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The coaching staff for the Regional YMCA's Mako Swim Team is an enthusiastic group focused on providing an environment that is rewarding in competition and in life.

If you have questions that are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact the main coach for your childs group.  We implement a rotational coaching coverage structure to ensure that our coaches know all of our swimmers; however their main group coach will be able to provide you with more information pertaining to the developmental plan.  

According to YMCA and USA Swimming policy, all coaches (paid and volunteer) undergo extensive background screens prior to employment.  

Coaching Staff

Jason C Paige

Senior Aquatics Director

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Now in his second year as the Head Coach of the Mako program, Jason continues to strive to promote a positive team atmosphere where swimmers can learn from and enjoy their time at the pool in an effort to promote ongoing improvement from the developmental to the elite levels. 

Before his current position at the Regional YMCA of Western CT Mako’s Swim Team, Jason oversaw and implemented his policies and philosophies at the New Canaan YMCA.  While at New Canaan he developed Olympic Trial Qualifiers, US National Qualifiers, Junior National Qualifiers, US Open qualifiers, as well as numerous Sectional Championship qualifiers, a Sectional Champion, multiple YMCA National Champions and over 100 YMCA All-Americans.

Jason has lead teams to high levels of National recognition at the USA, YMCA and High School levels.  As the head of the New Canaan program, Jason led his team to achieve USA Swimming’s Silver Medal recognition after three consecutive years at the Bronze Medal level.

Jason also brings Open Water Swimming experience to the Mako program.  He has served on the USA Open Water Swimming Committee, and works with many tri-athletes and other open water swimmers. He has worked with two individuals that have successfully crossed the English Channel, and led the NCY Caiman men's team to a National Championship in the USA Swimming 10K Open Water Championship in 2001. Since then Jason has guided a mixed team to a second place finish in 2003 and a men's team to a second place finish in 2005 in the 10K event.

Jason also served as the Head Coach of the New Canaan High School Boys Swim Team, where he led the NCHS Rams to six Class M State Championships, a FCIAC championship and a State Open Championship. He has developed numerous All-American, All-State and All-County swimmers, and his boy's team was ranked number one in the nation for a small public school in 2006 and 2007. Jason was named the Boys Swimming Coach of the Year for his efforts by the CISCA in 2005.

Jason graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1998. While at SBU he was a two time Atlantic 10 champion in the 200 Freestyle Relay and an eight time finalist in the 100yd Breaststroke and sprint Freestyle events. Before coming to New Canaan, Jason worked as an assistant coach at both the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University while earning his Masters of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Sport Management from UConn. During his tenure at those Universities he has worked with Big East champions, NCAA Division II champions, Junior and Senior National finalists as well as Olympic Trials qualifiers.

Jason resides in Norwalk with his wife and two sons. 

He can be reached for questions pertaining to the program during his office hours (or by appointment) at 203-775-4444ext 122 or by email at jpaige@regionalymca.org

 

Office Hours:       Monday and Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00pm

                                 Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30pm

 

Gordon Brown

ACSD/ Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Gordon joins the Regional YMCA Makos after a career as the Head Swimming Coach at Litchfield High School where he developed and lead the team to its first Berkshire League Championship in 10 years, and a 5th place finish at the Connecticut Class S State Finals.  He also served as the head coach of the Litchfield Middle School swim team where he learned from and worked with young athletes while encompassing the values of the YMCA. 

Gordon, a Springfield College graduate in the field of Applied Exercise Science, is a former varsity member and senior captain of the Springfield College Swimming and Diving team.  Before Springfield Gordon trained and competed for the Torrington YMCA Lasers.  His experiences as a YMCA and collegiate athlete have helped him to build a strong understanding of the YMCA culture, and have made him a great fit for the Mako program. 

Over the past eight summers, Coach Gordon has been a consistent staff member at United States Sports Camps as a Strength and Conditioning, and Swimming Coach. There he learned various skills and techniques for training and teaching young, developmental, and competitive swimmers.

With the understanding that swimming is a life long sport, Coach Gordon hopes to create a love of the sport of swimming, pride in ones team, and a sense of fun in the spirit of competition.  

 

ASSITANT DECK COACHES:

Kate O'Leary: Returning after the long course season, Kate will be working with the Pride and Focus groups. She is a recent gradutae of the University of Connecticut and Mako alum. Kate joined the Mako staff during the 2013 long course season.  She shares her strong background as a competitive swimmer with the young athletes in our program in a motivating and fun manner helping our athletes to develop their skills and reach for future goals.

Jill Cook: Jill is the head coach of the Western CT State University Swim Women's Swim Team and will be assisting with the Victory squad this season.  

Susie Johnson: 

Susie Johnson has been involved in competitive swimming for over 30 years. A graduate of Weston High School and 4-year member of the varsity swim team. She also swam for the Wilton Wahoos and Westport Water Rats during her age group and early senior level swimming career.  She went on to swim for 4 years at Division 1 Lehigh University where she was captain of the swim team her junior and senior years.  

After receiving her Masters in elementary education from Lehigh in 1993, Susie taught 6th grade in Allentown, PA where she was also the head swim coach of West End Tide, a 250+ swimmer USA team, and worked as the pool director and head swim coach at Lehigh Valley Country Club.  She moved back to Connecticut in 1999 where she taught 4th grade at Cider Mill School in Wilton, while coaching for the Wilton Wahoos, and working as the pool director and assistant swim coach at WeeBurn Country Club in Darien.

Susie was also the head swim coach for the Special Olympics CLASP of Westport swim team until 2005 when she took a break from coaching to raise her family.  She lives in Brookfield with her husband and their 7 children, who range in age from 2 to 16 years old.

Liz Kennedy: bio to come