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 contact club administrator.

Professional Staff

Dan Warner

Club Administrator


Dan Warner, NSSC Club Administrator, Former Head Coach Salem State College, Level 5 ASCA Certification and over 35 years of coaching experience. Dan was the 1990 New England "Age Group Coach of the Year" and has coached over 400 YMCA national qualifiers including 5 National Champions, 30 Junior National qualifiers, 4 Senior National qualifiers and 1 Olympic Trial Qualifier as well as many local USS and high school champions.

Tony Padvaiskas

Head Coach/ Program Director


Tony Padvaiskas, NSSC Head Coach, Level 4 ASCA Certification. He has over 27 years coaching experience. He has coached numerous YMCA, USA National Qualifiers, Scholastic All Americans and Olympic Trials swimmers, in addition to over 50 High School State champions. Tony was inducted into the St. Johns Prep Hall of Fame in June 2015. He has coached the PREP to twelve High School State Championships. Tony has received the honor of "Coach of the Year" from the Boston Globe in 2001,2005 and 2012, and the Salem Evening News in 2006, 2016. He has helped hundreds of students attend Colleges and Universities, including the Ivy League, Division 1, 2, and 3 schools. "Swimming is the tool we use to help our children learn valuable life lessons. It is a priveledge to work with incredible young people of great charector of all talent levels". 

Dave Martin

Facility Head Coach:Minuteman/ Hanscom


Dave Martin, Minuteman Facility Head Coach. Prior to joining the North Shore Swim Club, Dave was head coach of the Potomac Raiders & Chesapeake Bay Swim Teams in LaPlata, Maryland. Over his six years in Maryland he coached numerous State Champions, Eastern Zone finalists and several Sectional qualifiers. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh, where he swam distance freestyle. Before coaching in Maryland, Dave coached Upper St. Clair High School and other USS programs in the Pittsburgh area. As a Facility Head Coach Dave will continue to work toward his goal of developing each swimmer to his or her fullest potential.

Tom O'Connell

Facility Head Coach- Gordon College


Tom swam for NSSC and St. John's Prep, graduating in 2003. He Graduated in 2007 from  LeMoyne  college in Syracuse, NY as captain of his college team. Tom Coached for Dewitt Swim Club  from 2007 to 2010, and than came full circle back to NSSC in 2010, serving as our Facility Coach at Gordon College.

Alex Pennachio

Age Group Head Coach: Medford


Alex Pennachio swam for North Shore Swim Club and Burlington High School before attending UMass Amherst. After graduating, Alex coached for Winchester Country Club and Burlington High School before joining North Shore Swim Club in 2013. Most recently Alex has taken on the head coaching position at Stoneham High School. As the Medford Facility Coach Alex will work with swimmers to help them achieve their goals.


Christina Burns

Facility Head Coach- Shawsheen Tech


Lindsay D'Angelo

Administrative Assistant


Lindsey D’Angelo will be joining NSSC as a part time Administrative Assistant to help support. She has two boys who have been with NSSC since 2011. As part of her responsibilities, Lindsey will be conducting informal parent meetings where she will be available to answer questions related to all things North Shore. In addition she will be compiling parent agreements and swimmers attendance at practice and will be distributing clothing. Lindsey will be attending practice on a rotating basis and her schedule will be reflected on the Master Calendar.

Matt C O'Brien

Facility Head Coach - Medford


Mathew grew up swimming for NSSC and Lexington High School where he won 2 State Championships and multiple All-Scholastic Honors. He attended and swam for Indiana University where he was also an assistant coach for the Bloomington Swim Club. Mathew coached for NSSC for 1 year and he decided he wanted to complete one of his life goals and compete at Olympic Trials. After training for 9 months with NSSC he was able to record a personal best and make it to Omaha to compete in the 100 butterfly at the 2012 Olympic Trials. As well as being a level 2 USA swimming certified coach, Mathew is also a certified personal trainer. Coach Mat will continue to bring his knowledge and love of swimming to the next generation of swimmers. His new goal is to help children to grow and reach their full potential, not only as swimmers, but as positive, productive people.