Coaches & Directors

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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact either the Head Coach or one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Thomas Speedling

Scarlet Aquatics: Rutgers Division


Thomas Speedling joined the Scarlet Aquatic Club (now Scarlet Aquatics: Rutgers Division) coaching staff as an assistant in 1996, and took over as Head Coach in 2002.  A USA Swimming National Team Coach from 2004-2010, Speedling has trained multiple world-class swimmers.  Among the swimmers that Speedling developed are USA Swimming National Team member Rebecca Soni, a Gold and double Silver Medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.  Soni is also a three-time World Champion swimmer, World and American Record Holder, and six time NCAA Champion, NCAA All American, and NCAA Record Holder.  In addition, he also developed Canadian National Record Holder, NCAA All American, and former World Record Holder Stefan Hirniak, and Ashley Steenvoorden, a US National Champion, NCAA All American, and USA Swimming National Team member. 


The College of Staten Island and City University of New York graduate has been named to a USA Swimming International Team staff two times.  He was an assistant with the 2008 National Junior Team that traveled to Monterrey Mexico, and was the Head Men’s coach of the 2010 National Junior Team in Barcelona, Spain.  In 2008 Speedling was selected to be the Head Coach of the Central Zone Select Camp in Miami, OH.  Speedling is a five time winner of the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence, and has coached five current New Jersey State record holders who combined for a total of 26 records.  Scarlet Aquatic swimmers that Speedling developed have represented the United States or Canada at the Olympics, Long Course and Short Course World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Championships, World University Games, and the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool.  In total, four swimmers from Speedling’s tenure at Scarlet have also been named NCAA All Americans. 


His coaching career began in 1993 at the Village Greens Swim Club, where he got his first experience as a head coach. Speedling made the leap to high school swimming a year later, serving as the head varsity swimming coach at Moore Catholic (N.Y.) before joining Scarlet.  He currently resides in Hopewell, NJ with his wife Amanda and their dog Saxby.

Ahmed Abdelaal

Scarlet Aquatics: BMS Division


Mohamed Abdelaal

Scarlet Aquatics: BMS Division


Coach Mohamed started coaching as an assistant with the Bayonne Mermaids and Starfish during the summers from 2004 until 2007.  Late 2007 Mohamed Abdelaal became the head coach of the program and in 2010 Ahmed Abdelaal joined him in leadership the program would never look back.  BMS swim team has seen tremendous improvements in all aspects.  Under Ahmed and Mohamed’s leadership BMS nearly doubled its membership, its athlete performance, and participation rate. 


In 4 short years, coach Mohamed and his brother head coach Ahmed took a team with no state championship qualifiers to most recently the Boys team finishing 7th at the Speedo Eastern Zone Sectionals Championships.  There were many other team achievements along the way.  The team experienced their first individual to qualify for nationals, first individual state champion, many sectional meet, zone meet, and Junior Olympic qualifiers.


In 2010 Coach Mohamed took on a new challenge in the world of Division 1 coaching.  Mohamed was named the head coach at Saint Peter’s College and experienced success immediately.  During his 1st season, Coach Mohamed tutored Lovro Bilonic and helped him set a conference record in the 100 yards breaststroke (52.99) and become the 1st MAAC swimmer to qualify to the Men’s NCAA championships.  Under Mohamed’s guidance, Lovre would go on to rank in the top 25 in the world in the 100 Breaststroke and become the fastest Croatian to ever swim the event in a textile suit.


Coach Mohamed is a firm believer in commitment and work ethic as the building blocks to any success in life.  Mohamed loves swimming and loves coaching but most importantly loves helping athletes take pride and ownership of their hard work and become the best they are destined to be. 


Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science in exercise science, health and physical education from Montclair State University.  Mohamed is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (Level 3) as well as the College Swimming Coaches Association.



William Deatly

Scarlet Aquatics: Elite Division


Years Coaching at Elite: 14  (September 1994 to present)

Position: Head Coach, Head Senior Training Group Coach

Previous Coaching Experience:

13 years: Summit YMCA, Assistant Coach

4 Summers: Noe Pond Club (1977-1980) Head Coach: 2 Years

1 year: Madison YMCA (Swimmer/Assistant Coach-1975-1976)

Swimming Experience: 4 Year Letter Winner at Lafayette College (1977-1980)  

Captain: 1979-1980 

Distance Free Specialist  500/1000/1650 

Age Group Experience: Summit YMCA & Madison YMCA

Other: Husband to Brandy and Father to Corey (18) & Tad (17) both swimmers

Kenneth J O'Reilly

Scarlet Aquatics: NJ Wave Division


Ken is beginning his 32nd year coaching in NJ, his 24th season  with our club and 21st 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 31 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.