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Who To Contact:
Coaching Questions
Coach Dave, Head Swim Team Coach, at coachdave@ocytigersharks.org.
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Jacqui Markatos, STAC Chair, at ocystacworkhours@gmail.com.
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Jen Colasurdo, Assistant Finance Director at jcolasurdo@ocymca.org.
 
Coaching Staff

Dave Eldridge

Head Swim Team Coach

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Dave has been coaching at OCY since 2002.
He became the Head Coach of the  Tiger Sharks in 2012. 

Family: Wife Lisa and three children,  Sarah,Dylann,and Evan .

College: University of Arizona.

Swimming/Coaching Experience:

Before coming to OCY,  Dave  spent 11yrs coaching in Tucson and Glendale Arizona, as well as The Atlantic Club in Wall, NJ.
Dave swam in high school for the Berkley Aquatic Club and Watchung Hills High School.  Dave was the 1979 USA Jr. National Champion in the 200IM and 400 IM.  He held the 10 & under 100 free YMCA National age group record and the 11-12 200 IM YMCA National age group record.  At the University of Arizona he was a Team Captain.  In 1983 he finished 8th at Senior Nationals in the 400 IM and was ranked 20th in the world that year.  He participated in the 1984 Olympic Trials.

What does Dave like about coaching with OCY?
"I love watching our OCY kids grow and learn, as well as achieve success through hard work."

Corey Matthews

Age Group Head Coach

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Corey joined the OCY Coaching Staff in September 2015.
 
Family: Lives at home with his mom and sister

College: Ocean County College/William Paterson University

Swimming/Coaching Experience: Corey began swimming for the Dover Red summer team in 2003 and continued to swim summers through high school. He swam at Toms River High School North and was named captain his senior year. After graduating he attended and swam at Ocean County College for 2 years, then transferred to William Paterson University where he swam his remaining 2 years and was named captain his senior year. He currently swims with the OCY masters team. Corey began coaching for the Pioneer Aquatics Club at William Paterson University in 2013 and worked as an udergraduate assistant coach for the WPU swim team for one season.

What does Corey like about coaching with OCY?
"I enjoy having the opportunity to be a positive role model for the OCY swimmers and to be able to have an impact on other people's lives.  B eing able to teach others how to do something I love and to share my passion for swimming  with my fellow  Tigersharks is a lot of fun."

Kate Dwyer

Summer League Head Coach

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Kate began coaching for OCY in March 2017.
 
Family: Kate grew up in Freehold, NJ. She is very close with her mother and 2 siblings.
 
College: Seton Hall University 
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience: Kate began her swimming career on the Monmouth Heights Swim Team. Soon after she began swimming on the Y of Western Monmouth County team, later known as the Freehold-Old Bridge YMCA. Kate swam Varsity on the Freehold Township High School Team, where she lead her team as captain to its first ever division championship. She continued on to the Seton Hall University Division I Swim Team, where she earned an athletic scholarship. At the age of 14, Kate started coaching for the Monmouth Marlins Special Olympics Swim Team. She attended the Special Olympics summer and US games. In 2009, Kate coached for the same team that began her own swimming career, the Monmouth Heights Stingrays. From 2010 to 2012, she led swim lessons at Howell Pointe Swim Club.
 
What does Will like about coaching with OCY? "After so many years of swimming, I have such fond memories of OCY. I aspire to create the same inspiration and enjoyment for all swimmers. "

Keith McShaffrey

Hammerheads Lead Coach

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Coach Keith joined the OCY Coaching Staff in May 2016.

Family:  Keith lives with his wife, Tania, son Connor and daughter Ryanne. They also have a great additions in their Golden Doodle Logan and cat Cali.

College:  University of Delaware (1992), Georgian Court University (1994), and Masters from University of Scranton (2009)

Swimming/Coaching/Educational Experience:

Keith has been working with kids for 23 years in both the elementary and high school settings. His last eight years have been in administration and he currently is the Assistant Principal in the Berkeley Township Elementary Schools. Prior to administration he served as a teacher and varsity swimming/soccer coach for the Lacey and Southern High Schools

  • 8 years administration: Barnegat H.S Vice-Principal. and Berkeley Township Elementary Schools Assistant Principal
  • 15 years of teaching: 8 years Lacey H.S. and 7 years Southern Regional H.S.
  • 17 years of varsity coaching: Boys and Girls Soccer and Swimming Southern Regional and Lacey H.S.  (Varsity Soccer/Swimming)
  • I have been fortunate to work with hardworking athletes and great coaches this resulted in being part of six B-South Championships, one A-South Championship, one Ocean County Championship, and one Shore Conference Championship during my high school coaching career.
  • Started the Lacey Township Swimming team
  • Coach the Berkeley Summer Swim Team
  • Now serving as the Lead Hammerhead Coach for OCY :)

What does Keith like about coaching at OCY?: “I am amazed everyday with the commitment and dedication of the “OCY “ swimmer. I believe everyone has a talent and something to offer and after working with your sons and daughters my appreciation of their hard work has been affirmed by their positive attitude and teamwork. It is a pleasure to work with such hard working individuals.

Quote for OCY Hammerheads: “You have to will yourself to prepare to win” AD

Nadine Vasilakis

Senior Silver Lead Coach

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Coach Nadine joined the OCY Coaching Staff in December 2015.
 
Family: Nadine lives with her husband Bill and children Evangelia, Vasili, Anastasia; all three are currently members of the OCY swim team.
 
College: William Paterson College
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience: Nadine started swimming at 3 years old at the Fayson Lakes summer swim team, where she helped as an assistant coach for two summers. When she was 7, she started swimming at the Lakeland Hills YMCA and swam there for 10 years. During her time at LHY, she attended YMCA Nationals in 1980, 1981 and 1982. She placed 17th in the 200 Breaststroke in 1982. She also swam for Kinnelon High School. She currently swims with the OCY Masters Team.
 
What does Nadine like about coaching with OCY?: "I enjoy having the opportunity to give back what swimming has given and taught me. I love helping kids learn through perserverance and determination and that all things are possible."

Sue Kircher

Reef Sharks Coach

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Coach Sue joined the OCY Coaching Staff in 2008.

Family: Sue has 5 children, the two youngest were OCY swimmers. Shawn was on the OCY team for two years. He qualified for nationals both years, and this year four of the relays he was in finished in the finals. He competed on the swim team at TCNJ. Scott  was on the OCY team for eight years.

College: Graduate of Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing

Swimming/coaching experience:

Sue was a swim instructor at the Y for 5 years before starting as a competitive swim coach. She is also a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and certified as a level 2 age group coach.

What does Sue Like about coaching at OCY:

I love teaching here at OCY, especially children. I enjoy watching their faces when they are able to accomplish something for the first time. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly they learn and progress in such a short period of time. I am proud to be a part of a team that is so positive toward children.

Maurien Morris

Thresher, Sand, Lemon Lead Coach

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Coach Maurien joined the OCY Coaching Staff in 2007.

Family:  Maurien is married to Dave and has five children:  Marissa, Brianna, Colleen,Cassidy and Gregory.  All have been or are still on the OCY Tiger Sharks swim Team. 

College: Attended Seton Hall University

Swimming/Coaching experience:

Maurien has also been teaching swimming lessons here at OCY since 2005 before she started her competitive coaching career.  She is also a YMCA swim official. 

What does Maurien like about coaching with OCY?

“I love introducing children (and their parents) to the sport of swimming.  Because I see most of our swimmers from the very beginning, I am so proud of what they go on to accomplish.  My goals are to make their first swim team experiences positive, and to encourage them to continue on to OCY Tiger Sharks."

Cheryl Ward

Thresher, Sand, Lemon Co-Lead Coach

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Cheryl joined the OCY Coaching Staff in 2013.
 
Family:
Cheryl is married to Mark.  She has two sons, Christopher (22) and Nicholas (18), and a step-daughter, Sarah (22).  Christopher is a student at Full Sail University and Sarah is a student at Towson University.  Nicholas swam on the OCY swim team for the last 3 1/2 years and swam while attedning Florida Atlantic University.  
 
College:  Old Dominion University, Elementary Education.  She teaches 5th grade at Pine Beach Elementary School.
 
Swimming/coaching experience :
Cheryl swam for OCY and Central Jersey Aquatic Club during her middle school and high school years.  She also swam for Toms River High School South where she was the team captain and held the school record in the 500 free.  She also taught swim lessons at OCY throughout her high school and college years.  Cheryl currently coaches for the Dover Swim Team.
 
What does Cheryl Like about coaching at OCY:
I love to coach children!  The best part of my job is when a swimmer does exactly what I taught them in practice in the meet!  I love watching the children improve.

Jen Betts

Masters Lead Coach

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Jen is in her 4th year with OCY.

Family: Jen lives with her husband, Coach Mike Betts, their daughter Addison, and son Landon.

College: St. Peter’s College (undergraduate), Kean University (graduate)

Swimming/Coaching Experience:

Jen began swimming at Rahway YMCA at the age of seven. She also swam for Berkeley Aquatic Club in middle school and Scarlet Aquatic Club in high school. In college, Jen swam for St. Peter’s where she was a MAAC conference finalist. She is currently a Master’s Swimmer for OCY.

Jen coached the Blue Group for two years and is now coaching the Masters group at OCY.
She has also coached at the Community Campus in Edison for two years.

What does Jen like about coaching at OCY:

Jen enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of swimming with people who enjoy the sport. Fellow coaches and swimmers at OCYMCA are a pleasure to work with.
 

Joyce Talamayan

Makos Co-Lead Coach

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Joyce joined the OCY Coaching Staff in September 2016.
 
Family: Joyce grew up in Toms River, NJ. Lives with her parents and has two younger sisters: Janina & Justine.
 
College: Attended Seton Hall University for B.S. in Biology and minor in psychology, graduated 2016.
Currently going through Concordia University at St. Paul online for her Master of Science in Exercise Science.
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience: Began her swimming career at OCY when she started taking lessons, from Polliwog through Shark. Then she moved onto the Spring clinic where she developed her love of the sport. That summer, Joyce became an OCY Seal on the summer team at the age of 10. The following fall, she became an OCY Tiger Shark and continued to swim on the team for 8 years. Joyce also swam varsity for Monsignor Donovan High School for 4 years. During her last year at Seton Hall, she began teaching swim lessons and was assistant swim coach at West Essex YMCA. Joyce is continuing to teach swim lessons, here, at OCY and has helped out with the clinic this past summer. 
 
What does Joyce like about coaching at OCY?:
“Swimming has played such a significant role in my life. From the people I met and swam with everyday, and to the coaches who helped me along the way; I would not be the person I am today without any of it. Being able to come back to OCY as a coach, out of the water and on pool deck, is giving me the opportunity to inspire all of my swimmers to reach their potential, as a swimmer and a person, and to experience the comradery of being on such a great swim team. I can definitely say that OCY was my home away from home and that being back has never felt better.”

Lisa Spillane Eldridge

Mako coach

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Lisa has been coaching at OCY since 2017.
She has over 15 years of coaching experience before coming to OCY. 

Family: Husband Dave and three children Sarah, Dylann and Evan.

College: University of Scranton & Masters at TCNJ  

Swimming/Coaching Experience:

Started swimming with NJ Wave, formerly Red Wave, when she was six years old. She attended dual meets, Championships, States, Junior Olympics throughout her career. During summers she participated in the Bergen County league for the River Edge swim team. Swam varsity for her high school all four years at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, NJ. She swam at High School state champions, with her team winning the state title each of the 4 years.  She swam for the University of Scranton, where she got her degrees in secondary education and history.  At River Edge pool in the summer, she taught swim lessons and coached from 1986-1993   During the winters she taught swimming lessons to both children and adults at a health club. She coached Hamilton Aquatic club for 2 years during her Masters education at TCNJ in Special Education.  After her Masters she went to teach at Lawrenceville Middle School. During Summers she coached and taught lessons at the Atlantic Club in Wall, NJ (1996-2000). In 2000, she became the head coach of Monmouth Heights summer swim team (150 members) and stayed there until 2005.

Gene Tutzauer

Assistant Coach

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Gene joined the OCY Coaching Staff in September 2017

Family: Gene has three younger siblings. He comes from a very competitive family playing a wide range of sports. He is the only one to swim passed the recreational level, but his sister swam for Dover Blue for a few summer seasons.

College: Ocean County Community College (2013), New Jersey Institute of Technology (2016)

Swimming Experience/Coaching: Gene started swimming his freshman year at Toms River High School North.  He was known for being able to swim any and all events that the team needed. After graduating he attended and swam at Ocean County Community College for 2 years, then transferred to the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he swam mostly distance free and IM his remaining two years. He currently swims with the OCY Masters Team. Gene has been a competitor on the Lifeguard Tournament team for Island Beach State Park primarily as a swimmer. This is his first year coaching.

What does Gene like about coaching with OCY? In my swimming career the best experiences revolved around me accomplishing my goals or seeing teammates accomplish theirs. Being able to have even an ounce of influence towards another swimmer reaching that same state of accomplishment and seeing that million dollar smile after they hit their time is why I coach.