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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related topics, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to volunteering, meet fees, merchandising, fundraising or publicity, please contact one of the members of the Executive Board of the Parents Association.

Coaching Staff

Paulo Madeira

Head Coach

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Paulo Madeira has been Head Coach of the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team since 2013. Coach Paulo swam on the Montclair Dolphin swim team as a youth. He has been a coach at the Montclair Y since 1993, except for a four year break during which he was Head Coach for the North Jersey Blue Streaks. While at the Bluestreaks, he introduced USA Swimming meets to swimmers and parents, he trained 3 JO winners and 7 Zone qualifiers. In only two years, the team rose to become JCC Swim League champions and went undefeated for the entire season during their JCC dual meet season. He also coached for two years at the Bradford Bath and Tennis Club. Coach Paulo was a NCAA Division III swimmer in the New Jersey Athletic Conference for all four years of college for the Red Hawks at Montclair State University where he majored in computer science and minored in math. Paulo held the 200 yard breaststroke record at Montclair State.    

 

Matt Garifo

Head Age Group Coach

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Matt Garifo has been a coach of the Montclair YMCA Dolphins since 2012. Prior to that time, he was Head Coach and Assistant Aquatic Director of the North Jersey Bluestreaks (YM-YWHA). Matt swam for Seton Hall Prep in high school and was an NCAA Division II Swimmer in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  for the Huskies of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Theatre Arts. Matt volunteers for the Annual Campaign of the YMCA of Montclair because he sees what a positive impact swimming has on kids and wants to make sure that the Y provides that opportunity to the whole community.

Megan Felber

Coach

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Megan Felber has been coaching the Montclair YMCA Dolphins since September 2013. She has been the Head Coach of the Montclair Beach Club swim team since 2013, where she also coached from 1996-2000. Megan began her age group swimming at the Phoenix Aquatic Club in Montclair where she first qualified for the NJ Junior Olympics at age 10. She joined the Montclair YMCA Dolphins at age 13 and placed 4th at the YWCA National Championships in the 100 backstroke that year.  Megan swam for Glen Ridge High School as a freshman and placed 2nd in the 100 back at the Essex County Championships and qualified for the Meet of Champions.  She began coaching at the Montclair Beach Club shortly thereafter.  Megan graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut where she majored in Communications.

Christopher Hanson

Coach

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Christopher Hanson has been a coach at the Montclair YMCA since 2009. Prior to coming to Montclair, Chris served as an assistant coach of the Hollin Hills Bluefish for two years and taught swimming privately for children and adults. In his youth, he swam with the Bluefish, Nation’s Capital Swim Club (fka Curl Burke Swim Club) and Bishop Ireton HS in Alexandria, Va. Chris was a NCAA Division III swimmer in the Landmark Conference for all four years of college for the Crusaders at Susquehanna University, where he was co-captain and majored in Theatre Studies. Chris also has a Masters degree in Sustainability Studies from Ramapo College. 

 

Lesly Mendoza

Coach

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Lesly Mendoza has been a coach at the Montclair YMCA since 2015. Prior to coming to Montclair, Lesly served as an assistant coach for almost 4 years at the Wayne YMCA and held numerous positions at the Clifton Boys & Girls Club including assistant coach, swim instructor, lifeguard and weekend supervisor. In her youth, she swam with the Clifton Seahawks and Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus NJ. Leslie was a NCAA Division III swimmer in the Eastern College Athletic Conference for all four years of college for the Pioneers at William Paterson University, where she was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholar and was a NJAC All-Academic Honorable Mention Team Member.  Lesly received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.  Leslie is a certified Level 2 USA swim coach.

 

Board of Directors

Diann Ancey

Member, Executive Board

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Rachel Bernstein

Member, Executive Board

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Dennis Byun

Member, Executive Board

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Wartyna Davis

Member, Executive Board

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Hanan Ebrahim

Member, Executive Board

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Sonja Hood

Member, Executive Board

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Sooji Park

Member, Executive Board

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Marjorie Steffe

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Karyn Silsby

Member, Executive Board

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Michael Townson

Member, Executive Board

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Ilia Wood

Member, Executive Board

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