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COACHING STAFF UPDATES

The team is excited to annouce that Coach Derek Finn will be the lead coach for the new TEAL Group AND Coach Tommy Harnden will be the lead coach the BLUE group.  Coach Heather Shooner will be assiting with the BLUE group.  The coaches look forward to starting our TENTH year!  National and Platinum start next week and all other groups will start the week of the 10th!

TOMMY HARNDEN  ([email protected])
Tommy has been coaching for the past six years at all different levels of
the sport. From 2010-2012 he was an assistant for the GMVY team and was the
interim head coach during the summer season in 2011. There he was able to
train six first time YMCA national swimmers. From 2007-11 Tommy was the
assistant coach for Fairfield High School. In 2009 he started the Fairfield
Middle School swim team and has served as head coach. He has also been a part of
the Fairfield City Piranhas summer team where he has served as both an
assistant coach and the head coach.
Tommy grew up in Cincinnati and began swimming at the age of 5. He swam for
both Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA and for St. X high school. There he was able to
swim in YMCA Nationals. Tommy went on to attend Miami University where he
both swam for and coached the club team. He now currently resides in
Fairfield. Tommy is excited to be part of the Manta Ray program.

HEATHER SHOONER ([email protected]): Heather began her swimming career at age 4 in Pennsylvania.  At age 7, when her family moved to West Chester, OH, Heather continued her swimming career with both Lakota Hills and Countryside YMCA.  While at CY, she enjoyed competing at both the Short Course and Long Course National Championships, especially the year they won the National title.  Heather also represented Lakota High School and was a four time state qualifier in the 500 free.  She graduated from Xavier University in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Social Work.
 
Heather began teaching swim lessons to children of all ages and abilities at age 16.  She has now taught for nearly 20 years both privately and through the YMCA, Red Cross, and SwimAmerica programs.   Heather began her coaching career when she accepted the head coach position for the LH Wavemakers in 2010.  Heather loves coaching her home team and the experience has awakened a deep passion that she holds for competitive swimming.  She is ecstatic to join the Manta Ray staff as a way to continue her growth as a coach.  Heather is also very much looking forward to sharing both her knowledge and her love of the sport with the team. 
 
In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, road trips, music, entertaining, reading, and volunteering in the nursery at her church.  She resides in Liberty Township with her husband Joe, and two children, Levi (8) and Audrey (6).