Brent Ransom was born and raised in Chicago, IL , and is the son of William and Daniella Ransom. He attended and swam for Kenwood Academy High School where he excelled in swimming and track. Following high school he attended the University of Toledo where he studied communications with a focus in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He swam for the Rocket swim team. While swimming at UT he began swimming summers for GTAC(Greater Toledo Swim Club) and eventually helped coach and manage the 13-18 age group from 1998-2002 under then head coaches Chris Wolford and Keith Kennedy.
He moved to take a coaching position with the Cincinnati Marlins in 2002 until 2009. While with the Cincinnati Marlins, he was involved with coaching Junior Olympic champions, Junior National qualifiers, high school champions, Senior National qualifiers, Olympic Trial qualifiers and many other very talented and hard working athletes.
From 2010 until now, he has been an assistant coach for Xavier University Men’s and Women’s swim team. Among his coaching responsibilities, he planned daily practices for the sprint and distance programs, he helped swimmers develop stroke technique and race strategies for competition, and he coordinated the strength building program for the athletes.
Coach Ransom stated, “I am very excited for this opportunity to lead such a prestigious team. The rich history of the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club is something that I appreciate and respect. I’m looking to follow in the footsteps of great former coaches that have lead this program from prior years like Ann Urshel, Chris Wolford, and Keith Kennedy. My hope is not only to see wonderful things done inside of the pool, but also prepare them for the years to come outside of the pool. The goal is to be the best as soon as possible and to hold onto the great historic tradition that has been here for many, many years.”
Head Age Group/Gold Coach
Dave Eisenstein B.Bus., University of Toledo, B.Bus. (Accounting) Lourdes College.
Coach Dave has been the pre-senior and senior assistant coach for GTAC for the past 11 years. Dave is lifetime swimmer and competed as a member of the University of Toledo Rockets Men's Swim Team from 1995-1999. Dave continued to swim masters after he was done with his collegiate career and holds a Michigan State Masters Record in the 200 free (1:46.36). Dave served as Head Swim Coach for St. Ursula Academy for 5 years before becoming the Head Water Polo Coach and Assistant swim coach at St. Francis de Sales from 2004 to 2011. Coach Dave is currently a Registered Operations Manager at Ameriprise Financial and has just started as Head Water Polo Coach and Swim Team Coach for St. Ursula Academy. (Go Arrows!) Dave lives in Holland with his wife Katy and Siberian Huskies Dakota and Comet. Swimmers and polo players under his direction have achieved All American Awards, Olympic Trials Cuts, Ohio State HS State Finalists, Speedo Sectional Qualifying times, Central Zone Qualifying times, Ohio Age Group Record Holders, and Senior & Junior National Qualifying times.
Brigid Burke has been coaching swimming since
1993. She has been with GTAC since 2011. She has
coached novice, intermediate, and advanced swimmers for YMCA and
USA swim clubs in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and France, as well
as a summer league in Virginia. She has coached YMCA district and
state champions, and national qualifiers; Junior Olympic state
champions and top ten swimmers; Zone qualifiers and champions,
Junior National qualifiers; an Olympic Trial qualifier; and a USMS
national champion. Two 10 year-old GTAC swimmers broke Ohio
records in the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly under her
coaching. Brigid has been invited to coach at several elite
USA swimming camps and was the 11-12 Zone coach for Team Illinois
in 1997. Her main goal in coaching swimmers is to help them improve
their technique and aid them to develop more self-confidence so
they can get faster times. She also hopes to teach swimmers
that swimming can be a life-long sport that always keeps a person
healthy in spirit and mind. Her children swim for GTAC and
her husband is an Ohio swimming official.
Coach Christina has been coaching at GTAC since the Fall of 2014.
She is originally from Indianapolis, IN where her family still
lives. Her brother is a senior at Purdue and swims for the Boilers.
She has coached the Mini Minnows and Minnows group and is now the
Bronze coach! Coach Christina attended the University of Toledo
where she swam for the Rockets and studied Special Education. She
currently holds the 100 and 200 backstroke school records at UT!
Coach Christina also coaches the Bedford High School Girls Swim
Team (Go Mules!) as well as teaches 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Special
Education in Bedford. Coach Christina's favorite part about
coaching is seeing kids work hard and have fun all at the same