Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Ed Bachman Dir. of Competitive Swimming & Sr. 1

Head Coach 

American Swim Coaches Association Life Member   

University of Cincinnati – Four Year Varsity Swimmer and Team Captain  

Ed has been involved in swimming for more than 50 years, as a swimmer and a coach.    He was a High School AllAmerican at Mariemont High School and inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame.     At the University of Cincinnati, he majored in Education, where he was an NCAA Div I qualifier in the 1650 and finished 13th in the mile at USA Senior Nationals.

After graduating from UC, Ed became a professional triathlete for seven years and was ranked in the Top 20 for Olympic Distance in the U.S.  and was a twotime Hawaiian Ironman qualifier. Ed hung up his running shoes, bicycle and wetsuit to coach full time in 1980 and became a member of the AB staff in 1986 as the 1314 coach under the great Larry Lyons, former head coach of ABLY.

Ed rejoined the Anderson Barracudas in 2015,  after spending twelve years owning and coaching his club team, Kingfish Aquatic Club as well as Gamble Nippert YMCA before that.

Under his coaching, his swimmers have accomplished the following:

· More than 80 High School AllAmericans

· Over 20 Ohio and Kentucky High School State Champions

· 5 High School State Record Holders

· 1 Swimming World “National Swimmer of the Year”

· 10 Top 16 at USA Senior Nationals, 1 Runner up at Senior Nats

· 3 Swimmers qualified for International competion resprenting  USA Swimming

· 15 swimmers qualified  to Olympic Trials, including a semifinalist

· Over 40 YMCA individual national champions

· 10 YMCA individual and 6 Relays who were  National Record holders  

In addition to coaching swimmers from the entry level to the highest levels in the sport, Ed himself, is a nationally recognized coach.  Under his leadership, his  teams have accomplished the following:

· Coached Anderson Barracudas to six consecutive National titles

· Seven time YMCA National Champions short course and long course season

· Ohio High School State Coach of the Year

· Elected to Hall of Fame by Ohio High School Coaches Assoc.

· National YMCA Coach of the Year

· Threetime recepient of the USA Swimming Performance Award

· Member of the Ohio High School Executive Committee for over 25 years

· Board of Directors of Ohio Swimming

· Ohio High School Swimming Coaches Association former president

· In 2002, Anderson Barracudas was a Gold Medal club – Top 16 of all USA clubs in the country and the only YMCA team that year with Gold Medal status

· Was the first YMCA team to win Summer  Nationals boys title, girls title and combined team title  

· Served on the Olympic Training Center coaching staff on two separate occassions

· Ohio High School District Coach of the year twelve times

In his free time, Ed still enjoys biking,  is an avid golfer and escapes a few times a year to ski.

Nikolaus Balmer Sr II

An Albuquerque, New Mexico native, Nik began his swimming career on the west coast with the Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team. There he qualified for both LCM/SCY NCSA and USA Swimming Jr. Nationals competitions in his last 3 seasons with the Vipers, and holds state LCM records in the 100 and 200 BR. In addition to club, he swam for Rio Rancho High School, and was NMAA HS State Runner-Up in the Boys 100 SCY Breaststroke in his senior season. Following his age group stint, he attended school at the University of Cincinnati where he continued his swimming career as a varsity athlete and 3 time American Athletic Conference scorer in the 100BR, 200 BR and 400IM while earning degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2016. In addition to his personal experiences with swimming, Nik has coached summer league swimming as a volunteer coach for the Chamisa Hills Barracudas of Rio Rancho, NM for 2 seasons and provided swimming lessons to children of all ages since he was 16. Nik resides in Cincinnati, where he works conducting Alzheimer’s research for the UC College of Medicine.  

Ann Crilley Cuda

Assistant Coach:Bronze Group

Ann Crilley continues her coaching career for the Bronze Group with her first year with Anderson Barracudas after relocating to Northern Kentucky earlier this year with her husband. Ann started coaching summer league in Richmond, Virginia for 4 years before moving to North Carolina where she coached high school swim team for 3 years. A Master in Education at Eastern Carolina University relocated Ann once again where she was able to coach summer club again before spending the 2015-2016 season with Sailfish Aquatics in Concord, NC coaching 10 and unders. Some her favorite moments and greatest achievements as a coach is that 'aha' moment in the water when everything clicks and the swimmers experience instant improvements.

Cara Wethington Cuda & Bronze assistant

Cara joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2017 as the Cuda assistant coach and is now assisting with the bronze group. She began her swimming career at this very pool, starting out in swim lessons and later joining the Anderson Barracudas where she continued to swim for 11 years. Throughout her time as a Barracuda she was a member of the Y National Team and earned her first Long Course National Cut at the age of 14 by winning the 200 Free at AA Championships. She attended Anderson High School and was a part of the varsity swim team focusing on 100 fly and 200 IM. Senior year, she was a member of the women’s 400 free relay that qualified for state. Cara is now finishing up college at Miami University and will be graduating in May with a Bachelors Degree in Public Health and Nutrition Minor. Her favorite part of coaching is being able to share her passion for swimming with her swimmers and getting every chance she can to swim with them.

Brittany Sutphin Bronze

Assistant Coach

Brittany Sutphin is new to the coaching staff as Assistant in Bronze Group, but not new to the team. She started her swimming career at Turpin Hill Swim Club, then swam at Mariemont Aquatics Club before becoming an Anderson Barracuda. Brittany also swam all 4 years as a varsity swimmer at Turpin High School where she focused on distance freestyle events 500 and 1650 were her favorite events, but also loved 200 IM. Her coaching career started in summer league at Coldstream Country Club, before coaching junior varsity at Turpin High School. In addition to coaching she spent 7 years working for Cincinnati Recreation Commission teaching adapted aquatics to individuals with disabilities. Brittany took a break from coaching to raise a family and pursue other career's, but when her children join the team she realized that her passion was to be back on the pool deck.

Mike Teter Pre-Senior

Assistant Coach:Pre Senior

Sandy Hurtt Campbell County

Head Campbell County Coach

Sandy was a competitive swimmer for 12 years and has spent the last 10 years teaching private lessons at the Campbell County YMCA. She has spent the last 3 years as the Head Coach of the Ft. Thomas Swim Club. During the school year she is a substitute teacher. We welcome Sandy to the Barracuda family.

Mayson Hurtt Campbell County
  • Assistant Coach: Campbell County
Christopher Rushman Head Masters & Pre-Comp Coach

C.J. joined the ABLY program in November 1996, as the co-founder and first Masters Coach and Pre-Competitive coach. He has 25+ years of progressive coaching positions from summer league, age group, high school and Masters. He swam collegiately for the University of Cincinnati, where he was a member of two conference championship teams. He currently is the Great Lakes Zone Director for USMS. C.J. has served on the Board of Directors for United States Masters Swimming as Corporate Secretary for 4 years and an At-Large Director for 1 year. C.J. has earned a Presidential Citation for his work as Secretary, a Dot Donnelly Service Award and the prestigious Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award. C.J. is an American Swimming Coaches Association Life member and a United States Masters Swimming Certified Level 3 Coach, certified USA Triathlon Coach as well as a Swimming Official, both for the YMCA and USA Swimming.

Corey Mullins Masters Coach
Grant Wethington Pre-Sr. & Silver Coach
Jordyn Torrens Cuda
Ryan DePietro Silver
Board of Directors
Trish Craft Publicity
Tim Hart Meet Coordinator
Amanda Matern Officials
Brittany Sutphin Recruiting/Coaches
Karl Dostal President/Fundraising
Amanda Meyers Spirit Wear
Theresa Schmelzer Concessions
Mark Stenger Past President
Stephanie Grandy Volunteers