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Head Coach

Brandi Bashor

Brandi was born in Southern California. She has been coaching swimming for more than 20 years and was named the Niagara District 2018 Coach of the Year! She enjoys working with swimmers of every age and ability. Brandi has coached beginner swimmers and triathletes, Olympic Trial qualifiers, Masters national record-holders and every level in between. Brandi enjoys helping athletes learn to love swimming, challenging themselves and using the camaraderie of Masters swimming to add to their enjoyment of life!


Assistant Coaches

Ben Fitch

Ben was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where he competed for Sun Devil Aquatics and Mesa Aquatic Club. He moved to Washington, D.C., to attend college at George Washington University, where he competed for four years with the Varsity Men’s Swimming and Diving Program (2013-17). During his collegiate career, Ben competed for several school record-breaking relays, and was a part of the 2016-17 Atlantic 10 conference championship-winning team – a first in program history. He holds all-time top-10 performances in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 200 butterfly.

Ben moved to Buffalo in January 2018 to join NRG Business Solutions as an analyst, and is excited to share his passion for swimming with Nickel City Splash! He especially enjoys working one-on-one with masters athletes on technique.


Ted Eimstad

Ted has had tremendous success as a head Age Group coach in both the Boston and Buffalo areas. Prior to moving to Buffalo in 2011, Ted was head coach of the Bronze team, assistant aquatics director and a swim instructor at Charles River Aquatics in Boston, Massachusetts. Ted also served as head coach of the Boston College Women’s Water Polo team and was awarded North Atlantic Conference Water Polo Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Ted grew up in Oregon, where he passionately pursued both competitive swimming and water polo. He now shares that enthusiasm and passion with those whom he coaches.


Jennifer Adams

Jennifer is Adult Learn-to-Swim certified and is the Niagara LMSC’s interim registrar. She enjoys working with those who are new to the sport, as well as those who are looking to build their confidence. Jennifer especially likes to work with triathletes and any swimmers who are interested in triathlon. Both of her daughters love swimming and are on a local swim club. Jennifer is a USA Swimming Stroke & Turn Official and can be found on deck at local swim meets that her girls are participating in. She was officially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000, but has not let the disease define, limit or stop her from doing what she loves.

Jennifer is from the Buffalo area and swam for the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks before taking up cross-country running. She didn’t get back into swimming until she was sidelined by leg injuries from running. She has participated in various swim clinics on freestyle stroke and open water swim technique. In 2014, she added biking to her rotation and competed in her first triathlon. She was the 2014 Score This Sprint Distance Series second-place winner in her gender/age group, and the 2015 Score–This Intermediate Distance Series third-place winner in her gender/age. In 2016, she was the IronMan Lake Placid Triathlon Feature Athlete and finished comfortably in 15 hours 9 minutes.


Beloved Previous Assistant Coaches

Charles Barry

Charles was born in Westchester, New York, to parents Steve and Heather. He attended Iona Preparatory High School and then moved on to the University at Buffalo where he earned a degree in Communications. Charles began swimming at the age of six. He attended many Nationals, Junior Nationals, and State Championships during his swimming career. He was a four-year member of the Men’s Swimming and Diving program at Buffalo from 2013-17. He has loved swimming since a young age and his love for the sport has continued into coaching. While in Buffalo, he was a part of many camps and clinics, and realized coaching is what he wants to do in the future. Charles is currently living in the Land Down Under.


Brittney Walters

Brittney was born in Elkhart, Indiana. She attended Northridge High School where she swam for the Northridge Area Swimming Association (NASA) club and for her high school. In high school, she won an Indiana state title in the 500 freestyle and broke three individual school records. Brittney swam for UB, where she broke the 200 fly record and had top-8 finishes at MACS. She got her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and is studying to be a Doctor of Chiropractic at D’Youville. She currently coaches young swimmers at a local USA Swimming club.