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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.

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.  

 

 

Stephanie A Crofton

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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

 

Megan Decker

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Megan Decker began swimming competitively at the age of 7, swimming at the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA until graduating from Cranford High School.  She was a scholarship athlete at
Villanova University.  Over the years, she coached numerous summer swim club programs throughout NJ.  She currently coaches a summer team at Colony Pool in Chatham, as well as
Mount Saint Mary Academy.  In addition, she teaches preschool in Chatham.  She coached MSMA to NJSIAA Non-Public B State Champs in 2013-14 and NJISAA A Div. State Champs 2014-15.

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.  

 

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.

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.

ANDREA Luallen Egg

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Andrea’s experience includes coaching high school and masters swimmers at all levels, before taking a break from coaching to start a family. She is excited to be back on the pool deck again! Andrea grew up swimming in Tampa, FL and swam in college at the University of Texas, where she was an NCAA qualifier and part of the team that won an NCAA National Championship title there. She was an Olympic Trial qualifier, nationally ranked age group swimmer and a world ranked masters swimmer. She still holds numerous USMS NJ records and in the past has held several individual YMCA Masters National records and USMS National relay records. Andrea graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Mathematics and is an actuary working on pension plans for a large HR consulting firm.

KATHLEEN MISZKIEWICZ

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Kathleen began her competitive swimming career at the age of 7 at Summit Area YMCA. At the age of 14 she began swimming for Peter Barry at Somerset Hills YMCA. She was a freestyler/backstroker and qualified for YMCA Nationals at the age of 12. Kathleen continued her swimming career at Villanova University where she was a part of winning 4 Big East Championship Titles. She began her coaching career right before college at Clearwater Swim Club in New Providence, NJ. Kathleen joined the Berkeley Aquatic Family in May of 2019 to coach and lifeguard during the summer. Kathleen now works full time at Prudential in Newark, NJ.

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.

KYLE TERRACCIANO

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Kyle began swimming club at age 8 and about halfway through his career found himself swimming for Somerset Hills YMCA under Coach Peter. As a (self-proclaimed) 200 butterflier, Kyle qualified for YMCA Nationals twice and although it was a huge goal of his, he really just enjoyed being a part of the team and supporting those around him. A true summer swimmer at heart, Kyle taught swim lessons for many years and served as Assistant Coach for three summers at Middlesex Community Pool. Kyle also previously served as Assistant Coach at Metuchen Edison YMCA. Kyle sees coaching as a great way to mentor and guide others through the ups and downs of competition.

 

Kyle graduated from Rutgers University in summer 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education. By day, he is a passionate and caring math tutor. Though he is an algebra and calculus whiz, he might need your help figuring out the next interval. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys running, video games, and playing with his dogs. He loves spending time with his partner Kiera, who he was somehow lucky enough to meet behind the blocks in high school.

 

SARA VUKAS

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Sara swam competitively from the ages of 8-18 for a few different teams in Georgia and New Jersey. Her focus was butterfly and distance freestyle. She was a four year varsity swimmer in high school and was captain of her team senior year. Sara has been coaching since she was 14. She started as a summer league coach and worked for a club team while going to college in Pennsylvania. 

Sara graduated from Ursinus College in 2018 and received a bachelor of science degree in biology. Sara currently works as a science teacher for an all girls private school in Morristown.

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

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