Coaches & Directors

We are here to help your swimmers achieve their goals. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, or other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

Coaching Staff

Al Rose

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 Coaches Association.

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 Stanford.

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 Champions.

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.

For those swimmers who would like individual instruction, private lessons are available.  Please contact Al at 412-906-2583.

John Lynch

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 Stevenson

Coach 412-862-6604


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 DiNunzio

Coach 585-469-0334


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 Hicks

Coach 484-356-5096


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 Standaert

Coach 206-799-1495



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.