Christopher Paul Wolford
Marlins Head Coach/CEO, ASCA 5
Chris Wolford is entering his 13 year with the
Marlins. Over this time the Marlins have grown from 175
swimmers to over 500. Over the last twelve years the Marlins
have produced over 100 High School All-Americans, Junior National
Champions and Meet Record Holders. Chris has coached 3
swimmers to Team USA’s National Junior Team while coaching
Dan Ketchum to the Pan American Games and the Marlins to a Junior
National Team Title.
> Chris came to the Marlins from Toledo, Ohio. In Toledo,
he coached Greater Toledo Aquatic Club and St. Francis High School.
While with Greater Toledo Aquatic Club, he coached nine
Junior National Champions, his swimmers set six Junior National
meet records and won the 2000 women’s title at Juniors.
The Greater Toledo Aquatic Club also grew from 75 members to
170 members during his tenure.
> As the coach of St. Francis de Sales High School, Chris
guided the team to a State Title in 1998 and runner-up in 1997 and
1999. While there, Chris’s swimmers set 9 of 11 varsity
records, won 5 individual National tiles, set 4 State Records, one
National record, and earned over 50 All-American Awards. St.
Francis also finished with Top 5 national rankings in three of his
four years coaching.
> Prior to coaching in Toledo, Chris was the Assistant
Men’s Coach for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from
1994-1996. While at Miami, Chris worked with a team who had
multiple Mid-American Conference Champions, an NCAA National
Championship qualifier and maintained high academic standards.
> Chris is a 1991 graduate of Miami University with a degree in
Accounting, where he was a four year member of their varsity
swimming team and team captain during the 1990-91 season.
Michael James Wenert
Associate Head Coach, ASCA 4
Mike has proven himself to be one of the
country’s best age-group coaches. Mike joined the
Marlins in 1999. As Head Age Group Coach, he lead the Marlins
to seven Junior Olympic Titles. In addition, Mike
has developed numerous Top 16 swimmers, many becoming top college
prospects and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.
Mike is a Cincinnati native who grew up in
Western Hills. He started swimming at Gamble Nippert YMCA when he
was five years old. He continued his swimming career at Elder
High School and Wright State University where he received a degree
Mike started his coaching career at Washington Township
Recreation Center in 1993. As head age group coach, he helped
guide the WTRC Sharks to four 2nd place finishes at the
Ohio Age Group State Championships. Mike has also served as
the Head Coach for Princeton Aquatic Club and Princeton High
Mike lives in Cincinnati with his wife Leslie, daughter Olivia
and son Luke.
Mike coaches the Senior Group here at Marlins
Jeremy A Wilken
Marlins Head Age Group Coach, ASCA 4
Jeremy is beginning his fourth season with the Marlins and has a
combined 17 years USA Swimming coaching experience. He spent
his first 14 years with the WTRC Sharks (10 as head age group
coach). In his first three seasons with the Marlins they have
won four consecutive Age Group State Championships. While
with the Sharks he was named 2002-2003 Coach of the Year.
Over the years he has coached swimmers from novice to U.S. Open
Champions. Jeremy has also coached many state champions, top
sixteen qualifiers, national qualifiers, as well as a national age
group record. While head age group coach the Sharks were
consistently among the top five age group teams in the state.
Jeremy grew up in the Dayton area graduating from West
Carrollton High School and swimming for KEY Swimming. Jeremy
still resides in Dayton with his wife Michelle and also owns and
operates a summer pool management company there.
Tommy Carl Seay
Marlins @ Princeton Head Coach
Coach Tommy Seay comes to the Marlins after a successful
coaching career with Greater Columbus Swim Team from 2011.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Tommy attended the Ohio State
University where he received a degree in Sports Administration and
was a member of the varsity swimming team. While at
Ohio State, Tommy was an Olympic Trials qualifier and school record
holder. Tommy is an account representative for American
Express which has brought him to the Cincinnati area. He has
moved here with his wife, Breanne and two children, Jayden and
Sue A House
Marlins @ NKU Head Coach
Sue comes to the Marlins, after 29
years as the Head
Coach of East Central Swim Team and East Central High School in
Southeastern, Indiana. During her career Sue has coached swimmers
to three individual High School State Titles and over 20 swimmers
to Indiana Age-Group State Titles. Sue has been named Coach of the
Year by the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference 20 times for the
girls and 22 times for the boys. She was also named the Indiana
High School Coach of the year in 2002.
In addition to her coaching
accomplishments, Sue has been the swim lesson coordinator for the
East Central Community for the last 30 years. This program teaches 200-300
swimmers each year.
She is a Red Cross Instructor for Water Safety, Lifeguarding, and
Sue lives in
husband Ray (a very accomplished coach himself) and son Grant. Sue also has a daughter
Ashley Clements who helps with coaching duties. Son, Kyle was
a scholarship athlete at Purdue and is continuing to pursue his
degree & swimming at the
. Sue also has a granddaughter,
Finley, who is 2 years old.
Daniel Lee Carl
Marlins @ Sycamore Head Coach
Dr. Dan is the Head
Coach for the Marlins @ Sycamore effective August 2012. Dan
is also the Head Coach of Sycamore High School. Before coming
to the Cincinnati Area Dan spent 9 years as the Head Coach of
Valparaiso University where he was also a professor of sports
physiology. No stranger to coaching in Ohio, Dr. Dan served
time as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University and Miami
University. Dan lives in Symmes Township with his wife
Sarah, daughter Elizabeth, sons Elliott and Bishop.
Mariann L Strenk
Marlins @ Taylor Head Coach
Mimi Strenk is starting her third year at Marlins
West. This year, she will be coaching the Gold
group. Prior to coaching for the Marlins, she coached at OHST
for 4 years. In the past, she coached at McAuley High School
for 4 years and was GGCL coach of the year for 2 years. She
also coached at Oak Hills Swim and Racquet Club. Mimi swam for
Gamble Nippert YMCA and Mother of Mercy High School. She swam
at St. Louis University on an athletic scholarship.
Ryan Michael Hammer
Central Silver/Nat'l Asst + Team Mgr
Coach Ryan joined the Marlins in August 2012 from the Sycamore
Flying Fish. With the Marlins, Ryan will be coaching at
Central with the Silver Group, while assisting Coach Wolford with
the National Group. Ryan will also be responsible for the
administration of the day-to-day operations of the Marlins as the
Team Manager. If you have any questions regarding our club or
considering joining, please feel free to email at the link by his
name or call the office at 513-761-3320, and ask for Ryan, Judy, or
Beginning in 1997, Ryan coached for nine winters under Coach
Dave Lienesch, producing many Junior Olympic swimmers and a handful
of Top 16 qualifiers. After moving away from Cincy for a few
years, Ryan returned in 2009 in a full-time capacity as SFF's Team
Manager. In this role, Ryan was responsible for supporting the
Board and Coaching Staff with the day-to-day operations of the
Away from the pool, Ryan enjoys assisting to organize the annual
Cincinnati Reds Wiffle Ball Classic that benefits the Cincinnati
Reds Community Fund, playing softball (poorly), and any outdoor
activity that involves water!
Lauren Jill Bernstein
Marlins Central Mini/Bronze Coach
Lauren began her swimming career at the age of 4 and swam
competitively for the next 18 years. During her age group
years, she swam for Carmel Swim Club in Indiana and the Cincinnati
Marlins. While in high school she trained with the Northern
Kentucky Clippers. She attended Sycamore High School,
competing at the state and national levels. After high school,
Lauren attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she graduated
with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History in 2008. While
attending Emory, she was a member of the Varsity Swim Team for 4
years, specializing in sprint backstroke, and was a 2005 NCAA
All-American and National Champion.
At Emory, Lauren was a swim coach and lesson instructor for the
Emory Community Swim Camp and the Emory Special Olympics
Team. She also was a lesson instructor for the Agnes Scott
Scotties. In Ohio, Lauren was an assistant coach with the
Mason Manta Rays for one and a half years and the Sycamore Flying
Fish for one year. Lauren is also the summer coach at Hyde Park
During her limited free time, Lauren enjoys doing artsy things
like visiting museums and attending the opera. Her vices
include all reality television and chocolate. Not just
obsessed with swimming, Lauren also is a football fanatic.
Lauren is currently attending the University of Cincinnati to
obtain her Master's Degree in Curriculum &
Instruction-Secondary Education. It is her dream to be a high
school Social Studies teacher!
Robert E Prangley
Marlins Nat'l Asst
Mark Patrick Dowdall
Marlins @Sycamore Gold Coach
Before he joined the Marlins Mark had coached the Sycamore
Flying Fish for 11 years and the Sycamore High School Junior
Varsity team for 4 years. He swam competitively for 12 years
and was a Division III All-American at Allegheny College.
Away from the pool Mark is a Special Education teacher for
Clermont County at the Genesis School. In his free time Mark
likes to run, bike, watch football and lacrosse, and occasionally
David M Mosko
Marlins @ Sycamore Silver Coach
David Mosko returns to the Marlins as of one of our most
decorated swimmers over the last decade. As a high school
standout and All-American, David was named a member of the US
Junior Team which represented our country in Australia.
During this time David was a multiple Junior National Champion as
well as meet record holder. He also holds many current
Marlins' records. David went on to be a top swimmer at
Stanford University where he was a multiple finalist at the NCAA
National Championships and two time semi-finalist at Olympic
Trials. David also represented Team USA as a member of the
World University Games Team in China.
David is currently attending medical school at the University of
Sarah Elizabeth Tanner
Marlins @ Sycamore Mini/Bronze Coach
Sarah Tanner is a twenty-three year old from Loveland, OH and a
graduate of Ursuline Academy and the University of North Carolina
– Chapel Hill. She began swimming for the Cincinnati
Marlins when she was 5 and continued swimming with them over the
summer throughout her college career. She qualified for
Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012. She is a six-time Ohio High
School State Champion. She was captain of University of North
Carolina’s Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, a
4-time member of the ACC Honor Roll, and a 7-time member of UNC
Dean’s List. She majored in American History and is
currently a research volunteer at the Cincinnati History Museum.
Anthony Kevin Roberts II
Marlins @ Sycamore Asst. Coach
Tony Roberts comes to the Marlins from the staff the Sycamore
Flying Fish. Tony has over 15 years of coaching experience
working with young swimmers. His enthusiasm and knowledge of
the sport has earned him respect among Cincinnati’s coaches,
parents and swimmers. An Indiana University graduate, Tony
also teaches math in the Cincinnati Public Schools.
Abigale A Cooper
Marlins @ Princeton Gold/Silver Coach
Abby joined the Marlins as a swimmer
when she was 8 years old and swam for a few of our current coaches
(Mike, Chris and Dr. Dan). After a successful career with the
Marlins, Abby moved on to Indiana University where
she specialized in breastroke and IM. While at IU, Abby was a
NCAA qualifier, Big Ten Champion, scholar athlete, 2 time team
captain, and Olympic Trial Qualifier. Abby graduated in
December, 2009 from IU with an Elementary Education degree, and is
currently a 4th grade teacher in the area.
Abby started coaching with the
Marlins in the summer of 2009, helping out with the National and
Silver groups at Central. Currently, she is coaching Gold and
Silver at Marlins North.
Andrew Michael Gantzer
Marlins @ Taylor Senior Coach
Andy swam with Oak Hills Swimming Torpedoes early in his
career. While attending Oak Hills High School he was a three
time State Qualifier, named GMC Swimmer of the Year and team MVS
(most valuable swimmer). After high school he attended
Eastern Michigan University. While a member of the swim team
as a freshman he placed 3rd in 200y Freestyle at MAC Championships
and was a member of the gold medal 200y, 400y, and 800y Freestyle
relays. Sophomore year he placed 7th in the 200y Freestyle
and was a member of the 1st place 800y Freestyle relay. Sophomore
year the team was the 2007 MAC Champions. Both years he earned
second team All-Conference recognition.
Andy has coached with the Oak Hills Swimming Torpedo's as well as
Moeller and Mt. Notre Dame Swimming. He has specialized
coaching in all strokes and all distances. He is
knowledgeable in the sport of swimming and strives to keep
learning. He likes to concentrate on technique and the mental
aspect of swimming.
In his off time he enjoys going to Reds games, playing softball,
visiting friends from college, and being home with his
family. He lives with his wife Heather, and his
daughter Kaylie in Delhi.
Robert Charles Langford
Marlins @ Taylor Silver/Senior Coach
Rob has called
home for his entire life and swam for the Cincinnati
Marlins for 14 years starting at the age of 9. He swam high school for St.
Xavier where he qualified to the State meet his senior year. He spent one year
where he swam before
transferring to the
and swimming for the
Bearcats for the 3 years. Rob
was elected Captain his final two years at UC and was also a
part of two school record relays. Rob graduated from UC in 2009
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Andrea R Cornett
Marlins @ Taylor 10 & Under Asst. Coach
Andrea has been working with young swimmers for nearly
forty years, primarily as a swim instructor. She developed her love
of teaching as a high school student at Gamble Nippert YMCA, where
she volunteered in the adaptive aquatics program. This experience
steered her to a career choice in Special Education. After
graduating from the University of Cincinnati and teaching for the
Norwood City Schools & the Mount Campus School, Andrea coached
summer swimmers and continued teaching swim lessons for Gamble
Nippert, Oak Hills Community Program, College of Mount St. Joseph
Once she and
her husband, Richard, began having their own children, they
installed a standard sized, two lane pool in their backyard,
complete with starting blocks. It was here that Andrea ran her own
instructional program nine months of the year---five of those
months under an inflatable dome! After twenty years of backyard
lessons, Andrea and her husband moved to Indiana. Her three
children live in three different cities and are visited frequently
by their parents. And yes, she did teach each of them how to
Brandon Thomas Williams
Gold / Bronze @ Sycamore
Ray Douglas House
Marlins @ NKU Silver/Senior Coach
Ray has over 35 years coaching experience. Ray was
formerly Aquatics Director and High School Swimming and Diving
Coach at East Central High School for 29 years where he coached
several High School and Age Group state champions. Ray is a
graduate of Mariemont High School where he swam for 4 years.
He is in the Mariemont Sports Hall of Fame. He attended
and swam for Eastern Kentucky University. He was Indiana High
School State coach of the year in 1990. He has also been
awarded the the highest honor to be given by the American Red
Cross, the National Merit Award. Ray is married to Head
Site coach at NKU, Sue House. He and Sue are the
parents of Ashley Clements, Kyle, and Grant.
Amanda Rose Hardewig
Marlins @ NKU Mini/Bronze Coach
Amanda is a senior at UC and swam for the
Anderson Barracudas and Turpin High School where she was a state
finalist in the 500 free and 100 back. As a member of UC's
team Amanda is a Big East finalist in the 200 back and also a Big
East qualifier in the 100 back, 200 free and 500 free.
Amanda has coached many summer clubs in the
area and will bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasum to the
Kirsten R Mosko
Marlins Asst. Coach All Sites
Kirsten is 19 and swam for the Marlins all through High School
in the National Group with Chris Wolford. She graduated from
Ursuline Academy, where she swam all four years. She is currently a
first year student at the University of Cincinnati where she is
studying Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology).
She specialized in distance free, IM and 200 breaststroke.
Judith Ann Dusing
Judy is in her
20th year with the Marlins. She began as a volunteer while
her sons participated on the team. She then was employed as
the team office manager before adding the title of Aquatic Director
when Keating Natatorium was renovated in 2000.
Judy is a Certified Pool Operator
by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Her duties as
Aquatic Director are far reaching. She is in charge of all aspects
of our facility’s operation. She schedules all
practices and special events, maintains water quality and facility
cleanliness, and insures compliance with all state and local
As our team-office manager, Judy
maintains the physical office, all personnel records, and maintain
all administrative records of a USA competitive swimming
team. She acts as the liaison between St. Xavier High School,
Ohio Swimming, USA Swimming, and the Cincinnati Marlins. Mrs.
Dusing is a Level 1 USA Certified Swim Official and also works as
one of the Southwest Commission’s Officials Co-Chairperson
for Ohio Swimming, Inc. Judy is in charge of all USA Swimming
officials in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, the largest
commission in the Ohio LSC.
John R Webb
Matthew C Mumford
Senior / Gold Asst, Marlins @ Taylor