Level 2

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Crystee Ballard Head Coach

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." 

Coach Crystee Ballard has been involved in competitive swimming and coaching for more than 30 years. She has achieved recognition as a Level III ASCA certified coach and has coached swimmers that have qualified for YMCA Nationals, USA Junior Nationals, USA Nationals, and USA Olympic Trials. 

Crystee is a SPY Alumna and went on to swim for Division 1 Towson State University. She spent one year working with the University of Maryland Swim Team while working on her master’s degree and spent three summers coaching at the University of Michigan's summer swim camps.

When Crystee is not coaching she enjoys running, standup paddleboarding, and spending time with her husband Nat and their 3 girls (especially at the beach!). Crystee has been coaching at SPY for more than 15 years and has been Head Coach since 2005.

Richard Heim Assistant Coach

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try".

Coach Richard has been involved in competitive swimming for 20 years as both an athlete and as a coach. Richard swam on SPY for 9 years until 2001 and has been coaching since 2005. He is currently certified as a Level III ASCA coach.

Since 2006, Coach Richard has also been the head coach for Oakleigh Forest Swim Team in the summer and has led them to many East Severna Park League Championships over the past 10 years. He has also previously coached for Evergreen and Shipley's Choice during the summer.

Richard is a graduate of the University of Virginia (Go Cavs!) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works in Baltimore as an engineer, where he recently received his Professional Engineers License. When Richard isn't engineering or coaching, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.


Laura Ainsworth Assistant Coach
Kenneth Keer Assistant Coach

"Good things come to those who wait.  But better things come to those who work for it."

Coach Ken is a long-time YMCA coach who comes to SPY most recently from CATY. We are so happy to have him! 

Coach Ken is an ASCA Level III certified coach and has been coaching age group swimming for more than 20 years. The majority of his coaching career has been spent coaching 12 & Under age group swimmers. Over the years, he has coached National Top 16 qualifiers, Sectional Qualifiers, State Champions, and Maryland Zone Team Qualifiers.

Coach Ken spends his days working in the computer science field, and spends his free time reading, writing and rooting for his favorite sports teams.

Allyson Muha Assistant Coach
Catherine Mann Assistant Coach
Board of Directors