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Coaching Staff

John Coffman

Head Coach & Director of Operations

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Head Coach, Elite & Cyclone Lead Coach
Dryland & Lifting Lead Coach
Director of Operations

    Coach 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 Team Families.

    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 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.

Jen Bernsdorf

Assistant Head Coach & Admin/General

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Assistant Head Coach

Cyclone Co-Lead Coach

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 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 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.

Cyndi Rubcich

Typhoon Lead, Dist Coach & Entry Chair

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Typhoon Lead Coach

Distance Team Coach

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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.

Tyler Prose

Hurricane Lead Coach

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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

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Tsunami Spring Lead Coach

Pre-Season Lead Coach

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 years.

Rich is a Family Law Attorney and is Married to Dakeena, and has 2 daughters, Morgan who attends OSU and Marissa who attends Miami.

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 both.

Lisa Ross

Wave Lead Coach & Website

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Wave Lead Coach

 

Lisa has 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 business. 

 

Jennifer Schimming

Ripple and Breaker Lead Coach

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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.

Olivia Barnes

Assistant Coach

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Assistant Coach

 

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

Assistant Coach

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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 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.

Ross Hartley

Assistant Coach

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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 Ross

Assistant Coach

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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

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Amy Taylor

Financial

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Jennifer P Parmentar

Financial

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

Board of Directors

Dave * Wharton

President

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John Coffman

Coaches Rep

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Andy Meeting

Representative

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Mike Kunstmann

Representative

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Pat Samanich

Representative

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Richie Wildenhaus

NAPLSD Representative

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Tom Morris

Representative

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