first year, it was clear that they needed further challenges to remain engaged with the Y, so he founded the Southeast YMCA Stingrays Swim Team as a volunteer in 2009. Kevin became a full-time employee with the Y in 2011.
Kevin has been coaching with GO since 2014. He considers it an honor to coach for the Geauga Otters and be entrusted with the children’s time. He believes that swimming is a lifestyle that helps us develop many skills which benefit us throughout life. He believes in teaching, then training. Repetition of bad habits will not produce successful swimmers.
I addition to his own competitive swimming, Kevin enjoys being in, on or around water. He is an avid kayaker and enjoys coaching swimmers as they train and complete marathon swims (two of his athlete friends have just completed 17and 24 mile swims). Kevin and his wife, Deborah, live in Shaker Heights. He has 2 daughters, Erin and Corey.
Hillcrest Head Site Coach
Coach Amanda has been coaching with GO Swimming for 3 years now. She is a Chardon High School grad and swam for the Otters for several years before joining the coaching staff. Currently, Amanda is a senior at John Carroll University where she is a 3 year varsity letter winner, numerous ALL-OAC recipient and school record holder in the 50 free.
This season Coach Amanda has been promoted to Head Site Coach at the Hillcrest branch. We are very excited to see what Coach Amanda can do with all the young talent at this branch.