Coach Billy grew up swimming>th grade, 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. Since 2012, he also has been coaching the Silver Training Group with the Dolphins with Coach Katie Nikolski.
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.
Associate Head/Bronze 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 Dolphin!
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.
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.
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.
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>
Kelly Rose Ruf
Coach Kelly has been swimming competitively since she was 8 years old and has never lost the love for the sport. She swam club>