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Our Coaches

    Our Coaching Staff is our biggest asset as a team!  We pride ourselves on a ACTIVE DECK of coaches FULLY ENGAGED with swimmers for every practice. Our coaches don't sit in chairs or stand at the end of the lane merely shouting instructions, they move about on the deck and are in the pool assisting with the youngest swimmers.

    We believe active, positive coaching creates excellent swimming technique and is the foundation to success in this sport. We are blessed with many of our team athletes who volunteer to help coach our team and we also have a junior coaching program that develops coaches allowing our interested swimmers age 12 and older to help at practices for our younger age groups. This translates into a minimum of one coach per lane for most all practices. For the emerging swimmers in our youngest groups, we are able to provide a minimum of one coach and several others in the water in each lane for our swimmers. We utilize all areas of our pool to teach and if a swimmer needs special help on a particular technique, we have the staff to help them directly with individual instruction to ensure their success. 

 

Coaching Staff

Kevin Yates

Head Coach

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Kevin is a teacher with the Liberty Union School District, he is also one of the head swim coaches at the Jerry Garver YMCA. Kevin has a wealth of experience as a swim coach! He has coached the Lancaster YMCA, Lancaster Country Club, Pickerington North High School, Granville High School and the Garver YMCA Eels team.  
Kevin was a swimmer for Pickerington High School and swam at Eastern Michigan University. Kevin was a Huntington Hills Frogger in his formative years!
Kevin enters his eighth year with our team guiding the Kingfish in the Tri County League and we are very happy he is returning to our swim family with his passionate and fun style of positive coaching.  

Kevin and his wife Molly are the proud parents of Jameson and are expecting a new addition in 2019!
 

Jay Schuh

Program Lead Coach

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Jay Schuh - Program Lead Coach

 

Jay is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and  he is a teacher at Hebron Elementary School! 

Jay was a Kingfish swimmer from 1997 until 2010 and has coached with us for nine years. Jay graduated from St. Charles and was a multiple swimming All American with the Cardinals during his high school years. He swam for Greater Columbus, and the New Albany Aquatics Club in USA swimming with backstroke being his specialty. 

 

Jay is married to Ashley and baby Bennett is due any day! Congratulations!

James Grodesky

Program Lead Coach

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James Grodesky- Program Lead Coach

 

James is completing his sophomore year at the Ohio State University, majoring in Neuroscience. James grew up as a Kingfish swimmer and is a two time State champion in Water Polo for St. Charles Preparatory School. 

 

He has been coaching with the Kingfish for nine years, starting in our junior coach program. James is a favorite of many young swimmers with his gentle, fun way of sharing the sport with new athletes!

 

James is a National Merit Scholar! 

Board of Directors

Lisa Ross

Board Member

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