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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.

The Executive Board consists of four (4) annually elected officers, the Head Coach, and two (2) appointed representatives. The Executive Board sets the direction of the Liverpool Jets Swim Club and is responsible for its routine functions. The Executive Board meets approximately once a month.

Coaching Staff

Zac M Mekker

Head Coach

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Indiana Wesleyan University - M.S. Secondary Education, Mathematics 2004
University at Buffalo - B.A. Mathematics - 1999
Liverpool High School - 1994

The Liverpool Jets Swim Club has been a large part of Coach Zac's life for close over 3 decades.  He first joined the team as a 6-year old in 1982.  Zac continued to train with the program through the entirety of his competitive career in college.  Along the way, he assisted with swim camps and swim lessons to share his passion of the sport with new athletes.  Upon graduation from the University at Buffalo in 1999, Coach Zac returned to the Liverpool High School pool deck as the JETS Head Coach.  Over the course of his first two seasons, the program grew from 40 swimmers to over 110.  As director of the popular Jets Summer Learn to Swim program, he helps bring over 300 future swimmers through the pool doors each summer.    

In the scholastic arena, Coach Zac is the head coach of the LHS girls varsity swimming and diving team.  Since beginning the position in 2001, the program has re-written ALL of the school records, earned 3 league titles, 2 Section III titles, 4 NY State Top Ten finishes, and 15 consecutive NY State Scholar-Athlete Team Awards.  Athletes hvae qualified for the NYS Championships in all but two years since 2001.  His swimmers have gone on to successfully represent schools in all three collegiate divisions.  Coach Zac was awarded Section III Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and 2013. 

Additionally, Coach Zac also teaches 8th grade mathematics for the North Syracuse School District and is the department chairperson for the Junior High School.  He proudly raises three wonderful children with the help of his loving wife, Shannon.

Brandon T Genalo

Coach - Age Group

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Syracuse University - M.S. Secondary Education, Social Studies 2010
Binghamton University - B.A. Politcal Science - 2006
Liverpool High School - 2002

Brandon is a Liverpool Jets Alumnus and a former team captain of the Liverpool Varsity Swim Team.  As captain, Brandon helped lead the Warriors to Section III and League titles.  

Brandon wears several hats while at the pool.  Aside from coaching with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club, Brandon is also the pool director for the Liverpool Central School District.  In addition maintaing our aquatics facility, Brandon is also in charge of the district's successful learn to swim program that runs throughout the school year.  Brandon currently serves as the head coach of the Liverpool Girls Modified Swimming and Diving Team and is assistant coach on the Liverpool Boys Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. 

James K Walker

Coach - Age Group

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James K Walker joined the Liverpool Jets coaching staff in the Fall of 2013.  James is a Liverpool High School and Liverpool Jets Alumnus.  In high school, James was a team captain and qualified for the NYS Championships in multiple events.  Coach Walker went on to successfully compete at LeMoyne College at the NCAA Division II level. 

Coach Walker's experience includes stints with the Syracuse Chargers.  James is also currently the assistant varsity coach for the Liverpool High School Girls Swimming and Diving Team.  James brings a terrific work ethic and a great familiarty of the program.  His ability to instruct a wide range of abilities and ages allows him to be a versatile member of our staff.  In fact, this past winter Coach Walker took on the position of Diving Coach with the Liverpool Boys Varsity program.   

Scott Henry

Coach

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Saint Bonaventure University - PUT DEGREE HERE - Year
Syracuse University - PUT DEGREE HERE - 1986
Liverpool High School - 1982

Coach Henry brings a wealth of knowledge from years of experience in the sport of swimming and dry-land training.  His constant attention to detail and the long-term view he uses towards our swimmers' development make him an extremely valuable member of our staff. 

In high school, Coach Henry was an All-American and continues to hold the LHS school record in the 100 Breaststroke (58.23).  Upon graduation, he continued his very successful swimming career at Syracuse University.

In addition to coaching with the Liverpool Jets, Coach Henry currently serves as the head coach of the Liverpool Boys Modified Swimming and Diving Team.

Kelly Daly

Coach - Developmental

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SUNY Geneseo - May 2013 

Kelly joined the Liverpool Jets Coach Staff in the fall of 2013.  Prior to her arrival in Syracuse, Kelly spent time coaching with the Tonowanda Titans our in Buffalo, NY.  As a member of the Titans Coaching Staff, Kelly had the opportunity to work with athletes of all ability levels. 

Kelly successfully competed at the collegiate level while attending SUNY Geneseo.  She relocated to the Syracuse area to begin working with the Syracuse City School District as a Speech Pathologist.  We are thrilled to have Kelly on our coaching staff.  The enthusiasm and knowledge she brings for the sport will certainly benefit the athletes in the Developmental Level. 

Mike Ferrell

Coach - Senior/Junior

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Coach Mike Ferrell is an honors graduate from SUNY Cortland with BS and MS degrees in Physical Education as well as Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in Sports Medicine and Exercise Sciences.  Dr. Ferrell’s study and research focus for the past 20 years has been in the biomechanical and psychophysiological areas pertaining to peak athletic performance.  Dr. Ferrell offers personal consultation services toward enhanced athletic performance encompassing most athletic pursuits.

       Coach Ferrell began coaching age-group swimming in Dayton, Ohio in the early 1970s.  Since moving to Syracuse in the mid 1970s, Coach Ferrell has served as head coach of the Camillus Swim Club, Baldwinsville Sharks Swim Club, boys varsity swimming at Jamesville-Dewitt, and girls varsity at Baldwinsville.  Coach Ferrell’s swimmers and teams have enjoyed success at local, regional, state, and international age-group competitions.  Coach Ferrell’s scholastic teams have been consistently ranked in the top ten in NYS with his swimmers going on to successfully compete at all three levels of collegiate swimming.  His varsity swimmers have won events at ESG, Sectionals, and States and status as High School All-American. He is, also, the current Head Coach of the Liverpool Varsity Boys Swim Team

       Coach Ferrell resides with his wife, Marty, in the Cicero area and three of four children remain in the CNY region.

Madison M Hall

Coach - Developmental

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Coach Maddie joined the JETS coaching staff in 2015.  In addition to coaching with our Developmental Group, Maddie is also a swim lesson instructor in the popular Liverpool Jets Learn to Swim program.  Maddie swam for the Liverpool Jets Swim Club and went on to successfully compete for the Liverpool High School Warriors.  In addition to being named Team Captain, Maddie was a member of a school-record setting 200 Free Relay.  

In addition to coaching for the Liverpool Jets Swim Club, Maddie is currently studying at OCC as she pursues her degree in Physical Education.  

Rebecca K Evangelista

Assistant Coach

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University at Buffalo - May 2015

Becky began coaching with the Liverpool Jets in January of 2016.  Prior to joining our staff, Becky successfully competed for the University at Buffalo on their NCAA Division I swimming program.  Becky trained for over a decade with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club starting at age 8.  Becky's swimming resume includes qualifying for the NYS Championships, mutliple Section III Titles, and a school record in the 200 freestyle.  Becky also qualified for USA Sectionals, helped set a Niagara District Record in the 200 free relay and was captain of the LHS Girls Varsity Swim Team.

In addition to coaching, Becky is also currently pursuin her nursing degree at BOCES.

Carly A Jones

Assistant Coach

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Ithaca College - May 2013
Carly Jones joined the Liveprool Jets coaching staff in January of 2016.  However, she has been an instructor and swim camp counselor for the popular Liverpool Jets Learn to Swim program since 2007.  Carly was a member of the Liverpool Jets Swim Club from age 9 through her college years.  In high school, she racked up numerous awards including Section III Swimmer of the Year, LHS School records in the 100 Breast and 200 IM, and over 10 Section III individual and relay titles.  She went on to compete in the NYS Championships for 4 straight years.  After graduating with honors from Liverpool, Carly headed to Ithaca College where she became a school record-holder and an 8-time NCAA All-American.  
Upon graduation from Ithaca, Carly remained on campus as an assistant coach for the Ithaca College Women's Swim Team.  Several of her athletes went on to compete in the NCAA Division 3 Championships. 
In addition to coaching with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club, Carly is also an aquatics supervisor at the Northwest YMCA and runs the Beaver Meadows Golf Course summer swim team.

Tom J Manzo

Coach - Developmental

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Clarkson University - B.S. Mechanical Engineering - 2008
Liverpool High School - 2004

Coach Tom was a member of the Jets from 1993-2008, a member of the Liverpool Varsity team from 2000-2004, earning team Captain honors his senior year. He swam four years at Clarkson University and was team captain his junior and senior year. He was a part of the “Learn to Swim” staff from 2002-2006, and has joined the Jets coaching staff in September of 2008.

Tom received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson and is currently working for IPD: Engineering.

Brianna Marie Litz

Assistant Coach

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Brianna Litz is an assistant coach the is involved with our Developmental and Age Group swimmers.  She began coaching with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club in January of 2012. 

Brianna is a Liverpool Jets and Liverpool High School Swimming Alumnus.  As a captain of her high school team, she helped raise the level of expectations for our scholastic girls swimmers.  She continued on to swim at the NCAA - Division II level for LeMoyne College. 

Aside from coaching with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club, Brianna was also an assistant on the Liverpool High School Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving program.  She currently holds her NY State Teaching Certification for Secondary Education in the area of Biology. 

Katie L Cristaldi

Coach

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LeMoyne College - BA Psychology/Childhood Education, MS Elementary Education
Cicero-North Syracuse -

Coach Katie was a member of the Liverpool Jets for close to a decade as an athlete prior to signing on to our coaching staff.  She spent five years as an instructor in our Learn to Swim program.  Coach Katie swam for the Cicero-North Syracuse varsity team for 4 years and continued her competitive career at Lemoyne College.  She also works as a Special Education teacher.

Board of Directors

Zac M Mekker

President

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Deborah Champagne

VP - Operations

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Scott Burdo

Outgoing Treasurer

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Kim Hunter

Treasurer

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Katie Rose

VP - Communications

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Steve Wolf

Secretary

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