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Neptune Coaching Staff
The Neptune Coaching staff is 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 us.
 

For all questions related to volunteerism, officials training, or fundraising please contact Chris Hughes- Senior Aquatic Director - [email protected]

Coaching Staff

Terry Patterson

Head Coach

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Terry Patterson is on board for his second year as the Neptunes Head Swim Coach. Terry grew up in the Warren area and swam competitively for Edinboro University (EU) in the late 70’s, where he earned an All-America status thirteen times and later was inducted into EU’s Hall Of Fame ('91). After receiving his bachelor’s degree in communications from EU, Terry served as the assistant coach for one year at YSU. He then went on to coach six successful seasons for the Medina YMCA before being recruited for the Head Coach position at Akron University. When Terry’s career in sales and marketing began to move him around the country, he was forced to give up coaching swimming. Terry currently works as the National Wholesale Director of Sales for Selena Naturally (Celtic Sea Salt) and lives in the Cortland area. He has a 21-year old daughter Jordyn, who is a senior at Washington State University. Terry also serves on the Advisory Board for EU Athletics. 

Michael Bleggi

Assistant Head Coach

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Michael Bleggi returns for his ninth year coaching for the Y Neptunes.  He swam competitively for the Neptunes and the Firestone Area Swim Team, and also coached for FAST for three years.  Michael is a certified USA coach.  Michael graduated from YSU and currently works for Bodine Perry as an accountant.

Tess E Emerson

Assistant Coach

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Coach Tess is in her third year coaching for the Neptune Swim Team. Being in competitive swimming for 13 years she swam for the Firestone Area Swim Team (FAST), Neptune Swim Team, and Valley Christian High School. Tess is currently a Junior at Youngstown State University, with a major in Business Administration and a double minor in Advertising and Graphic Design.

Aaron DunLany

Assistant Coach

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We are pleased to welcome Aaron DunLany to the Neptune Coaching staff for the 2020-21 season! Aaron swam for the Y Neptunes from the age of 10 and continued throughout high school. He was a multi-year Zones qualifier and one-time Nationals qualifier. Aaron also swam for the Boardman High School Spartan Swim Team, where he was a three-time District qualifier, one-time State qualifier and broke four school records! During the summer months, Aaron swam for Firestone Area Swim Team and for the last 5 summers has served as an assistant swim coach for FAST. Aaron also swam for Westminster College, where he was part of an 800 free-style record-holding relay, a three-year conference champion in multiple events, and also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2020.  Aaron is currently working on his doctorate in the Physical Therapy program at Youngstown State University.

Megan Gocala

Assistant Coach

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We are pleased to welcome Megan Gocala to the Neptune Coaching staff for the 2020-21 season! Megan grew up taking swim lessons at the Y and after completing all of the levels, she discovered competitive swimming. She swam for the Y Neptunes for three years before trying out a few other swim teams, including Firestone Area Swim Team, Canfield Swim Club, Penguins, and Canfield High School. After 9 years of competitive swimming, Megan began working at the Davis Family YMCA as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor, where she now oversees the Swim Lesson program in her current role as Aquatic Coordinator. She is excited to enter into her first year as a swim coach. Megan earned a Bachelor in Psychology and Criminal Justice from YSU in May 2020, and is currently attending an online masters program for forensic psychology through NOVA Southeastern University.