Ohio Swimming

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Teresa Fightmaster Head Coach

With over 45 years of experience within the swimming world not only as an athlete but coach, Teresa brings a wealth of experience as well as knowledge to our Pau Hana swimming program. She is a high-energy coach who truly enjoys working with student-athletes to explore their inner most capabilities. She is a firm believer in quality training with the emphasis on proper stroke mechanics specific to each individual.

Teresa has developed Junior National qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers, Grand Prix qualifiers, YMCA National Runner-up champion and qualifiers, Ohio High School State champions and qualifiers, Quad qualifiers, Zone and Age Group individual and relay champions and qualifiers, placed swimmers in the Top 16 in the Country and had Age Group Individuals as well as Team Hi Point winners. She was the Ohio Age Group Coach of the Year for the 2006-2007 seasons and has served 2 times as an Ohio Zone coach. She has also served on the Ohio Swimming Board as an Age Group Rep, Board of Review and is currently Co Senior Chair.
Personal highlights include:  2-Time Ohio High School State Champion and Runner-up in the 100 breaststroke, Full-Athletic Scholarship to The Ohio State University, 5 time NCAA All-American, 3 time Individual Big Ten Champion, 4 year All- Big Ten selection, Big Ten record Holder 50 Yard Breaststroke, Co-Captain, 1984 Olympic Trial qualifier, and National Team member at the World Student Games in 1983.

Teresa has a BS in Psychology as well as a Master’s in the Psychological Sociological Aspects of Sport. In 2002 she was inducted into The Ohio State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2004 to her High School Alma Mater, Newark High School Hall of Fame as only the 2nd female ever to have received such award.

Teresa’s coaching credentials include Age Group, Middle School, High School, Master’s, as well as Assistant Swimming Coach for the Men’s & Women’s programs at Texas A & M University and Assistant Women’s coach at The University of Illinois. She also spent a year teaching at The United States Coast Guard Academy.

Keith DeVore Assistant Coach

Keith has been coaching competitive swimming for 13 years. His has a wide range of coaching experience being involved with summer clubs, USA, YMCA, and high school programs. He also competed in the sport for 14 years. He has helped to train YMCA Zone and USA Junior Olympic swimmers, as well as OHSAA District and State Qualifiers. He believes in maximizing every yard of training to produce technically sound swimmers. 


Keith Graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems. He was a four year varsity letter winner, two time conference champion, and multiple all conference swimmer. He also served as a team captain for two seasons. He is currently employed by Ohio State University. . 


Keith is married and has three children. Christie (wife), Courtney (11), Cole (9), and Kayleigh (1) love to spend time at swim meets and traveling with Keith to meets.  Cole is a member of the Polu group. 

Amanda Schneider Assistant Coach


  • University of Georgia – Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems & Risk Management Insurance
  • Ball State University – Masters in Athletic Coaching Education

Swimming Experience:

  • 2000 Olympic Team Member (5th  place), 1996 Olympic Team Alternate
  • US National Champion in 200 Back (’97, ’00)
  • On multiple national teams including: 1997 Pan Pacific Team (Fukuaka, Japan), 1998 World Championship Team (Perth, Australia), and 1999 World University Games Team (Mallorca, Spain)
  • Captain of the 1999 NCAA Women’s National Champion University of Georgia Team
  • 13 time NCAA All-American, American Record holder, and NCAA Academic All-American

Coaching Experience:

  • 5th year coaching with the Pau Hana Swim Team
  • 18th season as a part-time assistant swim coach at Denison University
  • Coached numerous All-Americans, NCAA Champions, and Olympic Qualifiers
  • Has given private lessons for over 20 years and has coached all ages from 3-23.

Additional Honors, Activities, & Fun Facts:

  • Lives in Granville with her husband Brad and three children Ella, Nolan, and Violet
  • Co-founded 100+ Women Who Care, Licking County, a charity that has raised over $80,000 for non-profit organizations in Licking County
  • Loves all things to do with water: fish, boat, ski, and mostly swim.  Also, you may catch her running around Granville training for one race or another.
  • Deep passion for chocolate chip cookies, preferably fresh out of the oven

Why coach?

I love interacting with the athletes and seeing them find the joy that I have appreciated about the sport.  Very few careers will you find as rewarding and as challenging as coaching.  It is never the same day twice.   Teaching a child to swim is almost magical.  You can literally observe fear and anxiety melt away as strength and courage take over. 

Axel Birnbrich Assistant Coach


Swam for The Ohio State University, Captain Senior year

Have been Coaching for 42 years:

Started 4 new Teams: Newark YMCA, Garver YMCA, Delaware YMCA, & Anthem Dolphins (Arizona USA Swimming club)

Have coached many All-Americans and YMCA National Champions

National Level 3 Official (USA Swimming)

Married for 42 years, have 3 Boys and 4 Grandchildren

Also have 3 Golden Retrievers

Steve Lauffer Assistant Coach

Steve has been coaching with Pau Hana since 2016/2017 season.  His swimming experience includes 13 years of competitive swimming with the Phillps 66 Splash Club and at The Ohio State University.  He retired from competitive swimming due to an injury and then transitioned into coaching.  He spent three years at Ohio State student coaching the Varsity Men’s Team under the direction of Coach Wadley. 


For age group swimming, his focus is on swimming technique.  The skills they learn early on will allow them to develop into great swimmers.  


He and his wife have two daughters that both swim.  They all love the water and enjoy competitive swimming.

Christina Holmes Assistant Coach

Christi is happy to be helping Pau Hana Swim Team in Zanesville this season.  She is head coach of the Tri-Valley High School swim team and the Dresden Dorados summer swim team.  She also conducts a middle school outreach competitive swim program each spring at the Muskingum County Family Y.

Christi graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1990 and swam on the Navy Women’s Swimming and Diving team all four years.  At Navy, she was an NCAA DII All-American and was inducted into USNA Athletic Hall of Fame upon graduation.  As Tri-Valley’s first-ever swimmer, she was a two-time OHSAA state finalist and was inducted into the Tri-Valley HS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.  She grew up swimming with the Zanesville Y Piranhas and the Newark Area Swim Team of the YMCA (NASTY).  
Since college and throughout her military career, she has stayed active in competitive swimming as a swimmer, coach, official and swim mom to Caroline and Hansel.   She really misses her daily San Diego open water and outdoor pool swims though!

“I love coaching swimmers of all ages and abilities and look forward to the unique energy each season brings to the pool deck.   Whether it’s high school, middle school or summer league, it’s fun to watch the swimmers achieve their goals, gain self-confidence, and become better people through hard work and the lessons learned in this sport.” 


Juli Pintz Assistant Coach

Juli Pintz has been coaching for over 9 years.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Ohio University with degrees in Recreation.  She really enjoyed distance swimming, including competing in several open water races.   At Ohio State she served as Meet Coordinator for Club Swimming at Ohio State.  She has coached multiple J.O. qualifiers, including top 16 finishers.  She believes in creating a fun environment that focuses on sound technique and that fosters participation in swimming as a life long sport.

In her free time she enjoys running and traveling.  She currently works for the Granville Recreation District as their Program Director.  Juli has two awesome guinea pigs named Coco and Melli.


Board of Directors
Jennifer Bunstine Treasurer
Staci Stought Registration and Entry Chair