Coach Scott

Coach Scott was raised in North Ridgeville and began competitive swimming at the age of eleven. He swam for various USA teams and the Mills Creek Swim Team during the summer months.  He continued competing through high school at North Ridgeville High School.

Coach Scott began coaching in 1983 for Mills Creek Swim Team.  He has also coached various USA teams including Sylvania Swim Club, Vacationland, and Explorer’s Aquatic Club.  He was chosen to become a zone coach twice and was selected to attend the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to be instructed by the world’s best coaches.  He coached Sylvania High School during his college years and was the first coach of Amherst Steele High School.  He was chosen SWC Coach of the Year in 2000.

Coach Scott has coached the Vermillion YMCA Torpedoes since 1995.  He has also been the Avon Lake High School coach for the past three seasons and has been coaching for Oberlin College for one season.  Coach Scott has been the Head Coach for Amherst Summer Swim Team for over fifteen years.

Coach Scott believes in the self-discipline learned from the sport of swimming.  He has enjoyed each and every one of the thousands of swimmers he has coached over the years, stating, “Each swimmer brings something special to the team concept.”  He is very proud of the growth of the Amherst Summer Swim Team over the years, and finds the role the swim team plays in our community to be valuable and important.


Coach Don

Coach Don is the Aquatics Director for the city of Westlake.  As Aquatics Director, he is responsible for the pools at Westlake Recreation Center and Clague Park.  His first job was as a lifeguard at Elyria Country Club.  In college, he swam for Cleveland State University.  His favorite events while at CSU included the IM and the backstroke.

Coach Don has coached many swim teams, beginning with Elyria Country Club, and currently with Amherst Summer Swim Team in the summer months and Vermilion YMCA Torpedoes during the winter months.  Several of the swimmers that he has coached have continued in their swimming careers to compete at the national level.

Coach Don enjoys focusing on the techniques of each of the four swim strokes and the flip turn with the swimmers that he coaches.  Technique and mechanics are what he teaches during the Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30 AM practices.  He spends time watching each of the swimmers during the 6:30 practice to give them tips to help them improve their strokes and flip turns. 

Coach Don now enjoys volunteering his time to the Amherst Summer Swim Team by helping out at the swim meets in various ways. He helps make the meets as exciting as possible for the swimmers. His experience and help is greatly appreciated! 


Coach Melissa

Coach Melissa grew up near Pittsburg and began swimming competitively at six years old. She was a four year varsity swimmer at Oberlin College and coached for the Penn-Trafford Aqua Club in Pennsylvania during summer vacations. She has been an assistant swim coach at Oberlin College, Amherst Steele High School, and Elyria High School. This is her third year with Amherst Summer Swim Team. 

Coach Melissa has taught music at Amherst Junior High School for seven years. She is also the head junior high cross country and track coach. She participates in community theater and co-ed softball.  


Coach Connor

This is Coach Connor’s third year as an Amherst Summer Swim Team coach.  He has been swimming for eleven years with various USA and YMCA teams and of course the Amherst Summer Swim Team.

Connor is a three year varsity swimmer for the Amherst Steele High School swim team.  He was a district qualifier in 2013 and 2014!  He will be a senior at Amherst Steele this fall.

Coach Connor will be lifeguarding for the Anna Mohr Schmauch Pool this summer.  He also enjoys swimming, running, and eating.  His words of wisdom for our swimmers: “Just go out and have fun.”


Coach Emma

This is Coach Emma’s second year with the Amherst Summer Swim Team, so please welcome her to the Summer Swim family!  Although Coach Emma has been swimming for eleven years, this is her first coaching position.  To quote Emma, “I have wanted to be a coach since I was young.”

During her eleven years of swimming, Coach Emma has been on a number of teams.  She began with the Amherst Summer Swim Team and then swam with some YMCA teams (West Shore, French Creek, and Torpedoes).  She is still a member of the Torpedoes and also the Amherst Steele High School team.

Coach Emma is going to be a senior at Amherst Steele.  In addition to swim team, where she earned the T.E.A.M. award, she is involved in other activities.  At school, Emma is a part of student council, the Leo Club, and Youth for Youth.  She also helps with Vacation Bible School.

Coach Emma’s words of wisdom for our swimmers: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there!”



Coach Gabe

Coach Gabe is nineteen years old and has been a swim coach for the Amherst Summer Swim Team for three years now.  He has been living in Amherst his whole life and has been a swimmer on the team since he was four years old.  Since he’s started the sport of swimming, he’s been on five different swim teams, but his favorite is still the Amherst Summer Swim Team!

Gabe will be attending Cleveland State University this fall. He’s also in his third year as a lifeguard at the Anna Mohr Schmauch Memorial Pool.

In swimming, his favorite stroke is freestyle and his favorite event is the 500 free.  Gabe can’t wait to continue coaching the soon-to-be Olympians of the Amherst Summer Swim Team.  He enjoys the connections he’s made with many of the swimmers.



      Coach Tyler
Coach Mallory

This is Coach Mallory’s third year coaching with Amherst Summer Swim Team, and she’s “stoked” to be back!  This will be Mallory’s ninth year swimming with the Amherst Summer Swim Team for four years.  She has been swimming with the Vermillion Torpedoes for the six years.  Mallory has also been a member of the Amherst Steele High School swim team for four seasons and her favorite events are the 500 free and the 200 IM.  

Last school year Mallory was Senior Class President.  She was active in student council where she was president. In choir, she served as Treasurer.  This fall Mallory will be a freshman at  Ohio University where she will study Journalism in the Scripps School of Journalism. 

Mallory can’t wait for another great summer with Amherst Summer Swim Team!



Coach Sophia

This is Coach Sophia’s fourth year as a coach for the Amherst Summer Swim Team.  Sophia has been swimming for Amherst Summer Swim Team for ten years.  She also swims for YMCA teams and spent four years on the Amherst Steele High School swim team. Sophia is going to be a sophomore at Miami University this fall, where she continues to study Early Childhood Education.

Sophia’s words of wisdom for the swimmers: “Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!”



     Coach Gabby