Maddy was a competitive swimmer for 15 years, has been a swimming instructor for more than 16 years, and has been coaching competitive swimmers for over a decade. During this time, she has coached hundreds of children of all ages and abilities, from novice swimmers to aspiring Olympians.
Maddy has a broad range of experience both developing swimmers and managing programs. She spent several years with the Walnut Hills High School team, where she led the women through seven undefeated seasons and coached the top finishers for both men and women at ECC 2013. She worked with the Sea Wolves training year-round swimmers and at Clifton Meadows as the summer league coach. She has also volunteered her time to the Special Olympics, coaching the athletes and preparing them to compete. Additionally, Maddy managed the summer swim leagues for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) and the recreational swimming programs for the Special Olympics of SW Ohio.
As a coach, Maddy understands the importance of coaching individual athletes based on their unique abilities rather than using a “one size fits all” approach. Having suffered repeated injuries while competing in college, Maddy has made it her life goal to teach solid swim skills, encouraging each swimmer to achieve their potential, while maintaining a strong, sound body that is capable of competitive swimming for a lifetime.
She believes that every child has the ability to succeed and is committed to helping each athlete to achieve their own personal best, both in the water and out.
After swimming competitively for 11 years, Leslie has been coaching for longer than she would like to admit. She has served as the head coach at the Clippard YMCA, the lead assistant at the Gamble Nippert YMCA, and both assistant and head coach at Turpin Hills Swim Club. In recognition of her talents, Leslie has had the distinct honor of coaching Ohio's All-Star Zone Team twice (in 2011 and 2013).
Leslie is passionate about mentoring youth and giving them the tools they need to grow and achieve. To that end, she founded the Hamilton County Special Olympics swim team. In 2004, she co-founded the Sea Wolves, with the vision of forming an inclusive team that grows athletes, regardless of socio-economic, gender, or religious differences. Leslie remained the Sea Wolves head developmental coach until 2013.
In addition to Hydra, Leslie is the head coach of the Walnut Hills Junior High team. In 2016, she lead the Eagles to overall victory at City Champs. During the past three summers, she has spent her free time coaching the Newport Penguins, growing the team out of last place, and into a new, more competitive program.
At the beginning of the 2016/2017 season, Leslie incorporated the values of social justice and service learning work into the Hydra community in a more formal way by establishing the Athlete Leadership Board. To everything she does, Leslie brings her passion for the development of the complete child and her dedication to technical excellence.
Jen was born and raised in Southern California where she swam competitively until 2009. Throughout her illustrious swimming career, she focused on distance freestyle, breaststroke, and IM. For the last 9 years, she has been an official for the National Federation of High School Swimming, USA Swimming, US Masters, and the NCAA.
After moving to Ohio in July 2015, Jen took on the role of head coach at Walnut Hills High School and of the Wyoming Seadragons summer team. According to Jen, helping kids to enjoy the sport of swimming and to achieve their goals is such an amazing experience, she could never trade it.