Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Todd Marsh Head Coach

Todd began his coaching career in 1983 when he worked as the Boise YMCA Assistant Swim Coach and the Downtown Y Aquatics director. In 1985 he moved to Carbondale, IL where he worked as Head Coach of the Saluki Swim Club and as an assistant coach with the SIU collegiate men’s team.  In 1988, Todd became the Head Coach of Spokane Area Swimming, where he coached for 24 years.  He was hired to coach the Boise Y Swim Team in 2012.  Todd is an ASCA Level 5 coach, the highest level granted by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).

Todd has coached all levels of swimmers, from age group to Olympic Trials qualifiers. Todd has coached swimmers to Junior National champions, USA and Canadian Olympic Trials qualifiers, YMCA National champions, and USA National Swimming Finalists. In 2017 and 2018 our Boise Y Swim Team achieved 2nd place in the combined Team standings at the YMCA National Swimming Championships. Coach Todd won the Coach of the meet both years.

Todd is married to (Vicki) and have two children who were competitive swimmers. In addition, have three grandchildren. Todd and Vicki met and swam together at Western Illinois University. They have been coaching together since 1982.

Todd has served on numerous USA Swimming LSC leadership roles for Inland Empire Swimming and Snake River Swimming. He serves as the YMCA Northwest Regional Representative since 2011 and currently is a member of the YMCA National Coaches Committee.

Todd believes every swimmer is an important part of our team and works hard to find ways for each child to have fun, be challenged, and find success.

If you would like to talk with Coach Todd, he can be reached at 208-377-4886 ext. 426. His email address is [email protected]

Linda Conger Head Site Coach-Tomlinson South Meridian

Born and raised in Caldwell, Linda followed an older brother to swim practice and at the age of 5 said she wanted to swim too.  By the time she was 6, she had told her mom that she was going to be a coach when she grew up.  Linda received a BS in Secondary Education/History from the University of Idaho, where she lettered all four years.  She was named the Most Improved Swimmer two times and was Team Captain her Senior year.  During her fifth year, she worked with the team under retired Boise Y Head Coach (then Vandal Head Coach) Frank Burlison.

Coach Linda has been with Boise Y since October 1997.  Before joining the Y staff, Linda coached club and high school teams in Alaska and collegiately at Ferris State University and the University of Wyoming.  She also taught a year of 8th grade World Geography in Caldwell between coaching jobs.  She has coached many Collegiate and YMCA All-Americans.

Very active in Snake River Swimming, Linda has held multiple positions and is the current Coaches Representative and a past General Chair.  She has received the Conoco/Phillips Service to Swimming Award 2009 and Snake River Coach of the Year Award 2003 and 2012.  She was a member of USA Swimming Disability Committee.  Linda is a National Coach with US Para Swimming serving as an assistant coach at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 ParaPan American Games, 2013 & 2017 IPC Swimming World Championships and 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.  Received the USA Swimming Disabilty Service Award in 2018. 

Linda enjoys skiing, photography and traveling in her spare time.

Vicki Marsh Head Site Coach - Downtown Boise

Coach Vicki is an ASCA Level 4 coach, and a USA and YMCA Swimming National Level Official.  She swam at the collegiate level at Western Illinois University on a 4 year swimming scholarship.  She was a high school and collegiate school record holder and Se nior National qualifier   Vicki specialized in the freestyle sprint races.  Vicki was also a Masters National Top 10 swimmer in numerous events and a Masters National record holder in the breaststroke.  Vicki met her husband, Todd, at Western Illinois University.  They have two grown children, Molly and Kyle who were experienced competitive swimmers. 

Vicki has not only been extensively involved on the local level, but as well on the regional, zone and national levels.  She has been the Head Zone Coach and Manager for Inland Empire Swimming and Snake River Swimming. She has also served as a Coach and Official at the Zone, Regional and National level.   Vicki has served numerous terms on the Local LSC and National USA Swimming Board of Directors, and USA/YMCA National Swimming Committees.   

Krista Wood Assistant Coach - Caldwell

Krista grew up in Northern California and Salt Lake City Utah. She started swimming competitively at the age of 8 and swam through high school.   She has a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Minor in Addiction Studies from Boise State University. She loves to help people and empower them to become the best that they can.

Krista started coaching for a rec swim team and became part of Boise Y swim team in December 2012.

Krista is a wife and a mother of very busy teenager and a active adolescent. Her and family enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, jet skiing and of course swimming.

Brigitta Gruenberg Assistant Coach-Tomlinson South Meridian

I am so excited to be a part of the amazing coaching staff for the Boise YMCA swim team.  I have been swimming competitively since I was 10 years old.  I joined the Boise Y swim team as a swimmer when I was a freshman in high school and now I am  back, as a swim coach.  I am also currently an active swimmer on the Sawtooth Master's swim team and triathlete.  I will be competing in my third Ironman this fall in Arizona.  Over the years, I have coached high school swimming and taught swim lessons.  I have four girls--Adelaide 8, Lola 5, Arya 3, and Esmé.  My oldest Adelaide swims in the Sockeye II group for the Boise Y team and hopefully in the future all my girls will share my passion and love for swimming.  

Lori Smith Assistant Coach - Tomlinson South

Lori Rea Smith began her competitive swimming career at the Boise YMCA at age 11.  During her 11-year swimming career, she placed as high as third individually at U.S. Senior Short Course Nationals, and fourth individually at NCAA Division I Nationals.  She was an Olympic Trials Competitor in 1984 & 1988, a 12-time All American (NCAA Division I), World Championship Trials Consolation finalist, and a YMCA National Champion.  Her best events were the 100 butterfly, and the 50 and 100 freestyle.  She still holds Boise Y Team Records in the 17-18 Girls 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, and 200-yard butterfly.

She swam at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on a full-ride swimming scholarship, earning Academic All-American honors all four years.  She had the highest GPA of any graduation female athlete in 1988, and also won an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations.

She began rowing competitively on a club team at Wichita State University, and won the Mid-West Regional Indoor Rowing Championships and placed second in the CRASH-B National Indoor Rowing Championships.  She trained with the US National Rowing Team, and was an Olympic Festival Gold Medalist in 1989 (Women’s Heavyweight Quadruple Scull), and a silver medalist in the U.S. Rowing Senior Nationals (Women’s Heavyweight Eight, 1989).

She has worked in the fields of advertising, marketing, public relations, market research, and in IT Project Management.  She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree at BSU.  She coached swimming at the Bernal’s Gators Swim Club in Boston, and served as a volunteer coach of the Borah High School swim team.  She has also coached rowing and soccer.

She married Roy Smith in 1994, and enjoys raising her two kids, Marissa and Emmitt, and looking after Uncle Max.  She teaches Spanish at Calvary Christian school, and enjoys teaching Sunday school and helping with AWANA Bible Club.

Kara Steward Assistant Coach -West Boise

Coach Kara Steward joined the Boise YMCA Swim Team when she was 10 years old in 2009. In her time on the Boise Y, she was a recipient of the Cooper Wilcomb YMCA Values Award, Sue Shelton Hardest Worker Award, and Caitlin Vinsonhaler College Scholarship.  Kara qualified for Senior Sectionals, Futures, YMCA Nationals, and led the Boise Y as team captain her senior year of high school. Her best events were the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Kara continued her swimming career with the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana where she earned her B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in pre-medical studies. At UE, she earned a university record in the 200-yard butterfly and Missouri Valley NCAA Division 1 All-Conference Honors in 2019.

Currently, Coach Kara is active in the Boise community, volunteering with the Boise Rescue Mission Women’s Shelter and Crisis Text Line as a Level 5 Crisis Counselor. She has been accepted to medical school starting in fall of 2022 where she plans to expand her interests in either emergency or family medicine.

Coach Kara looks back on years of fond memories with the Boise Y and uses these experiences to give back to the sport of swimming and inspire others to reach heights they’d never deemed possible.