Head Coach - ASCA Level 5
The City of Mason hired Ken Heis in the fall of 2003 to start the Mason Manta Ray program. Ken has been coaching for over twenty years and has coached 30 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 50+ Ohio High School State Champions, Sectional Champions, four National Junior Team members, and Top 10 in the nation swimmers. He is the High Performance group coach and assists on all levels of the team.
The Manta Ray boys won the USA Summer Junior Nationals back to back years 2017 & 2018 & won the 2017 & 2018 USA Winter Junior Nationals, and the girls won the 2017 & 2018 ISCA Junior National Cup. In 2018, the Mason Manta Rays won the combined team title at USA Swimming's Winter Junior Nationals. In 2019, the team placed 3rd at Winter and Summer Junior Nationals. Ken was selected to coach at the 2018 USA National Junior Team Camp in Colorado Springs, lead the 2019 Team USA Mare Nostrum team in Spain & France, and be an assistant Team USA coach at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest. Heis was also selected to take part in the United States Olympic Committee Coach Leadership Program. Ken has been awarded the 2007, 2008, 2017, 2018, & 2019 Ohio Swimming Coach of the Year and was awarded SwimSwam USA Club Coach of the Year - Honorable Mention in 2020.
Prior to Mason, he was the head coach of the Aiken-Augusta Swim League in Augusta, GA for three years. Before Augusta, Ken was an assistant coach at Clemson University and head coach of the Anderson Swim Team in Anderson, SC. He is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 Certified Coach and currently serves on the ASCA Board of Directors. He as also served on the Central Zone Senior Sectional committee and Ohio Senior Committee.
Ken graduated with a degree in Economics from Kenyon College and is from Cincinnati. As a swimmer, Ken was a three-time Ohio High School State qualifier (Turpin HS), a 22 time All-American, Olympic Trials qualifier, NCAA D-III National Record Holder, 16 time National Champion and has been inducted to the Kenyon College Athletic Hall of Fame. He resides in Terrace Park with his wife, Jeni, sons Quinn (14) and Corbin (11), and daughter Rorie (6).
Head Age Group Coach - C1/D2/D1
I grew up in the
Cincinnati area, attending Sycamore schools. I started
swimming for the Flying Fish when I was 8 and continued through
high school where I was an All-American swimmer and Jr. National
Qualifier. I attended Bowling Green State University where I
was a four year scholarship swimmer. I have a Bachelor of Science
in Technology with a degree in Visual Communications
Due to the love of the sport, I started coaching
with the Sycamore Flying Fish upon college graduation
assisting with the various groups, 14 & under
before settling into the lead coach of the 8 & under
age group. I started with the Mason Manta Rays in the spring
of 2009, working with 9 & under and 11-14 year old
I have always enjoyed working with children and have a special
place in my heart for children with needs. I was a para
professional at Mason City schools for 8 years in specialized
classrooms for 2nd - 6th grade students with moderate to
I resided in Mason since 2003 with my husband and three
daughters. We have all been a part of the Mason Manta Family.
All 3 of our daughters were Rays swimmes and my husband is a Rays
Head Age Group Coach / Senior 1
Logan Schaefer’s background is with Donner Swim Club and
Indiana University. For the past five years, Logan served as the
Head Coach of Donner Swim Club. Logan has also served as the Head
Coach for Columbus North High School, Indiana. Logan attended
Indiana University where he spent one year swimming collegiately
and three years as a volunteer coach. Logan was selected as USA
National Team Coach in 2014 – 2015 and 2015- 2016. Logan
graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a bachelor’s
degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. Logan will be
moving from Columbus, Indiana with his wife and their newborn baby.
Logan will begin his new role by focusing on the Age Group program
and will serve as the Lead Senior Prep coach.
Challenge 2 - ASCA Level 2
Katie began coaching
with the Manta Rays in the fall of 2010. She started out
coaching ages 4-18 for the Windwood Swim and Tennis Club in the
Summers 2004-2008. After graduating from the University of
Evansville, Katie stayed as the assistant swim coach for the Purple
Aces for the 2007-2008 season. She then returned to
Cincinnati and coached with Cincinnati Aquatic Club for 2 years
before joining the Manta Rays coaching staff in 2010. Katie is
the lead coach of the Challenge 2 group and also acts as the
registration liason for the team.
Katie grew up in
Cincinnati and competed for the Blue Ash YMCA and Lakota West High
School before earning her scholarship to swim for the University of
Evansville Purple Aces. At Evansville, Katie competed
all four years and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in
resides in West Chester with her husband Mike, her son
Reed and their black lab Sadie. Katie completed the
Haine's City Florida Ironman 70.3 and Louisville IRONMAN in
Assistant Coach - ASCA Level 4
Todd joined the Manta Rays in the fall of 2004.
He started his coaching career in 1991 as an assistant for the
Milford Area Swim Team (MAST). In 1993, he accepted the Head Age
Group Coach position for MAST and helped build the team from 60
swimmers to 125 swimmers. While at MAST, he coached his swimmers to
National Top 16 rankings. In 1998, Todd accepted the Head Coach
position at the Clermont YMCA where he also served as Aquatics
Supervisor. While at Clermont, Todd coached Ohio High School State
qualifiers and top 8 finishers, as well as YMCA National qualifiers
and top 8 finishers. He also coached his first High School
All-American while at the YMCA. In 2000, Todd left the YMCA and
took the Assistant Head Coach position with the Northern Kentucky
Clippers. There, he worked with swimmers 13 years and older with a
focus on the distance swimmers. While with the Clippers, Todd
helped coach Ohio and Kentucky High School state qualifiers and
champions, numerous Top 16 swimmers, Ohio Age Group State
champions, Sectional champions and Senior National
Todd was a member of the first swimming and water
polo teams at Milford High School. He graduated from Northern
Kentucky University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1998. He is
currently an ASCA Certified Level 4 coach and has served as
the chair of Ohio Swimming's Age Group Committee, Technical
Planning Chair, and is currently serving as General Chair for Ohio
Swimming. In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his
family and playing or watching sports. He resides in Batavia with
his wife Katie, daughters Josie, Jossalyn, and Juliana . Todd
currently coaches the Senior Prep Group.
Emilie C Hoeper
High Performance Assistant Coach
Senior 2 & Senior 3
Coach Amy started her swimming career through summer league at 6
years old in Atlanta and never looked back. From there she started
swimming competitively year round at 10 years old in St. Louis and
Dallas, then swam for University of Arizona.
She has coached all age groups from the 6&u through High
School. Every age has its own unique set of challenges and
rewards that keeps coaching exciting.
Amy has been coaching with the Manta Rays since 2015 and
has been a Team Ohio Zone coach
Mark is an assistant coach with the High Performance Group as
well as the head coach of the Mason High School Swim Team. Born and
raised in Akron, Mark graduated from Eastern Kentucky
University in 1980. He coached in the Youngstown area for
three years, then moved on to coach St. Xavier High School from
1983-1988. He then moved onto Sycamore High School where he
was the head High School Coach for 15 years & led the
girl’s team to a State Championship in 1992. He moved
onto the Mason School District in the fall of 2003. Mark is a
retired Physical Education teacher. Mark and his wife Jackie have 4
four grown children and 3 grandchildren. They reside in the Mason.
Imagination 1 and Senior 1&2
Carrie started her swimming career at the age of 6 and swam
competitively for Countryside YMCA, Blue Ash YMCA,
Normandy Swim Club, and Mt. Notre Dame High School. After
graduating from Bowling Green State
University, Carrie taught in Cincinnati Public and Lakota
Schools and coached for Sycamore High School, Normandy
Swim Club, and Kenwood Country Club.
This is Carrie's fifth year coaching for the Manta Rays and
she helps coach the Discovery Groups.
Carrie is also a preschool teacher. Carrie lives in Symmes
Township with her husband Mike and their three children who
all swim for the Manta Rays.
Imagination 2 Coach
Heather D Shooner
Imagination 2 Coach
Heather began her swimming career at age 4 in
Pennsylvania. At age 7, when her family moved to West Chester,
OH, Heather continued her swimming career with both Lakota Hills
and Countryside YMCA. While at CY, she enjoyed competing at both
the Short Course and Long Course National Championships, especially
the year they won the National title. Heather also represented
Lakota High School and was a four time state qualifier in the 500
free. She graduated from Xavier University in 1999 with a
Bachelor's in Social Work.
Heather began teaching swim lessons to children
of all ages and abilities in 1993 and is proficient in the
YMCA, Red Cross, and SwimAmerica programs. She began coaching the
Manta Rays in 2012 and has enjoyed working with the 8-11 age group
In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, road
trips, music, entertaining, and reading. She resides in
Liberty Township with her husband Joe, and two children, Levi and
Debby grew up in Portsmouth, Ohio, swimming with the Shawnee
Aquatic Club. She attended Asbury University, as a dual sport
athlete in tennis and swimming. She was an NAIA National qualifier
while swimming at Asbury University. Over the last 20+ years, she
has coached with USA Swim Clubs, Summer Teams and YMCA Teams
in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Debby coaches the Exploration
group and assists with Imagination 1. She is also the Head Swim
Coach for the Rec Rays Summer Swim Team.
Coach Grace started her swimming career through summer league at
age 4. She swam competitively throughout her childhood for the WTRC
Sharks in Dayton, OH and swam at Miami University. She graduated
with a degree in marketing and currently works in sales.
Coach Grace is an assistant coach for the Challenge 2
group and assists wherever is else needed. She’s very
excited to be back on the pool deck and can’t wait for a
Kristen L Barbiere
Kristen began swimming as an 8 and under in Indiana. She swam
competitively thoughout her childhood and continued to swim in
college at Indiana University. While on the team, the women
went on to win 3 consecutive Big Ten Championsips. She
graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and became a
teacher. Kristen moved to Cincinnati to be with her husband and
fellow Hoosier swimmer, Jim, who is from the area in 2016. She has
taught for 8 years and is currently taking a break to be at
home with her kids.
Kristen began coaching at Bloomington Swim Club as a senior in
college in 2012 and has been involvoed with coaching ever since.
While in Indianapolis, she worked with Fishers Swim Team
and Carmel Swim Club. She coaches the Hyde Park Hydros summer
Cecil M Miquiabas
Cecil grew up in the southern Philippines, in a city popular
with public swimming pools along the beach and beautiful
waterfalls. He swam in high school and college while earning a
bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Began coaching right after collage as he started in 1990 the
Iligan Amateur Swimming Association - a small swim team of less
than 50 swimmers. Coached 30+ swimmers that won medals and set
national records in the Philippine national age group, open, school
swimming championships as well as para swimming championships where
17 swimmers including 5 para-swimmers have represented Team
Philippines in several South-East and Asia-Pacific regional
championships including the Arafura Games and Pacific School Games
in Australia. He was selected twice representing Team Philippines
as delegation head coach and eight times as an assistant coach.
Cecil was also selected to be in a coach mentoring program: with
the head swim coach and sport scientist Buddy Portier at Victoria
Institute of Sports for 10 weeks in Melbourne, Australia; Japanese
Olympic coach Ryuzu Ishikawa for 9 weeks in Iligan City,
Philippines; and Chinese coaches for 3 weeks in Naning City Sports
Center in Nanning City, China.
When his family migrated here in the US in 2007, he immediately
continued his passion for coaching by working with 14 and under
swimmers as site lead coach at Mercy Healthplex Sea
Wolves-Fairfield (until the pandemic shuts down the site in early
2020). He has coached swimmers to the USA Swimming Central Zones
Championships as well as consistently placing swimmers in the top
finals in every Ohio JO Swimming Championships. He was also the
head swim coach of Mercy-McAuley high school (2019-2020). Cecil has
two children, Mikka and Kyle, who were both former competitive
swimmers and waterpolo players.
Cecil is also an ASCA life plus member and enjoyed attending the
annual ASCA World Swim Coaches Conference.
Angela Renee Trujillo
Angie started swimming for a summer swim team in Northern
Indiana at the age of 6. She continued on to swim year round for
the Michiana Marlins next. She completed her competitive swimming
after 4 years at Purdue University. She has coached many ages over
the years and has recently returned to the pool deck with the Mason
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Taylor Ann Muia
Coach Taylor joined
the Manta Rays this year. She started her coaching
career at the Lakota YMCA as an assistant coach for the Junior
and Junior Plus groups. Last summer, she accepted the Head Coach
position at Lakota Hills Swim Club. She has experience coaching all
age groups and truly enjoys working with kids.
Coach Taylor has been
a swimmer since she was 4 years old. She started her swimming
career at Lakota Hills Swim Club. She also swam for the GMVY Wahoos
and Lakota West High School. She attended and graduated
from Miami University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education in
2018. Now, she is a Third Grade Language Arts teacher at Maple Dale
Elementry in the Sycamore School District.
When she is not
coaching, Coach Taylor enjoys running, swimming, and spending time
with her family. She is very excited to be a part of the Mason
Manta Rays! She is currently working with the Exploration
group and the Imagination 1 and 2 groups.