Coaching Staff
Todd Marsh Head Coach

Todd began his coaching career in 1983 when he began work as the Boise YMCA Assistant Swim Coach.  In 1985 he moved to Carbondale, IL where he worked as Head Coach of the Saluki Swim Club.  In 1988, Todd became the Head Coach of Spokane Area Swimming, where he has coached for the past 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. In recent years, he has taken at least 10-24 swimmers each year to YMCA Nationals.  He has also had numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers, including two swimmers selected to the National Junior Team.  Many of his swimmers have achieved scholastic All-American status.

Todd is married (Vicki) and has two children who were both swimmers for SAS.  Both Todd and Vicki have worked many years for the YMCA and USA Swimming communities in Spokane.  Vicki is a swim coach, a YMCA Wellness coach, a USA and YMCA swimming official, past member of USA Swimming’s National Board of Directors, and current member of the National YMCA Advisory Board.  Both Todd and Vicki have been extremely active with the Inland Empire LSC, serving as Zone Coaches and LSC officers.  Todd is currently the YMCA Group Representative for the Pacific Northwest, which serves all Y competitive swim teams throughout the area.

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

If you would like to talk to Todd, he can be reached at 377-4886, ext 426.  Please leave a message and he will get back to you when he can.  Keep in mind, he is out of town often due to swim meets!

Alex Martinek Head Age Group Coach - DTN Y Site Coach

Alex fell in love with coaching in Spokane, where he grew up. His 2nd coaching job with Spokane Area Swimming and head coach, Kalen Darling, yielded huge intrinsic rewards. Alex and Kalen would ride their road bikes for hours at a time talking about swimming, training, the science behind why certain things work and new techniques. Shortly after coaching with Kalen Alex was hired as the head coach for the Durango Swim Club. During his three years he doubled the team size from 55 to 113, produced the clubs first Olympic Trials qualifier and had several others make their first Senior Sectional cuts. Alex is an ASCA Level 4 coach and has coached for 5 years.  He is 1 of 4 coaches in the country to be part of the ASCA Fellows program.  Alex bases his philosophy of teaching values through the medium of swimming. He is actively reinforcing the value of hard work and discipline through his own life. Leadership by example is the best leadership.

Alex swam for Todd Marsh for six years at Spokane Area Swimming. He competed at YMCA Nationals his last three years of high school. He attended Valley Forge Military College where he earned his AA in Business. At Valley Forge Alex attended multiple leadership schools during his summers. He was a member of the National Guard until 2013. He went on to finish his degree in International Business at Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado. He raced Division I cycling in two disciplines, road and mountain.

Currently, Alex holds his professional license in Xterra triathlons. He competed at the Pan American Championships in 2016 and finished 18th. He wishes to one day race at the World Championships as a pro. In his free time Alex is either practicing new tricks on trampolines, racing his bikes, or reading his books.

Linda Conger Admin Coach - Caldwell Y Site Coach

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, 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 a past General Chair.  She has received the Conoco/Phillips Service to Swimming Award and Snake River Coach of the Year Award.  She is a member of USA Swimming Disability Committee.  Linda is a National Coach with US Para Swimming and was and assistant coach at the 2011 & 2015 Para-Pan American Games, 2013 & 2017 IPC Swimming World Championships and 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

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

Vicki Marsh Assistant Coach - West Y

Coach Vicki is an ASCA Level 4 coach, a USA Swiming National Level Official, and is a YMCA Level 2 Official.  She swam at the collegiate level at Western Illinois University on a 4 year swimming scholarship.  She was a school record holder and qualified for Senior Nationals.  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.  They have two children who swam competitively for Spokane Area Swimming, Molly and Kyle.  Kyle currently swims for the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. 

Vicki has not only been involved with swimming on the local level but also on the Regional, Zone, and National levels.  She served as Zone Coach for 10 years with Inland Empire and has served on several USA Swimming Committees.  Currently, she is a member of the Sports Science and Medicine and Olympic International Operation Committees.  Vicki is also a certified personal trainer and teaches Senior Adult Fitness classes for the YMCA.

Serena Wang Assistant Coach - West Y

Serena started swimming for the Boise YMCA swim team and finished her competitive swimming at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry as well as four year NCAA Division III All-American honors.  She worked as a Virologist in Spokane before joining her husband, Kevin, in full-time coaching for the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team in 2011.  Serena and Kevin and their three daughters moved to Boise in 2013. 

Lori Smith Assistant Coach - West Y

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.

Krista Wood Assistant Coach - Caldwell Y

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.

Emma Chard Assistant Coach - Downtown Y

Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Emma began her swimming career with the Lakewood YMCA at the age of 7. From there, she later joined Tacoma Swim club at 14, propelling her swimming career and earning her a scholarship to swim at Boise State University. During her summers home during college, she coached Tacoma Swim Club's age group kids and thoroughly enjoyed it. At her time there, she achieved many things.  She is the current team record holder in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 yard freestyle, as well as qualifying for NCAA's her sophomore and junior year and qualifying for the 2016 US Olympic Trials in the 200 meter freestyle. Recently graduating at BSU with a degree in Environmental studies, Emma chose to stay in Boise and help Todd out at the Boise Y. Now that she is done competing swimming, Emma hopes to invest more time in her other interests such as rock climbing, being outdoors, and enjoying spending time with her former teammates. 

 
Allie Kilroy Assistant Coach - West Y

Allie started her swimming career at the age of 8 while swimming for the American Overseas Military Conference in Europe. As an Army Brat moving every three years, she had the opportunity to swim for many different coaches while living in Italy & Belgium, then moving to Portland, Oregon and finally Boise, Idaho. Allie swam for the Boise Y from 2009-2014. She placed 2nd place in the 100 Breast at the State High School Meet her junior year and won the 100 Breast her senior year. Her other accomplishments with the Boise Y include competing at YMCA nationals her junior & senior year, where she was a finalist in the 50 FR, 100 BR, and 200 BR. Additionally, she qualified for USA Nationals at her last YMCA National Meet in the 200 Breaststroke. She continued her swimming career at Oregon State, where she swam all for four years and graduated with a Bachelors of Science. She holds the Oregon State School Record in 200 Medley Relay, along with three of her former teammates. “I’m happy to return back to the Y and give back to the community that supported me so much in my life accomplishments. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to help Boise Y’s young athletes improve & achieve their goals.” 

Kailey Wright Assistant Coach - West Y

Kailey is from Colfax, California where she grew up around bodies of water and swam as soon as she was old enough to be in water. Her family has a history of being swimmers, lifeguards, and divers, so needless to say it ran in her blood to swim. She started competitive swimming at the age of 12 on a seasonal team and after one summer Iuickly learned how much she loved competitive swimming. She joined a year round team and in high school swam all four years on the varsity team, while juggling other sports. She attended Linfield College, pursuing s degree in Physical Activity and Fitness with a minor in coaching and Athletic training.  She spent over 400 clinical hours with athletes of all ages and different sports, taking care of injuries or emergency situations. Through her years of school, she worked as a lifeguard (started my certification when I was 15) and taught swim lessons at the local aquatics center. In college, she participated in track instead of swimming.  She was a varsity thrower all four years.  After graduating and earning her degree, she moved to Boise to work at the Y with two seasonal swim teams over the summer.  She is now currently employed as a paraprofessional working with special needs kids, alongside coaching. Kailey states "My life has always involved swimming of some sort and working with kids. I am very passionate about everything I do and want all my students and swimmers to succeed and have fun while working with me."

Patty Stratton Team Admin
Patty grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho and after high school graduation went on to attend the University of Idaho where she earned a B.S. Business degree from the College of Business. Patty and her husband, Bruce, moved to Boise in 1979.
 
Patty became involved with the Boise Y Swim Team when her children, Jeff and Ryan, joined the team in 1985. Through the years, she has served as Newsletter Editor, Meet Entries Chairman, Treasurer, and currently serves as Team Admin. She also serves as Times and Records Chairman for Snake River Swimming and is a USA Swimming Meet Administrative Official.  Patty's husband, Bruce, is a past President of USA Swimming.
 
Patty has been awarded the Boise Family YMCA Service to Youth Award, the Snake River Swimming Western Trophy/Phillips 66 Service to Swimming Award, the Boise Y Swim Team’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and the Boise Y Swim Team Jane Nelson Outstanding Parent Award. She and Bruce have also been inducted into the Boise Y Swim Team Hall of Fame.

Board of Directors
Joe Bureau Team President
Dave Conger Team Vice-President