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We are here to support your needs.  If your questions are related to practices, meets, goal setting, and other swimming related matters, please contact your  child’s coach.   For all administrative questions about events, fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact Head Coach Ken O’Reilly at coachkeno@aol.com

Coaching Staff

Kenneth J O'Reilly

Head Coach; National-Sectional Coach

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Ken is beginning his sixth season as Head Coach of the merged club Scarlet Aquatics, but is in his 21st season with NJ Wave and his 19th season as Head Coach / CEO.  He is the former Head Coach and Aquatic Director of the Greater Bergen County YMCA.  In addition, he has experience working with Olympic Coach Mark Schubert at the Swim with Schubert Swim Camp.  Throughout his 29 years of coaching experience he has coached all different ability levels and age groups including USS Top 16 Age Group swimmers, NJ State Champions, NJ State Record-holders, YMCA National Swimmers, Sectional Qualifiers, Sectional Champions, USS Junior National swimmers, USS Senior National swimmers, World Championship trial qualifiers and Olympic Trial qualifiers.  The American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) recognizes Coach O’Reilly as a Level 4 USS Coach.  He holds an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University.  In addition to coaching, Ken works as a Computer Applications teacher in Paramus.  Ken and his wife Monika have 2 children, Aislinn and Elena.  

Todd Colombo

Head Age Group: Senior Prep

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Coach Todd is entering his 10 th season as the Senior Prep/Head Age Group coach.  In his first ten seasons, he has coached dozens of individual state champions in multiple events, multiple zone champions, numerous individual state record holders, multiple Eastern Zone Sectional Qualifiers, multiple relay team state records, 2 zone record holders and dozens of swims ranked in the top 10 in the nation.  Todd was recognized as NJ Age Group Coach of the year in the fall of 2015.  Todd is recognized as a Level 3 Coach by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).  Todd graduated Penn State in 2000 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  Since then, he has earned Master’s Degrees in ESL, Administration and Supervision and Special Education.  He is entering his 19 th year as a teacher.

Erin Kathlyn Miller

Lyndhurst High Peformance Coach

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Erin was the 2006 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year for the State of New Jersey.  She has  25 years experience coaching all ages and abilities. Erin has literally coached at mini meets all the way up to Senior Nationals.   Erin is known for her many years at New Jersey Wave where she coached many Sectional level swimmers, High Point Winners, National top 16 Ranked swimmers and State Record Holders.  She was also the Head Coach for the summer team, Paramus Pacers for 12 years where they were League Champions many times.   Erin was awarded  The Craig Beardsley Award in 1999, and was also coached by the former World Record Holder. Erin has represented New Jersey as an Eastern Zone Coach four times. Erin had the opportunity to train at The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co at a National Select Camp.  Erin's drills have been featuredon the  USA Swimming website.   She was a Junior National finalist in the 200 fly, as well as a NJCAA All American in the same event.  Erin is married to Tom Miller, and has two amazing children Alex and Emma who is starting Ithaca College this Fall. Erin completed the 2009 ING NYC Marathon in her father’s memory. Erin is an ASCA level 3 and a Certified Pool Operator.  She has a unique mix of toughness, caring and fun that is hard to find in coaches today!!

Brian Frazer

Sen Advanced Coach / Nat'l-Sect Assist

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Andrea Symak

Age Group Coach

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Coach Andrea has been coaching for the last 15 years in Japan, New Jersey and Germany, mostly for the military teams overseas as a Head Coach.  She has lots of experience with all different age groups from novice to national level swimmers.  Andrea led her last swim team, Stuttgart Piranhas in Germany, to win 3 consecutive division titles.  During her tour in Germany, Andrea implemented swim clinics with 3 US Olympians:  Kim Vandenberg, Aaron Peirsol and Rebecca Soni.  Andrea is currently part of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is recognized as a level 4 certified coach, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety, CPR/First Aid and AED Instructor and former Aquatics Director for the Boys and Girls Club in Paterson and Passaic.  Andrea has a personal training background and lately has been competing in bodybuilding along with her husband Jason.  She is a mother of two swimmers, Alexia and Jazlyn, and is happy to be back in NJ to make it home.

Christopher A LaBianco

Lyndhurst - Senior Development Coach

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Coach Chris joins us as a first year Scarlet Aquatics coach at the Lyndhurst location after serving as a part time coach for the SKYY swim team for the past 5 years. 

Aquatics have long been part of Chris’ life. As a competitive swimmer Chris was an age group teammate of Coach Erin Miller as a well as a high school teammate of Coach Ken O’Reilly at Bergen Catholic High School.

Chris is no stranger to Scarlet – NJ Wave. He swam age group for the club and remains on our top ten best time list to this day, some 28 years later.   A true distance swimmer, Chris also currently holds two U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water National Records

Chris attended Auburn University on a full athletic scholarship for swimming and went on to place at the South East Conference Championship meet as well as be selected as team Captain.    

Professionally, Chris serves as the Vice President, Development for the EastWest Institute, in New York City.  He served as the Chief Development Officer for the USA Swimming Foundation, the fundraising arm of USA Swimming.  Chris holds a Master’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Chris is married to his wife Shannon and has two children.

Cristen Giblin

Advanced Novice Co-Coach

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Denisse Ruatos

Advanced Novice Co-Coach

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Denisse has started swimming with New Jersey Wave since she was 7 years old. During her high school years, she spent her time teaching kids of all ages how to swim and coaching her local boys and girls club swim team, earning her reputation as a great teacher. She is currently studying to be a nurse and she is very excited to be joining us this season.

Jonathan Scrivanich

Lyndhurst-Junior 1 Coach

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Jonathan is in his first year coaching Scarlet after coaching on SKYY Swim Team under Coach Erin for 5 years.  Jonathan is in his final year at Stevens Institute of Technology and has been teaching lessons for 7 years.  Jonathan was also an assistant coach on the Paramus Pacers for 3 years.  Jon brings a lot of fun and encouragement to his group and is excited to be part of the Scarlet coaching staff!
 

Michelle Limbacher

Junior 2 Coach

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Michelle has been coaching swimming for over 20 years. She dedicates coaching time with technique and building competition training focusing on the swimmers to always do their best. She has coached on The Atlantic Club as well as being a founding coach for Skyy Swim Team.  Currently, she is the Head Coach of Paramus Pacers where she has coached every summer for over for 15 years.  She is a graduate from Lafayette College and has two masters concentrating on Performance Enhancement: Sports Psychology from University of Connecticut and Education from Farleigh Dickinson University. She has over 20 years experience as a teacher and is presently the Lead Teacher of the World Language Department at Paramus High School.  In her spare time, Michelle sits as the vice chairwoman for the 4th of July Committee for Paramus and spends time with her husband Rich and three swimming children Richie, Ashlee and Luke.
 

Shannon Coccaro

Novice Coach - Paramus Location

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Shannon Coccaro started her swimming career at age six when she started on paramus pacers and then later joined New Jersey Wave. She also swam four years varsity at Paramus High School where she captained the team her senior year. In her high school career she has broken two school records, has been 1st Team All League Big North Freedom Division more then once, named most valuable swimmer, and placed top five at counties. She was also apart of bringing her high school team to states for the first time in Paramus history. Shannon joined Skyy Swim Team at age 15 where she continued her swimming career earning sectional cuts in all her best events. She wants to continue in the swimming world by sharing her love and passion for the sport through coaching. 

Board of Directors

Glenn Sr. Hilzen

Meet Director / Board Member

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Nina Degnan

Meet Entry Coordinator / Team Secretary

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Anne Cervone

Communications Chairperson

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