2019-20 COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Taylor Byers
Taylor joined Tri-Hampton YMCA in May 2019. She is dedicated to not only improving an athlete's swimming abilities, but also helping swimmers reach their full potential by developing character out of the water as well.
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 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.
Taylor is currently a YMCA and USA certified swim coach with an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II certification.
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.
Coach Meredith Pastor:
Meredith was a competitive swimmer for about 12 years and started coaching when she was about 15 years old. She swam for LMT swim team, Penn Aquatics, and she helped start her high school’s first swim team during her sophomore year. Meredith loves having fun with the kids and seeing them improve their skills in the water.
Regional Director of Competitive Aquatics: Tim Ryan
Tim is coming to the THY team with 16 years of competitive coaching experience and 8 years as a Head Coach through various Y’s. Tim started his coaching experience back in 2000 with the Hatboro Area YMCA and continued coaching with the Ambler YMCA through 2007. Tim came to the Central Bucks Family YMCA from UMLY (2011-2014) where he coached alongside Glenn Neufeld who is currently the Head Coach of the Mercersburg Academy. Tim is excited to partner with the THY team as the Competitive Aquatics Director and looking forward to supporting the coaches and swimmers.
Coach Gabrielle Belardo:
Gabrielle is in her 4th year as an assistant coach for the Tri-Hampton YMCA. She was a competitive swimmer for 11 years and she was the Coach of Newtown Crossing Swim Team for 5 years, 4 of which she was head coach. Gabrielle loves to work with THY and hopes to continue her growth as a coach and watch more swimmers improve, reach their goals, and move up to faster and harder meets. Outside of swimming, Gabby has completely her Bachelors of Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University and now works as a Registered Nurse. She looks forward to another great season this year!
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.