2021 GATOR COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Ashley House Smith
Hello Gators! My name is Ashley (House) Smith and I am returning for my 4th year as Head Coach for the Gators. For 20 years I have been coaching swimmers all the way from blowing bubbles to the national level. In my tenure I have coached 10 & Under swimmers to several state titles, coached middle school swimming for Sunman-Dearborn Middle School (SDMS) for 5 years, as well as assisted with East Central High School (ECHS) Swim team for a few years. I have been a swim lesson instructor for 19 years in both group and private lessons. Back in the day I was a competitive swimmer for East Central Swim Team (ECST), SDMS, and ECHS in Southeast Indiana; so I am a Northern Kentucky transplant for the past 4 years! In high school I was a state qualifier all four years and I also went on to swim in college at Baldwin Wallace College (now University) in Berea, OH. My parents were my coaches for most of my swimming career so I bring with me the experience and belief of work hard-play hard for success as a swim team family. My brother Kyle swam for Purdue University and Queens University and my youngest brother Grant is swimming for Arizona State University. I currently work for Covington Independent Public Schools as a School Psychologist. I have a wonderful husband, Brady, 2 daughters (Aven-7, Finley-11), 2 sons (Mason-14, Zachary-15). My family and I are very excited to be back for our 4th season with the Gators!!
Assistant Swim Coach Ethan Hanna
I am a 2019 Covington Catholic graduate. I have been swimming for 12 years. I started out swimming NKSL at Brookwood Swim Club. A few years later I began swimming for the Northern Kentucky Clippers, which I still do today and have been there for 10 years. When I was 12 I joined Five Seasons and have been off and on with NKSL since then. I am currently a part of the National Team at the Clippers. I am a 3x NCSA qualifier and a 2x Summer Junior National Meet qualifier. I am a 4x High School Regional Individual Champion along with 3x High School Regional Relay Champion, and have placed top 8 in all my individual events since sophomore year. And in the fall I will be attending the University of Cincinnati where I will be swimming and an undecided Business major.
Assistant Swim Coach Mallory Ryan
My name is Mallory (Neltner) Ryan and this is my first year as one of the assistant coaches at Five Seasons! I’ve been coaching/teaching lessons in some capacity almost every year since I was 15 years old. I grew up swimming for the Fort Thomas Swim Club, where I still hold 14 individual records, and oddly enough, I still hold 3 NKSL league records, as well. I began my college swimming career at Louisiana State University, before transferring after my sophomore year to Western Kentucky University (where I met my husband), to be closer to home. I’ve been looking to get back into coaching for the last couple of years, but have been very busy building our family. I have an amazing husband, Greg, who is a realtor for Huff out of their Florence office and 3 wonderful children, Will (5), Macy (3), and Andrew (2). We also have a Boykin spaniel named Beans, who is the world’s greatest dog, and a Beta fish named Ollie. I’m a special education teacher at Ryle High School, and in my free time, I love to be at our lakehouse on Williamstown Lake and doing all things boating. Looking forward to a great season with the Gators!
Assistant Swim Coach Luka Kampinga
Hi! My name is Luka Kampinga and I will be joining the Gators coaching staff for the first time this summer as well as swimming in the 15-18 age group. My swimming career began with the Five Seasons Gators at the age of 5, swam for several year-round USA swimming teams, and I just finished my freshman year of high school at Covington Catholic where I was able to qualify for and represent my team at the KHSAA State Meet. I really enjoy working with children and am excited to be on board to help foster the same love of swimming in our younger Gators that I have.
Assistant Swim Coach Sean Dusing
Hi, my name is Sean Dusing! I just turned 16. I am a sophomore at Covington Catholic. I am excited to be part of the Gator Team. I swam during my freshman year of high school and have been swimming for Five Seasons since 2016. I have been playing soccer for 14 years. I currently play for Kings Hammer and Covington Catholic. I keep up with my grades as-well as life outside of sports and school. I love going skiing and cliff jumping at places that offer that locally. I am enthusiastic and hope to teach the young Gators some skills in swimming and a love for the sport. Thank you for learning a little bit about me and I hope you have a great rest of your day!-Sean
Assistant Swim Coach Sammie Poulos
Hi everyone, my name is Sammie Poulos and I am so excited to be an assistant coach this year! I am 15 and I just finished my freshman year of high school at Notre Dame Academy. I was on both the swim and tennis teams for NDA. I’ve been on the Five Seasons Gators swim team since I was 7. I also have been swimming for the Northern Kentucky Clippers since I was 7. I am looking forward to meeting all the amazing swimmers that I’ll be able to help out this summer.
Head Coaches Max McCauley and Sydney Dierig
My name is Max McCauley, I have been diving since I was 8 years old. I began my dive career in the NKSL at Brookwood Swim Club and have dove in the NKSL ever since. I have consistently placed in the top 4 at the championship meet each year and have been awarded 1st place twice in the championship meet. In addition, I also dive for Covington Catholic Highschool and help the position of Team Captain my senior year. I qualified and participated in the KHSAA state meet each year of my high school career. I placed as high as 9th place. I am excited to be coaching this year and I look forward to having fun with the kids while helping them learn some new dives along the way.
My name is Sydney Dierig. I was 15 years old when I started diving for the NKSL at Five Seasons and have been diving ever since. That same year I began to dive on the varsity dive team at Notre Dame academy. Summer diving is what made me fall in love with the sport. I fell in love with the sport of diving after many years of competitive cheer and dance. I am very excited for this diving season. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every kid and making the season as fun as possible while helping everyone gain and develop new skills.
Assistant Coach Diana Henke
My name is Diana Henke (formerly Thomas). I am a mother of two wonderful grown sons and the grandmother of 4. I attended Thomas More College for undergraduate school and Xavier University for Graduate School. My degrees are in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Psychology. I was an associate . Professor at Thomas More College from 1984-2004, and a guest lecturer for University of Cincinnati. My specialty is Child Abuse and Neglect. I have worked with kids all my life: as a swim instructor, diving coach, work detail supervisor, and teacher. I worked as a Guardian Ad Litem for Clermont County Juvenile Court from 1998-2010. I’ve also volunteered at CASA For Clermont Kids, Pro Kids, Juvenile and Adult Probation and the Northern Kentucky Foster Care Review Board. My favorite thing to do is helping kids attain their potential while having fun. I also enjoy spending time with my fabulous husband, going on walks, and riding bikes. In my spare time I volunteer at Rose Garden Mission in Covington. I am a third order Carmelite and enjoy sharing my Christian Faith. I have volunteered as an assistant diving coach at Five Seasons since 2004 and have truly enjoyed witnessing the kids grow and learn. GO GATORS!!!!