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All Dolfin coaches must meet the high criteria set forth by USA Swimming. Each coach is a certified lifeguard and has first aid and CPR training for the professional rescuer. Coaches are also required to take a safety training class for swim coaches. All the above requirements must be kept up to date for a swim coach to remain in good standing with USA Swimming and the Delmar Dolfins Swim Club.

Coaching Staff

Doug Gross

Head Coach

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Doug Gross has been a competitive swim coach for over 30 years and has been the Head Coach of the Dolfins since the fall of 1996.  Starting his swimming and coaching career in the Western New York area at local teams, he has coached at the White Plains, NY, YMCA, Glens Falls, NY, YMCA, Holyoke, Mass., YMCA, along with various summer and country club teams.  Doug has coached an Olympic Trials qualifer, finalists at the National YMCA Championships, Junior National Championships, the Speedo Series Championships, and at the Eastern Zone Championships.  Doug was a YMCA Program Director for over 20 years before becoming the full-time Head Coach of the Dolfins.  Doug also coached the boys team at Bethlehem Central for 3 years and the girls team for 8 years, with two Section 2 Championships and one Runner Up titles while his swimmers also set a number of school records.  He received Section 2 Coach of the Year honors in 2006.   Doug resides in Halfmoon, NY, with his wife, Jackie.

DJ Hogenkamp

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DJ began coaching with the Dolfins in 2012.  He has been a competitive swim coach for over five years.  As an athlete, DJ was a five-time varsity swimmer at East Aurora High School, competing at the NY State Championships each year and leaving as a school record holder in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was inducted into the East Aurora Hall of Fame.  At Union College, DJ was a four-time All-America Honorable Mention, a two-time UCAA/Liberty League Swimmer of the Year, and was on the Conference All-Academic Team.  DJ, his fiance Jamie, and their dog, Gillespie, live in the City of Albany.

Nate Foley

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Nate has been coaching swimming for about 8 years. Before joining the Dolfins staff in 2014, he had coached everywhere from the Summer Country Club league,  the Guilderland YMCA Cyclones, Bethlehem Central assistant varisty coach and most recently assistant swim coach at The College of St. Rose. He started his swimming career at the age of 6 with the Delmar Dolfins, and yes, Coach Doug! He swam with the Dolfins until graduating from Bethlehem Central High School in 2008. 

Eric Martell

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Eric began coaching for the Delmar Dolfins in 2016. He coached for several years in Western New York. He previously coached with Mercury Swimming in the Niagara-LSC and a private summer swim club in Wayland, New York. He also was an assistant coach at Wayland-Cohocton High School for both girls and boys varsity swimming. As a high school swimmer he set several records in breaststroke, the Individual Medley, and numerous relay teams. As a coach he has enjoyed coaching several girls and boys who have broken school records and have gone on to swim in college.

When Eric is not at the pool, he is at SUNY Albany working towards his PhD in history.

Jody Fronheiser

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Coach Jody is from the netherworld of Ulster County where men are men, women are women, and big foot is a constant companion to both.  He swam for the Marist Swim Team under legendary coach Larry VanWagner during his age group and high school career.  Jody was accepted by Clarkson University, where he specialized in the 200 butterfly, and then attended Union Graduate School.  He now lives in Delmar with his wife Jane and their children Hannah and Addison.

Tiffany Addo

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Tiffany was a competitive swimmer for 8 years on the Madison Dolphins swim team in New York City. After she stopped competitive swimming she became a Lifeguard for the Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2011, she began her undergraduate studies at Iona College in New Rochelle. In 2012, she transferred to SUNY Albany to complete her Bachelors and Masters degree. She obtained her Bachelors in Political Science and English Literature in 2015 and her Masters in English Literature in 2016. Tiffany began coaching with the Delmar Dolfins in 2016. Tiffany is currently working as a secretary and tutor in Albany. She plans to begin a PhD program in the near future.

Tara O'Donnell

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Tara started coaching with the Dolfins in Spring 2016 after graduating from LeMoyne College where she swam all  4 years.

Tara started her swimming career with the Delmar Dolfins at the age of 6. Tara also swam for Bethlehem HS and qualified for the NY State meet in 100 fly, 100 back, 100 free, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. .

While at LeMoyne Tara was named to the Northeast 10 commissioners honor roll 6 times, was the team MVP for all 4 years, earned an all american in the 200 bk, and set 7 school.

Tara is currently pursuing her law degree at Albany Law School.

Katie O'Donnell

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Katie swam with the Dolfins for 15 year and in high school she competed for the Bethlehem Eagles. Katie continued her swimming career at LeMoyne College where she competed at Divison II NCAA Championships all 4 years and became a 10 time All-American. After graduating from LeMoyne, Katie went on to receive her Masters degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. After moving back to the area from Manhatten, Katie now lives in Glenmont and works at Albany Med.

Board of Directors

Anesa Brkanovic

President

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Debbie Erickson

Past president

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Alan Rosenblum

Vice President

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Jenny LIU-NHAN

Treasurer

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Carla Meili

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Kelly Sweeney

Secretary

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Joanna Scoons

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Jane Fronheiser

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Matt Moore

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Dede Fink

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Sharmon Valerian

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Diana Dziekan-Skuza

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