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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 needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Brian E Rose

Head Coach - JR1, SR1

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Brian swam for Riptide from 1995 to 2002, and he is proud to say he never missed a single dual meet in that time! After graduating Riptide as a team captain, he went on to swim 4 years at Swarthmore College, specializing in the 200 Breaststroke and 400 IM. Brian was also head coach of the Nob Valley summer swim team from 2002 to 2007, head coach of Wardlaw Hartridge Middle School from 2010 to 2013, and head coach of Brookside Swim Club in 2011. He has coached the Berkeley masters team under Coach Chuck Warner, and was a member of the New Jersey Swimming and Diving Conference board of directors from 2008 to 2011.

Brian has been coaching for Riptide since 2006, and Head Coach since 2013. In recent years he has served as the primary coach for the Boys Blue Team at dual meets, and primary practice group coach for the Senior 1 group and the Junior groups. Brian prides himself on being an expert in swim technique, a devoted and caring coach, and a pretty decent guitar player. He still occasionally competes as an active swimmer. As many parents and swimmers alike can attest, he is a walking Top Times Report and will probably remember your best 100 Fly time from 4 years ago.

Scott Thompson

Asst. Head Coach - Tidal Wave, JR1

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Scott started the Boys swim team at the Central Jersey YWCA in New Brunswick in 1986 and was the head coach at CJY for both boys and girls teams through 1994. In 1995, Scott moved the team to the Raritan Valley YMCA and formed Riptide, and continued as head coach through 1997. He returned to coaching at Riptide in 2008 and is currently coaching the Tidal Wave group. Scott works as the Senior Manager for Global Sales Reporting at Avaya, Inc. in Morristown, NJ. He is married to wife Leslie and has two children, Courtney & Andrew, both having graduated from Riptide and are currently swimming at The College of New Jersey. Scott enjoys coaching swimming, cheering for bad local sports teams and spending time with his family.

Laurie Sieminski

Asst. Head Coach - Tiny Tide

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Laurie has been coaching at Riptide for twelve years. During that time, she has been responsible for developing and coaching our very successful Tiny Tide program, Head Coach for three of those years, a Nationals Coach for ten years, and was the perennial head coach of Riptide's Coed Team. Laurie also previously coached and managed the New Horizons Swim Program at Rutgers University.

She is a Rutgers graduate and also holds a master's degree in counseling and psychology from Rutgers. Laurie spends her free time competing in triathlons, watching Rutgers and Giants football and spending time with her family.

Mike J Heidelberg

Assistant Coach - JR2

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Michael Heidelberg is a former Head Coach of Riptide, leading the team for seven years. He has been a member of Riptide in some way since he was 10 years old, when he joined the team (which was known at that time as Central Jersey) after swimming for the now defunct Raritan Bay Area YMCA Swim Team. Mike was a captain of the team and was Mr. Nationals in 1995. He became an assistant coach after college, working with the Tiny Tide group, and since then has coached every practice group, and currently works with Junior 2.

Like many others in the Riptide family, Michael met his wife through swimming, marrying Coach Missy, and has two wonderful children, Lilly and Cooper. Mike is a Principal for Perth Amboy Public Schools. In his spare time, Mike likes to prefect torturous swimming drills, like "Tarzan" and "Waffle".

Julie M Rose

Assistant Coach - SR2

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Julie swam on Riptide for 10 years until she graduated high school in 2006. While a Riptider, she served as captain of the Girls' team in her junior & senior year, captain of the Nationals team in her senior year, and is a current team record holder in the 13/14 backstroke events. Julie was assistant coach for the Nob Valley swim team from 2005 to 2007, and head coach in 2008 and 2009.

Julie pursued her BA in Communications/Media Studies at Northeastern University and works full-time in advertising at BBDO New York. Before graduating she spent her final college semester studying abroad in Australia where she became a champion crocodile wrestler.... Just kidding, but she did do some very cool things while hanging with the Aussies!

Rachael Abadie

Assistant Coach - SR2

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Evan Kessler

Assistant Coach - JR2

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Evan is in fith season at Riptide. He swam competively for 11 years swimming primarily backstroke during that time. He has been a coach for eight years, previously coaching at the Woodbridge YMCA from 2010 to 2013. His primary practice group for this season is junior 2. When he is not coaching, Evan enjoys rooting for the Mets, Jets, and Devils, watching and attending NASCAR races, and spending time with family and friends.

Timothy P Mancuso

Assistant Coach-SR2, Strength/Condition

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Maureen McKenna

Assistant Coach - Tiny Tide

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This is Maureen's second year as a Riptide Coach. She will be coaching the Tiny Tides group. Maureen is also a swim coach at Frog Hollow Swim Club during the summers.

Maureen graduated from Fordham University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. She also swam for the varsity swim team while she attended Fordham. Her primary events were backstroke and sprint freestyle. Maureen recently received her masters degree from Fordham in Childhood/Childhood Special Education. She is currently a first grade teacher in West Windsor-Plainsboro.

Missy Heidelberg

Assistant Coach - JR1

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Missy has been part of the Riptide family for 17 years starting as a coach and then as a parent of two enthusiastic swimmers, Lilly and Cooper. Last year she was a Level I Official and this year is coming back on deck as a coach for the Junior 1 group. Missy is married to Coach Mike, works for Genentech, is going back to school at Columbia University and is slightly addicted to competing in long distance triathlons. She's very excited to start coaching again this year!

Sebastien Blazej

Assistant Coach - TT/TW

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Daniel J Zavoda

Assistant Coach - Tiny Tide

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Jake Callahan

Assistant Coach

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Megan Fosko

Assistant Coach

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