Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Jeff Stewart Head Coach
Chris Berling Assistant Head Coach

Coach Chris. Chris started swimming competitively at the age of 6 with Brookside Swim Club. He then swam for Moeller High School and was a swim team captain his senior season in 2002. Chris went on to further his education and Graduated from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 2007. He holds a BS in Recreational Therapy and a Minor in Physiology. During his time in college, Chris started coaching for Blue Ash YMCA in 2004. He began coaching the 8 and under/9-10’s age groups for three seasons before moving up levels to coach Age Group 1, 11-12's since 2008. He has coached his swimmers to multiple league champions, league record holders, Zone Champions, Zone Age Group Champions, and YMCA Long Course National Qualifiers at the age of 12. Chris has also been an Assistant Coach with Moeller High School Swim Team from 2002-09 and 2011-present. He has coached high school swimmers to multiple Individual State Champions as well as National Swimming All American status. Chris brings great passion for the sport of swimming as well as experience and knowledge to the BASH program. Chris’s favorite saying is Thannkk Yoouuuu!

Jan Ryan Age Group 3 & 4

Coach Jan - I have been coaching primarily AG3 at BASH since 2014.  Prior to coaching at BASH, I spent eight years coaching swimming at Roger Bacon High School and another eight years coaching with two different summer club swim teams.  In addition to working with AG3 and AG4 at BASH, I am assisting with Mount Notre Dame High School’s swim team.  I love working with swimmers to help them build confidence in themselves and what they are capable of accomplishing.  Many life lessons can be learned through swimming and I welcome the opportunity to help educate our swimmers to be well-rounded individuals as they grow. 


Erica Schomaker Age Group 3 & 4
Coach Erica -  This is my 19th year coaching. This is my 6th year coaching at BASH. I started coaching summer swimming at the Cincinnati Sports Club in 2004, and then transitioned into coaching high school swimming in 2005. I am currently coaching high school swimming at Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon High School. I have been coaching at Purcell Marian since 2005 and Roger Bacon since 2016. I have coached Dolphin, AG4, and AG3 at Blue Ash. Currently I work with primarily AG3 and AG4. 
Emily Lorentz Age Group 3 & 4
Maura Hull Age Group 3 & 4
Coach Maura. I have been a coach at the Blue Ash Y since 2018. I coach Age Groups 3 and 4. I swam for BASH as a child, and continue to love the sport to this day. Coaching is one of the joys of my week, I’m always excited when swimmers achieve their goals and improve their skills!
Parker Herren Age Group 2
Kathy Conners Age Group 4
Virginia Mason Dolphin Coach
William Whatley Retired Head Coach

Retired Head Coach Bill Whatley  Coach Bill was the Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team head coach until June 2022, however he is still involved with the team today. He came to Blue Ash in 1988 from the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the top teams in the Southeast and at the National level.  There he helped develop and coach world-ranked swimmers, Senior National swimmers, and many Top 16 Age Group Qualifiers during his tenure in Atlanta.  He also has coached YMCA teams in South Carolina and Florida, and he was a Graduate Assistant at James Madison University.  He was a collegiate swimmer for the University of Maine.  Coach Whatley holds both a BS in Education and an MS degree in Physical Education.

Aiden Neuman Assistant Coach

Hello everybody, I am Aiden Neuman, an assistant coach for the Blue Ash YMCA swimming team. I have been coaching swimming for over 3 years and have a passion for helping swimmers of all ages and abilities reach their full potential. I am committed to creating a fun and challenging environment for my swimmers, and I believe that swimming should be enjoyable.  I have been competitively swimming since I was 5 years old and currently swim for Xavier University. I believe that my own swimming experience has given me a unique perspective on what it takes to be a successful swimmer. I am able to share my knowledge and experience with my swimmers to help them improve their technique, fitness, and confidence.  I am a positive and supportive coach who is always looking for ways to help my swimmers reach their goals. I am honored to be a part of the Blue Ash family and I look forward to helping our swimmers achieve success.

BASH Swim Team Admin Administrative Assistant

Please contact the BASH Swim Team Administrative Assistant with any general questions you may have. Thank you!

Board of Directors
Rich Simmons President
Kari Lewis Past President
Andrea Menchhofer Meet Director
Kevin Schomaker Meet Director
Christa Quinn Official
Yueh-Chiang (Mark) Hu Official
Jan Ryan Official Coordinator
Theresa Reilly Treasurer