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Coaches/Key Volunteers

Coaching Staff

TRISTAN FORMON

Head Coach

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Primary Groups: Seniors

Background: Tristan began his coaching career in the UK and has been coaching at Berkeley and teaching at the Berkeley Swim School since 1996. Tristan's background includes many years as an elite level swimmer, competing at the regional and national levels, as well as in collegiate swimming at Loughborough University, in a swimming career that took him to the British Olympic Trials. He was named NJ Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for 2011 and has been selected as a NJS All Star Zone Coach on several occasions. Active in the governance at all levels of the sport of Swimming, Tristan has served as a member of the USA Swimming, Eastern Zone Swimming and New Jersey Swimming Board of Directors. Currently he serves as Eastern Zone Coach Director, member of the USA Swimming Age Group Development Committee and Co-Chair of the USA Swimming Zone Director Council. He received his Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Coaching and Sports Administration from Montclair State University.

DEUEL STEPHENS

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENTAL AQUATICS

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Deuel Stephens is the BAC Director of Developmental Aquatics.   Deuel is responsible for oversight of the Swim School, Clinics and Take Your Mark program.   Deuel brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently serving as the head coach and director of Deep End Aquatics.   A St Benedict's Preparatory School and Drew University Graduate, Stephens has worked in the aquatics community for his entire adult life.  Deuel is the current NJ Swimming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair and additionally serves on the Eastern Zone DEI Committee.

HEATHER GRIEB

HEAD AGE GROUP COACH

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Heather has been a part of the NJ Swimming community for nearly 30 years.  She began her competitive swimming career with the Ridgewood YMCA where she went on to represent the team at YMCA Nationals for 5 years.  She then earned a scholarship at the University of Connecticut where she swam on the varsity team for 4 years. 

She began coaching summer recreation swim team with the Demarest Swim Club in high school, and has been coaching swim teams consistently ever since!  Her most recent coaching position was the Head Coach/Area Director of the Life Time Fitness swim team.  In her time there, she served as the head coach for the Berkeley Heights division; oversaw the coaches and development of all clubs within the NJ/PA region and created the swim coach education curriculum that Life Time uses nationally. 

She has served as both coach and manager for the NJSwim Zone teams; and also represented NJSwim at the 2019 USASwimming Leadership Summit.  Away from the pool deck, Heather works as a first grade teacher at Red Bank Elementary School.  She is also currently part of the ASCA Swimming Fellowship Class and a member of the USA Swimming Club Development Committee. 

 

Anna Barry

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Primary Group:  Juniors/Snappers

Background: Anna has taught at the Berkeley Swim School for numerous years.  She has also been a member of the coaching staff at Berkeley Aquatic Club for over 15 years.  Anna served on the NJ Swimming Board of Directors as the NJS Treasurer and NJS Records Chair. She graduated from Alfred University in Alfred, New York with a major in Accounting. Anna received a Master’s Degree in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been selected as a coach to the New Jersey Swimming All Star Zone Team on multiple occasions.

 

 

Peter Barry

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Peter Barry

Primary Group: Assists with the Senior and Junior Groups

Background: Peter Barry began coaching in 1978.  He served as Assistant Women's Coach for Columbia University from 1983-1986.  Upon matriculating, from Columbia University, with a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Building and Development, he became Head Age Group at Morris Center YMCA, eventually becoming Head Coach from 1989-1993.  In 1993, Peter took on the role as Junior Coach at the Somerset Hills YMCA, eventually becoming Director of Competitive Aquatics from 2001-2015.  In 2012, he was named YMCA Coach of the Year, by his swimmers, parents and peers.  In his tenure, he has coached Olympic Trial, USA Junior National, National qualifiers, and Junior Pan Pac's finalists, and YMCA National Champions.  

 

 

SHAAM BROWN

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Stephanie A Crofton

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Stephanie joins the Berkeley Aquatics family after 22 years at The Atlantic Club and 6 years on Jersey Coast Swim Club head coach/owner. 

She has been coaching for over 40 yrs., age group as well as master swimmers & triathletes.

She is a ASCA Level 4 coach and Level 1 USA Triathlon. Stephanie volunteered her time as an Assistant Manager for USA Swimming Junior Pan Pac’s,

And selected as coach for EZ Select Camps in Buffalo NY and Baltimore MD.

Stephanie graduated from Clarion University with a BS in Business Admin, Marketing & Management majors

She achieved 2 National team championships and 8 All-American while in college. She is a 4 Time Ironman Finisher (Lake Placid/Florida/NJ NY),

And a 4 time age group place at SOS (Survival of the Shawangunk’s). Stephanie still enjoys running, biking and swimming.

Stephanie encourages all to be the best they can be all the time.

Marlene Curtis

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Primary Groups: Streaks

Background: Marlene joined the BAC staff in 1995.  Marlene has more than 25 years’ experience as a swim instructor.  She is an ASCA Level II Coach and has been selected as a NJS All Star Zone Coach.  Marlene currently serves on the NJ Swimming Board of Directors as Registration Chair, and Safe Sport Chair.  Previously she has served as Safety Chair (Operational Risk).  She is an Associate Professor of Physical Education at Kean University.  Marlene also coaches at Echo Lake Country Club during the summer.  Marlene graduated from Calvin College with a major in Recreation and Physical Education and earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Columbia University.  Marlene served as the Director of Aquatics at the Union YMHA

 

Meredith Formon

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Background:  Meredith began as an instructor in the Berkeley Swim School in 2001. She joined the Berkeley coaching staff assisting with the age group program in the fall of 2008.  In the Fall of 2018, Meredith began running the Competitive Readiness Clinics for 5 to 7 year olds interesting in joining the competitive team.  She has a passion for helping young athletes develop the skills they need to empower them to be more successful at the next level. Meredith has been selected as a NJS All Star Zone Coach on several occasions.  She was a collegiate cross-country runner.  Meredith graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a major in Biology and Pre-Med.  

 

Walter Richard Kempner

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This is Walter Kempner's 20th year coaching swimming in New Jersey.  During that time, he has worked with athletes ranging from 8 & unders to 15/18s.  Walter is the head coach at the New Providence Community Pool in the summer and at New Providence High School during the winter.  He has worked previously with BAC swimmers who participated on those teams, and he admires the BAC program and its achievements.  Walter has been a Social Studies teacher at New Providence HS since 2005.  He is an avid sports and music fan.  Walter looks forward to coaching at BAC and helping swimmers to develop and  to attain their goals.   

Chris Labianco

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The sport of Swimming has been part of Coach Chris’ life for over 40 years - as a swimmer, a coach, a swim parent and at one point or another all three at the same time. Chris has been blessed to coach and work with summer league swimmers as well as Olympians throughout his many years on deck.

A native of New Jersey, Coach Chris is returning to Berkeley Aquatic Club, the club he finished out his age group swimming career with under Coach Jim Wood.  Chris attended Auburn University on a full athletic scholarship for swimming, where he was an SEC Conference finalist and a team Captain.  A true distance swimmer, Chris currently holds two U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water National Records. 

Professionally Chris is the Executive Director of the Cabrini Mission Foundation in New York.  He served as the Chief Development Officer for the USA Swimming Foundation from 2008-2010.  In addition to his undergraduate degree Chris holds a Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Chris is married to his wife Shannon of 20 years and has two children.

 

Al Ledgin

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“Coach Al” Ledgin comes to the Berkeley Aquatic Club after 15 years as the Head Coach of the Morris County Swim Club (NJS). While leading MCSC, Al had the pleasure and privilege of contributing to the development of a 6 time USA Swimming National Age Group Record Breaker, as well as numerous USA Swimming Top 16 Individuals and Top 10 Relays. Prior to MCSC, Al led programs in Champaign, Decatur, Crystal Lake, New Trier and Lincolnshire, Illinois and also Easton PA between 1978 and 2005. Al has earned Age Group Coach of the Year honors in both Illinois and New Jersey.  Al is also indirectly associated with BAC as his daughter Autumn (now 25 years old and living/working in Nashville, TN) was a member of BAC, a few years back.  When not on deck, Al enjoys listening to live music and often travels an hour or more “searching for the sound”......  

Coach Al is extremely excited about the potential for this opportunity to work with the BAC and it's membership in various ways.

TERESA NARDUZZI

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Teresa started competitively swimming at 8 years old for the Caldwell Center Cyclones. She swam for West Orange High School as a three year captain. Her love for swimming led her to swim Division I for Saint Francis University. Her senior year of college, Teresa was the Northeast Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. With her degrees in Marketing and Communications, she works for a large management consulting firm. Over the last 6 years, Teresa has coached for the West Orange Wave in the summer and conducted private swim and stroke technique lessons for all age groups. She has a passion for giving back to the sport and is looking forward to sharing her love for swimming with all of BAC!

Bud Rimbault

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Bud has coached for over 45 years at various location in New Jersey, Texas and Arizona.  Most recently he has served as Director of Competitive Swimming at Ridgewood YMCA.  His swimmers have qualified for Y Nationals, Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials and won events at Y Nationals and Junior Nationals and scoring at Senior Nationals.  In addition to coaching Bud has served in many different administrative positions in NJ Swimming, Gulf Swimming and NJ Y swimming. 

Before coaching full time Bud earned a masters degree at Teachers College, Columbia University and taught history while coaching high school swimming.

Tim Shallcross

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Tim’s athletic and coaching background are both long term and diverse. His passion for sport and coaching comes from his dad who was a Collegiate 3 sport athlete and one of New Jersey’s first Inductee’s into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After a successful high school sport career, which included an NJ State soccer title and a placing in States as a wrestler - Tim continued on as a Division 1 college wrestler. After University, Tim embarked on a successful career as an Institutional Fixed Income Trader and Executive. Tim never lost his own passion for competition however, becoming an Ironman and Age Group National Qualifying Triathlete as well as an experienced Open Water Swimmer.

His coaching calling started as an elite New Jersey wrestling coach, which saw many of his proteges ultimately qualify for Division 1 Nationals. Tim’s diversity in coaching includes coaching employees from Bristol Meyers Squib for Walton Endurance’s cycling across America in the “Cure for Cancer” effort. Tim is a Level 1 USA Triathlon coach and Level 2 USA Masters Swim coach concentrating on training step cycles/phases and stroke technique.

ART ZAWODNY

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Art began swimming competitively at age 11, swimming for the Lakeland Hills and Randolph Area YMCAs. A YMCA All American in the 100 backstroke with multiple top 10 finishes at HS States, Art finished out his career swimming at Rider University winning the 100 back conference title as a sophomore. He has coached for 6 years at Blue Eagle in Nazareth PA when his son decided to swim competitively working with all levels of swimmers from 9/10s to USA Swimming Junior National qualifiers.  

Board of Directors

Jack Flood

PRESIDENT - BLUE STREAK AQUATIC INC.

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