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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 one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Greg Wriede

Director of Competitive Swimming

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Norie Hammond

Senior & Masters Coach

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Norie joined Peddie Aquatics in the fall of 2014 after two years with the Southern Marlins Racing Team in Charleston, SC.  Norie served as the Head Age Group Coach and Senior coach, working with the Elite, Pre-Elite, Senior, and Gold swimmers.  During her time with SMRT, Norie coached multiple top 10 placeholders in South Carolina swimming in varying age groups ranging from the number one female 50 freestyler to the Open Water Men’s 5K Champion.

Before moving to South Carolina, Norie served as Head Coach at Nutmeg Aquatics in East Lyme, CT.  During her six years with Nutmeg, Norie coached every level of the team, working primarily with the high school and college swimmers.  She has coached kids to Age Group Championships, Zones, Sectionals, and Senior Nationals.  She also served two years as the Head Coach at New London High School and as an Assistant Coach at East Lyme High School, both on the boy's varsity teams.

Norie brings a deep passion for swimming and lots of energy and joy to the pool deck. She will be working primarily with our Senior Performance and Senior groups while also working with our Masters Swim program.

Kate Nicholson

Varsity Assistant Coach

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Mrs. Nick began a life long association with the pool at age 7.  She swam at a variety of levels including collegiately for Williams College.  In her final years at Williams she served as captain of the Women’s Waterpolo team and led them through their first interscholastic season.  She started coaching while in college becoming the head 8 and under coach of the Amherst Tritons Swim Team (ATST) as well as the head coach of the Williamstown youth center swim team.  After college, Mrs. Nick continued her coaching at the Forman School where she had her first two swimmers to final in New England Prep School Swimming, one of whom went on to compete for Canada at a variety of levels.  In 1997 she was appointed head Boys swimming coach and head Girls Waterpolo coach at the Northfield Mount Hermon School.  While at Northfield, she helped the boys to win their first dual meet victory over rival Deerfield Academy in 65 years, coached the team to a top 8 finish in the New England Championships, and she coached her first New England Prep school champion, who in the process of winning the event set a school record which still stands.  A number of her swimmers at Northfield went on to compete internationally for their home countries.  In 1999, she accepted a position as head coach of the Cheshire Academy swim team where she coached for the next 8 years.  In her 8 years, her teams won 7 Connecticut Independent School Championships, 4 Western New England Championships, broke every school record, and had multiple individual state and New England Champions.  In 2007, Mrs. Nick (and her family) accepted a position at the Peddie School where she now teaches math (which is why she is known as Mrs. Nick) and assists with the varsity program.  As a coach it is very important to Mrs. Nick to help each swimmer to reach their full potential.  Mrs.Nick and her husband (who also teaches at the Peddie School) have 3 children, all on Peddie Aquatics:  Beth, David and Abby.

Tina Winthrop

Junior 2 Assistant Coach

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Coach Tina grew up in Robbinsville, NJ and began swimming at Miry Run Country Club in Robbinsville at the age of 9. She swam on the summer team for Miry Run until the club closed and then she joined the Brooktree swim team. At the age of 10, Tina began swimming year round with Hamilton Aquatics. She swam on the age group team and senior team until she left for college. She also swam for four years at Lawrence High School and continued swimming for another four years at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. During her time at FDU, Tina was team captain for three years and repeatedly placed in the top 16 at the Middle Atlantic Conference championship meet. Her best events were the 400 IM and the 500, 1000, and 1650 Freestyle. Tina has coached the Brooktree Swim Team and has been teaching swim lessons for the past 5 years to children of all ages. Coach Tina graduated from FDU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She currently works as a substitute teacher in various districts in Mercer County and continues to live in Robbinsville with her parents. Coach Tina joined Peddie Aquatics as an 8/u assistant coach in November 2009 and is excited to be able to spread her knowledge of swimming to children who love the sport as much as she does.

Dina Ellsworth

Junior 1 Head Coach

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Dina has been involved in NJ swimming for 36 years both as a swimmer and a coach. Her love of the sport led her to begin coaching 10 and unders at Peddie Aquatics in 2007. During her time at Peddie, Dina has worked with the 9-10 and 11-12 groups, primarily with the  9-10 year olds. Since 2007, she has coached 7 Junior Olympic Champions, 8 Eastern Zone Championship qualifiers, 2 Eastern Zone champions, and 7 Eastern Zone top 8 finishers. In addition, 30 new 10/Under team records have been set since 2007.

When not on the pool deck, Dina works as a freelance science writer and editor. She lives in Cranbury with her husband Ken and their four children: Kate, Emily, William, and Matthew. Their three oldest children swim on the team.

Marissa Daniels

Falcon Head Coach

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Marissa grew in up East Windsor where she began her swimming career with Peddie at just 5 years old. She excelled in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle and 200 IM where she still has top 10 records at Peddie Aquatics. She continued swimming competitively with Peddie for 13 years where she developed a lifetime love of the sport. Marissa also swam at Hightstown High School and became a team captain her senior year.  Marissa then attended Rutgers University where she graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. At the age of 13, Marissa became an assistant swim instructor with the lesson program and continues to teach lessons as a lead instructor today. In the fall of 2009, she started working with the 8 and unders as an assistant coach. Marissa is ecstatic to share her love of swimming as she takes on the role as head coach of the Falcon group as well as continuing to assist the Junior 1 group.

PJ Lubiak

Falcon Assistant Coach

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PJ joined  Peddie Aquatics in 2006 as an assistant with the Peddie Swim School. During this time, PJ swam for the Hightstown High School Rams varsity swim team, ultimately becoming a team captain in his senior year. He swam in the events of the 50 meter freestyle, the 100 meter freestyle and several relay teams including the 200 IM relay, the 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay. Through the experience gained from both assisting the lead instructors within the lessons curriculum, as well as his leadership position on his high school team, PJ became a lead instructor with the Swim School and has been teaching ever since. His enjoyment of working with children has led him to joining the coaching staff in the spring of 2013,  as assistant coach for the Mini Falcons, where he hopes to continue helping young swimmers as they continue to grow and develop their swimming abilites.

Lindsay De Liberto

Falcon Assistant Coach

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Beth Bright

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Beth grew up in Geneva, NY. Her life-long love of swimming began at an early age in her backyard pool and she became a competitive swimmer in high school. Through college, Beth worked at a YMCA in Buffalo, NY where her coaching career began. From there she went on to coach in the Northern VA Swim League, and YMCAs in Winston-Salem, NC and Lynchburg, VA. In addition, Beth has started 3 teams – 1 age-group/YMCA team, and 2 high school teams – all in Virginia. Beth’s love for the water has been the motivation for her nearly 20 years of teaching swimming, training lifeguards, and managing aquatic facilities. Beth is also a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Her husband, Chris, is a teacher and coach at Peddie. The Brights have 2 daughters, Allyn and Delaney.

Eric Hubbard

Assistant Coach

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Rob Fisch

Assistant Coach

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Rob started swimming as a 14-year old summer swimmer in his hometown of East Windsor, NJ for the Twin Rivers Torpedo’s. He had much success as a summer swimmer, and then went on to year-round swimming with the Peddie Aquatics team. Rob swam through high school at Hightstown, which Rob currently holds two relay records and swam in college. During Rob’s sophomore year at William Paterson University he achieved the All American Certificate in the 100 and 200 Butterfly. He started coaching the Twin Rivers Summer Swim Team at the age of 18, and continued all through college. Rob graduated from William Paterson University with a B.S. in Mathematics. He is an active member of the Peddie Masters Swimming program, and still competes in open water races in the summer. Rob lives in Freehold with his wife, Emilie and children Max and Elianah.

Board of Directors

Greg Wriede

Director of Competitive Swimming

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Cathy L Signorin

Aquatics Office Manager

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Corina Simms

Lesson Coordinator

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