2018-19 COACHING STAFF
Director of Competitive Aquatics: Kristina Halner
Swimming has been a passion of my mine since the time I was 7 years old. Being around the water has been one of the most consistent things in my life. I grew up swimming at Lenape Valley Swim Club. From there I went on to swim for the Central Bucks Swim Team, Archbishop Wood Swim Team, and then I ended my swimming career at Bloomsburg University. I still continue to swim today with the Central Bucks Masters Swim Team at the YMCA.
Working with children in a pool started when I was fourteen. I taught swimming lessons the first summer I was able to at Lenape Valley. My coaching career started in 2013 at the Doylestown YMCA. After graduating from Bloomsburg, I was offered the Head Coaching position for the boys SWAC team. Along with coaching at SWAC, I am also the Head Swim Coach for Fanny Chapman Memorial Pool.
I possess all of the YMCA’s core values. I am a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible person. I am seen as a leader in the classroom and on the pool deck. I look forward to get to know the swimmers, assistant coaches and parents to bring consistence and the strong heritage that the THY swim team has created.
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 Alyssa Belardo:
Alyssa was a competitive swimmer for 9 years at Newtown Crossing swim team before becoming a coach for the team. She began as an assistant coach for NCST two years ago. Alyssa enjoyed every moment of watching new swimmers learn and develop skills and annual swimmers beating their times and pushing themselves to do better. She is now the head coach of NCST. Alyssa is stoked to be at THY again this year. She is also excited to continue meeting new swimmers and watching them achieve their goals. Alyssa received her Bachelor of Arts from Rider University after double majoring in Secondary Education and English with a minor in Film and Media studies. She is currently employed as an 8th grade English teacher at Holland Middle School. She is excited for another great season!
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!
Coach Katie Blemings:
Coach Katie began swimming at Newtown Swim Club and then was fortunate enough to become a coach for NSC for five years. Katie swam at Notre Dame High School as well as at Catholic University and was captain of both teams. For the past two years, has been the head coach of the NAC Attack swim team based out of the Newtown Athletic Club. She also served as an Assistant Coach at Notre Dame High School for the past two years. She is employed as a Guidance Counselor at Notre Dame High School. Katie looks forward to helping swimmers continue to develop their stroke technique and confidence at THY.
Coach Gary Garretson:
Coach Garretson is extremely excited for the opportunity to coach your swimmers at THY this year. After swimming at The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey for 3 years Coach Garretson swam at Division 3 national power Denison University in Granville, Ohio. While in college he continued to excel in the sprint freestyle events and developed into an NCAC conference 200 IM finalist. After graduating from Denison he coached for two seasons at Bridgewater Raritan High School East in nearby Central New Jersey. Currently, he teaches middle school math at William Penn Middle School and has been doing so for the past 13 years. He is looking forward to passing his enthusiasm for the sport to your developing athletes.
Coach Paul Hamnett:
Paul Hamnett had an impressive 11-year career as head coach of West Windsor Plainsboro High School Boys and Girls Swim teams, earning 11 Division titles, 11 CVC and Mercer County Championship Titles and 9 Sectional Titles. With 110 straight wins, he never lost a CVC meet. He led his team to 5 States Championships bringing home the title in 2009 and 2010. Paul was been named Coach of the Year for 11 years by some or all three of the local papers; the Trentonian, The Princeton Packet and the Trenton Times, and was named the 2010 NJ State Girls Coach of the Year. In 2010 Paul was also awarded the prestigious 2010 National Federation of High School Association’s Northeastern United States Coach of the Year! He coached 10 All Americans and 9 Individual and Relay State Champions. Paul began his coaching career as head coach of Newtown Swim Team in the late 1990s and as a coach for Spirit Swimming. Paul is currently an assistant principal at West Windsor Plainsboro South High School. He resides in Holland with his wife and three young children.
Coach Kathryn Mireles:
Kathryn's swimming career began at LMT and PAC and continued through high school, swimming for Pennsbury High School and Tri-Hampton YMCA. During college, she swam for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, specializing in mid-distance freestyle events. This past summer she was the head coach of LMT. Off the pool deck, Kathryn is a speech-language pathologist, enjoys running, and spending time with family and friends. Kathryn is thrilled to continue to be a part of the THY coaching staff and is looking forward to a great season!
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.
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.