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Coaches & Directors

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

William Macelveen

Head Coach and Gold Training Group Coach

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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 Dolphins.

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 goals.

 

Sean Ryan

Silver Training Group Coach

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This is 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.
 

Katie Nikolski

Silver Training Group Coach

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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 lifetime.

Katherine Coffin

Senior Training Group Coach

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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 groups. 

Mackenzie Dabo

Bronze Training Group Coach

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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 Dolphin! 

Cris Lemieux

Bronze Training Group Coach

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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 Dolphin Family. 

Dominic Rizzi

Bronze Training Group Coach

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Dominic grew up swimming for the Dolphins. After starting at age 10 because both his brothers were involved, he swam competively for both the Dolphins and his High School Swim Team, Wappingers Pirates for all 4 years, achieving captain his senior year.
 
After graduating high school, he stopped swimming competitively but never lost her s love for the sport, continuing to lifeguard at Vassar College, swim laps whenever possible. He graduated college at SUNY Oswego with a double bachelor's in Broadcasting and Cinema.
 
He currently works at Video Caption Editing in Stanfordville as a caption editor and has held several different lifeguarding and positions of leadership over the years.

Jeff Coffin

Coach

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Jeff began 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.

Jeff 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.

Don Thomas

Coach

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Coach Don started swimming when he was 6 years old for a highly competitive age group team called the St. Mary's Whalemen.  Throughout his club swim career, he was consistently an age group leader and he was a JO level qualifier for his team.  He continued swimming all the way into college; specializing in short distance freestyle events, 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke. 

 Once out of college, he stopped swimming competitively but never lost his love for the sport.  He has been part of the Dolphins coaching staff for the past thirteen years, six of them as head coach of the team.  He started swimming again about six years ago for a Masters program three times per week, and competes.
 

Clara Baker

Intro/Bronze Training Group Coach

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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.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Horgan

President & Communications

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William Macelveen

Head/Gold Coach

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Pete Nikolski

Interim Treasurer

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Amber Boyle

Treasurer

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Adrienne Tirch

Secretary & Registration

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Michael Flynn

Dir. of Community Relations

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Andrea Jarvis

Meet Coordinator

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Mackenzie Dabo

Coach Rep

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Millieann Luzzi

Apparel Coordinator

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