Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
William Whatley Head Coach - Senior 1

Head Coach Bill Whatley   leads the Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team.  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.

Chris Berling Interim Head Coach

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. While not at the pool, Chris works full time in Health Care at a Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Facility. 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
Erica Schomaker Age Group 3 & 4
Emily Lorentz Age Group 3

Emily started swimming year-round for BASH and Ursuline Academy when she began high school. She went on to swim on the club team at Miami University, and was treasurer for the team for two years. At Miami, she majored in Psychology and minored in Special Education. She is currently one of the Tri-Presidents of the triathlon club that partners with Blue Ash YMCA called BAMRacing: Blue Ash Multisport Club. Emily continues to to train for triathlons, and has completed 10 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 2 half ironman triathlons, and 2 ironman triathlons in addition to countless other races. Emily took piano lessons as a child for 11 years, and now continues to take them weekly with a group for fun! Emily began coaching for BASH in 2007.

Kathy Conners Age Group 4
Maura Hull Age Group 3 & 4
Gretchen Miller Age Group 3 & 4
Virginia Mason Dolphin Coach
Amanda Herdeman Assistant Coach

Amanda began swimming as a 6-and-under at Green Valley Swim Club in Beavercreek, OH. She moved to Cincinnati in 2001, and joined BASH. While on BASH, she qualified for 5 YMCA Winter Nationals and 7 YMCA Summer Nationals, with numerous Top 16 finishes. She was also a member of the Ursuline Academy State Team, where she earned one State Championship in the 200 Medley Relay, and made finals from 2004 through 2008 in the 100 Breaststroke.  Amanda went on to Bowling Green State University, where she broke the team record in the 100 Breaststroke her freshman year, and qualified for finals at MAC Championships in 100 and 200 Breaststroke from 2008 through 2012. Her swimming career came to an end at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, where she competed in the 100 Breaststroke. Amanda holds a BS in Healthcare Administration, and a minor in Business. She married fellow BASH alum, Evan Herdeman. After working in health insurance for the past 4 years, she is excited to return to the pool!

Board of Directors
Kari Lewis President
Andrea Menchhofer Meet Director
Leslie Held Secretary
TIm Koetter At Large
Kevin Schomaker At Large
Christa Quinn At Large