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
Matt has been coaching for over 20 years. He has
coached teams with as few as 20 swimmers and as many as 200
swimmers all ages and skill levels. Aside from coaching the Otters,
Matt is the Head Swim Coach at Chardon High School and you may
have also seen Matt this summer as head coach of the Chardon Sharks
Summer Swim Team.
In his free time (what free time??) Matt enjoys
spending time with his daughter, Stella, who is also a GO
Swimmer. He also enjoys hiking, camping, being outdoors and
being with friends and family.
"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 has been coaching for
15+ years. 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 and Abby (who are both GO
Swimmers, and she is step mom to Dustin. She believes in
treating all kids like her own, with respect, care, and
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.