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, please contact one of the board members listed at the bottom of the page.

Coaching Staff

Sara Smith

Head Coach


Sara Smith joined the Marlins as a developmental coach in the 2012 season. With her she brought over 10 years of competitive swimming experience as an athlete. Prior to coaching with the Marlins she was working as a swim lesson instructor at her almamater, Nazareth College, where she worked primarily with ages 3-7.

Saras background in swimming comes from being a competitive athlete in the Niagara LSC from the time she was 8 through her collegiate career. As an age group swimmer, Sara was a top qualifier at LSC championship meets, selected to Zone All-Star teams, Speedo Sectional qualifier and held many places in the LSCs top-10. After high school, Sara went on to compete for the Nazareth College Golden Flyers where she was a strong competitor. In her first year she placed in the top 12 at Empire 8 Conference Meet going on to place in the top 10 her remaining years.

Saras coaching resume includes coaching multiple athletes to top-10 finishes at the LSC level, 2 LSC Champions, multiple LSC Zone-All Star Qualifiers, 3 Section V Champions, 5 NYS Qualifiers and over 3 dozen Marlin team records broken by athletes she has trained. Additionally, Sara was named the Assistant Coach of the United States Deaf Swim Team at the 2014 Deaf World Championship meet, Assistant Coach for Niagara LSC at Eastern Zone Age Group Championships from spring 2014-summer 2015, Head Coach for Niagara LSC at Eastern Zone Age Group Championships spring and summer 2016 and Varsity Girls and Boys Swim Coach at Spencerport High School from 2015-2017. Currently, she also serves as Men's and Women's Head Swimming Coach at Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili, NY.

Sara currently represents Niagara LSC as the Age Group Vice Chair and Secretary on the Niagara LSC Board of Directors. 

Sara graduated from Nazareth College in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and from St. John Fisher College in 2013 with her Masters in Business Administration. Outside of the pool, she owns and operates a 100% minority-owned construction business in Rochester, NY and is the managing director for a Not-for-Profit educational business in Henrietta, NY. 

David Muratore

Head Age Group Coach


Dave Muratore joined the Marlins Swimming program in the fall of 2008. He came to the Marlins with over 20 years of coaching experience. Coach Dave holds many roles as the Head Age Group Coach for Marlins, General Chair for the Genesee Valley Swim League and committee member for Niagara BOD nominating committee. Coach Dave has also been named to the Niagara Zone "All-Star" coaching staff over a dozen times in his career. 

Coach Dave brings great enthusiasm and motivation to his coaching and a great rapport with swimmers of all ages. As an athlete, Coach Dave swam for Irondequoit High School and Brockport State College, where he received his degree in Physical Education.


Matt Muratore

Assistant Age Group Coach


Matt Muratore joined the Marlins in the fall of 2015. Matt has experience coaching for the Irondequoit Gators, where he was an Assistant Coach/Head Developmental Coach for 9 years. In his time with the Gators, Matt worked primarily to educate swimmers on proper technique and has had success in growing age group swimmers to a strong competitive level. Matt also has experience coaching modified, JV and Varsity programs in the Irondequoit school districts.

Matt graduated from Nazareth College with a Bachelors of Arts in History. During his time at Nazareth he was a competitor on the Nazareth College Men’s Swim Team. Matt lives in Irondequoit with his wife and two kids. 

Zoe McCauley

Developmental Coach


Zoe McCauley joined the Marlins in May of 2015. Zoe has experience coaching for the Rochester Rapids Swim Team as well as the Liverpool Jets, where she was a team member for her entire age group career. As a recent graduate of the University of Rochester, Zoe was a top finisher for the Yellow Jackets, specifically in the distance freestyle, I.M. and butterfly events. Zoe was continuously named to the Liberty Leagues All-Academic team for her performances in the classroom.

Zoe graduated from University of Rochester in May 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. She will be continuing her education at the UR as she works towards a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Haili Cramer

Developmental Coach


Haili joined the Marlin coaching staff in the fall of 2016. She works primarily with our newest team members as they join the Marlins. Coach Haili swam competitively within the Niagara District as an age group swimmer as well as for Hilton H.S. through her high schol years. 

Haili is currently a full time student at Buffalo State where she is studying Hospitality Management.

Kaitlyn Marie Buckwell

Developmental/Age Group Assistant Coach


Kaitie Buckwell rejoins the Marlins as a coaching member. Formerly, Kaitie was a Marlin athlete for the duration of her age group years (ages 8-18). She was a standout athlete for the Marlins, still holding many records. During highschool, Kaitie competed for the Spencerport Rangers where she was a key player in the teams success. Upon graduation she attended Division 1 Eastern Michigan University where she studied Excercise Science. Graduating in 2015 she went on to study Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh where she recently received her Masters from. 

Currently Kaitie is working at both the University of Rochester School of Nursing and at Innovative Wellness as a Sports Medicane and Training Coach. 

Kaitie will be working with our developmental and age group athletes.

Katie Konopka

Developmental Coach


Coach Katie comes to us after an impressive career at Badger Swim Club (in NYC) and University of Rochester. At the University of Rochester, she studied BioMedical Engineering and is currently enrolled completing her B.S. in Nursing. Katie will be working with our developmental levels for the remainder of this season.

Ashley Ryan

Developmental Coach


Coach Ashley comes to us with an extensive background in aquatics programming and instruction at the local YMCA's. She'll be helping out with our swim schools and filling in with developmental levels when needed! Coach Ashley is a graduate of Springfield College where she studied Youth Development. She is currently enrolled at Capella University working towards her degree in Human Services.

Board of Directors

Lisa Jackel



Kristin Guzik

Vice President


Kim Federico



Bridget Quigley



Mary Kay Osborne