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Robert Bartus

Head Swim Coach - Lead SI/SPI

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Bobby grew up in Edison, NJ and started his swimming career as a member of the Rahway YMCA and Metuchen-Edison YMCA swim teams for 14 years. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a degree in Business Economics, and worked in the Banking & Insurance industry from 2006-2014. His coaching career began in 2008 by accident: as a favor to his sister, who needed someone to help coach a spring clinic at the Woodbridge YMCA, he began working with the 13 and overs to help develop their competitive swimming skills. This resulted in a growing passion and love for coaching, so after spending two years there he joined the coaching staff at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA in 2010 as a Head Age Group Coach for the 13-14's and as an Assistant National Team Coach. 

In 2014 Bobby expanded his role, taking on responsibilities as the Head Age Group Coach for the 11-12s and as a full-time assistant coach. He is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach who while at FSPY led many swimmers to success, including YMCA National Top 16 Finishers, NJ YMCA State Champions, and NJ State Record Holders. In 2015, under his guidance, the FSPY 13/14 age group placed 2nd overall at NJ YMCA State Championships, including a 1st place overall finish for the 13/14 Girls. They followed that up with a 4th place overall finish in 2016, including a 1st place finish for the 13/14 boys. On the YMCA national level, during his time as a FSPY coach the team grew exponentially, all the way up to 26 qualifiers in 2016. In his final summer with the team, at YMCA Long Course Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA team finished 5th overall, including a 4th place finish for the women, and a national championship in the Women's 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Medley Relay. 

Looking to take the next step in his coaching career, Bobby joined the Hunterdon County YMCA Swim Team in the Fall of 2016 as the Head Coach and Competitive Aquatic Director. During his time there, the HCY Swim Team grew to over 100 swimmers, and more than quadrupled their points scored at NJ YMCA State Championships from 2017 to 2018, including many top 16 individual and relay performances.  As he now joins the Freehold-Old Bridge YMCA Swim Team, Bobby is excited to share his experience, enthusiasm and vision with a new group of swimmers, coaches and families. 

Away from the pool, Bobby recently married his long-time girlfriend, Ali Heitner, whom he met while coaching at the Woodbridge YMCA. They currently live in Matawan, NJ with their dog, a miniature dachshund named Clyde. Bobby's a huge fan of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Devils and Rutgers Football, and enjoys attending games with friends and family as often as possible. Cars and racing are also a hobby of his, as he grew up attending motorsports events and competitions with his dad every year. Bobby's favorite part of coaching is the relationships he forms with his swimmers, and joy it brings to see them reach their goals and have success. He's also a big believer in keeping things fresh, and welcomes new ideas and challenges to foster an environment of continual growth and improvement. 

Brian Henningsen

Assistant Head Coach - Lead SII/SPII

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Brian began swimming at the age of 6 for a summer league swim team. He started swimming for the Ocean County YMCA at the age of 13 and swam all through high school. Qualifying for YMCA Nationals his senior year in the 200 yard butterfly. After graduating high school, Brian attended Ramapo College, where he earned his B.A. in Law & Society in 2016 and swam for the college all four years. For three years, Brian was selected first-team All Metropolitan Conference in the 1650 yard freestyle, and was also selected with NJAC Honors in the 200 yard butterfly. Currently he is part of the 800 yard freestyle relay record team at the college. This is his second year with the FOBY Swim Team.

Joe Torres

Lead Junior Group Coach

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Joe began his swimming career at the age of 5 for the Marlboro Marlins summer swim team. He then started competitive swimming at the age of 11 for the Red Bank YMCA. During his seven years at Red Bank he was nationally ranked for one year, and made nationals for four years. Joe’s main events were middle distance freestyle, and the 100 yard Breast and Butterfly. After high school, Joe attended the University of Tampa where he graduated with a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Kelly Barruffe

Lead Mini I/II Group Coach

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Kelly has been teaching swim lessons for the past 5 years, and has decided to take the big step into coaching! Kelly started swimming at the age of 12 for the OCY swim team. Her senior year she decided to switch teams over to the FOBY swim team. She is currently attending Georgian Court University where she is learning to become an interdisciplinary teacher. 

Brigid Rothenberg

Assistant Mini I/II Group Coach

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Swimming has been a part of my life from the beginning.  I started swimming competitively at age 10 at the Easton PA YMCA.  In high school I swam for the Garden State Swim Club in Berkley Heights.  My life took some turns that took me away from the sport for many years, but in 1989 I ended up in Red Bank at the Community YMCA and spent 20 years there as a swim instructor and coach, and I also started competing again in their Masters program.  When OBY opened I was offered the opportunity to work as the Assistant Aquatics Director.  One of the things I asked for was that I be able to continue coaching 8 & under swimmers.  It’s been my passion to work with and help develop young swimmers, and I’m grateful to the FOBY team and coaching staff that they’ve enabled me to continue doing what I love most!

Crissy Judge

Assistant Senior Group Coach

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Crissy started competitive swimming at the age of 5 years old.  A solid all around swimmer who was a finalist multiple times at the U.S. Junior Nationals.  She attended North Carolina State on full swimming scholarship and was team captain her senior year.  Crissy was also a finalist multiple times at the ACC Championship meet, and a member of the NCAA qualifying relay team.  Her previous coaching experience includes several years of private lessons and 4 years assistant coach for a competitive Michigan summer league team.

Dana Schweizer

Assistant Senior Group Coach

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Dana has been a competitive swimmer since the age of six. She swam for a Pennsylvania USA swim team, Spirit until age 16, while also being a member of a local summer swim club until age 18 where she swam, was a lifeguard, and taught swim lessons until the pool unfortunately closed. Dana graduated from Widener University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Professional Writing, and is passionate about Marketing and Social Media Management. 

Sarah Johnson

Assistant Age Group Coach

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I started swimming competitively for the YMCA of Greater Nashua when I was 11. I attended Oklahoma Baptist University where I was a part of their varsity swim team. I transferred to Kean University in the spring of 2018. I am currently a junior, studying biology (pre-OT) where I am also a part of the women’s swim team.  

I have been teaching swim lessons for 6 years and am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of FOBY community. 

Shannon Dabrio

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Shannon started swimming at the age of 8 years old for the South Plainfield Tiger Sharks
summer team and continued with the team for 10 years. She fell in love with the sport and
went on to swim for the JCC of Middlesex County for 10 years. Shannon specialized in
breaststroke, IM, and sprint freestyle events. After high school, Shannon attended Rowan
University and was a member of the women’s swim team. She graduated in 2006 from Rowan
University with a BA in Health and Exercise Science.
Swimming is a special part of Shannon’s life. She started coaching while in college, and has
coached at the South Plainfield Community Pool, The JCC of Middlesex County, and was the
first ever swim coach at South Plainfield High School from 2007-2009. She then became the
assistant swim coach for the Old Bridge High School Swim Team and has been there ever since.
Shannon has over 19 years combined experience as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim
coach.
Shannon is currently a middle school health and physical education teacher in Old Bridge. In
her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her beagle, Roxie. Her
favorite place to travel to is Southern California to visit her sister and brother-in-law.

Kristen Blum

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kristen graduated from Lock Haven University  of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Administration and Minor in Coaching/Aquatics.  She is the former Head Coach for the Freehold Boro High School men's and women's varsity swim team. She is married with two daughters.

Miranda L Yeats

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Sean Manzi

Dryland Instructor

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If a birth place could have been chosen, it would have been the turf or the gym. Through wins, losses, practices, and games, sports have helped sculpt my mind, body, and soul. With perseverance and discipline, I think any dream can be achieved. 

 

As a trainer, weight lifting, muscle isolation, speed, balance, and agility are just some attributes that contribute to my knowledge. Training for me is not just commanding a player of the game, but building a coach. I have a passion to share my knowledge and hope to teach skills that can be carried thru a persons life. 

Larissa Manzi

Dryland Instructor

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