2020-21 COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Taylor Byers:
Taylor joined Tri-Hampton YMCA in May 2019. She is currently a YMCA and USA certified swim coach with an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II certification.
Taylor is dedicated to not only improving an athlete's swimming abilities, but also to helping swimmers reach their full potential by developing character out of the water.
Growing up, Taylor swam with the YMCA and was a part of her high school swim team. During this time, she was a YMCA Nationals and PIAA High School State Championship qualifier. She is the current 100-yard breaststroke record holder at Derry Area High School.
Taylor was a four-year collegiate athlete at Arcadia University on the Women’s Swim Team competing primarily in the breaststroke and individual medley events, as well as a member of both the medley and freestyle relays. She is a current Arcadia pool record holder in the 400-freestyle relay, as well as a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) top 8 finalist all four years. Aside from her swimming accolades, Taylor received All-MAC Academic Honors as well as Arcadia Athletics Honors, including the 2018 Strength and Conditioning Award. She served as a member of the Leadership Committee her senior year, while also representing the Women’s Team on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) during both her junior and senior years.
Assistant Coach Keith Torok:
Coach Keith has been coaching for 40 years at many levels including USS, YMCA, High School, College and Masters including co-founding THY in 2002. Keith was also selected twice to coach the Middle Atlantic Eastern All Star team (Zones). Keith has coached numerous All Americans, Nationally Ranked Athletes, National Champions as well as an Olympic Medalist, world record holder and two American record holders. Keith’s athletic achievements include 3 year NCAA All America honors and being inducted into Bloomsburg University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Keith has been married for over 35 years with 2 grown sons who also swam at THY plus 4 (almost 5) grandchildren who will keep him active in swimming for many more years. Keith is the treasurer for Rock Construction during the workday and an avid fly fisherman on weekends. Keith will be working with the age group swimmers and minis this year.
Assistant Coach Bob Pilotti:
Coach Bob has been actively involved in teaching athletes how to swim for over 20 years. He instructs kids of all ages and abilities, and is a certified Red Cross WSI (Water Safety Instructor). He takes pride in almost always finding areas to improve swimmers on, regardless of how long they have been swimming. As a former Masters swimmer, Coach Bob is semi-retired, but still likes to stay active in the water. In his spare time, he loves to stay current on tips, tools and techniques to help improve swimmers' abilities. Coach Bob is excited to continue coaching for THY, working with the Pre-Age and Age Group Swimmers.
Assistant Coach Rachel Samson:
Rachel has been swimming competitively for 16 years. She first started her swim career at the Newtown Swim Club. From there, she went on to swim at Eastern Express and Council Rock High School North where she was captain her senior year. Rachel was a PIAA District and State qualifier. Her primary strokes are butterfly, freestyle, and IM.
Rachel is a 2020 Arcadia University graduate where she majored in Business Administration and had a dual minor in Healthcare Administration and Public Health. She was a four-year member of the Women’s Swim Team and was part of her team's Leadership Council her senior year. Rachel contributed in setting the 200, 400, 800 freestyle relays records at Arcadia. She was also a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) top 8 finalist all four of her years. Rachel spent two summers coaching at LMT and she is now so excited to be coaching with THY this season!
Assistant Coach Zack Woltman:
My name is Zachariah (Zack) Woltman. I’ve been swimming for around 14 years now. I went to Pennsbury high school. I graduated in 2019. After high school, I studied marine biology for 1 year at Montclair State University and swam one year. I’m easy to talk to, I will always listen, and I love to learn new things.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF COACH TRACEY EDWARDS
6/2/68 - 7/17/15
Our beloved coach, Tracey Edwards passed into eternal life on Friday, July 17, 2015, due to complications from metastatic breast cancer. A fighter to the end, our "Sunshine" was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt with an acutely compassionate character. Having beaten cancer previously within the last three years, Tracey's legacy will be one of courage, determination and beauty - both inside and out. Tracey's passions were teaching, coaching, and sharing her love of life with Dominic, Meredith, her extended family, and her many treasured friends and colleagues. A reading specialist in the West Windsor-Plainsboro (NJ) school district, Tracey had taught since 1992 at Upper Elementary, Village and Millstone River schools. A 1986 graduate of Pennsbury High School, where she was a proud swim team captain, Tracey swam in NCAA Division 1 competitions while earning a degree in political science from Furman (SC) University in 1990. She subsequently acquired a master's in education from the University of Pennsylvania to complement her career goals as an inspiration to young learners. Tracey treasured her West Windsor-Plainsboro colleagues, drawing strength from her many impactful professional relationships in the district. Tracey's love of swimming will live on in her twins, Dominic and Meredith, whom she coached with enormous pride for the last eight years at the Spirit and Tri-Hampton YMCA teams.