Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Team
Natoshia Zeller Head Coach

Coach Tosh is originally from York, Pennsylvania and moved to Ocean Pines in 2016.  Swimming has been a big part of her life, as she started swimming at the age of 4 and began competitively swimming at age 6.   After 2 years of swimming for the York YWCA swim team, she switched to the York YMCA to swim competitively year round.  Tosh continued swimming at the York YMCA for the next 10 years and also swam for her high school team, where she was became the team captain and qualified for districts and states.  While there, she set a high school record with her teammates for the 400 free relay.  Her favorite events were the 100 butterfly, 200 IM, and 500 Free.  Tosh received a scholarship to swim at Kutztown University, but unfortunately due to an injury, her swimming career ended her first year. 

She went on to Culinary Arts School and graduated with a Culinary Arts Degree.  After being a chef for many years, she made the decision to stay home with her 2 little girls.  

Coach Tosh has found her passion and love for swimming again by helping young athletes reach their true potential.  She believes there are three factors that lead to a swimmers success, attitude, discipline, and proper technique.  She makes it her goal to instll these 3 things in every swimmer she comes across. There were a few coaches over the years that really made an impact on her, and helped her become who she is today.  Tosh hopes she can do the same for the swimmers on the Ocean Pines Swim Team!

Kim Wanner Assistant Coach

Coach Kim started swimming at the age of 3 and competitively at 4. She spent her swimming career at Wilmington Aquatic Club under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Mattson. She represented the Mid-Atlantic LSC at Eastern Zone meets, was a Jr. & Sr. National Qualifier, US Open Qualifier and competed at meets across the country. She was an IMer and breaststroker. Kim has spent many years teaching swim lessons, coaching at WAC, and most recently coaching at MDY. Kim’s coaching philosophy is rooted in her passion for mechanics and the science behind swimming. You’ll hear Kim on deck adjusting strokes and providing constant reminders to facilitate self-correction. She will be OPST’s biggest cheerleader and be just as loud at competitions as she is during practices!

Joy Fink Assistant Coach

Joy began swimming competitively at the age of 7. She swam on the Newburgh Sharks club team in Newburgh, NY. She represented the Metropolitan LSC at Eastern Zone Meets, and was a Jr. National qualifier in the 50, 100 & 200 freestyle as well as a member of Sr. National relays. She swam 4 years in college at St. Bonaventure University and was a member of 2 Atlantic-10 Conference Championship Teams, All-Conference Team, and Conference Rookie of the Year. She also served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for St. Bonaventure and assisted at summer swim camps held on campus. Through college, she spent her summers guarding and teaching swim lessons. Joy also brings her knowledge and passion for the sport of swimming to the team as the current USA Swimming Membership Coordinator.

Kristina Watts Assistant Coach

Coach Kristina started swimming when she was 7 years old. She swam for summer league teams Worthington Valley Waves (2 years) and South Carroll Serpents (9 years). After her first summer swimming, Kristina joined Eagles Swim team to begin swimming year round, where she swam competitively for 10 years. Kristina then went on to swim for Salisbury University for 4 years where she earned a degree in Mathematics Secondary Education. She is now a math teacher at Stephen Decatur High School.

Kristina’s coaching career started when she was 15, both swimming and coaching for South Carroll Serpents. She continued to coach the Serpents every summer until the summer after her first year of college. After completing a year of college at Salisbury, Kristina began coaching for Ocean Pines Swim Team in the spring of 2013. She also had the opportunity to be an undergraduate assistant coach for Salisbury University’s swim team for 1 season.

Kathrine Knupp Assistant Coach
Coach Kathy is originally from Upstate New York & moved to Ocean City in 2017. Kathy began swimming competitively at the age of 6 with the Pal-Mac Sea Raiders Swim Club & continued to swim with them up until she joined her varsity swim team, where she qualified for sectionals in the 500 free & 100 back. Kathy then went on to swim at Wells College, but eventually moved on to pursue her education at St. John Fisher University. While in college, Kathy began coaching for the same swim club she swam with as a child, the Sea Raiders. 
Kathy graduated with a degree in Sport Management & has worked for a number of sports teams including the Buffalo Bills, Hartford Yard Goats & the Delmarva Shorebirds. While living in Connecticut, Kathy joined the Mariden Masters Swim Team. She competed in the New England Masters Regional Championship at Harvard University & finished in the top 10 in all her events.
Kathy & her husband Josh have a love for sports! Josh is also a coach for the Delmarva Aces Travel Baseball organization. They share a desire to pass their love for the sport on to the children they coach, to help develop young athletes’ skills & to help the community! Kathy is very excited to be able to continue to do this with the Hammerheads!
Danielle Pappas Assistant Coach

Coach Danielle started swimming when she was 5 years old. She swam for the Andover Tigers in Linthicum, Maryland during each summer between the ages of 5-18. She became involved with year-round swimming when she was 10 years old, starting her year-round swimming career with GBSA before switching to SPRC Stingrays. She began coaching as an assistant at Andover at the age of 14 and continued coaching for 5 summers. Once she graduated from high school, she continued her education at Salisbury University where she swam on the SU Women’s Swim Team for 2 years. Although she broke a handful of records and was nominated as the MVP during both seasons, she made the difficult decision to give up swimming after her sophomore year due to a persistent back injury. Her favorite events were 100 Breaststroke and 50 Freestyle!

Danielle graduated from Salisbury University in 2014 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.  She also graduated from Walden University in the Spring of 2020 after completing her Master’s Degree in K-5 Reading and Math Education. Because she has always had a passion for teaching and working with kids who are eager to learn, she jumped back into coaching with the goal to instill the same love of swimming that she has always had in the next generation of swimmers!

Brad Diehl Assistant Coach

Coach Brad has been involved in competitive swimming since 1989 as a swimmer and as a coach. As a youth he swam for the Bannister Barracudas in Charles County Maryland where he grew up. His favorite events were the 50 Breaststroke and the 100 IM. He has been an assistant coach for the Bannister Barracudas Swim Team, The Potomac Raiders Swim Team, Coastal Aquatics Swim Team, and has been with Ocean Pines Swim Team since 2017. In addition to swimming Brad has also coached little league and high school baseball. 

Brad graduated from Washington Bible College with a B.S. in Bible and is currently seeking to complete his Masters of Divinity program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Berlin First Baptist Church. 

Brad has been married to his wife Shannon since 2002 and has two children, Adam and Mathew. Adam is a member of the Ocean Pines Hammerheads. When Brad is not working or coaching you will probably find him with his family, in the ocean with his bodyboard being a big kid or begging for oatmeal cookies. 

Sierra Wakefield Assistant Coach
Jennifer Kraeuter Assistant Coach
Daniel Karcheuski Assistant Coach
Adam Diehl Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Stephen Helfrich President
Linsey Parker Vice-President
Olga Bisultanava Treasurer
Jennifer Wills Secretary
Jennifer David Past President
Natoshia Zeller Head Coach