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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 your Squad coach or Co-Head Coach Dan Tanski

For questions relating to Registration, please contact Coach Dan

For questions relating to Meet Entries, please contact Coach Josh Wolin 

For questions relating to dues, please contact our Treasurer, Tom White

Office Hours for full-time coaches are between 12PM-2PM, Monday - Friday.
Please allow up to 36 business hours for an email response. 

Coaching Staff

Dan Tanski

Co-Head Coach

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Coach Dan Tanski joined the Starfish in 2015, bringing with him a great deal of experience developing swimmers of all levels. Prior to working with the Starfish, Dan served as head coach of the Southern Saratoga YMCA Barracudas since 2007. In his tenure with the Barracudas, the team quickly became one of the strongest YMCA teams in New York State, winning 6 consecutive North Country League Championships and consistently competing for the Y State Championship. Coach Dan’s swimmers have been regulars on the Adirondack All-Star team for the Eastern Zone Age Group Championship Meest, and his teams have produced multiple Speedo Sectional and YMCA National Championship qualifiers. Dan is a graduate of Sage College with a degree in Physical Education. He resides in Albany with his daughter, Cecilia.

Josh Wolin

Co-Head Coach

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Coach Joshua Wolin is in his second season as the Co-Head Coach of the Albany Starfish and site director at the Ravena South Site.  Coach Josh began his swimming career in White Plains, NY; swimming for Fairview Aquatic Swim Team (F.A.S.T.).  From there he moved to the Condors Swim Club before landing with the Pace Setters Swim Club, where he finished his swimming career. In his first coaching job, Josh became the diving coach at the Greenburg Swim Team, where he developed a number of top 10 divers at Westchester County Championships. The following year, he took over as the Head Swim Coach for the Torview Swim Club where he led them to back to back league championships in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he graduated from SUNY Albany with a major in Biology and a minor in Theatre and took a position with the Bethlehem YMCA where he helped form the BAY Rays Swim team. Over the course of 4 years, the team grew to over 175 swimmers and finished 2nd overall at the YMCA New York State Championship in 2015. Since joining the Albany Starfish, Coach Josh has developed 1 Jr. National Qualifier, 6 Speedo Sectional qualifiers, a number Age Group Zone Qualifiers and even more Gold Qualifiers.

Lori Antolick

Assistant Coach

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Coach Lori Antolick is beginning her second season with the Starfish Swim Club coaching staff as the White Squad coach as well as working with the Black Squad! Coach Lori is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua, NY where she was school record holder and Section V Champion in the 100 breastroke. She then graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1997 where she was an NCAA All-American in the 100 breastroke and an Academic All-American. She later graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 2000. Coach Lori coached for the Albany Starfish from 2000 to 2004. She works as a tax litigation attorney and has two Starfish swimmers - Carly (8) and Ellen (6).

Mark Bender

Assistant Coach

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Coach Mark Bender is looking forward to working with the High School Prep group in his second season with the Starfish Swim Club. Coach Mark brings years of coaching experience to the Starfish and will do great things with the squad. He grew up in Saratoga Springs where he competed at the high school level as well as in club swimming. Swimming for Saratoga High School he was a school record holder in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Medley Relay. After High School he went to SUNY Oswego where he was a SUNYAC Finalist and continued to be involved with the program as an assistant coach after graduating. Coach Mark joins us after being a well respected coach for the Niskayuna Rowing program for the past three seasons. 

Bill McDonald

Assistant Coach

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Coach Bill McDonald is excited to join the Albany Starfish Swim Team working primarily with the pre-competitive, white, black and gray groups at the newly formed Ravena South Sight.  Growing up in Selkirk, NY, Bill began teaching swimming at 15 years old and has been a swim instructor for over 20 years.  As a teacher in New York State, Bill has also coached Baseball and Track at the high school level.  He graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s degree in History, Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  For the past four years, Bill was the Assistant Head Coach of the BAY Rays Swim Team, where he facilitated the development of the 2014 8&under girls NYS YMCA State Champion. In 2015, Bill was the primary coach overseeing the 8&under boys, who finished 1st at the NYS YMCA State Championships. Coach Bill brings with him a wealth of knowledge in, developmental stroke mechanics, and a caring demeanor that works great with training young swimmers

Sam Polak

Assistant Coach

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Sam is an age group coach out of our Ravena Site. Sam began his swimming career with the Ravena-Coeyman-Selkirk Varsity swim team, which he later joined as an assitant coach.

Valerie Mulyca

Assistant Coach

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Dylan Karlok

Assistant Coach

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Coach Dylan Karlok is returning to the Albany Starfish after a year abroad. Dylan will be working with our Age Group Squads out of NIskayuna. Dylan was an accomplished swimmer at both the club level and high school level. At the high school level he was a Sectional champion, as well as a State qualifier>

Caelin Gordon-Stacey

Assistant Coach

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Coach Caelin Gordon-Stacey joined the starfish team in fall of 2017. Caelin herself swam for the RAVE swim club at the RCS high school until injuring her shoulder and taking a break from the competitive swim scene.  Caelin works with our age group swimmers at north site. She hopes to encourage the love of swimming in children while also making sure swimming is fun. Her other priority is creating good habits and technique to ensure against wear and tear on our swimmers’ bodies.  Caelin’s younger brother, Druhan, is a senior swimmer at south site. She currently attends Hudson Valley Community College where she is studying art and coaching. Caelin also volunteers as a studio assistant at a small ceramic studio.

Board of Directors

Greg Antolick

President

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Tom White

Treasurer

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Margo Cassella

Board Member at Large

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Beth Depew

Board Member at Large

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Joel Richardson

Board Member at Large

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Dan Tanski

Co-Head Coach

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Josh Wolin

Co-Head Coach

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