Chevington Woods Kingfish   
Swim Team ~ Swimming, Friendship, Fun

Our 43rd Year
Tri County Champions 2004-2016!

Our Kingfish Coaches - Continuing the Legacy of Excellence and FUN!

Our Coaching Staff is our biggest asset as a team!  We pride ourselves on a ACTIVE DECK of coaches FULLY ENGAGED with swimmers for every practice. Our coaches don't sit in chairs or stand at the end of the lane merely shouting instructions, they move about on the deck and are in the pool assisting with the youngest swimmers. We believe active, positive coaching creates excellent swimming technique and is the foundation to success in this sport. We are blessed with many of our team athletes who volunteer to help coach our team and we also have a junior coaching program that develops coaches allowing our interested swimmers age 12 and older to help at practices for our younger age groups. This translates into a minimum of one coach per lane for most all practices. For the emerging swimmers in our youngest groups, we are able to provide a minimum of one coach and several others in the water in each lane for our swimmers. We utilize all areas of our pool to teach and if a swimmer needs special help on a particular technique, we have the staff to help them directly with individual instruction to ensure their success. 

Head Coach - Kevin Yates

Kevin is a teacher with the Liberty Union School District, he is also one of the head swim coaches at the Jerry Garver YMCA. Kevin has a wealth of experience as a swim coach! He has coached the Lancaster YMCA, Lancaster Country Club, Pickerington North High School, Granville High School and the Garver YMCA Eels team.  

Kevin was a swimmer for Pickerington High School and swam at Eastern Michigan University. Kevin was a Huntington Hills Frogger in his formative years!

Kevin enters his sixth year with our team guiding the Kingfish in the Tri County League and we are very happy he is returning to our swim family with his passionate and fun style of positive coaching.  

Kevin and his wife Molly are the proud parents of Jameson!

Jay Schuh - Program Lead Coach

Jay is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and we are lucky he is chose to return to Pickerington to start his career as a teacher and to come home to his Kingfish Family

Jay was a Kingfish swimmer from 1997 until 2010 and has coached with us for seven years. Jay graduated from St. Charles and was a multiple swimming All American with the Cardinals during his high school years. He swam for Greater Columbus, and the New Albany Aquatics Club in USA swimming with backstroke being his specialty. 

Jay will be the pool manager this year at Chevington Woods!

Paul Hintz- Program Lead Coach

Paul has been a lifelong Kingfish! Paul is completing his Masters Degree at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and will graduate this Spring. His graduate study is a project on the expansion and upgrades of the Chevington Woods Pool! Paul is a cadet in USAF ROTC and upon receiving his commission, will be starting  Pilot Training at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT)  at Shepard AFB in Texas. More info on this training can be found at this link. Paul will enter pilot training just after our Championship Meet this year. 

Paul was a swimmer at Pickerington HS North and competed at the District and State level multiple times. He was a standout swimmer for Rose-Hulman helping his team reach new heights in the CCIW league. 

We are so happy and fortunate to welcome Paul back to the staff for one last summer, before he begins his Air Force Career!

Justin Shotwell Program Lead Coach - night practices

Justin was a Kingfish swimmer from 1997 until 2009. He has been a coach for our team since 2008. 

Justin is a Civil Engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation. He graduated from the University of Evansville and swam for the Purple Aces. 

Justin graduated from St. Charles High School in 2009 and was a member of their state championship swim teams and relays during his time with the Cards. 

Justin will coach Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night practices and assist at some of our meets. 

Morgan Grodesky Program Lead Coach - night practices

Morgan has been a Kingfish coach since the age of 12! She is our original junior coach and was guided and encouraged by Stephanie Donley who helped develop her talent!

Morgan graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2015 with a degree in Biology. She was a Distinguished Scholar and earned 12 varsity letters as an athlete at Pickerington North. She earned four varsity letters in each of these sports, Cross Country, Swimming and Track.  

Morgan will be the Aquatic Coordinator for the Columbus School for Girls this fall, and she coaches for the USA Team Unified Aquatics Club and for the New Albany Country Club. She will coach our Kingfish swimmers this year on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Wednesday meets.