Coaching Staff

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, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.


UPPER ARLINGTON SWIM CLUB is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the Head Coach and ten to twelve Directors elected for two year terms by the Club membership in the spring of each year.

The Board of Directors addresses all issues affecting the welfare of the Club and makes decisions for the benefit of its members. Board responsibilities include managing Club finances, setting dues and fees, hiring and evaluating coaches, negotiating staff salaries, interacting with other swimming organizations, organizing Club sponsored swim meets, and staging special events.

The Upper Arlington Swim Club board of directors meets every third Tuesday of each month.  Board meetings are open to members of the Club with the exception of executive sessions.  The Board requests that members who wish to attend a regularly-scheduled Board meeting or address the Board, provide one week’s advance notice so they may be placed on the agenda.




Todd Saltus - Age Group Head Coach


Todd Saltus has been the head coach of the Upper Arlington Swim Club since 1998.  He is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School and DePauw University.  At UAHS, he was the captain of both the swimming and water polo teams, and earned the prestigious designation as All American.  At DePauw, he was an NCAA qualifier and served as the assistant coach in 1994 and 1995.  In addition he has coached swim teams at both the Swim and Racquet Club and Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington.

Coach Saltus has had a distinguished coaching career, successfully coaching over 30 National Top 16 age group swimmer and 78 individual and relay age group state champions.  He has coached athletes to numerous national level meets, including the 2012 Olympic Trials. He has also twice been awarded the designation of Ohio Swimming Coach of the Year.


Mike de Bear - Senior Men's Coach


Mike who has been the head coach of the boys program since September 2010, is an ASCA level 5 certified swim coach.  Previously to UA he was the head coach at Dublin Scioto for 6 years.  He has coached over 20 district champion individuals and over 10 district relay champions as well as 5 state champions!  At UA his boys teams have been runner-up in the state in 2012, 2013, and 2020 and have won the district championship 4 times as coach and have finished in the top 10 at the state meet (the top public school all 5 of 10 years).  At Scioto both his 2010 boys and girls teams finished in the top 12 at the state meet. He is a five time district coach of the year, 2012 and 2020 state coach of the year, and 2012 NFHS Mideast sectional coach of the year .  In addition he has coached multiple Olympic Trials, Junior National qualifiers and NAG top 10 athletes, as well as athletes who have moved on to compete at top level schools like Texas, Ohio State, Kenyon, Miami, NYU and more.

He is a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University, where he played water polo, and received his BA in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.  He received his teaching license in 2004 from Ashland University.  He completed his masters degree in the spring of 2009!  Mike is currently a Social Studies teacher at Dublin Scioto teaching AP European History, AP Economics and World History.  Previously Mike coached water polo in Worthington for 7 years, including 5 as head women’s coach and 1 as head men’s coach.  He has 8 regional championships and 10 state qualifying teams to his credit, including 3 state runner-up squads and two state champions including the 2012 boys team at UA.  Mike was an assistant coach for 3 years at Worthington under Jim Callahan.  He is also a coach with UASC and the boys water polo team at UAHS.  Previous experience include Northwest Swim Club, Brookside and Tartan Fields country clubs, and Central Ohio Water Polo Club.  Mike got married to Nicole in August 2010, they have 2 dogs, 2 cats and daughters McKayla and Kennedy, along with son Joey and they reside in Upper Arlington.  He also has completed 4 ½ Ironmans. 


John Sands - Senior Women's Coach


John has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of seven when he started swimming at his local YMCA. John later began swimming year round and eventually swam for Brad Burget at NASC where under Brad’s tutelage he became a seven-time All-America selection and the fastest high school 50-yard freestyle swimmer in the country in 2003-04 with a time of 20.19!

John was the Ohio High School State Champion in the 50-yard freestyle his senior year, and became the first high school male to become an Ohio State University pool record holder, breaking the 50-yard freestyle record (at the old pool). As a club swimmer, John was a Junior National Champion in the 50 free, and a part of the 17-18 year old age group national record holding 200-meter freestyle relay. John was also a part of relays that won multiple Junior National titles, and qualified for Sr. Nationals both individually and as a member of relays. John graduated from Granville High School in Granville, Ohio in 2004, where he was high school team captain and four-time high school team MVP.

John continued his swimming and academic career at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a two-year letter winner and member of the ACC scoring team. John was forced to retire after his sophomore year at UNC due to an ankle injury. He graduated from UNC in 2008 with degrees in Political Science and History. John received his teaching license from Otterbein University in 2011 and is currently a teacher at Westerville North High School.

John has been coaching competitive swimming since 2002; he has been the head coach at Watterson High School, Granville High School, and has coached a number of age groups at NAAC, most recently working with their national level sprinters.

He is married with a 3-month old boy and 3-year old girl.




Barb Smith - Bear Cubs (Lead Coach Contact)


Maureen Duncan - Bears (Lead Coach Contact)


Abigail Chin - Brown Bears and Black Bears

Abby is a lifetime Golden Bear.  She is in her ninth year of coaching, and fifth year for UASC.   Prior to UASC, she coached for Cardinal Aquatics in Louisville, Kentucky.  Abby is a three-time Olympic Trials qualifier, competing at the 2008 (400IM, 100/200 fly), 2012 (200/400IM), and 2016 (400IM) Trials.  

During college, she swam for the University of Louisville, where she was team captain her junior and senior years and a two-time NCAA qualifier.  She is also a graduate of UAHS, serving as captain her senior year, earning 15 All-American designations, and winning two individual, seven relay, and four swim team state championships. 

Abby is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and is currently an associate at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP.  She lives with her husband Jake and their dog, Rocket.


Lauren Wallace - Bear Cubs and Black Bears







JJ Spangler - Brown Bears








Betsy Trace - Bear Cubs, Bears, and Brown Bears


Thomas Trace - Black Bears


David McGraw - Bear Cubs, Bears, and Brown Bears

David is in his second year with the Club.  He  grew up as a member of UASC, swam and played water polo at Upper Arlington (under Todd Saltus), continued to play water polo at Ohio State and for Columbus Masters Water Polo, and coached the UA men’s water polo team from 2009 to 2012. 

He currently works for The Wine Group and lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Kelly and three sons, Owen (5), Jack, (2), and Chase (8 months), and dog Sienna.



Erin Reetz