Meet the Coaches

Our head coach is Brandi Bashor. You can reach Brandi here.

Coach Brandi Bashor

Brandi was born in Southern California. She has coached swimming for over 20 years and enjoys working with swimmers of every age and ability. Brandi has taught mommy and me swimming lessons; coached Olympic Trial qualifiers, Masters National Record holders and every level in between! Brandi enjoys helping athletes learn to enjoy swimming, enjoy challenging themselves and enjoy using the camaraderie of Masters Swimming to add to their enjoyment of life!

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 4 years with the Varsity Men's Swimming and Diving Program (2013 - 2017). During his collegiate career, Ben competed for several school-record breaking relays, and was a part of the 2016-2017 Atlantic 10 Conference championship winning team - a first in program history. He also 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 Masters. He especially enjoys working 1 - on - 1 with masters athletes on technique.

Beloved previous assistant coaches

Coach Charles Barry

Charles was born in Westchester, New York to his parents Steve and Heather. He attended Iona Preparatory High School and then moved on to the University at Buffalo where he received a degree in Communications. Charles began swimming at the age of six. He has 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 2013-2017. He has loved swimming since a young age and this love for the sport has continued over into coaching. While at Buffalo he has been a part of many camps and clinics and believes that coaching is what he wants to do in the future.

Coach Brittney Walters

Brittney was born in Elkhart, Indiana. She attended Northridge High School where she swam club for Northridge Area Swimming Association (NASA) and for the high school as well. With Northridge she won an Indiana state title in the 500 freestyle and broke 3 individual school records during her time. After high school, Brittney went to UB where she was on the swim team and broke the 200 fly record during her career, and had top-8 finishes at MACS. She got her Bachelor's in Exercise Science while at UB and will be studying to be a Doctor of Chiropractic at D'Youville starting this fall. She also coaches the youngest group for STAR Swimming based in Buffalo.

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