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Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Beverly Poletta

Head Coach

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Hometown:  Pennsville, NJ

College:  Kent State University, Kent State Swim Team

Coaching with the Barracudas:  Since the team began in 2005 

Coaching Philosophy: Promote Leadership, Respect & Honesty and as for swimming, its technique first!  There are 3 ways to become a faster swimmer; improve your technique, get stronger and get taller.  I can help you with the first two.

How long have you been coaching?.... "I've been coaching since I was 14 years old.  I've coached gymnastics, swimming and diving at the YMCA, High School, and University intramural levels."

When did you start swimming?...  "When I was 7. I swam for the Wilmington Aquatic Club (WAC) Sea Tigers."  

Mike Griggs

Senior Coach

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Hometown:  Stow, OH

College:  Kent State University, Kent State Swim Team

Years Coaching:  47 years

Coaching with the Barracudas:  Since 2010

Coaching Philosophy:  If all I teach my swimmers is to swim fast then I have not done a good job. I try to keep in mind that there are other things in life besides sports and swimming is only a part of life. I also believe that each swimmer has something unique to offer the team and that it is my job as coach to find that something.

What was your first coaching job?   "The Cuyahoga Falls Y & Maplewood Park Rec Club in 1971."

What sports did you play when you were younger?  "I didn't play, I was serious!  I played youth foodball in 5th & 6th grade until I got involved in swimming at the Cuyahoga Falls Y.  I was a varsity swimmer & water polo player in HS & college.  I've been a Masters swimmer until recently."

What do you like to do in your free time?  "Computer games, yard work, swimming and scuba diving."

 

 

Jessica Dice

Assistant Coach

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Hometown:  Springfield Township

College:  University of Akron

Coaching with the Barracudas since: 2015

What do you like to do in your free time?  "I enjoy swimming, golfing, and cooking in my free time."

Tell us something interesting about your childhood:  "I was on a bowling league for 12 years through my childhood.  The last few years  on a traveling team that won regionally.  I sang in the choir, and was selected for our high school show choir group, The Spartanaires.  I was also very active with band, playing 3 different instruments between marching band, concert band, and jazz band."  

 

 

Jon Salmon

Assistant Coach

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Hometown:  Akron, OH

College:  University of Akron, Franklin University

Swim Team: Barberton HS - I joined so I could learn how to swim the half mile for triathlon races

Coaching Philosophy:  Never say 'can't'.  That is the worst 4-letter word.  It's just one letter short of CAN.

What other sports have you done, or do you currently participate in?  "Cross country, track & field, wrestling, triathlon, marathons in HS, endurance biking - the longer the better."

What do you like to do in your free time?  "all things survival and woodsmanship"

Give us a 'fun fact' about yourself.  "I once rode my bike 34 hours without sleeping!"

Dawn Durbin

Assistant Coach

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Megan Leibensperger

Assistant Coach

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Hometown:  Green, OH

Coaching with the Barracudas:  since 2018 (Megan was a member of the inaugural GYB team in 2005)

High School:  Green HS, GHS Swimming & Diving Team

College: University of Mount Union, Mt. Union Swimming & Diving

2017-18

  • Earned All-OAC honors with 3rd place finishes in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle.
  • Was also a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished first with a time of 7:51.45

2016-17

  • Finished in 5th place in the 200 free and 4th in the 1650 free.
  • Was also a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished first with a time of 7:54.35  
  • Earned All-OAC honors in two events

2015-16

  • Was also a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished first with a time of 7:49.92
  • Earned All-OAC honors in three events 
  • Earned Academic All-OAC

2014-15

  • Finished with top times in the 200 free, 500 free, and competed in the 800 free relay earning 58 points for the Raiders at the OAC Championships

Makena Miller

Assistant Coach

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Daniel L Poletta

Assistant Coach

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Hometown:  Green, OH

High School:  Green High School, GHS Swim & Dive Team

College:  Cleveland State University, CSU Swimming & Diving

Coaching with the Barracudas:  Since 2017 (Swimming with the Barracudas since 2006)

When did you start swimming?  I've been swimming since I was 6 years old and joined the Barracudas Swim Team.
GHS State Team: 2018
GYB Short Course Nationals Team:  2019, 2016 & 2015
GYB Long Course Nationals Team: 2016

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I enjoy video games and ... video games.

Dominic L Poletta

Assistant Coach

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Hometown:  Green, OH

Coaching with the Barracudas:  since 2016 (swimming with the Barracudas since 2005)

High School:  Green HS, Green HS Swimming & Diving

College: Wright State Univeristy, Wright State Swimming & Diving 2016-2018

              Cleveland State University, CSU Swimming & Diving 2018-present

Swimming Acheivements:  

2018 Horizon League Champion 50 Free, 2nd 100 Fly & 100 Free

2017 Horizon League Champion 200 Free Relay

2016 Y National Champion 50 Fly

2016 OH HS State Runner Up 50 Free, 7th 100 Fly

2016 OH HS Districts Champion 50 Free, 3rd 100 Fly

GYB Short Course National Team - 2014, 2015, 2016

GYB Long Course National Team - 2015, 2016

Barracudas Swim Team Parents Committee Contacts

Kim Applegate

Merchandise / Spirit Wear

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Heather Peterson

Meet Secretary

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Christine Budd

Head Timer / Timer Coordinator

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