Laurie Berkow, Head Coach
Coach Laurie combines more than 25 years’ coaching experience with age group children, and 12 years with Masters swimmers in both the YMCA and in U.S. swimming programs. She swam for ten years in YMCA age group competition from ages 9-17, and as an adult in Masters from 1987 through the present. She was a winner of the “YMCA National John DeBarbadillo Award” in 1993 for “Significant contributions to the sport of masters swimming”.
Coach Laurie joined the staff of the Hampton Dolphins in 2008 as the coach of the age group division, and became Head Coach of the team in 2010. She began the Dolphins Masters Program in 2009 and resumed Masters swimming herself, in addition to her coaching duties.
Coach Laurie graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Child Psychology with minors in Biology and Sociology. Her professional expertise was in YMCA management, where she most recently served in the capacity of CEO for 12 years specializing in program development, facility planning and construction, fundraising, and grant writing. Additionally, Coach Laurie holds current Coaches Safety, CPR and First Aid, and Level 2 USA Swimming Coaches certifications, is a USA Swimming Stroke/Turn/Starter Official, WPIAL High School Swimming Official, and a member of ASCA.
Morgan Zweygardt, Assistant Coach
Coach Morgan comes to the Dolphins from North Florida Swimming in Jacksonville, FL, where she worked with swimmers 4-17 years old. She helped start and led a new branch of NFS at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club . Coach Morgan was a Florida Swimming All-Star coach in 2015. She specializes in stroke technique and age appropriate training. Morgan is USA Swimming certified and currently working on her ASCA level 2 training.
She began swimming competitively at the age of 5 in South Dakota. She was a member of the South Dakota All-Star and Zone State teams, a sectional qualifier, and state record holder in backstroke events. Morgan swam for Duquesne University from 2008-2012. She finaled all four years at the Atlantic 10 Championships in the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Coach Morgan is excited to be back in Pittsburgh and bring all the knowledge she gained in Florida to the city she considers home!
Brandon Smith, Coach
Coach Brandon began swimming competitively when he was in 4th grade. He swam locally at ANSC and continued with that club through high school and then summers during college. Brandon was both a zone and sectional qualifier throughout his time with ANSC. He also swam for the high school team at North Allegheny and was All-American his Senior Year as well as both a WPIAL and State qualifier all four years. Brandon then attended Washington and Jefferson College where he still holds several school records and was a 4-time President’s Athletic Conference Champion.
Following college, Brandon started working with young swimmers of all ages through both private and group lessons which allowed him to share his skills with others. He is now ready and excited to take on the new challenge of coaching here with the Hampton Dolphins.
Tilly Sheets, Coach
Christina "Tilly" Sheets joined the Hampton Dolphins in 2013.
Coach Tilly has a combined 15 years of collegiate coaching experience at Ball State, Clarion, and Chatham Universities. She is currently working at the University of Pittsburgh in their center for Academic Support Service for Student-Athletes. She was Hall of Fame athlete at Clarion University with accolades including 5-time NCAA DII National Champion and 28-time All American.
Coach Tilly primarily works with the developmental group. She enjoys developing proper stroke technique with these young swimmers.
David Seigneur, Coach
Coach David has contributed to the Hampton Dolphin’s coaching staff since 2009, working both with age group and Masters swimmers. With his training in exercise physiology, his interests are in stroke mechanics, avoiding musculoskeletal issues, and conditioning. He emphasizes giving attention to each swimmer he oversees, and bringing fun and humor into practices. He regularly swims with our Masters team, as well as staying in shape through bicycling, running and weight lifting.
David graduated from Alma College, Alma, MI, with an undergraduate degree in Biology, and a Masters degree in clinical exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He has Level 2 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certification, as well as Coaches Safety, CPR and First Aid, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications. He is a member of USA Swimming, ASCA, and the American College of Sports Medicine
Janele Archibald, Coach
Janele began swimming in elementary school for the Grove City YMCA Royal Dolphins and competed there all the way through high school. She then went on to swim for Grove City College from 2010-2014, being named captain of the team her senior year.
After a short break from the pool to finish up her graduate studies in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, she is ready to be back on the pool deck again, this time as a coach. Janele is looking forward to working with younger swimmers to help develop stroke technique and fundamentals, and to share her love for the sport. She is excited to be joining the Hampton Dolphins!