Head Coach - ASCA Level 4
The City of Mason brought Ken to Mason in the fall of 2003 to start the Mason Manta Ray program. Ken has been coaching for twenty years and has coached 18 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 30+ Ohio High School State Champions, Sectional Champions, 3 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. In 2017, the Manta Ray boys won the USA Summer Junior Nationals & USA Winter Junior Nationals, and the girls won the 2017 NASA Junior National Cup. In 2018, Ken was selected to be a coach at the USA National Junior Team Camp in Colorado Springs. He was recenlty selected to take part in the United States Olympic Committe Coach Leadership Program. Ken has been awarded the 2007, 2008, 2016 & 2017 Ohio Swimming Coach of the Year.
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 4 Certified Coach and serves 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 High), 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 (10) and Corbin (7), and daughter Rorie (2).
Head Age Group 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 the past four
years and is currently the Technical Planning 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 1 and Senior 2
Challenge 2 & Senior 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 college, 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
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 and two
labrador’s, Paisley and Sadie. Her hobbies include
playing with her nephews, painting/home improvement projects, and
cooking. Katie completed the Haine's City Florida Ironman 70.3
and Louisville IRONMAN in 2015!
Mark is physical education teacher at Mason High School and the Head Coach of the Mason High School Swim Team and the Varisty group coach. 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 to Sycamore schools and was the Head High School Coach for 15 years where he led the Sycamore High School girls to the State Championship in 1992. He transferred to the Mason School District in the fall of 2003. Mark with his wife Jackie and their four children live in the Mason area.
Imagination 1 and Senior 1&2
Ashley began her swimming career at the age of 8 for the Beckett Ridge Barracudas after her family moved from Florida to Ohio. She quickly started year round swimming after her first experience with summer swimming. Ashley has swum for the Fairfield YMCA Flippers, Sycamore Flying Fish, Princeton Aquatic Club and Cincinnati Marlins. She was a competitor at many Junior Olympic meets and qualified for Zones as well as an age group swimmer. As a student at Lakota West, Ashley was a varsity swimmer for 4 years and qualified for the High School State meet for 3 of them. Upon graduating from high school in 2009, Ashley started her coaching career with the Beckett Ridge Barracudas. She has steadily risen amongst the ranks of assistant coaches and was instrumental in developing and running a new stroke clinic program for the team. Ashley will be graduating from the University of Cincinnati this spring with a degree in Communications. She looks forward to the opportunity to coach a year round swim team.
Discovery 1&2 and Imagination 2
Trish started swimming competitively at age 8 and continued through high school where she was an All-American swimmer and Jr. National Qualifier. She was a four year scholarship swimmer at Bowling Green State University where she earned her degree in Visual Communication Technology.
This is Trish's 19th year of coaching, primarily focusing on the entry level ability, ages 6-11 years old. She also has been teaching swim lessons for the past 8years, focusing on a wide array of abilities, ranging in ages from toddler to adult, competitive stroke clinics and a pre-competitive swim team.
Trish resides in Mason with her husband Craig and three children, Stephanie age 15, Ashley age 12 and Megan age 9.
Heather D Shooner
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 at age 16. She has now taught for nearly 20 years both privately and through the YMCA, Red Cross, and SwimAmerica programs. Heather began her coaching career when she accepted the head coach position for the LH Wavemakers in 2010. Heather loves coaching her home team and the experience has awakened a deep passion that she holds for competitive swimming. She is ecstatic to join the Manta Ray staff as a way to continue her growth as a coach. Heather is also very much looking forward to sharing both her knowledge and her love of the sport with the team.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, road trips, music, entertaining, reading, and volunteering in the nursery at her church. She resides in Liberty Township with her husband Joe, and two children, Levi (8) and Audrey (6).
Bio coming soon.
Lisa M Hardwick
Lisa started swimming at age 5 with the Nashville Aquatic Club in
Nashville, TN. She enjoyed competing with NAC and her summer league
team, beginning to break city and team records by age 8. At age 11
l, Lisa moved to Excel Aquatics in Brentwood TN and began to
compete in the Southeast Swimming Championship meets. She earned
several Southeast Swimming Championship titles in 100 and 200
breaststroke, qualifying for Top 16 national time standards, and
was admitted to the Southeastern Swimming Hall of Fame. In high
school, Lisa placed top 16 in the Tennessee State Championships and
was a captain for her high school team in her senior
Lisa continued her swimming experience in college as a coach for
Excel Aquatics, a USA Swimming Silver Medal team. She represented
her school, Middle Tennessee State University, as a Masters Swimmer
and placed top 8 in the Masters National Championships in
Lisa enjoyed coaching for Excel Aquatics, in addition to coaching
several summer league teams and high school teams in Murfreesboro
TN. She moved to Ohio in 2015 and began coaching with the Manta
Rays in February 2016. Lisa enjoys working primarily with the Rays
8 & under swimmers, teaching them foundations of the sport and
encouraging the young swimmers to always have a good attitude and a