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The Hampton Dolphins' Coaches

Laurie Berkow, 

Head Coach

Coach Laurie combines more than 25 years’ coaching experience with age group children, and 12 years with Masters swimmers in both the YMCA and in U.S. swimming programs. She swam for ten years in YMCA age group competition from ages 9-17, and as an adult in Masters from 1987 through the present. She was a winner of the “YMCA National John DeBarbadillo Award” in 1993 for “Significant contributions to the sport of masters swimming”.

Coach Laurie joined the staff of the Hampton Dolphins in 2008 as the coach of the age group division, and became Head Coach of the team in 2010. She began the Dolphins Masters Program in 2009 and resumed Masters swimming herself, in addition to her coaching duties.

Coach Laurie graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Child Psychology with minors in Biology and Sociology. Her professional expertise was in YMCA management, where she most recently served in the capacity of CEO for 12 years specializing in program development, facility planning and construction, fundraising, and grant writing. Additionally, Coach Laurie holds current Coaches Safety, CPR and First Aid, and Level 2 USA Swimming Coaches certifications, is a USA Swimming Stroke/Turn/Starter Official, WPIAL High School Swimming Official, and a member of ASCA.

 

 

 

Morgan Zweygardt,

Assistant Head Coach

Coach Morgan comes to the Dolphins from North Florida Swimming in Jacksonville, FL, where she worked with swimmers 4-17 years old.  She helped start and led  a new branch of NFS at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club  .  Coach Morgan was a Florida Swimming All-Star coach in 2015. She specializes in stroke technique and age appropriate training. Morgan is USA Swimming certified and currently working on her ASCA level 2 training.

She began swimming competitively at the age of 5 in South Dakota.  She was a member of the South Dakota All-Star and Zone State teams, a sectional qualifier, and state record holder in backstroke events. Morgan swam for Duquesne University from 2008-2012.  She finaled all four years at the Atlantic 10 Championships in the 100 and 200 backstroke

Coach Morgan is excited to be back in Pittsburgh and bring all the knowledge she gained in Florida to the city she considers home!

 

 

 

Brandon Smith,

Developmental and State Coach

Coach Brandon began swimming competitively when he was in 4th grade. He swam locally at ANSC and continued with that club through high school and then summers during college. Brandon was both a zone and sectional qualifier throughout his time with ANSC. He also swam for the high school team at North Allegheny and was All-American his Senior Year as well as both a WPIAL and State qualifier all four years. Brandon then attended Washington and Jefferson College where he still holds several school records and was a 4-time President’s Athletic Conference Champion.

Following college, Brandon started working with young swimmers of all ages through both private and group lessons which allowed him to share his skills with others. This made for a good transition to coaching at the Dolphins beginning in 2017. Brandon enjoys working with the various age groups, developing their technique and helping them reach their goals.

 

 

 

Tilly Sheets,

Developmental Coach

Christina "Tilly" Sheets joined the Hampton Dolphins in 2013.

Coach Tilly has a combined 15 years of collegiate coaching experience at Ball State, Clarion, and Chatham Universities.  She is currently working at the University of Pittsburgh in their center for Academic Support Service for Student-Athletes.  She was Hall of Fame athlete at Clarion University with accolades including 5-time NCAA DII National Champion and 28-time All American.

Coach Tilly primarily works with the developmental group.  She enjoys developing proper stroke technique with these young swimmers.

 

 

 

David Seigneur,

Weekend Group Coach

Coach David has contributed to the Hampton Dolphin’s coaching staff since 2009, working both with age group and Masters swimmers. With his training in exercise physiology, his interests are in stroke mechanics, avoiding musculoskeletal issues, and conditioning.  He emphasizes giving attention to each swimmer he oversees, and bringing fun and humor into practices.  He regularly swims with our Masters team, as well as staying in shape through bicycling, running and weight lifting.

David graduated from Alma College, Alma, MI, with an undergraduate degree in Biology, and a Masters degree in clinical exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  He has Level 2 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certification, as well as Coaches Safety, CPR and First Aid, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications.  He is a member of USA Swimming, ASCA, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

 

 

Ava Retsch,

Developmental Coach

Coach Ava’s swimming journey started when she joined the Dolphins in 5th grade. Now, she swims for both the Dolphins and the Hampton High School swim team. Ava was so excited to join the coaching staff as a volunteer in 2015, becoming one of the same positive role models for current young Dolphins that she is blessed to have known. She now works part-time with the developmental and state levels, finding joy in working with those younger swimmers.  She has strengthened her passion for swimming not only by coaching but also by teaching private and group swimming lessons since age 11. Ava hopes to continue her education in a physician assistant program in the fall of 2019.

 

 

 

Erica Reynolds,

Developmental Coach

Coach Erica started swimming with the Hampton Dolphins when she was in Middle School, then she swam on the Hampton High School Team. Erica started coaching her first year out of college when living in Charleston, West Virginia for the Charleston Catholic High School team.  After moving back to Pittsburgh in 2012, she began coaching with the Hampton Dolphins.  In 2017, she started helping as the assistant coach for the Hampton High School Team.

Outside of swimming, she also works with children as a teacher.  Currently she teaches fifth grade (math, language arts & science) and physical education for K-8 at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

 

 

Coaching Staff