Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brad Isham Head Coach/CEO

As Head Coach and CEO, Brad Isham oversees the development and direction of the Cincinnati Marlins, and serves as the National group lead coach.  

Brad brings to the Cincinnati Marlins 20+ years of experience in coaching competitive swimming at all levels. Prior to the Marlins Brad was Head Coach at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio from 2001-2017.  While at Countryside Brad demonstrated success by winning 2 YMCA Team National Championships and by coaching high performing swimmers whose achievements included Olympic Trials Qualifiers, Senior and Junior National Qualifiers, and 94 YMCA Individual National Champions.  Additionally, Brad was named YMCA National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2005, 2014.

Brad also served as Head Coach for Ursuline Academy (UA) from 2009 - 2017. Under Brad’s leadership, UA won 2 Ohio High School State Championships and 6 GGCL Conference titles.  Brad earned several High School Coach of the Year honors as Head Coach at UA. Brad was Head Coach for Kings High School for 6 years prior to coaching UA.

Brad is a native of Canton, Ohio.  He attended University Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in 1995.  Brad and his wife Jocelyn have 2 children.

Lindsey Niergarth Head Age Group Coach, Red 1 Lead Coach

Lindsey is an ASCA Member and Level 3 coach and has been involved with swimming since she was four years old. In 2008, she qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 100 fly. Over the course of her career, Lindsey has worked with club, high school, and college swimmers, and has helped produced JO Champions, Futures qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers, and Olympic Trials qualifiers. Most recently, Lindsey served as the Head Age Group Coach as well as Senior Program Director for Peddie Aquatics in New Jersey. Lindsey's swimmers have broken numerous club and state records in both individual and relay swims. Lindsey also helped design a Youth Leadership Council for the club team, as well as helped run numerous clinics and summer camps for all ages of swimmers. 

Lindsey attended The University of South Carolina, where she studied Psychology and Sport and Entertainment Management. She received her Master's Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Argosy University.   She has a deep passion for the sport of swimming and loves helping athletes reach their highest potential both in and out of the pool. Her coaching philosophy centers around her Sports Psychology degree and her desire to teach kids how to love swimming. Lindsey's goal is to coach the whole athlete: mind, body, and spirit to not only be a successful swimmer, but a well rounded individual as well. Lindsey has a beautiful one year old daughter and enjoys cooking and college football.

Jeff Stueve Keating National Asst Coach

Jeff joined the Marlins in the spring of 2017. He was previously an assistant coach with the Countryside Torpedoes from 2003-2017. From 2003-2007 he was the lead coach for the 11-12 age group and from 2007-2008 the lead coach for the 13-14 age group. He was an assistant National Group coach from 2004-2017. He was the Head Coach at Mount Notre Dame High School from 2011-2013. He is presently a partner in the Lebanon, Ohio law firm of Fowler & Stueve. Jeff and his wife Jenn have four children.

Katie McClure Keating Red 3 Coach

Katie started her competitive swimming career with the Cincinnati Aquatic Club. She joined the Marlins from 2007-2009. She then continued on swimming in Division 2 at Ashland University. There she was part of the GLIAC Academic Excellence Team all 4 years and received a Scholar All-American Honorable Mention. Katie was also captain of the team.

She was also a volunteer and supervisor for the local swim school run by the swim team.

Katie graduated with an Early Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood degree and is currently a Preschool Intervention Specialist in the area. She is very excited to start working with everyone at Sycamore!

Tammi Morris Keating Red 2 Lead Coach, White Coach
Taylor Dorrington Keating Red 4 Coach
Taylor was born and raised in Cincinnati, the Westside to be specific. She graduated from Oak Hills High School in 2019. Currently she is a nursing major at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, pursuing Pediatrics. 
Taylor started her swim career 5 years ago swimming for Oak Hills High School. She was selected captain for her senior year and helped lead the team to compete in Sectionals and Districts. 
In 2019 she completed an undefeated season with her summer club team, the Delshire Dolphins. This season was her 4th year coaching for the Dolphins. She is excited to begin a new chapter here with the Cincinnati Marlins, and hopes to be an asset to the club. 
Mariann Strenk Keating Blue 1 Asst Coach

Mimi Strenk will be working with the Blue 1 group at Central. Before coming to Marlins Central, Mimi was Head Site Coach at Marlins West where she coached the Gold group.  Prior to coaching for the Marlins, she coached at OHST for 4 years. Mimi also coached at McAuley High School for 4 years and was named GGCL Coach of the Year twice.  She also coached at Oak Hills Swim and Racquet Club. Mimi swam for Gamble Nippert YMCA, Mother of Mercy High School, and  St. Louis University where she swam on an athletic scholarship.

Connor Blatt Keating Assistant Blue & National

Coach Connor joined the Marlins in Summer 2020. Connor is a graduate of Carroll High School in Dayton, where he was a state and national meet qualifier. He then competed at the University of Cincinnati for one season, becoming a finalist at the 2019 American Athletic Conference Championships. He is currently continuing school at UC. Connor has experience working with several top-level coaches and coached for his hometown Dayton Raiders for one season.

Hailey Olson NKU Lead Site Coach, Blue Groups

Hailey is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she swam and coached for the M.E. Lyons Anderson Barracudas. She  graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and she swam for the varsity women's swim team for four years.  Hailey brings her passion for swimming and her enthusiasm for coaching to the Marlins at NKU.

Mavis Bushelman NKU Lead Coach Red Groups

Maggie started her competitive swimming career with the Northern Kentucky Clippers at age 6. She joined the Marlins from 2002-2008. Her coaching career began in high school when she began to teach private lessons and coach at the Beechwood Swim Club (NKSL). Maggie then went on to coach her first USA team, Shockwave Aquatic Team, while attending the University of Mississippi. Since she's been back in the area Maggie has been an assistant coach of Highlands High School leading them to 2 Regional championships and two 3rd place boys team finishes at State.   Maggie has also been an assistant coach for the Five Seasons Gators (NKSL) during summers 2018 and 2019. In 2019 the Gators went undefeated and won the league championship meet.

Aaron Dorfman NKU Asst Coach

Aaron has been involved with the sport of swimming for almost 30 years.  He grew up in Colerain Township and started swimming for Orchard Hill Swim Club (where he was in the exhibition heat every single meet). At age 14, he committed more to the sport (backing off from cello and other sports) to focus more on swimming.    He swam competitively for Powel Crosley YMCA and was a Y National qualifier in both the Spring and Summer.  Aaron swam for the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a degree in Dietetics.  He then went on to complete his dietetic internship at Marshall University and a Masters in Nutrition.

Aaron has coached at Clippard YMCA, Gamble Nippert YMCA (with Coach Brad – 2000 YMCA LC Champs) and he founded the Mercy HealthPlex Sea Wolves.  Under Aaron’s leadership, the Sea Wolves grew from five swimmers to over 285, two training sites to four, two coaches to 14, jumped from a 3,000 ranking to the top 150 nationally, qualified an Olympic Trials athlete (high school swimmer) in 2015, achieved multiple top 10 finishes at the Junior Olympic meet, trained multiple state champions, coached LSC record holders and was selected to attend the USA Swimming Diversity Clinic in 2015.

Aaron has a full time job in career development for a real estate brokerage in Ft. Wright, KY.  He lives in Anderson Township with his wife and children.

Jessica Carpenter Sycamore Lead Site Coach, Red 1 Coach

Jessica has swam since she was nine years old with Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio and Dynamo Swim Team. She made high school states all 4 years and was able to experience winning states in the 200 medley relay with 3 of her teammates. Jessica was also apart of a State Runner Up Team in D2 with Bishop Hartley. She was an All State and All American swimmer in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, & 100 freestyle, as well as relays. After high school swimming was over she continued her swimming career at Bowling Green State University for two years. Jessica then transferred to UC to finish her education to get a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has previously helped coach a team in Columbus called Eastmoor Swim Club and coached in Bowling Green with the Bowling Green Swim Club.

Ashley Yanzsa Sycamore Red 2 Coach

Ashley swam for the Marlins from 2003-2009 and her family is still part of the marlin family. Her sister Sarah swims in the senior group at Marlins North. Ashley graduated from Lakota East high school and was a four year letter winner and a four time state qualifier. She went on to swim for the University of Wisconsin ' Milwaukee and for the University of Cincinnati. Ashley graduated from Cincinnati with an Accounting degree. She now works for Ultimus Fund Solutions as a mutual fund accountant.

Anthony Roberts II Sycamore Red 4 Coach

Tony Roberts comes to the Marlins from the staff the Sycamore Flying Fish.  Tony has over 15 years of coaching experience working with young swimmers.  His enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport has earned him respect among Cincinnati’s coaches, parents and swimmers.  An Indiana University graduate, Tony also teaches math in the Cincinnati Public Schools.

Kathleen Burns West Clermont Coach

Kathy Burns grew up in Cincinnati. She started her swimming when she was 8 years old. She started helping her coach with the younger group when she was only a teenager.  This is where she found her love of coaching. She had the privilege of coaching under some great coaches in her many years. Kathy comes to the Marlins from the Sea Wolves to coach for the West Clermont Marlins site. 

Scott Goodpaster Strength and Conditioning Coach

In 2005, Goodpaster founded Cincinnati Functional Fitness, his state-of –the-art performance and personal training facility dedicated to changing and enhancing the lifestyle and fitness habits of motivated individuals. CFF works with individual clients, athletes, and teams to reach their optimal fitness level. Goodpaster graduated in 2002 from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in health promotion.  He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, certified functional training specialist and is USA weight lifting sports performance and club coach certified. In addition to working with people of all ages and abilities, Goodpaster has had the opportunity to train several elite swimmers in his facility.  Much like wrestling, he has discovered a niche for cutting edge program design specifically for swimmers.  Goodpaster recently became the head strength and conditioning coach for the Cincinnati Marlins.

Jean Hendricks Business Manager
Board of Directors
Brad Isham Head Coach/CEO
Andrew Nixon President
Sarah Knapschaefer VP/Competition Chair
Jennifer Hedger Treasurer
Deanna McKeown Secretary/New Members
Kara Hlebak Membership
Steve Connock Dues Assistance