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Coaching Staff

Ed Bachman

Senior I

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Head Coach 

American Swim Coaches Association Life Member   

University of Cincinnati – Four Year Varsity Swimmer and Team Captain  

Ed has been involved in swimming for more than 50 years, as a swimmer and a coach.    He was a High School AllAmerican at Mariemont High School and inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame.     At the University of Cincinnati, he majored in Education, where he was an NCAA Div I qualifier in the 1650 and finished 13th in the mile at USA Senior Nationals.

After graduating from UC, Ed became a professional triathlete for seven years and was ranked in the Top 20 for Olympic Distance in the U.S.  and was a twotime Hawaiian Ironman qualifier. Ed hung up his running shoes, bicycle and wetsuit to coach full time in 1980 and became a member of the AB staff in 1986 as the 1314 coach under the great Larry Lyons, former head coach of ABLY.

Ed rejoined the Anderson Barracudas in 2015,  after spending twelve years owning and coaching his club team, Kingfish Aquatic Club as well as Gamble Nippert YMCA before that.

Under his coaching, his swimmers have accomplished the following:

· More than 80 High School AllAmericans

· Over 20 Ohio and Kentucky High School State Champions

· 5 High School State Record Holders

· 1 Swimming World “National Swimmer of the Year”

· 10 Top 16 at USA Senior Nationals, 1 Runner up at Senior Nats

· 3 Swimmers qualified for International competion resprenting  USA Swimming

· 15 swimmers qualified  to Olympic Trials, including a semifinalist

· Over 40 YMCA individual national champions

· 10 YMCA individual and 6 Relays who were  National Record holders  

In addition to coaching swimmers from the entry level to the highest levels in the sport, Ed himself, is a nationally recognized coach.  Under his leadership, his  teams have accomplished the following:

· Coached Anderson Barracudas to six consecutive National titles

· Seven time YMCA National Champions short course and long course season

· Ohio High School State Coach of the Year

· Elected to Hall of Fame by Ohio High School Coaches Assoc.

· National YMCA Coach of the Year

· Threetime recepient of the USA Swimming Performance Award

· Member of the Ohio High School Executive Committee for over 25 years

· Board of Directors of Ohio Swimming

· Ohio High School Swimming Coaches Association former president

· In 2002, Anderson Barracudas was a Gold Medal club – Top 16 of all USA clubs in the country and the only YMCA team that year with Gold Medal status

· Was the first YMCA team to win Summer  Nationals boys title, girls title and combined team title  

· Served on the Olympic Training Center coaching staff on two separate occassions

· Ohio High School District Coach of the year twelve times

In his free time, Ed still enjoys biking,  is an avid golfer and escapes a few times a year to ski.

Emily Anne Wethington

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  • Assistant Coach: Senior 1
  • Northern Michigan University: 3 year Varsity Swimmer
  • University of Cincinnati: Health Promotions and Fitness Degree, Varsity Swimmer
  • American Swim Coaches Association: Life Member, Level 3 Certified Coach

Emily started coaching for the Barracudas in the fall of 2011.  Emily swam at Cincinnati Aquatic Club for 7 years and qualified for the Ohio Zone Team and Jr. Nationals and then transferred to Anderson Barracudas for her last 2 years of high school where she was apart of the Y National Team both years.  Emily was a 4 year State Qualifier at Loveland High School.  She also swam for Normandy Swim Club for 9 years and coached for 6 years.  She swam at Northern Michigan University for 3 years then transferred to University of Cincinnati where she swam her 4th year and graduated with a degree in Health Promotions and Fitness.  Emily coached at the Mason Manta Rays for 5 years as the head of the Silver Group where she developed State Age Group qualifiers, Ohio Zone Team qualifiers, and Top 16 qualifiers.  Emily resides in Cincinnati with her 3 girls, Carlie, Taylor & Jordyn.

Mike Teter

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Assistant Coach:Pre Senior

Ann Crilley

Cuda

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Assistant Coach:Bronze Group

Ann Crilley continues her coaching career for the Bronze Group with her first year with Anderson Barracudas after relocating to Northern Kentucky earlier this year with her husband. Ann started coaching summer league in Richmond, Virginia for 4 years before moving to North Carolina where she coached high school swim team for 3 years. A Master in Education at Eastern Carolina University relocated Ann once again where she was able to coach summer club again before spending the 2015-2016 season with Sailfish Aquatics in Concord, NC coaching 10 and unders. Some her favorite moments and greatest achievements as a coach is that 'aha' moment in the water when everything clicks and the swimmers experience instant improvements.

Brittany Sutphin

Bronze

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Assistant Coach

Brittany Sutphin is new to the coaching staff as Assistant in Bronze Group, but not new to the team. She started her swimming career at Turpin Hill Swim Club, then swam at Mariemont Aquatics Club before becoming an Anderson Barracuda. Brittany also swam all 4 years as a varsity swimmer at Turpin High School where she focused on distance freestyle events 500 and 1650 were her favorite events, but also loved 200 IM. Her coaching career started in summer league at Coldstream Country Club, before coaching junior varsity at Turpin High School. In addition to coaching she spent 7 years working for Cincinnati Recreation Commission teaching adapted aquatics to individuals with disabilities. Brittany took a break from coaching to raise a family and pursue other career's, but when her children join the team she realized that her passion was to be back on the pool deck.

Dennis Rusche

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Strength and Conditioning/Dryland Coach

Dennis is in his first year as the dryland / strength and conditioning coach for the Barracudas. His goal as the dryland / strength and conditioning coach is make the swimmers a more functional athlete both in and out of the pool. Increasing a swimmers speed and strength outside of the pool can help with increased speed at the starts, push off the walls at the turns and a stronger pull and kick through the water. 
 
He graduated from Turpin High School, played football and threw the javelin and hammer for Miami University. He coached football at Turpin High School, and currently coaches pole vault for Turpin's track team. Dennis currently resides in Anderson with his wife Jennifer, and his two sons Denny and Will.

Christopher John Rushman

Senior 2, Head Masters & Pre-Comp Coach

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  • Senior 2, Head Coach Masters and Pre Competitive Swimming
  • B.A - Geography / B.S. Geology
  • University of Cincinnati-Four Year Varsity Swimmer
  • American Swim Coaches Association Life Member
  • ASCA/  USMS Level 3 Certified Coach
  • United States Masters Swimming Corporate Secretary 2009-2013
  • United States Masters Swimming Great Lakes At- Large Director 2013-2014
  • United States Masters Swimming High Performance Camp Coach 2014
  • United States Masters Swimming Great Lakes Zone Chair 2015

C.J. joined the AB program in 1996, as the co-founder and first Masters Coach and Pre-Competitive coach. He has 28 years of progressive coaching positions from summer league, age group, high school and Masters. CJ has a list of impressive personal swimming accomplishments through his college days at University of Cincinnati where he was a four year member of their varsity swimming team and member of their National Independent Conference Team Champions in 1992 and 1993. CJ has placed in the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) Top Ten 34 times (14 individual, 20 relay), earned All American Honors and has won 18 YMCA Masters Titles. He served as United States Masters Swimming Corporate Secretary from 2009 to 2013. He was appointed to the USMS Board of Directors as an At Large Director for the Great Lakes Zone for 2013-2014. C.J. has been award the Dot Donnelly Service Award for his contributions to United States Masters Swimming at the local, regional and National level. Also, in 2014 he was selected as a coach for the USMS High Performance Camp in Greensboro NC. In 2015 and 2017, CJ was elected as the Chairperson for the Great Lakes Zone, and will continue to serve on a 2 year term. He currently is an American Swimming Coaches Association / United States Masters Swimming Certified Level 3 Coach, as well as a Swimming Official, both for the YMCA and USA Swimming.

Corey Mullins

Masters Coach

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Sandy Hurtt

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Head Campbell County Coach

Sandy was a competitive swimmer for 12 years and has spent the last 10 years teaching private lessons at the Campbell County YMCA. She has spent the last 3 years as the Head Coach of the Ft. Thomas Swim Club. During the school year she is a substitute teacher. We welcome Sandy to the Barracuda family.

Mayson Hurtt

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  • Assistant Coach: Campbell County

Elizabeth Victoria Williams

Silver

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Elizabeth Williams returns to Anderson Barracudas as a coach for the Silver Group and the assistant coach for Senior 1.  Liz started her swimming career when she was 6 years old at Ivy Hills Country Club.  She then swam competitively for 8 years for Anderson Barracudas where she was a two-time Short Course National Qualifier and two-time Long Course YMCA National Qualifier before swimming for Kingfish Aquatic Club.  Her best events were the distance events.  Elizabeth graduated from Turpin High School in 2014 and is currently a junior at the University of Cincinnati studying education. Previously, she was the head swim coach at Anderson Hills Swim and Tennis Club and an age group coach at Kingfish Aquatic Club, but this is her second year as an AB coach. Along with coaching, Liz is also a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. 

Nikolaus Balmer

Sr II and Pre-Senior

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An Albuquerque, New Mexico native, Nik began his swimming career on the west coast with the Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team. There he qualified for both LCM/SCY NCSA and USA Swimming Jr. Nationals competitions in his last 3 seasons with the Vipers, and holds state LCM records in the 100 and 200 BR. In addition to club, he swam for Rio Rancho High School, and was NMAA HS State Runner-Up in the Boys 100 SCY Breaststroke in his senior season. Following his age group stint, he attended school at the University of Cincinnati where he continued his swimming career as a varsity athlete and 3 time American Athletic Conference scorer in the 100BR, 200 BR and 400IM while earning degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2016. In addition to his personal experiences with swimming, Nik has coached summer league swimming as a volunteer coach for the Chamisa Hills Barracudas of Rio Rancho, NM for 2 seasons and provided swimming lessons to children of all ages since he was 16. Nik resides in Cincinnati, where he works conducting Alzheimer’s research for the UC College of Medicine.

Cara Wethington

Cuda & Bronze assistant

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Cara joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2017 as the Cuda assistant coach and is now assisting with the bronze group. She began her swimming career at this very pool, starting out in swim lessons and later joining the Anderson Barracudas where she continued to swim for 11 years. Throughout her time as a Barracuda she was a member of the Y National Team and earned her first Long Course National Cut at the age of 14 by winning the 200 Free at AA Championships. She attended Anderson High School and was a part of the varsity swim team focusing on 100 fly and 200 IM. Senior year, she was a member of the women’s 400 free relay that qualified for state. Cara is now finishing up college at Miami University and will be graduating in May with a Bachelors Degree in Public Health and Nutrition Minor. Her favorite part of coaching is being able to share her passion for swimming with her swimmers and getting every chance she can to swim with them.

Advisory Committee

Mark Stenger

President

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Kerry Butkovich

Past President

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Stephanie Torrens

Secretary & Events

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Trish Craft

Publicity

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Tim Hart

Meet Coordinator

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Amanda Matern

Officials

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Brittany Sutphin

Recruiting/Coaches

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Karl Dostal

Fundraising

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Amanda Meyers

Spirit Wear

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Theresa Schmelzer

Concessions

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