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Sea Dragons have had an outstanding group of coaches over the years. While their skills are diverse, they share a talent for getting the best out of each swimmer. Our members benefit from the encouragement and inspiration provided by these truly excellent individuals. (If you wish to speak to any coach please use email as much as possible).

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, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

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.

Coach Orcutt’s Accomplishments in 6 Years with the Sea Dragons

  • 3 Eastern Zone Champions
  • 12 Niagara Champions
  • 2 swimmers have swum at the Speedo Sectional Meet.
  • 16 swimmers have swum at the Zone level meet.
  • 28 Sea Dragon Team Records have been set.
  • Selected as the Head Coach for the Niagara Zone team 2018.
  • For the last 6 years at the Niagara Championship meet for both short course and long course Sea Dragons have taken 2 nd place for small team division.
  • 3 swimmers have brought home High Point trophy at High Level Championship meet.
  • For the last 4 years at the GVSL Championship meet Sea Dragons has taken 1st place overall in the small team division.
  • Sea Dragons won the Bronze Championships for the 2017-2018 swim season.
  • 6 Former Sea Dragon Swimmers have gone on to swim in college.
  • For the last 2 years Coach Orcutt and 4 swimmers have competed in Open Water Swim Competitions and have all places within the top 3 of their age group.

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.

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.

Emily Kanoza

Assistant Coach

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Coach Emily started coaching for the Sea Dragons in September 2018. She swam competitively back in her hometown of Syracuse throughout middle school and high school. Her swimming career continued at SUNY Potsdam where she broke several school records as a back-stroker. She graduated in 2015 from SUNY Potsdam with her degree in Childhood Education and from SUNY Cortland in 2016 with a Master’s in Literacy Education. She is currently working as a first grade teacher for the West Irondequoit Central School District.

In the pool, Emily enjoys working with swimmers of all ages in areas of technique and endurance. She enjoys watching swimmers progress as athletes in the water as well as developing sportsmanship and life skills that help them out of the water. Swimming played such a large role in Coach Emily’s life which makes seeing young swimmers take pride in their dedication to the sport very special.

Tyler Young

Assistant Coach

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Coach Tyler has been with the Sea Dragons since February 2018. Tyler has been swimming for more than 8 years. First as a youth athlete when he swam for the YMCA and Greece-Spencerport Marlin's. He continued to swim competitively on his high school swim team and for the first 2 years of his undergraduate education. Tyler’s favorite swim strokes are freestyle and breaststroke. He has been coaching for 2 years, working for an area YMCA before joining the Sea Dragons. Tyler coaches because he really enjoys helping swimmers achieve their goals. When Tyler is not at the pool, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is looking forward to coaching his first full season with the Sea Dragons.

Lindsay Gail Homan

Assistant Coach

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Coach Lindsay swam for Sea Dragons since age 9 through her senior year of high school and broke several Sea Dragons team records during her time. She also swam for Penfield High School and Westminster College in Pennsylvania in mostly freestyle and butterfly events. Lindsay graduated college in 2018 with a degree in Biochemistry.

Many fond memories and life-long friends were made during her time with Sea Dragons and Coach Lindsay is happy to be back. Lindsay’s favorite part of swimming is the family type atmosphere that swim teams form and the development of life long skills such as discipline, time management, and integrity. Outside of the pool, Lindsay spends much of her time with her pug puppy, Leo.

General Board and Board of Directors

Loretta Mueller

President

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Jennifer Murray

Vice President

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Loren Refici

Treasurer

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Karen Lombard-Bryce

Assistant Treasurer

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Pam Knausz

Registrar

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James Ashby

Meet Director

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Lindsay Fox

Secretary

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John Fox

Marketing Coordinator

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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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