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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 Mike or Meredith at 513-521-7112. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the Parent Advisory Committee members at the email address listed below.

Coaching Staff

Mike Leonard

Director of Competitive Aquatics

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Head Coach
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Mike Leonard began his tenure as head coach of the Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA Tigersharks in 1986. As a coach he has grown the PCY program from a small branch team of 38 swimmers to a nationally recognized program of nearly 300 from beginners to Masters. He has led the Tigersharks to a YMCA Men’s Team National Championship and numerous top ten finishes. He was chosen by his peers as the 2001 Long Course YMCA National Coach of the Meet. Mike’s teams have likewise excelled in the Southwest Ohio YMCA League and the Great Lakes Zone where he has been named Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Southwest Cluster YMCA Swimming Hall of Fame and has coached national champions, national record holders and Olympic Trials Qualifiers. Mike was most recently the recipient of the 2015 Joseph G. Rogers Award, the highest honor bestowed on an individual in YMCA Swimming at the National level.

Mike maintains a strong emphasis on character and personal development. While almost 100 of his swimmers have continued their careers in the NCAA, many others have won academic and civic scholarships to attend college. One former team member explained that, “Mike has a gift for encouraging people to extend themselves to do more. Swimming at PCY is an experience that is much more than just swimming.”

Mike has served as the chair of the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League since 2003 and was president of the National YMCA Coaches Association from 1994 to 2001. He has twice been a member of the YMCA National Advisory Committee, from 1995 to 2002 and 2012 to present, and is the assistant meet director for the YMCA National Masters Meet.

In 1995, Mike was part of a small group chosen to create a national training series for all YMCA swim coaches. He helped write the curriculum and manuals for the Principles of YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving Course, the YMCA Swim Coaches Course and the YMCA Advanced Swim Coaches Course. He then helped update the Principles course in 2004 and 2012. Mike has taught hundreds of YMCA coaches across the country, sharing the fundamentals of leadership and youth development through YMCA Swimming.

Meredith Ann Griffin

Senior Group - Level VI Lead Coach

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Megan Darling Feichtner

Senior Group- Level V Lead Coach

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Megan began her career with the Tigersharks in 1990 as a swimmer for Mike.  She began her coaching career with the Pre-Competitive team in the 1995-1996 season and then started working with the 11-12 Group and Senior Group in 2002.  Megan has coached at the Wyoming Swim Club, Wyoming High School, and was the head coach of Madeira High School from 2003-2013.  Currently for the Tigersharks, she is the Lead Coach for PCY Division Level V.
 
Megan has a Bachelor in Psychology from Miami University and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.  She worked for St. Joseph Orphanage as a mental health therapist before deciding to stay home with her kids.  She and her husband, Doug met at PCY and have 2 daughters, Jane and Liv, and 1 son, Hank.

Stacey Tepe

Senior Group - Level IV Lead Coach

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Sarah Hammer

Age Group - Level III Lead Coach

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Sarah is in her fourth year of coaching with the Tigersharks.  She previously swam with the team for 7 years, beginning at age 11 in the 11-12 age group.  She has 12 years of coaching experience at both the YMCA and USA swimming levels.  Prior to PCY, she worked as Assistant Director of the Brandywine YMCA swim team in Wilmington, Delaware - coaching ages 9-14.

Sarah lives in Blue Ash with her husband, 2 daughters, 1 son, 4 cats and 1 dog!

Mary L Proctor

Age Group Level III

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Mary is proud to be a Tigershark once again! She started her coaching career with Mike in the fall of 1995, coaching the Black group before moving to Tennessee with her husband, Tom, for six years where she coached for the Putnam County YMCA for one year.  She returned to the Tigersharks in the summers of 1996 and 2002 coaching the White group. She rejoined the Tigersharks in the fall of 2014 with her daughter, Abbie (14), and son, Jack (11).

Early in her coaching career, Mary was an assistant coach at North Hills Swim Club, and she coached at Montgomery Swim & Tennis Club for four years.

Mary grew up swimming for North Hills Swim Club from ages 7-18, and for the Cincinnati Marlins from ages 11-18. She swam for Morehead State University and was team captain for two years.

Mary has her Bachelor’s degree in teaching 7-12 grades English from Morehead State and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Miami University.  She has taught junior high language arts for 14 years, and she is in her 4th year as a junior high Intervention Specialist.

She resides in Hamilton with her husband Tom, Abbie, Jack, and their two kittens.

Joy M Wood

Age Group Level III

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Joy has been a member of the PCY coaching staff since 2009.  She has coached Age Group III & IV and now works with Level III.  Prior to her time coaching, Joy swam for the Tigersharks from age 7-17.  Joy has coached at Cincinnati Country Club and Wyoming High School.

Joy has her Bachelor Degree in Middle Level Education.  When Joy is not coaching, she is a full time 4th grade teacher and a mother to four girls- Hailey, Gracie, Maggie and Jo.

Cindy Kamp

Age Group Level II - Lead Coach

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Cindy has had a long association with the Tigersharks. She began coaching the Red and Black practice groups in 2009. In addition to coaching for the Tigersharks, Cindy has been coaching the GH Gators swim team for 11 years.  She grew up summer swimming for Normandy Swim Club and swam year round for Cincinnati Coca Cola and then finished with the Mariemont Tritans. 

Cindy is a retired Art Teacher at North Elementary in Mt. Healthy. She graduated from Mt. Notre Dame High School and Miami University in Oxford where she swam for the Miami University Marlins Syncronized Team. 

Cindy and her husband, Bob have 3 children, all of whom swam for Mike at PCY. 

Pam A Pendery

Age Group Level II

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Pam joins the staff as an Age Group Assistant for the PCY Level II Practice Group.  Pam has coached for the M.E. Lyons YMCA, as an age group assistant, working with 10 & Under swimmers  for the past 6 years.  She is a full time teacher in her 28th year at Anderson High School, where she teaches English and Journalism.  Pam was a competitive Swimmer and was a Kentucky High School State Finalist in the 100 Back, swimming for the Highlands Bluebirds.  Her son Grey is a current Tigersharks Senior Swimmer.

Bettina Kleinhenz

Strength Training, Age Group Level II

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Diane Gleason Valentine

Age Group Level I - Lead Coach

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Amy Grider

Age Group Level I

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Katie D Magee

Gator Division

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Scott Ryan

Gator Division

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Deanna Ryan

Gator Division

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Kevin Huey

Clippard Division

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It's been my pleasure to coach with the PCY swim team since the 2015/2016 season. Prior to coaching with PCY I've worked at the club level coaching for the Clippard YMCA for the 9 years after starting my coaching career at Orchard Hill swim club over a decade ago.  I've worked with swimmers off all ages and ability levels from beginner 5 year olds to beginner 15 year olds to national level competitors.  I am currently the lead developmental age group coach for Level II at the Clippard YMCA site.  I also assist with strength and conditioning for the AG III and Senior level swimmers at the Clippard YMCA.  In 2017 I was named the Developmental Coach of the Year of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati during the annual Splash Awards.

My coaching philosophy centers around developing a love for the sport of swimming and a strong foundation in fundamental skills.  I try and balance every practice session to not only teach swimming but to promote problem solving, teamwork, and perseverance towards short and long term goals.

 

Personal swimming experience: PPSL, YMCA (GNY, Clippard), LaSalle High School and Miami University club teams and PCY MASTERS

 

Education: Logan Univerisity (St. Louis) - Doctor of Chiropractic

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Training Focus

Miami University (Oxford - Ohio) - Zoology

LaSalle High School

 

Interests: I love being active - I'm continually searching out new methods of training and have enjoy trying out all kinds of physical disciplines - from crossfit, pure calisthenics, to ballet.

I also love being still - I find the balance disciplines such as mindfulness medication, tai chi and yoga offer essential to continual growth.

I love being a dad - If I'm not working I'm playing with my kids Evy and Tris

and I drink coffee all day long but only the good stuff.

Jenny Reece

Clippard Division

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Tonya R Enderle

Clippard Division

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Tonya joined the Tigershark staff in the Fall of 2016. While new to the staff, Tonya has been with Y and given her time to many areas and programs including Swim Team, Swim Lessons at all levels, Special Olympics, Water Aerobics, Preschool Tumbling, Before and After School Care, & Lifeguarding. Tonya is also a Level I Certified Swim Official.

Outside of the Y Tonya is a Preschool Intervention Specialist at Parker Woods Montessori. Tonya grew up swimming for the Greenhills Gators, attended UC where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education, and went on to earn her Masters in Special Education-Early Childhood from Xavier University.

Tonya lives in Greenhills with her two boys, Noah (former Tigershark) and Ben (current Tigershark).

William Profitt

Strength Trainer

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Bill has been the strength coach with the Tigersharks since 2005. He served 28 years between Active and Reserve Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel 5 years ago. He has been a teacher of Emotionally Disturbed students for over 30 years.

Bill graduated from Xavier University in 1978 and received a Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1979.

His philosophy as a strength trainer is to prevent overuse injuries, and through strength training compliment what Mike and the other swim coaches do in the water.

Bill has been married to Marilyn Profitt for 30 years, and his son, Jonathan, was a Tigershark. Jonathan is currently attending and swimming for Miami University.