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Our coaching staff is committed to making each swimmers' experience a positive and successful one. As members of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), they are knowledgeable and professional. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your swimmer, please reach out to your coach via email, or see them before/after practice to speak to them in person. If you have any other concerns, you can contact the Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

George Soutter

Owner, Head Coach

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Coach George began his swimming career swimming for the Leonia Swim Team in the North Jersey Pool Managers Association conference from 1973-1981. From 1984-1996 he was a swimming instructor, and eventually the Assistant Aquatic Director for the YWCA of Bergen County in Ridgewood, NJ. He became the Girls Varsity Swimming Coach at Paramus Catholic High School in 1994 and the following year started a boys’ team. In 1996 he began coaching at Kittatinny Regional High School in Hampton, NJ as an assistant swimming coach, becoming Head Coach in 1999 where he continues today. In 2004 Coach Soutter founded and coached the Kittatinny Barracudas Swim Team. He began coaching for the Sussex County YMCA Swordfish in 2006 as an age-group coach, and was Head Coach from 2011-2016. He is a certified USA Swimming and ASCA Level 2 coach. Coach Soutter has served the Wallkill Valley Swim Conference as President since 2009. He is married to Debra, and has three children Evan, Christopher, and Hannah.

  • Star Ledger “All-West Jersey Boys Swimming Coach of the Year” (2002 & 2013) w/KRHS
  • NJ Herald "Girls Swimming Coach of the Year" (2008) w/KRHS
  • NJ Herald "Boys Swimming Coach of the Year (2002, 2012, 2015, 2017) w/KRHS
  • NJAC North Division Boys Champs (2012, 2013, 2014) w/KRHS
  • NJ Herald "Boys Swimming Team of the Year" (2012, 2013, 2014) w/KRHS
  • Mugs Media/Eastern Propane "Boys Swimming Team of the Year" (2012, 2013, 2014) w/KRHS
  • Kittatinny Regional High School “Coach of the Year" (2011-2012)
  • Wallkill Valley Swim Conference Champions (2007- present) w/ Kittatinny Barracudas

Ray Fischer

Senior Coach

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Coach Ray is a certified ASC A level 4 swim coach and has coached all ages of swimming in his more than 30 years of coaching competitive swimming. Ray started his coaching career at the Ridgewood YMCA as a volunteer by creating and building a pre-competitive swim team with over 50 swimmers. When the pre- competitive swim team was incorporated into the RY competitive team, Ray continued as a coach of the competitive team for 20 years, coaching all age groups.

During his time at Ridgewood, he coached many swimmers to YMCA Nationals and  qualified a swimmer for Junior & Senior Nationals and Olympic trials; attended coaches college in Colorado Springs Olympic center; Coached the NJ Zone team; ran the USS Gold Age Group Camp for NJ Swimming;  was a a board member of the NJ Swimming for many years as coaches representative and registration chairman; and more.

When Ray retired from IBM he became head coach at the Randolf YMCA. While there Ray:

  • built the team from 80 to 180 competitive swimmers
  • maintained a 15 swimmer YMCA National Qualifying team
  • Produced many ymca state champions
  • Founded and coached a Masters swim Program

After 10 years, Ray retired from the YMCA and took a part time job as assistant coach responsible for coaching the 11/12s at SHY(Somerset Hills YMCA). While there Ray qualified four(4) 12 year olds for YMCA Nationals,  had the 11/12’s win the team high point at state championships and  coached the boys 11/12 200 medley relay to #1 relay in the United States. 

Kurt Matheson

Age-group Coach

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Coach Kurt Matheson began his swim career at the age of 6 swimming for the Community Park Blue Fins in Princeton (he still holds a few records!). He went on to swim for the Peddie Aquatics, USA Swimming club, in Hightstown, NJ as well as the Peddie High School team.  After high school he attended West Point United States Military Academy, where he swam as a Division 1 athlete. He coached at the Sussex County YMCA from 2014-2016, and joined NJB in 2017. He still swims in the occasional US Masters meets from time to time. A marketing specialist for a large pharmaceutical company, he lives with his wife Laura and son Cody.

Kayleigh Russell

Pre-Team Coach

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Coach Kayleigh Russell began swimming with the Kittatinny Barracudas in 2004 and finished in 2013. She also swam for the Sussex County YMCA Swordfish winter team from 2011-2013 in both the North Jersey YMCA and NJ/USA Swimming leagues, and was an active member athlete of USA Swimming. Kayleigh was also an important member of the Kittatinny Regional High School Cougars from 2009-2013, where she served as Captain her senior year. She swam for the College of New Jersey Club Team in Trenton, NJ.  She began coaching for the Kittatinny Barracudas in 2015, and is an elementary school teacher in Roxbury. 

  •        KRHS Coaches Award 2011, 2012, 2013

Justin Reed

Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Coach Reed played football, basketball, and track during his time as a student-athlete at Kittatinny Regional High   School.  He graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Health and Physical Education in 2007.  While at ECU, he was also a member of the track team and competed at the Division I level.  Coach Reed has coached football and track at KRHS and has been a Health and Physical Education teacher at Stillwater Township School since 2007.  He recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Centenary University, and is also an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.  Coach Reed has many years of training experience and knowledge from his personal athletic career and is looking forward to helping the athletes achieve their goals!  He lives in Stillwater with his wife Meg and two daughters, Mackenzie and Rylee.

Evan Soutter

Age-Group Coach

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Coach Evan Soutter has been swimming competitively since he was 7 years old. He began his career on the Sussex Wantage Swim Team in 2003, before joining onto the Kittatinny Barracudas when they started up in 2004. He also swam for the Sussex County YMCA Swordfish winter team from 2005-2013 in both the North Jersey YMCA and NJ/USA Swimming leagues, and was an active member athlete of USA Swimming. Evan was also a member of the High Point Regional High School Wildcats from 2009-2013, and was a team Captain his senior year. He is currently co-president for the Rowan University Club Team in Glassboro, NJ where he is a chemical engineering major, swims, and teaches swimming lessons. He is USA Swimming certified and an American Red Cross Lifeguard.

Erica Campbell

Asst. Coach, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

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Coach Erica has been swimming since she was a young child. She swam the Kittatinny Barracudas Summer Team from 2004-2007, where she also volunteered to help coach the 6 &Under swimmers. She went on to become a big point-earner for the Kittatinny Regional High School Varsity Swim Team, swimming 100 Fly, 200 Free, and 100 Back earning her varsity letter and being a championships qualifier. While at KRHS, she volunteered as an assistant coach for the Junior High team, and taught swimming lessons in the summers. She swam for the NJ Gators during the 2007-2008 season, and then began coaching with them until the team closed in 2016. Coach Erica was a swim instructor at the Swim Fitness Center from 2007-2010, and has lifeguarded for Crandon Lakes, AquaPro Lifeguards, and Centenary College where she graduated in 2015 with a BA in Graphic Design. She is certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and a certified lifeguard.

Maggie Hoffman

Age-group Coach

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Coach Maggie Hoffman swam for the Newton High School and summer teams, and was the Head Coach of the Lenape Valley Regional High School team for several seasons. She is also an elementary school teacher in Newton.

Ashley Dispenziere

Age-Group Coach

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Coach Ashley has been swimming competitively since the age of 15. She started out with the Sussex-Wantage Porpoises just prior to the beginning of her high school career with the High Point Wildcats. While swimming at High Point, she was the captain of the girls’ swim team and was named to the NJAC First team and New Jersey Herald Second Team as a senior. She swam for Elizabethtown College for two and a half years prior to a career ending injury. During her time as an athlete for Elizabethtown, Ashley was the Student Athlete Mentors president, Student Athlete Advisory Committee treasurer, and the featured female athlete for the Spring of 2015. Ashley began coaching at the recreational level with the Sussex-Wantage Porpoises. Most recently, she has coached for the Lancaster County Special Olympics and has coached at the Texas Longhorns Swim Camp for the past two years under the guidance of head coaches Eddie Reese and Carol Capitani, as well as Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker. Ashley is a certified American Red Cross lifeguard as well as Water Safety Instructor.