Doug Nist, Head Coach, Swimming
Coach Doug is in his first year as Jackson's Head Coach. His past coaching started with one year as Student Assistant as West Virginia University. He also served two years coaching at Perry Aquatic Club, one year head coach at North Olmsted High School and six years as head coach for the Paul & Carol David YMCA Phantoms swim team.
His swimming career started with four years at Massillon High School, graduating in 1989. He was a four-year team captain, four-year district qualifier, and two-year OHSAA state qualifier. He then went on to attend West Virginia University where he was a four-year letter winner and team captain during his senior season. He Graduated from West Virginia in 1994. In total, he competed for 18 years as a swimmer. In 2009, Doug was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame.
Doug currently resides in Jackson Township with his wife Cheryl. They have three children: Victoria, Holden and Lauren. He enjoys spending time with his family. As the new head coach he is most looking forward to working with a great group of swimmers and helping them to achieve their goals while striving to build a strong swim program at Jackson High School.
Phil Barr, Head Coach, Diving
Coach Phil Barr is a 1980 graduate of GlenOak High School, and was born born and raised in Canton. He grew up swimming and diving competitively at an early age. He began to coach diving in 1999 when his son, Justin, joined the diving team for GlenOak. He coached several divers on other high school teams, as well as at the University of Mount Union but continued with GlenOak up until 2017. That same year he was asked to help with the diving programs at Jackson and Perry.
He has had numerous sectional qualifiers and one sectional winner; several district qualifiers, and a few state qualifiers. His state qualifiers have placed as well as 6th, 7th, and 9th in the state. In 2015 his team with the University of Mount Union men’s divers won the NCAA OAC Championship’s in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. To this day, he continues to coach the Jackson and Perry divers and helps with the PAC diving clinics.
Phil resides in Plain Township with his wife Maureen. In their spare time they enjoy seeing the countryside on their motorcycle, golfing, and spending time with friends, family, and their 9 grandchildren.
Lauren Burrows, Assistant Coach, Swimming
Lauren is a recent graduate of Grove City College where she received a degree in Psychology along with a minor in Communication. She spent her first two years at Chaham University where she eared one varsity letter in swimming and two in water polo. Transferring to Grove City, she completed her swimming and water polo career, receiving five varsity letters. She was also captain of the womens' water polo team.
Prior to her college career, she graduated from GlenOak High School where she swam and played water polo as well.
Mikayla Dearing, Strength Coach, Swimming