Head Coach & Director of Operations
Head Coach, Elite
& Cyclone Lead Coach
Dryland & Lifting Lead Coach
Director of Operations
John Coffman has been with NAAC as Head Coach since 2010 and will
lead the way for NAAC yet again this year. He has been a Swim
Coach since 1990, helped to create the Faster Swimming program with
former NAAC Coach Brad Burget, and has presented at the National
Level on swimming and athletic performance. John has helped
make NAAC what it is today through his expertise as well as the
ever present help of all of the NAAC Coaches, Staff, Board, and
originally joined NAAC as a Coach in 2001 and has been with the
team since his family’s return from Florida in 2010. He
has been coaching at the HS and Club level since 1990 and has
coached State Champions in multiple sports at the HS level
(Swimming, Diving, Track & Field), as well as Top 10
individuals and relays at the Jr. National level in both Swimming
and Track & Field. John has coached over 50 seasons at
the HS level across sports and well over 100 seasons across sports
at the HS and Club levels combined.
John has worked with a multitude of high-level athletes as an Elite
Performance Coach across many sports and professions (Swimming,
Track & Field, MMA, PGA, WTA, NFL, Navy SEALS, Air Force
Pararescue, SWAT) and prides himself on being able to keep up with
his athletes in any type of strength, conditioning or speed
work. He practices as he preaches in regard to training,
nutrition and sleep and asks the same of all his athletes.
John has also been a Sailing Instructor since 1991 and hopes to one
day sail around the world with his wife, Sacha, and daughters,
Jenica (JJ) and Sunshine.
As a successful Coach with well over 100 seasons of practical
experience across multiple sports, a veteran performance coach, and
a competitive athlete himself - John has a true understanding of
swimming and elite athletic performance.
Assistant Head Coach & Admin/General
Bernsdorf has strong roots in the field of swimming dating back to
her childhood. Jen graduated from The Ohio State University with a
Bachelor’s of Science degree in the College of Human Ecology
majoring in Child and Family Development and then earned a
Bachelor’s Plus degree in Education with a concentration in
grades one through eight at Ashland
During her early years,
Jen was a competitive swimmer in the summer league with Highlands
Swim Club. Swimming also in USSA swimming for the Greater Columbus
Swim Team and Westerville Aquatic Club she excelled in the
Backstroke and the Individual Medley. Jen was recruited by a number
of Ohio colleges to swim but decided to concentrate more on her
studies at the college level.
During her college years, Jen continued her love of swimming by
coaching her alma mater, Westerville South High School swim team.
After graduating she expanded her coaching abilities by coaching
the summer league at Highlands Pool in Westerville. In recent
years, Jen worked for the City of Westerville as an Aquatics
Manager for a multi-million dollar facility, continuing to stay
certified with CPR, First Aid and Water Swimming Instruction
Currently Jen is the head age group coach for the New Albany
Aquatics Club. She is also very active with volunteering in her
children’s school and does the bookkeeping for her
Jen’s family includes her husband, Chad, and together they
have three children, Matthew, Andrew and Alaina, all of whom are
excellent swimmers and continue to exhibit their love of the
Typhoon Lead, Dist Coach & Entry Chair
Typhoon Lead Coach
Distance Team Coach
Cyndi Rubcich is back with NAAC again this season as our Co-Coach for Typhoon, our Distance Team Coach, and as our Entry Chair...! She brings over 25 years of competitive coaching experience and has worked with swimmers of all ability levels. Prior to New Albany, Cyndi spent eight years coaching WAC’s select age group swimmers and helped produce numerous Junior Olympic, Zone and Sectional qualifiers as well as State champions, State record holders and National Age Group Top 10 swimmers.
She has also coached with Columbus Academy, NOVA of Virginia, Medallion Country Club and Westerville JC.
Cyndi is a graduate of The Ohio State University and worked as a public health grant writer and program coordinator in Ohio and Virginia. She and her husband, Dave, reside in Westerville and have two children – Murphy and Cristian.
Hurricane Lead Coach
Hurricane Lead Coach
Tyler grew up in Westerville. In high school he competed for Westerville North High School and New Albany Aquatic Club, in HS at the State level and for NAAC at the National level. He competed in swimming and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Construction systems management. He was the head swim coach for Dublin Jerome High School for eight years. He has been the Lead Coach of Wave & Tsunami, and now Leads our Hurricane group.
Rich L Morris
Tsunami Spring Lead, Pre-Season Lead
Tsunami Spring Lead
Rich Morris has been swimming
since the age of 5. He grew up in Montreal, Canada and swam for
Pointe Claire Swim Club, making the national team at the age of 12.
He won numerous Quebec age-group titles and was age group record
holder in backstroke. He qualified for Canadian Nationals at 14 and
came in 6th Place at the Canadian World Championship
Trials as an 18 year old.
When Rich was 15, he moved to
Florida and swam with Jack Nelson at Fort Lauderdale Swim Team. He
was a multiple state qualifier in IM and Backstroke. In his senior
year, he won the Florida State High School Title in the 200 IM and
was runner-up in the 100 Backstroke. He achieved All-American
Status in both events. That same year he won 2 Junior National
titles in 200 Backstroke and 4x100 Medley Relay.
Rich competed for his birth
country of Canada several times and was The British Age Group
Champion in the 200 Backstroke in 1979 in Manchester, England. (the
birthplace of his mother). In 1981 he competed and medaled in
the Maccabi Games in Tel Aviv, Israel. Rich
attended LSU as a freshman and was a finalist at the SEC
championships in 200 Backstroke. Rich transferred to FSU, was a teammate of
Bob Bowman and finished out his career swimming for the Seminoles,
and has competed at Senior Nationals multiple times.
Rich is the Head Swim Coach at
Westerville North High School and has been in that position since
2015. Rich also continues to swim Masters for New Albany and
has been part of the winning 4x50 Mixed Medley Relay the past 2
Rich is a Family Law Attorney
and is Married to Dakeena, and
has 2 daughters, Morgan who attends OSU and Marissa who attends
Rich loves swimming. Loves working
with swimmers and believes in hard work but wants the kids to have
fun at the same time and will challenge them to accomplish
Wave Lead Coach & Website
been coaching with NAAC since 2015 and is our Lead Wave Coach.
Lisa has been our webmaster since 2008 and has
four sons who all swam with NAAC. She is the President of
the Chevington Woods Kingfish Swim Team in Pickerington and
coached the Kingfish team
from 2004 until 2013. The team has won 13 straight Tri
County League Championships and has been undefeated in dual meets
since 2004! The Kingfish team is the formative and
current home summer team of
three 2016 Olympic
Trial Qualifiers and multiple NCAA division one and two
swimmers. Lisa coached swimming
during her college years in Canton, Ohio and has also coached
junior high level volleyball and basketball. She is
an Ohio State University graduate and a veteran of the United
States Air Force. She owns a small multimedia
Ripple and Breaker Lead Coach
Beginner Talent Development
Ripple Lead Coach
Breaker lead Coach
Jennifer has been part of the NAAC family since the 2012 season. Prior to moving to Ohio in January of 2012 from the Nashville, TN area, she worked as the head coach for the Brentwood YMCA for seven years before coaching for the Nashville Aquatic Club. Jennifer grew up in Michigan where she swam for Michigan State University and graduated in 1998 with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife.
Jennifer also helps coach for the Plain Local Township Gators, with former NAAC Coach Megan Labuhn. Jennifer lives in New Albany with her husband and three children.
Coach Olivia will be Assisting across groups this season, and along with Wave she will continue Assisting the Breaker, Ripple, Tsunami and Hurricane groups. She graduated from New Albany High School in 2011, is on the NAHS "Wall of Fame" for her swimming accomplishments, and also swam for NAAC throughout her HS years. In college she coached the Bobcat Swim Club in Athens, Ohio.
John Sands has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of seven when he started swimming at his local YMCA. John later began swimming year round and eventually swam for Brad Burget at NASC where under Brad’s tutelage he became a seven-time All-America selection and the fastest high school 50-yard freestyler in the country in 2003-04 with a time of 20.19!
John was the Ohio High School State Champion in the 50-yard freestyle his senior year, and became the first high school male to become an Ohio State University pool record holder, breaking the 50-yard freestyle record (at the old pool). As a club swimmer, John was a Junior National Champion in the 50 free, and a part of the 17-18 year old age group national record holding 200-meter freestyle relay. John was also a part of relays that won multiple Junior National titles, and qualified for Sr. Nationals both individually and as a member of relays. John graduated from Granville High School in Granville, Ohio in 2004, where he was high school team captain and four-time high school team MVP.
John continued his swimming and academic career at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a two year letter winner and member of the ACC scoring team. John was forced to retire after his sophomore year at UNC due to an ankle injury. He graduated from UNC in 2008 with degrees in Political Science and History. John received his teaching license from Otterbein University in 2011 and is currently a teacher at Westerville North High School.
John has been coaching competitive swimming since 2002; coaching at Little Turtle Country Club, New Albany Country Club, for the Chapel Hill YMCA Swim Club before starting at NAAC where he has coached every group from breakers to masters. John is assisting across the Elite, Cyclone, Typhone and Hurricane groups this year and is the head swim coach at The New Albany Links. He has coached all age groups and abilities and enjoys working with John Coffman and the rest of the staff who have taught him so much.
Dustin has been coaching with NAAC since 2014 and is again assisting with the Typhoon, Cyclone & Elite groups. Dustin swam and played water polo for Upper Arlington, graduating in 2003. He swam distance events and was an All-American in the 200 and 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.
Dustin swims competitively with the New Albany Masters Team and competes in triathlons for fun. He works full-time as a designer based in Granville.
Ross has been a part of NAAC family since the 2010 season. He is currently a middle school teacher at Ridgeview Junior High School in Pickerington. Ross is a competitive triathlete, having won over 35 triathlons and finishing as national champion runner-up twice (2009 and 2013), and finished 3rd at the 2014 ITU World Championships for the 25-29 age group!
Coach Ross is Assisting across many groups this season.
City Scene Columbus article about Ross
Jim is in his first year coaching at NAAC. Jim swam for NAAC and Pickerington North High School. He attained the District Podium twice and swam in the OHSAA State Championship meet in 2011and 2012 and achieved two time All Ohio Standing in the Medley Relay for Pickerington North. Jim began his swimming with the Chevington Woods Kingfish Team in Pickerington and was a big part of their undfeated and 13 straight Tri County Championships run from 2004 until present. He is a senior at the Ohio State University, majoring in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics. He will assist with Breakers, Ripples, Waves and Tsunami.
Dave * Wharton
Volunteer Coach & Board President
Jennifer P Parmentar
Jennifer is our Financial Manager beginning in the Summer of