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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. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jeffrey Ely

Head Coach

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Coach Ely swam for the McDonogh School in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Retriever Aquatic Club during his high school career, specializing in the butterfly and backstroke events. He was a JO champion, and competed at Zones and Junior Nationals. Coach Ely then moved on to swim in college at Syracuse University, where he finaled at Big East Championships. During the summers, he began coaching a summer league team, which sparked his interest in coaching. Coach Ely started as a Special Education teacher in the Three Village school district in 1999, and is entering his 19th year in the district. Coach Ely started the JV (middle school) swimming program at Ward Melville, and then moved to also serve as an assistant coach for both the girl's and boy's varsity swim teams. Coach Ely then began coaching at North Shore Swim Club, where he served as head coach John DeMarie's assistant before taking over as head coach in 2008. When North Shore closed it's doors in the summer of 2012 due to SBU's closing of the pool, Coach Ely was hired by Sachem Swim Club to oversee their Junior and Advanced groups. In the spring of 2013, Coach Ely was named head coach of Sachem Swim Club, and is now entering his 5th full year as head coach of the club. During his tenure as a head coach in USA Swimming, Coach Ely has coached many JO, Zones, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals level swimmers.

Malori Steinhauer

Assistant Head Coach

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As an age group swimmer Coach Malori competed as part of the North Shore Swim Club and on the Ward Melville Varsity Swim Team. After graduating high school she went on to swim at Salisbury University specializing in breaststroke and IM events. Coach Malori began her coaching career at North Shore, working primarily with Novice and Development level swimmers. As part of the Sachem Swim Club Coach Malori has worked with the Junior and Senior Level athletes. While serving as the Assistant Head Coach she worked with many County, JO, Zone, Sectional and Junior National Level swimmers. Coach Malori looks forward to another successful year with a great group of motivated athletes and coaches!

Allison Cotes

Junior Head Coach

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Coach Allison has been coaching for 12 years. She started her coaching career at Three Village Swim Club where she worked with the novice and junior swimmers, becoming the lead Junior 1 coach. Allison swam for TVSC in elementary school and continued through her senior year of high school. She attended Saint Francis University where she earned a BS and certifications in Elementary and Special Education. Allison earned her master’s in Literacy at Dowling College. Coach Allison is currently teaching at a parochial school in Port Jefferson. She is looking forward to a new season of fun and fast swimming!

Mary Fleckenstein

Novice Head Coach

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Coach Mary Fleckenstein has been coaching for over 30 years.  She started her career in Salisbury, Maryland as an assistant coach, moving up to head coach.  When her family moved to North East, Maryland, she became head coach of the Y team there.  When the last move took her to Long Island, she began coaching on North Shore Swim Club, eventually taking the head coaching position at Hauppauge, where she coached for 2.5 years.  After leaving Hauppauge, she joined Three Village Swim Club, where she coached for 13 years.  She has coached many zone, sectional and national swimmers along the way. Mary swam as an age group swimmer, high school and then in college.  In addition to coaching at Sachem, she coaches Seawolves Masters, Port Jefferson/Miller Place independent swimmers and is the Section 11 independent coordinator.  Mary is the permanent office/registrar for Metropolitan Swimming.  She is looking forward to her continued adventures at Sachem.

Jessica Peters

Developmental Head Coach / Beginner Plus

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Coach Jess swam for the Holyoke YMCA Vikings in her hometown of Holyoke, Massachusetts. She specialized in Breaststroke and IM events, where she qualified for the Y National Team. She was recruited by Stony Brook University and currently holds the school record in the 100 yard breaststroke. After the passing of her college coach, David Alexander, Coach Jess was inspired to reconnect with the sport and found herself at home with Sachem Swim Club. Coach Jess has worked with our Junior, Novice and Beginner Group and now leads the Developmental program where she hopes to inspire and lead future youths of the club!

Lorraine M Diehl

Beginner Head Coach / Asst. Coach

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Coach Rainey has been an active member on the Sachem Swim Club for for over 10 years both as a swimmer and a coach. Coach Rainey works with groups from Beginner to Juniors and enjoys coaching at all levels! As a swimmer, she swam through elementary school to high school and college. Unfortunately, Coach Rainey wasn't able to compete as much due to a shoulder injury but with the support of all her coaches and teammates she was able to compete for four years of high school varsity. She swam for Sachem North Varsity team becoming Captain the last two years. Coach Rainey attends St. Joseph's and will graduate in Spring 2018 with her BA in Child Study and Speech Communications and hopes to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2018. She continued her swimming career at St. Joseph's where she competed in distance freestyle events and participated in the Skyline Conference. Coach Rainey has always loved swimming and coaching for Sachem and hopes to be here for many years to come!

Albert Scott

Assistant Coach

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Mr. Scott, as he prefers his swimmers to call him, has been involved with AAU and USA Swimming for 42 plus years. He was the President of the Three Village Swim Club for 8 years. During that time, he helped coach at times. He became a coach at Sachem Swim Club. He left Sachem and went to the Stony Brook Swim Club. When Stony Brook School closed their pool, Mr. Scott joined North Shore Swimming for 18 years, the last 7 as Co-Head Coach. He was selected as Person of the Year in Sports in 1999 by the Three Village Times newspaper. His high school career started with 9 years at the Academy of St. Josephs, winning Coach of the Year twice. He has been the Sachem North Girls Varsity Swim Coach for 17 years and the Boys Asst. Swim and Diving Coach for 13 years. He has volunteered coaching the JV team at North for 3 years. During his coaching career he has coached an Olympic Trial swimmer, many State Champions and All State Swimmers. Mr. Scott is willing to help any swimmer that needs help. He is most proud of his swimmers that have gone on to college and made careers, and now he is coaching some of their children.  His hope is to keep coaching until he does their children.

Robert Todd

Assistant Coach

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Coach Rob went to Northport HS where his athletic career consisted of being cut from baseball twice and throwing the shot put. After graduating from Binghamton University, Rob started working at Brookhaven National Lab where he is currently a Mechanical Engineer. After college, Rob participated in a variety of activities including competitive track. To recover from injuries, Rob started swimming at the age of 40, and soon after started training with CW Post and BNL Masters. Without a real coach, Rob learned the strokes by reading books, watching video and going to NCAA and USA swimming meets to watch. With the excitement of improvement, Rob made swimming his primary sport and has loved the technical aspects of swimming ever since. Rob paid attention in his college fluid dynamics class and recognized that reducing drag is more important than generating force and loves helping swimmers understand this and learn proper technique. Coach Scott gave Rob a chance to coach at SSC in 2010 and has been with our club ever since.

Steven Hourigan

Assistant Coach

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Coach Steven Hourigan went to Ward Melville High School where he swam all four years on varsity, and served as his teams captain his senior year. He also swam for Coach Ely on North Shore Swim Club. Coach Steven graduated from SUNY Oneonta where he was a member of the swim team. Coach Steven specialized in the butterfly events having placed all 4 years at the SUNYAC Conference Championships. He is excited to be returning for his 5th year with the Sachem Swim Club. 

Michael J Newell

Assistant Coach

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Coach Mike started swimming for North Shore Swim Club when he was 10 years old. He swam on North Shore until he graduated from high school in 2012. While swimming on North shore he qualified for Junior Olympics, Zone Quals, The Empire State Games and Senior Mets. After high school he went on to swim at SUNY Oneonta where he specialized in distance freestyle and breaststroke. He competed in the SUNYAC Championships meet 3 of his 4 years at SUNY Oneonta and placed top 16 in the conference each year. He began coaching with us in March of this year because he wanted to stay involved in the sport.

Timothy P Souza

Assistant Coach

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Coach Tim Souza is a former swimmer from Boston, MA. He is on Long Island attending Stony Brook University as a sophomore, where he is studying health sciences with a focus in pre-med. Coach Tim was a swimmer and starting out at an early age, all the way through high school until a shoulder injury took him out of competition. He has placed multiple times at various State meets, New England championships, and Eastern Zone Meets. In addition, Coach Tim has also participated in numerous triathlons and open water swims. His love for the sport of swimming is what has kept him involved, even when competing was not an option. This is his fourth year coaching, and his second season with Sachem Swim Club.

Kimberly A Ferraris

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kim has been an active member of Sachem Swim Club since 2012. Her daughter joined the team after North Shore Swim Club closed. In the spring of 2013 Kim was appointed as Club Liaison on the Sachem Swim Club Board. She enjoyed her time on the board but wanted to be more involved. In the summer of 2016 she took the necessary courses to become a USA Swimming Coach. In the spring of 2017 we had her intern for the club. She worked with all of the groups each week. Coach Kim was an age group swimmer from age 8-13. She was invited to the Empire State Games. After a very long hiatus she returned to swimming. She is a competitive swimmer for Seawolves Masters. She also enjoys open water swimming. She is very excited to be a part of the coaching staff this season!

Board of Directors

Michele Lee

President

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Eric Fisher

Vice President

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Allen G Wone

Treasurer

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Steven Nasta

Registrar

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Kim Varrichio

Club Liaison

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Christine Golden

Parent Liaison

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Jennifer Tanner

Secretary

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