Head Coach and Gold Training Group Coach
Coach Billy grew up swimming. He swam the
Poughkeepsie High School varsity swim team and continued through
his senior year in which he was team captain. After graduating high
school, he attended Hartwick College and swam there for 4 years,
earning the role as captain his junior and senior years. As
team captain, he helped lead the team to multiple national top 26
rankings for division 3 schools and was honored as the Empire 8
sportsman of the year.
Since returning home after college
graduation, Billy has coached the Our Lady of Lourdes boys and
girls varsity swim teams. He has been named Poughkeepsie
Journal’s “Coach of the Year” for the past three
years. He is the coach of the Gold Training Group with the
Billy is an elementary school teacher in
the Wappingers School District and has held aquatics managerial
positions at several lakes throughout Dutchess County. His
passion is working with families and children to set and achieve
Silver Training Group Coach
Coach Sean Ryan's seventh year as a Dolphins Coach. He is a
10 year ESSL and US
level swimmer with the Dolphins Swim Club. Sean's scholastic
swimming career includes four years at the high school varsity
level culminating with the co-captain position in his junior and
senior years. Sean was the recipient of the Coach's Award and
was named high school Divisional level All-League Swimmer.
Sean swam butterfly for NCAA Division III Hartwick College.
Silver Training Group Coach
Coach Katie has been associated with the
Dolphins for over 25 years. She started as an age group
swimmer and has now been coaching with the team for over 10 years.
All the while, Katie has continued swimming with a local
masters team and now is administrator/coach/swimmer of our
new Dolphins Masters program. Over the years Katie has
coached and been involved with all groups on the club team,
although her main focus is the Silver group.
Coach Katie believes that swimming is a
sport for all; no matter age or ability. She strives to
encourage every swimmer to reach their highest potential and
instill a love of the sport that will last a
Iron & Steel Training Group Coach
Coach Kate learned how to swim at the age
of 4. She started swimming with Dolphins in 4th grade, and
continued through her senior year of high school, competing in both
ESSL and US meets. She competed as a Division 1 rower for the
University at Buffalo, earning a bronze medal at the IRA
championships in 2012. During summers throughout college, she
continued to swim recreationally, became WSI certified, and taught
swim lessons to ages 3-15 both privately and at Red Wing Park. Kate
has been a certified lifeguard for 10 years, including guarding
Dolphins practices since 2016. In 2017 she started workin with the
Intro and Bronze groups, and is now working with the Seniors
Bronze Training Group Coach
Coach Mackenzie has been swimming for
longer than she can remember! She swam for many years with
Millbrook Swim Team and a few years with Dutchess Devilfish, as
well as all four years with the Arlington High School swim team
before swimming for her college, Susquehanna University. She has
been teaching lessons and coaching since her college days, and has
been coaching locally for the past ten years. This is her seventh
season with the Dolphins.
Coach Mackenzie really believes that
swimming is a sport for everyone and is so happy to watch the kids
she taught in lessons now swimming competitively. Her
daughter is also swimming in her seventh season as a
Bronze Training Group Coach
Coach Cris started swimming in 8th grade,
and was hooked from the first practice, continuing on to swim for
the State University at New Paltz, as team captain setting records
in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 breast stroke in HS and college.
As a coach, she continues to be inspired by the memories of
her high school coach, “I saw how children can be pushed to
reach their goals at all levels when you put your heart into every
swim of every child whether beginner or advanced athlete. I
was touched by her youthful spirit and relentless support and
continue to use her to inspire me.” At SUNY New Paltz,
she helped develop the women’s program in the early stages to
what it is today, from 8 women to over 20 in two years. She
is entering her fourth year with the Dolphins’ team and has
certainly found her swim family here! She teaches
private swim lessons and comes alive when she sees a swimmer tackle
the unknown and go from land to water for the first time.
On a personal note: she has loved
to compete in triathlons and is currently training for her
fourth Disney Half Marathon this November in support of
Sparrow's Nest; as a mom to 5, she believes that we all need
balance and can be great athletes while balancing other interests,
school work and most importantly, family life. She and her
children look forward to another year of being a part of the
swimming competitively when he was 9 years old, starting with
summer leagues and ESSL teams, before settling in to the newly
formed Marist Swim Club (now known as Red Fox Aquatics Club).
In high school Jeff also swam for Arlington High School where he
was elected captain in his senior year. While he stopped
competing after high school, Jeff continued recreational lap
swimming for exercise as well as enjoying open water swims whenever
possible. He more recently returned to competing in an
occasional Masters meet and sprint triathlons.
became associated with the Dolphins as a parent when his oldest son
starting swimming 17 years ago. Soon all four of his
children were swimming with the Dolphins, and Jeff moved from the
bleachers to the pool deck 11 years ago. He has coached all
levels with the Dolphins, and has also been an assistant coach with
Our Lady of Lourdes High School for both the boys and girls
teams. The Dolphins swimming family has been such a positive
and energizing part of his life that he has continued coaching
after his kids aged out of the team. Jeff enjoys seeing
Dolphins swimmers progress and grow, in swimming and in life
skills, and considers it a privilege to make a small contribution
to their success.
Intro/Bronze Training Group Coach
Coach Clara has been swimming competitively
since she was 9 years old, where she quickly developed a love for
the water. She swam with Freedom Lake Rockers, Millbrook and
Arlington HS (Captain) Teams. At States, she swam the 200 medley
relay all 4 years of HS, and the 100 butterfly as a junior and
senior. Personal Best: 4th individually and
2nd with her relay. She also rowed crew all four years
of high school.
Coach Clara just graduated from Ursinus
College with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise
Physiology, with a minor in Creative Writing and Human Performance.
With the swim team, she went to DIII Nationals all four years
(Captain Senior Year). She is currently the most decorated swimmer
in Ursinus history, with 12 All-American honors and with top 16
finishes at the National meet for 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200
& 400 medley relay, and 200 & 400 free relay.
Personal best: placed 6th in the 100 butterfly and
8th in the 200 free relay.
Clara hopes to become a Physician
Assistant, where she can help people and keep them healthy.
Swimming has led her down this path of love for exercise and
health. She is excited to start her first year as a Bronze/Intro
coach, where she can spread her enthusiasm and love for the sport
with the next generation of swimmers.