Head Coach - ASCA Level 4
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. Ken was selected to be a 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. He 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.
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), 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 (11) and Corbin (9), and daughter Rorie (4).
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, 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 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 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 two labrador’s, Paisley and Sadie. Katie
completed the Haine's City Florida Ironman 70.3 and Louisville
IRONMAN in 2015!
Mark is a retired physical education teacher. Most
recently teaching at Mason High School. Mark is still the Head
Coach of the Mason High School Swim Team as well as an assistant
with the High Performance Group. 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 have 4 four
children and 3 grandchildren. They live in the
Imagination 1 and Senior 1&2
Discovery 1&2 and Imagination 2
swimming competitively at age 8 and continued through high
school where I was an All-American swimmer and Jr. National
Qualifier. I was a four year scholarship swimmer at
Bowling Green State University where she earned her degree in
Visual Communication Technology.
I have been
coaching since 1992, working with 8& under as well as
11-14 year olds. Many swimmers will see me at Mason Elementary
where I am an aide for children with autism.
I reside in Mason
with my husband and three daughters. We have two that swim with the
Rays curreand one retired Rays swimmer.
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 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
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