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Coaching Staff

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 directly. For all administrative related questions, such as fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact Ben Sutton.

Coaching Staff

Kahler Goldsmith

Head Coach

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Kahler is excited to be returning to Pine Valley this summer! Kahler grew up swimming for the DeKalb YMCA and then following that, DeKalb High School. This will be his fourth year as a coach and second summer with Pine Valley! He began as a coach for the DeKalb YMCA and currently is the lead Bronze Group Coach for Fort Wayne Swim Team. His goal is to prepare swimmers for not only the physical aspects of the sport, but also all of the mental challenges and obstacles as well. Kahler believes this can be accomplished all while still having fun and making life long memories. "There have been multiple studies done that say about 70% of kids will drop out of sports by age 13. I decided to become a coach with the mission of lowering that percentage and keeping the fun in swimming, while still becoming the best you can be". 

Kyle Kresl

Associate Head Coach

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Kyle is excited to be returning to Pine Valley this summer! This will be his 5th year coaching, having spent 3 summers with prep team, and this being his 2nd with the swim team. Kyle has swam for Pine Valley since he was 5 years old, and the team has always been a huge part of his summer! He is currently attending the University of Mount Union where he competes on the swim team. Kyle is looking forward to another awesome summer at Pine Valley! Go Trees!

Kara West

White and Green Group

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Kara is excited to be joining the PVCC team this summer! She grew up here in Fort Wayne swimming for New Haven Swim Team and Fort Wayne Aquatics. Her coaching history includes New Haven and Avalon summer leagues, North Side and Canterbury High School teams, and Three Rivers Aquatics Club. In addition to her diverse coaching background, she has 14 years of experience teaching swim lessons here in the Fort Wayne area. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently a pre-k teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School. She believes in value of youth sports and focuses not only on athletic development, but character development as well.

Bill Reynolds

High School and Gold Coach

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Bill is returning for his second summer with PVCC. He started swimming competitively at age 5 with Blackhawk Swim Team. As he moved cities, Bill continued to swim with various summer swim teams. He joined SWAC in middle school and then swam for Homestead High School and SWAC concurrently through high school. Bill works for Navistar as a software engineer and coaches at the Central Branch YMCA during the winter season. Bill is married with two sons who both swim for PVCC. He is looking forward to another fun and successful summer season. 

Lynnette Swineheart

Gold Group Coach

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Lynnette returns to PVCC this summer after working with many of our developmental swimmers last summer. She brings with her experience after coaching this winter at the Central YMCA, and having taught swimmers lessons for 4 years at both the Parkview YMCA and the NACS Natatorium. Lynnette has a knack for working with our younger swimmers, and can't wait to begin teaching them this summer!

Jack R Skidmore

Assistant Coach

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Jack is excited to start his senior year of high school. He started swimming in the fourth grade, he has swam on several swim teams including DeKalb YMCA, PVCC, Fort Wayne Swim Team and the DeKalb High School swim team. Jack plans on attending college and majoring in international relations and swimming on a collegiate swim team. Jack is excited to compete and coach for Pine Valley as Co Head Prep Coach this summer. Go Trees!

Gretchen M Kraus

Assistant Coach

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Gretchen is finishing up her senior year at Carroll High School with plans to swim and study Kinesiology at the Universtiy of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in the fall. Swimming has been a huge part of her life. She started swimming for Fort Wayne Aquatics (FWA) at age 6 and has spent the rest of her years swimming for Fort Wayne Swim Team (FORT) adn Carroll High School. Gretchen is excited to return to PVCC swimming and coaching for another fun fill summer as Co Head Prep Coach!

Bryce Douglas Handshoe

Assistant Coach

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Bryce has been at Pine Valley for three years now.  Growing up Bryce swam for the Dekalb YMCA, Three Rivers Aquatics, Ft Wayne Y Sharks, & FORT Wayne Swim Team.  Bryce just completed his freshman year at Ball State where he is a member of their Men's Swim Team.  Bryce is studying Business Administration.

Courtney Kresl

Assistant Coach

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Courtney recently just finished her last season swimming for Purdue and is getting ready to student teach in the fall to complete her Mathematics Education degree. Prior to swimming for Purdue, she swam for FORT and Pine Valley since the age of 6.

Kathryn Mae Fortney

Assistant Coach

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Katie is excited to kick off the season! She will be attending Ball State in the fall and will be studying Elementary Special Education. She swam for Carroll for all four years and was also apart of Fort Wayne Swim Team. This will be her 6th year with the Pine Valley family!

Allyson Taylor DeWald

Head Prep Coach

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Allyson is excited to kick off her senior year at Carroll High School in the fall. She started swimming at the age of 10 at PVCC and fell in love with the sport. Ever since she has been swimming competitively for PVCC, Fort Wayne Swim Team, and Carroll High School. This will be her 8th year with the pine trees and second year of coaching. After graduating next year she plans on attending college, majoring in nursing. Allyson is excited for another great summer competing and coaching for the pine trees as a Co Head Prep Coach!

Emily Kate Eshbach

Head Prep Coach

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Hi Everyone! My name is Emily Eshbach and I will be a Co-Head Prep Coach this year with one of my best friends, Allyson Dewald. We are so excited to serve your families and kids with so much energy and passion-- you’ll see our diligence and hard work throughout the season, but for now, here is a little about me!

This my 8th year as a swimmer for Pine Valley, and 3rd year as a coach. I am currently a Junior at Dekalb High School, and I was first introduced to the PVCC swim team from some family friends that belonged to the club. As a winter swimmer for the Dekalb Y, I then brought some of my Dekalb friends into our PVCC community. I am so glad that we are so represented now! I have swum competitively for 9 years for Dekalb DCY, Wawasee High School, and Dekalb High School. My focus this year is to work on technique with your young ones--but most importantly have THE MOST fun--especially on Fun Fridays! I can’t wait to get to know you and your families as well as reunite with some of the best kids I know this summer! Squeeze you soon! Forever and always, GO TREES!

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Ben Sutton

Swim Team Director

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