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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 one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.
Coaching Staff

Teresa L Fightmaster

Head Coach

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With over 45 years of experience within the swimming world not only as an athlete but coach, Teresa brings a wealth of experience as well as knowledge to our Pau Hana swimming program. She is a high-energy coach who truly enjoys working with student-athletes to explore their inner most capabilities. She is a firm believer in quality training with the emphasis on proper stroke mechanics specific to each individual.


Teresa has developed Junior National qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers, Grand Prix qualifiers, YMCA National Runner-up champion and qualifiers, Ohio High School State champions and qualifiers, Quad qualifiers, Zone and Age Group individual and relay champions and qualifiers, placed swimmers in the Top 16 in the Country and had Age Group Individuals as well as Team Hi Point winners. She was the Ohio Age Group Coach of the Year for the 2006-2007 seasons and has served 2 times as an Ohio Zone coach. She has also served as the Ohio Swimming Age Group rep for Central Ohio and on the Ohio Swimming Review Board.
 
Personal highlights include:  2-Time Ohio High School State Champion and Runner-up in the 100 breaststroke, Full-Athletic Scholarship to The Ohio State University, 5 time NCAA All-American, 3 time Individual Big Ten Champion, 4 year All- Big Ten selection, Big Ten record Holder 50 Yard Breaststroke, Co-Captain, 1984 Olympic Trial qualifier, and National Team member at the World Student Games in 1983.

Teresa has a BS in Psychology as well as a Master’s in the Psychological Sociological Aspects of Sport. In 2002 she was inducted into The Ohio State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2004 to her High School Alma Mater, Newark High School Hall of Fame as only the 2nd female ever to have received such award.

Teresa’s coaching credentials include Age Group, Middle School, High School, Master’s, as well as Assistant Swimming Coach for the Men’s & Women’s programs at Texas A & M University and Assistant Women’s coach at The University of Illinois. She also spent a year teaching at The United States Coast Guard Academy.

Keith DeVore

Akala Direct Coach

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Keith has been coaching competitive swimming for 13 years. His has a wide range of coaching experience being involved with summer clubs, USA, YMCA, and high school programs. He also competed in the sport for 14 years. He has helped to train YMCA Zone and USA Junior Olympic swimmers, as well as OHSAA District Qualifiers. He believes in maximizing every yard of training to produce technically sound swimmers. 

Keith Graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems. He was a four year varsity letter winner, two time conference champion, and multiple all conference swimmer. He also served as a team captain for two seasons. He is currently employed by The Licking County Educational Service Center as their Technology Coordinator. 

Keith is married and has two children. Christie (wife), Courtney (9), and Cole (7), love to spend time at swim meets and traveling with Keith to meets.  Cole is a member of the Koa 2 group.  

Amanda J Schneider

Koa 2 Direct Coach

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Education:

  • University of Georgia – Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems & Risk Management Insurance
  • Ball State University – Masters in Athletic Coaching Education

Swimming Experience:

  • 2000 Olympic Team Member (5th  place), 1996 Olympic Team Alternate
  • US National Champion in 200 Back (’97, ’00)
  • On multiple national teams including: 1997 Pan Pacific Team (Fukuaka, Japan), 1998 World Championship Team (Perth, Australia), and 1999 World University Games Team (Mallorca, Spain)
  • Captain of the 1999 NCAA Women’s National Champion University of Georgia Team
  • 13 time NCAA All-American, American Record holder, and NCAA Academic All-American

Coaching Experience:

  • 5th year coaching with the Pau Hana Swim Team
  • 18th season as a part-time assistant swim coach at Denison University
  • Coached numerous All-Americans, NCAA Champions, and Olympic Qualifiers
  • Has given private lessons for over 20 years and has coached all ages from 3-23.

Additional Honors, Activities, & Fun Facts:

  • Lives in Granville with her husband Brad and three children Ella, Nolan, and Violet
  • Co-founded 100+ Women Who Care, Licking County, a charity that has raised over $80,000 for non-profit organizations in Licking County
  • Loves all things to do with water: fish, boat, ski, and mostly swim.  Also, you may catch her running around Granville training for one race or another.
  • Deep passion for chocolate chip cookies, preferably fresh out of the oven

Why coach?

I love interacting with the athletes and seeing them find the joy that I have appreciated about the sport.  Very few careers will you find as rewarding and as challenging as coaching.  It is never the same day twice.   Teaching a child to swim is almost magical.  You can literally observe fear and anxiety melt away as strength and courage take over. 

Steve T Lauffer

Polu Direct Coach

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Steve is continuing his 4th year coaching at Pau Hana.  This is his first year coaching the Polu group, having coached the Poni group the past 3 years. His swimming experience includes 13 years of competitive swimming with the Phillps 66 Splash Club and at The Ohio State University.  He retired from competitive swimming due to an injury and then transitioned into coaching.  He spent three years at Ohio State student coaching the Varsity Men’s Team under the direction of Coach Wadley.  He has had the privilege to work with swimmers that have beocome Big Ten and US National Champions. 

 

For age group swimming, his focus is on swimming technique.  The skills they learn early on will allow them to develop into great swimmers.  

 

 

He and his wife have two daughters that both swim with Pau Hana.  They all love the water and enjoy competitive swimming.

Shelby K Seas

Akala Direct Coach

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Shelby Seas started swimming when she was 11 and swam for seven years. First, she swam on the Licking County Family YMCA swim team, and then on the Pau Hana swim team. Shelby graduated from Watkins Memorial High School, where she holds an individual record, is part of three relay records, and also was a district qualifier all four years. Now, Shelby is a junior at The Ohio State University studying environmental policy. 

 

This is Shelby's second season coaching for Pau Hana. Her favorite part about coaching is getting to see the sport of swimming from a different point of view. She hopes to encourage a fun environment where the swimmers enjoy improving their speed and strokes, while also making friends that will last a lifetime.

Coleston C Pope

Poni Direct Coach

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Coleston Pope is in his second season with Pau Hana as the direct coach for Poni.  Previously, he was the Assistant Coach for Catawba College (North Carolina) and Tidal Wave Aquatic Club for the 2017-2018 season. Coleston swam for Coach Teresa Fightmaster at LCFY and Pau Hana. He believes that the hard work and dedication required to be successful in swimming help shape young swimmers for years to come.

Coleston graduated from Urbana University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. While swimming at Urbana, he was a four-time Academic All-American, holds 3 individual school records (500, 1000, 1650) and 2 relay records.  He is currently employed by TQL- Columbus as a National Recruiter.

Kali M Sites

Koa 1 Direct Coach

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Courtney Pribonic

Assistant Coach

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Courtney Pribonic started swimming at the age of 8 for the Newark Area Swim Team, then the Greater Columbus, and finally the New Albany Splash programs.
She also swam for her alma mater, Newark High School, where she was a varsity swimmer and made Districts each year.  She decided to forgo a swimming scholarship to compete for the Akron Zips to concentrate on her studies.

She started her coaching career at the Newark YMCA from 2004-2006 coaching the 8 and unders.  After 2006 she headed back to school to pursue additional degrees.  Her degrees include an Associates Degree in Registered Nursing from Ohio University, Bachelors Degree in Nursing,  Associates degree in Legal Administration from the Bradford School, and a Licensed Practical Nurse certificate from the Know County Career Center.  Now she is currently back in school pursuing a Masters in Nursing Leadership at Walden University. 

She is in her 5th season coaching at Pau Hana and truly loves her swimmers!
She is married to an awesome guy, Josh Pribonic, and has two great kids, Isabella (Age 12 who swims for Pau Hana) and Dominic, who is 4.

Andrea Collet

Assistant Coach

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Andrea started coaching for Pau Hana in 2017 with the Koa groups.  In the summer, she also coaches the Muskingum Makos in Zanesville.  

Andrea's swimming background includes swimming as an age-grouper initailly with the Zanesville Piranhas, then the Newark Area Swim Team Y (NASTY).  She went on to swim in college for Emory University as a middle distance and distance freestyler.  Teaching swimming lessons to kids of all ages was an ongoing summer job and passion during her high-school and college years.

In addition to swimming, Andrea also enjoys running.  She ran track and cross-country at Emory and has since competed in numerous triathlons, marathons (Boston 2005, 2006), trail races and other endurance events.  Most recently she was a proud member of the Pau Hana peloton for Pelotonia in 2018!  She is looking forward to being a part of this awesome event again in the years to come.

Andrea is a pediatrician in Zanesville.  She is married to her husband, John and has two daughters (Annika and Lydia) who both swim for Pau Hana.  

Susan E Bowen

Assistant Coach

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Susan has been an assistant coach with the Pau Hana Swim Team since 2017.  She is also the current assistant coach of the Tri-Valley High School Swim Team.  Previous coaching experience includes the Licking County Family Y from 2005-2013 and Newark High School 2011-2013.  Even though she grew up always in the water, Susan's swimming career did not start until the age of 12 at the Licking County Family Y.  She graduated from Newark High School in 2005 where she swam on the varsity team for four years, competing in the 100 fly and 200 IM.  While attending Ohio University, Susan played water polo and particpated in several on-campus groups before graduation with a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation.  She continued her education graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Education.  Susan is currently an Intervention Specialist with Newark City Schools.  

Board of Directors

Kelly J Fenimore

Registration and Entry Chair

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Jennifer Bunstine

Treasurer

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Staci Stought

Registration and Entry Chair

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