Our Coaching Staff is our biggest asset as a team!  We pride ourselves on an ACTIVE DECK of coaches FULLY ENGAGED with swimmers for every practice. Our coaches don't sit in chairs or stand at the end of the lane merely shouting instructions, they move about on the deck and are in the pool assisting with the youngest swimmers.

    We believe active, positive coaching creates excellent swimming techniques and is the foundation to success in this sport. We are blessed with many of our team athletes who volunteer to help coach our team and we also have a junior coaching program that develops coaches allowing our interested swimmers age 12 and older to help at practices for our younger age groups. This translates into a minimum of one coach per lane for almost all practices. For the emerging swimmers in our youngest groups, we are able to provide a minimum of one coach and several others in the water in each lane for our swimmers. We utilize all areas of our pool to teach and if a swimmer needs special help on a particular technique, we have the staff to help them directly with individual instruction to ensure their success. 


Coaching Staff


Kevin Yates

Head Coach - [email protected]


Kevin is a teacher with the Liberty Union School District.  Kevin has a wealth of experience as a swim coach! He has coached the Lancaster YMCA, Lancaster Country Club, Pickerington North High School, Granville High School, and the YMCA East Tridents team.  Kevin was a swimmer for Pickerington High School and swam at Eastern Michigan University. Kevin was a Huntington Hills Frogger in his formative years!

Kevin enters his tenth year with our team guiding the Kingfish in the Tri-County League and we are very happy he is returning to our swim family with his passionate and fun style of positive coaching.  

Kevin and his wife Molly are the proud parents of Jameson and Nolan

Grace Bower

Assistant Lead Coach


Grace is going into her senior year at Ohio University- Lancaster majoring in Social Work. She is planning on becoming a school social worker after grad school starting next summer. 
Grace swam for the Kingfish for 15 years, starting when she was 4 years old. She has been coaching on and off since she was around 14 years old. The Kingfish have been a big part of her family, as all of her siblings swam and coached growing up. She also swam for the Garver YMCA and a couple of years on the PHSN swim team in high school. 



   Ben Canini

     Assistant Lead Coach

    I swam for Chevington from the age of 4-18.  Swam for GCSTO from my         Sophomore year through college in the summers.  Swam for both John             Brown University 96-97 and Wright State University 97-98, 98-99.                   GCSTO coach level 2 for two seasons.  PHSN assistant coach 2 years 2009-2010, 2010-2011.  PHSN Head coach 2 years 2011-2012, 2012-2013.  Chevington Woods Covid Season assistant coach last year.

I am married to Jean Canini and all five of my children are on the team. I was born and raised a Kingfish and now my children are too. :)

Austin Strayer

Assistant Lead Coach


Austin started his swimming journey at the age of nine where he began swimming competitively for the Willard Waves Summer Swim Team and the Tiffin YMCA Torpedoes.  Austin later swam for Willard High School, where he broke three school records.  Following high school, Austin took on the role of head coach of the Willard Waves for five years, where he led the Waves to their first league championship in over two decades.  During this time he swam for the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, where he earned four varsity letters and served as team captain his senior year.  Austin also coached for the Delaware Ohio Racing Club and helped lead the Bishop Bubbles swim program during his time at OWU.  Austin now teaches Spanish at Gahanna Lincoln High School and is the lead level three coach for Greater Columbus Swim Team during the evenings.

Jay Schuh

Lead Night Coach



Jay is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and he is a teacher at Hebron Elementary School.

Jay was a Kingfish swimmer from 1997 until 2010 and has coached with us for eleven years! Jay graduated from St. Charles and was a multiple-time swimming All American with the Cardinals during his high school years. He swam for Greater Columbus and the New Albany Aquatics Club in USA swimming with backstroke being his specialty. 


Jay is married to Ashley and they have a beautiful son named Bennett.




   Sydney Hopkins

      Senior Coach


      My name is Sydney Hopkins and I am a graduate of Pickerington High            School North as of this year (2021). I have been swimming competitively        since I was 7. I started off with the Pickerington Tiger Sharks but                        changed to Chevington when I was 8 and this will be my tenth year with          the Kingfish. I also swam for the Ohio State Swim Club for 7 years and              the Lancaster YMCA for 1.

During my high school career, I was a four- time sectional team qualifier, three-time district team qualifier, and one-time state team qualifier. Another thing about me is that I have decided to swim in college for Barton College in Wilson, N.C. and plan to major in biology or chemistry.



   Gavin Mumma

      Senior Coach


       Bio Coming Soon








   Emma Simone

     Senior Coach


    Emma graduated from Bishop Hartley High School this year and will be            attending Xavier University in the fall to study Biomedical Sciences and           Theology. She has been a part of Kingfish since she was 5 years old, and            has been coaching for 6 years. She also swam with the YMCA East                   Tridents for 5 years and swam on the Hartley swim team. 



   Sarah White

     Senior Coach


    I’m Sarah White and I’m a senior coach this year. I’ve been        coaching for about 6 years now and I’ve been on Kingfish            since I was 4! I have swam at GCSTO and on the YMCA

East Tridents, and I’m still swimming for my high school, Pickerington North. I will be a senior  this upcoming  school year.  



Junior and High School Coaches:  

Jack Armen                                                      Max Herrmann

Abby Brunelle                                                  Braden Hopkins

Tyler Brunelle                                                  Ethan Mumma

Amira Bdzafka                                                 Erin Piekenbrock 

Sophie Canini.                                                  Jenna Piekenbrock
Lily Canini                                                         Laila Saksa
Alaina Dixon                                                     Marcus Schwartz
Macy Erickson                                                  Preston Sanders
Alli Fletcher                                                        Corrine Thompson

Zach Frank                                                          Liam Thompson

Lainy Grube                                                         Kayla Wagner

Kenzie Via



Board of Directors Edit Sort  Edit

Amanda Via - President

Gwyneth Bush - VP

Angie Erickson - Treasurer

Missy Tatman - Secretary