Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Gary Galbreath Head Coach

Gary is a certified Level 4 coach, certified through The American Swim Coaches Association. He’s been a swim coach for over 30 years and was a swimmer from age 10 through colleges where he swam WVU. Gary was the 1998 YMCA National Coach of the Year and a two time Southwest Ohio YMCA Coach of the Year. Gary’s swimmers have achieved junior and senior national level status, won state high school championships. Gary has also coached swimmers to world rankings. Gary has helped his swimmers find a place to continue their swimming careers in college from small D-III schools to high powered D-I schools. One of the things Gary is most proud of is that he gives them the tools to continue to improve as they swim in college. Gary has 3 children, sons Justin (former swimmer and current triathlete), Justin is a Civil Engineer for the State of Pennsylvania, Noah is a Senior in High School and played basketball for his high school. Gary's daughter Abby, is a recent graduate of The University of South Carolina and was Team Captain on the Swim Team.

Gary coaches the National group and oversees the training for all groups at MU.

Sarah Smith Head Age Group Coach/Business Manager

Sarah started coaching with CSC in 2000 after swimming competitively from the age of 7 in Kirksville, MO and then Lincoln, NE. In addition to her experience with CSC, Sarah coached for the Maverick Masters Swim Program in Omaha, NE and is the head coach for Columbia Parks and Recreation Summer League as well as the coordinator for the Show-Me Swim League. Sarah is an American Red Cross Instructor in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR and keeps all the coaching staff plus many lifeguards in Columbia certified. Sarah has a Masters in Public Administration and Non-profit management from the University of Missouri and 25 years of non-profit administration experience. In 2010 Sarah received the Age Group Coach of the Year for Missouri Valley Swimming and was a member of the 2010 American Swim Coaches Association Fellow Class. She and her husband, Morgen, have two children, Ivy and Marlow. 

 

Off the pool deck Sarah oversees all membership and business management of CSC and is the Web Master. 

 

Sarah coaches Foundations 1; Foundations 2 and Explorers and oversees the training for all groups at Hickman High School pool.

 

Todd Kramer Lead Coach Achievers

Todd started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for his high school's girl's swim team in 2000. In the summer of 2001 he started coaching for the Lenexa Lazers summer league team. After moving to Manhattan, KS to attend Kansas State University he started coaching for the Manhattan Marlins in 2002, and was hired as their head coach in 2005. In 2008 he moved to Wichita to be the Head Age Group coach for the Wichita Swim Club, and was promoted to Assistant Head Coach in 2012. During his time with both the Marlins and WSC he coached multiple Junior National qualifiers, had two swimmers from the Marlins who went on to be NCAA Division 2 All Americans and two swimmers from Wichita who went on to be an NCAA Division 1 All American. He currently serves as the Senior Chair for Missouri Valley and is on the Missouri Valley Board of Directors. He previously spent five years serving as the Coaches Representative and three years as the Technical Planning Chair for Missouri Valley. During that time he was also on the Missouri Valley Board of Directors. 

Todd is the lead coach for Achievers and also assists with the National and Transition Senior groups. 

Kathryn Hedlund Lead Coach Transition Junior
Taylor Birsa Assistant Coach
Mark Boyd Assistant Coach
Alec Downs Assistant Coach
Carolyn Jordheim Assistant Coach
Ellie Larson Assistant Coach
Jared Larson Assistant Coach
Taylor Paskoff Assistant Coach
Anne Sievers Assistant Coach
Allison Wright Assistant Coach
Anna Willcoxon Assistant Coach
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