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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact the Head Coach Bill Walsh at wwalsh@iona.edu.

 

Coaching Staff

Bill Walsh

Head Coach/Director

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Bill Walsh joins Gael Aquatic Club after being Head Coach at Club Fit Briarcliff. At Club Fit he oversaw all age groups and administrative duties. While at Club Fit he had multiple JO and ZQ qualifiers. Before Club Fit Briarcliff he spent 6 seasons as Assistant Age Group Coach with the Gael Aquatic Club from 2008-2014. While with Gael Aquatic Club he worked with swimmers aged 6-18. He coached numerous Senior Met, Junior Olympic and Zone and Sectional Qualifiers as well as a 2014 Metropolitan Junior Olympic Champion.  In the summers he coaches the New York Athletic Club in Pelham Manor where he is in charge of the 11-17 age group. In past seasons he has coached Westchester County Champions and Westchester County Swim Conference champions as well as High Point Award winners.


Coach Walsh attended High School at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT, where he was a part of 3 CT State Championship Teams and gained All-State and All American Honors in his senior year. After High School Coach Walsh continued his swimming career at Iona College, where he scored at the MAAC Championships throughout his 4 years of eligibility. Bill excelled in the 100, 200 Fly and 200, 500 Freestyles. Bill received the most dedicated award in his Sophomore, Junior and Senior seasons and was captain in his Senior year.

You can contact Coach Walsh at wwalsh@iona.edu.

Sean Conway

Assistant Coach

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Sean enters his fourth season coaching with GAEL Aquatic Club, Sean began his coaching career at North Shore Aquatics on Long Island and worked with all age groups. Sean swam competitively for ten years concluding his career at Stony Brook University. Sean started his swimming career on Connetquot Swim Club at age 11. Sean swam for Connetquot High School under coach Larry Sullivan, earning All Long-Island and All-State honors Sophomore, Junior and Seniotr years. After High School, he continued his career at Stony Brook University. He was a finalist at Conference Championships all four years. In his Senior season he finished Third in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:39.76. Sean was a captain in his Senior season.

Also, Sean has been an ocean lifeguard for the past 7 years working for the Town of Islip on Fire Island. He has also competed in the Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim three times and was the Champion in 2009. Sean also has competed in Lifeguarding Tournaments including National and Regional Championships. Sean also works for the City of Yonkers Fire Department as a full time Firefighter.

Nick Cavataro

Program Director

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Nick is a resident of Greenwich and has been at the helm of the Gael A.C. since its founding in 1984 and at Iona College since 1980.

An energetic organizer, Coach Cavataro issues newsletters, e-mails, calendars and holds meetings with parents and swimmers to help with goals, questions, carpools, meet entries and other important team functions.  A distance freestyle and butterfly specialist at Iona Prep, Manhattan College and with the Gotham Aquatic Association (USS), Coach Cavataro was a three-time All-Metro selection.

In addition to the Gael Aquatic Club, Coach Cavataro is the head men’s and women’s coach and Director of Aquatics at Iona College.  In 27 years at Iona his career record is 211-165 and his teams have won four Metropolitan collegiate Swim Conference Championships (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991) and the 1993 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and Coach-of-the-year honors in 1987 and 1991.

Since 1987, summers find Coach Cavataro at the Westchester Country Club, where his 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 teams won Westchester County Swim Conference titles (WCSC).

Coach Cavataro is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA-Level5); the College Swim Coaches Association and United States Swimming.  In 1984, 1986 and 1990 Cavataro was a panel speaker at the ASCA World Clinics.  In 1997 Cavataro spoke at the College Swim Coaches Association Clinic.

Cavataro is married to Susan Follansbee, and exercise physiologist.  The Cavataro’s have six children, Stephanie, 22; Lauren, 21; Matthew, 19;  Kristi, 17; James, 11 and Kathryn, 9.

You can contact Nick via e-mail at ncavataro@iona.edu
By phone at the Iona pool office: (914) 633-2323 from 9am-2pm.
Fax number: (914) 633-2688.