Coaches and Parent Club Volunteers

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, practice schedules, group assignments, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to the administration of the team, such as membership, escrow accounts, fundraising, or other activities of the 
Parent Club, please contact one of the board members or the parent volunteer in charge of the specific activity.

Coaching Staff

Kris Read

Head Coach


Coach Kris has been the head Varsity Swim coach for Newark High school for the past six years. He has changed the landscape for Newark Swimming and brought his energetic personality and passion for swimming to the pool deck. Coach Kris’s priority is to push athletes to the best of their ability and support them during their journey.

In addition to coaching, Coach Kris is a multiple half Ironman, marathon and an Ironman finisher and originally started swimming for the Licking County YMCA Swim Team, over 20 years ago. With his experience as a competitive swimmer, and knowledge in and out of the pool, Coach Kris brings a new perspective on swimming to the Sharks, while continuing to provide a supportive community environment for the swimmers. 

Krista Weekly

Level 2 Assistant Coach


Krista started swimming with a YMCA team in middle school and continued on with her high school swim team until graduation.  After several years away from the pool, she coached for the Lakewood High School swim team for two years.  Now she is excited to be back as a coach for the YMCA and for the opportunity to share her love of the sport.  

Kara Hatfield

Level 1 Assistant Coach