Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Beverly Poletta Head Coach

Hometown:  Pennsville, NJ

College:  Kent State University, Kent State Swimming & Diving

Coaching with the Barracudas:  Since the team began in 2005 

Coaching Philosophy: Promote Leadership, Respect & Honesty and as for swimming, its technique first!  There are 3 ways to become a faster swimmer; improve your technique, get stronger and get taller.  I can help you with the first two.

How long have you been coaching?.... "I've been coaching since I was 14 years old.  I've coached gymnastics, swimming and diving at the YMCA, High School, and University intramural levels."

When did you start swimming?...  "When I was 7. I swam for the Wilmington Aquatic Club (WAC) Sea Tigers."  

Mike Griggs Senior Coach

Hometown:  Stow, OH

College:  Kent State University, Kent State Swim Team

Years Coaching:  47 years

Coaching with the Barracudas:  Since 2010

Coaching Philosophy:  If all I teach my swimmers is to swim fast then I have not done a good job. I try to keep in mind that there are other things in life besides sports and swimming is only a part of life. I also believe that each swimmer has something unique to offer the team and that it is my job as coach to find that something.

What was your first coaching job?   "The Cuyahoga Falls Y & Maplewood Park Rec Club in 1971."

What sports did you play when you were younger?  "I didn't play, I was serious!  I played youth foodball in 5th & 6th grade until I got involved in swimming at the Cuyahoga Falls Y.  I was a varsity swimmer & water polo player in HS & college.  I've been a Masters swimmer until recently."

What do you like to do in your free time?  "Computer games, yard work, swimming and scuba diving."



Jon Salmon Assistant Coach

Hometown:  Akron, OH

College:  University of Akron, Franklin University

Swim Team: Barberton HS - I joined so I could learn how to swim the half mile for triathlon races

Coaching Philosophy:  Never say 'can't'.  That is the worst 4-letter word.  It's just one letter short of CAN.

What other sports have you done, or do you currently participate in?  "Cross country, track & field, wrestling, triathlon, marathons in HS, endurance biking - the longer the better."

What do you like to do in your free time?  "all things survival and woodsmanship"

Give us a 'fun fact' about yourself.  "I once rode my bike 34 hours without sleeping!"

Dawn Durbin Assistant Coach

Hometown:  Maximo, OH

College: Undergrad: University of Akron, University of Akron Swimming & Diving

              Grad School: Kent State University

Coaching with the Barracudas Since:  2017

Coaching Philosophy:  Hard work pays off when you work hard!

Hobbies:  Taking care of my hours, reading, being outside, doing things with my kids, and coaching.

Dominic Poletta Assistant Coach

Hometown:  Green, OH

Coaching with the Barracudas:  since 2016 (swimming with the Barracudas since 2005)

High School:  Green HS, Green HS Swimming & Diving

College: Wright State Univeristy, Wright State Swimming & Diving 2016-2018

              Cleveland State University, CSU Swimming & Diving 2018-2020

Swimming Acheivements:  

          2020 CSCAA National Invitational Champion: 50 Fly & 50 Free          

          2020 Horizon League Champion: 50 Free, 100 Fly, & 200 Free Relay. 3rd 100 Free

2018 Horizon League Champion: 50 Free. 2nd 100 Fly & 100 Free

2017 Horizon League Champion: 200 Free Relay

2016 Y National Champion: 50 Fly

2016 OH HS State Runner Up: 50 Free, 7th 100 Fly

2016 OH HS Districts Champion: 50 Free, 3rd 100 Fly

2016 OH HS Sectionals Champion: 50 Free, 100 Fly

GYB Short Course National Team - 2014, 2015, 2016

GYB Long Course National Team - 2015, 2016

Lauren Foster Assistant Coach

Began swimming with the Barracudas Swim Team: 2006

Coaching with the Barracudas since: 2020

Leigha Raess Assistant Coach
Daniel Poletta Assistant Coach

Hometown:  Green, OH

Coaching with the Barracudas:  since 2017 (Barracudas swimmer 2006-2019)

High School:  Green HS, Green HS Swimming & Diving

College: Cleveland State Univeristy, Cleveland State Swimming & Diving 2019-present

2018 OH HS State Qualifier

GYB Short Course National Team -  2015, 2016 & 2019

GYB Long Course National Team - 2016

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