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John Yearwood

Head Coach

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John Yearwood is entering his 5th year as the Middies Head Coach. He was the 2017 Westchester County Swim Conference Coach of the Year.
 
Since taking over, Middies Swimmers have qualified for and competed at Senior Zones, YWCA Nationals, Age Group Zones, Junior Olympics. The 2016-2017 saw the team's first Junior National Qualifier and Eastern Zone Champion in more than 10 years. Swimmers have consistently placed in the Metro Top 25 and participation in championship meets have risen.
 
He joined the Middies after serving as the Head Coach of the Sailfish Swim Team at the YMCA New Rochelle where, under his leadership, the team grew from 30 to 130 swimmers.  Prior to his tenure as Head Coach, John worked for five years as the Age-Group Coach for the Sailfish Team. He also has experience as a coach at the College of Mount St. Vincent, the Ethical Cultural Fieldston School and the New York Athletic Club.  John’s leadership has lead to successful regional and national team competitions.  John has coached swimmers ranked as high as Top-10 in the nation, produced numerous YMCA National competitors and has coached many YMCA State Champions. Coach John is a patient and enthusiastic coach. You will often find him on the pool deck carrying on as if he is one of the youngest swimmers in the pool. His approach and patience with the kids have been an integral part of his team’s growth and success in the past.
 
John holds certifications in Lifeguarding (ARC), CPR and First Aid (ARC), Responding to Emergencies (ARC), Water Safety Instructor (ARC), Certified Pool Operator (YMCA), YMCA Principles of Competitive Swimming and Diving (YMCA), American Swim Coaches Association.
 
John is also the Age Group Chair, Coaches Rep and Diversity Chair for Metropolitan Swimming

Edinson Rodriguez

Assistant Coach

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Edinson Rodriguez is currently the Aquatics Manager of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. He has been working in the aquatics department since 2003. In 2005, he began working with the Middies Swim Team, where he has worked mainly with the Bronze and Silver groups. Outside of the YWCA, Edinson has worked at the Pelham Country Club as the Swim Lesson Camp Director. Edinson is a graduate of Purchase College with a major in Language and Culture and a minor in Latin American Studies. Edinson doesn’t see teaching swimming as just a job; he sees it as lifetime career.

Jenn Cotter

Assistant Coach

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Jennifer Cotter joined the YWCA staff as a Middies coach and swim instructor in 2008. Jenn has spent many years helping mold future Middies swimmers within the aquatics department, having taught every level of swim lessons on the recreational side. With Middies, Jenn has primarily worked with the Silver and Bronze squads helping produce some 8&under champions and many Junior Olympic qualifiers. 

Outside of the Middies, Jennifer is a teacher who recently graduated with her Masters in Special Education from Concordia College and will be beginning her career in the Edgemont School District this year.    

Cosme Carmona

Assistant Coach

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Coach Cosme comes to the Middies with over 20 years of aquatics experience, having taught lessons the YMCA, White Plains Parks and Rec and the Theodore D Young Community Center. On the coaching side, Coach Cosme has spent the last 6 years coaching at the Fairview Aqautics Swim Team. At FAST, Cosme worked with the Senior and Junior squads, having helped develop many Junior Olympic and Zone qualifiers. Coach Cosme was also the head coach of the White Plains Modified swim team from 2014-2015. Cosme has also coached and been acitve part of developing athletes who have competed in the Special Olympics

Outside of Aquatics, Cosme works at the Y apart of the Special Programs, providing one on one afterschool care. Cosme has a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Leisure and Management

Filmar Arevalo

Assistant Coach

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Inga DeNunzio

Assistant Coach

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Inga made her return to the Middies in the Winter of 2015. Coach Inga has over 20yrs of experience in the aquatic realm. For the last 10 years, she's served as the Head Coach at Scarsdale Town Pool in the summer. Inga is also the Assistant Coach at Ardsley High School for the Girls and Scarsdale High Scholl for the Boys. She's also a former coach at Empire Swimming.

Outside of the pool, Inga is a  USAW Olympic weightlifting coach and former athlete. She's an American Record Holder. Inga is also a strength and conditioning coach to
professional, semi pro, amateur and high school athletes throughout the Westchester and will be taking over the dryland coaching responsibilities for the team.

We are excited to have Coach Inga back with the Middies

Dorothy Klein

Assistant Coach

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This is Dots 2nd year at Middies. She came to the team with over 20 years of aquatic experience, including overseeing the Harrison Recreation Department’s aquatic programs.  Previously, she coached the Harrison winter swim team and is the Head Coach for the summer swim program in Harrison, a team she started in 2008.  Dot received the 2017 Westchester County Swim Conference Coach of the Year Award.  

Besides coaching at Middies, Dot works for the Harrison Recreation Department and is an American Red Cross Instructor, certified in Lifeguarding, CPR First Aid, AED, RTE, and Water Safety Instructor (WSI).

Dot is also the board secretary for the Westchester County Swim Association.

In addition, Dot serves as board secretary of the Westchester County Swim Association and a coaches’ representative for the Westchester County Swim Conference.

Laila Ouldibbat

Assistant Coach

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Laila Ouldibbat is entering her second season as a coach with the Middies.

Laila began swimming at the age of of 4 and swam competitively as a member of the New Rochelle Sailfish where she was a multiple time YMCA State Qualifier. She was former team record holder and was named team captain her senior year. As a member of the Eastchester High School swim team, she was also a team captain and former Sectional qualifier.

Laila is a 2016 Graduate from Drexel University where she was a member of their club team. She's looking forward to another year with the Middies and will primarily be working with the Bronze/Junior squads.

Outside of the Middies, Laila is a Neonatal Registered Dietitian at Westchester Medical Center.

Zachary M Eller

Assistant Coach

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Coach Zach is entering his second season as coach with the Middies

 

Zachary began swimming competitively on the Riptides of White Plains YMCA. While at White Plains High School he served as a team captain, attended states twice, and set multiple records for the team. As a member of the Riptides, Zachary made multiple YMCA state appearances and contributed both individually and as part of a relay to the first team the Riptides sent to YMCA nationals. As a member of the Condors swim club he contributed to the team success in meets and attended Speedo sectional meets. 

Zachary is a 2014 Loyola University graduate where he was a 4 year member of the varsity team. He has completed a Master's Degree at SUNY Binghamton where he was a volunteer assistant coach for the varsity team. 

 

Meghan Barry

Assistant Coach

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Meghan Barry is entering her first year coaching with the Middies. 


Meghan began her swimming career with the Middies when she was six years old and finished as a member of Empire.  Meghan also swam for White Plains High School, was a sectional qualifier and was the team captain in her senior year.  Meghan swam and dove collegiately at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York where she earned her Bachelors Degree.  In college, Meghan was a distance freestyler and a  backstroker.  Meghan was named the Distinguished Athlete for Hartwick Swimming and Diving in the 2014-15 season and was presented the All Hartwick Award her senior season.


In the summer, Meghan has been the Head Coach of Westchester Hills Golf Club


Meghan is a Special Education teacher in the Bronx and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Special Education at Pace University in New York City.