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Coaches and 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 the board members.

If you are interested in becoming a coach for the Sea Dragons Swim Club, please follow the instruction on this page.

Our Coaches

Karen Orcutt

Head Coach / Lead Coach Gold

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Coach Karen a competitive swimmer herself since the age of 7 throughout college at SUNY Cortland. Originally from Olean NY her coaching career began in 1998. First as Olean's Recreation Swim team head coach with progression into Head Coaching roles for EMAC USA Swim Club, Bartlett Country Club, Mount Morris Varsity Boys and Girls, Gananda Varsity Girls and Modified boys swim team for Penfield. 

Her steady progression and versatility of coaching kids at all level and her Masters in physical education with a concentration in coaching helps with the total development of swimmers.

Coach Karen loves to see kids accomplish life-long skills.  She feels as a swim coach it is very important for the kids to develop these skills. Along with this comes character building.  Most important she wants the kids to have fun.  With fun comes success.  Smiles on kids’ faces are priceless, and the friendships they develop are endless.  As long as the kids are always giving it their best, and they know that, that alone is an accomplishment.   

Jim Wishart

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jim has been a Sea Dragons Coach for more than 15 years. In fact, he competed as a Sea Dragon in High School. His favorite event is a close one that pushes a swimmer to a best time. What he enjoys most about swimming is the investment: watching the investment of time, effort and practices come together to produce a best time. In addition to swimming, Jim enjoys spending time with his family.

Paul Buckner     prbuckner@gmail.com

Paul started coaching with the Sea Dragons in September 2007 and shares a strong background of coaching experience with the team. Currently, Paul is a Penfield JV/Varsity Assistant Coach for the Girls and Boys HS swim teams and previously coached the Eastridge Modified Boys. Residing in East Rochester Paul attended the University of Delaware and is another local swimmer assisting the Sea Dragons. He was a 4 year Varsity and All-County swimmer for Penfield/East Rochester and is now an aspiring tri-athlete. Coach Paul believes there is no such thing as a lucky swim and enjoys seeing the rewards of a swimmer’s hard work and improvement through practice being converted into best times at meets.

Bryan Christiansen     christiansenbc@gmail.com

A Penfield resident, Bryan returns to the Sea Dragons where he was swimmer himself and started coaching with the Sea Dragons in July 2008. A recent graduate from Hiram College in Ohio where he was a 3-year Varsity Captain, Bryan brings a wealth of swimming accomplishments to the club. He is a former Penfield Academic All-American and a Hiram College MVP and team record holder. Coach Bryan’s best reward as a coach is when a swimmer is proud of the work he or she has done and it shows on his or her face.

Amy Buisman     buisman7@gmail.com

Amy Buisman is another past Sea Dragon joining the coaching ranks of the club and will focus on the development of the beginner and 8 & under swim team members. Amy was an accomplished swimmer at the Alfred University and Monroe Community College where she was a Junior College All American in the 400 IM and 200 breast stroke. The former team captain of the Penfield High School Girls swim team says her goal as a coach is to help swimmers achieve their goals in swimming and lists herself as a type of person that loves to work with people and enjoys learning something new. She recently graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Graphic Design with an Art History minor. Amy resides in Rochester and is currently a Sales Rep for the Deep End Swim & Sportswear.

Carol Reissig     reiswim@hotmail.com

Coach Carol is a welcomed addition to the Sea Dragons coaching staff and brings to the club 28 years of competitive coaching experience. She has worked with and learned from some of the very best legend coaches in the area. Competitive swimming has been a large part of her life since she was eleven years old and her goal is to develop the same love she has had for the sport in the young swimmers that she works with. Carol’s strength is working with the younger, experienced swimmers and her success is reflected in having been responsible for developing multiple young swimmers to the district championship and zone levels. Her swim resume includes participating in many coaching clinics over the years including hearing numerous nationally well known coaches and swimmers who have shared their experiences and ideas. Carol was a Penfield High School swimmer herself in the early 70s, when the girls and guys teams were an area powerhouse and she feels to have come full circle now working with the Sea Dragons Club. A very passionate person, she looks forward to working the kids and continuing to develop great swimmers and people.

Doug Heyden

Assistant Coach

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Coach Doug began coaching with the Sea Dragons in the spring of 2013. His hometown is Henrietta, NY where he swam for 16 years, swimming for RHSC (now GCOM), Monroe Community College and The College at Brockport. He loves seeing the swimmers hard work that they put into practices, pay off for them in meets. Seeing that excitement they get by going a best time or by making a cut they have been working hard to get. He hopes to see the kids he coaches become not only better swimmers but also to become better people.

Maddie Smith

Assistant Coach

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Coach Maddie started competitively swimming when I 8 years old. She swam 4 years in high school, and 4 years on the Nazareth College Swimming and Diving Team. Her favorite strokes are backstroke and butterfly. Coach Maddie has helped coach at her high school when she was still in high school. She has also taught American Red Cross swim lessons for the past 5 years. She is thrilled to see the kids fall in love with the sport and wants to see them develop skills and techniques that will help them win races, but also help them grow to become a better person.

Matthew Thomas Howard

Assistant Coach

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Coach Matt swam 9 years for Canyons Aquatic Club in southern California and 4 years varsity in high school.  He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2016 where he rowed for all 4 years.  Matt currently swims and competes for Rochester Area Masters Swimming (RAMS).   He thinks swimming helps develop skills such as time management and discipline that swimmers will use for the rest of their lives.  He likes seeing young swimmers interested in learning about the sport and seeing them get excited when something finally clicks.

Corey P McMichael

Assistant Coach

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Coach Corey started coaching for the Sea Dragons in September of 2017. He swam competitively throughout middle school and high school in his hometown of Spencerport, NY. Coach Corey enjoys watching the swimmers achieve personal best times that are the direct result of the time and hard work invested at practices paying off. He also appreciates watching the swimmers develop and utilize life-skills that further refine them as individuals.

Coach Corey graduated from The College at Brockport in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science and certification in Childhood Special Education. Outside of the pool, Coach Corey is a Special Education Teacher in the Rochester City School District.

General Board and Board of Directors

Loretta Mueller

President

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Jennifer Murray

Vice President

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Tom Magda

Treasurer

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Loren Refici

Assistant Treasurer

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Karen Lombard-Bryce

Assistant Treasurer

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Lisa Cordy

Secretary

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Pam Knausz

Registrar

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James Ashby

Meet Director

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David Bryce

Pool Rep

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Meghan Wagner

Volunteer Coordinator

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Daphne Geoca

Event Coordinator

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Mike Goltsman

Officials and Safe Sport Coordinator

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Lindsay & John Fox

Marketing & Advertising Coordinator

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