Michael McGraw Murray
Program Director/Co-Head Coach
Coach Mike Murray rejoins Victor Swim Club as the Program Director
and CEO in September 2019 after heading Islanders Aquatics for the
past 2 years.
From 2017-2019 Islanders Aquatics reached new heights at the
Local, Regional and National levels. IA swimmers helped cement the
highest VCC score in club history, we as well as having the team's
1st ever Junior National qualifiers, led by George Kalletta, who
finished 16th in the 400 IM with a club record of 3:56.41.
Islanders finished in the top 10 as a combined team at the 2018
Speedo Sectional Series in Buffalo, NY; led by the women's team
which finished 5th overall.
Swimmer Makayla Sargent made history as the 1st ever Islanders
Swimmer to make a US National Team, qualifying for the 2019 World
University Games with the 6th place finish at the USA Swimming
National Championships in the 400m IM with a time of 4:40.12 in
Irvine, CA. Sargent, who trained all season with IA, also finished
in the top 5 at the USA Swimming 5k Open Water Championships in
Tempe, AZ. Sargent will represent the USA at the World University
Games in Naples, Itlay in July 2019, finishing 2018 in the top 32
in the world with her performance from Irvine.
Islanders also saw an increase in the number of futures qualifiers,
with 5 swimmers reaching the time standards for the 2019 USA
Swimming Future's championship in Greensboro, NC.
Murray played an integral role in completing the requirements to
earn Islanders USA Swimming Club Recognition Level 3 in 2018.
In 2017, Victor Swim Club had its most successful year of swimming
in its 40-year history. Over 12 Victor Swimmers competed at The
Futures Championships, Junior National, Senior National/World
Championship Trials and the US Open. At the 2017 Futures
Championship, Victor finished 2nd overall and the women's team
claimed the runner-up title for the 2nd consecutive season in
Geneva, Ohio. Victor Swim Club also won its 3rd consecutive Niagara
LSC SCY Championship Title, as well as the 1st ever Niagara LSC LCM
Championship title. During that time, Victor Swimmers were
awarded 16 National Age Group Top 10 time awards and Victor
Swimmers represented their team at National Select Camp, National
Open Water Select Camp, Diversity Select Camp, and Zone Select
In 2016, Coach Murray and his staff led the Victor Swim Club to a
Niagara LSC Championship Title, the second consecutive Championship
for the organization. At the 2016 Speedo Champions Series,
Victor's Women contingent finished 3rd overall, against some
of the best teams in the country, including a top 10 overall finish
for the club. At the 2015 Short Course Junior National
Championships, Victor finished 32nd overall. Over the course of the
2016 Season, 6 Victor athletes would earn USA Swimming
National qualifying times; including 3 Olympic Trial
Standards. Swimmer Makayla Sargent led the way with
a 22nd place finish in the 400 IM at the USA Swimming Olympic
Team Trials, with a top 100 World Ranked time. 2015-2016 also saw 4
Victor Swim Club athletes earn USA Swimming Scholastic All-America
honors and the women's squad qualified their 1st ever Junior
National Relay in the 400 Medley. 4 Victor Swimmers were ranked in
the top 100 overall for the USA Swimming IMX program and Makayla
Sargent finished 2nd nationally. Coach Mike has also been
featured in Swimming World Magazine's "Morning Swim Show,"
with host Jeff Commings and his work has been featured in the
American Swimming Coaches Association newsletter and the
International Swimming Coaches Association publications.
Over the course of Murray's four years with the club, Victor has
earned the USA Swimming Club Recognition Level 4 Achievement Award,
as well as the prestigious USA Swimming Bronze Medal for Club
Excellence in both 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Mike Murray's USA Swimming Staff Appointments/USA
- 2013 USA Swimming Eastern Zone
Select Camp Staff
- 2014 USA Swimming National Select
Camp Featured Speaker; "Making Test Set's Meaningful."
- 2015 USA Swimming National Select
- 2015 USA Swimming National "Online
Coaches Clinic," featured clinician.
- 2016 Appointed to USA Swimming House
of Delegates as an "at large" member.
- 2017 USA Swimming National Select
Camp Head Team Manager
Coach Mike's Coaching History:
- 2004-2005-Assistant Coach @ St.
Lawrence University for Bob Clemmer, Mike's mentor.
- 2005-2006-Assistant/Aquatic Director
@ Vassar College, Coached a 2006 All-American in 2 events.
- 2005-2007-Spent 3 Summers’
living in Palo Alto, CA working at Stanford University Swim
2006-2010-Assistant Coach-Marist College;
3 MAAC Conference Titles; 1 ECAC Title. Worked
with Legendary Marist College Swim Coach Larry Van
- Coached NCAA Woman of the Year
Nominee, Kate Conard, Multiple Year MAAC Champion
- 2006-2010-Head Senior
Coach Marist Swim Club- Now "Red Fox Aquatic
Club." Coached multiple Speedo qualifiers, Junior
National Qualifiers, US Open Qualifiers, and 1 US Olympic
- 2006-2010-Served as a member of the
Metropolitan Age Group Committee & as a Metro Zone Coach.
- 2010-2013-Head Coach,
Director-Mercury Swimming INC; Increased VCC Score by
over 38,000 points.
- 2011-2013-Aquatic Director, Livonia
- 2012-2014 Niagara Zone Team
Coach/Niagara BOD Member-Safety Chairman.
- 2012-Nationally Published in
The ASCA Spring
Newsletter: "Reinventing, Reinforcing and
Redefining American Educational & Athletic
- 2013-Named to USA Swimming Eastern
Zone Select Camp Staff
- 2013-1 Athlete Named to USA Swimming
National Age Group Top 10 Ranking (400 IM)
- 2014-Attended USA Swimming National
Select Camp; Presented "Making Test Set's Meaningful," during the
Coaches Track at The US Olympic Training Center in Colorado
- 2015-Nationally Presented
"Making Test Set's Meaningful" during a
- 2015-Victor Swim Club earns USA
Swimming Bronze Medal of Excellence
- Makayla Sargent notches a
3rd place finish in the 400 IM @ Jr. Nationals in San Antonio
- 2015-Coach Murray Named to USA
Swimming National Select Camp Coaching Staff.
- 2015-Alyssa Helak earns High Point
award at USA Swimming Futures Championships
- 2016-Makayla Sargent places in the
top 25 at USA Olympic Trials
- 2016-Victor Swim Club finished in
3rd Place at the Futures Championship.
- 2017-Victor Swim Club finished in
2nd Place at the Futures Championship.
- 2017-Coach Murray & Staff lead
Victor Swim Club to its 3rd consecutive Niagara LSC Championship
& 1st ever Niagara LCM Championship.
- 2017-Coach Murray named to USA
Swimming National Select Camp, Head Team Manager
- 2018-Murray receives the prestigious
ASCA Certificate of Excellence for leading an athlete to a top 8
finish at Nationals, Open Water Nationals and a National Team Birth
(World University Games-GOLD MEDAL, 400 IM, top 20 in the
- 2019-Murray receives ASCA Level 5
Coach Mike's Swimming Career:
- Swam for Club Coaches Jeff Maxwell,
Ken McLaughlin and Jerry Adams as a club swimmer
- Swam for High School Coach Scott
Young @ The Albany Academy.
- 1998 & 1999 NYS Finalist 50,100
Freestyle, 200 & 400 freestyle relays, multiple school record
- 1999 Jr. National/US Open
Qualifier-50,100, 200 free.
- 2000-Big East Qualifier-Swimming @
- 2004 NCAA Qualifier St. Lawrence
University; 2004; Multiple former school record holder.
- 2005 Nominee for Martha Finch
Outstanding Senior Athlete, St. Lawrence University
You can schedule a private lesson with Coach Murray via Warrior
High-Performance Lessons; www.islandershighperformancelessons.com
Coach Mike graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2005 with a
degree in English and minor in Education. Coach Mike is a Certified
Pool Operator, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, USA
Swimming Coach Member & American Swim Coaches
Association Level 5 Certified Coach, which places him in the
top 2% of all American Swimming Coaches. Mike has coached
every level of swimming; from the lesson program through Masters
and is a Private Instructor. He is the proud father of Claire
(7) and Finn (5) Murray resides in Victor, NY with his fiance,
Nikki and her 3 children Makayla (21, NC State University),
Savannah (18) and Madison (15).
"I look forward to continuing to provide the very
best programming for our community and I'm honored to work
with our amazing athletes and staff. At Victor Swim Club we
seek to inspire each athlete to reach their full
potential while learning to dedicate themselves to
achieving excellence in the pool, but more importantly, in
life. This team is predicated on
developing the whole athlete and finding enjoyment in the sport.
Our focus is to create an environment where success is
Scott James Wisner
Senior Prep & Senior Lead Assistant
Coach Wisner has been a swimmer and a coach in nearly every level of swimming over his 42 years in competitive swimming. In Watertown, NY, he was a member of the Watertown Y Swim Club competing at Y and USS meets and swam for Watertown High School there. He also swam for Bettendorf High School and Bettendorf Park Board Swim Club. In college, he swam distance events for the University of Iowa. And later, he swam as a Masters swimmer for Syracuse Masters Swim Club. Throughout his swimming career, he’s competed or qualified for most levels of competition. He was a high school state champion both in New York and in Iowa in the 500 free, was a member of an Iowa High School Championship team, finalist at Junior Nationals, a finalist and member of two Big Ten championship teams and a medalist at Masters Zones and Nationals.
His coaching career started while he was in high school helping with the younger Y swimmers and assisting with the girls high school team (tough duty for a high school guy). He was both an Assistant and Head Coach with the Watertown Y Swim Club, Assistant Coach with Iowa City Swim Club, Graduate Assistant at The University of Iowa, Co-Head Coach with the Leatherstocking Hawks Swim Club (Utica, NY) and Head Coach with the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team. Swimmers he has coached have competed at Y States and Nationals, Empire State Games, high school state championships in New York, Iowa and Florida, Junior and Senior Nationals as well as several going>
Coach Wisner is a Level 4 coach in the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). On the side, he is a second-degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate and has worked for 20 years with the Rotary Youth Exchange program. He is married to Amy, a former All-American swimmer at Ithaca College and is the father of two swimmers, Kai and Taryn.
Development and Senior Prep Coach
Chris started competitive swimming at the age of 7. As an
age group swimmer, she competed in the Empire State Games, Eastern
Zone Meets, as well as many Junior and Senior National Meets in a
variety of events. She was a finalist in 200 fly at Senior
She attended Miami University on a Division I Scholarship, where
she broke school records in the 200 & 500 free, 200 fly,
and the 400, 800 free and 400 Medley relays. She was named captain
her senior year. In 1989, she was awarded the Leann Grimes Davidge
Memorial Award which is noted as the top award for an upperclass
female athlete and recognizes excellence in academics,
leadership and athletics. Chris is a Mid-American Conference
Champion and record holder in 200 fly and conference record holder
in 200 free and the 400 & 800 Free relays and 400 Medley
Relay. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from
Miami University. She was inducted into the Miami University
Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2016.
While attending the University of Pittsburgh for her Masters
Degree in Education, she was the Assistant Women’s Swim Coach
for two seasons where the team won the Big East Swimming and Diving
Championship in 1991. She was also an age group swim coach at Team
Pittsburgh Aquatic Swim Team for two years.
In Rochester, she had a variety of coaching experiences. She
coached Mercy High School, Westside Swim Team, MCC Masters
Swimming, Churchville Chili Varsity Boys and Girls, and Gates Chili
Girls Varsity for nine (9) years. Chris coached state qualifiers
and many Zone qualifiers. She is currently in her first season
coaching Swimming at Rush Henrietta High School.
She also taught 5th and 6th grade at West Irondequoit for ten
(10) years before resigning to be at home with her children.
Chris returned to coaching in 2008 as an Age Group Coach with
the Golden Comets Swim Team through September 2016. In May 2011,
she shared the 2010-2011 Niagara LSC Age Group Coach of the Year.
She served 7 years on the GVSL board as league treasurer. In 2013,
she served as a Niagara LSC Zone Coach for both short course (11-12
age group) and long course (10 and under) meets. In 2014, she was a
10 and under short course Zone Coach and served on the NI Age Group
Committee. She was elected as a co- chair for the Age Group Vice
Chair position for Niagara Swimming LSC during 2014-2016 where she
served as team manager for the Niagara Zone Team. In 2016, she
enthusiastically joined Victor Swim Club as an intermediate coach.
She continues to research and study swimming and achieved her
ASCA Level 3 Education Certification in September 2017. She will be
working with the Developmental, Intermediate and Sr Prep Groups for
the 2018- 2019 Season.
Jerald Christopher Ware
The Victor Swim Club is pleased to introduce our Performance Group Coach, Chris Ware. Chris brings a wealth of experience coaching age group swimming and has had tremendous success throughout the last two years at VSC and the preceding six seasons where he was the Age Group Coach at Canandaigua Aquatics. In addition to the tremendous local success of his athletes, he also brought multiple age group swimmers to the National Age Group Swimming Association (NASA) Showcase Classic Championships in Clearwater, Florida. Coach Ware's unique style combines high performance technique training with a focus on aerobic development. Over the past two years, Coach Chris has helped with a variety of levels as a substitute coach for Victor Swim Club taking his enthusiasm for technique and passing it along to the older kids.. Coach Ware is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A in Business Management. Chris works for PepsiCo Northeast and resides in Canandaigua, NY with his wife Marcie and two children, Kendall (17) and Logan (12).
Coach Ware's experience includes:
- Holds a Level 2 ASCA Certificate
- 2 years coaching the Victor Swim Club Performance Group
- Coached multiple kids to breaking over 15 team records.
- 6 years coaching at Canandaigua Aquatics.
- 1 year coaching the Groton/New London Subase Barracudas
- Primarily coaches 8-13 year olds
- Coaching style focused on technique.
- Drives +90% IMX events/scoring with his swimmers.
- Helped develop a program enabling a seamless transition group to group focused on "teaching consistent technique/drills" to all groups.
- Coached multiple kids that won individual events at Niagara LSC Championships & Rochester YMCA District meet.
- Coached 3 kids to YMCA State champions in their individual events.
- Helped develop and coach the VSC to victory at the Niagara LSC SC Championships.
- Created a fun atmosphere where the kids can learn and thrive while improving their strokes.
“In the short time that I have been involved with the VSC, I am thoroughly impressed with the “Passion” for the sport from the coaches and the swimmers! Joining a coaching staff that operates as a Top-Notch cohesive unit is very exciting to me as it will force me to take my game to the next level. I truly believe that a collaborative group of coaches, developing and training kids in a consistent method will enable seamless transitions level to level while allowing the kids to improve that much faster! I am honored to be part of the Victor Swim Club!”
Robyn Elisabeth Owens
The Victor Swim Club is pleased to welcome Robyn Owens as our Head Developmental Coach! Robyn has extensive experience working with swimmers of all abilities, ranging from swim lessons to senior level athletes. Robyn joins the Victor Swim Club staff after having served 5 years as the Developmental Coach with the Irondequoit Gators Swim Club. In addition to running several learn to swim programs, Coach Owens has managed pools and aquatic programming around the Greater Rochester Area. Robyn swam competitively for 2 years at MCC and also participated on a USA Swimming Team as a club athlete in the Utica, NY area. Robyn is currently completing her degree in Physical Education at SUNY Brockport, with a focus in adaptive P.E.
Kristy Lynn Shields
Assistant Developmental Coach
Kristy has been a Victor Swim Club
coach since 2002. She was the 8 & under head coach
from 2007 to 2013 and the head Intermmediate coach from
2013 to 2016. She has been teaching swim lessons or coaching
swimming since 1996. She has a BA in Psychology and a
Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from
Nazareth College. During the day, she teaches students with
disabilities. She is married to Scott Shields, with whom she
has a son named Zachary and a daughter named Melody. With the
demands of parenting and children activities, Kristy has become a
coach support for the Developmental and Intermmediate
Her swimming career began with
Victor Swim Club at the age of 9. She was a multiple
Section Five champion in individual events (100 free, 200
free) and team relays, qualifying for States for 4 years and was a
school record holder at the Victor High School in the 100 free and
2 team relays. Kristy finished her competitive swimming
career at Washington & Jefferson College setting two school records and
being a 2 time Conference champion in each the 200 fly and the 100
free, as well as team relays during her 2
In addition to coaching for the
club, Kristy was the assistant coach for the Girls Varsity swim
team from 2006 to 2011. Her responsibilities included
stroke and turn development, race strategies, sprint training, and
She has a true love for the sport
of swimming and stays current with stroke technique and training
strategies through clinics and collaboration with other experienced
coaches, to ensure a high quality of coaching in and out of the
pool with dryland training. She implements her
knowledge of child development, teaching strategies, and social
development into her coaching, so that all swimmers have fun and
become stronger and more confident swimmers. Swimmers with
Coach Kristy learn the thrill of competitive swimming.