Director of Competitive Aquatics
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
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
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
Meredith Ann Griffin
Senior Group - Level VI Lead Coach
Megan Darling Feichtner
Senior Group- Level V Lead Coach
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
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,
Senior Group - Level IV Lead Coach
Age Group - Level III Lead Coach
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
Mary L Proctor
Age Group Level III
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
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
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.
Age Group Level II - Lead Coach
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
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.
Strength Training, Age Group Level II
Diane Gleason Valentine
Age Group Level I - Lead Coach
Age Group Level I
Katie D Magee
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
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.
Tonya R Enderle
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).
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.
been married to Marilyn Profitt for 30 years, and his son,
Jonathan, was a Tigershark. Jonathan is currently attending and
swimming for Miami University.