Coaches and Email Contacts

Marc Solomon

Marc Solomon started his swimming as a child at the Newton Corner YMCA in 1956. He swam YMCA, Boy's Club, New England Prep School, and College Swimming. He was also a member of the 1969 National Champion Phillips 66 Long Beach Aquatic Club as well as Co-Captain of the undefeated 1972 Johns Hopkins Team. He has over half a century of involvement in swimming. His B.A. is from Johns Hopkins University and he has a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He has practiced law on Cape Cod, and  taught High School History. He became the head coach of the Cape Cod Swim Club in 1972 when the club was training at  The Otis Air Force Base. When the Otis Pool closed he became head coach of the Nashville Swim Club and the Hamilton, Ontario, Aquatic Club. He started the  CCSC for the second time at the Mass Maritime Academy in 1978. He has coached his swimmers in Canadian and American Olympic Trials and has twice received the Award of Excellence from United States Swimming.

Sarah Hawley
Office Manager

The Cape Cod Swim Club's Full Time manager, Sarah Hawley, has been with the club since 1994 when her children joined the competitive swimming program.  Sarah graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics/Psychology.  Daughter Kate is a CCSC record holder and was a Jr. National Qualifier who went on to become Captain of her Univ. of Rhode Island team. Daughter Claire is a CCSC record holder and was a National Qualifier who was ranked #1 in New England in multiple events.  Claire went on to captain the Penn State team, competed at the Olympic Trials and was also a member of the 2007 USA National Team that competed at World Open Water Championships held in Naples, Italy.  Sarah's dual perspective of swim parent and club administrator helps round out the CCSC's professional and experienced staff.

Ron Zuwallack
Head Coach

Ron Zuwallack has been coaching with the CCSC since 1992 and was named the club’s head coach in 2007. He coaches several of our groups including the National group, the Senior group, and AG3, AG4, and AG5 groups. He also assists with the Junior group. In 2012 and 2014, he was named the New England Age Group Coach of the Year.

As a swimmer, Ron joined the CCSC in 1983, swam for Coach Marc, and developed into a National qualifier. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he swam four years.

Kenna Melkonian
Juniors Coach

Kenna Melkonian, a recent addition to our coaching staff, swam for Cape Cod Swim Club for 10 years, during which she was recognized by USA Swimming as a Scholastic All American for the 2012-2013 season. Additionally, she is the current open record holder of the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke. Kenna continued her swimming career as a member of the Division I Swimming & Diving program at The University of Rhode Island where she was elected captain her senior year. She graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.

Mark Waters

Cape Cod YMCA Coach

Mark began swimming competitively in High-school for Hebron Academy in Maine before joining the Division I, University of Massachusetts swim team as a distance swimmer. In his senior year Mark, was top six in New England in several events and was part of the New England Championship Squad. Mark holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Fordham University. He has been an assistant coach working with The George School Aquatics Program and was head age group coach for Central Bucks YMCA Dolphins before joining CCSC.

Bridey Lacouture
Assistant Coach

Bridey was born and raised on Cape Cod. She and her two younger sisters joined the Cape Cod Swim Club in 1994, and she trained with both Coach Marc and Coach Ron. In addition to training with the CCSC, Bridey swam for the Barnstable High School team and was a captain both junior and senior year. She went on to swim at Hartwick College and graduated with a Bachelors' degree in Psychology. Prior to starting her family, Bridey coached all levels of swimmers at the Cape Cod YMCA. Now, she is back at CCSC as a coach and a parent of a young swimmer.


Joe Smith
Stroke Coach Juniors & Masters Coach

Joe Smith came to CCSC in the fall of 1997 and coached the Sandwich program. He left the team in 2001 when began as an ESP at Sandwich HS. He is the head coach of the CCSC summer camps where he started in 1998. Before coming to Cape Cod, Joe coached the Herndon HS Swim Team for 23 years. He also coached with the Solotar swim club as their developmental and age group coach for 16 years. In 1991 Joe started the Herndon Commanders Swim Team and remained there until 1997.  In 2014, Joe was honored by being inducted into the Herndon Hall of Fame.

Joe graduated from Youngstown University in 1963 with a BA in Biology. In 1972 he earned a Masters Degree in teaching science from Virginia State College. Joe is a level 4 ASCA coach.

Bill Tyler
Brewster Coach

Coach Bill Tyler was a teacher and Coach at Deerfield Academy. For the last years of his career there he was Admissions Director and Women's swimming Coach.  He had a summer home in Dennis and began a swim school over 30 years ago in a pool he built in his backyard. Coach Tyler was a Navy Seal and a 1952 graduate of Tufts University. After he "retired" to his Dennis home full time, Bill became the Coach of our Brewster group over 12 years ago. Coach Bill is well loved by his swimmers and an inspiring figure on deck.

Adrienne Fontes
LTS Lead Instructor/Coach

Coach Adrienne was a swimmer with the CCSC in the 1980’s.  It was in the late ‘80’s that she began working as an assistant coach to Marilyn Swain, the creator of the club’s Learn-to-Swim program.  For college, Coach Adrienne attended Assumption College and joined the crew team which she co-captained as a senior.   She majored in Sociology, minored in Anthropology and had a concentration in Elementary Education.  Coach Adrienne began her career as a classroom teacher in Dallas, TX where she taught ESL to fourth and fifth graders for 7 years.  In 2001 she returned to Massachusetts and to coaching at the Cape Cod Swim Club.  She has worked with pre-k through fifth grades in the Wareham Public Schools and currently teaches Fitness to the kindergarten through sixth graders at Bridgeview Montessori School.

Cholace Lussier
Masters Coach

Cholace Lussier has been a coach and teacher in the CCSC at every level since 1983.  When she joined the Club, her daughters, Denise and Becky, became competitive swimmers and Cholace began helping out. She has a background in aquatics and developed her competitive knowledge by assisting for over 25 years in all of our programs from learn-to-swim to competitive swimming. She presently assists with the Junior and Senior Groups in our program and coaches the Masters Group.

Susie Perry
LTS Instructor/Coach

Susie Perry is in her tenth year as a coach with Cape Cod Swim Club.  She coaches weekend Flounder and Mackerel groups, as well as Atria LTS. Prior to Cape Cod Swim Club, Susie taught at the West Barnstable YMCA for 14 years. She also swam competitively in high school. She is an avid Masters' swimmer and trains with Cape Cod Masters.

A graduate of the University of Akron, Susie has a degree in Communication Mass Media, and is a freelance graphic designer.

Rhiannon White
AG 1,2,3 Coach

Rhiannon was born and raised in Falmouth. She began swimming for the LTS program at Cape Cod Swim Club in 1999. She was coached by Ron Zuwallack for most of her ten years with the club. In 2009 she moved on to Bridgewater State University where she was Captain of the Swim and Dive team for two of her four years. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design in 2013. She is currently working as a Graphic Artist at Cape Cod Sportswear. Her swim coaching credentials include two years as an assistant swim teacher at Stoney Beach, Woods Hole and two years as head swim instructor for Menauhant Yacht Club. She is now Assistant Coach for the Junior 1 and 2 groups.

Laura Howard
Assistant Coach

Laura swam for CCSC during the 90’s. She went on teach as a lifeguard at local town beaches.  During college she taught private lessons in Keene, NH. Most recently Laura started her own private swim school in Mashpee where she instructs private swimming lessons as well as group swim clinics. Swimming has been part of Laura’s life for many decades!

Koren Pierce
LTS Instructor/Coach

Koren Pierce has been teaching LTS in the CCSC for over 7 years. Koren was an outstanding age grouper in the CCSC and began her swimming career in the 1980s. She still holds one 11-12 age group CCSC record as of this writing.

Koren began assisting when her sister, Adrienne, took over the LTS program. She has two children, Chase and Camryn.

Martha Peterson
LTS Instructor/Coach

Martha Peterson has over 30 years of experience teaching aquatics and Coaching.  She has a degree in Environmental/Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Martha coaches in our Learn-to-swim program at both Atria and MMA.  Martha, now working in Woods Hole, has been a YMCA Aquatics Director for many years and is a Masters’ Swimmer herself.

Mary Nielsen
LTS Instructor

LTS Instructor Mary Nielsen is a graduate of Framingham State College and Lesley University with a Master of Education degree. She is the former Beach Director for the Town of Framingham and the first woman to hold that postion. She was the Assistant coach of Framingham North High Girls Swimming Team. On Cape Cod she is the Pool Director at the Yachtsman Condo Pool in Hyannis. She also serves as the certified Swim Coaches Safety Trainer for the Red Cross, providing safety training for swim coaches in the region, as well as our own club.

Jeff Handler
Personal Trainer

Certifications: CPT

Jeff holds a degree in Excercise Science and has several advanced health and fitness certifications.  With over 20 years of experience creating programs for clients to achieve their fitness goals, Jeff is one of the most sought after trainers in the country.  He has been featured on CBS Sports, Men's Health and he lectures internationally to trainers on the topics of weight loss, sport-specific conditioning, youth fitness and post rehab training.  Jeff trains athletes from every major professional sport and worked on the PGA Tour with 2003 Masters Champ Mike Weir. 



Cathy Olson
LTS Instructor

Cathy swam on a summer swim team in Arlington, VA as a child.  She earned her BA in French with a minor in History at Connecticut College where she swam for a year.  Cathy received her Masters in Elementary Education from Marymount University and taught in Fairfax, VA for 8 years.  She is currently certified to teach grades 1-6 in Massachusetts.  She is a busy mother of four children.  Her daughter swims with the Junior group, and Cathy swims with the Masters.

Bonnie Gummow
Assistant Coach

Bonnie Gummow is a new member of our coaching team. She was a swimmer for us during her high school years in Coach Ron's Gold group, her best events being the 50yd and 100yd freestyle. She is now a certified fitness instructor who teaches a number of group exercise classes at Get Fit. studio in North Falmouth. She also received her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and works as a full time nurse at Falmouth Hospital. Given her busy schedule she is only with us as much as she can, working every other Wednesday with J1 and J2 on dryland and filling in other places when she can. Bonnie hopes to be able to give more time someday when her schedule slows down.



Emilee Tholke
LTS Coach

My love of swimming started when I was a child taking lessons though the Brockton Community Schools Learn to Swim Program. I went on to swim competitive for Brockton High; my events were the 50 and 100 yd freestyle and I was the captain my senior year. I started teaching swimming lessons as a teenager and continued to teach throughout college. Most of my swim teaching career was with the Easton YMCA. I also coached a small swim team and taught lifeguard training for the YMCA. In 2008 I graduated from UMass Darmouth with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Currently,  I work in Woods Hole as a Fisheries Biologist for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. I am a new instructor with the CCSC and a new mother to 7 month old Isabella. 

Patty White
LTS Assistant Coach

Patty grew up swimming and diving at the Oakwood YMCA pool in Dayton, Ohio, and has been swimming recreationally ever since. She has been swimming with the CCSC Masters since 2005, and she also enjoys open water swimming.  Patty's two daughters completed the LTS program, and her older daughter Sarah swam competitively with the CCSC and worked as a LTS coach. Patty has a MS degree in geology from the University of Washington and works as a geologist when she's not swimming. 

Morgan Simms
LTS Assistant Coach

Morgan grew up teaching lessons and swimming competitively in southeastern Connecticut through high school, where she was a team captain and school record holder.  While in college, she competed in synchronized swimming and attended Nationals.  Following graduate school, she lived in Baltimore for 5 years working as an environmental consultant and teaching with the Michael Phelps Swim School.  She currently trains with local Cape Cod master's teams and enjoys open water swimming.  
Morgan has a degree in geology and dance from the College of William and Mary and an MS in Marine Science from Stony Brook University.  She works as a coastal geologist in Mashpee.


Marilyn Pokras
Personal Trainer/Dry Land Coach

Marilyn grew up on the Cape.  She played 3 sports throughout high school where she earned 6 varsity letters.  She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a bachelors in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science.  Since then she became Certified as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and other certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Pilates, Group Power, and Adolescent Sport.  She enjoys and has been successful working one on one, or with groups.  She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and enjoys spending time with her children.

Lisa Rogers, LTS Instructor
Coach Lisa began teaching for the Cape Cod Swim Club in 2017.  She grew up in New York and developed a lifelong love of swimming.  She was a lifeguard in high school and then spent 7 years in the Coast Guard as a Health Services Technician.  She has lived in New York, New Jersey, California, Virginia, Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as at sea on the CGC Shearwater and Eagle for 2 1/2 years. Lisa is also mom to three young children in our Learn-to-Swim program. She homeschools her children and is a certified tutor for Classical Conversations where she works with children ages 4-6.

Maureen Nolan, LTS Instructor

After 30 years of elementary school teaching I still so enjoy being with children.  I started competitive swimming in my 50’s and still compete in open water swimming, so teaching the sport that I love to children seemed to be a good fit.  I taught my children and grandchildren to swim and I am enjoying the challenge of teaching other youngsters to swim in a more structured environment.



Coaching Staff