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John Steen Kjaerulff

Head Coach

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Coach John began swimming at the age of 6 in the Canary Islands, Spain where he was a top age group swimmer.  Coach John moved to Florida at the age of 15 to train with the Mission Bay Makos in Boca Raton where he swam for world known coaches such as Jack Roach, Steve Bultman and Michael Lohberg.  Coach John was a member of the 3 time Florida State High School champion, Spanish River High School. He attended Florida Atlantic University where he was an All American with his relay team.  Coach John began his coaching career with the Coral Springs Swim Club in 1994 as an assistant coach to the late 6 time Olympic Coach, Michael Lohberg in 1995, He was named Head Age Group Coach.  He led the team to several FGC Junior Olympic titles.  In 1996-1997 coach John was selected as a member of the All Star and Southern Zones coaching staff team.  In 2008 he retired from coaching to spend more time with his family.  After a small break, Coach John took the Head Coach Position for the YMCA of South Palm Beach, where he coached for 1 year before starting the East Coast Aquatic Club.  Coach John is an ASCA Level 3 Coach and a lifetime member.

Alison Templin

Age Group Coach

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Coach Alison grew up and began her swimming career right here in Palm Beach County.  She attended Suncoast High School where She made finals at the State Championship meet her senior year and was selected as Palm Beach County High School swimmer of the year.  She then attended the University of Arkansas where she received a scholarship.  While at Arkansas she excelled by posting National and Olympic Trials qualifying times and was a scoring contributor for her school at the SEC Conference Championships.   At Arkansas, an emphasis was placed on stroke technique, which gives her a proficient knowledge in teaching proper swimming skills.  She has worked with swimmers of all ages during college summers and her love for the sport has now guided her to pursue a career in coaching.

Channon H MacEachern

Age Group Coach

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Coach Channon grew up in Southern California and has been involved in swimming for over 30 years as a club swimmer, high school swimmer, college swimmer, and coach.  She swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores under Mark Schubert and attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) on a full swimming scholarship.  Some of Coach Channon's swimming accomplishments include *1984 National Champion in the 400 IM *Competed internationally as a member of the U.S. National Team for years 1982-1986 *Gold medalist in both IM's at the World University Games *6th place finish at the 1984 Olympic Trials in the 200 breast.  Channon has coached age group and masters swimmers of all levels and is excited to bring her experiences and passion for the sport to ECAC.

 

Brendan McCarthy

Senior Coach

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Coach Brendan McCarthy grew up swimming competitively at the age of 6 in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1979 he was High School National Champion in the 200 yard freestyle. Coach Brendan attended The University of Alabama on a full scholarship, swimming under five time Olympic Swimming Coach Don Gambril and former USA Swimming Coach Jonty Skinner. His goal is to teach the benefits of swimming in a fun and meaningful way that encourages personal growth both mentally and physically.  Coach Brendan hopes to share the joy of individual success in a team environment.  Coach Brendan is no stranger to the ECAC family, both of his sons Neil (16) & Owen(14) swam with us years ago and will also rejoin our family alongside their dad! Swimming continues to be a part of Coach Brendan’s daily life and he is excited to share his knowledge & love for the sport.   

Janet Siniscalchi

Age Group Coach

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Coach Janet is an avid competitive swimmer that is not only a member of the U.S. National Masters Team but a member of the local Palm Beach Masters Team as well.  Coach Janet has been swimming since she was a child and has a great love of the sport.  Janet has many skills, certifications and knowledge that our swimmers will benefit from. She is not only a practicing Registered Nurse, but a certified Reiki instructor and life Coach.  Having studied many different spiritual traditions and schools of thought, Janet is passionate about sharing, teaching and facilitating meditative practices to help infuse lives with greater meaning and health on all levels of our being.  Coach Janet is mentally determined and accustomed to pressure and stress in competition, with a disciplined and focused nature. 

David Gelatt

Age Group Coach

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Coach David Gelatt has been swimming since he was a young child, and continued to swim up until he graduated from high school.  David has competed at the Regional level in High school as well as high level meets for ECAC and is no stranger to the pressures of competition. David joined ECAC as a swimmer and was actually one of our very first swimmers.  Coach David swam for 4 years at the Univercity of Florida collegiate club team, Florida Club Swim and Dive, while swimming for ECAC during each summer.  David became a coach for the Makos Aquatic Club in Gainesville, while continuing to swim for ECAC after graduating from UF in 2016.  Coach David has been a huge part of our success and has been filling in as an unofficial coach for some time, being mentored by Head Coach John Kjaerulff.