Mike Cunningham : Head Coach


He holds a B.S. in Physical Education and Coaching, with a minor in History and Kinesiology from Western Illinois University. He is a Life Plus Level 4 member of ASCA, a fully certified USA Swimming coach, Swim America Director, Level Two Master Swim Coach, and has served on the Illinois Swimming Board of Directors as Secretary, as well as its Coaches’ Representative and Senior Vice Chair. 

Mike started coaching over 20 years ago and his coaching resume is impressive at both the high school and club levels. He was the University of Chicago High School’s head coach and was part of the staff of the Illinois Central Zone Team for five years, three as their head coach. He has trained numerous regional, state, and national qualifiers, as well as had swimmers move on to compete at the collegiate, national, and international levels. 

His accomplishments are due to his coaching philosophy, “I feel that every swimmer should have the opportunity to become an outstanding swimmer through the knowledge of stroke technique, body movement, training, and proper nutritional habits. Competitive swimming should be a combined balance of fun and training!”


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Daniel Kanoor : Age Group Lead Coach


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Kathleen Proffitt : Developmental Lead Coach


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Barb Cunningham : Pre Team Lead Coach / CNHS Assistant Coach / Lesson Administrator
Barb started coaching for Donner Swim Club in the Fall of 2022.  She is the Lead coach for the Pre-Team as well as assisting for the other groups for Donner. She is also the assistant coach for the boys and girls HS Swim Team for the Columbus North Bullfrogs.  Barb is an ASCA Level 2 Certified Swim Coach, with an 8 and Under specialty.

Before Barb and her Family moved to Columbus, she had coached for CATS/RISE in the fall of 2015 until the end of summer in 2022. She was the Lead Coach for 9 & Unders, and assisted the 9-10”s.


She has a Elementary Ed degree from Bradley University.  She started her swimming life when her and her husband owned their own Swim America Swim Lesson program for 5 years.  Once they decided to close the business, she worked at Goldfish Swim School for a year, before she started her coaching life.  Her family is a bit of a swimming family.  Her husband, Mike, also works at Donner as the Head Coach.  They have 2 children.  Their Daughter swam for many years and was on Cats/Rise before pursuing Volleyball.  She is currently attending Indiana University and is a Lead coach at Indiana Swim Club.   Their son is currently a Senior at North HS and is in the Senior group and loves to swim.  Barb loves coaching, teaching swimmers new skills, seeing them progress every practice, and develop a passion for the sport!  Her hobbies outside of swimming are baking and decorating cakes, gardening, kayaking, and being at the lake in Wisconsin with her family.

Rusty Imlay : Assistant Senior Coach / CNHS Assistant Coach


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Sara Zimmerman : Assistant Pre Team / Developmental Coach


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Samantha Maxfield : Assistant Pre Team / Developmental Coach


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Nicole Decker : Diving Coach / Assistant Swim Lesson Administrator

Nicole Decker became the diving coach for Donner Swim Club in 2019. She is also the diving coach for the Columbus North Bullfrogs and can be found during the day teaching English at North! 

She attended the School of Education at Indiana University and was a 4 year member of the varsity diving team - competing as a part of 3 Big Ten Championship teams for the Hoosiers. Nicole also began coaching at IU under the guidance of Big Ten coach Todd Waikel, as well as Olympic coaches Jeff Huber and Drew Johansen. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Secondary English Education.

Before coming to Columbus, she started her teaching and coaching career in Bloomington. Nicole's prior coaching experience includes the Indiana Diving Academy summer camp starting in 2008, as well as 6 years as the head diving coach at Bloomington High School North and Tri-North Middle School.

Nicole lives in Columbus with her dog, Max, and her husband, Taylor. 

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