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Here you’ll find a bio for each Bluefish staff member. We hope this will be a helpful tool for Swim Families to get to know our staff, learn a little bit about them, why they joined the Bluefish, and some of their favorite things outside of swimming. Our staff’s bios include pictures so you know exactly which Coach your swimmers are working with at Practices and meets.

Please feel free to email us anytime. Our Coaches will get back to you promptly. We are here to support your swim family needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, or goal setting please contact our Coaches at wcbluefish@gmail.com.

Our Bluefish Staff

Aaron Winslow

Head Coach

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Aaron began swimming for Bay Area Swim Club in 1989 right here in Belfast Maine! He swam both YMCA and USA until 1997. He swam four years at Belfast Area High School where they won four KVAC titles and were state runners-up in 1994 and 1997. After graduating high school he attended Keene State College where he swam all four year and was team captain both junior and senior year. As a senior in college Aaron was All-New England in the 400 IM. He has four children, currently just one on Bluefish. 

Fun Fact: Aaron is an avid whitewater canoe racer, and won two WWOC National Championships in 1995!

Eryn Thostenson

Assistant Coach

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Eryn has been a member of the Bluefish coaching staff since 2015 and has been with the YMCA since 2010, including some time at the PenBay YMCA. Now the Waldo County YMCA's Assistant Aquatics Director, she enjoys being on deck almost as much as being in the pool! Eryn learned to swim competitively while lifeguarding Bluefish practices by listening to coaches feedback and watching swimmers. She carries this knowledge with her into YMCA swim lessons and has even taken over our Masters swim team here in Belfast! She recently became a certified Masters coach. Eryn participates annually in the Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight, a 3.1 mile swim from Lincolnville Beach to Islesboro raising money for LifeFlight of Maine critical care helicopters. 

Fun Fact: On a family vacation to Alaska in 2016 Eryn swam in the Pacific Ocean through a jellyfish bloom!

Brett Steele

Assistant Coach

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Brett grew up here in Belfast and swam competitvely for Belfast area High School from 1980-1984 where he was coached by Aaron's dad Bob Winslow. With a desire to give back to his community, Brett Joined the Bluefish Coaching staff. He has worked with seven Bluefish Coaches since originally joining the team including Andy Thomson, Aaron Winslow, Scott Bowen, Loni Brown, Susan Cooney, Betsy Bradley and Eryn Thostenson. 

Fun Facts: Brett is super fun and therefore has many facts! Brett is a character in the Milton-Bradley game "Real People". Some of Brett's favoite things: dressing up for fun events like Halloween, giving EVERY kid a high five after a swim practice, and Fireballs candy! 

 

 

Kelley Littlefield

Assistant Coach

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Kelley was born and raised in Belfast, Maine. Her father was a physical education teacher, coach and pool director at BAHS, so she grew up around the pool. She jokes she could swim before she could walk. Kelley began swimming competitively when she was 8 years old for the Bay Area Swim Club (BASC), which she continued through high school. She also swam for her high school team. Kelley coached for a short bit for BASC from 2001 - 2003. She loved working with swimmers of all ages to be and do their best, the energy of competitive swimming, and sharing what she knows about a sport she loves with kids. These are a few of the aspects of the sport that draw her back to coaching today. Outside of swim, Kelley is a mom (with a daughter on Bluefish) and a middle school science teacher. When she isn’t teaching or planning for her students, she enjoys spending time outdoors. She loves all seasons in Maine and is partial to activities like day hiking, floating down the Kennebec with her husband Dan on their raft with friends, lounging at the beach, ice fishing at the family camp, and playing in the snow. She also enjoys cooking and sharing food with family and friends, and looks for any excuse to celebrate so she can entertain in her home.

Fun Fact: Kelley has held a relay 15 & up relay record for over 30 years! With a maiden name of Crowley, the record is a 200 Medley Relay set by Floyd, Crowley, Griffin and Lucas in 1985!