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NAAC Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmer's Lead Coach(es). For all questions related to admin, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Head Coach John Coffman.

Coaching Staff

John D Coffman

Head Coach, Elite Lead & COO

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     Coach John Coffman has been with NAAC as Head Coach since 2010 and will lead the way for NAAC 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 Team Families, both past & present.

     John 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 a Performance Coach across many sports and professions (Track & Field, MMA, PGA, WTA, NFL, Special Forces, SWAT, etc) 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 & Sunshine.

     As a successful Coach with well over 100 seasons of practical experience across several sports, a veteran performance coach, and a competitive athlete himself - John has a true understanding of elite performance.

Jen D Bernsdorf

Assistant Head Coach & Cyclone Lead

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Jennifer Geschke 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 University.

 

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 qualifications.

Currently Jen is currently the Assitant Head Coach for the New Albany Aquatics Club, and the Co-Lead Cyclone Coach with Coach Coffman. She is also very active with volunteering in her children’s school and does the bookkeeping for her husband’s business.

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 sport.


Rich L Morris

Typhoon & Hurricane Lead Coach, Sr IM

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Rich Morris is the current Lead Coach of Typhoon and Hurricane and the Senior IM Coach for the past 4 years.

    Rich has been swimming since the age of 5. He grew up in Montreal, Canada and swam for Pointe Claire Swim Club. 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, including winning a British Age Group Championship 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, and finished out his career swimming for the Seminoles. He has qualified and competed at US Senior Nationals and Canadian World Championship Trials, where he was a finalist.

    Rich is the former Head Swim Coach at Westerville North High School and had several All American Swimmers on his team including NAAC’s very own Andrew Bernsdorf and also continues to swim Masters for New Albany.

    Rich is a Family Law Attorney in Gahanna, Ohio and is Married to Dakeena, and has 2 daughters, Morgan and Marissa. Rich loves the sport of swimming and believes that it is a lifetime journey, having been involved in the sport for over 52 years.

 

Lisa A Ross

Tsunami & Wave Lead Coach & Website

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Lisa has been coaching with NAAC since 2015 and is our Lead Tsunami and Waves Coach.   Lisa has been our webmaster since 2008 and has four sons who all swam with NAAC.   Coaching our NAAC age group swimmers, Lisa has coached many Junior Olympic, Zone Qualifier and Top 16 athletes. She is the former President and Coach of the Chevington Woods Kingfish Swim Team in Pickerington. As a coach for the Kingfish team she was privledged to coach three 2016, and 2020 Olympic Trial Qualifiers and many NCAA division 1 and division 2 swimmers. Lisa coached swimming during her college years in Canton, Ohio. As a swimmer she loved Breastroke and the IM, and reminds her swimmers that "back in the stone age" she didn't wear goggles at meets because at that time goggles were thought to slow you down!  She is an Ohio State University graduate and a veteran of the United States Air Force. She is a professional photographer and owns a multimedia business that specializes in web and social media advertising.

Jennifer Schimming

Ripple & Breaker Lead Coach

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Beginner Talent Development

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, under Coach Megan Labuhn.  Jennifer lives in New Albany with her husband and three children.

Tyler B Prose

Sr Sprint Coach & Assistant Coach

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Tyler grew up in Westerville. In high school he competed for Westerville North High School and New Albany Aquatic Club.  He competed on the OSU Swim Team 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 the Wave, Tsunami, and Hurricane groups.

Olivia A Barnes

Assistant Coach

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Olivia Barnes hs been coaching with NAAC since 2015 as both a Lead and an Assistant Coach and will be Assisting across groups this season. She graduated from New Albany High School in 2011, is a member of the NAHS "Wall of Fame", and also swam for NAAC during her HS years. In college she coached with the Bobcat Swim Club in Athens, Ohio. 
 

Matthew D Bernsdorf

Assistant Coach

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Matthew Bernsdorf grew up in Westerville, Oh and attended WNHS, graduating in 2015.  He went on to swim at Ashland University for 4 years.  He will graduate in Dec 2019 with a degree in Special Education and plans to become a Special Education Teacher in the Central Ohio area after graduation.  Matthew was a swimmer for NAAC for many years and is the oldest son of NAAC Coach Jen Bernsdorf, and still has family competing for the team.  He has been a lifeguard and taught swim lessons at Highlands Park Aquatic Center since 2013.  He is happy to be coaching at NAAC and is excited to watch all of the NAAC swimmers learn & grow in the sport of swimming!

Ross L Hartley

Assistant Coach

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Ross has been a part of NAAC family since the 2010 season. He is a Robotics Teacher at Ridgeview Junior High School in Pickerington.  Ross is the Head Coach - Team USA ITU Age Group World Championships for USA Triathlon! Ross is a former competitive triathlete having won over 35 triathlons and finishing as national champion runner-up twice (2009 and 2013). Ross is the Head Coach of the Granville High School Cross Country Team. Ross helps out across groups and leads our Summer Open Water group as well as our Summer Triathlon intro group.

Abby Stone

Assistant Coach

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Abby Stone grew up in Granville and swam for NAAC for several years. She attended Granville High School, where she was a 15-time High School All-American and was the DII State Champion in the 100 back her senior year.  During her time at NAAC, she achieved qualifying times for Winter Nationals, Winter Junior Nationals, Summer Junior Nationals, and NCSA’s.  She went on to swim in college for four years, spending one year at Virginia Tech and the next three at Miami University.  Abby graduated this spring from Miami where she majored in Kinesiology/Pre-Med.  She will be staying in Columbus and attending PA school at Ohio Dominican University next fall.  Abby has taught swim lessons in the summer for the past four years and is excited for the opportunity to coach for NAAC.

Dustin Gerken

Assistant Coach

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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.

Brent Axline

Assistant Coach

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Brent returns to the central Ohio swimming community after nearly 30 years as a lawyer and then FBI Agent.  Brent grew up in Westerville, attended Westerville North HS, and is a member of the Westerville North Sports Hall of Fame having won 4 state swimming titles for the Warriors.  Brent previously swam with , and later coached, at the Westerville Aquatic Club.  After high school, Brent swam all four years and graduated from the University of Southern California.  Brent then obtained a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and worked as an Asst. Prosecuting Attorney in Franklin, County prior to his 21 years of service with the FBI.  Brent began his FBI career in Texas from 1999 to 2016 and completed his remaining years with the FBI local Columbus office.  Brent enjoyed coaching swimming prior to his career in law enforcement and jumped at the opportunity  to return to swimming having such admiration for the sport growing up.  Some of Brent’s fondest memories growing up include attending and competing in the state AA meet (now JO’s) with his teammates and friends.  Brent and his wife, Jenifer, have two boys (Lleyton and Luke) who both are members of the local New Albany swimming community.   

Erin Romero (McGinnis)

Assistant Coach

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Erin has been involved with the sport of swimming since a young age. Erin grew up in Grandview Heights and graduated from GHHS. Erin started teaching lessons and coaching in high school. 
Collegiately, Erin swam for one year at Ashland University and three years at the College of Wooster where she graduated with a degree in Mathematics.  Erin has over 20 years of coaching experience at many different levels. She has coached at the high school level, two local YMCA teams, and most recently she spent 4 years as both the level 1 and 3 head coach at GCSTO. 
Erin has worked with all age groups with most of her time spent coaching swimmers ages 10-14. She is currently finishing up her 13th school year as a high school math teacher and got married in 2019. 
 

Jennifer P Parmentar

Financial

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Jennifer is our Financial Manager beginning in the Summer of 2018.

Board of Directors

Dave L Wharton

President

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John D Coffman

Coaches Rep

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Andy Meeting

Representative

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Tom Morris

Representative

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April Elkovitch

Representatve

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Sara Baker

Representative

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Richie Wildenhaus

NAPLSD Representative

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