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Katie McClure - Red 4 Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

Swam Junior & Senior year of High School.  Joined coaching staff in spring 2015

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 4 Marlins @ Sycamore

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been involved in the swimming community for 17 years.  I love the team aspect of swimming and helping swimmers achieve their goals/have a love of swimming like I do

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

Coffee and Chocolate!  I also couldn’t live without my friends, family and dog

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Teleport

 

What website do you visit most often

Pinterest.  Facebook

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Travel to new cities in the U.S. with coach Ashley and Becca.  Relaxing!
 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

 

Aaron Dorfman - Assistant Coach NKU

How long have you been with the Marlins?

Two Months

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

I help with the Red and Blue groups at NKU.
 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been involved with swimming for 35 years -17 as a swimmer and 18 as a coach. I like to see how swimming molds athletes into better people, friends, spouses, fathers and mothers.  Remember, I’ve been at this for a long time!
 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

I could not live without my family, my wife Sarah and our beautiful children Rowan and Eden.
 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Teleport to and from a tropical island for my lunch break every day.
 

What website do you visit most often

ebay
 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Trail running, hiking and hanging out with the fam.
 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

 


Jim Brower - Assistant Coach Keating

How long have you been with the Marlins?

Since the fall of 1993 (Silver assistant with Mike Adams)

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Blue 1 Marlins @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

Started at the Congress Lake Swim Club 1978.  Started coaching Marlins 1983.  Started coaching at St. Xavier in 1988.  Passion is team and relationship aspect.

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

People:  Friends and Family especially close to son Andrew

Personal:  Purpose - a reason to help others

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Teleporting / time travel

What website do you visit most often

MSN.  Weather channel (amature meteorologist)

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

With my mom and sisters in Canton, or cycling, golfing, home projects
 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

 

Ashley Yanzsa - Red 3/Swordfish Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

Joined the Marlins as a swimmer in 2003.  Joined the coaching staff Fall of 2013

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 3 and Swordfish Marlins @ Sycamore

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

Been involved with swimming since summer of 1997

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

Could not live without Shampoo and Conditioner

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Apparate (Harry Potter)

 

What website do you visit most often

Facebook

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

I like to travel to new US cities with coach Katie and coach Becca.  I also like to travel abroad


What is your favorite holiday

Black Friday through Christmas

 

Jeff Stueve - National @ Keating

How long have you been with the Marlins?

7 months

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

National Marlins @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

40 years, coaching for 14 years, I am most passionate about teamwork and achievement as a program as a whole

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My wife Jenn

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Eating Pizza and not gaining weight

 

What website do you visit most often

www.elevenwarriors.com  Go Bucks!

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Family, Going to kids sporting events

 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

Elizabeth Walden - Sailfish, Spearfish, Red 2 and Red 3 Marlins @ NKU

How long have you been with the Marlins?

This is my first season with the Marlins

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Sailfish, Spearfish, Red 2 and Red 3 Marlins @ NKU

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been swimming my entire life and completed my in water career with the NK Clipper.  I am most passionate about teaching the swimmers how to be on a team

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My friends and my main Coon kitten

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Teleport

 

What website do you visit most often

Facebook.  Netflix

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Sleeping and relaxing

 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

Becca Blumer - Blue Marlins NKU

How long have you been with the Marlins?

This will be my first year with the Marlins

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Blue Marlins @ NKU

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been involved with swimming through lifeguarding, swim lessons, swimming and coaching for around 12 years.  I am passionate about improving technique and fostering passion for the sport

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

Music and Art

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

To be able to breathe underwater

 

What website do you visit most often

google

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Travel to new U.S. cities with my friends Coach Ashley & Katie.  I also like to adventure around Cincinnati and visit my family.

 

What is your favorite holiday

Halloween, the day you can be anything you want

 

Abby Cooper - Red 1 Keating

How long have you been with the Marlins?

22 Years, 13 as a swimmer, 9 as a coach

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 1 Marlins @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I began swimming at age 6 and I have kept my feet wet ever since.  I love the self-discipline that swimming teaches you, and how it can apply to all aspects of life

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My family and my dog Stanley

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

The ability to never have to sleep

 

What website do you visit most often

people.com

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

I enjoy spending time with my family and dog being outside, traveling and reading

 

What is your favorite holiday

4th of July

 

Tony Roberts Red 4 Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

7 Years

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 4 Marlins @ Sycamore

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I’ve been involved in swimming as a competitive swimmer and as a coach.  The aspect of the sport that I am most passionate about is coaching

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My family

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Wisdom

 

What website do you visit most often

Facebook

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

I enjoy reading

 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 
 

Andre Cornett - Red 3/4, Sailfish, and Spearfish Keating/Oak Hills

 

How long have you been with the Marlins?

This is my 10th year with the Marlins

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 3 and Red 4 at Keating. Sailfish and swordfish at Oak Hills

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

Involved in teaching/coaching swimming for 48 years. I am most passionate about teaching and water safety.

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My husband, children, grandchildren and my sisters.

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Ability to fly - then I wouldn’t have to spend so much time in my car. I could get to my children quickly.

 

What website do you visit most often

Amazon

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

In my garden or in my kitchen

 

What is your favorite holiday

Thanksgiving definitely!

Dominic Pecze - Blue Groups Director NKU

How long have you been with the Marlins?

About 1 month

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Blue 1, Blue 2, Blue Marlin @ NKU

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I’ve been involved in swimming for about 20 years.  I enjoy being around and watching swimmers learn and grow

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My dog Delilah

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Doing meet entries just by thinking about doing it

 

What website do you visit most often

Gmail

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Walking my dog, exercising, reading

 

What is your favorite holiday

Fat Tuesday

 

Kristen Mitsch - Red 3 Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

New to the team this season

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 3 Marlins @ Sycamore

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

22 Years.  I love the dedication and chance for improvement available at any level

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My dog Mistie

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Invincibility

 

What website do you visit most often

Gmail.  Pintrest

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

At home.  Running.  With family

 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

Jessica Carpenter - Red 2 Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

3 Years

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 2 @ Sycamore

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been involved with swimming since I was 9 years old.  I love that swimming makes people strong physically and mentally.  You also meet some of your best friends through the sport

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My family especially my 2 baby boys

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Ability to stop time

 

What website do you visit most often

Pintrest

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Wish I could spend it on the beach in Costa Rica, but typically doing things with my family

 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 

David Albert - Red 1/Blue Marlins Keating & Marlins Water Polo

 

How long have you been with the Marlins?

Swam for the Marlins from 1998 - 2006.  Started coaching fall 2016

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 1 Blue Marlin and Marlins Polo @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

Swimming since 1994, most passionate about coaching
 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

Family, Friends, Love & Hope

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Fly, or breathe underwater

 

What website do you visit most often

Google

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Hiking, Running, Swimming, Traveling, Hanging out with friends

 

What is your favorite holiday

Christmas

 
 

Lori Witkowski - Red 3 Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

This is my 8th year with the Marlins.

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

I have coached the Red 3 and 4 groups at Princeton, and now assist Ashley with Red 3 at Sycamore.
 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I started swimming when I was 5 at my summer club pool and continued all thru high school. I began coaching when I moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 1992. I took a break, and started back in 2000 when I moved to Cincinnati. My favorite aspect about coaching is the connection the swimmer makes with a particular skill and is able master it, whether it is a dive, a flipturn or a stroke drill.

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My family, Mark, Tara & Ella
 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

To be able to time travel.

 

What website do you visit most often

Twitter

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Hanging out with my friends and family.

 

What is your favorite holiday

Easter

 
 

Jeremy Wilken - Head Age Group Coach/Blue 2/Red1/Red 3 Keating

How long have you been with the Marlins?

8 years

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Blue 2, Red 1, and Red 3 @ Keating

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

26 years. I enjoy watching the development of the kids as they move through the Marlins program.

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My Wife

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Cure baldness (just to help out some fellow coaches)

 

What website do you visit most often

MLBtraderumors.com

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Watching baseball, camping, and spending time with my dogs and wife.

 

What is your favorite holiday

Opening Day

 

Amanda Hardewig - Head Site Coach/Red 1 Sycamore

How long have you been with the Marlins?

5 Years
 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 1 Marlins @ Sycamore

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been involved in swimming since I was 9 years old.  Started competing as an Anderson Barracuda then became a Cincinnati Bearcat!  Go UC!
 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My parents.  They’re my rock! I can call them whenever and they always support what I do
 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Teleportation

 

What website do you visit most often

Google

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Relaxing spending time with my family

 

What is your favorite holiday

I love the Christmas season.  I get to mingle with all my family and sometimes that only happens once a year at Christmas

 

Hailey Olsen - Red 2/Red 3 NKU

How long have you been with the Marlins?

This is my first season
 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 2 and Red 3 Marlins @ NKU

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I swam for 13 years and I have coached for 3 years.  I am most passionate about swimming as a team sport
 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

Kraft Mac & Cheese and my family
 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Invisibility

 

What website do you visit most often

Facebook

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Usually at home with a good book or movie
 

What is your favorite holiday

Halloween.  I love chocolate

 

Brad Isham - Head Coach/CEO

How long have you been with the Marlins?

6 months

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

National  Marlins @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

36 years.  I started swimming in Canton in 1981 immediately went into coaching after I was done as a swimmer, and have been coaching ever since.  I am passionate about helping swimmers achieve their goals, and the competition

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My wife and two kids

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Be able to read minds

 

What website do you visit most often

clevelandbrowns.com

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Going on little adventures with my wife and kids

 

What is your favorite holiday

Thanksgiving, and Christmas Training

 

Gil Stovall - Blue 1 Keating

How long have you been with the Marlins?

21 Days

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Blue 1 Marlins @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I have been involved in swimming for 26 years.  I love the science behind great athletes and the relationships built.

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

My wife Emily

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

Be able to fly

 

What website do you visit most often

SwimSwam/Facebook/Netflix

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Home with my wife or finding good local spots to eat

 

What is your favorite holiday

Thanksgiving

 

Ryan Hammer - Team Manager/Red 2 Keating

How long have you been with the Marlins?

5 Years

 

What group(s) do you coach and at what location(s)

Red 2  Marlins @ Keating

 

How long have you been involved in swimming and what aspect of the sport are you most passionate about.

I started swimming at 9 years old, and have been coaching since 1997 minus a break from ‘05-’08.  I love the teaching side of the sport

 

What/Who couldn’t you live without

IPad

 

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose

I need the power to send telepathic messages to coaches Jeremy and Dan to inform them when our phone conversations are over (they like to talk)

 

What website do you visit most often

Weather.com and Yahoo’s finance page

 

Where/How do you spend your time off

Love to travel.  Took my first European adventure in March (Italy)

 

What is your favorite holiday

Last day of swim season