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.

David Albert Keating Blue Groups - Senior Program Dir

Coach Dave has been coaching with the Cincinnati Marlins since 2016. He currently coaches the Blue 1, Blue 2, HS Pre/Post Season and Masters groups located at the Central/Keating location. He grew up swimming for the Cincinnati Marlins, training and competing from 1998-2006. Dave is a graduate of Xavier University where he studied Sport Management and Organizational Communication, later recieving a Master's degree in Education, the focus being Coaching Education and Athlete Development.  Prior to returning to the Marlins, Coach Dave served as a coach for the Mercy Healthplex Sea Wolves for 8 years, as both an assistant and lead site coach. Dave has been a member of the coaching staff for St. Xavier High School since 2009. In that time, St. Xavier has won 10 state titles, 5 NISCA National Titles and were named Swimming World Magazine National Champions in 2017. Dave serves as a travel coach with the U.S. Paralympic swimming program. In 2015, he was a member of the staff for the IPC World Championships team in Glasgow, Scotland. His coaching and swimming career began at North Hills Swim Club. 

Lindsey Niergarth Head Age Group Coach/Red 1 & 2

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.

James Brower Keating Blue 1/National Coach
Tim Beerman Keating National Asst.

Tim brings an impressive history to the Marlins, having over 18 years of club and high school coaching experience.  During his time with both Ursuline Academy and St. Xavier High School swim teams, Tim has worked with numerous State Champions, All-Americans and State Record-holders and has led those teams to mutliple state and national titles.  As a coach, his greatest thrill is working with an athlete and seeing them achieve what they otherwise would not have seen as possible.  Tim realizes that swimming teaches lessons for life, and he works with each athlete to pass along such experience.

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 Asst 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.

Lorraine Witkowski Keating Asst Coach

Lori grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began swimming at age 5 for the Plum Aqua Swim Club and then Plum High School Swim Team where she excelled in the 100 Back and 200 IM. Lori graduated in 1989 from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration & Marketing.

Lori moved to Cincinnati in 2000 and began teaching and coaching at Powel Crosley YMCA (2000 – 2004) where she was an instructor in the YMCA swimming program. During this time Lori was also an assistant coach for the 8 and under practice group for the Powel Crosley Swim Team. Lori joined the East Butler YMCA in 2004 where she was a swim instructor and started a pre-competitive 9 and under swim program. Lori joined the Marlins in 2009.

Outside of swimming Lori currently does freelance graphic design for local businesses. Lori lives in West Chester with her husband Mark, two daughters Tara and Ella.

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.

Mariah Williamson Sycamore Red 2 Asst Coach

Mariah grew up swimming for West Coast Aquatics in Bothell Washington, just outside of Seattle. She moved to Ohio in 2012 to attend and compete for Kenyon College, where she also worked as a private lessons instructor and camp counselor at the TPSC swim camps. She graduated from Kenyon as a 15 time NCAA All American, with degrees in Economics and French Language. She currently works in Financial Planning for Macy’s at their corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati, and is pursuing her MBA at UC.  Mariah loves the sport of swimming, and is excited to join the Marlins family.

Matthew Harrison Sycamore Red 3 Coach

Coach Matt has been coaching swimming for over 15 years. He has coached several summer league teams including Brookside Swim and Tennis club, Brentwood swim club, Montgomery Makos, and others. Matt was the assistant coach for Moeller high school for 13 years and is currently the Head Coach at Indian Hill high school. 

Before joining the Marlins, Matt coached at Blue Ash YMCA for 6 years as well as Countryside YMCA for 3 years, where he coached his 13-14 year olds to over 50 YMCA National Cuts, over 200 new Team Records, and 1 YMCA National Age Group Record. Matt was recognized as the Age Group Coach of the Year by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati in 2016.

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.

James Barbiere Walnut Hills Asst. Coach
Jim began swimming at the age of 6 with the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes. He graduated from St. Xavier High School and was the Ohio State Champion in the 100 yard backstroke his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Jim went on to swim at Indiana University where he was a NCAA All-American. After college he coached for one year at Countryside YMCA and was the Head Coach of the Mount Notre Dame swim team. This is his first year coaching with the Marlins. 
Kristen Barbiere Walnut Hills Asst. Coach

My name is Kristen Barbiere. I grew up in Muncie, Indiana, and began swimming competitively at a young age. I continued to swim through high school, and I attended college at Indiana University studying Elementary Education from 2008-2012. I swam on the IU Varsity Swim team, and was awarded Academic Honors. While on the team, the IU Women's team won 3 consecutive BigTen titles. I have coached at various club teams in Indiana and Ohio, and I am passionate about the sport. I am currently a 4th grade teacher at Cardinal Pacelli School in Mt. Lookout. I enjoy competing in full and half marathons, and I am usually up to try any new type of workout!

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
Sarah Knapschaefer Competition Chair
Michael Hensler President/Dues Assistance Programs
Jennifer Hedger Treasurer
Deanna McKeown VP/Programming/New Member Education
Andrew Nixon Marlins @ Sycamore Rep/Secretary
John Muenzer Sponsors
Rachel Gustin Technical Advisor
Mike Eckert Public Relations
Jennifer Hedger Marlins @ NKU Site Rep