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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 one of our Board members.

Coaching Staff

Dani Richards

Head Coach

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Coach Dani joined the GRAT family in 2015. Before coaching, Dani taught swimming to children and infants at the Y.  Coach Dani works with all of GRAT's teams and athletes of all levels to help them establish a strong foundation in proper technique and form while fostering a life-long love of swimming. In 2019, Coach Dani was elected to the Niagara LSC Executive Board of Directors as Age Group Vice Chair. In 2020, she began coaching the Gananda-Wayne Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving Team. Coach Dani is passionate about water safety, physical and mental wellness, and helping young people become the best they can be!

Colleen Conner

Coach

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Coach Colleen joined GRAT during our 2014-2015 season. She came to us with years of competitive swimming experience and a love of coaching. Colleen's primary focus is with our Development and Junior/Senior athletes. As a former swimmer, Colleen is excited to pass on her competitive spirit to our young athletes.

Jonathan Schwandt

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Coach Jonathan joined the GRAT coaching team in 2016. Jonathan works primarily with our Junior/Senior level athletes and is  passionate about helping swimmers exceed their expectations while getting to the next level of their development. Growing up in Kenya, Jonathan began to swim competitively as a 6 year old. As a teenager, he traveled with the Kenya National Swim Team and participated in a six-nation event held in Zambia, winning 2 silver medals. To keep his competitive edge, Jonathan enjoys participating in triathlons, half marathons, marathons, and ultras. Most the time he is just happy to finish.

Kitt Diebold

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Coach Kitt joined the GRAT family in the spring of 2018. As a coach new to swimming, he immediately immersed himself in the sport and began researching new and exciting training apparatus and teaching drills. Coach Kitt's kind personality, enthusiasm, and attention to detail shine in his work primarily with GRAT's Development and Pre-Team training groups.

Tara Liesegang

Coach

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Coach Tara came onboard for GRAT's 2019-2020 season. As a former competitive swimmer, Coach Tara was excited to bring her knowledge to the team and get back on a pool deck. Coach Tara's patience and expertise with younger children are assets as she works primarily with the Pre-Team and Development training groups. 

Board of Directors

Jenny Potter

Board President

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Bill Conner

Board Vice President

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Tiffany Catalano

Board Treasurer

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Kevin Kelley

Board Fundraising & Events

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