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Evan Charles Maczka

Head Coach

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Coach Evan was born and raised in Leverett where he spent most of his early life playing with legos, studying Native American history, and playing basketball with friends. It wasn’t until he was 12 that he discovered his passion for competitive swimming on our very own Tritons Swim Team.

 

In his tenure as a swimmer, Evan swam on the East and West Coast – locally with the Tritons and Amherst High School, and with Team Santa Monica and the Santa Monica City College team. He earned JR College All-American status as part of several relays and also set some of his personal best times in the Master’s program that he swam in post-college.

 

During his swimming career Evan trained under some influential coaches. He was trained by Stu Blumpkin, former coach of Olympian of Lenny Krayzelburg, who focused on fundamentals and form. He swam another stint under Coach Sean Clark, or “Clarkie” as they called him, who was big on making sure his athletes understood the science behind why they were training the way they were. Coach Clark taught Evan that it wasn’t about more work, it was about better work – a lesson that would eventually mold Evan’s own coaching philosophy.

 

As Evan’s career shifted from competitive swimming to coaching both high school and club, he also started his own private swim lessons business. During his early coaching years and while at Notre Dame Academy, he had the opportunity to bring on Rada Owen to help with the program—Owen was an Olympian in the 2000 games and she was another believer in quality over quantity. Evan also collaborated with Eric Shanteau, a retired US national team member and part of the world record in the 4 x 100 MR. Eric taught high school swimmers about the importance of having “affirmations” – beliefs that empower us to make our words a reality. Eric held that people need to state their goals with conviction and heart in order to make their dreams a reality – and this lesson affected Evan as much as it impacted his high school swimmers.

 

As the coach of Tritons, Evan prioritizes quality over quantity and encourages swimmers to believe in themselves. Many athletes have experienced success under his leadership; including two Division 1 College swimmers, a JR national qualifier starting his freshman year at Kenyon College (one of the most competitive D3 programs in the country), and a New England record holder.  Evan is a certified Level 3 ASCA coach and looks forward to continuing his career coaching the very same team he started on – while incorporating some of the important concepts he has learned from coaches, co-workers, and athletes he has met along the way.

 

In his free time Evan enjoys staying in shape, swimming, and trail hiking/running.

 

Favorite Food: Watermelon and Maple syrup, they count right?!?

 

Favorite Swim Memory: So many of them, but one that stands out is being part of ARHS’s only boys WMass championship team.

 

Color that describes him best and why: Red, a color of passion and triumph!  (Interesting fact about red, countries with red in their flag have won more Olympic medals than countries with any other color in them)

Jennifer "Jay" Yankowski

Assitant coach

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Sol Albertine

Assistant Coach

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Hi, I’m Solomon, but you can call me Coach Sol. I’m 19 years old and I go to school at Greenfield Community College. I swam on the tritons swim team for 7 years before I graduated high school. I really love swimming, and I think it’s awesome that I get to help other people get better at swimming.

Neel Sekar

Assistant Coach

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Coach Coach Neel was born in Natick, MA and grew up around the Natick area. He spent most of his early life doing sports and began swimming lessons from infancy. He has always been fascinated by science and engineering which began with his love of Legos. In addition to swimming, Neel also played basketball, baseball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and skateboarding while growing up. He originally tried out for the Hockomock Area YMCA Lightning at age 7, and made the team when he was 8, before transferring to Bluefish Swim Club at age 13. Neel swam competitively until 18 when he decided to attend UMass Amherst, however he has gone back to swim for his team every summer since.

 

Despite no longer swimming in college, Neel still keeps in touch with some of his former teammates and coaches as well as regularly going back to visit and practice with them.

 

After deciding to attend UMass, and not to swim at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Neel decided to try triathlons as he had also always been a decent runner. In summer 2016 he participated in his first event, the Westboro Sprint Triathlon. He plans on continuing competing in triathlons and hopes to one day do an XTerra and a Spartan Race.

 

Neel is currently enrolled at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. Outside of coaching, he spends most of his time studying and working out. In his free time he enjoys ultimate frisbee and sleeping.

 

Neel has been lifeguarding for 4 years, and began teaching lessons this past summer to a small group of 8 year olds. Before then, he would often help coach the younger groups at Bluefish Swim Club (usually consisting of his younger brother and friends).

 

Although he’s not sure what his career path will be, Neel is sure he will continue to teach in one form or another for the rest of his life.

 

Favorite Food: Not sure, but I don’t like ice cream or chocolate.

 

Favorite Swim Memory: At Sunkissed National Invitational, I had a teammate start a 50 early in a 400 MR which we were favored to win.

 

Color which describes him best: Dark blue, because it can be calming or intimidating depending on the surrounding colors, and I like to be multifaceted.

 

Carolyn Hall

T0 coach

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New to Western MA and the Amherst Tritons Swim Team, Carolyn has over 15 years of competitive swim experience.  She enjoys continuing her lifelong love of the water through coaching swimming to all ages and ability levels.  From helping first time swimmers to overcome a fear of the water, to coaching competitive stroke and skill development poolside, her goal for all her swimmers is to become more confident and comfortable in the water.

 

Carolyn continued her swimming career as a four-year Varsity Student Athlete at Keene State College, graduating in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Science: Health Promotion & Wellness, Community Health Education and a Minor in Addictions. Previously, a dedicated member of YMCA of the Northshore Sharks Swim Team from age 8 to 18 where she later assisted coaching part-time throughout summers during her college years.

 

Today, she is working towards a graduate degree in School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Motivated to help swimmers to reach their full potential both in and out of the pool.

 

Favorite Swimming Stroke: Butterfly and IM.

 

Favorite Activities: Learning. Running. Adventuring.

 

Favorite Food: Too many. Does coffee count?

 

Favorite Swim Memory: College Training Trips to Boca Raton, FL during winter break.  Long days of challenging workouts and training outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

 

Color: Aqua. It makes me happy. Plus, it reminds me of the ocean.

Steph Mattrey

T1/T2 Coach

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Jenn Albertine

T1/T2 Coach

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Coach Jenn was born and raised in Central MA. Her mom enrolled her in swim lessons at age 3, where her love of the water became apparent immediately.  She swam competitively for 12 years both in the New England area and Maryland.  She continues to enjoy swimming with a local Master’s team.  She has passed on her love for the sport through coaching for the last 13 years.  In addition to being an assistant coach for the Tritons, Coach Jenn is the Head Coach of the Amherst High School Swimming and Diving Team and is an Assistant Coach with the UMass Championship Swim Camp.

 

Coach Jenn is also Dr Coach Jenn where she holds a PhD in Plant and Soil Science from UMass. She teaches classes in Environmental and Public Health Sciences at Mount Holyoke College.  Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on human health, specifically how environmental changes impact plant biology and how that then feeds back to impact human health, whether through our pollen allergies or our ability to grow food.

Sadie Anne Logan

T2/US assistant

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Coach Sadie was born in Amherst, MA, and attended Amherst public schools. She began swim lessons at a young age at Amherst College, and started swimming competitively shortly after that. Sadie now attends Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and swims for the Continentals. Over the summer and other breaks from college, Sadie comes back and swims with the Tritons to keep up with her training.
 
For most of her life, Sadie would spend her summers in Canada, where her father grew up. Over the summer Sadie spent most of her time in the water, taking swim lessons as a child and lifeguard classes as she got older. Sadie has been a certified lifeguard for four years, and has taught swim lessons to children both in Canada and during the school year at Hamilton.
 
Sadie swims backstroke and some sprint freestyle on her college team, and in her freshman and sophomore years, has competed in two NESCAC Conference Championships. She’s also involved in the Aqua Stars program, which is a Special Olympics swim team that practices at Hamilton. Sadie also coaches the local club swim team, the Clinton Cudas.
 
At Hamilton, Sadie is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing. She isn’t sure what she wants to do after college, but she has a couple more years to think about that!
 
In her free time, Sadie likes to host radio shows for Clinton’s local station, play club water polo, and volunteer with her team in the neighboring community in Utica.
 
Favorite food: Sadie’s mom makes a really amazing chocolate chip banana bread
 
Favorite swim memory: When she was first learning to swim, Sadie’s grandma offered her $10 to jump in and swim over to the ladder. Best $10 she ever made.
 
Color that describes her best: Maroon. It’s bold but not too overwhelming, and reminiscent of her days at ARHS.
 

Josie Connor

T3 coach

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