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!
Assistant Head Coach - West Y Site Coach
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.
Admin Coach - Caldwell Y Site Coach
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
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
skiing, photography and traveling in her spare time.
Head Age Group Coach - DTN Y Site Coach
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
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
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
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
Melina A Altman
Assistant Coach - Downtown Y
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.
Assistant Coach - West Y
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
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.
Assistant Coach - West Y
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.
Assistant Coach - West Y
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.
Assistant Coach - Caldwell Y
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 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.