GCSTO Coaching Staff

 

The GCSTO Coaching Structure

(Like You May Not See Anywhere Else)

GCSTO's staff is led by GM and Head Coach, Steve Nye, who actively oversees all aspects of day to day programming within the team at all levels. Coach Nye maintains a very aggressive role in the development of, and administration of, the practices that GCSTO offers to all swimmers on the team and to a degree rarely seen in this sport.

For each level on the team Coach Nye, in conjunction with years of input from the GCSTO coaching staff, has developed a series of practice performance expectations designated for each particular group. Athletes are expected to accomplish certain physical skills and techniques as a member of that particular level before moving onto the next level. These are designated as our “Level Expectations”. Next, each level has a series of technical developmental guidelines, termed our “Skills & Drills” that we use in similar fashion across the team to help promote the technical development of our athletes. Next, each level has a series of actual practice performance test sets that help us determine the actual performance capabilities of the athletes within our practice groups. These are part of our “Challenge Set” and “Goal Set” series. In addition, Coach Nye maintains an extensive e-library that is available to each and every coach on this team to help educate them on team operations. Nutrition, hydration, pre-race strategy, warm-down procedures, relay pick procedures, race strategy, practice structure, practice volumes and more has all been discussed on the team and summarized in writing for use by the staff. This staff has available to it hundreds of pages of information associated with how this team approaches all aspects of swimming. As well, Coach Nye also is continually developing the team’s video library. He records athletes performing various dryland and water skills making comment on proper technical execution. This is then uploaded to the coaching staff’s private library for use by the staff. When a practice is written, those skills and exercises that are being done that night that have been recorded can be written into practice as direct links to these videos so that the coaches have smart device access to the associated video. They can then review the video or allow an athlete to see that video so that there is enhanced understanding of the proper technique involved in the execution of that skill.

The coaching staff structure is streamlined so that there is a Head Senior Coach, a Head Strength & Dryland Coach and a Head Age Group Coordinator... each of which has been given specific & detailed direction by Coach Nye in terms of their responsibilities and overall goals within the program. Coach Nye meets with each of these 3 coaches on a weekly/bi-weekly basis in order to discuss the direction of the program to ensure that all coaches are truly on the same page. The Head Senior Coach is responsible for the practice structure of GCSTO's Level 4 & 5 senior training groups, the Head Age Group Coordinator is responsible for the practice structure of GCSTO's Level 1, 2 & 3 junior training groups and the Head Strength & Dryland Coach is responsible for the development of our dryland program for all athletes on the team. Each of these 3 coaches develop their practices, in advance, then sends it to the others, coach Nye included, so that suggestions can be made, restructuring can be done, an understanding of what’s to come is seen and so on. Their practice is then adjusted based on input, coach Nye’s included, and then sent on to the most vital link that we have, our Head Level Coaches, who then implement these practices making any needed adjustments to fit their practice group that night. The Head Level coaches then report back to the Head Age Group and Head Strength & Dryland Coaches to give them feedback on how things actually worked and suggestions they might have from there.

To enhance internal communication and understanding amongst the coaches so that we are acting as one strong unit, GCSTO’s schedule is set up so that twice a week the Head Level Coaches of the same level of swimmers from both of our pool locations are actually training their groups together. As well, our Head Age Group Coach does not have their own group but rather works with a variety of groups at both pools AND works 3-4 times a week with the seniors as one of the senior staff. This allows this coach to be in constant communication with not only the Head Level Coaches at both pools but the Head Senior Coach and the Head Strength & Dryland coach on a daily basis, as well. Additionally, Coach Nye also assists in practices one day a week at each pool and then alternates pools each week one other night a week. This allows him to see how everything is actually being implemented within the program, as well.

All of this allows the team to be operating, as one, moving in the same direction and not dependent on any singular coach. We truly operate as a staff. It's an incredible cycle of detailed structure, communication and implementation that you may well not find in this sport in very many other places and truly helps make us "ONE TEAM"!      

Coaching Staff

Steve Nye

GCSTO Head Coach

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Steve is the GM and Head Coach of GCSTO. He is in his 41st year with GCSTO starting with GCSTO in September of 1979 and actually took over the helm of GCSTO in the summer of 1980 as the sole coach of 27 swimmers here on the team. He swam for and was graduated from Whetstone High School here in Columbus. He competed in, both, swimming and diving, in college where he remains still as one of the few ever dual individual event conference champions and national qualifiers in, both, a swimming and diving event at the collegiate level. After graduating in 1979 from Denison University with a degree in Biology he went on to OSU for his graduate work in Exercise Physiology specializing in athletic training and swimming injuries. He holds a Masters in this field and went so far as to complete all course work, his oral exams and his general exams for his doctorate in the same field. Before finishing his dissertation, Coach Nye decided to devote himself full time to his coaching career and, as such, simply moved on into the field of coaching. He has coached over 40 US Senior National Qualifiers, 54 Junior National Qualifiers, 20 US Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 20 World ranked swimmers and 2 Olympians. He has served on several US National Team staffs during his tenure having the honor of working with some of America's (and the world's) best athletes while serving as a coach member of those national team staffs. He has also been selected as Ohio Swimming's Senior Coach of the Year no less than 8 times. He is currently owner/operator of Aquatic Consultants Enterprises, Inc., which is the parent company of GCSTO. He is married to Juli. They have 3 daughters, Lauren and Victoria and Alexandra.

Contact coach Nye at stevenye@sbcglobal.net  or 614-478-5445.

Chris Binting

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Chris is GCSTO's Head Senior Coach and Head Coach of Level 5. This will be Chris’ 5th season with the Senior Team and 10th season, overall, with GCSTO (2011). During his first 3 years with the Senior Team, his swimmers broke more than 60 team records and qualified for meets ranging from Age Group State Championships to USAS Winter Nationals. Prior to working with the Senior Team, Chris was part of the Age Group coaching staff (most recently, Head Age Group Coach and Head Level 2 Coach). While working with the age group swimmers, he coached numerous Age Group State Qualifiers and Finalists and Age Group Zone Qualifiers. His athletes broke multiple team records within their respective age groups. 

As a swimmer, Chris began his career at age 11 with the Vacationland Swim Club in Sandusky, OH. He was a finalist in the 100 Fly at the 1998 USA Swimming Junior National Meet.  He was also a finalist at the Ohio High School State Meet in the 100 butterfly and three relays during his Junior and Senior years. Chris was a two-time High School All American his senior year (100 Fly and 200 Medley Relay). After high school, Chris swam at The Ohio State University, where he was a four-year letter winner and competed at the Big Ten Championship Meet in each of his four seasons.

Chris currently works as a Compliance Consultant for Nationwide and lives in Pickerington, OH with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Ryan and Brynn, both of which swim for GCSTO.

Evan Straw

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Evan is GCSTO's Head Age Group Coach and Head Level 3 Coach. Evan started as our head age group coordinator in the fall of 2016 after joining our program in the spring of 2016 working with athletes in, both, our junior and senior levels. He takes over our Level 3 position as head coach starting in the fall of 2019. He is a GCSTO alum who had participated in a specialized High School Sprint Program offered by GCSTO at the time. He is a graduate of Westerville North High School and the Ohio State University and was also an assistant coach of the Westerville South Swim Team where he served in that position for from 2012-2017. He also coached with the Highland Otters along with Heather Ivery, another GCSTO alum from 2008 until 2016.

As our Head Age Group Coach, coach Straw, upon consultation with coach Nye, writes specific daily water practices for our Level 1, 2 & 3 training groups throughout the week. He also then writes the weekly dryland training program for these same levels in conjunction with coach Nye. He then coaches throughout the week as the Head Coach of Level 3 and then will work once a week with Levels 1 & 2 from both locations, as well to help insure that we have consistent application of these practices throughout the program. Working in conjunction with the staff while on deck he then receives consistent feedback and communication from the staff in order to then structure our upcoming practices as we progress throughout the season. Evan is incredibly detailed oriented and is an incredibly active coach on deck making sure that he's working with every athlete under his care. He is also our most sought after private lesson coach as a result of his detailed technical orientation. 

Cheryl A Max

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Cheryl Max our Head Novice Coach. "Miss Cheryl", as she is known to so many of her athletes, first became associated with GCSTO in 1998 when her son joined our swimming team. Cheryl quickly became involved in the team as a volunteer. She worked in all aspects of volunteer coordination & meet operations with the team. By 2002 Cheryl was hired to work as a lesson instructor within our GCSS program where she quickly became the most requested instructor on staff. Soon thereafter she was offered the position of Head Novice Coach where she continues as the leader today while still teaching swimming lessons for us as still one of our most sought after and reliable instructors. As our Novice coach she is firm, yet understanding and holds her expectations high for our Novice swimmers. Her patience with younger athletes is amazing and she holds a tremendous ability to maintain control over these younger swimmers in practice so that practices are organized, efficient and effective. She's an absolutely amazing role model for our young swimmers and is one of the most incredible coaches that these swimmers could have as they are introduced to the sport of swimming.  

Kori N Pastor

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Kori joined  staff in the fall of 2019 as our Head Level 4 Coach. She works closely together with Head Senior Coach, Chris Binting, as she oversees this Level 4 training group. Kori is a GCSTO alum swimming with us for over 11 years. She also taught within our Swim School for a brief time. She has acted as head coach for the Groveport Flying Fish summer league rec team and served as an assistant coach in 2018 for the Reynoldsburg High School swim team. She has also served as an age group coach for the Dynamo Swim Team for 2 years working with their 10-15 year old athletes. Prior to that she coached for the Canal Winchester summer league swim team (2009-2010) which is there at the pool in which where she grew up. She swam 1 year at Wittenberg after finishing 4 years of high school swimming for the Canal Winchester High School Swimming Team. Kori currently works at the Wexner Medical Center. She has a daughter, Brenleigh who participates in our swim school lessons, as well.

Chris Motz

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Chris Motz is our Head Level 2 coach at St. Charles. The 2017/2018 season was his first year with the program where he served as our assistant Novice coach. He took over our St. Charles Level head coaching position at the start of the 2018/2019 season and now begins his first season as our Head Level 2 Coach. He has spent 14 years swimming with multiple teams and also brings coaching experience from the Pickerington High Schools as well as from head coaching with a summer league team, the Huntington Hills Froggers. Chris is another one who excels at holding athletes accountable to utilize the skills they have correctly all of the time and is excellent in terms of being very active on deck making changes with his athletes. He is a very calm and collected coach who is incredibly well-respected by his athletes as shown by how many of his summer league swimmers have followed him to GCSTO. Over the past 8 years, Chris has been a swim lesson instructor for a private pool as well as a volunteer Young Life leader at Pickerington High School Central. Chris is currently a senior at Capital University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in coaching. 

Kasey M Pastor

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Kasey Pastor joins us as our Head Level 2 Coach at Columbus Academy this fall. Kasey is a GCSTO alum who has been actively involved in aquatics for many years. She was the Head Coach of the Groveport Flying Fish Swim Team during the summers from 2013 to 2018 when her job responsibilities increased at work forced her to hand that over to her sister, Kori, who is also a GCSTO coach. From 2014-2018 she taught private swimming lessons at the Ohio University Aquatic Center in Athens, OH where she was also Operations Facility Supervisor from 2016-2018. She is currently employed as a Patient Access Coordinator at the Ohio State University Hospitals after graduating from Ohio University in May of 2018 with a major in Health Services and a minor Administration/Business. Through our research she was very much loved by her swimmers and was a very, very active coach setting expectations high for her swimmers. We are extremely excited about Kasey joining the staff as she brings a tremendous amount of strength, energy, knowledge, discipline and enthusiasm to the staff.

Shannon Max

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Shannon Max is our Head Level 1 Coach at Columbus Academy. She is entering her first year as the Head Coach of this group but has been around the pool, and around GCSTO, for many years. She has taught within our Swim School now since 2017 and has been one of our most sought after instructors since that time. She also started working as an assistant coach for our Novice level that year assisting her mother, Cheryl, with that program. She has had tremendous success and gained much respect from her coaching peers on staff as a result of her abilities on deck. Her success has come in from her attention to details and her consistent ability to hold her swimmers responsible to make changes. She doesn't just tell them to make changes but insures that these changes are made and subsequently used by the swimmer. She also maintains excellent control over the swimmers in practice so that practices are efficient and effective. She expects much out of her swimmers and insures that they constantly push themselves to be better on a day to day basis. Shannon grew up swimming for GCSTO, the Reynoldsburg Marlins, and the Reynoldsburg High School swim team. She started her coaching career as an assistant coach for the Reynoldsburg Marlins. She has 2 daughters, Ava & Jillian, both of which currently swim for the team.

Erin Harris

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Erin is one of our assistant coaches for the younger levels on the team. She also is the Director of our own Greater Columbus Swim School (GCSS). She swam for WAC and Newark Y in her younger days. Erin has taught within our GCSS program since 2000. She has served well over 12 years as the head of our Swim School and has overseen its' growth and development throughout that time. She brings tremendous patience, care and technical knowledge to the deck and has an incredible ability to get through to young athletes. The fact that she runs our GCSS, teaches within it and then assists here on the team brings a tremendous amount of cohesion to the program as swimmers move from our GCSS on to the team. We're excited and happy that she is such a strong member of our staff. 

Hannah E Zeltman

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Hannah is an assistant coach for both CA & SC Level 2. She grew up swimming with the Hunters Ridge Seahorses for 12 years, GCSTO for eight years, and swam for Gahnna Lincoln High School all four years. She is so happy that she can still be around the sport she loved as a coach which is why she remains in coaching. Hannah also coached the Hunter's Ridge Seahorses for over 5 years and has been on staff with GCSTO as an assistant coach since 2017 and has taught within our Swim School since 2013. She is currently a senior studying middle childhood education at Ohio Dominican University. She brings a great deal of experience, caring and knowledge to the team and we are happy to have her continuing to work with the team.

Dave Shumaker

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Lori Holmes-Ave

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Lauren A Nye

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Lauren Nye joins GCSTO's staff in the fall of 2019. Lauren will be working as an assistant with the Novice program. She came through our entire swimming lesson program and swam competitively with GCSTO, the Gahanna Sea Lions and Gahanna High School. She has taught within GCSTO's Swim School for 8 years. She coached with the Gahanna Sea Lions as an assistant coach in 2016 and again in 2019 where she seemed to make quite an impression on the swimmers, parents and coaches. It was suggested that we bring her on board with GCSTO to work as an assistant so she was offered a position and has accepted. We are excited to have her energy and attention to detail here on staff. And yes, she is a second generation Nye coach here on staff as Steve is her father. Lauren graduated from Ohio Northern University in May, 2019 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is currently studying for her state boards. 

Ryan M Buechner

Assistant Coach

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Ryan is currently working on his 6th year as a Statistics and Geometry teacher at St. Francis DeSales. He also is the current head coach of the Stallions swim team. A former swimmer at both Greater Columbus and DeSales, he was a member of an All American 200 Free Relay his senior year of high school. Ryan coached for Greater Columbus from 2002-2007 while getting his bachelor and master degrees from The Ohio State University. In his first stint with GCSTO he mainly coached level 3 and 4 but was also an assistant to several other levels and groups. He was the head coach of the Sevier Aquatic Club and Sevier County High School teams in Sevierville, Tennessee for 5 years. Throughout the years he has coached everything from swim lessons to age group sectional qualifiers, state champions, collegiate athletes and even former olympians. He has coached for the summer league teams Northland Community Center, Gahanna Sea Lions and Hunter's Ridge. Additionally, he has coached several other sports including: football, baseball, soccer and wrestling. Ryan also continues to swim for the Columbus Masters Swim Team and competes annually in long distance open water events. In 2018 he swam 125 miles around Key West. Ryan is currently married to his wife Kimberly. He has 2  children/future swimmers Cora and Evelyn.

Aaron Spittell

Assistant Coach

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Aaron graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School and is a freshman at Otterbein University pursuing a career in Nursing. He was a member of National Honor Society at DeSales and is currently an honor student at Otterbein. Aaron swam at Desales high school all 4 years and was elected Captain his senior year. He swam his entire age group career and was a member of Buckeye and Westerville during those years.He's served as head life guard at Medallion Country Club in Westerville and now serves as one of the mangers. He also coaches their summer league swim team there working with atheltes of all ages. He also serves as an assistant coach with DeSales High School under DeSales Head Coach (and GCSTO coach) Ryan Buechner.

Erin E Dougherty

Assistant Coach

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Erin grew up in Findlay, OH, where she was a part of her neighborhood swim team, Findlay Area Swim Team and Findlay High School. Throughout HS and college Erin worked as a lifeguard and head swim coach at her neighborhood summer pool. After HS, she attended the University of Toledo, majoring in Recreational Therapy. While in college, Erin served as an assistant and head coach for the Toledo YMCA. She recently coached with LTPY here in central Ohio. She currently works for The Ohio State University at Harding Hospital as  a Recreational Therapist and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Healthcare Innovation.