Head Coach / Lead Coach Gold
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 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 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.
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 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 &
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.
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.
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
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
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.