Coaches & Directors

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If your questions are related to workouts, practices, 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.

Sweet Home Aquatics : Our Coaches...

Daniel McCarthy



Coach Dan comes to Sweet Home all the way from, well… ah, Sweet Home. Dan is a 1983 graduate of Sweet Home High School helping the Panthers to an undefeated season his senior year. Surprisingly enough, you can still find his name up on the school record board. After high school he went on to Utica College. His stay there was cut short his sophomore year with a career ending shoulder injury. Coming back to Buffalo, he finished his undergrad work at Buffalo State College with degrees in Economic Finance, and Computer Science. He then attended Medaille College for an Elementary Education degree, and back to BSC for his Masters in Elementary Education.Dan came back to Sweet Home in 1993 to coach the Modified team at the Middle School. Shortly after that he, along with his brother Vince, established the Sweet Home AQuatics program. After 3 years with the Modified team Dan took over the Boys Varsity program at Sweet Home, and has been the Head Coach for the Panthers. In 2001 the girls Varsity team was in need of a coach and Dan filled that position as well. Since coaching the High School teams, the Panther record boards have been rewritten several times, and the teams continue to grow stronger each year.

Dan is also the Head Age group coach of SHAQ. In his time with the 12 and unders he has helped capture 11 Niagara District records, with 32 USS Top 16 swimmer marks. Dan served as an Eastern Zone Coach for 10 straight years starting in 1994. In 1996 he coached both the Male and Female Niagara District Swimmers of the Year. He was awarded the Niagara District Coach of the Year honor in 2000.

While Dan is not on the pool deck, you can find him in his classroom. He works as a 4th grade teacher at Cayuga Heights in the Depew School system. “All children want to succeed, and they might all take a different path to find their success. It doesn’t matter if they are learning a flip turn or learning how to read. It is my job to help each one find their path to success. I have a great job, and I love every minute of it.”

Dan and his wife live in the Town of Tonawanda with their four daughters.

Vince McCarthy



Vince McCarthyVince has been coaching for more then 18 years. The last 12 years have been spent with SHAQ, the team he co-founded with his brother Dan. Vince is the head coach of the gold team at SHAQ. He has also been the Empire State Games swimming coach 7 times and in 2002 was named the Niagara District Senior Coach of the Year. While at SHAQ Vince has seen his swimmers break more then 20 district records, record more then 50 top 16 in the country times and has had 4 swimmers achieve senior national qualifying times.

Board of Directors

Andrew Spence