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Coaching Staff

Louis R Petto

Director of Competitive Aquatics

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Louis is in his 3rd year with the Upper Main Line YMCA


College: 1994 Graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz


Swimming/Coaching experience:

As a swimmer Coach Lou was a six time Division III NCAA National Champion, winning the 200 and 500 Free his sophomore, junior, and senior years.  He also was a Senior National qualifier in the 200 and 400 Meter Freestyle.  In 1999 Louis was inducted into the SUNY New Paltz Athletic Hall of Fame.

Louis has been coaching for over 20 years.

The summers of 1993 and 1994 Louis worked as a Coach/Counselor at the Jack Nelson Swim Camp out of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

In 1995 Louis took over the Head Coach position at the Northwest CT YMCA.  In the 4 years that Louis was the head Coach the team grew from 45 to 100 swimmers, and during that time the team went from last place (10th) his first year to first place his 4th year in the Yankee Cluster YMCA Swim League.  The one and only time the Northwest YMCA has won their league.

In 1999 Louis moved to Marietta , GA to work as a full time assistant coach with Stingrays Swimming.  During his 3 year with Stingrays he worked with every level of their swim program from developmental swimmers through sectional finalists.

In 2002 Louis took over as head coach of the Ocean County YMCA .  The team has grown from 160 swimmers to over 300 swimmers.  He instilled the philosophy of "None of the secrets of success work unless you do!!" or NOTSOSWUYD. While coaching at OCY Louis has twice been selected to work as a Zone Team coach for New Jersey swimming, once as an assistant and once as Head Coach.  Louis also served on the Board of directors for both NJ Swimming and the Northern NJ YMCA Swim League.  At OCY he produced multiple YMCA national finalist including a YMCA National record Holder and YMCA National Champions.

Starting in 2013 Louis we selected to be one of the USA Paralympic National Coaches.  He has traveled with the USA Paralympic Swim on a couple international swim meets trips.  In 2016 Louis was selected to be an assistant coache for Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

What does Louis like about coaching?
“I truly believe in the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.  The ability to instill these values combined with a strong work ethic will help us grow to greatness."

 

 

Greg S Huff

Team Admin and Lead Academy Coach

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Coach Greg is in his 4th year at UMLY

College:             1992 graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science

2004 graduate of North Carolina State University with a MEd in Secondary Social Studies Education

Swimming/Coaching Experience:

Coach Greg grew up swimming for the Hubbard Swim Club in Ohio, and the Johnston YMCA and Charlotte Y in Charlotte, NC.  He was a state ranked swimmer as an age group swimmer, and achieved All Conference and All State recognition as a high school swimmer, while competing in national level meets.  A knee injury ended his competitive swimming career, but he continued to participate in club water polo throughout college.

Coach Greg has been coaching for over 20 years in summer league, high school, and USA/YMCA teams.

Throughout high school and college, Coach Greg coached, taught swimming lessons, and managed pool facilities throughout the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, including Park Crossing Swim Club (1986), the Jewish Community Center of Charlotte (1987-1990 & 1992-1995), Raleigh Parks and Recreation (1991), the Wendell Swim Club (1991), Willowhaven Country Club (1996), Hollow Rock Swim Club (1997), Woodcroft Swim Club (1998), Northbrook Country Club (1999), Greystone Swim Club(1999-2001), and Sunset Ridge Swim Club (2002-2006).

Coach Greg worked as a swim coach at Providence High School (Charlotte, NC) from 1992-1995, compiling an undefeated dual meet record, and an overall State Championship for the boy’s team in 1994.    Greg served as the Head Swimming and Diving coach at Sanderson High School (Raleigh, NC) for the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons, rebuilding a strong program and coaching swimmers and divers to state championship performances.  From 2001-2008, Coach Greg was the Head Swimming and Diving coach at Apex High School, developing their program into a consistent top-5 team in the state of North Carolina.  From 2008-2013, Coach Greg served as the Head Swimming Coach at Southern Lee High School (Sanford, NC).  While there the team qualified swimmers to the State Championship for the first time, scoring points in his final two seasons as well.  Coach Greg was named Conference Coach of the Year on seven occasions, was named to the NC High School Swimming Advisory Committee, served as the State Diving Championship Meet Referee and was the Meet Director for the State Championship on four occasions.

Coach Greg began working with YOTA in 2005 at their Sanford Site, ultimately becoming the Head Site Coach and Aquatics Director.  His swimmers improved dramatically, and one of his swimmers was a member of a Y-States winning relay.  In 2007, the YMCA ended their aquatic programming in Sanford, and Coach Greg created an independent USA Swimming year round swim team, the Sanford Squids.  The team grew from 5 to over 50 swimmers, and provided swimming lessons for over 1000 participants per year.  Several swimmers attained top-10 state rankings, and qualified and scored at Age Group State and Sectional meets.  He relocated with his family to Royersford, PA in 2013 due to a job transfer for his wife.

What does Coach Greg like about Coaching?

“What I like about coaching swimming is that the swimmers develop life-long skills and friendships.  Competitive swimming teaches the need for perseverance, and the principle that individuals must hone their skills and talents through effort and practice.  Watching the swimmers achieve their goals and develop as individuals is very gratifying, and what makes coaching enjoyable.”

James C Krull

Lead Age Group 1 & Girls "A" Coach

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Anna Neuman

Lead Mini Coach

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Heather Burns

Age Group 2/3

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This is Heather's 3rd year coaching with UMLY

College:   1993 B.S. Elementary Education Miami University Oxford, OH

                 2000 M. S. Educational Counseling Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT

Swimming/Coaching experience:      At age 8 Coach Heather started summer swim league after she passed all the levels of swim lessons. The swim instructor suggested she try out for the swim team. She cried behind the blocks before her first race. Her dad turned to her and said, “Just try it once, and you will never have to do it again”. She was hooked after her first swimming race!

At age 11 she started year round swimming for Radnor Aquatic Club and then for Suburban Swim Club. She moved to Clearwater, FL at age 15 and continued age group swimming with West Florida Lightning Aquatics. After high school she swam for Miami University.

Heather moved to Fairfield County, CT after graduating college. She began to swim competitively for a Master’s swim program at the Westport/Weston Y. Knowing her education background, the aquatics director asked her to work as a swim instructor at the Y. In the mornings she instructed campers and in the afternoons she taught private lessons in backyard pools. She also taught private swim lessons for 14 years. While she was teaching fourth grade in Weston, CT, she was asked to be the assistant swim coach at Weston High School. Periodically, she would coach an age group session at the Westport Y, while attending grad school and teaching full time. In 1997 Heather met her husband Eric at the Westport Y through the master’s swim team.

In 2009 Heather and Eric relocated to the Philly area. It was during that time that their children Brendan and Delaney started swimming for UMLY. Heather still swims frequently at UMLY. Every year for their anniversary Heather and Eric choose a different open water swim to compete in to celebrate their love of swimming!

Currently, Heather is a college counselor at Delaware County Community College.

What does Heather like about coaching?:    Swimming is about getting a swimmer from point A to point B in the quickest and most efficient way possible. The joy of coaching comes from teaching a swimmer the life lessons that are learned, while pursuing that endeavor.

Cathi Dallot

Mini Coach

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Phil Munger

Age Group 2/3

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Brennah V Ross

Age Group 1

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College: 2015 B.S. in Economics, The College of New Jersey
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience: 
Coach Brennah followed in her older sister’s footsteps and was persuaded into joining UMLY’s swim team as a 7 year old.  She quickly fell in love with the sport, and swam with UMLY for 11 years.  During her time at UMLY, Brennah was a YMCA national qualifier and finalist.  As a senior, she was the recipient of both the Sue Clayton and Joey Guest awards for leadership and team spirit.  
 
During her collegiate swimming career she was a four-time NCAA All-American, and individual NCAA qualifier in the 200 butterfly.  She currently holds the TCNJ school record in the same event.  Brennah was voted the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2012 and ‘Swimmer of the Year’ in 2014. 
 
Brennah enjoyed her experience at UMLY so much she decided to return to the program as a coach in 2015. She started out coaching AG1, and has since gained experience coaching athletes of all ages and abilities.
 
What I like about coaching at UMLY: I have always believed that the most important part of swimming has nothing do with swimming at all. The culture at UMLY is about developing strong work ethics, creating invaluable friendships, building confidence, and having a blast along the way. That is what made me love swimming so much as an age grouper, and what drew me back as a coach. My favorite part about coaching at UMLY is being able to provide that experience to another generation of swimmers, and being given the opportunity to share my love of this sport with others. 

Alex Zimmerman

Age Group 2/3

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Danielle Zimmerman

Age Group 1

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Andrew John Seaton

Assistant Senior Group Coach

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Coach Andrew is in his 3rd year coaching at UMLY
 
College: Bates College, Class of 2015
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience:
 
Growing-up on the Main Line, Andrew attended Radnor High School where he was a four year varsity letter winner, team captain, and an Academic All-American. 
 
After high school, Andrew attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. There he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Mathematics and the History and the Criticism of Art and Visual Culture. While competing in the pool for Bates, Andrew notched 7 All-Time Top-20 college performances in both the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events, and one pool record. Following his sophomore year of college, Andrew began training with the UMLY swimming program under Glenn Neufeld.
 
After completing his undergraduate education, Andrew returned to the area and began working as a volunteer assistant coach at UMLY. That Fall, he accepted a job as an Assistant Swim Coach for Villanova University. While at Villanova, Andrew assisted primarily with the Stroke and IM training group, organized Men's Recruiting for the program, and oversaw the operations of the Villanova pool. In two seasons with Villanova, Andrew was a part of 2 Women's Big East Championships and 2 Big East Women's Coaching Staff's of the Year. Additionally, he helped coach athletes to 26 NCAA Division I B-Cut performances, 37 new school records, 1 Big East Conference Record, and 2 Big East Swimmer's of the Year Awards. In addition to his collegiate experience, Andrew has also worked alongside several prominent NCAA and USA Swimming coaches at the Total Performance Swim Camps at Kenyon College.

Now in his 3rd year at UMLY, Andrew serves as the Assistant Coach for the Senior 1 and 2 groups.
 
What does Coach Andrew like about Coaching?
“Helping individuals to find success in the pool, while simultaneously working to foster positive personal growth and great teamwork is probably my favorite thing about coaching!”

Galen J Gennaria

Varsity Coach

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Victor Polyakov

Age Group 2 & 3 Lead Swim Coach

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College: 2017 Graduate of the West Chester University
Swimming experience:
Coach Victor is originally from Russia. He has over 20 years’ experience in the swimming world. He grew up in a small, but very competitive club with professional and Olympic level swimmers. He was a national champion as an age grouper and a national medalist during high school. Victor participated in the Russian Olympic Trials in both 2008 and 2012. In 2013 he moved to the United States to enroll in college at West Chester University. In his freshmen year he broke the NCAA D2 National record in the 500 free and won 4 National titles at the NCAA D2 Championships. He also won the 200 IM during his junior year. Victor finished his career as a 15-time All-American swimmer, was named the Most Outstanding swimmer at the PSAC Championships. He received his diploma from the Pennsylvania State of Higher Education.  
Coaching experience:
During his senior years (2017-2018) in college he was assistant coach with the GRA swimming club in West Chester PA and lead the senior group during the summer season. After graduation he continued to work as a volunteer assistant coach at West Chester University. For the last 4 summers he assisted in teaching swim lessons at West Chester University. Victor joined the UMLY team during early portion of the 2018 year.
What does Victor like about coaching? :
I like to share my swimming experience with young generation and look how they are growing like athletes and person. Each team and each coach have own teaching style, but I feel a lot of connections with UMLY swim team.

Board of Directors

Eric Burns

STPA President

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