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.


Daniel Peterkoski - Senior Women's Coach


Coach Dan Peterkoski is a level 5 certified swim coach, which is the highest certification awarded by the American Swimming Coaches Association. Coach Dan came to the Upper Arlington Swim Club in August of 2003 to lead the Girls Senior program. During this time the Girls Program has produce 70 Individual All-American Swims, 31 Individual & Relay Ohio High School State Champions, 9 USA Junior National Qualifiers, 5 USA Senior National Qualifiers and 2 Olympic Trial Qualifiers. His Teams have won the Ohio High School Water Polo Team title 8 times and the OHSAA Swimming Division 1 State Championships 8 of the last 10 years.

Coach Peterkoski grew up in Berea, Ohio where he played Water Polo and Competed on Both the Berea high School Swim Team and the Berea Midpark Swim Club. He graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a B.S. in BioChemistry and earned his Masters in Education from John Carroll University in 1998. While at Boston College he was a 2 year Varsity Letter Winner on B.C.’s Water Polo Team.

Dan is currently a Science teacher at Upper Arlington High School. Prior to 2003 Dan taught science at Berea High School and was the Head Coach for the Berea Midpark Swim Club in the Lake Erie LSC along with the Berea High School Girls and Boys Varsity teams. Dan resides in Upper Arlington with his wife Christy and their twin girls Brynlee and Addison.  


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 both 2012 and 2013 and have won the district championship 3 times as coach and have finished in the top 10 at the state meet (the top public school all 4 of 7 years).  At Scioto both his 2010 boys and girls teams finished in the top 12 at the state meet. He is a two time district coach of the year, 2012 state coach of the year, and 2012 NFHS Mideast sectional coach of the year .  In addition he has coached multiple 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 a dog, 2 cats and daughters McKayla and Kennedy, along with son Joey and they reside in Upper Arlington.  He also has completed 4 ½ Ironmans. 




Barb Smith - Bear Cubs


Lauren Wallace - Bear Cubs and Black Bears







Missy Lankard - Bears







JJ Spangler - Brown Bears







Betsy Trace - Bear Cubs, Bears, and Brown Bears


Thomas Trace - Black Bears


Maureen Duncan - Bear Cubs


Abigail Chin - Brown Bears and Black Bears



Erin Reetz