Richard Brett Burns
Director of Competitive Swimming
I have been involved with aquatics and the sport of swimming my entire life. I began swimming competitively at the age of 4 with the Middletown YMCA Manta Rays in Middletown, OH. At the age of 9 I began swimming for the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes in Lebanon, OH and swam with Countryside through my senior year where I had great success setting several team, meet, and league records and placed as high as 2nd several times at YMCA Nationals. I also attended and swam for Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH where I set a (then) school record in the 100 breaststroke and a (then) school and state record in the 200 yard medley relay. I also attended and swam for the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC while studying Biology and Exercise Science.
I began coaching at the age of 19 for the Hyde Park Country Club in Cincinnati, OH. Since then, I have held several different coaching positions as the Head Coach of the Wetherington Swim Team in West Chester, OH, assistant coach and Head Blue Group Coach at Countryside YMCA, Head Coach of the Lakota YMCA swim team in Liberty Township, OH, Team Founder and Head Coach of the Cassel Hills Piranhas in Vandalia, OH, and Head Age Group Coach for the GMVY Wahoos.
I have also held several different aquatics related positions serving as a Water Safety Educator for the American Red Cross, Aquatics Director for the Lakota YMCA, and Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Vandalia, OH.
I come from a family where both of my parents are teachers and coaches. The amount that I have learned from them over the years could fill several volumes! With a degree in Biology, many years of experience in exercise science and coaching, and a passion for physics and psychology, I feel that my approach to the sport of swimming is well-rounded and unique. I see each swimmer as an individual and try to tailor my coaching and teaching style to best fit their learning style. I place a very strong emphasis on the psychology of the sport. Swimming is very challenging and unique in that it pushes the limits of physical strength and conditioning but it also tests the limits of neuromuscular coordination and neurological conditioning as well. There is no other sport like it and I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to help young swimmers enjoy it, embrace it, and succeed in it!
Steve Braun has been coaching swimming since 1990. He has
coached at Hamilton High School and has been the head coach at the
Rolling Hills Swim Club in Fairfield since 1994. He began
coaching with the GMVY Flippers in 2000 and has been with GMVY ever
Steve grew up in Hamilton, swimming with New London Hills, the
Hamilton West Y Tarpons, and Hamilton High School. He
graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 and began teaching
and coaching at Hamilton High School that same year. He has a
master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. Steve
still teaches at Hamilton High School. He is married and has
Ian began his coaching journey with the New London Hills Swim
Team and coached athletes of all ages and abilities for seven
seasons helping lead the Pelicans to several Butler County Swim
League championships. He began coaching with the GMVY Wahoos during
the 2014-2015 Short Course season. That year, he had the
opportunity to work closely with Coach Bushelman and the Senior
High Performance group the year that the team set several league,
state, and YMCA national records. Ian also worked with the Blue and
Silver groups that year.
Since staying on with the team after a restructuring, Ian has
been charged with taking the Blue group (pre-senior level) to a
whole new level. The improvements in technique and the installation
of a "culture of accountability" that he has managed to teach our
young athletes has been invaluable to the team as a whole. Ian is a
problem solver and loves the challenge and the rewarding feeling of
helping young athletes improve.
In his non-coaching time, Ian works a full-time job in
logistics and enjoys watching fast swimming (and Game of
I joined swim team at the age of 5, I swam in the summer and
continued swimming throughout high school at Lakota East. Swimming
has brought me some of my closest friends and best memories. I am
forever grateful that I took the chance and joined swim team.
I have been coaching since summer of 2016 at Hy-Crest Swim Club.
Coaching is by far the best job I have ever had because it combines
my love of swimming with my love of teaching children. It has
taught me so much about myself, and helped me grow as an
individual. I currently go to school at the University of
Cincinnati, where I am studying special education. I look forward
to continuing my coaching career and becoming a special education