Todd began his coaching career in 1983 when he began work as the Boise YMCA Assistant Swim Coach. In 1985 he moved to Carbondale, IL where he worked as Head Coach of the Saluki Swim Club. In 1988, Todd became the Head Coach of Spokane Area Swimming, where he has coached for the past 24 years. He was hired to coach the Boise Y Swim Team in 2012. Todd is an ASCA Level 5 coach, the highest level granted by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).
Todd has coached all levels of swimmers, from age group to Olympic Trials qualifiers. In recent years, he has taken at least 10-24 swimmers each year to YMCA Nationals. He has also had numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers, including two swimmers selected to the National Junior Team. Many of his swimmers have achieved scholastic All-American status.
Todd is married (Vicki) and has two children who were both swimmers for SAS. Both Todd and Vicki have worked many years for the YMCA and USA Swimming communities in Spokane. Vicki is a swim coach, a YMCA Wellness coach, a USA and YMCA swimming official, past member of USA Swimming’s National Board of Directors, and current member of the National YMCA Advisory Board. Both Todd and Vicki have been extremely active with the Inland Empire LSC, serving as Zone Coaches and LSC officers. Todd is currently the YMCA Group Representative for the Pacific Northwest, which serves all Y competitive swim teams throughout the area.
Todd believes every swimmer is important and works hard to find ways for each child to have fun, be challenged, and find success.
If you would like to talk to Todd, he can be reached at 377-4886, ext 426. Please leave a message and he will get back to you when he can. Keep in mind, he is out of town often due to swim meets!
Nicholas A Gaggiano
Head Age Group Coach
swimming with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago at the age of
6. He quickly learned that he loved the water and continued
swimming with the Boys & Girls Clubs and Chicago Park District
until the age of 14. Once he entered high school, Nick
continued to swim for his high school team while picking up the
sport of water polo. Nick realized he enjoyed playing water
polo and continued playing throughout high school for legendary
coaches Moose Mulchrone and John McGinn. He was selected to
the All Catholic League water polo team his sophomore, junior and
senior seasons and to the Illinois All-State water polo team after
his junior and senior seasons. After high school, Nick
attended Iona College in New Rochelle, NY where he continued to
swim and play water polo. Nick graduated from Iona in 2002
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a
concentration in Journalism.
Nick began his
coaching career in 2001 when he began work as an Assistant Coach
with the Gael Aquatics Club in New Rochelle, NY. In
2007, he moved back home to Chicago, IL where he worked as Age
Group Coach of Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club. Prior to coming
to the Boise Y Swim Team, Nick was the Head Coach at the Valentine
Boys & Girls Club in Chicago, IL. Nick is an ASCA Level 2
Nick is of the
belief all swimmers can be successful and each swimmer
who is willing to come to the pool deserves the best effort from
their coach. Aquatics teaches us so much more than just how
to swim. It is very important we take those lessons and use
them to achieve success in all aspects of life.
Admin Coach - Caldwell Y Site Coach
Born and raised
in Caldwell, Linda followed an older brother to swim practice and
at the age of 5 said she wanted to swim too. By the time she
was 6, she had told her mom that she was going to be a coach when
she grew up. Linda received a BS in Secondary
Education/History from the University of Idaho, where she lettered
all four years. She was named the Most Improved Swimmer two
times and was Team Captain her Senior year. During her fifth
year, she worked with the team under retired Boise Y Head Coach
(then Vandal Head Coach) Frank Burlison.
Coach Linda has
been with Boise Y since October 1997. Before joining the Y
staff, Linda coached club and high school teams in Alaska, at
Ferris State University and the University of Wyoming. She
also taught a year of 8th grade World Geography in Caldwell between
coaching jobs. She has coached many Collegiate and YMCA
Very active in
Snake River Swimming, Linda has held multiple positions and is a
past General Chair. She has received the Conoco/Phillips
Service to Swimming Award and Snake River Coach of the Year
Award. She was a member of USA Swimming Disability
Committee. Linda is a National Coach with US Para Swimming
and was and assistant coach at the 2011 & 2015 ParaPan American
Games, 2013 & 2017 IPC Swimming World Championships and 2014
Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships. Received the USA
Swimming Disabilty Service Award in 2018. Will be an
assistant coach/sport science at the 2019 ParaPan American Games in
skiing, photography and traveling in her spare time.
Head Site Coach - West Y
swimming at the young age of 5 years old. She swam for Spokane Area
Swimming under Coach Todd Marsh for 13 years. When she graduated
from high school in 2012, she went on to swim for Boise State
University on an athletic scholarship. Emri was a Winter National,
Junior National & Y- National qualifier. She was a top 8
finalist at Y- Nationals for consecutive years. Emri was a part of
Boise State’s Mountain West Conference Championship back in
2014 and was a top 8 finalist every year she swam at conference.
She graduated from Boise State with a B.A in Communication and is
currently back at BSU getting her second major in Broadcast
Journalism. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in
the world of swimming especially at the YMCA. I grew up as a Y
swimmer myself and there is nothing quite like being surrounded by
the core values the Y instills in the
Assistant Coach - West Y
Coach Vicki is an
ASCA Level 4 coach, a USA Swiming National Level Official, and is a
YMCA Level 2 Official. She swam at the collegiate level at
Western Illinois University on a 4 year swimming scholarship.
She was a school record holder and qualified for Senior
Nationals. Vicki specialized in the freestyle sprint
races. Vicki was also a Masters National Top 10 swimmer in
numerous events and a Masters National record holder in the
breaststroke. Vicki met her husband, Todd, at Western
Illinois. They have two children who swam competitively for
Spokane Area Swimming, Molly and Kyle. Kyle currently swims
for the University of the Cumberlands in
Vicki has not
only been involved with swimming on the local level but also on the
Regional, Zone, and National levels. She served as Zone Coach
for 10 years with Inland Empire and has served on several USA
Swimming Committees. Currently, she is a member of the Sports
Science and Medicine and Olympic International Operation
Committees. Vicki is also a certified personal trainer and
teaches Senior Adult Fitness classes for the YMCA.
Assistant Coach - West Y
Serena started swimming for the Boise YMCA swim team and finished her competitive swimming at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry as well as four year NCAA Division III All-American honors. She worked as a Virologist in Spokane before joining her husband, Kevin, in full-time coaching for the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team in 2011. Serena and Kevin and their three daughters moved to Boise in 2013.
Assistant Coach - West Y
Lori Rea Smith began her competitive swimming career at the Boise YMCA at age 11. During her 11-year swimming career, she placed as high as third individually at U.S. Senior Short Course Nationals, and fourth individually at NCAA Division I Nationals. She was an Olympic Trials Competitor in 1984 & 1988, a 12-time All American (NCAA Division I), World Championship Trials Consolation finalist, and a YMCA National Champion. Her best events were the 100 butterfly, and the 50 and 100 freestyle. She still holds Boise Y Team Records in the 17-18 Girls 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, and 200-yard butterfly.
She swam at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on a full-ride swimming scholarship, earning Academic All-American honors all four years. She had the highest GPA of any graduation female athlete in 1988, and also won an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations.
She began rowing competitively on a club team at Wichita State University, and won the Mid-West Regional Indoor Rowing Championships and placed second in the CRASH-B National Indoor Rowing Championships. She trained with the US National Rowing Team, and was an Olympic Festival Gold Medalist in 1989 (Women’s Heavyweight Quadruple Scull), and a silver medalist in the U.S. Rowing Senior Nationals (Women’s Heavyweight Eight, 1989).
She has worked in the fields of advertising, marketing, public relations, market research, and in IT Project Management. She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree at BSU. She coached swimming at the Bernal’s Gators Swim Club in Boston, and served as a volunteer coach of the Borah High School swim team. She has also coached rowing and soccer.
She married Roy Smith in 1994, and enjoys raising her two kids, Marissa and Emmitt, and looking after Uncle Max. She teaches Spanish at Calvary Christian school, and enjoys teaching Sunday school and helping with AWANA Bible Club.
Assistant Coach - Caldwell Y
Krista grew up in Northern California and Salt Lake City Utah. She started swimming competitively at the age of 8 and swam through high school. She has a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Minor in Addiction Studies from Boise State University. She loves to help people and empower them to become the best that they can.
Krista started coaching for a rec swim team and became part of Boise Y swim team in December 2012.
Krista is a wife and a mother of very busy teenager and a active adolescent. Her and family enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, jet skiing and of course swimming.
Assistant Coach - Downtown Y
Born and raised
in Tacoma, Washington, Emma began her swimming career with the
Lakewood YMCA at the age of 7. From there, she later joined Tacoma
Swim club at 14, propelling her swimming career and earning her a
scholarship to swim at Boise State University. During her summers
home during college, she coached Tacoma Swim Club's age group kids
and thoroughly enjoyed it. At her time there, she achieved many
things. She is the current team record holder in the 200,
500, 1000, and 1650 yard freestyle, as well as qualifying for
NCAA's her sophomore and junior year and qualifying for the 2016 US
Olympic Trials in the 200 meter freestyle. Recently graduating at
BSU with a degree in Environmental studies, Emma chose to stay in
Boise and help Todd out at the Boise Y. Now that she is done
competing swimming, Emma hopes to invest more
time in her other
interests such as rock climbing, being outdoors, and enjoying
spending time with her former teammates.
Kailey N Wright
Assistant Coach - West Y
Kailey is from
Colfax, California where she grew up around bodies of water
and swam as soon as she was old enough to be in water.
Her family has a history of being swimmers, lifeguards, and
divers, so needless to say it ran in her blood to swim.
She started competitive swimming at the age of 12 on a
seasonal team and after one summer Iuickly learned how much
she loved competitive swimming. She joined a year round
team and in high school swam all four years on the varsity team,
while juggling other sports. She attended Linfield College,
pursuing s degree in Physical Activity and Fitness with a
minor in coaching and Athletic training. She spent over 400
clinical hours with athletes of all ages and different sports,
taking care of injuries or emergency situations. Through
her years of school, she worked as a lifeguard (started my
certification when I was 15) and taught swim lessons at the local
aquatics center. In college, she participated in track instead of
swimming. She was a varsity thrower all four
years. After graduating and
earning her degree, she moved to Boise to work at
the Y with two seasonal swim teams over the summer. She is
now currently employed as a paraprofessional working with special
needs kids, alongside coaching. Kailey states "My life has always
involved swimming of some sort and working with kids. I am very
passionate about everything I do and want all my students and
swimmers to succeed and have fun while working with
Briggitta M Gruenberg
Assistant Coach - Downtown Y
I am so excited to be a
part of the amazing coaching staff for the Boise YMCA swim
team. I have been swimming competitively since I was 10 years
old. I joined the Boise Y swim team as a swimmer when I was a
freshman in high school and now I am back, as a swim
coach. I am also currently an active swimmer on the
Sawtooth Master's swim team and triathlete. I will be
competing in my third Ironman this fall in Arizona. Over the
years, I have coached high school swimming and taught swim
lessons. I have four girls--Adelaide 8, Lola 5, Arya 3, and
Esmé. My oldest Adelaide swims in the Sockeye II group
for the Boise Y team and hopefully in the future all my girls will
share my passion and love for swimming.
Assistant Coach - Downtown & West
Patty grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho and after high school graduation went on to attend the University of Idaho where she earned a B.S. Business degree from the College of Business. Patty and her husband, Bruce, moved to Boise in 1979.
Patty became involved with the Boise Y Swim Team when her children, Jeff and Ryan, joined the team in 1985. Through the years, she has served as Newsletter Editor, Meet Entries Chairman, Treasurer, and currently serves as Team Admin. She also serves as Times and Records Chairman for Snake River Swimming and is a USA Swimming Meet Administrative Official. Patty's husband, Bruce, is a past President of USA Swimming.
Patty has been awarded the Boise Family YMCA Service to Youth Award, the Snake River Swimming Western Trophy/Phillips 66 Service to Swimming Award, the Boise Y Swim Team’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and the Boise Y Swim Team Jane Nelson Outstanding Parent Award. She and Bruce have also been inducted into the Boise Y Swim Team Hall of Fame.