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
Strength and Stability Coach
I’ve been involved in fitness since 2006. I was a very
active youth, involved in every sport my school provided. In my
teenage years I fell out of competitive sports, which resulted in
me becoming deconditioned and obese. As a 13 year old, I weighed in
at 300 pounds.
Something clicked for me after I graduated from high school and
I began strength training. It was in college when I got into
swimming as one of many favorite aerobic activities. It was solely
used as a form of exercise and my focus was still the weight room.
Through trial and error, I cut my weight down to a healthy 170
pounds. I continued to strength train up through my junior year of
college, but I was in an unfortunate car accident that left me
unable to train for over a year. Once I was cleared to exercise
again, I worked my way back to my previous strength and beyond.
I fought through numerous injuries and muscle imbalances to go
from a deconditioned state to fit, losing all my strength, and then
gaining it all back. After this journey, I decided I wanted to
share my knowledge with others. It was 2016 when I decided to earn
my personal training certification from The National Academy of
Sports Medicine. I also finished a specialization in Performance
Enhancement to further my knowledge in how to train athletes.
With my past experiences and those certifications, it gives me
the knowledge to design programs for athletes that are customized
to their sport. Applying the right variables in terms of reps,
sets, tempo, intensity, rest, frequency, duration, and exercise
selection makes all the difference in a general workout versus a
customized plan to take help an individual reach their goals.
Exercise science is constantly changing, especially in the world
of athletes. Staying on top of the most effective ways to train is
enjoyable for me and being able to teach others proper techniques
is just a bonus. While my goal is to help every Wahoo become a more
efficient swimmer it is also my goal to teach them proper
techniques that will last a lifetime.