Firestone Akron Swim Team

470 Castle Blvd | Akron, OH 44313 | P: 330.761.3274

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Cindy Dial Head Coach

Cindy is beginning her 30th year of coaching with the past 15 years at FAST and Firestone High School. She has coached at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Glen Oak High School and Louisville High School. Along with coaching swimming, she also coached Water Polo at Glen Oak High School and helped the team win the Ohio State Water Polo Championship.
Throughout the years, Cindy has coached 10 Ohio High School State Champions, over 100 All Americans and 4 swimmers to Olympic Trials. She is a Level 5 ASCA Coach.

Carl Shallenberger Head Age Group Coach

Carl has been coaching since 2000. He has coached with the Western Reserve Seariders and Kent Roosevelt High School before moving to FAST and Firestone in 2007-2009. Carl became the Aquatics and Team director for the YMCA of Wooster in 2010. Carl swam for the Western Reserve Seariders, swam and ran for Field High School as well as the Ashland Eagles during College. In Carl's spare time he reads a lot.

Kelsey Wenk Coach Developmental 1 and 2

Kelsey Wenk-Developmental 1 and 2  Coach

Age 19

I started competitive swimming at the age of 6 and fell in love with the sport right away. The pool has always been my 2nd home. There's nothing I love more than working hard to accomplish something and helping those in need (or those who want to improve themselves as athletes). I have taught swim lessons for Make A Splash for 5 years, American Red Cross swim lessons for 2 years, and have coached summer league swimming. I currently attend Kent State University and am majoring in early childhood education with a 4/5 endorsement.  Coaching at FAST is an opportunity for me to give other swimmers the fun loving and hard work environment I had growing through the sport. I aspire to help each swimmer reach their full potential in and out of the water.

 

Kelsey

Katy Alkire Assistant Coach-Senior Group

Katy Alkire, CT, AT, ATC

Age:25

Years at FAST: 4

 

Katy started swimming for FAST at age 9 and continued through high school swimming at Firestone, where she was a four year letter winner competing at the district meet all four years and the state meet as a junior and senior. She continued swimming for the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders where she was a school record holder in the 200 IM, 4 year letter winner and earned multiple All-OAC and OAC swimmer of the week awards. After graduating from Mount with a Bachelors of Science degree in athletic training with honors and minors in health and psychology, she is continuing her education at Walsh University. She worked for the last three years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with their NCAA division II athletic teams. Currently she is in the internship phase of her masters degree in mental health counseling back at the University of Mount Union working as a counselor in the office of Alcohol, Drug and Wellness Education. She is>

Katy started coaching swimming 7 years ago. This is her 4th year at FAST, and she is also an assistant coach with the high school team.  Katy is not the first Alkire to swim for Firestone nor the last. Her dad, two uncles and her aunt swam before her and her brother followed in her footsteps.

 

Katy

 

Lauren Vegh Assistant Coach-Developmental 1 and 2

Lauren Vegh

Age: 18 

I currently attend Kent State University pursuing a major in nursing. I have swam for about 12 years of my life. I was on a state relay team my freshman and sophomore year of high school. I enjoy playing with my dogs and going on little vacations when I have the time. I swam for FAST for about 5 years and have always loved the environment and the people. I enjoy working with the kids and helping them become better athletes.

 

Steve Dial Assistant Coach-Senior Group
Will King Coach- White Group

Will King-Coach of White Group

Age-31

Former Firestone Falcon, I enjoy cooking and baking. I also like taking on new physical challenges. Coaching for FAST is an honor and privilege.   This chance to coach and give back to FAST is an opportunity I cherish. I have faith that I will be able to inspire our athletes and help guide them to conquer the goal that lay ahead of them. 

Brian Peresie Coach
Erin Crabtree Coach

Erin grew up in Wooster, OH and began swimming at the age of 8. Erin swam and played volleyball for Wooster High School. She finished her swimming career at the University of Akron, where she earned her Undergrad in Teaching: 7-12 Social Studies and Master's in Principalship/School Leadership.She taught for 14 years at the high school level (also coaching high school) and 2 years of swim gym at the elementary level. Erin began coaching swimming after her last year of competing for Akron University and has been coaching ever since with age group to high school and college-level athletes, from Novice to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Erin has been a Lake Erie Zone Coach and Mid-States Coach, and involved on the Lake Erie Board.  She loves figuring out what a swimmer is naturally gifted at and getting them to be their best, seeing kids grow into well-rounded student-athletes, all while having fun! 

She LOVES homemade, extra gooey rice crispy treats! It takes her a bit to wake up in the morning, as she's not a morning person-not the best for a life-long swim person lol. She loves a good nap. She's quiet, but is passionate about what she does and the kids she coaches. 80s & 90s music is the best and she can't sing, but does it loudly and proudly anyway (in her car-everyone but the passengers are lucky). If you have a question, just ask!

My journey of being a mom has brought me to FAST. FAST allows me the ability to be the coach I want to be in an atmosphere I can thrive in to be the best for each athlete AND be the best mom I can be to my daughter, who has also joined the team. 

Board of Directors