Indiana Swimming
Level 2
PO Box 188
Pendleton, IN 46064

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Melinda Hertzler Head Coach

This is coach Mindy’s seventh year as the head coach of PSC, and her 24th year of coaching.  She is married to D.J., her husband of 39 years, and has 3 grown children, Jeff, Whitney, and Aubrey, two sons-in-law, Camilo and Dwayne, and has 4 grandsons, Ashton, Judah, Mason, and Ezra, as well as 2 granddaughters, Isabella and Tessa.  Both of Mindy’s daughters swam, including one who went on to swim at the University of Arkansas

Along the way she has coached at both the high school and club level, and has been a head club coach, head age group coach, senior and high school distance coach, and a head JV coach.  Some of her swimmers have gone on to compete at Olympic Trials, Nationals, Junior Nationals, and at the highest collegiate levels.  Mindy has coached State Champions, both at the high school level and for two different clubs, and was part of a Boys high school state championship team and three Girls high school state runner-up teams, a Senior State championship team and an Age group state championship team.  In addition, she was selected to be the Indiana Head Quad coach, Diversity meet coach, and for various Indiana camps, including OTC camp as staff assistant.  She finds great joy in working with and developing swimmers of all levels.

Shanna Miller Arabians - Assistant Coach

Shanna began swimming at the young age of five and continued her swim career all the way through
her college years. Participating in club swim year round, Shanna was a swim meet weekend warrior and
eventually became a Junior National swimmer in the 4 X 200 Free Relay for ACAC Swim Club. Moving
forward, Shanna was part of the 1989 Championship 4 X 100 Free Relay. She also was a two-time top eight
finisher at the IHSAA State Finals. She was a 6th place finalist in the 50 Freestyle and a 4th place finalist in
the 100 Freestyle. All the years of hard work and accomplishments earned Shanna an athletic scholarship to
Division I school Wright State University where she continued to improve her game. While attending WSU,
she was part of a Conference Champion swim team and All-Academic American team.
Working towards finishing her education, Shanna wrapped up her studies at Ball State University with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Earning her first position as a third grade teacher at
Shenandoah Elementary back in 1999, and has since then switched schools and grade levels. Shanna is a
full-time 6th grade teacher for Pendleton Elementary School-Intermediate.
Shanna resides in Pendleton with her husband, Andrew, of 21 years and her two children, Noah
(college) and Maggie (high school).

Amanda Safford Arabians - Assistant Coach

Amanda started her swimming career with Pendleton Swim Club when she was just 5 years old. She fell in love with the water, so much that she continued swimming competitively for 18 more years.  Amanda held PHHS high school records, was a State qualifier for 4 years, and went on to receive a swimming scholarship from Butler University.  While at Butler, Amanda received her bachelor’s in journalism.

During summer breaks from school, Amanda was a swim coach for Woodland Country Club in Carmel.  Amanda enjoys teaching swimmers of all ages proper stroke techniques.  She says the greatest reward is when her swimmers build confidence in and out of the water.

Amanda attributes her own personal love of swimming from having amazing coaches. She learned from the best she says, John Wolfe and Annie Wills. Amanda says this is why she decided to coach herself. They were so instrumental in her life that she hopes she can have the same impact with her own swimmers in much the same way today.

Amanda’s specialty strokes were butterfly and freestyle.  She always considered herself to be more of a sprinter than a long distance swimmer.  Don’t let her fool you though as she has been known to swim a 1650/mile competitively.

Amanda resides in Pendleton with her husband of 20 years, Scott, who is also a coach of many sports. She has two children who also swim with club – Kennedy and Cooper.

Emma Maubach Mustangs - Lead Coach

Emma was born and raised in Bloomington, Illinois where she began her swimming career at about 7 years old. Emma recently graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor's degree in Sports and Recreational Leadership. As well, she was the first group of swimmers at AU, recently retiring in February. Emma currently works for the Tree of Life, Madison Park Learning Place, and is an assistant swim coach at AU. She is really excited to learn more about coaching and ready to pour her knowledge and passion into our athletes.

Lindsay Benson Colts - Lead Coach

Lindsay was a swimmer of head coach Mindy Hertzler since she was 10 years old. Lindsay swam all the way through college. Competing and placing at Junior Nationals, Nationals, US Opens, and the 2008 Olympic Trials. During college, she competed and won the SEC Championship and the 2010 NCAAs with the University of Florida. She has also been inducted to the IHSAA Swimming Hall of Fame. She graduated with her bachelors degree in exercise science. After college, Lindsay was a volunteer high school swim coach and a full time club assistant coach. She is married to her husband, Tony Benson, who is full time active duty Army. Together they have a set of boy/girl twins, Ian and Kennedy. 

Amber Roberts Ponies, Broncos - Lead Coach

Coach Amber’s swimming career included swimming for both PSC and PHHS.  Her favorite events were the 200 and 500 Freestyle.  In her senior year, she was an assistant instructor for the 3rd grade swim lesson program and assisted Coach Hart with the PHMS swim team.  During that time is when she found her love for teaching children how to swim at all skill levels.  Since then she has become a swim coach and a Learn to swim instructor for both PSC and the YMCA in Anderson.

Coach Amber is the current PSC Learn to Swim coordinator and Asst swim coach that helps with Ponies, Broncos and Colts.  She has been married to her husband Roger for 12 years and they have 3 children, Cathryn and Rebecca both swim for PSC and Lee is currently in the Learn to Swim program.  She is so excited to work with such an amazing group of amazing coaches.

Robin Hart Assistant Coach

Robin Hart is no stranger around the Pendleton Heights Swimming pool.  Robin has coached (middle school swimming), assisted (high school swimming), and taught Learn to Swim programs on and off since 2000.  Robin Hart is a returning head swim coach to the Pendleton Heights Middle School Swim Team and an assistant coach to the  Pendleton Swim Club where she will assist with the Broncos and any other swimmers.

Robin Hart is a wife to Jim Hart for 28 years.  A mother to three boys: Kyle (26) who has a Purdue degree in Chemistry, Brandon (24) who has a Purdue degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology (Polytechnic), and Evan(23) Hart with an Electrical Engineering Technology (Polytechnic).  A mother-in-law to three beautiful daughters: Jenn(25) who has her degree from Purdue in Apparel Design and Michaela (23) who has her degree in Public Health from Purdue and  Rachel (24) from Evangel with a degree in Youth Ministry/Counseling. We Boiler up and Hammer down in this family!  Robin is a grandma to 5 beautiful grandchildren!

Robin has a degree from Indiana State in Recreational Therapy; She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist. She has a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in Business Management and her General Education and Special Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan.  Let’s say Robin loves to learn. Robin Hart has been employed by South Madison Community Schools since 2004 as a special education / general education teacher. Robin has taught all grade levels (K-6).  She currently is a 5th-grade general education teacher at East Elementary.

Robin is grateful and blessed to be working alongside so many talented and knowledgeable coaches this year for the Pendleton Swim Club.

Taylor Puckett Assistant Coach

Taylor began swimming around 5 and continued through high school at Jay County. She began coaching part time while attending Ball State. She coached her hometown summer swim program in Jay County for several years and was the assistant coach at Delta High School for one year.  After college, she moved away from the area to begin her family, but returned to swimming when her daughter began to swim.

Taylor lives in Anderson with her husband and real estate business partner, Justin. She has one step son and 2 children of her own. One of which has caught the swimming bug, but she hasn’t given up on her youngest to catch it as well.