Coaches & Directors

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

John Bishop

Head Coach:8 & U;15 & Up;National Coach


   John Bishop has been a part of SPYNATION family for 37 plus years (12 years as a swimmer, and 25 years as a coach), a program which has been highly recognized in YMCA and USA Swimming. He has worked with all levels of swimmers, from National champions, State champions, all the way to beginners just learning the passion of swimming. He has worked with kids who have achieved Olympic trials, Senior National (USA), Junior National (USA), YMCA Nationals, Zone, AA, and A levels!  John has encouraged kids to be leaders so many of our kids graduate and move>

   He has been recognized as the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League's "Coach of the Year", and has been inducted to the league's "Hall of Fame", and while coaching Springfield North was voted  the "WOL Coach of the Year".  John is motivated to developing the best out of each athlete not>

  • USA Swimming Certified Coach

Mickey McNeil

Asst. Coach; 9-12 yr old Head Coach


Mickey McNeil

Assistant Coach; 9-12 year olds Coach; Team Meet Entryperson

Mickey has been a YMCA Swim Coach since the Fall of 1991 at our Springfield Family YMCA. Previously, she had coached local summer swim club teams from 1982-88 and 91-92. She was a volunteer swim coach for Kenton Ridge High School between 1997-98 and 2008-2012. She is an Assistant Coach for both Kenton Ridge and Northeastern High Schools since 2014. With her background of education, experiences, trainings, and enthusiasm, she is driven to assist SPY swimmers to achieve great things. Over the years, she has attended various clinics and seminars to enhance her coaching. Though her position at SPY is regarded as a part-time employment, anyone would tell you that her coaching is a fulltime passion and dedication. The Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League as “Coach of the Year Award” has honored her in 2002, 2010, and 2011. Over the many years, she has coached many athletes at all ages and various levels of success.

Mickey along with her brothers and sister first started competitive swimming for the Springfield Pepsi AAU Team before joining the Springfield Family Y Swim Team. At Kenton Ridge High School, she was a top athlete in Volleyball, Swimming, and Fast Pitch Softball. In fact, she was on Kenton Ridge High School’s first swim team in the spring of 1979.

After graduating in 1982, she attended Miami University of Ohio where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1986. She taught in the Cincinnati area for a couple of years before taking on an once in a lifetime bicycling trip throughout Eastern and Western Europe between September 1988-December 1990. In 1993, Mickey expanded her education and career opportunities by attending Central Ohio School of Massage for Therapeutic Massage Education and training. In 1995, she graduated and became an Ohio Licensed Massage Therapist. At this time, she is a self-employed therapist working at the Northside Soft Tissue Center. Along with her jobs, Mickey’s hobbies include fitness activities such as Adventure Racing (24-hour to Multi-day team races) and used to participate in road & off-road triathlons.

Mickey’s love for coaching is fueled by understanding that a sport like swimming is continuous work, on-going process…there is always some aspect to develop, improve, enhance, learn from, and enjoy. Yet, the most empowering part of swimming is witnessing kids become responsible, Caring, Respectful, and Honest Individuals with the fire to be Competitive Athletes.

  • USA Swimming Certified Coach
  • TrueSport Certified Coach
  • American Swimming Coaches Association member, Level I

Chris McKinney

Assistant Coach;13-14 Age Group Coach


McKinney began swimming competitively on Lakewood Swim Club’s summer swim team at the age of six.  At age 8, he joined the Springfield Family YMCA’s youth competitive youth swim program. McKinney's swimming career continued throughout high school, where he swam at Springfield Shawnee High School. After high school, McKinney made a commitment to serving our country by enlisting the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he became a designated rescue swimmer for lifeboat deployment while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS America CV-66.  He served our country from 1990-92. THANK YOU, CHRIS !

 After a brief break from the sport of swimming, he returned for 2004-05 swim season as an assistant age group coach at our Springfield Family YMCA. Between 2005-2010, McKinney has been an assistant swim coach at several high schools in our area. For several summers, he was the head swim coach of the Mitchell Hills Golf Club team.

From 2010-14, Chris was the Urbana University’s assistant coach with our former Springfield Family Y’s head coach Dave Johnson. He was the assistant for both the men's and women's swim teams, and in UU’s first year (2010-11) with the program, Chris helped the Blue Knights experience unprecedented success. The men's team posted their first winning season (12-10) in school history while being named's most improved team in NCAA Division II. The women's team finished 12th out of 15 teams at the Appalachian Conference Championships just one season after finishing next to last. The women also posted more wins than their previous two seasons combined. The next three seasons, Chris and UU Head Coach Dave Johnson continued to build a successfully DII team in our local area.

Chris is extremely excited be back at our Springfield Family Y. He is very eager to contribute to the youth development of our SPY Swimmers. If you would ask Chris why he loves to coach, he would give you two main reasons:

  1. I can have to worst day imaginable, but when I walk on the pool deck, it all fades away.
  2. The look on a swimmers face when they achieve something they didn’t believe they could do.

When not on the pool deck or working at Carter’s Lumber, he enjoys family. Plus, he loves to talk about anything that has a motor and can be raced!!

  • USA Swimming certified coach

Morgan F Siefert

Assistant Coach


Morgan joined our 2016-17 Coaching Staff. She has a bundle of competitive swimming experience to bring to our SPYNATION. For the 2016 summer, she was an Assistant Coach for the Idle Hour Swim Club Team in Beavercreek, Ohio. The team of 100 summer swimmers and four coaches were the 2016 Southern Ohio Swim League Champions.

Morgan has been competitively swimming since the age of 11 years old. She started swimming at the Beavercreek YMCA; then upon its’ closure, her family continued their YMCA competitive swimming at the Coffman Family YMCA. She participated at the YMCA Long Course National Championships in 2013 and 2014. As an age grouper, she swam in seven Great Lake Zone Y Championships. Most impressive achievement is her Coffman Family Y Swim Team Record for the 4 Kilometer Open Water time of 57:08.

Morgan’s hometown is Xenia, Ohio. While attending Xenia High School (XHS), she was a Varsity Letter Swimmer all four years. She qualified for High School District Championships all four years. She has been apart of four High School relay team records.

Morgan was valedictorian for XHS class of 2015 as well as recognized for XHS Graduate of Distinction- To be considered for the Graduate of Distinction Award, she had be in the top 5% of the graduating class, have a minimum GPA of 4.25, have completed a minimum of 11 Honors courses and have completed a minimum of 3 Advanced Placement courses.

Presently, Morgan is attending Wittenberg University as a student-athlete with a major in Sports Management and apart of the Honors program. She earned Dean’s list recognition too. 

Jen Beatty

Assistant Coach


Jennifer Beatty aka Jen is definitely a water bug and avid swimmer. She joined our staff in the Fall of 2016. Her hometown is Indiana, Pennsylvania, where she swam for Indiana High School before graduating in 2008. Starting 2006 as a teenager, she has worked at the YMCA of Indiana County (INDY) by giving private and group lessons.  She was a swimmer with the INDY Swimming Piranha Team. She achieved accolades such as multiple event champion at both YMCA PA West District Championship and PA YMCA State Championship. She collected several YMCA SCY and LCY National Time Standard Cuts. She set numerous swim records.  She was Senior Athlete of the Year and received Scholar-Athlete Award for the Indiana High School; plus, Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League Champion and selected to Pennsylvania All-State Team. After her numerous years with the INDY's Piranhas, she then continued her swimming career at the NCAA DI Bowling Green State University.

Jen went 10th in 200yd Free, 10th in 1000yd Free, and 10th in 1650yd Free. Other Big Shout Outs were Academic All-MAC honors three times and Academic All American two times. Plus, she was selected to the Capital One.>

After graduation, she returned to INDY Swimming as a coach for her second summer of coaching their National team; plus working as the Y’s Aquatic Director. In the Fall of 2013, Jen Beatty contributed two successful seasons as the assistant coach for men and women's swimming at NCAA DII Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). By teaming up with Head Coach Chris Villa (2013-14 & 2014-15 PSAC Coach of the Year), the two coaches established two record setting years in improved performances and All-American results.

In 2015, Jen returned to INDY Swimming Piranha team as Head Swim Coach. She led her swimmers to First Place Team Win at their Y’s Sectional Championship and Second Place over all at the Western PA Y Swim League Championship. At the YMCA Districts Championship, the junior girls team placed second overall.

Lucky for SPYNATION during summer of 2016, she was hired by Springfield City Schools as a Physical Education teacher, so Springfield has become her new home. Coach Jen is very passionate about the sport of swimming. She is excited and ambitious to work with all of the swimmers to help them improve. She believes everyone is important>

USA Swimming Certified Coach
ASCA Level 2 Certified

Courtney Speakman

Assistant Swim Coach


Courtney is joining our 2017-18 Coaching Staff. She has a bundle of competitive swimming experience to bring to our SPYNATION.
Currently, as senior at Wittenberg University, she will be on graduating in the spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Exercise Science. At Wittenberg University, she is active member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. For 2015-16, she served as Education Vice-President. Now, she is serving as Alumni Relation Chair and serving on her sorority’s philanthropy committee.

Courtney is a Springfield Family Swim Team alumnus logging many yards, practices, and meets over her ten years with SPY. In 2014, Courtney was selected for the Great Lakes Y Zone Swim Championship’s Paul Atkinson’s Outstanding Swimmer Award and Scholarship. This Award was established in 1991 by the Great Lakes Zone Swimming Committee to honor Paul Atkinson for his dedicated leadership in establishing this YMCA competitive aquatic program. The intent of this award is to recognize a talented male and female from our Zone who has represented their YMCA with distinction. These individuals have been outstanding competitive swimmers and contributors to their YMCA, as well as being good students, active in the church and community, and all-around good citizens. These awards are presented each year at the Zone Championship Meet based on the nominations submitted by a YMCA Swim Coach, YMCA Aquatic Director, President of a YMCA Parents’ Club or a YMCA Executive Director. She along with Jeff Bell and Marcus Geer are the only three SPY swimmers receiving this recognition award.  As a four year Varsity Swimmer for Tecumseh High School (THS), she set numerous high school records and still holds the Central Buckeye Conference Championship Meet record for 500 yard Free; plus, the first female swimmer from THS to compete at the Ohio Southwest Division I District High School Championships. She has been a swimmer for the past three years at Wittenberg University where she specialized in distance events. Due to a bothersome chronic injury, she is not competing this season. She has also spent the summers of 2014-16 at the Springfield Country Club as coach, manager, and lifeguard. During the summer of 2017, she was a camp counselor for Avid 4 Adventure in Palo Alto, California. At the camp, she was in charge of the Explorer age group ages 5-7 in which they did a variety of outdoor activities like stand up paddleboard, kayak, bike, climbing, and how to respect and take care of our environment.

Courtney is thrilled to be apart as of SPYNATION as a coach for your swimmers.

Heather Shaffer

Assistant Coach


Heather Shaffer:  Starting in 2014-15 was her first year as a volunteer assistant coach for SPY Winter Season. You will see her assisting with the beginner and development training groups. She began her competitive swimming career at the age of five, swimming for Northridge Swim Club. She was a member of the SPY team from 1990-1995, and swam in high school for the Kenton Ridge Cougars. 

Her coaching career includes being an assistant coach for Northridge Swim Club from 1999-2000, and the head coach from 2001-2006. She is currently the head coach of Kenton Ridge High School (KRHS), a position she has held since the 2005-2006 season. In addition to coaching KRHS, Heather is the head coach of Northeastern High School beginning with the 2014-2015 season as well. During her time as the KRHS and NEHS head coach, she has taken the KRHS & NEHS teams to the High School Districts Championship each year, and has had a swimmers qualify for Ohio's High School State Division II Championship meet seven of the 11 years she has been coaching.The 2011-12 High School season, she was selected as Central Buckeye Conference Coach of the Year.
Heather graduated from KRHS in 2001, and graduated from Ohio University in 2005. She has a Bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently in her 10th year of teaching freshman English at Kenton Ridge. 

Heather lives in Springfield with her husband, Kyle, and three children. Alyssa and Brennan are both members of SPYNATION. Her youngest, Corrie will be swimming soon enough! Heather's happiest moments are spent at swim meets, whether she is a coach on deck or a spectator in the bleachers. Above all else, she loves to coach!!! We love having Heather joining our Springfield Family Y's Coaching Staff.


Jennifer Snyder

Assistant Swim Coach


Gabe Rastatter

Summer & Winter Break Assistant Coach


Gabe was a SPY Summer Coach in 2015 and will assist during 2016-17 Holiday Break practices. Currently, he is attending the Ohio Northern University where he will be a junior studying Pre-Law and a member of the Men’s Swim Team. Gabe grew up with SPY with 12 years swimming. He was on the SPY National Team for 2 years. His senior year at Kenton Ridge High School, he was team captain. He did learn Varsity Letter all four years of high school. He set several high school records as well as multi-time Central Buckeye Conference Champion. For the past few year, his passion has become triathlon. The 2016 summer, he did trained and competived for his first Ironman Triathlon which will be held in Boulder, Colorado.

Allison Watkins

Summer & Winter Break Assistant Coach


Board of Directors

Eric Turner

President of SPY Parent Board