Coaching Staff:

 

Tim Hable - Head Coach

 

Greg Orphanides - Associate Head Coach/Head Age Group Coach

Coach Greg comes to Blazing Barracudas having been the head coach of Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports, Coogs, in TX for 15 years. During his time at Coogs, the club grew from 30 to over 200 swimmers; as well as starting a masters program that grew to the second largest in the LMSC with over 180 swimmers. The team record books were completely rewritten under Coach Greg with all 15/16, 17/18 and open records being set under his coaching. With Coach Greg at the helm, the Coogs placed 2nd at Southern Senior Zones, placed multiple swimmers on College Swim Teams from D1 through NAIA, had Olympic trials qualifiers, US Open qualifiers and multiple Junior National qualifiers. Prior to his time at Coogs, Coach Greg was a member of the Great Britain National Team for 10 years, still holding masters British, European, and World Records. 
 
Coach Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Portsmouth University, was a 4-year member of the varsity swim team, serving as Team President in his senior year.  Coach Greg is originally from London, England. 

Coach Greg is married to the lovely Kelly Orphanides and is the proud father of 2-year-old Gabriel Orphanides and their dog Summer. 
 

Kirtis Huelsman - Coach at Twinsburg

Coach Kirtis co-founded the Twinsburg Competitive Aquatics Team in the Spring of 2015.  Under his direction TCAT has more than doubled in size.  TCAT has produced swimmers who have been OHSAA  finalists, USA Sectional, Futures, and Junior Nationals qualifiers while producing age group swimmers whom have earned  Lake Erie Swimming's Top 10 Times from 2016-2019.

Coach Kirtis has been head coach of the Twinsburg High School swim team since 2013. As head coach for Twinsburg High School, Kirtis has established a successful culture through which the school continues to send swimmers to the District and State levels, while breaking school records each year.  Coach Kirtis was named NOC Coach of the Year from 2014-2016 while the program achieved its first conference championship titles.

From 2009-2015 Coach Kirtis worked with various USA Swimming and high school teams in Ohio.  While coaching at the club level he had swimmers qualify to the 2014 Central Zone Meet and 2013 International Children’s Games.  Coach Kirtis assisted with National level swimmers and Olympic Trials qualifiers in his previous club experiences while helping age group swimmers achieve their first Zone cuts.

Coach Kirtis graduated in 2012 with his Master’s of Science degree in Sports Sciences with an emphasis on Coaching Education.  In 2011 he earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education.

As a swimmer, Coach Kirtis was a member of the Ohio University Men's Swimming and Diving program in 2006-2007 season until the program was discontinued. While at Ohio University he earned the Tad Potter Memorial Award for Teamwork, Leadership, Courage and Dedication.  In high school, Coach Kirtis earned two All American honors for swimming in 2006.

 

Jacob Ranta - Assistant Coach at Hathaway Brown

Jacob started swimming in the second grade for the Ashtabula YMCA, and because of his coaches, went on to swim at the collegiate level at Wittenberg University. Ranta’s coaching career started during his first year teaching, where he served as assistant coach at Yellow Springs High School for two years. Having grown up in Northeast Ohio, Ranta returned to the area in 2003 after accepting a teaching position with the Cleveland Municipal School District. Here he continued to coach high school swimming, as well as baseball and softball. He soon returned to the USA swimming world to coach for CLE Swimming on the westside. Here he not only served as the age group coach for the USA team, but also served on the coaching staff for Elyria Catholic, Bay Village, Magnificat, and North Olmsted  High Schools.  As a coach, Ranta prides himself in getting each swimmer to reach their potential and see constant improvement in their technique.  Ranta currently teaches Biology at Brush High School, is the head coach of the Hathaway Brown Middle School, and resides in Moreland Hills with his wife and two daughters Eloise and Clara.

 

Mac Lewis - Assistant Coach at Hathaway Brown

Prior to coaching at Blazing Barracudas, Coach Mac served as the head swim coach at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Under his leadership, Mariemont qualified 12 athletes to the OHSAA state meet in 2021, and the girl’s team finished in 9th place at the state meet in 2022. Coach Mac was also the head swim coach at Mariemont Swim Club, a role in which he led the team to four Southern Ohio Swim League championship titles in six seasons. Coach Mac graduated from Cleveland State University in 2019 as an honors student. In the water at CSU, Mac was a four-year varsity swimmer, All-Academic Horizon League athlete, and six-time Horizon League championship meet finalist. Prior to his time at CSU, Mac attended Mariemont High School. He was a 16-time state meet qualifier, 13-time state meet finalist, the school record holder in the 200 IM, and a team captain his senior year. He was inducted into the Mariemont High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020. Currently, Coach Mac is a Marketing and Communications Associate at the Cleveland Clinic and resides in Tremont.

 

Lindsey Stuart - Assistant Coach at Twinsburg

Lindsey has a variety of coaching experience at different levels in the sport.  She has coached Chagrin Valley Athletic Club and Wembley Club from 2015-2019.  Coach Lindsey swam for Kenston High School and Great Lakes Sailfish.   Her favorite part of coaching is seeing the swimmers improve, even if it is the smallest improvement, she is ecstatic to be a part of their little victories. Coach Lindsey is currently a third-year Interior Design student at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Aside from swimming, she loves to horseback ride which has lead her to become a part of the Kent State Equestrian Team.

 

Eddis Singleton - Assistant Coach at Hathaway Brown

Eddis Singleton is a product of all that Northeast Ohio Swimming has to offer.  He was born and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio where he was a member of the Shaw High Swim Team.  He became a 2x state qualifier and District Champion.  His success there presented him with an opportunity to swim on a collegiate level as he was recruited by and swim for Coach Lavery at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.  At this small D3 institution he became a 3x national champion, 4x conference champion and a school record holder. As a post-grad collegiate athlete he continued swimming in the Greater Cleveland area before pursuing a spot on 2008 and 2012 Olympic Teams.  Representing Swim MAC out of Charlotte, NC he competed in the 2008 US OPEN as well as the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. 

 

Julie Andrasik - Assistant Coach at Hathaway Brown

Julie is from northern Kentucky and she was a 2 year high school state qualifier in the 100 butterfly and both freestyle and medley relays, and a 3x YMCA national qualifier in the 100 and 200 butterfly. She was a walk-on for the Xavier University swim team for 3 years and competed in the 100 and 200 fly, and 200 IM. Julie was a part of the honors college and graduated with a masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She is an occupational therapist for Metrohealth, and lives in University Heights with her husband and 4 kids. 

 

Anthony Telerico - Assistant Coach at Twinsburg

Coach Anthony is on his second season with the TCAT Tigersharks.  He teaches the sport through hard work and effort with the more mature swimmers.  Coach Anthony is highly animated and encouraging with the younger swimmers keeping them engaged in lessons.  Anthony currently sudies Computer Science at Kent State University.  In the summers he coaches the Barrington Barricudas where he has coached since 2016.  Coach Anthony graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School as a Butterfly specialist, team captain, and 4 year letterwinner.  Anthony earned an 8th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay at the OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Tournament in 2017.  He was a four time Northeast Ohio District qualifier.  Coach Anthony swam for Solon Stars and Barrington Barracudas as he developed within the sport.

Jeremy Preston - Assistant Coach at Twinsburg

Coach Preston is a first year coach for TCAT.  Coach Preston began his swimming career with the Painesville YMCA Penguins and the Mentor Marlins.  Jeremy started a swim team for Painesville Harvey High High School while in high school.  Coach Preston was a Northeast Ohio District qualifier and OHSAA State Championship Qualifier.  After high school Coach Preston swam at Ohio Northern University where he was a 2 year letterwinner, 4 time OAC Champion and helped lead the team to two Conference titles.  Coach Preston looks forward to developing the swimmers into lifelong participants of the sport.

 

Administrative Staff:

Stacey Aroney - BBA Director

Stacey Aroney is the Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Aquatics at Hathaway Brown. She teaches swimming within physical education classes for grades Kindergarten through Seventh and is the varsity assistant coach for Hathaway Brown. Stacey is the Blazing Barracudas administrator and primarily coaches the Developmental groups laying the foundation for competitive swimming. After graduating from Ashland University, Stacey interned at Cleveland State University as the Aquatics Intern working with the recreation center and athletic department. During her time at Cleveland State, Stacey assisted in scheduling and running USA Swimming meets. After working at CSU, Stacey worked at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland as the Regional Aquatics Director and then found her home at Hathaway Brown. Stacey is a American Swim Coaches Association Level 2 coach and Level 1 Disability coach who has coached for the French Creek Marlins, CLE Swim, and Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in the past. She is also an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer; training lifeguards, swim instructors, babysitters, and those who are in need of CPR. 

 

Sarah Tobin - BBA Administrator

 

Branden Burns - BBA Administrator, Twinsburg

 

Nancy Veto - Meet Coordinator & Volunteer Liason