Jason C Paige
Senior Aquatics Director
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
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
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
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
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
Hours: Monday and Wednesday
1:00 - 3:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30pm
Gordon A Brown
ACSD/ Head Age Group Coach
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.
Head Developmental Coach
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
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.
Cook: Jill is the head coach of
the Western CT State University Swim Women's Swim Team and will be
assisting with the senior level groups this
Dore: Stephan was a Division 1 swimmer at the
University of Texas and has a wealth of experience coaching
swimmers of all ages.
Falder: Mike has been involved with Swim Across
American for many years and will be working with our developmental
groups this season.
Sheaffer: Sarah is a collegiate swimmer at
Western CT State University and an experience swimming lesson
instructor. She will be working with the
developmental groups this season.