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 Brower-Wood Lead 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.

jacob Klassen Assistant Coach - West
Coach Klassen has been involved in competitive swimming since 2004, when he began swimming during the summers in Boise, Idaho at Fairmont pool. He spent three years with Streamliner Aquatics in Eagle and was on their winningest team and first senior level team. Before his junior year of high school, he transferred to the Boise Y swim team where he qualified for the YMCA National Championships both in 2014 and 2015. After high school, Coach Klassen swam for the College of Idaho for one year before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon returning from his mission, he again swam for the College of Idaho. Over his four years there, he became the 2nd highest points scorer in school history, held 6 different school records and earned NAIA all American status. During his last few two seasons at the College of Idaho, Coach Klassen assisted with recruiting for the men's and women's swim teams and served as men's team captain. The most impressive of Coach Klassen's accomplishments was his return to swimming after breaking his back during a training accident the summer before his senior year of high school. According to his doctors and therapists, he recovered in record time, and competed at the YMCA National championships that same year after having to requalify. Coach Klassen graduated with his bachelors of science in exercise physiology from the College of Idaho in May of 2021. His time there included research and study of metabolism, physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, psychology, coaching methods and strategy, adaptive sport, as well as many other related areas. Coach Klassen has coached for 8 years including 2 years with the Caldwell Swim Club, 2 seasons as the Owyhee High School Head Swim Coach and 7 months as the Nampa Swim Team Head Coach.
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.

Jadyn Jones Assistant Coach - Downtown
Becki Walters Assistant Coach - Downtown Boise
Zara Klassen Assistant Coach