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Meet Our Coaches

The Tiger Sharks coaching staff includes both veteran and new coaches blending experience with fresh ideas and youthful energy. To better help parents and swimmers know their coaches, here's a little more info about them.

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Briana "Bri" Savage Head Coach

Briana "Bri" Savage is an accomplished athlete. She swam competitively for Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), the Worthington Swim Club, and Worthington Kilbourne High School. In college Bri played defense on the Field Hockey team and specialized in the distance events (500-, 1000-, 1650-yards) on the W&J Swim Team. She has extensive coaching experience including the Worthington Wave, Swim Force, and is presently an Assistant Coach for the Pickerington North and Central Swim Teams. She also worked with young swimmers teaching swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

Bri earned her B.A. from W&J College and a Master of Education from The Ohio State University. She taught English in France and is now a French teacher at Pickerington Central High School.

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Sheri Rhodes Assistant Coach

Sheri swam competitively for Bishop Hartley Hawks and Livmoor Sea Kings swim teams. She has been coaching the Tiger Sharks for 9 years. Sheri's favorite stroke is the backstroke.Sheri is the Pre-School Director at the All Saints Academy where she also coached basketball and volleyball. Sheri's daughter swims for the Tiger Sharks. GO ABBY!

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Jill Rhodes Assistant Coach

Jill swam competitively for the Tiger Sharks swim team from a young age and also swam varsity all four years of high school. She graduated from Bishop Hartley in 2016 and was a swim team captain her senior year. Jill is also a coach for the Cap City Swim Club and the Green Wave Swim Team. Her favorite events are the 50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly. Her sister also swims for the Tiger Sharks! GO ABBY!

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Delaney Burns Assistant Coach

Delaney is a 2017 graduate of Pickerington High School Central, where she was a four-year letter winner on the swim team. She was team captain her senior year. She attends John Carroll University, in Cleveland and is an early childhood education major. She is on the club rowing team, works as a student liaison for the Center for Service and Social Action, is actively involved in Carroll Faith Communities, and president of Habitat for Humanity.

Delaney has been a Tiger Shark almost her whole life; she also swam for GCSTO. She is looking forward to another great season devoted to coaching. This is her third year as a coach and she is excited for the new/returning swimmers and the possibilities in store for the team. As a head lifeguard at the pool, Delaney will be easy to find anytime this summer! Go Tiger Sharks!!

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Austin McClurg Assistant Coach

Former Tiger Shark Austin McClurg is a familiar face to our team. We're thrilled that he's returning this season as an Assistant Coach! Along with his many seasons as a Tiger Shark, Austin swam 8 years with Greater Columbus Swim Team, and was a four-year letter winner with the PIckerington North High School Swim Team.

Life after his 2018 graduation from Pickerington North has kept Austin busy. These days he's an Airman 1st Class in the Ohio Air National Guard, as well as an electrical engineering student at the University of Cincinnati

Austin is happy to be back with the Tiger Sharks this summer! He's really looking forward to seeing how last year's younger swimmers have grown in the sport.

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Sheridan Ave Assistant Coach

Sheridan hails from Clintonville, and is a 2018 graduate of Village Academy where she lettered in swimming and earned the Most Valuable Swimmer Award all four years. She served as team captain her senior year. Sheridan was a four-time High School State Swim Meet qualifier and made an appearance on the podium two different times with her 100 Butterfly.

Swimming has been a huge part of Sheridan's life over the years. She started her swimming career on a summer swim team. She loved swimming and joined the Liberty Township Powell YMCA Swim Team. She swam there for seven years. As a senior in high school, Sheridan swam with Greater Columbus Polar Bears. After high school, she was a member of Ohio State's varsity swim team.

Academics at Ohio State keep her very busy now where Sheridan is majoring in Art.

We're thrilled to have Sheridan join our team, and she is very excited about working with the Tiger Sharks swimmers this summer!

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Maria Irwin Junior Coach

Maria has been a Tiger Shark since 2007! After graduating from Pickerington North High School in the spring, Maria plans to attend college in the fall. She is a Distinguished Honor Roll scholar-athlete.

Organized sports have kept Maria busy throughout the last several years. She swam for the Green Wave in middle school and was a member of the Panther Swim Team all four years of high school. Maria also ran four years with the cross country team at Pickerington North.

Maria is a lifeguard at the Pickerington Community Pool and also works at Coldstone Creamery. She helped with coaching last year, and takes on a more formal position this year as Junior Coach. Maria brings with her great words of wisdom, "Always have an extra pair of goggles!" 😀

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Kolya Larson Junior Coach

TCAL gave Kolya her first taste of competitive swimming 10 years ago when she joined the Baltimore Sea Lions. Five years ago, she made her move to the Tiger Sharks and is thrilled to give junior coaching a try this season!

Not only is Kolya a Tiger Shark, she's also a year-round Stingray for the Lancaster Y Swim Team and a Tiger for Central's HS Swim Team. Kolya considers herself a sprinter with breaststroke being her favorite stroke. She has been a National YMCA swimmer for the past two seasons.

Soon to be a senior at PHSC, Kolya is a Distinguished Honor Roll student with math and science being her favorite areas of study. When not at school or in the pool, Kolya enjoys drawing, listening to music, hanging out with her toy poodle Adrian & her cat Richard Parker, and exploring nature. Sleeping and eating are also high on her list!

Kolya absolutely loves to swim for the Tiger Sharks in the summer because it's so fun and relaxed! Her advice she'd like to give to other swimmers is: "Try your best to improve at practice and stay relaxed at meets." GO TIGER SHARKS!

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Joe Phillips Junior Coach

Joe Phillips has been a Tiger Shark since 2014, as well as a club swimmer for LYST the last two years and a Green Wave swimmer during middle school. Joe is a three-year varsity letterman for the Pickerington Central High School Swim Team.

Passionate about everything he does, Joe is excited to be joining the Tiger Sharks coaching staff this year!

Joe has worked as a lifeguard at the Pickerington Community Pool the last two seasons. He also works at the Garver YMCA. Joe is involved in many clubs at PHSC which include: Drug-Free Club, SADD, and National Honor Society. He has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll all three years of high school and will graduate in 2019.

Best advice for Tiger Sharks swimmers: "Being on a team can be a great experience if you just let loose and have fun with everyone you meet!"

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