Coaching Staff

Jeff Riegler Senior Head Coach

Jeff was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University.

Jeff is Executive Director and Senior Group Head Coach. Jeff was the Head Coach for the Gahanna YMCA Gators from 2016-2020, after being an assistant coach from 2014-2016. He has been the Head Coach at Gahanna Lincoln High School since 2014. Prior to coaching with the Gators, Jeff was an Assistant Coach with the Ohio State Swim Club 2009-2014. He was the head swim coach at Westerville North High School from 2000–2014, Westerville South High School in 2014, and head senior coach with the Highlands Otters of the Greater Columbus Swim League 2004-2014.

As a high school coach, Jeff has coached over 70 Ohio state meet qualifiers, 56 All Americans, was voted the 2022 Ohio Division 1 Women's State Coach of the Year, 2022 This Week News/Columbus Dispatch Central Ohio Coach of the Year for Girl's swimming, 2007 and 2022 Central District Women’s Swim Coach of the Year, and was the 2020 recipient of the State of Ohio Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity award for Girl’s Swimming.

As Gators Head Coach, he coached 15 YMCA National Qualifiers, including the team’s first ever female relay qualifiers (2017), first ever individual male qualifier (2018), and first ever male relay qualifiers (2019). Gator swimmers broke 159 team records during his tenure as Head Coach, including 55 in 2019 and 44 in 2020.

Jeff competed for Eastern Michigan University and is a former National High School record holder and US Masters Swimming National Champion. Jeff is a Realtor with e-Merge Real Estate Premium in Gahanna and resides in New Albany with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons, McCord, Eli, and Ezra.


Hayden Birnbrich Age Group Head Coach

Hayden has been swim coaching since 2016. He previously coached with the Gahanna YMCA Gators (2016-2020) before joining Hydra for its first season in 2020. His favorite aspects of coaching are building relationships with all the swimmers, guiding them to achieve their goals, and of course making the sport of swimming fun.

Hayden started swimming at 12 for the Summer Gahanna Sea Lions. He ended up competing all 4 years of High School where he became a State Meet Qualifier and 4 years of college where he achieved Scholar All-American and multiple school record holder. Hayden still competes with a Masters team in New Albany and goes to the national meet every year.

Hayden is a 2011 HS graduate of St Charles Preparatory School in Columbus as well as a 2015 undergraduate at the University of Mount Union with a major in Sports Business/Management. Hayden works full time in New Albany as the Aquatics Coordinator of New Albany High School.



Luke Birnbrich Assistant Coach

Coach Luke will be heading into his 6th year of coaching this fall. He previously coached at the Gahanna YMCA for 4 seasons, was a lifeguard for 3 years and an Aquatics Coordinator for 1 year. As a swim coach at the Gahanna YMCA, Luke primarily coached "Swamp Monsters," the teams 9-10 year age group. He attended and graduated Bishop Hartley High School from 2011-2015, and was on the school's swim team all 4 years. Luke has been competitively swimming since he was 12 years old and still continues to competitively swim for the New Albany Masters Program. His favorite stroke is backstroke, and his favorite event to race is the 100 yard backstroke.

For Coach Luke, the best part about coaching is getting to watch his swimmers grow and improve. He is very excited to get this season underway and can't wait to see what great things come out of it!

Matt Braun Assistant Coach
Matt grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area where he was an age group swimmer for the South Oakland YMCA. While a senior at Berkley High school Matt was a 2X MI State Champion and a YMCA Nationals Champion. After high school Matt attended and swam at The Ohio State University where he was a team captain, team record holder and All-American.

Matt has coaching experience that spans clubs, YMCA’s, and the collegiate level. Currently Matt is entering a fourth year on the Hydra coaching staff. Along with coaching, Matt has been on the Board of Directors with Hydra Aquatics since pre- day one.

Matt lives locally in Gahanna with his wife, Kelly and their three kids, all who swim for Hydra. Taylor, Samantha, and Justin.



Rob Bey Assistant Coach Senior Hydra
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Mr. Bey was born and raised here in Columbus and graduated from Brookhaven HS in 1972. A year later he entered the Marine Corps where he became a navigator on KC130F’s. After being discharged from the service he went to work for Ohio Bell, which later became SBC, Ameritech, and lastly AT&T. He worked as a service representative, processed billing in the data department, and the last 17 years was a Design Engineer, retiring in 2012 after 33.5 years.
Mr. Bey got involved with swimming in 1990 when his oldest child began swimming. He started out as a swim parent and within 2 years became a USA Swim Official. He officiated a total of 15 years. Mr. Bey was coach of the senior group at the YMCA North 1997-1999. He was the assistant coach at Westerville North HS 2002-2014 and assistant coach for Westerville South HS 2013-2014. Mr. Bey became the assistant coach for Gahanna Lincoln HS in 2014 and coached there through the end of the 2021-2022 season, when he retired from high school coaching. From 2016 -2019 he was and assistant coach at the Gahanna YMCA in addition to being the team's strength coach. Mr. Bey has been a Hydra Aquatics assistant caoch since the team was created in 2020.  
Mr. Bey has been married to Mrs. Bey (Amy) for 41 years. They have 3 children, Matt, April, and Scott. Who all swam at Westerville North. They have 7 grandchildren, one who already received his angel’s wings. Their ages are 5, 4, 3, and three – 1 year olds. Dillon who would have been the oldest would be 6. 


Rob Kauscher Assistant Coach