OSHY Head Coach
Jay Coleman has
been a swim coach for over twenty years. His coaching career began
in 1992 when he started as an assistant coach for Whitman College
and the Walla Walla YMCA. In 1995, Jay became the Walla Walla YMCA
Head Coach and two years later he was named the Head Swimming Coach
at Whitman College.
Jay enjoyed his own collegiate athletic career while attending
Willamette University in Oregon, where he graduated in 1991 with a
degree in English. He competed in both track and cross country and
also participated in many triathlon events around the
Jay began coaching at the Oshkosh YMCA in 2000. He was
instrumental in building the YMCA swimming program, increasing its
size from 70 to over 150 kids. Under his guidance, the team,
which previously had a thirty-year drought of not scoring at
national meets, went back to nationals and began to score points on
a regular basis.
From 2011-2013, Jay was a site coach for the Sarasota YMCA in
Florida. He later returned to resume the Head Coach position
of the OSHY Swim Team in August 2013.
Jay’s primary benefit of
coaching is seeing his athletes take pride in themselves and their
accomplishments, whether they win or lose. His desire is that
athletes get something more from swimming than just getting up and
down the pool with fast times. “You can learn from every
experience, whether it’s success or failure. The value of
each experience is determined by your reaction to
Coach Eric was a swimmer at the La Crosse YMCA and at UW-Green
Bay where he graduated with 4 team records, 2 individual conference
titles and 1 team conference title. After college he coached the
Sturgeon Bay High School Boys Swim Team (3 state titles), was the
head coach of the Door County YMCA Swim Team and then the Head
Coach of the Fox Cities YMCA Swim.
Eric, his wife Kristen and two kids have recently begun the
process of moving back from Florida after living there for 8 years.
Eric has a daughter, Addyson, that will be joining OSHY and a son,
Tommy, that you'll see getting into trouble.
Coach Sam started swimming for OSHY when she was about 10 years
old. She grew up in Oshkosh and swam for the OSHY team until she
graduated from Oshkosh North High School in 2010.
Following high school, Sam attended the University of Evansville
located in Evansville, IN and graduated in 2014 with a
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Sam swam for 1
year for the Purple Aces. Her favorite events are the 500 free,
1000 free, and 1650 free. She also loved doing the 50 fly.
Sam moved back to Oshkosh after graduation college and currently
teaches middle school in the Fond du Lac School District.
She lives in Oshkosh with her husband, Justin and their two
Sam began coaching with OSHY in April of 2016.
Mitchell m Murphy
Mitchell started swimming when he was about 5 years old and
began swimming competitively at the age of 12. He grew up in Perry,
Ohio and graduated from Perry High School in 2012.
Following high school, Mitchell attended Ohio Northern
University located in Ada, Ohio and graduated in 2016 with a
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mitchell
was a swimmer all four years of college; his main events being the
50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, and 100 Butterfly. He competed
all 4 years at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet, and
during his senior year he finished 2nd in the 50 Free, 2nd in the
100 Fly, and 3rd in the 100 Free. He was also part of the 400
Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay, and 400
Freestyle Relay, all of which finished in 1st place. Mitchell ended
his collegiate swimming career by helping bring home a 12th
straight OAC Championship title.
Mitchell began coaching with OSHY in September 2016.
Gold Assistant Coach
Stephen Russell started swimming at the age of four in his hometown of Houston, Texas. After graduating from Klein High School in 2004, he attended Clemson University>
As a coach, Stephen hopes to instill into his athletes the many things he learned during his own swimming career. He is committed to teaching his swimmers that lessons learned in the pool can be applied to their lives outside of it. Aside from coaching for OSHY, Stephen is a captain in the United States Marine Corps and an Afghanistan veteran. He strongly believes that hard work and a positive attitude are essential to an athlete’s success.