Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Coach Kristen Reynolds Head Coach


Kristen Reynolds has been a USA swim coach since 2013.  Kristen started coaching with Lake Erie's USA swim team, Piranha Aquatics, as an assistant coach.  She later became the lead competitive age group coach.  In 2018, Kristen became the head coach of Piranha Aquatics. She is currently the OHSAA head High School swim coach for Springfield, Southeast, Jackson Milton, West Branch, and Mooney.  During her coaching career, she has coached swimmers to Lake Erie champoinship titles, USA central zone qualifiers, High School state qualifiers, NCSA Age Group National qualifiers, as well as coached swimmers who earned qualifying times and competed at the USA National Sectional level. In 2021 Coach Kristen was named Lake Erie Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. 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 that both love swimming, Addison and Ashlynn, and a very supportive husband, Adam, all of who keep her very busy.

Coach Barb Clary Assistant Age Group Coach

Barb Clary has been coaching Piranhas since Spring of 2019. Barb has been active with the Salem Community Center prior to even the construction of the center and the natatorium. She served on the Salem Community Center Advisory Board, The Salem Community Center Operating Board and served as the chairman of the Aquatic Committee from 2001-2006. Barb participated in the SCC Indoor Triathlon in 2011 and returned the following year as the Swim Coach for the Triathlon. Clary has been instructing swim lessons at the SCC since 2012 with Red Cross Certification, and USMS Adult Learn to Swim Certifications and she continues to love lessons for all ages.  Barb is a United States Masters Swimmer having competed pre pandemic in both short course and long course USMS Nationals. Barb coaches the adult swim training group at the SCC called Swim Salem. She swam competitively year-round in her hometown of Baltimore, MD, and competed in YMCA Nationals from 1975-1978. She also swam at the collegiate level for the University of Richmond and later at Loyola College of Baltimore. She and her husband, Steve, live here in Salem and enjoy lots of family time in Stuart, Florida. Coach Barb balances her coaching time and her “Baba” time with three young grandchildren!

Coach Sue Nutter Assistant Age Group 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.

Coach Jordan Graham Assistant Coach

Piranhas welcomes Coach Jordan Graham as our new assistant age group coach! Jordan is a middle school teacher at Columbia Exempted Village School District. Jordan has also had various coaching experience for both football and swimming since 2004, and is currently the head coach for the South Range and Columbiana varsity swim team.

Kennedy Eichert Assistant Coach

Kennedy is a first year assistant coach here at Piranhas. She first started swimming at Piranhas in 2011 as a competitive swimmer. She is a three year letter winner in swimming for Western Reserve. Kennedy is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to be able to do what she loves in a new way and impact athletes' swim journeys.


Coach Adam Reynolds Assistant Coach
Abby Yocum Assistant Coach

Hi! My name is Abby Yocum, and I am so excited to be coaching for Piranhas this season! I am 20 years old, and currently starting my first year of pharmacy school through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I recently began my coaching experience this past summer at Firestone, and fell in love with the team atmosphere while creating strong relationships with our swimmers. I began my swim journey at Firestone when I was 11 years old, and then switched to Applewood when I was 13. I also swam for the YYN Neptunes, and then went on to swim for Boardman High School. Here, I was a four-year varsity athlete, a team captain, a three-year member of the District Team, and a member of the State Team. I cannot wait to work with this team and help every swimmer get closer to their goals while forming bonds that last a lifetime!

Board of Directors
Melissa Bateman President
Samantha Nappo Vice-President
Ashley Klemann Secretary
Wanda Folger Treasurer
Julie Mackall High School Parent Rep