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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

Assistant Coach

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Keith has been coaching competitive swimming for 12 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 (7), and Cole (5), love to spend time at swim meets and traveling with Keith to meets.

Amanda J Schneider

Assistant 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:

  • 1st year coaching with the Pau Hana Swim Team
  • 14th 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 $50,000 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. 

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.
And now she is currently back in school pursuing a Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the Chamberlain School of Nursing.

She is in her 2nd season coaching the Poni group and truly loves her swimmers!
She is married to an awesome guy, Josh Pribonic, and has two great kids, Isabella (Age 9 who swims for Pau Hana) and Dominic 16 months old.

Juli M Pintz

Assistant Coach

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Juli Pintz has been coaching for the past 6 years.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Ohio University with degrees in Recreation.  She really enjoyed distance swimming, including competing in several open water races.   At Ohio State she served as Meet Coordinator for Club Swimming at Ohio State.  She has coached multiple J.O. qualifiers, including top 16 finishers.  She believes in creating a fun environment that focuses on sound technique and that fosters participation in swimming as a life long sport.

 
In her free time she enjoys distance running and has competed in several half marathons.  Her goal is to run a half marathon in each state with her sister.  She recently ran her first full marathon.  Juli has an awesome guinea pig named Arlo.

 

Steve Lauffer

Assistant Coach

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He is continuing his 2nd year coaching at Pau Hana.  He co-coached the Koa team last year with Coach Schneider.  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.  During his competitive years he taught hundreds of people to swim, ranging from infants to adults.  He has had the privilege to work with swimmers that have become Big Ten and US  National Champions.

 

His philosophy on swimming is simple.  It is focused primarily on stroke technique.  A beautiful stroke will get you up and down the pool quicker.

 

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

Kayla A Fenimore

Assistant Coach

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Kayla has been swimming since she was 10 years old and has been swimming with Teresa for 10 years, the first 6 years at the Licking County YMCA and the last 4 years at Pau Hana.  Kayla graduated from Watkins Memorial High School in 2015 where she was an individual and relay district qualifier at Watkins and received MVP status her freshman and sophomore years, she currently holds an individual record and three relay records.

Kayla swam her freshman year at Ohio Northern University.  She is now a junior at Otterbein University studying pre-medicine.

This is Kayla's second season coaching Pau Hana and she enjoys coaching younger children and teaching them all that she learned from Teresa.  She loves to get into the water with them and show them what she knows.  She hopes to shape them into teenage athletes who strive to swim on their high school teams and hopefully make it to the State meet in Ohio.

Shelby K Seas

Assistant 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.

Katie Krivacs

Assistant Coach

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Katie has been involved in swimming for 15 years. She began swimming at age 5 when her parents signed her up for prep team. She then joined SWAC swim team of Fort Wayne at age 7. She swam or SWAC for 11 years. She graduated from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2014. While in High School she lettered in Varsity swimming all 4 years. She was a USA swimming Scholastic All-American in 2014. She went to the High School Championship 3 years in a row, placing 15th in the 100 butterfly her Junior and Senior year. She went on to swim at Denison for 1 year.

Katie is a Sophomore at Denison and is studying Economics. In the summer Katie works at Orchard Ridge Country Club as a prep team coach and lifeguard. She loves working with kids and can’t wait to be apart of the Pau Hana family!

Board of Directors

Kelly J Fenimore

Registration and Entry Chair

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Jennifer Bunstine

Treasurer

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