Stingrays Coaching Team
Our coaching team takes pride in "raysing" up our swimmers to reach their swimming dreams and goals.
We all, in one way or another, have fallen in love with the sport of swimming. Some of our very own coaches are Stingrays alumni who started as Guppies years ago.
We take pride in instilling confidence in our swimmers and providing each of our groups with instruction that includes: stroke enhancement skills, strength training, growth mindset within the sport of swimming, and training for both the short course season as well as the long course season.
We look forward to talking to you about how we can best support your child in the wonderful sport of swimming.
Danielle E Wilkie
David Jeffrey Finger
Our Retired and Respected Head Coach
Hello, my name is David Finger, I am 52 years old, single and own my own home in Akron, N.Y. I graduated from Akron High School, recieved an A.O.S. from Bryant and Stratton Institute, and a B.S in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College.I am in my 28th year of coaching, beginning as an assitant with Akron Central School, 17 years as the head coach of the Clarence Swim Club and 11 years with the Stingray Swim Club.I have coached all levels, from learn to swim through college scholarship level swimmers. A highlight for me was watching a swimmer I coached during his formative years (10 - 12) compete at the 2004 Olympics. He was 4th in the 100 Breaststroke and won a gold medal as one of the preliminary swimmers in the 400 Medley Relay. On the local and Zone level, I have had numerous Niagara District Champions, and have qualified dozens of swimmers for the Zone meet.
I have personally been selected as a zone coach on 13 occasions. This past season I helped one of my swimmers qualify for the Short Course Eastern Zone Championships.
I have served in various positions on the Niagara District Executive board, serving as Age-Group chair, Coach's represetative and Technical Planning Chair.I have developed calendars and designed meet formats currently being run in the district and served in the position of meet director for the most recent Long Course J.O.'s.
I truly have a passion for the sport of swimming and am committed to my swimmers. I have formed a strong bond with my swimmers and truly care about them as individuals as well as athletes.I demand respect and show respect and compassion to them and teach that hard work is a key to success. Determination, staying on task, and physical fitness are benefits that they will learn through swimming and are great life skills also. Swimmers are statisically the best students because they learn time management, and because consistency and attendence at practice is critical.
I have formed some lifelong friendships through swimming and hope to form many more in the future. Enroll your child in the greatest sport of all, it's good clean fun! Join the STINGRAYS!
A motto I try to live by is " A swimmer doesn't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. And I truly care about your athlete!