Amine joined the Flying Dolphins coaching staff as an assistant coach in May 2007. He was appointed Head Coach in 2010. During his tenure with the team, Amine has produced numerous Junior Olympic Champions, National Open Water Qualifiers, Speedo Super Sectional finalists, Senior Mets finalists, High School State Championships Qualifiers and Eastern Zone Finalists. His swimmers have broken over 200 Team Records.
Amine’s personal coaching accomplishments also include: Being named to the USA Swimming Camp Staff for the 2012 Eastern Zone Select Camp in Virginia ; Named All Star Metro Zone Team Coach numerous times, and recently being elected as Coaches Representative to serve on the Metropolitan Board of Directors.
Amine was a member of the Moroccan Youth National team where he participated in many international meets including the 2003 Long Course African Championship in Casablanca , Morocco , in which he finished seventh in the 100 breast. Later that same year, Amine was the Moroccan Junior National Champion in the 100 Meter Breaststroke and bronze medalist in the 200 Meter IM.
Amine is an American Swim Coaches Association member, and holds Water Safety Instructor, and CPR/AED Lifeguarding certifications. He received his bachelor's degree in business management from Touro College.
Coach Amine is excited to continue the 92Y Flying Dolphins tradition of producing champions in the pool, in the classroom, and in life in general.
Senior Lead Coach
Naomi is honored to be a part of the coaching staff of the Flying Dolphins as the Varsity Team Coach. With over 10 years of experience coaching and teaching in New York and Illinois, Naomi brings thoughtful technical precision and a whole-athlete-centered philosophy.
Naomi holds American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II Certification, and has completed numerous ASCA and USA Swimming courses and clinics, including advanced stroke mechanics, developmental sports psychology, dryland, and nutrition for swimmers. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Political Science, and Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies, and continued her education at Columbia University in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution.
As a youth swimmer, Naomi competed with Patriot Aquatic Club, one of the premier teams in Illinois. She continues to compete in distance road races and triathlons. Out of the water, Naomi is an intersectional women’s rights advocate and international development professional.
Age Group III Lead Coach
Iliana Bitis has been an integral part of the Flying Dolphins Swim Team since 2010 and a part of the 92Y aquatics program since 2005. She is an ASCA Level II certified coach.
She began her swimming career in Greece before moving to New York City in grade school. Once here, she spent time swimming for the Boys & Girls Club of Astoria as well as 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, majoring in European History and minoring in Byzantine Studies. She has a love for traveling and seeing the world.
Age Group I Lead Coach
Coach Rafael was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He began
swimming competitively at an early age and continued to compete at
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). During his time at
BMCC, Rafael was recognized as an All-Star Student Athlete within
the City University of New York Athletic Conference.
Rafael brings over fifteen years of experience in the swimming
world. Currently, Rafael is the lead Asphalt Green Masters Coach at
Battery Park City. Before that, he held a position with the AGUA
Swim Team as an age group and senior 1 coach. He has had great
success working with swimmers of all ages and specialized in stroke
building and refinement. His goal is to create a competitive and
positive environment for athletes.
Junior II Lead Coach
Nelson Rivera joins the Flying Dolphins swim team with a long history of swimming in New York City. Growing up, Nelson swam for both the Jefferson Parks Tiburones and Julia Richman High School, where he excelled as a breaststroke specialist. Before coming to the 92Y, Nelson spent eleven years working at Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics. During his time there, Nelson helped lead and grow the AGUA League program and helped a number of swimmers transition to the competitive team. Nelson is an ASCA Level-II certified coach.
Junior I Lead Coach
Shanequa comes to the Flying Dolphins with 10+ years of coaching experience at the Nightingale Bamford School, and a former Asphalt Green swim instructor. She has coached every level of the sport and loves to work with all age groups.
Shanequa is a USA Swimming certified coach, and has certification in ASCA level 2 and physiology.