Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jason Roberts Head Coach

Coach Jason will be entering his 5th season at Countryside YMCA this fall. He comes here after spending nearly 17 years at the Northern Kentucky Clippers and 2 years at Foxjets Swim Team in Minnesota. Jason has been very fortunate to work with great swimmers, coaches and adminstrators over the years. 

Coach Jason has coached swimmers that have represented Team USA as members of the USA Junior National Team, USA National Team and the NCSA All-Star Team. While coaching these swimmers he has traveled to Hong Kong, China, Ireland and Hawaii as a coach. 

As the Head Age Group Coach and Head Coach of the Northern Kentucky Clippers he worked on building one of the top programs in the State of Ohio and the country. The Clippers became the 1st team in many years to beat the Cincinnati Marlins at the Ohio J.O. Meet. His teams went on to be Top 3 in 27 of his 29 seasons and were Champions 8x. Coach also produced the first 16 Olympic Trial qualifiers in Clippers team history. 

Coach Jason has been awarded  NCSA Coach of the Year, Ohio Coach of the Year and has been awarded the ASCA "Certificate of Excellence" award. 

Outside the pool, Jason enjoys spending time with his lovely wife(Branden) and children (Hannah & Sam). 

Su Burns Lead Coach JR1

Su has been with the CY coaching staff since 1991 and has over 49 years experience as a swim coach. Su has coached  at Countryside for the past 28 years. Prior to that, she coached for the Middletown YMCA for eight years as well as for many Cincinnati and Middletown area summer swim teams. Su was also the head coach for Middletown High School varsity swim teams for 9 years.

Her competitive swimming experience includes 10 years with the Cincinnati Coca Cola AAU swim team (now-disbanded), four years with Cincinnati Oak Hills High School and four years with Miami University (captain junior and senior years). She was a NAGWS collegiate national qualifier her junior and senior years. 
Her sons, Brett and Matt, were National Team swimmers for the Torpedoes. In July 2000, Su was honored as SWY Long Course Coach of the Year, and in March 2003, was inducted into the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League Hall of Fame. 
Su has a BS and MEd from Miami University and is now retired from the Middletown City School District after 35 years of teaching physical education. She was also  employed by the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Educator for 25 years. She is now a founding member (and board member) of Cincinnati Aquatic Training Services.

Su’s philosophy on coaching is one of keeping the “fun” in fundamentals. She also emphasizes the YMCA character development values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith.

Amy Sosnowski Lead Coach JR1

Amy has coached at Countryside since 2002 primarily working with the 8 & unders.  She has also been an assistant coach for Kings High School for one year and Ursuline Academy for 5 years.  While at Ursuline, she helped lead the Lions to two High School State Championships in 2013 and 2014.  Amy was also an assistant coach at Rolling Hills swim club from 1982-1986 and head coach in 1987.

Amy grew up swimming in the Cincinnati area where she competed for Fairfield YMCA, Rolling Hills Swim Club, and Badin High School.  She went on to compete at the collegiate level for the University of Notre Dame.  While there, she was twice voted MVP and held multiple University records.  She graduated from Notre Dame in 1988 with a BBA in Accounting.

Amy currently resides with her husband Jim in Maineville.  They have 3 grown children, Mandi, Matthew and TJ who all swam for Countryside when they were younger. Amy believes that swimming should be fun while developing the skills and confidence they need to progress in the sport. 

Julie Riesen Lead Coach JR2
Pete Wagner Lead Coach JR3

Pete Wagner is an age group swim coach at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio where he has coached swimmers from ages 8-10 years old for last 9 years.  Pete was also the Head Coach for Four Bridges Flash swim team  in Liberty Township, Ohio where he had coached swimmers from age 6 to 18 for the 6 years.  For the last 3 years Pete has been the Head Coach for Mt. Notre Dame High School swim team. Pete daughter Zaida swims in the Silver group.

Pete is a certified YMCA coach, a licensed USA Swim Coach, a certified OHSAA Coach and Level II swim official.  In addition to coaching swim teams, he has worked as an aquatics instructor, coached soccer at various levels and coached baseball.  He would describe himself as enthusiastic, reliable, organized and hardworking. His motivation, great sense of humor and positive nature enable him to relate to people at all fitness levels and ages. He has a great rapport with the swimmers because he understands how hard they work and train to achieve their goals.

 As a coach, he committed to teaching all team members new skills and enhancing those skills they already possess. Conveying the principles of sportsmanship is one of the fundamentals of his coaching philosophy.   As a coach, he always encourages participation in the sport but, places a strong emphasis on academic performance and being a good student.  What is most important to Pete is that the swimmer has fun participating and being a member of a team.  He believes that every swimmer should feel important, valued and successful.

Brett Burns Lead Coach AG1 & AG2

Coach Brett Burns is coming to us from GMVY. He will join his mom who has been on our coaching staff for 30 years. Brett was a Torpedo growing up and was a very accomplished swimmer. He still holds 15 team records. Brett is married to Sheena and has two kids _____(5) and Scarlett(3). 

Brent Ketcham Lead Coach AG3

Brent began volunteering with the Yellow group in 2015.  Brent has an extensive coaching background that started in 1990.  1990-1998 Brent coached in Mt. Vernon, IN working with 6 & unders up through high school teams.  1998-1999 Brent was the Head Coach of Tecumseh Swim Club in IN.  1999-2000 he was the head coach for South West Indiana Aquatics in Evansville, IN.  2005-2006 Brent was the head coach at Robinson High School where he lead 6 swimmers to qualify for the North Carolina State Championships.  Brent's daughter Elizabeth currently swims in Age Group 4 for Countryside.

Nancy Cochran Lead Coach Senior 1

Nancy joined the Countryside Torpedoes coaching staff in 2017 and is in her second year as Lead Coach for Age Group 1. She is a native to the Greater Cincinnati area and began swimming at the age of 8. She continued swimming and diving competitively in the Northern Kentucky Swim League (NKSL) for 10 years, the Northern Kentucky Piranha’s (now disbanded), Dixie High School, Scott High School and lead the Taylor Mill Swim Club diving team for one year as Head Coach. 

Prior to her current position as AG1 Lead Coach, Nancy presided as a Swim Instructor at Countryside for two years, Assistant Coach for the Y’s Pre-competitive Swim Team for three, and coached one year as an Assistant Age Group Coach. She believes that it is important for swimmers to understand that despite their experience and current ability, they are each an important member of the team, that they develop a vision of success and have goals to achieve that vision. She strives to work with swimmers to close the gap on those goals by encouraging a good work ethic, stroke refinement, belief in self, developing a positive attitude and having fun! Nancy and her husband Paul have two children, Paul and Nathan. Nathan is currently swimming with the AG4 Torpedoes.

Bob Hiller Assistant Coach SR2

Bob has been a Countryside Y volunteer assistant coach since 1993.  Bob was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and was the 1968 Tennessee State Swimming Champion in 400 IM, and 400 and 1500 Free.  He swam his freshman year for Doc Counsilman at Indiana University and played water polo 3 years for IU graduating in 1973 with a degree in English Literature.  Bob graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1976.  He has practiced law in Ohio and Kentucky for over 40 years.

Bob's swim coaching career began in 1970 at the JCC in New Orleans for 2 summers during college, and continued in Cincinnati as a summer league coach in 1974-1975. He served an assistant coach under head coaches Charlie Hickcox and then Skip Kenney with the Cincinnati Marlins from 1975-1977.  In various swim seasons over the years Bob has coached all of the CY age groups, other than Su’s 8 & Unders.  Since 2002, Bob has exclusively assisted with the National/SR2 group.  Bob was inducted into the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League Hall of Fame and Countryside YMCA named Bob Volunteer of the Year in 2010.  

Bob and his wife Mean Jean have been members of CY since 1980.  They have 3 sons, Web, Dean and Cody, all of whom swam for CY.  Cody was a State Finalist in breaststroke for St. Xavier H.S. in 2007, was an Academic High School All-American that year, and swam on a couple of YMCA National Championship relays for CY.  Bob and Jeannie became grandparents in 2019, thanks to Cody and his wife Clea who live near Bend, Oregon.  Bob competed in the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and other triathlons since 1983.

Jim German Assistant Coach SR2

Jim swam for GlenOak High School in North Canton, Ohio in the mid-70's.  He went on to swim Division I for Eastern Kentucky University and The University of Akron.  Jim formally began coaching in 1978 as Head Coach of the Canton City Schools USA Swim Team in Canton, Ohio.  In 1981 he became the Head Coach at the North Canton YMCA, North Canton, OH for four years.  While finishing his degrees at The University of Akron he became the Men's Assistant Swimming Coach there from 1981-84.  From 2011-16 Jim coached Little Miami High School and Junior High School Swim Teams.  

Jim became involved with the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes as a volunteer coach in 2004.  Over the years at Countryside he has coached all age groups and abilities from novice to YMCA National Champions.  Jim enjoys creating a positive high-energy team-oriented atmosphere where athletes can grow, mature, and reach new limits through competitive swimming.  As a former swimmer Jimunderstands the challenges of training, winning and losing, as well as balancing life and academics in and out of the pool.

His wife Liz is a swimming instructor and guard at the Countryside YMCA.  He has two sons, Wally and Jack.  Both were former CY Torpedoes.

Rob Johnston Assistant Coach JR1
Matt Rhodenbaugh Assistant Coach AG3

Matt started coaching the Blue group in September 2015.  Matt has a lifetime of swimming experience and knowledge that he brings to Countryside. He swam for Cincinnati Marlins for 12 years and Oak Hills High School all four years qualifying for state his senior year.   He coached at Gamble Nippert Y in the early 90's.  Matt was a graduate of Ohio University where he swam all four years and currently works for US Bank.  Matt has two children Hannah and Heidi that currently swim for the Torpedoes.

Amy Winkler Assistant Coach AG4

Amy began coaching Countryside in the fall of 2015 with the Silver group.  She started swimming at age 7 for the Philipps Aquatic Club in Dayton.  At age 10 she started year round swimming for the Kettering YMCA and swam there until graduation from Alter High School.  Amy was a 4 year varsity swimmer at Alter and a 2 time YMCA National qualifier. Amy then went on to swim at Xavier University.  She was the head coach of the Philipps Aquatic Club for 4 years.  Led the team to 2 league championships.  Amy has also been a swim instructor at Blue Ash Y and Countryside Y.  Her two children Anna and Zach are currently swimming for the Torpedoes. Amy is a full time social work care manager for CareSource. 

Carissa Hensley Assistant Coach AG1
Faith Wethington Assistant Coach AG2

Faith started swimming at age thirteen for Little Miami Junior High. It only took one year and she fell in love with the sport of swimming. Since then she has been swimming for Little Miami High School, the Landen Stingrays, and Countryside. When swimming with Landen, she learned the importance of working hard and how to make that fun. Over the five years that she has been with Little Miami, she has had the honor of being a team captain and going to the SWOC districts meet three years in a row. She has been swimming with Countryside for one year. Swimming for Countryside has shown Faith how much she loves swimming. She discovered that she wants to make a career in coaching and never want to be away from the pool! She is very passionnant about working hard in the pool but having fun and teaching kids about important life lessons while doing it.

Aidan Combs Assistant Coach AG4

Over the past eight years Aidan swam for the Cincinnati Marlins, Landen Stingrays, and Countryside Torpedoes. After suffering a back injury, he decided to help Brandon coach Senior 1 on and off during his senior year of high school.  Aidan graduated in May of 2020, and he currently attends Ohio University. He is looking forward to joining their club swim team in the future, once students are brought back to campus and club activities can begin.     

Aidan’s commitment to the Countryside Torpedoes, attending practices and assisting the coaches shows by example that a strong work ethic and determination are crucial in progressing in the sport, and he hopes to pass those values on to his swimmers.  He will strive to help swimmers refine their technique, stay focused in practice, and believe in their own abilities.

Heidi Rhodenbaugh Assistant Coach Junior 2
Board of Directors
Jason Roberts Head Coach/Coach Rep to Boosters
Shari Rhodenbaugh Booster Board President
Dana Ketcham Booster General Treasurer
Janie Lakes Secretary
Kari Fisher Booster Committee Director
Cara Schweikert Booster Meet Director
Carissa Hensley Booster Communications
Holly Colon YMCA Aquatics Executive