Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Coach Kristen Reynolds Head Coach

Kristen Reybolds has been a USA certified competitive swim coach since 2013.  Kristen started coaching with Lake Erie's USA swim team, Piranha Aquatics, as an assistant coach.  She later becae the lead competitive age-group coach.  In 2018, Kristen became the head coach of Piranha Aquatics and OHSAA head High School swim coach for Salem, West Branch, Lisbon, and Western Reserve.  During her coaching career, she has coached swimmers to Lake Erie champoinship titles, SUA central zone qualifiers, High School state qualifiers, as well as coaching swimmers who earned qualifying times and competed at the USA National Sectional level.  Kristen also helps coach swimmers in the summer for the Youngstown Swim League team, Applewood Swim and Tennis Cluc (ASTC).  Kristen also teaches private lessons to a variety of swim levels such as competitive, non-competitive, and learn to swim at both the Salem Community Center and Applewood Swim and Tennis Club.  Reynolds is a former YMCA Zone and National qualifier, High School District Qualifier, 4-year letter winner, and 2-year varsity team captain in swimming from Perry High School.  Kristen went on to swim at the collegiate level for Mount Union College.  She got her start coaching as a volunteer junior coach for the Perry Barracuda's age-group swimming.  When not on the pool deck, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Kristen as two daughters, Addison and Ashlynn, and her husband, Adam, all of who keep her very busy.

Coach Kristen Kuntzman Assistant Coach

Kristen Kuntzman is a first year Piranha’s assistant coach. Kristen is a former YMCA Zone Qualifier as well as a 4-year letter winner for Boardman High School. Growing up she swam for Y-Neptunes as well as F.A.S.T. and Applewood along with Boardman High School. She went on to compete at the collegiate level for Mount Union College. Kristen holds a Bachelors in Middle Childhood Education as well as a Master’s in special education. She previously coached for the Youngstown Y-Neptunes, Poland Swim Club, and Poland High School. Kristen currently teaches 9th grade math intervention at Warren Harding High School. She grew up and currently lives in Boardman with her son (and silly white boxer).

Coach Sue Nutter Assistant Coach

Susan Nutter has been a competitive swim coach since 1994 first volunteering for the summer Youngstown Swim League team, FAST (Firestone Area Swim Team); then acting as an assistant coach
and later, co-head coach, until retiring from that position in 2015. Nutter was the head coach of the Youngstown YMCA/USA Neptune Swim Team from 2003 until 2016 with the team earning many
Northeast Ohio YMCA Divisional Championships, qualifying numerous swimmers to compete in the Great Lake Zone Championships, as well as coaching several swimmers who earned qualifying times and competed at YMCA Short Course Nationals. She stepped away from the Neptunes after the 2015/2016 season to focus on her family’s needs. Nutter has been involved with the Salem Community Center since its opening, hosting competitive swim clinics, giving private lessons, and also helping Barb Clary with Swim Salem; an adult swim program that also supports those interested in doing United States Masters Swimming. Nutter has been a USA swim coach for the past 15 years and is an ASCA Level 2 coach. When not on deck, Nutter is a professional freelance writer whose main focus is research and writing about antiques. She is also beekeeper currently maintaining 12 hives, and she and her husband, Scott, also tap the maple trees on their 65 acre tree farm making maple syrup each spring. Nutter has two sons who swam competitively through high school; Tim, who is a Physician Assistant for Mount Carmel in Grove City, Ohio; and Chris, a CPA, who is a State and Local Tax Manager for Grant Thornton in Cleveland.

Board of Directors
Laurie Penix President
Melissa Bateman Vice President
Ashley Klemann Secretary
Wanda Folger Treasurer