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Meet Our 2024 Coaching Staff

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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Austin Strayer Head Coach

Austin grew up swimming with the Willard Waves in his hometown of Willard, Ohio and later acted as head coach there for five years. He swam with the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops in college, where he earned four varsity letters and served as team captain his senior year. Following graduation, Austin coached for a number of different teams, including the Delaware Ohio Aquatic Club, Chevington Woods Summer Swim Team and Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, where he is currently the head level four coach. Austin is excited to return for his second season with Tiger Sharks family and lead the team this summer!

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Cheryl Max Senior Coach

Cheryl has been coaching for 30 years, starting with the summer team, the Reynoldsburg Marlins, and then transitioning to year-round coaching with GCSTO. Recently, she has taken on roles as an assistant Boys/Girls swim coach at Pickerington North High School and as a middle school Track coach at Columbus Academy.

Through coaching, Cheryl is able to positively influence the lives of young individuals, share her expertise, and indulge in her passion for sports simultaneously. She understands that coaching is not only fulfilling but also involves teamwork to achieve common objectives and provide guidance and support to the kids.

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Megan Luallen Assistant Coach

Megan swam for the Tiger Sharks for 9 years and at Bishop Hartley High School for 4 years. This will be her fifth year working at the Pickerington Community Pool and second year as an assistant coach. She is very excited to continue being a part of the Tiger Sharks this summer!

Megan is studying medical sciences at the University of Cincinnati where she will be a junior this fall. Her favorite events to swim are the 200 and 500 free, and the 100 IM. When not swimming, Megan enjoys reading, running, and camping with family and friends.

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Mayson Reed Assistant Coach

Mayson had been swimming for the Tiger Sharks for 9 years and was a junior coach for 2 years before becoming an assistant coach. In the past Mayson swam for the Greater Columbus Swim Team (GCSTO), the Unified Aquatics Swim Team, and Lancaster youth swimming team (LYST). She competed for Pick North HS swim & dive team for the past 2 years receiving a varsity letter.

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Lauryn Winters Junior Coach

Lauryn has been swimming for the TigerSharks for nine years. Lauryn‘s favorite strokes are breast and fly. Lauryn is a sophomore at Pickerington Central where she has been on the swim team for two years receiving a varsity letter.

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