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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

Jerry Adams

Head Coach

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Jerry Adams began coaching SSSC in 1991. Before being named Head Coach, Jerry served as an age-group and senior coach. Jerry was the 2004 Virgin Islands Olympic Swim Coach at the Athens Olympics. Jerry began his coaching career at Knolls and Leatherstocking Swim Clubs. Jerry coached the Shenendehowa boys for two seasons - and also led the Shen girls team to six Section 2 championships and one NY State Championship in his seven years as Head Coach. Jerry serves on the Adirondack LSC Board. Jerry swam and graduated from Shenendehowa High School and Springfield College - and currently lives in Clifton Park.

Lauren Tullock

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Coach Lauren has been with the Sharks since 1990 and coaches our Pre-competitive and Group 2 swimmers. Lauren graduated from Burnt Hills where she lettered for 5 years on the varsity swim team. She was captain her senior year. While attending Hartwick College, she was a member of the swim team for 1 year and the basketball team for 3 years. Lauren graduated in 1989 with a BA in Biology and Spanish. She and her husband Tim have two children, Madeleine and Calvin (Shark Swimmers) and reside in Schenectady.

Flip Williams

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Flip Williams joined the coaching staff in 2011 - coming from coaching with the Glens Falls Gators for 6 years. Flip coaches the older groups at Skidmore. Flip was an accomplished swimmer - graduating from The United States Military Academy at West Point, where he left his name on the record board. Flip lives in Lake George with his wife Laurie and 4 children (3 Sharks). 

Matt Wahl

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Matt Wahl has been coaching with the sharks since 2014, primarily with G3 and Bronze at the South site. He graduated from Webster High School in 2009 and Union College in 2013 where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Matt was a 4 year varsity swimmer for the Dutchmen, and team captain his senior year. In the college off-season, he trained with the sharks. He currently works at GE Renewables in Schenectady. Matt also is an avid CrossFit athlete and has his CF-L1 certification.

Karann Durr

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Maggie Callesano

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Coach Maggie joined the Sharks coaching staff in 2012. She works with Group 3 at the North Site. She graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2008, where she swam all four years, and was also a former Sharks swimmer. Maggie is currently working at MAGCAR Insurance Agency in Delmar NY, and was also the assistant swim coach for the Saratoga Springs girls varsity swim team for 5 seasons.

Steve Johnson

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Steve Johnson is a retired elementary school principal from Williamstown, MA and Hoosick Falls, NY.  He has a BS and MS in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York.  He and his wife Barbara reside in Saratoga Springs.  They have two adult daughters and four grandchildren (3 Sharks).  Steve works with Group Two swimmers at the Skidmore Site.  He swam competitively in high school and college and was inducted into the SUNY College at Oneonta Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1967 New York State Championship Swimming Team.  He has coached swimming with the Bennington Marauders, high school basketball and track at Camden Central School, and swims with USA Masters Swimming.  Steve is also an official for USA Swimming and New York State High School Swimming.

Nicole Damiano

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Nicki Damiano returns to the Sharks and Skidmore College after serving as the head swimming coach and aquatics director at SUNY Cobleskill for the past four years. While at Cobleskill, she guided both programs to top-two finishes at NEAC championships the past two years and was twice voted the NEAC coach of the year. Her teams also set 36 program records.
 
Prior to Cobbleskill, Damiano served as the associate swimming coach for Skidmore from 2009-2011. She also has an extensive club coaching background, specifically with the Schenectady-Saratoga Sharks, the United Aquatic Club (Johnson City, NY) and Cortland YMCA (Cortland, NY). 
 
Damiano received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland, swimming for the Red Dragons for four years and serving as captain her senior year. She established four college records, was part of an NCAA B-qualifying 200 Medley Relay and was the SUNYAC champion in the 100 Butterfly her senior year. Damiano earned her master's degree in Geography from Binghamton University.

Emma Terwilliger

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Emma has been coaching for the past 6 six years and with the Sharks for the past year, working primarily with Pre-Competitive and Group 1 at the South site. Emma graduated from Niskayuna High School in 2012 and The University of Richmond with a BA in Political Science in 2016. Emma was a 4 year varsity swimmer throughout high school, setting school, sectional and state records her senior year as team captain. Emma continued her passion for swimming in college where she was a Division 1 varsity swimmer all four years. Emma contributed points to each of the teams 4 Atlantic 10 Championship wins, landing on the podium 3 times during her college career. She currently works at The New York State Network for Youth Success in Troy. 

Timothy F Sinnenberg

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Coach Tim started as the Head Age-Group Coach in 1989 and continued in this position for his first 10 years of coaching.  He was a swimming and diving coach for the Woodlin Club and Glen Hills Club for four years at each pool.  He is the principal at Charlton Heights Elementary School in the BH-BL CSD, and is a graduate of BH-BL High School where he was a swimmer and diver for five years.  He has a BA degree in English/Communications from LeMoyne College, a Masters of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a school administration certificate from The College of Saint Rose.  Tim is on the executive board of the Burnt Hills Track Club and BH-BL Theatre for Children.  He and his wife, Ellen, have two children, Nick and Matthew.  Nick swims for the Sharks while Matthew runs for BH-BL, and they reside in Burnt Hills.

Cheryl Marron

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Coach Cheryl started coaching at our Skidmore site in the Fall of 2010. Cheryl's 20-plus-year coaching career includes stints as Head Coach at Amherst (NY) High School, Amherst Swim Club and MOON (Pittsburgh). Cheryl holds degrees from Buffalo and Canisius College. Cheryl lives in Saratoga with her husband Thomas and her 4 children.

Blake Smith

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Blake Smith coached first with Canajoharie and then for Amsterdam before following his children to the Sharks. Blake has been teaching social studies at Canajoharie High School for 25 years and is the varsity boys soccer coach. Blake played varsity soccer for SUNY Cortland and Ithaca High School. He also played lacrosse. He is married to Kim Smith and has 3 children Riley, Quinn and Bailey.

Boris Rybatsky

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Coach Boris is a USA Swimming and ASCA Level 4 Coach. He started coaching our South Site Bronze Group in 2017. A competitive swimmer in his youth, he graduated from the Belarussian State University with a major in Physical Education and Sports. Prior to arriving in the United States, Coach Boris enjoyed a successful 20-year coaching career in competitive swimming in the former Soviet Union. During this time, he was a Junior National Coach for the Soviet Olympic reserve from 1989-1991. A number of his swimmers were Age Group Champions. After arriving in the U.S. in 1992, Coach Boris started his career over and moved from an Assistant Age Group Coach to Head Coach of USA Swimming Swim Teams. Since then, Coach Boris has prepared Senior National Qualifiers, US Open Qualifiers, several Junior National Qualifiers and Finalists, YMCA National Finalists, USA top 16 Age Group swimmers, Champions and Finalists at the Eastern Area Zone Age Group Championship, Virginia State Senior and Age Group Champions and Finalists. Several of his swimmers have been awarded swimming scholarships to colleges and universities in the United States. More recently, a swimmer of Coach Boris has gone on to become an NCAA Finalist and Olympic Trial Qualifier.