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!