Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Michael Davidson Head Coach

Name: Mike Davidson

Education: Cleveland State University (1987-1992) & North Olmsted HS 1987

Date Started with Canton City Schools Swim Team CCS: October 2017

Number Years Coaching: 1987-88, 1992-present

Previous Experience: Lake Aquatics Assistant Coach (1987-88), Westerville South HS Assistant (1992-1993), Little Turtle CC Head Coach (1992-1995), Thomas Worthington HS & Worthington Killbourne HS Assistant Coach (1993-1995), Worthington Swim Club National Team Coach (1993-1995), Cleveland State University Assistant Men & Woman Coach (1995-1998), Cleveland Aquatic Team Owner/Head Coach (1996-1998), Penn State University Assistant Men & Woman Coach (1998-2002), Solon STARS Swim Club Head Coach (2002-2017).

Professional Experience: Was a part of 1 MCC Championship at CSU (men’s), 2 Big TEN Championships at PSU (1 Men 1998 & 1 Woman 2002). Also helped in the men moving up to 15th at 2002 NCAA and the woman 13th at 2002 NCAA

Coached numerous NCAA Division 1 All Americans, Olympic Trials Qualifiers, USA Senior National, USA Junior National, NCSA & Futures Qualifiers, Ohio HS State Champions and Runner-ups, High School All Americans and USA Sectional Qualifiers.

I was a USA National Junior Team Camp Assistant Manager 2008, while also serving on numerous USA Select Camp staffs as an assistant coach and Manager.

ASCA Level: 5

Russel Hunt Assistant Coach Senior 1-2

Name: Russ Hunt

Education: Kenyon College, 2004 & Upper Arlington High School, 2000

Date Started with Canton City Schools Swim Team CCS: 2014

Number Years Coaching: 2006-Current (5th season as Head Coach of Malone University)

Awards: As a Collegiate Swimmer Russ was a 17-time All-American, 10 time national relay and individual champion he was also the 2003 NCAA Division III National Champion 100 yard backstroke he was also a  member of the 2004, 400 Medley Relay team that broke the National Record at Kenyon College.  As a coach Russ was the 2018 GMAC Men's Coach of the Year.   Russ has overseen 30+ NCAA “B” cuts, 50+ school record swims, a second place finish in the GMAC conference, and the program’s first qualifier to the NCAA championships.   

Experience: Head Coach Malone University NCAA Division 2 2014-present, Assistant Coach  Ohio Northern University, Head Coach Marshall University, and Assistant Coach Colgate University. 


Coach Russ is a Upper Arlington, Ohio native and a proud representative of swimming in Stark and Summit Counties.  Russ resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and serves as an adjunct professor in Malone’s sports management department.  


Sarah Mally Assistant Coach White 1- 2

Name: Sarah Mally

Education: Malone University – Class of 2018 & Benjamin Logan High School – Class of 2014

Date Started with Canton City Schools Swim Team CCS: 2017

Number of Years Coaching: 2014 - present

Coaching Experience:

-Canton City Schools Swim Team: 2017 -2018 Winter Season &  2018 Summer Season

-B.E.S.T Summer Swim Team (Bellefontaine, OH): 2014 & 2015

Swimming Experience:

-Malone University Swim Team: 2014 – 2018

-Benjamin Logan High School Varsity Swim Team: 2012 – 2014

-YMCA Age Group Program: 2006 – 2014

Ronald Walker Lead Coach Blue 2

Name: Ronald E. Walker

Education: University of Akron-BFA in Graphic Design, 1983 & Glen Oak High School, 1978

Date Started with Canton City Schools Swim Team CCS: 2009

Number of Years Coaching: 1989-Present

Coaching Experience: Lake O’Pines swim team and Catholic Youth Council, (CYC),  Aquatic Director at the Citi Center  Athletic Club in downtown Akron, 1998 he returned to the CYC  as Aquatic Director and Head Coach and 2009 CCS - present 

Award: 2016 Recipient of the George Harvey Service Award-Greater Canton Aquatics Association

Coach Ron teaches in the Elementary School Program for CCSD.  He is also a Red Cross Instructor certifies lifeguards. He is also a Security Director for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, (OHSAA), state swim meet.

Ron’s philosophy: in teaching as well as coaching is that everyone, especially children, need to be successful at something.  Hopefully the confidence they gain through swimming will influence other aspects of their lives.

When Ron is not at the pool he is most likely working on an art project. He also enjoys cycling and hiking/backpacking. Ron has climbed the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountains. He has backpacked in many western states and climbed in the Rocky Mountains. He along with Diane & their dog Annie also have an interest in lighthouses, having seen many in Maine, Florida and the Great Lakes. Ron is a fan of all sports especially those that involve The University of Akron Zips.



Peighton Neuman Masters Coach

Name: Peighton Neuman

Education: Kent State University, & Jackson High School, 2018

Date Started with Canton City Schools Swim Team CCS: 2018

Number Years Coaching: 2018-Current

Experience: Massilon Jackson  HS Swimmer 2014-2018, CCS Canton City Schools Swim Team as a swimmer started in 2015 and swam all through HS. Then started coaching with CCS 2018.

Alaina Hartley Lead Coach Red/White 1-2 Strength Coach
Jacob Rehfus Assistant Coach Senior 1-2

Name: Jake Rehfus

Education: Malone University, 2018 & McKinley High School, 2013

Date Started with Canton City Schools Swim Team CCS: 2017

Number Years Coaching: 2017-Current

Experience: Canton McKinley HS Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach 2017-Current, CCS Canton City Schools Swim Team as a swimmer started in 2004 and swam all through HS and College. Then started coaching with CCS 2017.

Jeffrey Stewart Assistant Coach Senior 1-2
Kennedy Javins Assistant Coach Blue 1-2
Ezra Ferguson Assistant Coach Red/White 1-2
Brice Dixon Assistant Coach Red/White 1-2
Board of Directors
Joan Rehfus Team Administrator
Sara Timken CCS Booster Board Chairman
Carol Czirox CCS Booster Board Secretary
Thea McCoury CCS Booster Board Vice Chairman
Theresa Mullen CCS Booster Board Treasurer
Sarah Tobin CCS Meet Entry Chair
Thea McCoury USA Swimming CCS Safe Sport Liaison