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Coaching Staff

Kenneth Berk

Head Swim Coach

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Ken is the Head Swim Coach of the Wyckoff Family YMCA Sharks and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the team.  Coach Ken recognizes the important role swimming plays in the development of a well-rounded person and how the team mission statement of   “Creating Champions through the Pursuit of Excellence” extends into our daily lives.

Under Coach Ken’s guidance, the Sharks have, and will continue to produce, Scholastic All Americans, Zone, and National qualifiers.  The 2019 / 2020 Sharks pursuit of excellence saw the team capture the 2020 YMCA 12 & Under State Boys Championships for the second year in a row. Coach Ken has helped develop Junior National athletes, YMCA National finalist, Zone Champions, State record holders and numerous top 25 national award winners.  On the USA Swimming front the Sharks are ranked in the top 100 out of 2,900 full time swim clubs, and will continue to develop Junior, Senior and Olympic Trial qualifiers.

Coach Ken was recognized by the State of New Jersey for his coaching excellence by his induction into the New Jersey State Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle….

Francesco R Peta

Senior 2 & Leopard Group

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Patricia A Horton

Tiger Group

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Coach Patty began her year round swimming career many years ago, competing for the Ridgewood YMCA and then as a member of the Montclair YMCA Marlins. During her high school years, she was a four time NJ state record holder in the 200 meter breaststroke. Coach Patty was fortunate enough to attend Junior Nationals held in Lincoln, Nebraska during the summer before freshman year of college.

Coach Patty was a four year Varsity swimmer at West Chester State College (now university) in Pennsylvania. She was voted captain, by her teammates, during her senior year. She was also a member of the Varsity tennis team, and was a finalist for the Most Outstanding Senior in the Health and Physical Education Department. During the college summers, she coached both the Radburn Swim Team and the Fair Lawn Swim Team.

Coach Patty resurrected her coaching career in 2006 by working with the 8 and under age group at the Ridgewood YMCA Breakers. The following year, working with the 10 and under age group, she had many Y State level, and JO level contenders. For the next several years, many of Coach Patty’s swimmers became state champions, place winners at the Zones Championships, and ultimately some went on to YMCA Nationals.

Coach Patty is looking forward to working with the swimmers in the Tiger Group. GO SHARKS, SWIM FAST!!

Chelsea L Novakoski

Angel Coach

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Gergely Kiss

Senior 1 Coach

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Kimi Louise Regula

Leopard Coach

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Traci Michelle Matus

Tiger Coach

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Tori J Holzberg

Mako Coach

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Aimee LaSala

Angel Coach

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Kyle Gluchanicz

Mako Coach

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