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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 aspects of our team, such as dues, leave of absence policy issues, etc.  please contact the Team Admin.

Coaching Staff

Todd Marsh

Head Coach

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Todd began his coaching career in 1983 when he began work as the Boise YMCA Assistant Swim Coach.  In 1985 he moved to Carbondale, IL where he worked as Head Coach of the Saluki Swim Club.  In 1988, Todd became the Head Coach of Spokane Area Swimming, where he has coached for the past 24 years.  He was hired to coach the Boise Y Swim Team in 2012.  Todd is an ASCA Level 5 coach, the highest level granted by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).

Todd has coached all levels of swimmers, from age group to Olympic Trials qualifiers. In recent years, he has taken at least 10-24 swimmers each year to YMCA Nationals.  He has also had numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers, including two swimmers selected to the National Junior Team.  Many of his swimmers have achieved scholastic All-American status.

Todd is married (Vicki) and has two children who were both swimmers for SAS.  Both Todd and Vicki have worked many years for the YMCA and USA Swimming communities in Spokane.  Vicki is a swim coach, a YMCA Wellness coach, a USA and YMCA swimming official, past member of USA Swimming’s National Board of Directors, and current member of the National YMCA Advisory Board.  Both Todd and Vicki have been extremely active with the Inland Empire LSC, serving as Zone Coaches and LSC officers.  Todd is currently the YMCA Group Representative for the Pacific Northwest, which serves all Y competitive swim teams throughout the area.

Todd believes every swimmer is important and works hard to find ways for each child to have fun, be challenged, and find success. 

If you would like to talk to Todd, he can be reached at 377-4886, ext 426.  Please leave a message and he will get back to you when he can.  Keep in mind, he is out of town often due to swim meets!

Mike Lewellyn

Assistant Head Coach - West Y Site Coach

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Mike’s belief in teaching and coaching swimmers, parents, and coaches has been at the core of his success. Starting his career with the West Allis Swim Club outside of Milwaukee, WI in 1972, he steadily grew and developed his abilities coaching at small and large clubs, as well as at the high school and college levels.  Mike was the first Sport Development Coordinator for USA Swimming, serving the Central Zone for two years and was one of the writers and developers of the Level 1 coaches test and the Parent Education portion of the USA Swimming Swimposiums.  Mike has been with the Boise Y Swim Team since 2014, first as Head Age Group Coach and currently as Head Assistant Coach.

Linda Conger

Admin Coach - Caldwell Y Site Coach

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Born and raised in Caldwell, Linda followed an older brother to swim practice and at the age of 5 said she wanted to swim too.  By the time she was 6, she had told her mom that she was going to be a coach when she grew up.  Linda received a BS in Secondary Education/History from the University of Idaho, where she lettered all four years.  She was named the Most Improved Swimmer two times and was Team Captain her Senior year.  During her fifth year, she worked with the team under retired Boise Y Head Coach (then Vandal Head Coach) Frank Burlison.

Coach Linda has been with Boise Y since October 1997.  Before joining the Y staff, Linda coached club and high school teams in Alaska, at Ferris State University and the University of Wyoming.  She also taught a year of 8th grade World Geography in Caldwell between coaching jobs.  She has coached many Collegiate and YMCA All-Americans.

Very active in Snake River Swimming, Linda has held multiple positions and is a past General Chair.  She has received the Conoco/Phillips Service to Swimming Award and Snake River Coach of the Year Award.  She is a member of USA Swimming Disability Committee.  Linda is a National Coach with US Paralympic Swimming and was and assistant coach at the 2011 & 2015 Para-Pan American Games, 2013 & 2017 IPC Swimming World Championships and 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Linda enjoys skiing, photography and traveling in her spare time.

Erin Holmes

Head Age Group Coach - DTN Y Site Coach

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Erin began her coaching career in 2009 as an assistant coach with Kennewick High School.  As the head coach of Kennewick High School from 2010-2013, she coached the school’s first ever state qualifiers to finals, in both individual and relay events.

In January 2013 she joined the Tri-City Channel Cats as an assistant coach. She worked on deck with swimmers of all levels, as well as running the dry land program for the senior level swimmers. In addition to coaching the Age Group and Senior level swimmers, Erin developed one of the Tri-Cities top Masters swimming programs, offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes.

In August of 2014 Erin joined Valley Aquatics in Federal Way, WA as their Head Age Group Coach. She worked with all levels of the team through a strong belief of positive coaching reinforcement; inspiring the athlete to compete their skills to their best capacity.

As a swimmer, Erin joined the Channel Cats in 1997 as an eight year old.  She quickly rose through the ranks, setting numerous Channel Cat, Inland Empire, and Regional records.  She qualified for Regionals, Zones, Sectionals, and Junior and Senior Nationals. Post high school she joined the University of Maryland Swimming and Diving team in 2007-2008. More recently, Erin has completed three Ironman Triathlon competitions, including qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii where she was 5th overall out of the swim portion for women.

Erin is very excited to be working now with the Boise Y Swim Team as the Site Coach at the West Y. Through determination and passion of the sport, she is enthusiastic about seeing these athletes achieve great things.

Melina A Altman

Assistant Coach - Downtown Y

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Hello, my name is Melina Altman. I currently live in Idaho-USA with my husband but I was born in Cyprus, a Greek island in the Mediterranean sea. I have a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences. I have coached for a swim club in Cyprus as well as in Hungary for several years and have always had a passion for sports, especially swimming. I speak 4 languages and have been a teacher for different national background students, teaching and coaching. I feel blessed with the opportunity to be coaching along side some really honorable names in the swim coaching world of the Y.

Vicki Marsh

Assistant Coach - West Y

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Coach Vicki is an ASCA Level 4 coach, a USA Swiming National Level Official, and is a YMCA Level 2 Official.  She swam at the collegiate level at Western Illinois University on a 4 year swimming scholarship.  She was a school record holder and qualified for Senior Nationals.  Vicki specialized in the freestyle sprint races.  Vicki was also a Masters National Top 10 swimmer in numerous events and a Masters National record holder in the breaststroke.  Vicki met her husband, Todd, at Western Illinois.  They have two children who swam competitively for Spokane Area Swimming, Molly and Kyle.  Kyle currently swims for the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. 

Vicki has not only been involved with swimming on the local level but also on the Regional, Zone, and National levels.  She served as Zone Coach for 10 years with Inland Empire and has served on several USA Swimming Committees.  Currently, she is a member of the Sports Science and Medicine and Olympic International Operation Committees.  Vicki is also a certified personal trainer and teaches Senior Adult Fitness classes for the YMCA.

Serena Wang

Assistant Coach - West Y

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Serena started swimming for the Boise YMCA swim team and finished her competitive swimming at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry as well as four year NCAA Division III All-American honors.  She worked as a Virologist in Spokane before joining her husband, Kevin, in full-time coaching for the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team in 2011.  Serena and Kevin and their three daughters moved to Boise in 2013. 

Lori Smith

Assistant Coach - West Y

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Lori Rea Smith began her competitive swimming career at the Boise YMCA at age 11.  During her 11-year swimming career, she placed as high as third individually at U.S. Senior Short Course Nationals, and fourth individually at NCAA Division I Nationals.  She was an Olympic Trials Competitor in 1984 & 1988, a 12-time All American (NCAA Division I), World Championship Trials Consolation finalist, and a YMCA National Champion.  Her best events were the 100 butterfly, and the 50 and 100 freestyle.  She still holds Boise Y Team Records in the 17-18 Girls 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, and 200-yard butterfly.

She swam at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on a full-ride swimming scholarship, earning Academic All-American honors all four years.  She had the highest GPA of any graduation female athlete in 1988, and also won an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations.

She began rowing competitively on a club team at Wichita State University, and won the Mid-West Regional Indoor Rowing Championships and placed second in the CRASH-B National Indoor Rowing Championships.  She trained with the US National Rowing Team, and was an Olympic Festival Gold Medalist in 1989 (Women’s Heavyweight Quadruple Scull), and a silver medalist in the U.S. Rowing Senior Nationals (Women’s Heavyweight Eight, 1989).

She has worked in the fields of advertising, marketing, public relations, market research, and in IT Project Management.  She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree at BSU.  She coached swimming at the Bernal’s Gators Swim Club in Boston, and served as a volunteer coach of the Borah High School swim team.  She has also coached rowing and soccer.

She married Roy Smith in 1994, and enjoys raising her two kids, Marissa and Emmitt, and looking after Uncle Max.  She teaches Spanish at Calvary Christian school, and enjoys teaching Sunday school and helping with AWANA Bible Club.

Krista Wood

Assistant Coach - Caldwell Y

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Krista grew up in Northern California and Salt Lake City Utah. She started swimming competitively at the age of 8 and swam through high school.   She has a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Minor in Addiction Studies from Boise State University. She loves to help people and empower them to become the best that they can.

Krista started coaching for a rec swim team and became part of Boise Y swim team in December 2012.

Krista is a wife and a mother of very busy teenager and a active adolescent. Her and family enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, jet skiing and of course swimming.

Patty Stratton

Team Admin

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Patty grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho and after high school graduation went on to attend the University of Idaho where she earned a B.S. Business degree from the College of Business. Patty and her husband, Bruce, moved to Boise in 1979.
 
Patty became involved with the Boise Y Swim Team when her children, Jeff and Ryan, joined the team in 1985. Through the years, she has served as Newsletter Editor, Meet Entries Chairman, Treasurer, and currently serves as Team Admin. She also serves as Times and Records Chairman for Snake River Swimming and is a USA Swimming Meet Administrative Official.  Patty's husband, Bruce, is a past President of USA Swimming.
 
Patty has been awarded the Boise Family YMCA Service to Youth Award, the Snake River Swimming Western Trophy/Phillips 66 Service to Swimming Award, the Boise Y Swim Team’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and the Boise Y Swim Team Jane Nelson Outstanding Parent Award. She and Bruce have also been inducted into the Boise Y Swim Team Hall of Fame.

Advisory Board Officers

Ken Quarterman

Team President

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Betty Cunningham

Immediate Past Team President

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