Coaches and Directors

Joshua Saylor Senior Coach & Head Coach

Josh Saylor is in his second season as the head coach of Washington Township Swim Club and the North Central Swimming & Diving program. In his first year as Head Coach Josh’s swimmers achieved USA Swimming Junior National and Futures qualifying times and attended the Indiana Swimming Senior Elite Camp. The NC Panthers claimed the girls Sectional championship, broke multiple school records and both the boys and girls finished in the top 25 at the IHSAA State Finals.

Prior to WTSC Josh was the head coach of the Brownsburg Swim Club and Brownsburg High School. Both programs experienced many breakthrough performances in the 9 years Josh called the west side home. Brownsburg Swim Club nearly doubled its membership and achieved Level 2 status in the USA Swimming Club Recognition Program. Josh’s swimmers achieved USA Swimming Junior National and USA Swimming Open Water National qualifying times and participated in the Indiana Swimming Olympic and Distance Select camps. Brownsburg High School swimmers set more than 40 school records and claimed multiple team Sectional championships. Josh was named the IHSAA Coach of the Year at the 2015 Boys State Swimming & Diving Finals.

From 2003-2006, Josh was the head coach of the Vincennes YMCA Swim Team for five seasons and Vincennes University for one season. Josh’s YMCA swimmers achieved multiple NCSA Junior National qualifying times and individual Indiana Age Group State championships, with one swimmer also achieving a national age group title in The Philippines. In his one season at Vincennes University, the Trailblazer men and women finished fourth at the NJCAA National Championships and 11 athletes were named NJCAA All-Americans.

Josh began his coaching career at the Lake Forest Swim Club in Lake Forest, IL. Josh worked with all athletes in the program ranging from beginners to members of the USA National Team.

A native of South Bend, IN and lifelong fan of the Fighting Irish, Josh graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 with a bachelors’ degree in communications. Josh swam for the Irish for four years, winning a varsity letter in 1996. Josh was a four-year letter winner for John Adams High School, team captain and three-time team MVP.

Josh lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife Kelly and their dog Wilson, is an avid Notre Dame, Bears and Cubs fan and an improving golfer.

Todd Griner Tsunami Coach & Head Age Group Coach

Todd Griner is starting his 2nd season as the WTSC Head Age Group Coach. Prior to coming here, Todd was the Head Age Group Coach of the Pike Township Swim Club for the past four seasons. Prior to Pike, Todd was the Head Coach of Anderson Community Aquatic Club for a combined 15 years. He served as Senior coach with WTSC and North Central HS assistant from 2004-2006, 2013-2014. Todd graduated from Ball State with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science & Wellness with a minor in Psychology.

Coach Griner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to WTSC both as a coach of nearly 27 years, and one with experience as a nationally ranked age group & senior level swimmer. Coach Griners philosophy is to teach, train, and motivate swimmers to strive to be the best they can be in and out of the pool on a daily basis. Todd is a technique driven coach with a progressive IM based approach. While in Anderson he coached 15 Indiana Age Group State Champions, several Nationally ranked age group swimmers, 4Junior National qualifiers, 3 Senior National qualifiers, and a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier. In 2002 Todd was voted Indiana Age Group Coach of the Year by his peers. He was also voted IHSAA North Central Conference Girls Coach of the Year in 2002 & 2017. Todd served on several Team Indiana staffs at Zones, Mid State Quads and various INS camps.  

As a High School swimmer Todd was a 9 x All American, 7 x IHSAA State Champion, and 5 x IHSAA State record breaker. During his senior season he became the first high school swimmer in Indiana history to swim below 1:40 in the 200 Free and 4:30 in 500 Free. Todd was a team captain of the 1988 IHSAA State Champion & National Mythical Class 4A Champion Anderson Indians. He represented Anderson Community Aquatic Club, Pine Crest, IRCC, Club Wolverine, and Ball State University during his 22 year competitive swimming career. Todd was inducted in the inaugural class of the IHSAA Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2007. As a club swimmer Todd was a US Senior National Champion, 4 times US Junior National Champion and multiple record breaker. Todd represented Team USA as a member of the US National Junior Team at the 1986 US Olympic Festival in Houston, Texas. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 athletes in Madison County history. Todd currently lives in Anderson. He loves to travel, golf, and is a big UFC and sports fan.

Victoria Weinkauf Crest Coach
Benjamin Freeman Breakers Coach

Ben Freeman starts his fifth year with the team as the head Breakers coach and senior team assistant. Ben began his swimming career in Crown Point, Indiana where he was a four year letter winner and state meet qualifier in high school. A Ben Freeman starts his sixth year with WTSC as the head Breakers coach, senior team assistant, and lifeguard coordinator. Ben began his swimming career in Crown Point, Indiana where he was a four year letter winner and state meet qualifier in high school. As a swimmer, his specialty was in the IM and breaskstroke events. After graduation, he moved on to the University of Indianapolis, where he continued to swim for the duration of his collegiate career, lettering all four years, and pursuing his degree in History Education and Special Education.  For the past ten years he has been a special education teacher here at North Central High School. Before coming to WTSC, Ben coached initially at Franklin Central High School and club and then moved on to the senior group at Warren Aquatics Club and Warren Central High School. He also served for several years as a lesson instructor and lifeguard at Highland Country Club in Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, five year old daughter, and two year old son.s a swimmer, his specialty was in the IM and breaskstroke events. After graduation, he moved on to the University of Indianapolis, where he continued to swim for the duration of his collegiate career, lettering all four years, and pursuing his degree in History Education and Special Education.  For the past ten years he has been a special education teacher here at North Central High School. Before coming to WTSC, Ben coached initially at Franklin Central High School and club and then moved on to the senior group at Warren Aquatics Club and Warren Central High School. He also served for several years as a lesson instructor and lifeguard at Highland Country Club in Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, five year old daughter, and two year old son.

Brenda Fisher Whitecap Coach & Lessons Coordinator

Coach Brenda Fisher is in her third season as the Whitecaps coach and serves as WTSC’s learn-to-swim coordinator.

 

Coach Brenda has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of aquatics roles. Brenda previously coached with Viper Aquatics and has been the coach and chairperson for the Ponds Summer Swim Team since 1999.

 

Coach Brenda has been a USA Swimming certified official since 1999 and has served as the meet director for the Butler University swim team since 2005. Brenda was previously the Carmel Aquatics Center Assistant Aquatics Director and swim lessons instructor from 2001-2008. And Coach Brenda has been teaching swim lessons of all kinds since 1974.

Deb Picek Riptide Coach

Coach Deb Picek is in her second year with WTSC as the lead Riptides coach. Coach Deb has 11 years of coaching experience having previously worked with USA Swimming member clubs Huntington / Wells Otters and Viper Aquatics and has extensive summer league experience, having coached the Wells County Swim Team and the Countryside Riptides.

 

Deb grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Lyons Township HS in LaGrange, Illinois and is a graduate of the College of DuPage in Wheaton, Illinois.

 

Deb is married to Randy Picek. Their three grown children were all involved in swimming and Deb and Randy now enjoy their six grandchildren and their winters in Florida.