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We are here to support your needs.  If your questions are related to workouts, swim meets, events, goal setting or other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.  For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues, safety or policies, please contact us at 845-638-4381.

Coaching Staff

Jim Wargo

Condors Head Coach

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Coach Jim became Head Coach of the Condors Swim Club in September of 2012.  He has been with the Condors since 2009, previously serving as the Head Age Group Coach and also Head Coach at the Westchester Community College site.  Jim was most recently awarded the 2017 Metro Senior Coach of the Year, and has also been twice named Age Group Coach of the Year in the Allegheny Mountain LSC (2008) and Metro LSC (2011).  Jim has coached swimmers to qualify for Olympic Trials, Nationals, Junior Nationals, Sectionals, Zones meets and has had multiple swimmers ranked in the Top 10 in the nation for their age group, along with LSC record holders.  He has also guided swimmers to qualify for the Eastern Zone Select Camp, National Diversity Select Camp and National Select Camp.  Jim has been part of multiple Zone team staffs for Metro and Allegheny Mountain, and was the Head Coach for AMS in 2008.  He is an ASCA Level 4 certified coach.  Prior to joining the Condors, Jim was the Head Coach for 8 years at Penn Trafford Aqua Club in his home town of Harrison City, PA.

Christina Krautz

Head Coach Westchester

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Coach Christina started swimming at 8 years old, continuing through college where she finished as Team Captain.  She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. in Elementary Education with Middle School Math and Science.  Her coaching career began in 2003 at Greater Latrobe Aqua Club in Latrobe, PA, where she has strong family roots.  Christina also coached the Greater Latrobe Senior High School 2009-2010, both Men's and Women's teams.  The Women's team was 2nd place at WPIAL's, and Christina was responsible for multiple State qualifiers, both Men and Women, during her time there.  In 2010, she decided to become a part of the Condors organization, where she has coached swimmers from developmental to Olympic Trials qualifiers.  Coach Christina has also coached multiple Zones Teams in both Allegheny Mountain and Metro LSC's over the course of her career.  She looks forward to continued success with the Condors!

Jon Hulbert

Head Coach Mark Twain

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Coach Jon has been coaching with the Condors for many years, and now serves as the Head Coach at our Mark Twain location.  Previously, Jon was an assistant coach at our WCC site.  During his tenure as a coach with Condors, Jon has had the opportunity to work with and be responsible for many talented individuals, ranging from Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Junior Nationals, Nationals, and Olympic Trials qualifiers.  He is responsible for developing Emily Escobedo, who was named to the 2017-2018 USA National Team.  As our Mark Twain Head Coach, Jon's focus is on expanding the Condors program in Yonkers, and helping to bring each and every swimmer to their potential.

Dave Hedden

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Dave comes to the Condors from Joliet, IL where he swam for 6 years and coached for 18 years with the Joliet YMCA Jets Swim Team.  As the Director of Competitive Swimming with the JETS, Dave oversaw continual growth in program numbers, expansion to 4 practice sites, and continual improvement in performance and ranking at the state and national level.  He has coached numerous state champions and YMCA National finalists in addition to USA Junior National qualifiers.  Dave's leadership also extended through his work with the Illinois YMCA state committee and YMCA National Committee.  Dave graduated Lewis University in 2004 with a Major in Mathematics and Minor in Secondary Education.  While at Lewis, he served as the Undergraduate Assistant Swim Coach for two seasons.  Dave is a Life-Plus member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, Level 3 certified.  Dave has a strong passion for preparing kids for success by teaching the right technique, mindset and practice habits.  He believes that success rests upon a foundation of strong relationships and self-confidence.  He is most proud of the success his athletes' experience, in and out of the pool, well beyond the time they spend with him.

 

Laurie Lawson

Condors Program Director

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Laurie and her family moved to New York from Pennsylvania in August of 2009 and joined the Condors Swim Club.  In June of 2010, Laurie joined the staff of the Condors as a member of their administrative staff and head of the Learn to Swim program.  While not a swimmer herself, her family has been heavily involved in swimming, first with her husband John's long career and then with the introduction of their 3 children to competitive swimming beginning in 2004.  Laurie was involved with several swim teams while in Pennsylvania:  Central Bucks Aquatic Team, South-West Aquatic Club, Germantown Academy Aquatic Club and Lower Buck Swim League on a volunteer basis as a member of parent boards and meet administration.
 
Prior to her career in competitive swimming, Laurie received a Bachelor's in Economics and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh (1991) and her Master's of Business Administration from Suffolk University (1993).  In 2003, Laurie returned to school to obtain her Business Education Teaching Certification at Gwynedd-Mercy College, and then taught at Upper Darby High School for 3 years just before moving to New York.

Ashley Telesmanic

Rockland County Lesson Coordinator

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Ashley has been a part of the Condors since 2009, starting as an instructor and now coordinating the Learn to Swim lessons at Felix Festa since 2014.  Through Condors, Ashley has been able to find a talent for teaching children to boost their confidence through swimming, while teaching them to be functional and proficient with their strokes.  Ashley has an incredible drive to provide great service and an amazing experience for the kids and families she works with.

Frank Keefe

Felix Festa Senior Consultant

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Coach Frank was the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams for 32 years at Yale before retiring in 2010.  During his time at Yale, he earned a Hall of Fame induction and tallied 488 total career coaching wins.  In 2009, Keefe was honored with the ASCA Award of Excellence.

Coach Keefe proved his ability on the international stage as well.  He was the assistant coach for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic team, and head manager of the 1988 Seoul Olympic team.  He also served as the head coach for the U.S. at the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games, and assisted on the 1978 World Championships Team.

Don Galuzzi

Felix Festa - Silver & Gold Coach

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In the 53 years that he has been coaching age group, high school and college swimmers, Don Galluzzi has never felt that he was going to a "job" or "going to work."  That has continued to be the case for Coach Don, now with Condors since 2014, as he has returned to his roots in Metro age group swimming from the days when he co-coached the successful Gotham and GAK teams with his brother and fellow Metro Hall of Fame Honoree, Len Galluzzi.

The most satisfying aspect of Don's time with Condors to date has been working with the group of swimmers that started with him in the Silver group (one of the teams he currently co-coaches) in the spring of 2014, as he continued coaching them moving in to the Gold and later Gold Elite groups during the 2015 & 2016 seasons.  The 2016-2017 season finds these same swimmers continuing their steady development as members of the Condors Senior groups.  They are evidence, in Don's mind, that swimming is a process, and that these  swimmers and their families have bought into this approach toward the values found in the sport of competitive swimming.  The process continues as those swimmers move on towards high school and college swimming, along with USA Swimming at the Metro, Regional and National levels, as that exposure and success is what a Condors Swimming career embraces.

Theo Tomljanovich

Felix Festa - Senior 1 Coach

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Coach Theo is starting his 6th season with the Condors Swim Club.  He will continue to work with the Senior, Senior 1 and Senior Varsity training groups.  Previously, he was the Senior Team coach and National Team assistant coach of Scarlet Aquatics (formerly New Jersey Wave) located in Paramus, NJ.  Prior to Scarlet Aquatics, Theo was an assistant senior and age group coach for the Middies swim team and Head Coach of the Masters swim team at the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester.  In addition, he is also the head coach of the Clarkstown Varsity girls and boys teams during the school year, as well as the West Nyack Swim Club swim team in the summer.  During the past 18 years, Theo has coached swimmers to numerous successes at all age group levels.  Theo was also a varsity member of the University of Maryland College Park Men’s swim team under Coach Jim Wenhold, where he competed at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Jim Martorano

Westchester - Bronze & Silver Coach

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Coach Jim grew up and currently lives in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Previously he worked with the AGUA Swim Team from 2010-2015.  Coach Jim currently works by day for the town of Mt. Pleasant as Recreation Supervisor and is an active board member on the Yorktown Parks & Recreation Commission.  Coach Jim swam and dove in high school and college, captaining both teams.  He earned All-League honors in High School and was a SUNY Athletic Conference finalist in college.  He also earned a Master’s degree in Sports Business Management from Manhattanville College.

Bobby Trenczer

Felix Festa - Silver Coach

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Roger Ridenour

Felix Festa - Gold & Gold Elite Coach

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Coach Roger was the Head Women’s Swimming Coach at the University of Wisconsin for 3 years, where he had a 17-4 record (.810) in the Big Ten and finished in the Top 20 at the NCAA Championships.  Roger was recommended by Doc James Counsilman (Indiana University) to become a full time coach for Bergen Barracudas (1982-2007) in Mahwah, NJ.  He has been involved in New Jersey Swimming for 30 years.  Coach Roger is an ASCA Level 4 coach.  He is a firm believer in John Wooden's (UCLA Basketball Coach) quotation:  "Show me a great coach and I will show you a great teacher!"  As a swimmer, Roger was an Indiana High School State Champion and Record Holder (100 and 200 Free) while earning All-American from Kokomo, Indiana.

Ed Cicalese

Felix Festa - Gold & Sr Varsity Coach

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Coach Ed is a graduate of The College of St. Rose with a B.S., Cum Laude in Music Education.  At the College of St. Rose, Ed was a 4-year member of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team and was named team captain in his Senior year.  He currently works at the Sacred Heart School in Suffern as a Music Teacher.  Previously, Coach Ed has worked as a swim coach for the Capital District Triathlon Club in Albany, NY.  He is also the Head Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for the Town of Ramapo, and previously worked as a swim instructor for Life-Plex in Monsey.

Estee Dilli

Felix Festa - Silver & Gold Coach

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Coach Estee grew up in Colorado, where she got her start in swimming competitively with USA Swimming.  She continued her swimming career as a Division I athlete at University of Vermont, where she graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Neuroscience.  She recently moved to New York to accept a job working for Pfizer in Pearl River, NY but continues to fill her swimming void by helping coach the Silver, Gold and Senior groups.  Previously, Estee has taught private lessons and coached summer league teams while in school in Burlington, VT.

Nevill E Kishinevskiy

Felix Festa - Future, Bronze & JV Coach

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Coach Nevill has been part of Condors since 2005.  He swam for 4 years on the team, and in 2009 began working for Condors as a lifeguard and swim instructor, where he gained a passion for teaching kids how to swim.  He also swam for the Clarkstown Swim Team throughout high school.  In late 2016, Nevill was brought on as an assistant coach for Pre-Team, Future Stars, Bronze and Junior Varsity.  He finds joy in seeing the kids he taught in lessons make their way up through the ranks of the swim team.

Danielle Pesin

Felix Festa - Future, Bronze & JV Coach

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Coach Danielle is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as her Masters Degree in Literacy.  Danielle also works as a Teacher’s Assistant for Rockland BOCES.  Danielle has been an assistant coach at the West Nyack Swim Club for the past 8 years.  It was through coaching summer swim league that she discovered her passion for teaching.  She is also experienced in giving private lessons at the WNSC, and throughout Rockland County.  Previously, Coach Danielle swam for 4 years on the Clarkstown Varsity Team.

Suzanne Francella-Traitz

Felix Festa - Dryland Coach

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Suzanne's burning passion for fitness continues to grow.  She just completed a very intense training in Corrective Exercise Science to become a "CES" through the National Academy Of Sports Medicine (NASM), which is recognized internationally as one of the most highly accredited and well-respected fitness schools.

Suzanne's greatest sense of pride, however, is derived from her incredible love and passion for coaching, and in sharing her breadth of knowledge and experience with her athletes and clients.  She says, "I take great pride in being a positive support system and role model to all of those that I work with, and making such a big difference in their lives is rewarding beyond words.  I am truly blessed to LOVE my work, and with each and every life that I help change and make better, my work loves me back!"

Ray Traitz

Felix Festa - Dryland Coach

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Coach Ray Traitz is a resident of Congers, NY and has been engrossed in personal training and coaching since 1997.  Growing up, Coach Ray participated in several sports--soccer, baseball, track & field.  But!  He had a love for and truly excelled in both wrestling and football, participating in both sports for many years, continuing throughout his college career at the Division II school of Kutztown University in PA.  He is also a competitive CrossFit athlete, and has been since 2007, competing in the CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals from 2009-2013.

Because of his passion for fitness and teaching others, Coach Ray pursued and received his Bachelor of Science in Education, with a minor in Sports Pedagogy; additionally, and even more impressively, Coach Ray holds his Masters in Health & Physical Education from Emporia State University of KS.  Furthermore, and along with the above academic credentials, Coach Ray is also well-seasoned in the field of Sports Psychology.

Board of Directors

J.P. Carlucci

Condors President

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