Head Coach - 412-906-2583
Coaching: Al Rose is the Program Director and the US Group
Head Coach of the Jewish
Community Center Sailfish Swimming Team. Al has received his ASCA
Level V coaching
accreditation, the highest level awarded by the American Swimming
Al has coached the JCC Sailfish for over
50 years. He has produced hundreds of outstanding
swimmers:one Olympic swimmer, several Olympic Trials and
US Nationals finalists, a World University Games champion and
record breaker, some Junior and Senior Nationals
champions, Middle School champions, City and WPIAL
champions and record setters, more than a dozen PIAA State
champions, Prep-School champions and record setters, and
Maccabia Team Members and champions.
Hundreds of graduated seniors from the
Jewish Community Center Sailfish Swimming Team have been offered
and accepted scholarships to major Universities and Colleges such
as Pitt, Penn State, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Texas A&M, Texas,
Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, the USA Naval Academy, and
The Dapper Dan Association of Pittsburgh
honored Al in January of 1982, and in March of 1991, he was
inducted into the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame at the
Natatorium at Penn State University, State College, PA. Al
has received the Award of Excellence from the American Swimming
Coaches Association many times, including 2011.
Swimming: Al Rose has lived
his entire life in the Pittsburgh area. He was City Champion
in the 100 breaststroke and 150 IM in his sophomore, junior and
senior years of High School and second in those events in the state
his sophomore year. At Westminster College, he was Conference
Champion both his freshman and sophomore years. Al was also a
member of the 200 meter Medley Relay Junior National
In recent years, Al returned to
competition as a Master Swimmer. He placed in the top 3 in the
National Y Master Championships and was a member of the record
breaking relay team.
swimmers who would like individual instruction, private lessons are
available. Please contact Al at
Assistant Head Coach 412-400-0179
John is the Assistant Program Director for
the Sailfish. He has been coaching swimming since 1982.
Prior to joining the Sailfish, John was the Head Coach of the Boys
Swim Team at Greater Latrobe High School, as well as a Volunteer
Assistant with that team. He later served as the Assistant
Coach of the Woodland Hills Aquatic Team. John joined the
staff of the JCC Sailfish as an Assistant Coach in 1990 and is now
the Assistant Head Coach of our team.
John also has served as: AMS Zone Team Coach - 1992-1994, AMS
Age Group Committee Member - 1998-99, and AMS Age Group Committee
Chairman - 1999 to present.
John has coached a Junior National champion, several Eastern
Zone champions, AMS record holders and many USA Swimming Top 16
swimmers. He has also helped coach numerous PIAA champions
and Junior National qualifiers.
Mindy has been a coach with the Sailfish team for over five years. She coaches the Pittsburgh group and assists with the PA group. Mindy is a Sailfish alumni and swam competitively through high school as a distance swimmer. She has coached swimmers to achieving 8 & under AMS A, AA & AAA times along with 12& under qualifying for BB and Junior Olympic Championships.
Cindy has been coaching for over ten years; this will be her fourth year with the Sailfish team. Previously she was Head Coach for a USA swim club in Rochester New York. She assists with the Allegheny, PA and US groups. Cindy is a Sailfish alumni, a former college swimmer and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh were she was a freestyle sprinter. She has coached swimmers to achieving USA motivational time standards, District championships, Zone teams, High School States and Speedo Championships.
Carly joined the Sailfish in November 2016 and has started her second year with the JCC Squirrel Hill swim team. She has been teaching swim lessons and coaching for over ten years with numerous organizations including at the Division III level for Bryn Mawr College. Carly is a former college swimmer and graduate of Chatham University were she was backstroker and mid-distance freestyler. She will be coaching with the Pittsburgh and Allegheny groups.
Cyndi has recently moved to Pittsburgh from the Seattle area and
joined the Sailfish in September. In Seattle Cyndi coached
for Cascade Swim Club and North Shore YMCA. Cyndi has coached
many levels of competitive swimming including Age Group, High
School and College. She is a graduate of Northeastern
University, where she competed in distance freestyle and individual
events. As Alumni spent four years coaching the team
until she relocated to Seattle. Cyndi is a member of the
Northeastern University Hall of Fame. She is a master
swimmer who also enjoys open water swimming. She will be
working with the Alleghany group to assist in the continued
development and training of young athletes.