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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 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
Will Trusler enters his fifth season with YFD after moving to NYC from Tennessee in August 2015. He currently serves as the lead coach for Age Group II while assisting with multiple groups. This summer Will was named as the 10U coach for Metropolitan Swimming’s Eastern Zone All-Star team where Metro Swimming won its first championship in over a decade.
Coach Will believes age group swimming is about having fun, swimming correctly, and swimming fast—in that order. He centers his philosophy around developing a love for the sport and an appreciation of hard work.
During his time at YFD, Will’s swimmers have broken over 30 team records and combined for over 200 appearances on the YFD All-Time Top Ten lists for 9-10 year olds. Furthermore, the Age Group program has nearly doubled in size and the retention rate for 12 and unders has jumped roughly 20 percent. Will’s swimmers have competed at a local, regional, and national level, but more importantly have consistently shown improvement from the beginning of the season to yearend as well as from year-to-year.
Coach Will is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach and has attended numerous coaching conferences regarding age group development. He began his career at Tennessee Aquatics in Knoxville, Tenn., where he worked with the age group and senior programs. During his time in Tennessee, Will also helped lead the Sugarwood Stingrays summer league team to back-to-back undefeated seasons and the Hardin Valley Academy girls’ team to a state championship.
Growing up, Will swam with the Pilot Aquatic Club of Knoxville where he was a team and Southeastern Swimming LSC record-holder as well as with Morristown West High School, where he was an eight-time state finalist and a NISCA All-American in the 100 yard backstroke. Afterwards, he moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to pursue a degree in sports writing. Will also minored in Athletic Coaching and Psychology, both of which have proved useful on the pool deck.
Age Group I Lead Coach
Junior II Lead Coach
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 jchamoff@92Y.org. To make a contribution online you may visit the website https://www.92y.org/donateyfd