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Coaches & Directors

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

Erin M Quinn

Head Coach

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This is my tenth year as Head Coach of Hawks Swimming. I began as a volunteer parent assistant coach and within two years was named Head Coach. I inherited a small, young team and have been proud of its exponential growth both in terms of number, performance and as a swim family/community.

My first athletic love was swimming, having joined the local summer recreation team, The New Paltz Seahawks when I was five years old. I lived at the local pool all summer long, but unfortunately, there was no club or Varsity team in New Paltz at that time. My parents could not afford to pay for me to join and travel to a year-round swim team. In the off-summer months I pursued and excelled as a gymnast, a cross-country runner and eventually as a Nordic skier.

I was able to compete at the Division 1 collegial level in Nordic Skiing at New England College, probably one of the greatest challenges in my life. I also continued to be a distance runner, entering all kinds of races, including biathlons, 5K’s, half-marathons and marathons. Because of the incessant pounding I became injured and required surgery on both feet. It was then that I returned to my aqua-home, hitting the pool at the University of Oregon every day reaffirming my love, proficiency and passion for swimming. And I can still do handstands, so the gymnastics paid off!

Like me, our three children joined the Seahawks at age 5 and I soon heard about the Hawks. I was delighted to learn of a year-round swim team right here in New Paltz! I quickly signed our first son, Seamus, up for the team and the rest is history. I understand swimming from the competitive level, the professional level and as a swim parent to our three Hawks swimmers. Swimming, like any art-form or athletic endeavor is always evolving and to that end, I’m constantly attending clinics, conferences with the best minds in the business, and the best athletes on the worlds stage. I’ve been asked to be interviewed by Swimming World Magazine about my approach to “taper.” I’ve also covered many elite swim meets for Swimming World and have published two articles for them including one on Michael Phelps second DUI and the ramifications for his young fans as well as an in-depth article on Nation’s Capital Swim Team, home to World Record holder, Katie Ledecky.

I never stop learning, nor does my passion for the sport abate. I’m always seeking to improve my knowledge, place more tools in the proverbial coaching tool-box and learn from my peers and my role-models in the swim world. More than anything, I see swimming as a life-metaphor with so many valuable lessons for myself, our coaching staff, our parents and most importantly our swimmers.

Olivia Reinhardt

Assistant Coach

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I began swimming when I was 7, almost 8 years old. I instantly fell in love with the sport of swimming and have been involved either as an instructor, swimmer, or coach ever since. I joined the Kingston Hurricanes, where I swam until my junior year of high school when I joined the Hawks. On both teams I hold numerous records, both in relays and individual events. Additionally, my senior year qualified for the Speedo Sectional Meet. During my time in high school I also swam on the Kingston Varsity Team. While on the varsity team, I served as captain for 3 years, won the MVP award four times, as well as rookie of the year, and held 5 team records including the 200 IM, the 200 Medley relay, the 400 free relay, most points scored in a season, and most points scored in a career. My senior year I qualified for States in 2 events as well as 2 relays and won the 100 Fly at Sectionals.
 
After high school, I swam for four years at the College of Saint Rose. I hold both the record for the 100 fly as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays and 400 and 800 free relay records at Saint Rose and placed in the top three at our Conference Championships, again both individually and in relays. I also served as team captain.
 
While in college I worked with a pre-competitive program where I worked with kids from ages 3-11 of various swimming abilities. This program saw kids from the beginning levels of swimming through learning and perfecting strokes. I worked mainly with the older, more advance swimmers, getting them ready to try out for the swim teams in the area, namely the Albany Starfish, the Delmar Dolphins, the Clifton Park Piranhas, and the Schenectady Sharks.
 
This is my second year coaching with the Hawks. The past two summers I have coached the Long Course season, running a distance-specific training group. This summer went especially well, we had swimmers who never swam distance events completely crush the mile and 400 at our home meet, and the others, who swim distance regularly all had best times by Long Course Golds. This past summer I also was Head Coach of the Rosendale Rapids summer team. The team had its best meet record ever, with 5 wins and only 2 loses, beating Red Hook for the first time. Luckily my grad school schedule allows my to continue working with the Hawks this school year. The hard work our Hawks swimmers put in has made this job the most rewarding experience, and I am so happy that I can share my experience and knowledge of swimming with the Hawks for another year.

Madison Carroll

Assistant Coach

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Kevin Saunders

Assistant Coach

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Jane Farrell

Assistant Coach

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Doug Thompson

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Kevin Saunders

President

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Nancy Lischinsky

Vice President

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Jane Farrell

Secretary

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Nancy Lewis

Treasurer

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Allison Lucchesi

Registrar

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Paul Benkert

Club Development Coordinator

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David Murphy

Merchandise Coordinator

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Michele Napoli

Volunteer Coordinator

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Michael Otis

Member At Large

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Karen Psilopoulos

Fundraising Coordinator

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Brian Santos

Member At Large

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