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 Senior 2, Pre-Senior

Head Coach: Senior 2

An Albuquerque, New Mexico native, Nik is in his third season with the Barracudas. He began his swimming career in a USA Swimming background with the Vipers of Albuqeruque swim team where he was a 3 time NCSA Nationals qualifier in both LCM and SCY, held NM State LCM records in both the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, and was State runner up in the 100 Breaststroke in his senior year of high school with the Rio Rancho Rams. Nik attended the University of Cincinnati and was a 3 time American Athletic Conference scorer in the 100/200 Breast and the 400IM, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience. After graduating from UC and retiring after 13 years in the sport, he pursued a career in preventative Alzheimers research before hanging up his lab coat to return to the pool deck to become a member of the AB staff. He has since coached multiple  Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League record-holders and YMCA National qualifiers. 

Ryan DePietro Senior 1, Silver
Brittany Sutphin Bronze

Head Coach: Bronze

Brittany Sutphin joined the coaching staff as Head Coach to the Bronze Group but is 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.

Jordyn Torrens Cuda

Assistant Coach: Cudas

Jordyn was a competitive swimmer for ABLY for 11 years. She was a 4 time summer National qualifier and 3 time winter national qualifier. Her best events were sprint butterfly events. She graduated from New Richmond High school in 2018 where she swam and went to state all 4 years. Jordyn studies Biology and French at the University of Cincinnati. This will be her second year on staff. 

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 Coach

C.J. joined the ABLY program in November 1996, as the Pre-Competitive coach, a co-founder of our Masters program and first Masters Coach. C.J. has thirty plus 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 (92 & 93). C.J. has served on the United States Masters Swimming Board of Directors as Corporate Secretary for 4 years (2009 -2013), as an At-Large Director for the Board for 1 year (2013-2014) and Great Lakes Zone Director for USMS (2015-2019). C.J. has earned a Presidential Citation for his work as USMS Corporate Secretary, a Dot Donnelly Service Award (2014), the Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award (2018), and the prestigious Ted Haartz U.S. Masters Swimming Staff Appreciation Award (2019). 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.

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
Mark Stenger Past President
Stephanie Grandy Volunteers