Head Coach

Ben McGinnis

Ben will be the new head coach for 2020! Ben swam for the Mt. Sterling Gators, Paris-Bourbon County YMCA, Lexington Dolphins, Swimchester Sailfish and The University of the Cumberlands. Ben has coached the Mt. Sterling Gators, participated in swim clinics at University of the Cumberlands and trained triathletes. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Ben’s has an understanding and passion for the sport of swimming. The Pinnacle Pirates and Ben are both super excited to become family in 2020. Pirate Family!

Assistant Coaches

Sydney Florence

Sydney started swimming for the Pinnacle Pirates when she was six years old and stayed with it until she graduated last in 2019. From ages seven to sixteen she swam for the Lexington Dolphins. In 2017, she decided to make the switch to Kentucky Aquatics where she remained the rest of her swimming career. Sydney also swam for Lexington Catholic all four years of high school. She also helped out with First Mates program in Pinnacle in the past and is excited to be an official coach for the best team in the MOWSC in 2020!

Former Head Coach

Chrislyn Ruddy

Chrislyn swam for Woodland Pirates, Henry Clay and Wildcat Aquatics. She has coached with the Woodland Pirates, Wildcat Aquatics, Wildcat Masters, Signature Club Gators, Dolphins and Pinnacle. She graduated in May 2016 with a degree from UK in Middle School Education and is now getting her Masters in Literacy Intervention while working as a Graduate Assistant at Lancaster Aquatic Center. Coaching, is as always, the BEST part of her days so she is pumped to be coaching returning to Pirates.

Past Assistant Coaches

Trevor Simpson

Three years ago, in 2015, Trevor swam his 9th year with the Pirates. Now in 2018 he will be returning for his third year as a coach! He started out swimming with the Pinnacle Pirates, eventually joining both the Lexington Dolphins and Tates Creek High School. Trevor swam for the Dolphins for three years and with Tates Creek for five. Trevor is currently a senior at Eastern Kentucky University studying Accounting. He is very proud to coach for the best team in the conference! Not only does he love his team, but ALL of the swimmers on it! GO PIRATES!

Maddie Hils

Maddie Hils swam her 13th year in the Central Kentucky Swim Conference, swimming for Lexington Country Club. Maddie started off swimming at Lexington Country Club at the age of five and then swam 9 years at Wildcat Aquatics and finished her last year and a half of swimming at The Lexington Dolphins. Additionally, Maddie swam all four years of high school for Sayre School. Maddie is a freshmen at Ole Miss and is an English major, with plans to go to Law School. She is very excited to start her first year of coaching with the Pinnacle Pirates!

Miles Marquette

Miles’ swimming career started at age 10 with the Beaumont YMCA Barracudas. Throughout high school, he swam year-round at Wildcat Aquatics and for the Palomar Piranhas Swim Team during the summer. Miles also swam at the Regional and State level all four years while attending Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He served for two years as an assistant coach for the Palomar Piranhas. Expecting to graduate in May 2017 from the University of Alabama with a degree in Biology and has plans to attend Dental School at the University of Kentucky. This will be his first season with the Pirates and he is excited to get to know everyone in the Pinnacle family!

Shelby Joy

This will be Shelby’s first year with the Pinnacle Pirates. Shelby just completed her junior year at the University of Kentucky studying to be an elementary education teacher. She is from Elizabethtown Kentucky where she swam on the E-town Dolphins club team for about 11 years, and also swam for years for Elizabethtown High School. Shelby was also an assistant coach for two years with a small catholic school team, and has taught swim lessons for six years. She is very excited to work the Pinnacle Pirates this summer!