Coach Jason will be
entering his 5th season at Countryside YMCA this fall. He comes
here after spending nearly 17 years at the Northern Kentucky
Clippers and 2 years at Foxjets Swim Team in Minnesota. Jason has
been very fortunate to work with great swimmers, coaches and
adminstrators over the years.
Coach Jason has coached swimmers that have represented Team USA as
members of the USA Junior National Team, USA National Team and the
NCSA All-Star Team. While coaching these swimmers he has traveled
to Hong Kong, China, Ireland and Hawaii as a coach.
As the Head Age Group Coach and Head Coach of the Northern
Kentucky Clippers he worked on building one of the top programs in
the State of Ohio and the country. The Clippers became the 1st team
in many years to beat the Cincinnati Marlins at the Ohio J.O. Meet.
His teams went on to be Top 3 in 27 of his 29 seasons and were
Champions 8x. Coach also produced the first 16 Olympic Trial
qualifiers in Clippers team history.
Coach Jason has been
awarded NCSA Coach of the Year, Ohio Coach of the Year and
has been awarded the ASCA "Certificate of Excellence"
Outside the pool, Jason enjoys spending time with his lovely
wife(Branden) and children (Hannah & Sam).
Brandon Michael Voorhies
Head Age Group Coach
Brandon was a Torpedo
himself from 2008-2013 and attended multiple Y National
Championships. He went on to attend “The”
Ohio State University where he was president of the club team for
two years. During his presidency the club won the CCS
Combined National Title. Joining our staff in the spring of 2018
Brandon hit the ground running in developing swimmers to reach max
performance. He has developed many swimmers to AA and National
levels and has assisted in coaching swimmers to Y National top 8
finishes and USA Top 20 rankings.
as the Head Age Group Coach will be somewhat unique as he will be
continuing his position as Lead Coach for the Senior 1 group and he
will be the Lead Coach for the AG4 group. His primary focus
outside of the pool will be working with our Age group coaches on
developing and implementing the Torpedo ways of developing swimmers
from the beginning levels all the way to the senior levels.
Brandon fits in well with the mold of our coaches at CY. He wants
to see all swimmers in the program achieve the highest
Lead Coach JR1
Su has been with
the CY coaching staff since 1991 and has over 49 years experience
as a swim coach. Su has coached at Countryside for the past
28 years. Prior to that, she coached for the Middletown YMCA for
eight years as well as for many Cincinnati and Middletown area
summer swim teams. Su was also the head coach for Middletown High
School varsity swim teams for 9 years.
Her competitive swimming
experience includes 10 years with the Cincinnati Coca Cola AAU swim
team (now-disbanded), four years with Cincinnati Oak Hills High
School and four years with Miami University (captain junior and
senior years). She was a NAGWS collegiate national qualifier her
junior and senior years.
Brett and Matt, were National Team swimmers for the Torpedoes. In
July 2000, Su was honored as SWY Long Course Coach of the Year, and
in March 2003, was inducted into the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim
League Hall of Fame.
Su has a BS and
MEd from Miami University and is now retired from the Middletown
City School District after 35 years of teaching physical education.
She was also employed by the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross as a Water Safety Educator for 25 years.
She is now a
founding member (and board member) of Cincinnati Aquatic Training
philosophy on coaching is one of keeping the “fun” in
fundamentals. She also emphasizes the YMCA character development
values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and
Lead Coach JR2
Pete Wagner is an age
group swim coach at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio where he
has coached swimmers from ages 8-10 years old for last 9
years. Pete was also the Head Coach for Four Bridges
Flash swim team in Liberty Township, Ohio where he had
coached swimmers from age 6 to 18 for the 6 years. For
the last 3 years Pete has been the Head Coach for Mt. Notre Dame
High School swim team. Pete daughter Zaida swims in the Silver
Pete is a certified YMCA
coach, a licensed USA Swim Coach, a certified OHSAA Coach and Level
II swim official. In addition to coaching swim teams, he
has worked as an aquatics instructor, coached soccer at various
levels and coached baseball. He would describe himself
as enthusiastic, reliable, organized and hardworking. His
motivation, great sense of humor and positive nature enable him to
relate to people at all fitness levels and ages. He has a
great rapport with the swimmers because he understands how hard
they work and train to achieve their goals.
As a coach, he
committed to teaching all team members new skills and enhancing
those skills they already possess. Conveying the principles of
sportsmanship is one of the fundamentals of his coaching
philosophy. As a coach, he always encourages
participation in the sport but, places a strong emphasis on
academic performance and being a good student. What is
most important to Pete is that the swimmer has fun participating
and being a member of a team. He believes that every
swimmer should feel important, valued and successful.
Lead Coach AG1
Nancy joined the Countryside Torpedoes
coaching staff in 2017 and is in her second year as Lead Coach for
Age Group 1. She is a native to the Greater Cincinnati area and
began swimming at the age of 8. She continued swimming and diving
competitively in the Northern Kentucky Swim League (NKSL) for 10
years, the Northern Kentucky Piranha’s (now disbanded), Dixie
High School, Scott High School and lead the Taylor Mill Swim Club
diving team for one year as Head Coach.
Prior to her current position as AG1 Lead
Coach, Nancy presided as a Swim Instructor at Countryside for two
years, Assistant Coach for the Y’s Pre-competitive Swim Team
for three, and coached one year as an Assistant Age Group Coach.
She believes that it is important for swimmers to understand that
despite their experience and current ability, they are each an
important member of the team, that they develop a vision of success
and have goals to achieve that vision. She strives to work with
swimmers to close the gap on those goals by encouraging a good
work ethic, stroke refinement, belief in self, developing a
positive attitude and having fun! Nancy and her husband Paul have
two children, Paul and Nathan. Nathan is currently swimming with
the AG4 Torpedoes.
Lead Coach AG3
Assistant Coach SR1, SR2
Bob has been a Countryside Y volunteer assistant
coach since 1993. Bob was born and raised in Memphis,
Tennessee and was the 1968 Tennessee State Swimming Champion in 400
IM, and 400 and 1500 Free. He swam his freshman year for Doc
Counsilman at Indiana University and played water polo 3 years for
IU graduating in 1973 with a degree in English Literature.
Bob graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law
with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. He has practiced law
in Ohio and Kentucky for over 40 years.
Bob's swim coaching career began in 1970 at the
JCC in New Orleans for 2 summers during college, and continued in
Cincinnati as a summer league coach in 1974-1975. He served an
assistant coach under head coaches Charlie Hickcox and then Skip
Kenney with the Cincinnati Marlins from 1975-1977. In various
swim seasons over the years Bob has coached all of the CY age
groups, other than Su’s 8 & Unders. Since 2002, Bob
has exclusively assisted with the National/SR2 group. Bob was
inducted into the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League Hall of Fame and
Countryside YMCA named Bob Volunteer of the Year in 2010.
Bob and his wife Mean Jean have been members of
CY since 1980. They have 3 sons, Web, Dean and Cody, all of
whom swam for CY. Cody was a State Finalist in breaststroke
for St. Xavier H.S. in 2007, was an Academic High School
All-American that year, and swam on a couple of YMCA National
Championship relays for CY. Bob and Jeannie became
grandparents in 2019, thanks to Cody and his wife Clea who live
near Bend, Oregon. Bob competed in the 1989 Hawaii Ironman
Triathlon World Championship, and other triathlons since
Assistant Coach JR1
Amy has coached at
Countryside since 2002 primarily working with the 8 & unders.
She has also been an assistant coach for Kings High
School for one year and Ursuline Academy for 5 years.
While at Ursuline, she helped lead the Lions to two High
School State Championships in 2013 and 2014. Amy was also an
assistant coach at Rolling Hills swim club from 1982-1986 and head
coach in 1987.
Amy grew up swimming in
the Cincinnati area where she competed for Fairfield
YMCA, Rolling Hills Swim Club, and Badin High School.
She went on to compete at the collegiate level for the
University of Notre Dame. While there, she was twice voted
MVP and held multiple University records. She graduated from
Notre Dame in 1988 with a BBA in Accounting.
Amy currently resides
with her husband Jim in Maineville. They have 3 grown
children, Mandi, Matthew and TJ who all swam for Countryside when
they were younger. Amy believes that swimming should be fun while
developing the skills and confidence they need to progress in the
Assistant Coach SR1, SR2
Jim swam for
GlenOak High School in North Canton, Ohio in the mid-70's. He
went on to swim Division I for Eastern Kentucky University and The
University of Akron. Jim formally began coaching in 1978 as Head Coach
of the Canton City Schools USA Swim Team in Canton, Ohio. In
1981 he became the Head Coach at the North Canton
YMCA, North Canton, OH for four years. While finishing his
degrees at The University of Akron he became the Men's Assistant Swimming Coach there
from 1981-84. From 2011-16 Jim coached Little Miami High School and Junior
High School Swim Teams.
involved with the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes as a volunteer coach
in 2004. Over the years at Countryside he has
coached all age groups and abilities from novice to YMCA National
Champions. Jim enjoys
creating a positive high-energy team-oriented atmosphere where
athletes can grow, mature, and reach new limits through competitive
swimming. As a former swimmer Jimunderstands the challenges of training, winning and
losing, as well as balancing life and academics in and out of the
His wife Liz is a swimming instructor and
guard at the Countryside YMCA. He has two sons, Wally and
Jack. Both were former CY Torpedoes.
Assistant Coach AG1, AG2, AG3
Brent began volunteering
with the Yellow group in 2015. Brent has an extensive
coaching background that started in 1990. 1990-1998 Brent
coached in Mt. Vernon, IN working with 6 & unders up through
high school teams. 1998-1999 Brent was the Head Coach of
Tecumseh Swim Club in IN. 1999-2000 he was the head coach for
South West Indiana Aquatics in Evansville, IN. 2005-2006
Brent was the head coach at Robinson High School where he lead
6 swimmers to qualify for the North Carolina State Championships.
Brent's daughter Elizabeth currently swims in Age Group 4 for
Assistant Coach AG3, AG4
Matt started coaching the
Blue group in September 2015. Matt has a lifetime of swimming
experience and knowledge that he brings to Countryside. He swam for
Cincinnati Marlins for 12 years and Oak Hills High School all four
years qualifying for state his senior year. He coached
at Gamble Nippert Y in the early 90's. Matt was a graduate of
Ohio University where he swam all four years and currently
works for US Bank. Matt has two children Hannah and Heidi
that currently swim for the Torpedoes.
Assistant Coach AG1, AG2, AG4
Amy began coaching
Countryside in the fall of 2015 with the Silver group. She
started swimming at age 7 for the Philipps Aquatic Club in Dayton.
At age 10 she started year round swimming for
the Kettering YMCA and swam there until graduation from
Alter High School. Amy was a 4 year varsity swimmer at Alter
and a 2 time YMCA National qualifier. Amy then went on to swim
at Xavier University. She was the head coach of the Philipps
Aquatic Club for 4 years. Led the team to 2 league
championships. Amy has also been a swim instructor at Blue
Ash Y and Countryside Y. Her two children Anna and Zach are
currently swimming for the Torpedoes. Amy is a full time social
work care manager for CareSource.
Assistant Coach AG1, AG2, AG3, AG4
Matt was an eleven year
competitive swimmer, who began swimming USS and age Group swimming
at age eleven. He swam competitively in high school and in college
at The Virginia Military Institute. During his collegiate years, he
also became a very accomplished water polo player and was Captain
of the VMI team for two seasons. This will be Matt’s
11th season with the Torpedoes. He began coaching at CY in the
fall of 2006 working with the Blue Group and now enjoys coaching
with the CY age group swimmers. Prior to joining the
Torpedoes, he was the Head Coach of The Abington Gators in Clarks
Summit, PA from 2004–2006 and as Assistant Coach from
2002–2004. While in Pennsylvania, Matt was also an Assistant
Coach at The Greater Scranton YMCA for the summer programs in 2004
and 2005. Matt is a coach member of USA Swimming and is a Level Two
certified Age Group Coach Member of ASCA (American Swim Coaches
Association). While not at the pool, Matt is marketing and sales
manager in North American Procter and Gamble Professional. He and
his wife, Beth, have two sons, Chris and Jimmy.