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Coaches/Key Volunteers

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets,  goal setting, and other swimming related needs (wet-side questions) , please contact one of the Coaches.  For questions related to Billing, Fundraising, Volunteering, the website, etc. (dry-side questions), please contact the appropriate Board Member/Key Volunteers.  Please scroll to the bottom of the page to find the list of Board Members/Key Volunteers.

If you are unable to locate the person you need, please email Wendy Barisonek at BSACommunications@berkeleyaquaticclub.com.

 

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.

Graham Bodner

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Graham Bodner began coaching in the summer of 2010 in Pittsburgh PA. Most recently, he was the Head Age Group Coach of the Ridgefield Aquatic Club in Connecticut for the past four years. During his time there, RAC’s age group program grew in not only numbers but success at the state and zone level. Last year RAC finished 2nd overall at CT Age Group State Championships with his 10 & Under girls winning back to back team titles in 2018 Short Course And 2018 Long Course Age Group Championships. Coach Graham is also very involved in his off-deck work. Recently, Graham was an assistant coach for the USA Swimming Eastern Zone Select Camp in his hometown of Pittsburgh PA. He was selected as a 2017 ASCA fellow and tasked with studying how to coach GenZ athletes. Also, Coach Graham is a published writer in Swimming World Magazine as well as SPLASH Magazine. Coach Graham’s philosophy on age group swimming is based around simple principles. Enjoying the process, always be competing, always be learning and finding FUN in the challenge.

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.  

 

 

Joe Ciccarelli

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Primary Groups: Competitive Readiness Clinics, FLEX and assists with Age Group program

Background: Joe swam for Matt Elko at Lakeland Hills YMCA for 13 years earning multiple state times in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and 100 Butterfly. After finishing his career at Lakeland, Joe went on to swim at Kings College a Division II level team. Joe is joining our coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach for 3 years at Lifetime Athletic Clubs in the New York Metro Area.

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

Coach & COMPETITIVE READINESS CLINICS

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Primary Groups:Assists with the Age Group program/Competitive Readiness Clinics

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.  

 

Bobby Hammond

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Background:  Bobby Hammond started swim lessons at Berkeley Aquatic Club at the age of 6 and worked his way through the various practice groups up to Seniors. After making the Zone Team at the age of 10, Bobby fell in love with the sport of triathlon and became a sponsored triathlete by the time he was 12. Bobby consistently held a top 3 ranking nationally and is now an Elite Triathlete having the honor of competing as part of Team USA in the North America non draft-legal circuit and winning numerous non-drafting sprint and Olympic distance races across the country. Bobby looks to bring the same level of commitment, energy, enthusiasm and passion for the sports and competition to BAC as a Coach while he builds a Triathlon program here at Berkeley Aquatic Club. Bobby is joining our coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at Lifetime Athletic Clubs in Colorado and in the New York Metro area.

Paul Hansen

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Primary Groups: Assists with the Junior and Senior Groups

Background: Prior to BAC, Paul was an assistant coach at the Cape Cod Swim Club. Before that, he and his wife Theresa co-coached the Pasquotank River Otters in Elizabeth City, NC, where the team grew from 16 to 60 swimmers during his tenure. Paul brings to BAC a keen interest in stroke mechanics, and can be seen at any practice working with the swimmers to improve their strokes and turns. Paul joined the BAC staff as a volunteer coach in 2001 after he retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. A graduate of U.S.C.G.A., he achieved All-American status as a cadet.  Following several years at sea, he attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, and served as a pilot for the remainder of his career.  He now flies off a corporate flight department.

Dave Kessel

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Kevin Mahoney

Coach

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Primary Group: Assists with Juniors and Streaks

Background: Kevin has been a member of the Berkeley Coaching Staff since 1996. He is a graduate of Lycoming College where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. He also is currently working on his Teaching Certification in Physical Education after completing the required credits from the United States Sports Academy. Kevin was a High School Physical Education Teacher for 26 years at Oratory Prep and St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ and currently is a Substitute Teacher at Gill St. Bernard School and Summit High School. In 2012, Kevin retired from coaching High School Swimming after 22 years as the Head Coach at Mount Saint Mary Academy (1996-2012) and Oratory Prep (1991-2007). He was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012 for Girls Swimming. His Girls and Boys Swim Teams earned over 50 Championship Titles, including 18 NJ State and NJ Independent School State Championships. He comprised a career record of 171-15-2 at The Mount, the highest winning percentage in NJ State history for Swimming. Kevin presently is a Certified Pool Operator and manages/coaches at Roxiticus Golf Club in Mendham.

Katie Paris

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Primary Group: Assists with Seniors, Juniors and AG Program 

Katie’s swimming career started at Berkeley Swim School, and progressed all the way through to the Senior Team. During her career at Berkeley, Katie had the opportunity to compete in meets such as Speedo Super Sectionals and Open Water Nationals, was recognized by USA Swimming as a Scholastic All-American and served as the NJ Swimming Athlete Representative for her Junior & Senior year of high school.  Katie graduated from Berkeley and New Providence High School In 2014, and went on to swim at the collegiate level for 2 years at Bowdoin College, and was a 4 year member of the Bowdoin Water Polo team, ending senior year as a captain.    Katie began coaching at the New Providence Community Pool in the summer of 2014, and has continued to coach each subsequent summer, joining Berkeley in Fall 2018.

Sam Petersen

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Tatiana Prendella

Coach & MASTERS

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Background: Tatiana swam for Peter Barry at Somerset Hills YMCA for 11 years, then continued her career at Brown University. She competed at Brown for four years, serving as captain her final year. Tatiana raced in multiple individual A Finals at the Ivy League Championships and broke several school relay records with her teammates. During the summer, she trained and competed under Jim Wood, while coaching the Bernardsville Swim Team.

Chris Rattray

Coach/BAC TV

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Primary Groups: Assists with Seniors, Juniors and AG Program

Chris graduated from Bridgewater Raritan High School and the Berkeley Aquatic Club Senior Program in 2011. Chris went on to earn a BS of Science in Film and Video at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. As part of his Drexel education, Rattray participated in six-month internship in Phoenix, AZ with Swimming World TV as an Associate Producer and furthered his knowledge of Swimming Digital Media, and continued his work with Swimming World since live-streaming meets along the east coast.  Rattray oversees content creation with the aim of providing young athletes with a viewing platform by which they can further improve their swimming knowledge and ability including live meet streaming by starting SwimCast – Powered by BAC TV, a live-streaming business out of BAC that you can find on YouTube and Facebook.  Chris heads up the swim pro film review at BAC and can be found coaching on-deck the Senior, Junior, and Age Group programs utilizing programs on the iPad and the Swim Pro System for video analysis of technique to develop sound stroke mechanics across all levels.

 

Elissa Ryan

Coach

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Primary Groups: Take Your Marks

Background: Elissa Ryan (formerly Lavorerio) has been a member of the Berkeley Aquatic Club family for over 30 years.  She swam on the first Snapper team and made her way to swimming on the Senior team.  She earned her varsity letter for 4 years at Watchung Hills in swimming, and was captain her junior and senior year.  She went on to compete for Rutgers University, earning a BA in Political Science and lettering all four years, ending her career as captain. 

 

Mike Schwebel

Coach - Masters

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Primary Groups: MASTERS

Background: Mike began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant swim coach under Judy Lee at Westfield Memorial Pool.  Prior to that Mike was an All-American High School swimmer and swam in the Division I- Mid-American conference at Miami University in Oxford, OH.  Since then Mike has coached at Westfield YMCA, Scotch Plains Fanwood YMCA, Nomahegan Swim Club and more recently as Assistant coach at Westfield High School from 2010 through the 2018 season winning 7 state championships with the Boys and Girls programs.  Mike has been a Masters swimmer since 2005 where he swam with Fort Lauderdale Aquatics before relocating back to New Jersey.  He has been swimming with our Berkeley Aquatic Master’s program since 2012 and coaching at BAC since 2016.  You can find Mike coaching our Masters team practices on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, or swimming with our group on Monday and Thursday evenings. Mike earned his Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from Miami University and currently works in healthcare sales for a manufacturer based in Whippany, NJ.

 

Christina Wypijewska

Yoga Instructor

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Background: A graduate of Yale University and Vassar College, with a Master's Degree in Public Health, Christina is an experienced registered yoga teacher at the 500-level with special training to work with children and teens. She encourages her students to explore their true potential through powerful and balanced yoga sequences with an emphasis on breath, alignment and awareness. Christina has extensive experience working with kids, teeens and adults, including training other teachers about the healing benefits of yoga, pranayama, sound vibration and meditation. She teaches group classes and private yoga and meditation in NJ, NY and locations around the world. 

Board of Directors and Key Volunteers

Jack Flood

President

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Connie Kulikowski

BSA Billing

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Wendy Barisonek

BSA VP Communications

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Chenxia Duan

Grocery Card Coordinator

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Cindi Profaca

BSA Secretary

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Allison Nash

BSA VP Meet Operations

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