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Coaches & Directors

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 coaches. For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the parent board members.

Coaching Staff

Ruben Sembrano

Jersey Flyers Head Coach

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Michelle Sanchez

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Coach Michelle Sanchez joined the Jersey Flyers Coaching Staff in September 2016. In addition to coaching the Flyers, Michelle is also the head coach of the Secaucus Patriots Summer League Swim Team and the Director of Swimming in her hometown of Secaucus. She is one of the Flyers' dryland coaches as well. She was born in New York City to her parents Menchu and Judith Sanchez, and raised in Secaucus with her older brother, Jude.

She began swimming competitively at the age of 6 with the Secaucus Seahawks, and later that year she joined the Stevens Sharks in Hoboken before moving to Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics in Manhattan at 10 years old. She remained with AGUA until she graduated high school. She attended high school at Immaculate Heart Academy, where she also swam, and then earned her BS in Biology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In 2018, she earned her MS in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in sports medicine. In addition to swimming, Michelle was a synchronized swimmer, triathlete, and open water swimmer.

In her free time, Michelle likes to play music and go on long walks with our official unofficial team mascot and unofficial summer dryland assistant, her Portuguese Water Dog, Moana! She can play 17 different musical instruments, enjoys cooking, collects cowboy hats, and her favorite stroke is backstroke.  If you're ever at a meet need to find her, look for "the hat" or "the socks" and there she is!

Kat Cornelio

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Coach Kat was born and raised right here in Secaucus, NJ. She started swimming at 6 years old with the Secaucus Seahawks summer swim team, and joined the Stevens Sharks in Hoboken later that year. Fun fact: she and Coach Michelle swam together at Secaucus and Stevens! At the age of 8, Kat moved to Cougar Aquatic Team (Kat swam for CAT!) and swam with them until the age of 15, when she stopped USA Club Swimming. She continued to swim for the Secaucus High School team, where she was captain. In addition to swimming, she also ran for cross country and track and field teams. 

Kat graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA with a BS in Health Science. While living in Philadelphia, she worked as a kickboxing instructor and became a Philly cheesesteak enthusiast. Kat is planning to work toward a Master's in Exercise Science, but for now she is enjoying her time crafting, hiking, and chilling out with her one-eyed dog Toby!

Juan Medina

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Born in Puerto Rico, Coach John Medina brings a wealth of swimming knowledge to his students. He has been a swim coach for the Jersey Flyers Aquatic Club for 10 years and also coaches the Secaucus Patriots Town swim team along with dedicating his time to the Secaucus High School swim team. He regularly attends various Swim Clinics and earned his Level 2 Certified Swimming Coach certification through the USA Swimming Association.

In addition to being a certified coach, John is also a certified USA Swimming Official and officiates at many USA Swim Meets.

John was also a Karate Instructor for 30 years, earned an 8th Degree Black Belt in the Art, and is a USA Certified Boxing Coach and is also a black belt in Judo.

John is married and resides with his wife, Debra Medina, in Secaucus, NJ.

 

Tiffany Monterrosa

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Coach  Tiffany Monterrosa joined the Jersey Flyers  coach ing staff in 2014 and swam for the Jersey Flyers from 2011-2013. Tiffany started swimming competitively in 2007 for the Garfield YMCA Sharks. She then moved on to swim for the Meadowlands YMCA in the summer of 2009. During the year of 2009 she moved on to swim for the Clifton Boys & Girls Club for about 2 years before finally moving to the Jersey Flyers. Tiffany also swam for the Harrison High School swim team for 4 years and was Head Captain for 2 years. Tiffany has an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Hudson County Community College and is currently a student at New Jersey City University pursuing  her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. Her passion for teaching definitely comes in handy for all age groups as she reaches her goal to become a  General Education/Special Education Teacher. In her free time, she loves to eat, workout, and dance. She currently lives with her parents Ladislao and Alicia Monterrosa and two younger sisters Briana and Savannah Monterossa in Harrison, NJ.