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Coaches Contact Information

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Coaching Staff

Andy Shields

Head Coach/Team Director

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Coach Andy took over the position of Head Coach of the Tritons in 2018. Originally from Essex, England, Andy moved to America in 1999 to attend Elon University in North Carolina to study Health and Physical Eduction.

Having spent the majority of his swim coaching career in the Georgia, LSC, at Atlanta swim Academy as Head Coach he helped build a small program of less then 40 swimmers to more then 270 swimmers in less then 3 years. This in turn lead to the opportunity to become Lead Age Group coach at Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club a top 25 USA team with close to 800 swinmers.

During his time in Georgia, Coach Andy has coached numerous State, Sectional & Zone Champions. Along with his responsabilities as a club coach, Andy has been a member of the Georgia and New England Zone coaching staff and has been part of winning teams in both LSC's. In addition Andy is a USA Paralympic travel coach who has helped coach National Paralympic team member, Olympic  Gold Medalist world recorder holder Gia Pergolini. 

 

Matthew Quinney

Head Site Coach & T-AG1 Lead Coach

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Matt has over a decade of competitive swimming experience; starting off as a Belchertown Stingray at the age of 6 and competing all the way to the collegiate level at Ithaca College. At Ithaca he majored in physical therapy and studied coaching as his minor, while working with the Swim Ithaca Club Team. Matt competed at Regional and National competitions as a USA swimmer and became Belchertown High School’s first individual state champion in the sport after winning the 200IM at the Massachusetts Div II State Championship in 2016. He has been coaching for over three and a half years and is currently the Belchertown Stingrays Head Coach and Lead Site Coach at Chestnut Hill.

Michelle (Novak) Toner

T-AG2 Lead Coach

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Coach Michelle was previously the Western New England University head women’s swim coach and achieved numerous team records and individual bests from swimmers in her two years there.  Her prior coaching experience also includes: Holyoke YMCA Masters head swim coach; Mount Holyoke College assistant women’s swim coach; college swim instructor; triathlon swim coaching; and assisting with pre-competitive, age group, high school, and senior swimming groups.  
 
Coach Michelle is ASCA certified as level 5 Education, level 3 Masters, and level 2 USA-Swimming.  She is also a USMS adult learn to swim instructor.
 
A competitive swimmer since age seven, Coach Michelle participated in collegiate swimming and is currently a member of USMS.  She consistently places well in her age group at both pool and open water competitions, including the 10k marathon distance.
 
Outside of swimming, Coach Michelle earned her masters from Northeastern University and was a GIS Specialist for years.  Multiple years homeschool teaching experience in both pre-k and elementary grades add to her coaching style.

Gyselle Hennessey

T-High Lead Coach

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Gyselle  swam competitively from third grade until she graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2018. While she did not continue swimming, her involvement with the sport has not ceased. She acted as assistant coach for the ARHS high school team between 2018 and 2020, and is coming up on her first year as Co-Head Coach there. Her best stroke when she swam, and still her favorite stroke, is butterfly. She is currently studying Mathematics and Psychology at Amherst College, after which she plans to combine her interests in psychology and youth development to become a clinical psychologist to youth.

James MacDonald

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jamie grew up and started swimming in Scotland, where he found national and international success as a 3-time national champion and a member of Scotland’s Youth Development Squad. He moved over to the States after being recruited by UMass Amherst as a 200 flyer, and 200/400 IMer.

Despite his first two years being cut short due to illness and injury, Coach Jamie holds the 2nd fastest 200 fly time in UMass program history and has won an Atlantic 10 Conference final. At UMass, Coach Jamie dual majors in Anthropology & Legal Studies and is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College.

 

Natalie Gallamore

Assistant Coach

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Coach Natalie began swimming competitively at the age of 9. Originally from Michigan, Natalie moved to Massachusetts to swim for UMass in 2017. She competed mainly in the butterfly and IM events.
 
She is now finishing her academic career and will graduate in May 2022 from UMass-Amherst where she studies Kinesiology and Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Andy Ni

Assistant Coach

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Andy has been swimming with ATST since first grade. He made Sectionals in the 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 200 Fly. In addition Andy currently holds a number of Tritons Team Records in bith Shirt Course & Long Course. He is currently on the Amherst College swim team where he swims breaststroke and butterfly. He is studying Chemistry, Math(s), and Computer Science.

Along with swimming Andy has competed at numerous Math competitions, is an accomplished singer and enjoys weigbht training. 

Shihanna Maradiaga

Assistant Coach

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Coach Shinny joined the Tritons when she was 9 years old and swam competitively until she graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2019.
 
Even though she did not continue swimming, her love for the sport lead her to be an assistance coach for the Amherst Regional High School swim team during the 2019 season. During that time she also coached the Tritons T-AG2 group which emphasized her love for teaching not only in the water but outside of the water as well.
 
Prior to coaching Shinny gained experience as a camp counselor for a year round after school and summer camp program called CAPACIDAD (2013 - 2019). During the summer months, she also tough arts and crafts, and supervised a number of sport activities. Swimming still remaines her favorite sport and Shinny continues to help younger swimmers develop their technique and skills in the water. 
 
Shinny attends Westfield Stated University majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish.

April Schilling

Assistant Coach

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April joined the Tritons when she was 7 years old, and swam competitively until her freshman year of high school. Her favorite event was the 500 freestyle. 
 
Although she doesn’t swim competitively anymore, she loves teaching swim lessons for kids of all ages in the town. She still swims on her own time so she can cross train for cross country running. She is currently a junior school, and stays busy with year round sports.