Nick has over 20 years of competitive swimming experience, 5 as a
coach and 17 as a competitor. Before joining the Vikings, he was
the Head Coach of the Belchertown Stingrays for 2 years from 2013
to 2015. From 2013 to 2018, Nick was also the Varsity Boys
Swim Coach at Belchertown High School.
Nick spent 4 years as a member of the Elms College Men’s
Team, where he was named the 2012 Male Senior Athlete of the Year.
In high school, Nick swam 5 years for Palmer where he was named
team MVP in 2006 and 2008. He was also a member of the Holyoke YMCA
Vikings for 9 years.
Nick is an American Swimming Coaches Association Level
2 Certified Coach and a NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach.
Nick believes in challenging and empowering student-athletes to
reach their fullest potential, in and out of the water.
Coach Kerry has been with the Vikings swim team for over 12 years. She is a certified USA Swimming Coach and YMCA Principles of Competitive Swimming certified.
Kerry comes to us with 28 years of competitive swimming experience and over 20 years of coaching experience. As a swimmer Kerry swam 4 years of collegiate swimming at Springfield College. During the first year at Springfield College the girls team began a tradition of winning the NEWMAC Conference title for over 10 years in a row. While in High School, she was a 4-time Western Mass and State Qualifier. She specialized in breastroke and IM.
Kerry began coaching with a Park and Rec team as an assistant coach while she was in high school and swimming on a USA Swimming Team. She fell in love with aquatics and coaching and decided to attend Springfield College, where all her coaches had attended and swam for Coach John Taffe.
Currently resides in Agawam, MA where she lives with her husband John, and daughter Olivia and son Jack. Kerry is also a registered Masters Swimmer for the Holyoke Y Sea Dragons.
Kerry believes in teaching young kids to be well-rounded swimmers and to focus on technique at an early age to ensure success as they get older.
Junior 2 Coach
Coach Trish is a certified USA Swimming Coach and YMCA Principles & Practices certification. Trish has been coaching with the Viking program since its inception in 1979.
Before beginning her coaching career she swam for the Holyoke YMCA Vikings as well as Holyoke Catholic High School. Trish has coached multiple swimmers from her training groups throughout the years to compete New England Age Group Championships and USA Zones. Trish is an amazing coach who really teaches kids to work hard and love the sport = SUCCESS in and out of the pool.
Currently resides in Holyoke, MA with her husband and 3 kids. Trish is also a certified physical therapist who works with special needs children.
Little Vikings 1 & 2 Coach
Carrie has twelve years of competitive swimming experience and five years coaching experience. As a swimmer, she swam eight years for the Westfield YMCA where she competed at YMCA New England Championships and YMCA Long Course Nationals. Carrie also swam at Sacred Heart University for four years specializing in distance freestyle.
Carrie coached for three years in Connecticut before joining the Vikings coaching staff. After three great seasons as an 8 & under coach she took time away from coaching while her daughters were young. Carrie is excited to be back on the coaching staff and excited help young swimmers learn important lifelong skills for both in and out of the water.
Little Vikings 1 & 2 Coach
Coach Danielle has been with the Vikings swim team for over 6 years. She is a US certified coach and YMCA Principles of Competitive Swimming.
Danielle comes to us with 24 years of competitive swimming experience and has been coaching for the Vikings since 2010. As a swimmer Danielle started at the age of 5 on the Vikings, and was a part of many great traditions that she helps pass on to the new generation of Vikings.
Currently resides in South Hadley, MA and is a full time firefighter in South Hadley. She is one of the best developmental coaches in the area and we are so lucky to have her on our coaching staff.
Danielle believes in teaching young swimmers quality technique at an early age and teaching them a love of the sport.