Coaches and Directors

Coaching Team
Kim Wanner Head Coach

Coach Kim started swimming at the age of 3 and competitively at 4. She spent her swimming career at Wilmington Aquatic Club under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Mattson. She represented the Mid-Atlantic LSC at Eastern Zone meets, was a Jr. & Sr. National Qualifier, US Open Qualifier and competed at meets across the country. She was an IMer and breaststroker. Kim has spent many years teaching swim lessons, coaching at WAC, and most recently coaching at MDY. Kim’s coaching philosophy is rooted in her passion for mechanics and the science behind swimming. You’ll hear Kim on deck adjusting strokes and providing constant reminders to facilitate self-correction. She will be OPST’s biggest cheerleader and be just as loud at competitions as she is during practices!

Natoshia Zeller Assistant Head Coach

Coach Tosh is originally from York, Pennsylvania and moved to Ocean Pines a few years ago.  She started swimming at the age of 4 and began competitively swimming at age 6.   After 2 years of swimming for the York YWCA swim team, she switched to the York YMCA to swim year round.  She continued swimming at the York YMCA for the next 10 years.  Tosh also swam for her high school team, where she qualified for districts and states.  While there, she set a high school record with her teammates for the 400 free relay.  Her favorite events were the 100 butterfly, 200 IM, and 500 Free.  Tosh received a scholarship to swim at Kutztown University, but unfortunately due to an injury, her swimming career ended her first year. 

She went on to Culinary Arts School and graduated with a Culinary Arts Degree.  After being a chef for many years, she recently made the decision to stay home with her 2 year old daughter. 

Coach Tosh believes that swimming played an important role in her life.  She learned how discipline, dignity, and determination can make you successful.  There were a few coaches over the years that really made an impact on her, and helped her become who she is today.  Tosh hopes she can do the same for the swimmers on the Ocean Pines Swim Team!

Kristina Watts Assistant Coach

Coach Kristina started swimming when she was 7 years old. She swam for summer league teams Worthington Valley Waves (2 years) and South Carroll Serpents (9 years). After her first summer swimming, Kristina joined Eagles Swim team to begin swimming year round, where she swam competitively for 10 years. Kristina then went on to swim for Salisbury University for 4 years where she earned a degree in Mathematics Secondary Education. She is now a math teacher at Stephen Decatur High School.

Kristina’s coaching career started when she was 15, both swimming and coaching for South Carroll Serpents. She continued to coach the Serpents every summer until the summer after her first year of college. After completing a year of college at Salisbury, Kristina began coaching for Ocean Pines Swim Team in the spring of 2013. She also had the opportunity to be an undergraduate assistant coach for Salisbury University’s swim team for 1 season.

Danielle Pappas Assistant Coach

Coach Danielle started swimming when she was 5 years old. She swam for the Andover Tigers in Linthicum, Maryland during each summer between the ages of 5-18. She became involved with year-round swimming when she was 10 years old, starting her year-round swimming career with GBSA before switching to SPRC Stingrays. She began coaching as an assistant at Andover at the age of 14 and continued coaching for 5 summers. Once she graduated from high school, she continued her education at Salisbury University where she swam on the SU Women’s Swim Team for 2 years. Although she broke a handful of records and was nominated as the MVP during both seasons, she made the difficult decision to give up swimming after her sophomore year due to a persistent back injury. Her favorite events were 100 Breaststroke and 50 Freestyle!

Danielle graduated from Salisbury University in 2014 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.  She also graduated from Walden University in the Spring of 2020 after completing her Master’s Degree in K-5 Reading and Math Education. Because she has always had a passion for teaching and working with kids who are eager to learn, she jumped back into coaching with the goal to instill the same love of swimming that she has always had in the next generation of swimmers!

Robert Leszczynski Assistant Coach

Coach, Rob has been in the sport of swimming for over 11 years, in which he was fortunate enough to qualify for Maryland State Championships and NCSA Junior Nationals in 2010 & 2011. After high school, Rob went on to swim in college with the Salisbury University Gulls. There he set a relay record at the time and won Rookie of the Year in 2012. Shortly after the 2012 swim season ended, Robert walked on to play rugby for The Salisbury University Sharks until 2016.  During his time there, he helped push the Sharks to win just there 3rd Division II National Championship in 2013. Luckily Rob found his way back to the sport he always loved thanks in part to Coach Kristina Watts. As a fellow teammate and friend, she was gracious enough to get him an interview for OPST. He also has to thank the three mentors/coaches he swam under; Scott McIntire, Craig Clift, and Jill Stevenson.

Kirsten Graham Assistant Coach

Coach Kiki has been swimming competitively for the past 8 years. She started swimming on the Hammerheads and later swam on the Stephen Decatur High School Team. While swimming on these teams she was able to win a regional title in the 100 fly, broke the OPST 50 back Team Record, meet some of her closest friends, but most importantly, had the opportunity to volunteer coach. Currently, Kiki attends Salisbury University and is on the Women's Swim Team, and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2022 with a degree in Physical Education. She hopes to use her teaching knowledge and passion for swimming to mentor awesome swimmers who are not only able to perform well, but who are determined, resilient and know what it means to be a part of a team!

Board of Directors
Greer Groves President
John Bauer Vice President
Jennifer David Secretary
Jennifer Wright Treasurer
Kelly Raab Volunteer Coordinator
Kim Wanner Head Coach
Joy Fink Team Administrator