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Erin E Shanahan
Assistant Coach - Pre-Senior
An ASCA Level 2 certified coach, Erin has been an invaluable member of the PPSC coaching team since 2014. Erin began swimming at age seven and swam D1 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she was named team captain her senior year. After graduating in 2001, Erin became a high school teacher and started her coaching career. She has held assistant and lead group coaching positions at a number of swim clubs and high schools in the New England LSC. In addition to coaching for PPSC, Erin teaches high school English at Kennebunk High School and is mom to four children.
Assistant Coach - Age Group II
Lauren has been coaching PPSC's Age Group II swimmers since in 2014. She began swimming at the age of 5 with the YMCA of Lewiston Maine. She has always loved being near and in water and trained and competed with PPSC, the Portland YMCA, and Deering High School. Earning her BS in Biology from University of Southern Maine, she worked many years in the field of pharmacy, but felt that something was missing. So, she went back to her first love of water and now works as our Age Group II coach. Lauren and her husband live in Limington with their three dogs.
Assistant Coach - Age Group 1
Colleen helps coach our Age Group I swimmers and is also the Aquatic Supervisor for the City of Portland. Her past coaching positions include: Head Coach of KVYMCA Stingrays, Assistant Coach for Seacoast Swim Club, Co-Head Coach for TCST, Head Coach for West Roxbury/Roslindale YMCA and Assistant Coach for Leatherstocking Swim Team. Colleen's competitive swimming experience includes: Leatherstocking Swim Team as an age-grouper; St. Michael's College as a DII student and swimmer; and continues to compete as a member of Maine Masters Swim Club. Colleen lives in Lewiston with her husband and two children.
Erin Anne Gagnon
Assistant Swim and Drylands Coach
A competitive swimmer for 18 years, Sam grew up swimming for the Sanford YMCA Titans and Massabesic High School, where he earned Academic All-American Honors and served as an MESI Athlete Rep. He continued his swimming career at Springfield College where he trained for the 200 Fly and 400 IM, and was a four-time All-Conference team member. Post-college, Sam co-founded a new swim team in Western MA, PVAA, and lead both the drylands and age group swim practices. After finishing PT school, he moved to CA to work with Swimming Science as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for a number of Bay Area teams. In additional to coaching at PPSC, Sam works as a Physical Therapist to understand the needs of swimmers and help maximize performance through injury prevention.