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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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

William M Whatley

Head Coach - Senior 1

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Head Coach Bill Whatley   leads the Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team.  He came to Blue Ash in 1988 from the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the top teams in the Southeast and at the National level.  There he helped develop and coach world-ranked swimmers, Senior National swimmers, and many Top 16 Age Group Qualifiers during his tenure in Atlanta.  He also has coached YMCA teams in South Carolina and Florida, and he was a Graduate Assistant at James Madison University.  He was a collegiate swimmer for the University of Maine.  Coach Whatley holds both a BS in Education and an MS degree in Physical Education.

Chris A Berling

Age Group 1

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Chris started swimming competitively at the age of 6 with Brookside Swim Club. He then swam for Moeller High School and was a swim team captain his senior season in 2002. Chris went on to further his education and Graduated from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 2007. He holds a BS in Recreational Therapy and a Minor in Physiology. During his time in college, Chris started coaching for Blue Ash YMCA in 2004. He began coaching the 8 and under/9-10’s age groups for three seasons before moving up levels to coach Age Group 1, 11-12's since 2008. He has coached his swimmers to multiple league champions, league record holders, Zone Champions, Zone Age Group Champions, and YMCA Long Course National Qualifiers at the age of 12. Chris has also been an Assistant Coach with Moeller High School Swim Team from 2002-09 and 2011-present. He has coached high school swimmers to multiple Individual State Champions as well as National Swimming All American status. While not at the pool, Chris works full time in Health Care at a Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Facility. Chris brings great passion for the sport of swimming as well as experience and knowledge to the BASH program. Chris’s favorite saying is Thannkk Yoouuuu!

Robin Morris

AG 4 and Dolphin

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Robin graduated from Mt. Notre Dame high school and Southern Ohio Business College. Although she never swam competitively, she grew up around the water. She has been involved with swimming and the Y for many, many years. Prior to joining the swim team Robin taught infant through adult swim lessons and lifesaving. She was nominated for the Cincinnati Splash Award in 2015 and received the award in 2016.

Robin loves sharing her passion for the sport of swimming with each and every swimmer. Her favorite time of year is the summer when she spends most of her time with her husband at their summer lake house in Kentucky, boating, water skiing and of course swimming!

Emily Lorentz

Age Group 3

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Emily started swimming year-round for BASH and Ursuline Academy when she began high school. She went on to swim on the club team at Miami University, and was treasurer for the team for two years. At Miami, she majored in Psychology and minored in Special Education. She is currently one of the Tri-Presidents of the triathlon club that partners with Blue Ash YMCA called BAMRacing: Blue Ash Multisport Club. Emily continues to to train for triathlons, and has completed 10 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 2 half ironman triathlons, and 2 ironman triathlons in addition to countless other races. Emily took piano lessons as a child for 11 years, and now continues to take them weekly with a group for fun! Emily began coaching for BASH in 2007.

Amanda Herdeman

Senior Coach

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Amanda began swimming as a 6-and-under at Green Valley Swim Club in Beavercreek, OH. She moved to Cincinnati in 2001, and joined BASH. While on BASH, she qualified for 5 YMCA Winter Nationals and 7 YMCA Summer Nationals, with numerous Top 16 finishes. She was also a member of the Ursuline Academy State Team, where she earned one State Championship in the 200 Medley Relay, and made finals from 2004 through 2008 in the 100 Breaststroke.  Amanda went on to Bowling Green State University, where she broke the team record in the 100 Breaststroke her freshman year, and qualified for finals at MAC Championships in 100 and 200 Breaststroke from 2008 through 2012. Her swimming career came to an end at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, where she competed in the 100 Breaststroke. Amanda holds a BS in Healthcare Administration, and a minor in Business. She married fellow BASH alum, Evan Herdeman. After working in health insurance for the past 4 years, she is excited to return to the pool!

Adam P Schapiro

Senior 2 & 3 Coach

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Adam began swimming competitively at the age of 6. He competed for Indian Hill High School, and Washington and Lee University, and went on to compete in Masters swimming. He holds a BA in History, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a MS in Accounting. Adam started coaching for Blue Ash in 2010, and has coached the AG2, AG3, Sr3 and Sr2 groups. Adam is ASCA certified Level 3. He has had swimmers make it to Y Nationals, and finish Top 10 nationally for their age group.

Susan Heidel

AG 2 Coach

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Susan began swimming competitively at the age of 8 for Arthur Jordan YMCA in Indianapolis. She attended Carmel High School, and went on to Indiana University where she competed in gymnastics and participated in the marching band. She holds a BS in Physical Education and MS in Athletic Training. Susan began coaching AG3 for BASH as a volunteer in the Fall of 2011, and started coaching AG2 in the fall of 2013. Susan teaches Physical Education at Annunciation school. She is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, a member of USMS, and has been active in Masters swimming, training and competing since 2004.

Virginia Mason

Dolphin Coach

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Tammy Smith

Age Group 4 Coach

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Coach Tammy joined our coaching staff in the spring of 2014 and has been involved with the team as a BASH parent since 2007.  Tammy grew up competing at the national level in dance and spent several years post college as a part time dance instructor while working full time in Employee Benefits. Her jobs during her school years included lifeguarding, teaching swim lessons, and acting as assistant manager for the Newark City Pool where she organized and led their American Red Cross Learn to Swim Programs.  Tammy enjoys working with swimmers of all ages and is an avid learner of all things swimming. She is ASCA certified Level 2 and USA Swimming certified Level 1.Tammy holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC.

Jan Ryan

Age Group 3

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Cory Bultema

Age Group 1

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Cory is fairly new to Cincinnati, moving here for work at P&G in 2012. Originally from Kankakee, IL (60 miles south of Chicago), he grew up swimming in the backyard but was a late comer to competitive swimming starting as a 12 year old. Cory swam competitively through high school and began teaching swim lessons and assistant coaching the high school girls swim team. Cory did his undergrad at Purdue University and received his degree in communications while continuing to stay involved with swim lessons at the university pool. Cory began coaching with BASH and AG1 in time for our 2015 winter season where the 11-12 boys won zones.

Samantha Michelle Van Dyke

Age Group Coach

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Sam spent time swimming year-round for BASH and for Countryside YMCA. She went on to swim at Clarion University, where she was the FAVC Swimmer of the Year in 2009, and an NCAA qualifier in 2010. She was an All American all four years in the 100 and 200 butterfly. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications in 2013. Sam is currently working at the Lindner Center of Hope and is pursuing a Master's in Mental Health Counseling.

Board of Directors

Kevin Glass

President

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Jean Garboden

Team Treasurer

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Tammy Smith

Vice President /Special Events

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Mike Veraldo

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Bartley Jutze

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Andrea Menchhofer

Meet Director

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Bob Fortman

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Leslie Held

Secretary

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Kris Tenbarge

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Kari Lewis

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