Coaches & Directors

Ryan Klages (Head Coach)

             Coach Ryan began his swimming career with the Huntington YMCA Bluefish in New York, while also swimming for the varsity team at Chaminade High School. He accepted a scholarship to swim for Manhattan College in the Bronx. While there, he broke numerous school records and served as team captain. 

              Coach Ryan began his coaching career as an assistant for Chaminade. While there, the Flyers won back-to-back league championships. He also coached 4 All-Americans, 2 state champions, and several state meet qualifiers. He then served as an assistant coach at Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas. It was here he helped build the swimming and diving program; leading to new school records, and the most swimmers qualified for the Southwest Prep Conference. Ryan has most recently served as the head swim coach at the Trussville YMCA for the SBY Stingrays.


Coke Ellington (Lead Coach Silver)

               Coach Coke joined the Barracudas in August of 2019 to be the lead coach of the Silver group. Coke has been around the sport all of his life. He started his hometown high school swim team as a junior in 1959. He was the volunteer coach for the Clemson University women’s swim team for the 1975 and 1976 seasons, the first as a club sport and the second as a varsity sport. He has coached in the YMCA’s summer swim league for five seasons.

Rachel Arnold (Lead Coach Bronze)

            Rachel has been serving as lead Bronze coach and assistant Silver coach since 2018. She is a USA Swimming certified swim coach and is also the head coach for Wynlakes Country Club summer league team.   At age 6, her swimming career was launched when she began swimming with the Barracudas. Her passion for the sport, developed during her 13 years in the water, is what she hopes to instill in younger athletes.  Whether they have been swimming for years or new to the swim world, her goal is to help each swimmer develop a love for the sport that propels them to reach their potential both in and out of the water.

Coaching Staff