Director of Competitive Swimming
Head Coach of the Peddie Varsity Swim Team and the Peddie Aquatic Association since 2001, Greg Wriede ’95 has led the Peddie Falcons to 8 Eastern Interscholastic Conference titles, a 99-18 dual meet record and 13 Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles.
He has developed over 100 High School All Americans and coached 7 National Prep School Record swims. In 2013, Wriede guided the Peddie School boys’ team to a 4th place finish in Swimming World Mythical Rankings. In 2010, his boys placed 5th nationally, while the girls placed 10th for independent schools.
Wriede was named as a USA National Junior Team Coach for 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2014-2015 seasons. In 2011, Wriede served as the Head Coach of USA Swimming’s Western Zone Select Camp and in 2009 served as an assistant coach for USA Swimming’s National Select Camp.
In the summer of 2010, Wriede headed the Jamaican National Youth Team to the first–ever Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore. Wriede served as an assistant coach for the USA National Youth Team at the Mare Nostrum Series in June of 2010.
Wriede has built the Peddie Aquatic Association into a USA Silver Medal Club, recognized as one of the top 100 clubs in the country since 2008. The team won the Speedo Championships Series in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2014 he coached Patrick Park to a berth on the USA National Junior Team and coached Connor Signorin to a berth on the USA National Youth Team in 2009 and 2010.
Wriede’s Peddie swimmers, as both students and alumni, have represented the countries of Korea, Hong Kong, Barbados, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Israel and Jamaica in international competitions including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan Pacific Games, Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games. Peddie alum Roy–Allan Burch represented Bermuda at the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and again in 2012 in London.
Wriede has coached USA All–Americans and produced qualifiers for Olympic Trials, World Championship Trials, U.S. Open and Junior Nationals. In addition, his swimmers have placed in the Top 16 National Age Group rankings over 100 times while setting 60 New Jersey State records.
After his distinguished two–year high school career at Peddie, Wriede attended Harvard University and received the Eugene B. Wyman trophy four consecutive times as the top scorer in dual meets. A multiple NCAA All–American and team captain, Wriede guided the Crimson to four consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League titles and a 44–4 dual meet mark over the same period. In 1999, Wriede was named to the USA National Team and competed at the FISU World University Games.
Wriede lives on campus at Peddie with his wife, Michelle and their three children Ethan, Brady & Kylie (currently on the swim team).
Senior Program Director
In the spring of 2016, Peddie Aquatics welcomed Lindsey Niergarth as our new Head Age Coach. Lindsey comes from an extensive swimming background beginning when she was just four years old. In 2008, she qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 100 fly. Prior to Peddie, Lindsey was the Head Coach for the Columbia Athletic Club Wahoos in Seattle, WA. In addition to being a Head Swim Coach, Lindsey is also a certified sport psychologist running a private consulting practice in Seattle focusing on performance enhancement.
Before her move to Seattle, Lindsey coached for the Southern Marlins Racing Team in Charleston, South Carolina. While working for SMRT, Lindsey coached all ages but focused primarily on 12 and under swimmers. Lindsey graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012 where she swam all four years and became captain of the team her senior year. During her time at USC she was a part of several record setting relays. After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology, she went on to earn her Master's in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Senior and Senior Prep Lead Coach
Coach Tina grew up in Robbinsville, NJ and began swimming at Miry Run Country Club in Robbinsville at the age of 9. She swam on the summer team for Miry Run until the club closed and then she joined the Brooktree swim team. At the age of 10, Tina began swimming year round with Hamilton Aquatics. She swam on the age group team and senior team until she left for college. She also swam for four years at Lawrence High School and continued swimming for another four years at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
During her time at FDU, Tina was team captain for three years and repeatedly placed in the top 16 at the Middle Atlantic Conference championship meet. Her best events were the 400 IM and the 500, 1000, and 1650 Freestyle. Tina has coached the Brooktree Swim Team and has been teaching swim lessons for the past 5 years to children of all ages. Coach Tina graduated from FDU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She currently works as a substitute teacher in various districts in Mercer County and continues to live in Robbinsville with her parents. Coach Tina joined Peddie Aquatics as an 8/u assistant coach in November 2009 and is excited to be able to spread her knowledge of swimming to children who love the sport as much as she does.
Falcon Lead Coach
Rob started swimming as a 14-year old summer swimmer in his hometown of East Windsor, NJ for the Twin Rivers Torpedo’s. He had much success as a summer swimmer, and then went on to year-round swimming with the Peddie Aquatics team. Rob swam through high school at Hightstown, which Rob currently holds two relay records and swam in college. During Rob’s sophomore year at William Paterson University he achieved the All American Certificate in the 100 and 200 Butterfly. He started coaching the Twin Rivers Summer Swim Team at the age of 18, and continued all through college. Rob graduated from William Paterson University with a B.S. in Mathematics. He is an active member of the Jersey Area Multi Sport Swimming program, and still competes in open water races in the summer. Rob lives in Freehold with his wife, Emilie and children Max and Elianah.
Eric got his start to swimming at Peddie Aquatics when he was eight years old. He continued to swim with Peddie for another 10 years while also swimming for both the Brooktree Swim Team and the Hightstown High school swim team, where he currently holds three relay records and a 100 breastroke record. He swam competitively with Peddie Aquatics throughout 2013, but is still eager to swim laps whenever he can. Eric joined the staff of Peddie Aquatics while he was still on the team as a lesson instructor and lifeguard, and then in the fall of 2014 he joined the coaching staff. Eric is currently attending Mercer County Community College where he plans to receive his associates degree in electronics engineering technology
Varsity Assistant Coach
Mrs. Nick began a life long association with the pool at age 7. She swam at a variety of levels including collegiately for Williams College. In her final years at Williams she served as captain of the Women’s Waterpolo team and led them through their first interscholastic season. She started coaching while in college becoming the head 8 and under coach of the Amherst Tritons Swim Team (ATST) as well as the head coach of the Williamstown youth center swim team.
After college, Mrs. Nick continued her coaching at the Forman School where she had her first two swimmers to final in New England Prep School Swimming, one of whom went on to compete for Canada at a variety of levels. In 1997 she was appointed head Boys swimming coach and head Girls Waterpolo coach at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. While at Northfield, she helped the boys to win their first dual meet victory over rival Deerfield Academy in 65 years, coached the team to a top 8 finish in the New England Championships, and she coached her first New England Prep school champion, who in the process of winning the event set a school record which still stands. A number of her swimmers at Northfield went on to compete internationally for their home countries.
In 1999, she accepted a position as head coach of the Cheshire Academy swim team where she coached for the next 8 years. In her 8 years, her teams won 7 Connecticut Independent School Championships, 4 Western New England Championships, broke every school record, and had multiple individual state and New England Champions. In 2007, Mrs. Nick (and her family) accepted a position at the Peddie School where she now teaches math (which is why she is known as Mrs. Nick) and assists with the varsity program. As a coach it is very important to Mrs. Nick to help each swimmer to reach their full potential. Mrs.Nick and her husband (who also teaches at the Peddie School) have 3 children, all on Peddie Aquatics: Beth, David and Abby.
Senior Prep Coach
Emily started swimming for Peddie Aquatics when she was 8 years
old and continued to swim on the team through high school. During
high school, she also swam for the Robbinsville High School swim
team where she was a team captain. For many years she also taught
swim lessons for Peddie Aquatics. Emily graduated from Michigan
State University in 2016 with a degree in Special Education and is
currently teaching 5th grade in West Windsor. In the fall of 2017,
she came back to Peddie to join the coaching staff working with the
junior 1 group.
Steven joined the Peddie Aquatics coaching staff in the fall of
2017 working with our Senior Prep and Junior level swimmers. He got
his start in swimming with Peddie as a 9-year old and swam
competitively through high school with the team, favoring the long
distance freestyle and butterfly events. He was a member of the
Hightstown High School swim team where he was the senior team
captain. Steven is a recent graduate from Rutgers University
receiving his B.S in Exercise Science-Applied Kinesiology.
Combining his passion of swimming and running to the sport of
triathlon, he competed with the club triathlon team at Rutgers
qualifying for Club National Championships all four years. Steven
has competed in over 60 triathlons ranging from sprint to half
Ironman distances, racing both locally and at National Championship
events. His dedication to swimming continues on as an active member
of our Masters Swim program.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Beth grew up in Geneva, NY. Her life-long love of swimming began at an early age in her backyard pool and she became a competitive swimmer in high school. Through college, Beth worked at a YMCA in Buffalo, NY where her coaching career began. From there she went on to coach in the Northern VA Swim League, and YMCAs in Winston-Salem, NC and Lynchburg, VA. In addition, Beth has started 3 teams – 1 age-group/YMCA team, and 2 high school teams – all in Virginia. Beth’s love for the water has been the motivation for her nearly 20 years of teaching swimming, training lifeguards, and managing aquatic facilities. Beth is also a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Her husband, Chris, is a teacher and coach at Peddie. The Brights have 2 daughters, Allyn and Delaney.
Coach Steve, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
(CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA), grew up in Howell, NJ before getting both his Bachelors of
Science in Exercise Science as well as his Masters of Science in
Sports Science – Strength and Conditioning from Hofstra
Before joining the Peddie coaching staff, Steve’s previous
experience includes an undergraduate internship at Institute 3e
– an elite youth sports performance facility out of Garden
City, NY, where he worked with athletes ages 6 through 18. During
his senior year at Hofstra, he was an Intern for their Division I
Sports Performance Department working with Women’s
Volleyball, Men’s Lacrosse, Wrestling and Baseball teams.
After walking for his Masters in the Spring of 2017, Steve began an
internship at Monmouth University, working with their Division I
sports programs, including: Football, Baseball, Softball, Field
Hockey, Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Track
and Field, Basketball, Tennis, Lacrosse, and Swimming.
When he is not coaching at Peddie, Steve also hold a position as a
Sports Performance Coach at a private training facility called RC
Performance Training. Outside from his experience in sports
performance, Steve also held a position as an Exercise Specialist
at Meridian Fitness and Wellness in Brick, NJ before accepting
positions as a physical therapy aide this January.
When Steve is not coaching, you can find him playing the guitar,
listening to all types of music, riding his mountain bike, or on
the beach reading a book.
Cathy L Signorin
Cathy grew up in Cranbury, NJ where she stared swimming for the Cranbury Catfish at age 7, and continued for 11 years. From the ages of 12-18, she also swam for Princeton Aquatics, a year-round club team that practiced at the old Peddie pool that was up on the main campus near where the science center stands today. After earning a degree in Marine Biology, she worked 17 years for ExxonMobil Corporation in Aquatic Toxicology and later in Quality Assurance. In the spring of 2003, Cathy left the corporate world to join the Peddie Aquatics staff as the Administrator for all the aquatics programs. Since then, she has been deeply committed to the sport and works diligently to help make sure that all PAA families have everything they need to make their swimming experience as positive and productive as possible. Her sons, Connor & Ryan, swam for the club team as well as the Peddie School varsity team, and then went on to swim D1 in college. Cathy lives locally with her husband, John.