Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John Gibson Head Coach / HS-Senior Group Coach
  • Has coached swimming at age group, high school and summer league levels for over thirty(30) years.
  • Has worked with swimmers from beginners to State Champions (USS & High School), numerous High School All-Americans, Junior National & NAtional qualifiers and Olympic Trials qualifiers.
  • Started out swimming as an Age Group swimmer and swam through college level.
  • Known for extensive stroke knowledge and working on stroke techniques and helping his swimmers develop in all areas; mental preparation, race strategies, nutrition, training, goal setting, etc.
  • Certifications: United States Swimming, American Swim Coaches Association, National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, Indiana High School Swim Coaches, Indiana Girls Swim Coaches.
  • Married, has five(5) sons (all swimmers), occupation: NACS Natatorium Director
  • [email protected]   260-637-0340
Ben Sutton Head Age Group Coach, Blue & SR-2

Ben Sutton joined FORT Wayne Swim Team January 2015.  He currently serves as our Head Age Group Coach while being Lead Coach for Blue Group & Senior 2 as well as Assistant High School coach.  Ben has previously served as Lead Coach for Bronze Group, Silver Group & White Group.    Before Ben moved back to Indiana, he served for four years as Head Coach for Saint Johns Sea Lions and before that served as Assistant Coach for 3 years at Dexter Community Aquatic Club while living in Michigan.

  • ·        In his 5th year of Service on Board of Directors for Indiana Swimming
  • ·        2022 Team Indiana Coach at Age Group Elite Camp at the Naval Academy
  •           2022 Team Indiana Head Coach at Mid-States All Star Championship
  •          2021 Indiana Swimming Jim Hartzer Award Recipient for Outstanding Contribution to Indiana Swimming
  •          2020 Team Indiana Lead 13-14 Coach at Mid-States All Star Championship
  •          2019 Indiana Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • ·        2019 Team Indiana Head Coach at Central Zone Championships in Fargo, ND
  • ·        2019 Selected to represent Indiana Swimming at USA Swimming’s Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO
  • ·        2019 Team Indiana Lead 13-14 Coach at Mid-States All Star Championship
  • ·        2018 Lead Boys Coach at Indiana Swimming Age Group Development Camp
  • ·        2017 Team Indiana Assistant Coach at Central Zone Championship in Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • ·        2016 Assistant Coach at Catch the Spirit Camp in Crawfordsville, IN

Ben grew up swimming for Fort Wayne Aquatics and graduated from Concordia High School.  Ben earned a scholarship to swim at Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Laura.  Ben and Laura have a son Cameron, who is currently in 7th grade at Maple Creek.  Ben has a love and passion for the sport of swimming, Indiana Swimming & FORT Wayne Swim Team.  “My goal is to have a positive interaction with every one of my swimmers every single night.  Teach the kids to love the sport, at that point is when you have their trust and can teach them to train the right way.”  

Kahler Goldsmith Lead Gold and White Group Coach

Kahler grew up swimming for the DCY Dolphins and then following that, DeKalb High School. He began coaching as an Assistant Coach for the Dolphins in 2017 and was with them for two seasons. In 2019 Kahler started coaching for Pine Valley during the summer and was made Head Coach of the team the following year.  Kahler joined FORT Wayne Swim Team in the fall of 2019 where he began coaching Bronze Group and is now our Lead Coach for both Gold and White Groups. Kahler has a passion for swimming and believes in the importance of teaching “why” we do what we do; not just how to do it. His goal is to prepare swimmers for both the physical and mental aspects of the sport as they continue on through their time swimming. Kahler is excited to be a part of FORT and to help continue to build the love of the sport for the swimmers. 

  • 2022 Assistant Coach at Indiana Age Group Memorial Day Camp
  • 2021 Team Indiana Zone Coach
Kara West Lead Bronze Group and Asst AG Coach

Kara grew up here in Fort Wayne and began swimming at the age of seven.   She swam for New Haven Barracudas, FWCY Sharks, and finally for Fort Wayne Aquatics.   Her early coaching history includes New Haven & Avalon summer leagues, North Side & Canterbury High School teams, and Three Rivers Aquatics Club.   After that, she took several years off to focus on raising her son.   She rejoined the swimming community 4 years ago when she dove back in with Pine Valley Country Club and FWCY.   She maintains her position with Pine Valley and is entering her 3rd season with FORT.   In addition to her diverse coaching background, she has 14 years of experience teaching swim lessons here in the Fort Wayne area.   She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently the Pre-K teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School.   Kara has been married to her baseball loving husband, Tony, for 17 years and has a 15 year old son, Brennen.   She also continues to pursue her own personal growth in the water by being an active member of a local Master’s team.   Kara believes deeply in value of youth sports and focuses on not only athletic development, but character development as well.

Bill Reynolds Lead Red Group, Asst Bronze Group

Bill began swimming competitively at age 5 with Blackhawk Swim Team. Bill continued to swim with various summer swim teams and joined SWAC in middle school. He then swam for Homestead High School, where he was a relay and individual state meet qualifier. Bill swam for Ball State University but suffered a shoulder injury during his first season. This experience influenced Bill to emphasize proper conditioning and injury prevention as a coach. Bill’s coaching experience includes 3 years with the Fort Wayne Central YMCA and 5 years with Pine Valley Country Club. Additionally, Bill works for Navistar as a software engineer. He is married with two sons who are both swimmers. Bill is looking forward to working with the FORT swimmers-having fun, refining strokes, and fostering a love of swimming. 

Ciana Heaston HS/Sr & Blue Group Assistant Coach

Ciana has been involved in swimming for 18 years. She began swimming at 8 years old and was one of the original members of NACS/FORT Swim Team. Ciana graduated from Carroll High School where she was a multiple State Meet qualifier and still holds the 100 breaststroke school record. She then got a scholarship to swim at the University of Toledo, where she received the spirt and hardest worker awards.   Ciana was the head coach at Club North Pointe from 2015 to 2018. She also was an assistant coach for the University of Toledo in 2018-19, where she worked with the swimmers in the pool and in the weight room. Ciana has a BS in Exercise Science from UT and is working towards a master’s degree in Kinesiology Sports Performance from Ball State University. She is currently a certified personal trainer through NSCA and works at RISE Fitness. Ciana is excited to help athletes reach their goals.

Joe Trent Lead Silver Group Coach

Joe is an all around athlete.

  • 1989 10 & Under Fort Wayne City Swim Champion in 25 Breast
  • Has the Effortless Stride of a Gazelle while Running
  • #1 Doubles on Concordia's Tennis Team Junior Year

Favorite Quote:  "Did you see that start?  I did that, that was all me." & "It's going to hurt, it's going to hurt, but that's OK!"

Kyle Kresl Assistant Age Group Coach
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