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Dave came to the Sky Y swim team in the spring of 2018 as a developmental coach for the groups Tropical Storm, Category 1 & 2. Dave moved from Columbus, Ohio to the S.W Florida area in the fall of 2017 leaving behind family, friends and his long term coaching position at Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio where he coached since 1991. He started as a volunteer coach and then was hired as level 3 coach which included swimmers in the 10-14 age group range. His specialty is instructing swimmers on swimming knowledge and stroke mechanics.
Dave functioned at GCSTO in many capacities including administrating all GCSTO 6 yearly swim meets, which included pool set up, computer, timing system, training volunteers and coaches in use of equipment. AS well as maintaining all said equipment. Dave also managed the GCSTO Team Manager then Team Unify databases including all aspects those programs. Dave also owed his own Colorado timing system and set up for a 10 lane pool meet, used by teams for championship meets during the summers. Dave Is also a Administrative Official for USA Swimming.
In 2010 Dave was voted ASCA Ohio Swim Coach of the Year by his peers. He also was chosen to coach multiple times at the Central Zone Championships, and for the Lake Erie-Ohio teams that qualified for the Mid States Quad All Star meets. Many of Dave’s swimmers were State of Ohio JO qualifiers-Age group champions, Zone, All Star, USA Top 16 swimmers, and USA Sectional Qualifiers.
Dave and his wife Mandy are enjoying living here in Florida and have a revolving door of visitors from up north. They are parents to 3 adult children Peter and his wife Keilah, Lisa and her husband Sam, and Kirstie and her husband Matt. Some of Dave’s hobbies include repairing and restoring antique radio’s, working on Mandy’s projects, and his church Deep Creek Community Church. He also enjoys his daily Senior Citizen naps in his new recliner. Dave retired from ATT in 2012 after 38 years of service many included working outdoors in all types of weather. He is an AVID Ohio State University Buckeye and NHL Columbus Blue Jacket Fan.
.Hi, I'm Coach Gabi Csiszar. I started coaching for the YMCA just over a year ago. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am a senior at Venice High School and am enrolled in the dual enrollment nursing program with aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field. Currently I am an assistant coach, private swim instuctor, and lifeguard. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved down to Florida with my family 10 years ago. I definitely don't miss the snow. I swam for the Sky YMCA team for 4 years until a knee injury ended it. Needless to say i am happy to be back and working with kids.
John recently came to the SKY Family YMCA swim team as a developmental coach working with Tropical Storm, CAT 1 and 2 swimmers. He retired from his full time job in CT after almost 39 years and along with his wife Cathy have relocated to the Venice area. John was looking for a way to utilize his coaching and motivational skills during retirement. John has been coaching youth sports for the past 30 years as both a baseball and predominately a swim coach. John started coaching for the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA swim team as an age group coach in January 1993. He has been every possible type of coach on that team including two stints as the head coach of a team between 125 - 175 swimmers.
John truly enjoys being a developmental coach. He wants every swimmer to feel like they are a success and that they are important. He considers success as seeing improvement in swimmers technique as well as improved kicking. John loves the motto that practice makes perfect but only if we practice perfectly. John is an avid baseball fan but has become a huge fan of swimming not necessarily due to watching races (which is cool) but seeing improvement in all of the swimmers that he works with.
Jon L. Baca
Water Polo Lead & Englewood Age Group Coach
Coach Baca arrived in SW Florida in 2013 after a 28-year career as a Naval Flight Officer having served 5 different Presidents. During this time, he never lost his passion for swimming or water polo. He began his swimming and water polo journey in 1973 at The Heights YMCA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a swimmer he was AAU state record holder and HS State champion (1978, 100 Breaststroke). His swimming club also played serious water polo between swimming seasons. He was a scholarship swimmer at the University of New Mexico where he earned his BS in Ed, majoring in exercise technology in 1984. Ever the athlete, he holds masters swimming top ten time set in Pacific Northwest in 2006-07 where he was 7th in the world at the FINA Masters World Championships (2006, 50 Breaststroke) and competed at YMCA National Championship in 2016.
In 1981, he started coaching summer league at the Albuquerque Country Club. He was also a HS head swimming coach from 1981-1983 improving his boys’ team from 17th to 5th and his girls from 8th to third place in two seasons. In 1983 he established UNM Water Polo Club where he had a 23-5 record as Head Coach including a victory over NCAA Division One USAF Academy. During that time, he was selected as Mountain Zone representative coach for the National Junior Water Polo Team Training camp at the US Olympic Training Center.
During his service as a Navy Officer, he coached swimming and water polo whenever the opportunity presented itself. Coaching included, Swimming: Dale City Frogs, Sigonella Sicily, Italy, Anacortes Masters, WA, Rockbridge Storm, VA, Assistant coach at Virginia Military Institute. Water Polo: Anacortes, WA and Assistant Coach at George Washington University.
After retiring from the Navy, he took a position as Senior Naval Science instructor at Lemon Bay HS, where he immediately became an assistant swimming coach for his first year. From there he became the lead coach at SKY Family YMCA, Englewood site, where he coached the first ever FLAG qualifier from that site, Joey Sacco. In 2015, Jon left swimming to focus on water polo, founding Sun Coast ‘PUMA’ polo with the help and support of Bruce Patmos and the SKY Family YMCA in Venice, FL. His club has produced numerous quality players and his players helped move VHS water polo from humble beginning to District runner ups in just their second season of the sport.
Jon is excited at the opportunity to become part of the Hurricane organization and to return to the YMCA where he learned to love swimming and water polo and the positive things they can do for an athletes character and passion for life.