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Melanie Richards Head Coach

Coach Melanie grew up swimming at NWSC where she fell in love with the sport. She swam for Upper Arlington and Westerville Aquatic club in USA swimming and at Bishop Watterson High School. An unfortunate knee injury prevented her from swimming in college. Melanie rejoined NWSC when her three children were young to enjoy all that Northwest has to offer. They have grown up with a love for the water and they all swim for the team. Melanie was an assistant coach for five years before taking over as head coach in 2019. In the off season she is a first grade teacher at St. James the Less School in Columbus. Coach Melanie's contact information is at the bottom. 

Coaching Staff

Head Dive Coach: Chloe Merriss

Coach Chloe grew up in Westerville and was active in gymnastics. An injury took her out of gymnastics and she tried diving for the first time her freshman year of high school and fell in love! She dove all four years for Westerville Central and went on to dive in college at the University of Cincinnati. When not coaching summer dive for the Tigersharks she works in Operations and HR for 16 Great Clips Salons. She loves to travel and lives in Clintonville with her two dogs Daisy and Bodie.

Cortney Jones

Coach Cortney grew up at NWSC just like Coach Melanie. She began swimming at the age of 5 and also swam for Upper Arlington's USA team and Bishop Watterson. Cortney has been coaching at NWSC as an assistant coach since 2014. In the off-season Cortney is a special education teacher in Southwestern City Schools. She married her husband Tom in November 2019 and they are expecting their first child due in May! Cortney will be coaching the 8&under junior group this summer!

Mykenzie Kosta

Coach Mykenzie is new to NWSC this summer. She is a first-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she began swimming in first grade. Mykenzie swam collegiately at Indiana State University. While at ISU, she coached a local club team, gaining experience coaching all ages and levels of comfort in the water. No matter what state she lives in, the pool will always be her home. She looks forward getting to know everyone and to continue her passion for swimming. Mykenzie will be coaching the senior and junior groups this summer!

David Newman

David is new to NWSC this summer. David has coached for Utah Valley Aquatics, Brigham Young University, and just finished his season as the head coach at Wylie High School in Abilene Texas. David and his fiancé are moving here from Texas so he can attend The Ohio State University to pursue his doctorate in Education and Kinesiology. David will be working with our Senior Group this summer!

Ann Leahy

Coach Ann grew up at NWSC spending  every summer by the pool and participating on the swimming and diving teams. She also swam for Upper Arlington Swim Club’s USA team and at Bishop Watterson. After college Ann was an assistant coach for the Watterson Swim Team. During the summer you can find her hanging out at the pool with her three children who all swim for the team and love the water as much as she does! In the off-season she works at St. Andrew’s as an educational aid. She is looking forward to a great season. Ann will be coaching the 9&10 Juniors and the 8&under junior group!

Sarah Anderson

Sarah grew up swimming at NWSC! She swam year-round for OSSC and for her middle school and High school team of The Wellington School. Sarah just finished off her freshman year of college. You can find Sarah in the office working or up in the lifeguard chair in the summer. She is excited to coach the 8 & under group this summer!

Patty Ryan

Patty will be coaching the 8&under group this summer!

Peggy Reeder

Peggy will be working with the 8 & under group this summer!

Keith Graham

Keith will be working with the Senior Group this summmer!

Phone: (614) 537-4601
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