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Coaching Staff

Corey Hollister Lomas

Head Coach

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Coach Corey began his swim career at Falcon’s swim club at age 5 and went on to compete in USA Swimming with PVAC and eventually MTSC.  He swam at Minnechaug High School and was captain for 3 of his 4 years under Coach Erik Mandel, helping lead Minnechaug to the 2008 Western Mass title. As a collegiate swimmer, Corey excelled at SUNY New Paltz, making the conference team all 4 years and consistently placing in the top 8 at SUNYAC Championships. Primarily a freestyler, Coach Corey also swims backstroke and the I.M.   Both of Corey’s parents were swimmers at UMASS Amherst and helped to inspire his success in and out of the pool. To this day Coach Corey competes in Master’s Swimming in the New England Region (Western Mass Waterhorses) and feels it is important to see the longevity of this sport and what a great lifetime activity swimming is.


As a coach, Corey began at the JCC teaching Red Cross learn to swim lessons and adaptive aquatics. While at New Paltz, he continued to coach adaptive aquatics through private lessons, and in 2011 he became the head coach of The Rosendale Rapids Swim Team until returning to Western Mass. Since returning in 2013, he has been an assistant coach for Minnechaug High School and continues to coach for his Alma Mater. Additionally, he was an assistant coach at MTSC from 2014-2016 prior to starting The Avengers. Corey has an unmatched loved for coaching swimming and for the sport itself, and hopes to instill positive values and a healthy lifestyle through swimming.

Nathaniel D Lomas

Assistant Coach

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Nathaniel Duncan Lomas, Jr. was heavily recruited by his son “Coach Corey” to join the staff at PVAA in the spring of 2017. Duncan’s life experiences as a competitive swimmer, water polo player, triathlete, swim teacher, coach, life guard, camp counsellor, water front director and father to two very active athletic sons give him excellent communication skills, keen powers of observation and ability to relay advice, corrections and support to swimmers of all ages. His positive attitude, easy approachability and attention to swimmers’ progress make him a valuable cog in the PVAA wheel.

Duncan comes from an athletic background that was highlighted by competitive swimming, but also included skiing, tennis, track, camping, hiking, boating and fly fishing from an early age. As an active kid (some would say hyperactive...) there was hardly a sport he tried that he didn’t enjoy or that failed to get his competitive juices flowing. Growing up in New Hampshire and eventually crossing state lines into Massachusetts Duncan was always moving – just ask his mom!

Coach Duncan started swimming in sixth grade at the YMCA in Attleboro, MA. At age thirteen he qualified for the YMCA New England Championships. Over the course of his Attleboro High School career he reached the finals at the Eastern Mass, States and New England Championships. For all three of his sophomore, junior and senior years he was a New England Championship finalist. In addition to lettering in swimming and being two-time co-captain of the swim team, Duncan also lettered in tennis.

At UMass Duncan swam Division I for three years as a sprinter and IM specialist, qualifying for the New England Championships all three years. Boyden Pool also held an important discovery for Duncan: water polo, an emerging NCAA club sport attracting men and women swimmers on campus interested in using their swimming skills in a competitive game situation. Duncan learned the sport quickly and became a three-time NCAA All New England Water Polo Team member known for his tenacity, intense competitiveness and fierce backhand shot. Duncan’s focus turned more and more to water polo and by his senior year was voted MVP at the New England AAU Water Polo Championship.

UMass swimming and water polo held another discovery for Duncan. He met the love of his life in Boyden Pool. During a combined men’s and women’s water polo scrimmage Duncan elbowed the woman guarding him from behind - right in the mouth. Deb, undaunted, a future all-star water polo player herself, did not back off. After practice Duncan drove her to the infirmary for her bloody lip and they’ve been together ever since.

Duncan continued playing water polo into his thirties. For five years he competed for the western team at the Baystate Games in Boston. Winning the gold medal four out of the five years, the western team also won a silver medal in their first year of competition. At age thirty-five Duncan competed in his final Baystate Games. He was one of the “old dudes” at the Games that predominantly featured college age players. Duncan “the old dude” was voted onto the First All-Tournament Team.

For the years leading up to the birth of his sons, Duncan continued to play tennis and gave swimming a long rest, focusing on marriage and career. Much changed in 1988 when first son Conor was born and even more changed in 1990 when second son Corey arrived on the scene. Duncan and Deb passed on their love of sports to the boys and from early ages they were up and running. Duncan coached the boys’ town recreation soccer, baseball and basketball teams. He served on the board of directors of the Falcons Recreational Swim team and became the official starter for the Falcons.

Duncan began competing in triathlons when the boys were still quite young and continued for seventeen seasons averaging two or three triathlons per year. He stood on the podium nine or ten times for his age group and qualified for a national championship. Wife Deb eventually joined Duncan in doing triathlons as did the boys when they were old enough.

In addition to organized sports Duncan has led the family on many outdoor activities: hiking mountains in New Hampshire, swimming in lakes and the ocean, bike riding and fishing. For himself Duncan stays fit swimming at the YMCA, fly fishing in New Hampshire and hiking with Deb and the dogs.

 

Sam LaRiviere

Assistant Coach

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From the horses mouth,

 

"My name is Sam LaRiviere and I am a swammer of 18 years. I grew up swimming in Maine for the Sanford YMCA Titans and Massabesic High School where I earned Academic All-American honors as well as served as the Maine Athlete Representative to Maine Swimming LSC. I swam on numerous record breaking relays for both teams. I continued my swimming career at Springfield College under Coach John Taffe where I trained for the 200 Fly and 400 IM. At SC, I was a four-time All-Conference team member. My senior year, I was given the opportunity of being named captain for the men’s team.

     Over the years swimming has taught me many things. The first is that swimming is fun. When I was the happiest and enjoying the process, the results that I wanted came easy. When I fought the process, swimming became a hassle. At PVAA, we want to give each swimmer the love of the sport that got them into the water in the first place. The other lesson is that you get what you put into the sport. At the end of the season, when you look at the scoreboard, there is no hiding the work that you have done. Our goal is to give each swimmer the best opportunity to reach any goal they set. Each of these, I hope to instill the swimmers of PVAA and allow them to flourish in this environment."

 

Coach Sam will always be a huge part of PVAA's continued success. He saved us from utter destruction at a fragile moment in our history and we will be forever grateful.