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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

Richard Brett Burns

Director of Competitive Swimming

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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!

Samantha E Furman

Head Age Group Coach

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I have been swimming since before I can remember walking. My entire family either has been or is currently involved with swimming in some capacity.  It is almost like swimming has been written into my DNA!  So it seemed natural that at a very young age my mom taught me how to swim in our backyard pool.  I was 5 years old when I began swimming competitively and continued to participate in the sport throughout high school where I was elected the women's varsity captain my Junior and Senior year.  During my time on various swim teams, I not only mastered the strokes and perfected my technique, but also strengthened my muscles, gained endurance, and continued to work on power and speed.  But most importantly, I made some of the best friends a girl could ask for!  While I do not swim competitively anymore, I still have a great love and passion for the sport and want to instill that same love and passion in each of my swimmers.  I am very excited and confident it will be an amazing year! Go Wahoos!

Steve Braun

Assistant Coach

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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 since.

 

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 four daughters.

Ian Kranbuhl

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Tina Knaley

Vice President - Booster Club

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