Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Eric Wentzel Director/Head Coach, ASCA Level 5

Current groups: Senior Groups

Years coaching: 22

Eric joined the KEY coaching staff in September 1998. A former YMCA swimmer, he also swam in college for Wright State University. Eric is certified Level 4 through the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). ASCA Level 5 is>  ASCA Level 5 coaches must have 15+ years of active coaching, complete rigorous education requirements, and provide evidence of coaching ability measured by the achievements of the swimmers. KEY program successes are a direct result Eric’s coaching and the coaches under his direction. He also the current Head Coach for Alter High School.

Kevin Menke Head Age Group Coach

Current groups: Blue, Red, White

Years coaching: 7

Kevin is continuing at KEY for his sixth year as the Head Age Group Coach. He spent 6 years swimming for KEY from 2007-2013, and has been a part of several National Teams. For 2 years, Kevin was an assistant coach for Oak Creek Swim Club, and for the past 4 years he has been the Head Coach at the Crestwood Swim Club. Kevin was a swimmer at Wright State University and recently graduated in December of 2016 with his bachelor's degree in Business Management.

Mary Taylor Lead Coach Kingfish Group

Current groups: Kingfish

Years coaching: 10

Mary joined KEY swimming at 10 years old and swam competitively through high school.  Mary works>  She encourages each swimmer to have fun and set realistic goals. She makes a point to keep parents informed.  She is a graduate of Bowling Green University and currently lives in Kettering.

Tony Taphorn Assistant Coach


Current groups: Senior Groups

Years coaching: 12


Tony joined the KEY coaching staff in the fall of 2008. He grew up swimming at the Blue Ash YMCA and swam for St. Xavier High School where he was a district champion in the 500 freestyle, and state champion>

Brittney Rohr Assistant Coach

Current groups: Blue

Years coaching: 6

Brittney grew up swimming for Coach Eric here at KEY. She still holds several of our team records. She went>

Gus Tenhundfeld Assistant Coach

Current groups: Senior Groups

Years coaching: 8


Gus joined the KEY coaching staff in the fall of 2015. He grew up swimming in the Cincinnati area as well as at Elder High School.  He went>

Sara Shaghaghi Assistant Coach
Carter Caldwell Assistant Coach
Sarah Weidner Assistant Coach

Current groups: Senior Groups

Years coaching: 5


Bio coming soon....

Abby Tharpe Assistant Coach
ME Smith Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon.....

Kaitlin Smith Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Teri Smith President
Chris Smith Vice-President
Lynn Jordan Secretary/Webmaster
Chris Smith Host Meet Coordinator
Keri Hayes Volunteer Coordinator
Meghan Woolf-Isbel Team Events
Eric Wentzel Treasurer
Sarah Frank Recruiting/Marketing
Sarah Frank Fundraising
Eileen Simon Swim Meet Concessions