Empire Partners
Empire Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches at coach@empireswimming.com. For all questions related to administrative, such as team fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact the team office at (914) 949-2342.


Ilan Noach

Head Coach


Facility:      Ardsley Middle School
Group:        Xtreme


Head Coach Ilan Noach brings nearly 30 years of competitive coaching experience to Empire Swimming.  Prior to starting Empire, he was head coach of Middies Swimming for twenty-three years.

 Ilan has coached swimmers to numerous successes at all age-group levels; County Champions, Metropolitan Junior Olympic Champions, Eastern Zone Champions, YWCA National Champions, New York State High School Champions, High School All-Americans, Empire State Game Gold Medalists, NAG Top 16 individual and NAG Top 10 Rankings (including several #1 rankings), Region I Finalists and Champions, Junior National Finalists and Champions, Senior National Qualifiers, Olympic Festival Participants and Olympic Trial Qualifiers. In 2004, Ilan coached his first Olympic Games Qualifier. He attended the Olympics in Athens as a member of the Philippines coaching staff.  Ilan's achievements and his reputation of success have been nationally recognized by his twice being chosen as the ASCA Metropolitan Age-Group Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989. He has achieved level 5, the highest achievement, in ASCA as both a senior and age-group coach.  United States Swimming has recognized Ilan's success and achievements by appointing him the head coach of National Zone Distance Camps and National Select Camps, and by inviting him to the Olympic Development Camps.

Cheryl A Blenk

Xtreme Coach


A former club swimmer and avid triathlete, Cheryl is a strength and conditioning expert who brings to our Xtreme team her wealth of experience training professional and collegiate athletes, as well as scholastic athletes for over 20 years. Cheryl presently competes on the triathlon circuit, and is a Certified Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach, as well as a New York State EMT.

Mike W Ruggiero

Head Age Group Coach


Facility:      The Hackley School
Group:        Rockets/Lightning/Xcel

Coach Mike Ruggiero is our Head Age Group Coach, overseeing our Rocket, Lightning and Xcel Teams.  Mike began his coaching career in 1991 when he joined the staff of the YWCA Middies, and has been working with athletes at every level from age group through senior team over the past 23 years.  As both an experienced coach and elementary school teacher, Mike brings a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to the pool deck as both an educator, and as a swim coach.  

Mike is an elementary school teacher in the Bedford Central School District, where he has been teaching since 1994. He lives in Mount Kisco with his wife Denise and two children, Joseph and Julia.

Craig A McClintock

Lead Coach, Masters Lightning & Rockets


Facility:      The Masters School
Groups:      Masters Lightning, Rockets, Swim School


Craig started his swimming career as a summer swimmer at Westwood, and a club swimmer at Middies Swim Team, and moved on to Pace University Swim Team where he graduated with six team records!  Craig has also been Assistant Coach at Westwood Swim & Tennis Club, American Yacht Club, and Assistant Pool Manager at Bedford Golf & Tennis. Craig is the lead coach at our new Masters School facility, working with both our Lightning and Rocket groups, as well as in our Swim School programs

Lara A Holzman

Lightning Coach, Masters School


Lara swam competitively in the 1980's-1990's for Gotham Aqua Kings in Manhattan. In high school, she was a Prep School All-American in the 100 breaststroke and a Junior National finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She went on to swim four years at Brown University, which won both the Ivy and the Eastern Seaboard championships for three consecutive years.

Jeremy E Storm

Hackley Rocket, Lightning and Xcel Coach


Facility:     The Hackley School
Groups:      Hackley Rockets, Lightning, Xcel

Jeremy swam at White Plains High School and all four years of his college career at SUNY Maritime. He comes to us with a broad base of experience as a lifeguard, a swim instructor, an Ironman Indoor Triathlon Director, and as the head coach of a USA swim team. We are thrilled to have him coaching our Hackley Rockets, Lightning and Xcel teams!

Kristen M Norrgard

Masters Rockets & Lightning Coach


Facility:      The Masters School
Groups:      Masters Lightning, Rockets, Swim School


Kristen brings both personal experience as a club swimmer with Middies swim team and Empire swim team, and professional experience as a swim instructor for the past three years at Empire Swim School, and as the assistant swim coach at Bronxville Field Club.