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.

Steve Dial Assistant Coach-Senior Group
Brian Peresie Coach-Akron University
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. 

Dylan Paterniti Assistant Coach
Dylan Peachock Assistant Coach
Bex Freebairn Assistant Coach-Akron University
Board of Directors