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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 Co-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.


Cyndi Y Rubcich

Typhoon Lead & Home Meet AO

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Cyndi Rubcich serves as our Lead Typhoon Coach, as our Lead Distrance Coach, and as our Home Meet AO.  Coach Cyndi brings nearly 30 years of competitive coaching experience and has worked with swimmers of all ability levels. Prior to New Albany, Cyndi spent 8 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, both former NAAC swimmers.

Tyler B Prose

Hurricane Co-Lead 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.

Rich L Morris

Tsunami & IM Lead, Hurricane Co-Lead

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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 former Head Swim Coach at Westerville North High School and also continues to swim Masters for New Albany.

Rich is a Family Law Attorney and is Married to Dakeena, and has 2 daughters, Morgan who now Coches here at NAAC, 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 A Ross

Wave Lead Coach & Website

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Lisa has been coaching with NAAC since 2015 and is our Lead Waves Coach.   Lisa has been our webmaster since 2008 and has four sons who all swam with NAAC. So far with NAAC coaching our age group swimmers, Lisa has coached many Junior Olympic and Zone Qualifiers. She is the former President and coach of the Chevington Woods Kingfish Swim Team in Pickerington, she coached the Kingfish team from 2004 until 2013 and served as the President until 2018.  The team has won 15 straight Tri County League Championships and has been undefeated in dual meets since 2004! As a coach for the Kingfish team she was privledged to coach three 2016, and 2020 Olympic Trial Qualifiers and many NCAA division one and two 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 it they 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 A Schimming

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

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. 
 

John T 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 also 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 L 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 Hannah Ashton Middle School in Reynoldsburg. Ross is a competitive triathlete & coach, having won over 35 triathlons and finishing as national champion runner-up twice (2009 and 2013). Ross helps out across groups and leads our Summer Open Water group as well as our Summer Triathlon intro group.

Morgan A Morris

Assistant Coach

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Morgan Morris grew up in Gahanna and she attended Westerville North High School where she played volleyball for 4 years and swam for the swim team for 3 years. After graduation she attended Kent State University up until her sophomore year where she then decided to come back home and transfer to The Ohio State University of Newark to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education. She will be graduating in May of 2019.

Morgan’s family includes her father Rich who is the Tsunami Lead coach, her mother Dakeena, her younger sister Marissa who attends Miami University and her boyfriend Kevin who is in the US Army.

This is Morgan’s first time coaching and she is very excited to be a part of NAAC and get to know her swimmers to help them succeed throughout the season.

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.

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!

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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