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WEBSTER BLUEFINS
PROGRAMS & COACHING STAFF

 

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 program coaches at the email listed with their names. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the club president or vice president. Please see the list of Club Contacts at the bottom of the page.
Club members can also refer to Who to contact? page.

Should you find that your swimmer is unable to attend a meet for which they have previously committed, please email the coaches so they know not to expect your swimmer at the pool.

BlueFins Competitive Swim Team Coaching Staff

Rob Wahl

Head Coach and Program Director

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Rob has been a coach with the BlueFins since 1998, working initially with the Junior / stroke development groups. Over time, he transitioned to the Senior Development group, developing athletes for advancement to the Senior program while assisting with that program level as well. In September 2009, Rob took over as Head Coach. In this role, he now works primarily with the Senior swimmers in addition to providing oversight and direction for the entire BlueFins program.

Rob’s philosophy for the BlueFins program is based on his background in engineering and quality. To maximize each swimmer’s potential, he believes it is vital to focus the development in the early years on stroke development and proper muscle memory. Once a solid foundation in the mechanics has been built, working on speed is the logical next step in the program and becomes the focus, along with technique refinement, as the swimmers mature in their development

Over the years, Rob has had the opportunity to coach many exceptional athletes who have become USA Swimming Speedo, NCSA Jr National, USA Swimming Futures, USA Swimming Jr National and USA Swimming Senior National qualifiers. Additionally, many have become NYS High School Section V champions, NYS High School State champions, NCAA qualifiers, NCAA meet participants, High School and NCAA All-Americans, High School, Section V and College record holders, as well as significant contributors on various college programs.

In addition to USA Swimming coach membership, Rob is affiliated with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), having attained level 3 performance and level 4 education certifications. He is currently working towards ASCA level 5 education certification.

Dennis Eggert

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Dennis has been coaching with the BlueFins since 2008. He works mainly with the junior groups, focusing on stroke development.

Dennis’ coaching experience has ranged from learn-to-swim programs to high levels of competition. He has coached athletes including NCSA Age Group qualifiers, High School State qualifiers, Sectional Champions, and High School record holders. Dennis commits himself to constantly improving his technical knowledge of swimming to help athletes reach these levels of competition. In addition to his USA Swimming credentials, Dennis is also an ASCA Level 2 certified coach.

Dennis’ competitive swimming experience began with the Green Dolphin Swim Club, which later joined with another club to become FAST. Dennis swam for Fairport High School varsity for three years, was part of three Sectional Championship Teams, and was honored to be a team captain for the 1983-84 season. Dennis then went on to swim at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dennis currently works as a Software Engineer at Quality Vision International.

 

DJ Johnson

Assistant Coach, Seniors

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DJ brings a wealth of experience to the BlueFins. She works primarily with the athletes in the Senior program but also shares her knowledge with the swimmers in the BlueFins Junior programs by working with them periodically.

DJ joined the BlueFins staff in 2011. Prior to joining us DJ spent 20 years at Penfield High School coaching the girls team and as boys coach at East High School for 9 years. During her time at Penfield and East she coached a number of athletes that qualified for the state meet and of those 2 were state champions and had All-American consideration times.

DJ’s competitive swimming background includes being a 12 year member of the Webster Swim Club (which later became the Webster BlueFins) where she was a club record holder, including one as a member of the 200 Medley Relay which stood for 32 years. She also swam varsity for 5 years at Webster Thomas High School where she was Section V Champion in the 200 IM. DJ completed her competitive career at Nazareth College. Highlights of her time at Nazareth include a conference championship in the 400 IM, being named All-American 3 times and competing in NCAA nationals. DJ was later inducted into the Nazareth College Hall of Fame in 1998.

While not at the pool, DJ spends her time teaching in the Rochester City School District, where she has been since 1986.

John Uchal

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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John became a member of the Bluefins coaching staff in 2015. He started swimming competitively at the age of 7 and spent 11 years with the Irondequoit Gators. He also swam 4 years Varsity at Irondequoit High School, and he concluded his competitive swimming career after competing in the NJCAA National Championships for MCC. During his 11 years as an Irondequoit Gator, he held numerous club records in the Backstroke, Medley Relay, and Freestyle Relay events; five of his Relay records still stand to this day. While swimming for the Irondequoit High School team, he competed in several Sectional and State Qualifier meets, was the team MVP his Junior year, and went on to Co-Captain the team during his Senior year.

Flash forward 24 years. When John’s oldest daughter joined the Bluefins in 2012, his admiration of competitive swimming was rekindled. He proceeded to volunteer as a Stroke & Turn Official for the Bluefins, as well as taking on the role as the Bluefins Officials Coordinator for the 2014-2015 season. He is looking forward to all the challenges and rewards that competitive swimming can present, and hopes to assist in developing lifelong swimmers and future champions.

In addition to his USA Swimming coaching credentials, John is also a certified ASCA level 2 coach.

Jeff O'Neil

Assistant Coach, Seniors

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Jeff comes back to the Webster Bluefins as a coach after building a diverse background in swimming and uses that knowledge while working with our senior development swimmers .

 

Jeff started competitive swimming at the age of 10 with the Webster BlueFins and later moved to the MCC Marauders. While at the Marauders he became part of their Junior National Team.  Jeff also swam for Webster High School, where as a captain in his senior year, won the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke at the Section V Championships and then finished in the top 10 at both events at the state HS championships.  After high school Jeff went to Syracuse University where he swam and lettered all 4 years. His senior year there he was named team captain. After a break for a few years, Jeff got back into competitive swimming on the Masters side where he competed for 4 years and went to Nationals in 2010 and 2012. 

 

Prior to joining the BlueFins in 2015 Jeff’s most recent involvement in swimming was with coaching a Masters team in South Carolina for 2 years. 

TJ Garigen

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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TJ originally started working with the BlueFins in 2001 after he completed his own competitive career. He spent six years with the Senior Development and Senior program, where he enjoyed supporting the progression of each swimmer’s ability and interest in the sport. Many of these swimmers continued their careers in both high school and college programs.

TJ returned to the BlueFins after an extended break dedicated to his family and 3 young children. He is excited to bring his high energy style of coaching back to the BlueFins program.

For his own competitive career, TJ started swimming through his high school modified program. He later worked with both YMCA and USS programs. He then competed with SUNY Geneseo BlueWave. As a versatile swimmer, he helped the team win three conference championships. 

Jeff Willis

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Jeff came to the BlueFins coaching staff in 2015 with both a long competitive career and prior coaching experience.

He began his swimming career at age 7 when he swam for the Westside Swim Club. While there he set numerous club records, 2 of which, the 25 fly and 100 fly, still stand today. Also while at Westside he set 2 McDonald’s Swim League (now named Genesee Valley Swim League) records as well as had a number of Junior Olympic top 3 finishes.

Jeff continued his swimming for Churchville-Chili High school and was named team captain as well as MVP during both his Junior and Senior years. He was named an All-County his sophomore, junior and senior years.

After High School, Jeff completed his competitive career with 4 years of swimming at SUNY Cortland where he had top 8 finishes all 4 years at SUNYACs in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events, including a 3rd place finish 1 year. He was also part of a winning 200 medley relay one of his years. While there he was named team captain his junior and senior years.

Once his competitive career was completed, Jeff wanted to stay involved with the sport and began coaching. He has coached at the Greece Marlins for 1 year as well as 2 years with the Rush Henrietta Golden Comets prior to joining the BlueFins.

Amy Gorton

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Amy joined the BlueFins coaching community in 2016 after a very successful competitive career. She began competitive swimming at the age of 7 with the Greece Blue Marlins and participated in club swimming for a couple of years. After a break she started up again in 7th grade when she joined the Hilton Modified team and the following year she started the first of 5 years on the Varsity team for Hilton High School. While swimming at Hilton, Amy held school records in the 50 free and 100 free as well as being a member of the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

After High School, Amy walked on to the Wittenberg University Varsity swim team where she continued her successful ways at the National level. She was named Most Improved her Freshman year, Most Valuable in both her Sophomore and Senior years and named Captain her Senior year. Amy was a NCAA participant in 3 of her 4 years and achieved Honorable Mention All-American recognition 3 times. 

After her collegiate career was completed, Amy transitioned to competing in Masters swimming. She swam at the USMS National meet in 1998. She has competed in triathlons as well as enjoying open water swimming during the summer months.

Bill Ernst

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Bill started swimming competitively at the age of 10, swimming for one year with the Sea Dragons Swim Club and then 4 years with the Webster BlueFins. He swam 4 years Varsity at McQuaid Jesuit High School and concluded his competitive swimming career at Alfred University where he specialized in swimming breaststroke and distance freestyle events. He was named captain of the Alfred team his senior year, and during that year achieved team high-point honors and an NCAA B-cut in the 200 breaststroke in the year end UNYSCSA conference championships.

He has continued swimming competitively as an adult athlete in Masters swimming and earned All-American honors in Olympic distance triathlons in 2014.

Bill’s middle son joined the Webster BlueFins in 2014 and he currently has 2 boys on the team. Bill volunteered as a Stroke & Turn Official for the 2015-16 season and helped run the timing system prior to joining the coaching staff in 2016. He is looking forward to helping our young competitors develop the skills they need to succeed in the pool, school or life. Bill currently holds ASCA Level 2 accreditation.
 

Jason Weber

Assistant Coach, All Groups

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Jason brings a diverse and extensive background to the BlueFins coaching staff he joined in 2017. He began coaching in 1998 and has held a variety of club coaching positions in the Rochester area, including as an assistant coach of the Irondequoit Gators and Penfield Sea Dragons as well as head coach of the Bayview Y Tigers.  

In addition to the club coaching experience, Jason also has held a number of high school coaching positions, Eastridge (12 years JV coach), Mercy (1 year JV, 1 year Varsity), Aquinas (1 year Varsity) and Penfield (5 years Girls Varsity and 3 years Boys Varsity). During his high school coaching tenure, he has been awarded Class A Section V Coach of the Year honors in 2016 as well as producing 2 NYS Champions (50 Free and 400 Free relay in 2017).

Beyond swimming, Jason also was the head coach of Eastridge Track & Field for 16 years and was the Special Teams Coordinator for Eastridge’s football team in 2004 when the school won the Section V Class A title.   He currently is coaching Penfield Girls Modified lacrosse.

Jason swam at SUNY Cortland and was named a captain his senior year. He is a Webster resident and has 4 children that swim for the BlueFins, including 1 that also swims for Niagara University.  

Betsy Mihm

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Betsy joined our coaching staff in the 2017-18 season with a long history of involvement in the sport of swimming.

She began her career at the age of 7 years old with the BlueFins as a club swimmer and swam for us and a few other Rochester area clubs through High School. She also swam 6 years for Mercy HS as well as 4 years at Ithaca College. Her competitive career continued after college as she transitioned to competing in triathlons, which she still does today.

Her coaching career began in 2009 when she became the Varsity coach of the Friends Select School in Philadelphia, which she did for 4 years. While in Philly she also coached for Friends Select Aquatics Club from 2010-2012.

Betsy has 3 nephews on the BlueFins and enjoys coaching them along with all of the other swimmers she works with daily. Outside of coaching Betsy works for Special Olympics New York as their Director of Programs and also teaches group exercise classes at Nazareth College.

Maura Driscoll

Assistant Coach, All Groups

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Maura initially joined the BlueFins coaching staff in 2013 and coached with us through 2015 before moving away to finish her masters. We were very pleased when she moved back to the Rochester area in 2018 and rejoined us.

Swimming has been part of Maura’s life since she was very little. She started swimming club at the age of 5 with the Victor Swim Club and has been involved in the sport in some capacity ever since. She was a 6 year varsity swimmer for Victor High School and named team Captain her Junior and Senior seasons. As a high school swimmer, Maura was a 3 year state qualifier, 3 time event Section V champion and capped her high school career by being named Section V Class B Swimmer of the Meet. After completing high school, Maura attended Nazareth College and swam all 4 years. During her Sophomore year she qualified and participated at the NCAA National Championships as part of the Nazareth 400 Medley Relay. Her favorite events while competing were the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

After wrapping up her competitive career, Maura stayed involved in college swimming as an assistant coach at Utica College for 1 year as well as 2 years at Westminister College. While she was coaching them, the Westminister Men’s team won back to back conference titles.

When she’s not coaching for BlueFins, Maura is working as a Sales & Promotions Coordinator for Entercom Radio.

Peter Doerner

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Peter attempted to join the Webster BlueFins at age 6-3/4, but Coach John Lathrop requested that he return once he'd reached the ripe age of 7. After several years, he gradually improved and owned several team records (including the 500 free). Later Peter joined the Perkins Swim Club under Coach Bruce Smith, who started the Sea Dragons, and continued with them throughout high school. He was a co-captain of his high school team and went on to swim for 3 years at Tufts University where his specialty became the 200 butterfly.

As a coach, Peter worked as both an assistant and head coach for the Webster BlueFins in the 1990's, but eventually took a 20 year hiatus while pursuing triathlon endeavors (including AA honors and two completed Ironmans at Lake Placid). After 3 years of coaching Penfield's JV girls swim team, Peter returned to the BlueFins in 2018, happy to be coaching alongside some old friends.

Jeff "Mac" McCormack

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Coach Mac has been competitively swimming for over 30 years.  He joined BlueFins when he was 8 years old and then went on to swim for Webster High School, Niagara University, and Nazareth College.  Mac competed in championship meets at the highest levels across all levels.  Additionally, he has held numerous records throughout his swimming career.  That career continues with Masters Swimming where he competes in 1-2 meets annually.

Mac is excited to be working with the junior BlueFins to help improve swimmers across all disciplines of the sport.  He resides in Webster with his wife and three children.  His oldest is a member of the team.

Adam Smith

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Adam learned to swim at age four and began his club swimming experience at age five with Franklinville Swim Club. He also swam as a member of Town Wreckers Swim Team and Greater Rochester Racing Raiders and was a member of Pioneer High School varsity team for six years and a member of Nazareth College swim team for four years, Adam has held multiple team records at all levels of his swimming experience.

Having chlorine in his veins (and his eyes) for 16 years, Adam has developed a deep love for swimming, benefiting from the many experiences and friendships the sport has afforded him. 

Adam’s oldest daughter is a current member of Blue Fins. Adam also volunteers as a coach for Webster Women’s Lacrosse Club. Adam is excited to be a part of the Blue Fins and looks forward to helping pass on his love of the sport.  He joined the staff in 2019.

Scott Hinds

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Scott joined the Bluefins in the Fall of 2019 and brings more than 20 years of competitive swimming experience.  As a swimmer, he was an All-American, All Catholic State Champion and Record Holder as well as a Junior National Qualifier.  He competed for the Western Division at the Empire State Games, and at the collegiate level, he joined the Division 1 Syracuse Orangemen as a walk-on and swam backstroke and butterfly. 

When Scott moved to Rochester in 2012 with his wife Andrea, son Ben (current Bluefin!), and daughter Briar, he rejoined USA Swimming as an age group coach with Marlins Swimming (GRSC) before joining the BlueFins staff

 

Erin Molloy

Assistant Coach, Juniors

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Erin started her competitive swimming career at a very young age and has always loved the sport. She was a member of the Canandaigua Aquatics Swim Team as well as the Canandaigua Varsity Swim team. She was a part of the Section V Champion Team all 4 years and competed at the State Championships on the 200 Medley Relay. Some of her favorite events included the 100 Back, 200 Back, and 200 IM. After high school she continued to swim at SUNY Oswego—she can thank this sport for finding some of her life-long best friends. 

Erin found herself missing swimming a few years after college and decided to get into coaching. She’s been coaching in the Rochester area since 2017 with the Rochester Surge (formally GCOM). Erin joins our coaching staff in the 2019-2020 season and is thrilled to be part of the team.

When Erin isn’t on the pool deck, she’s right down the road working at Mirror Show Management on the Accounts team!

Dave Salmon

Head Coach, Diving

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Dave joins Bluefins diving with over 30 years experience in the diving world. Diving competitively since 8th grade all the way thru college he has held diving records at Churchville-Chili, MCC and SUNY Brockport since the early 80s only recently having seen them broken. He placed in the top 3 on 1m and 3m at SUNYACs and NJCAAs each year during his college career. Coming right out of college he started coaching high school. Dave has had numerous sectional and state champions out of Fairport where he currently coaches and is the only coach to have both his male and female divers win a state championship during the same school year. He has also sent divers with full diving scholarships to Stanford, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech to name a few.

Dave has served on the All-America Diving Selection Committee since 2008. "I see more diving meets in that one weekend than most offocials see in their entire career." He is a software developer by trade and has created a diving program called eDive to manage and run diving competitions. This software is used every year at the AAU National championships and Dave attends that 10 day, 500+ diver meet every year to help manage and run it with his software.

"I'm addicted to chlorine so being a diving coach seemed like the best thing to do."

Ron Waterbury

Assistant Coach, Diving

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Ron is a new addition in 2017 and will bring many years of coaching experience to Bluefins Diving. He started coaching during his student teaching at Victor Schools and presently finds himself with over twenty years of experience right here in Webster with both the Boys and Girls JV/Varsity school athletes.  Under his watchful eye, his divers have excelled in gaining top sectional as well as state honors; several have also pursued the sport successfully in college.

Ron was a NY State finalist and NAIA national qualifier while diving for Nazareth College, but is even more proud of his desire to remain a student of the sport these decades later. He loves reading about diving, breaking down video, and still will attend clinics and camps to further his knowledge. “I can honestly say that I love the sport now more than ever!” Importantly, Ron is also USA Diving Safety Certified.

Ron lives in Webster with his wife and visiting children, teaches middle school science in Pittsford, NY, and loves to play the trumpet!

Club Contacts

Randy Naccarella

President

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Vivian Kane

Registrar

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Linh La

Admin Officials

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Interim WSA Bluefins

Vice President

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Stacy Schoen

Secretary

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Joan Adamo

Meet Entries

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Tammy Eggert

Past President

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Tammy Eggert

Treasurer/Billing

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Sara Uchal

Officials Coordinator

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Joanna Sokolowski

Webmaster

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Linda Barbeau

Business Operations Manager

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