Tom has 18 years of coaching and team management experience. He has coached several US National and US Olympic qualifiers and an Olympic trial finalist. Coach Tom holds a BS degree in Social Studies and Education from Ithaca College and attended extensive continuous professional development courses. He has recently moved to Buffalo area after spending two years in Ethiopia teaching in an International School in Addis Ababa. Tom’s former coaching experiences include Director/Head Coach position at Albany Starfish Swim Club, Head Coach at Delaware Otters Swim club, and Head Assistant of University of Delaware Men and Women Swimming, as well as Head Assistant at Darien YMCA, CT.
Coach Tom enjoys helping swimmers to reach their full potential and growing teams into winning organizations.
ASCA Level IV
Katie M Eaton
Coaching Level with Clarence Swim Club: All of them
7 years with Clarence Swim Club
4 years varsity swimming at Williamsville East High School
This is my first year coaching, but I've taught swim lessons at Clarence Learn to Swim for 3 years.
Coaching Philosophy: Getting good at swimming takes a lot of hard work, but all work and no play makes for a boring sport. First and foremost, swimming should be fun - that's why I like to play a game or do a fun challenge most practices. By mixing hard work and fun, we can achieve our goals and work towards success.
What age/level should swimmers begin participating in swim meets: You're never too young! As soon as you feel confident enough in your strokes and you want to try a meet, go for it.
Benefits of being on a competitive swim team: You get to make new friends, play a fun sport, and learn new things, all while being physically active!