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Co Senior Lead Coach
Naomi Hansen is honored to be a part of the YFD staff as the Lead Senior Coach. With over a decade of experience coaching in New York and Illinois, she brings thoughtful technical precision and a whole-athlete-centered philosophy. Naomi loves supporting swimmers as they meet and exceed their goals in the water and in the classroom.
During her time at YFD, Naomi’s swimmers have forged a legacy of excellence at the Bronze, Silver, MIT, and NCSA Championship Meets with dozens of YFD All-Time Top Ten finishes. Graduates of the group have gone on to thrive at elite universities.
Naomi is an International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) Certified Coach, and holds American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II with additional certifications in advanced stroke mechanics, anatomy & physiology, sports psychology, and nutrition. Naomi is a member of the Alliance of Women Coaches, and was a participant in the Women Coaches Mentoring Program.
As a youth swimmer, Naomi competed with Patriot Aquatic Club, one of the premier teams in Illinois. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Out of the water, Naomi is a MSTOM student in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Age Group I and Co Senior Lead Coach
Sami Robbins is excited to join YFD as Lead Coach of Age Group I
and Co-Lead Coach of Senior. She brings five years of experience
coaching all levels of athletes in both Seattle and New York City.
She believes in value-based coaching and technical
Sami hails from Seattle, Washington, where she started swimming at
eight and competed through her senior year of high school when she
began coaching. During her time with Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic
Club (SMAC) in Seattle and Manhattan Makos, Sami’s swimmers
qualified for Junior Olympics, PNS Champs, NW Age Group Regionals,
Zones, and Senior Mets.
In the Pacific Northwest, Sami was a member of KING Aquatics and
SMAC. As a coach, she was a lead site coach for SMAC and led four
groups while also volunteering with the Shadow Seals, a Paralympic
swim team. As a swimmer, she achieved Senior Sectional standards in
butterfly and freestyle and was the captain of Holy Names Academy
High School, where she led her team to State titles and WIAA
Sami is pursuing a BS in Sports Management concentrating in Sports Law at New York University.
Junior Lead Coach
Age Group III Lead Coach
Iliana Bitis has been an integral part of the 92Y
Flying Dolphins family for over a decade. During her time
here, Iliana has been directly involved in the success of
hundreds of athletes ranging from 8 and unders to NCSA finalists.
Her swimmers are responsible for over 50 team records, and many of
her athletes have competed at the Metro Junior Olympics, the
Eastern Zones Championships, ISCA Senior Championships as well as
the NCSA Age Group Championships. Iliana is a member of
the American Swim Coaches Associatio and holds Water Safety
Instructor and CPR/AED/Lifeguarding certifications for over 15
Iliana Bitis also worked with the Hunter College Hawks Swim Team. During her two seasons with the Hawks, the team saw several notable accomplishments including two undefeated conference seasons, a second-place finish at the CUNYAC Championships, and multple school records. Additionally several swimmers were named CUNYAC All-Stars, and the team as a whole received the CSCAA scholar All-American team award with a 3.5 GPA.
Iliana's coaching philosophy centers around the values of
hard work, patience, and dedication, and she incorporates
building physical strength and mental toughness in her
workouts. She also holds our core values of Character,
Community, and Excellence to high esteem and implements an
environment that allows for her athletes to practice these values
Iliana began her swimming career in Greece before moving to New York City in grade school. Once here, she swam and competed in the age group level at AGUA. She was also the captain for the Long Island City High School swim team. Iliana graduated from Queens College with a degree in History—focusing on European History and minoring in Byzantine Studies.
Age Group II Lead Coach
Mike Orlando is thrilled to join YFD as Assistant Coach for Age Group I and Age Group II. Mike has over 18 years of experience as a swimmer and coach, and has a passion for guiding young athletes to reach their full potential. He believes with confidence comes success!
As a coach at Trident Aquatics, Mike has led dozens of swimmers to Silvers and Junior Olympics cuts, and championship meets including Zones, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals. In 2017, he was named to the Metropolitan Swimming Eastern Zone All-Star team coaching staff.
Mike began swimming competitively at seven, and fell in love with the sport. He worked hard on Richmond Aquatic Club team and earned an athletic scholarship to St. Francis College where he specialized in breaststroke and graduated with a BS in Physical Education. He is currently a Physical Education teacher in the department of education, and is also pursuing his MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition and finishing his Personal Training Certification.
Individual Giving Coordinator
Jared has been working at the 92nd Street Y for three years and leads fundraising efforts for YFD and 92Y’s May Center for Health Fitness & Sport. If you are interested in supporting YFD with a charitable gift, you may contact Jared at 212.415.5424 or [email protected]. To make a contribution online you may visit the website https://www.92y.org/donateyfd