This year promises to be an exciting one for the Rays as we have a new coaching staff and great momentum coming off of last year’s season. More details on the coaches below. Team practices begin the first weekend of June. Meets take place throughout July.
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Here is information about our new coaching staff:
– Our Head coach is Nina Vitale. Nina comes to us with 11 years of competitive swim experience including the last 2 years offering private swim lessons locally. You may know Nina as the mother of two of our own Manta Rays (Miya and Ben), or perhaps you’ve seen her officiating at our swim meets. In addition to being a DUSO official, Nina is also certified as a level N2 stroke and turn official for USA swimming with more certifications to come! Nina is active year round in the competitive swim world and will bring to us a wealth of knowledge of competitive swimming and successful meet management.
– Nina’s Assistant Coach is Yuka Suzuka. Yuka swam four years of varsity at SUNY New Paltz, where she was State University of New York Conference Champion 13 times, NCAA Championships Qualifier three times, and All American three times. She has been coaching with NDAC and Bard since 2014. We are thrilled to welcome Yuka to our Manta Ray team!
– Katie Sistare is our 2nd Assistant Coach. Katie swims with the Manta Rays and has also swam with NDAC for 9 years, the Rhinebeck HS Varsity team for 4 years (with 1 year as captain), and participated in Silvers Championships, Junior Olympics, Senior Metropolitans, Zone Sections, and more! Last year, based on her early interactions with the younger swimmers, Katie served as an honorary assistant coach. Her zeal for coaching was tangible and it will be great to have her in an actual role!
-As part of the new coaching structure we’ll be specifically focusing on the development of our least-experienced (Lane 1) swimmers. To help Nina, Yuka and Katie work with these swimmers, Erin Behrens and Nate Britt will be our two junior coaches. Both strong swimmers and NDAC participants Erin and Nate will work closely with the other coaches to ensure these Lane 1 swimmers develop proper stroke technique and develop their affinity for competitive swimming. Nurturing and developing these Lane 1 swimmers is critical to the future of our team. We are thrilled Erin and Nate have agreed to take on this important role.