We have a large and experienced coaching staff at BBD. All coaches have been screened and received professional development in dealing with children appropriately. In addition, in order to work in a YMCA/US program a coach must hold current certifications in life guarding, coaches’ safety, and CPR. First-year coaches must complete the YMCA Principles of Coaching class. Second-year coaches must have completed the Level 1 Certification of the American Swim Coaches Association. ASCA Certification ranges from Level 1 to Level 5 and represents a combination of education and achievement. Kevin is a Level 4 Coach and several other coaches have achieved advanced levels.
The Birmingham (YMCA) Blue Dolphins began well over thirty years ago with parent-volunteer coaches in public school pools in Birmingham. In 1968, the YMCA built a pool which gave the team a home. As the team evolved a coach was hired and the team began to grow into the powerhouse it is today. The team has achieved a size which allows it to conduct its workouts by age groups assuring that each swimmer has his/her developmental needs addressed under the guidance of experienced coaches. The coaching staff is made up of new and seasoned coaches, many of whom were BBD swimmers themselves.
Head Coach: Kevin Fogarty email@example.com
Kevin has been the head coach of the Birmingham Blue Dolphins for over thirty years. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Education, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching, and has completed the required courses for a Master’s degree in Administration. Kevin has worked as a teacher/administrator in Detroit Public Schools, at Cranbrook, and at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
During his teaching and coaching career Kevin has received local and national recognition for his teaching, coaching and leadership. Under his leadership, BBD has won numerous local, state, zone and national individual and team championships. Kevin is particularly proud of the fact that six of the members of the coaching staff are BBD alumna.
Kevin also coaches the Orchard Lake Blue Carp.
Senior Head Coach: Michael Wind firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike is beginning his 20th season as a coach for BBD and is the Head Senior Group coach. Mike swam at Birmingham Groves High School from 1990-94, and at the Beverly Hills Athletic Club from 1987-94. In 2002, Mike was recognized by Swimming World Magazine for having multiple top four finishers at the YMCA National Swim Meet. Mike led the 2008 BBD National Team to a fifth place finish, it’s highest in team history. He has coached five different individual YMCA National Champions and twenty-nine different Michigan High School State Champions. When not on the pool deck, Mike works at the C.R. Hill Co. in Berkley. Mike is married to former BBD Coach Anne Wind and resides in Troy.
Patrick Deighan email@example.com
Pat is a BBD alum and is beginning his 21th season as a BBD coach. He is now the Video Technique coach too! He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the owner of Deighan Painters Inc. He is married to Katie and they make their home in Birmingham. Pat and Katie have twin girls, Alexis and Haley and a son, Luke, all of which are BBD swimmers. In addition to his years with us, Pat has coached locally at Village Athletic Club. While he lived in Georgia, he worked at Dynamo and the Country Club of the South. Pat is also a distinguished marathon runner – he has finished fourth in his age group in the Free Press marathon and he has been a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Pat’s brothers, Chris, Matt, and James have also been BBD coaches and swimmers. His brother, Joe, and his sister, Caroline, were BBDers as well.
Chris Bagley (Coach Bagel) firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Chris’s third season at BBD and he will be the head 11-12 age group coach. Chris grew up swimming in Southeastern Michigan for Pine Lake Country Club and Birmingham Bloomfield Atlantis. He swam at Brother Rice High School, where he was a captain of a Division 1 State Championship team. He went on to swim in college at Denison University. He finished his swimming career with 16 All-Americans and 9 individual/relay titles. Chris began his coaching career at Orchard Lake Country Club as an assistant coach for Kevin Fogarty for four summers, and then went on to become the head coach of Bloomfield Hills Surf Club, (which is now known as Bloomfield Hills Swim and Tennis) for the past three summers. He has also coached for the Licking County YMCA in Newark, Oh, in the Columbus area. Chris is currently the head coach of the Cranbrook-Kingswood Girls team which he coached to their second consecutive MHSAA State Championship and the boys’ team to a second place finish.
Kate Murphy email@example.com
Kate is returning to BBD for her seventh year, and is looking forward to another wonderful season as the lead age group coach for the 9/10s. Growing up, Kate swam for the Beachwood Barracudas and Troy High School. For the last five summers, Kate has worked as a coach for the Beachwood Barracudas, and was recently named as the new head coach for Cranbrook Swim Club. Holding a BA in History from Michigan State University, Kate is beginning her third year at Groves High School, teaching in the Social Studies department. Before that, she worked as an Intervention Specialist at Berkley High School. Kate can’t wait for another fabulous season with the Blue Dolphins!
Kelly Flaherty firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly is starting her third season with BBD and looks forward to a fun and exciting year! When not coaching, she works at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Previously, Kelly was an assistant coach for the Coffman Family YMCA in Springboro, Ohio for 2 years, where she led the “Maroon” training group (5-10 years old). Kelly swam varsity at Springboro High School and swam year-round with the Quantico Devil Dolphins in Stafford, VA.
Payton Violassi email@example.com
Payton is the Lead 8 and Under coach and it is his third year coaching at BBD. He swam and graduated from Andover High School, and swam one year at Olivet College. He has coached 4 summers alongside Anne Wind at Woodside Athletic Club and swam for 8 years at Woodside prior to coaching. In addition, Payton has assisted coaching at Groves High School for 2 years. He is SUPER excited for this new season with the Blue Dolphins and cannot wait to get started towards this team's success!
Elliott Fernandes firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I'm Elliott Fernandes. I swam for the Birmingham Blue Dolphins for eleven years from the age of 5 to 16. I am a Bloomfield Hills native and I went to University of Detroit Jesuit for high school. I'm currently at University of Detroit Mercy pursuing a masters in mechanical engineering. This is my third year coaching and I look forward to another great year with the swimmers and the other coaches.
Parker Turczyn email@example.com
Parker is back coaching for BBD for his 7th year. He swam for 14 years competitively and finished up his career as a YMCA National swimmer for YPAC. While not coaching, Parker works for a printing company called Helm Inc. in Livonia. He has a 4 year old daughter named Jordyn. Parker is excited to rejoin BBD and ready to get back in the swing of things.
Jeanne Peil firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannie Peil returned to BBD after being away for 11 years. She has been a swim coach since 1987. She has coached all ages and at various levels. Jeannie also was a Kindergarten teacher for a long time. During the 11 years that she was not at BBD, Jeannie and her family lived in NY, CT, and CA. She and her husband Jamie live in Bloomfield Hills (and have no intentions of moving out of MI anytime soon), with their 3 children, Michaela 17 (who is a member of the BBD National team), James 16 and Bridget 14 who all attend Bloomfield Hills High School.
Scott Venettis (Bio coming soon)
Sarah is beginning her first year with BBD and is excited to meet the swimmers. She grew up in the Oxford/Lake Orion area and swam for the Oxford High School Wildcats and the Great Lakes Athletic Club Navigators until she went tot he Upper Peninsula to broaden her outlook. She graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering adn a Music performance minor in traditional jazz. While in college she worked with the Houghton YMCA Killer Whales. Now she has returned to civilization from pasty land and is ready to share her knowledge with wide-eyed swimmers.
Greg Palmer email@example.com
Greg Palmer will be coaching with the 11-12 year old groups this year. He took over the helm of the Detroit Golf Club in 2013 as Head Coach and Pool Manager. Greg and his coaching staff have brought a wealth of knowledge and over 22years of experience to our program. Greg is currently the Head Swimming and Diving Coach for Waterford Schools, where he teaches AP World History, AP Psychology and Science. Greg was the head coach at Kendallwood the last three years and co-founded the Great Lakes Athletic Club swim team where he coached kids ages 4-18. He has coached with numerous teams over the years including Notre Dame Prep, Troy Athens, Oakland Live Y’ers, Lake Orion Schools and Lake Orion Lightning. Greg has coached 13 Individual & five relay All-Americans, as well as two Division 1 Swimmer of the Year Award Recipients. Greg is a USA registered swim coach, ASCA member (American Swim Coaches Association), MISCA member (Michigan Swim Coaches Association) and NISCA member (National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association). Greg has many hobbies that include racing in local triathlons and Ironman, scuba diving (PADI Instructor), spear fishing, free diving, rock climbing, boating, water skiing and wake boarding. Greg loves helping our swimmers to further develop and improve their swimming fitness as well as their technique, within the framework of summer fun that accompanies a summer swim program.
Michael Bajorek firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Michael's first year coaching with BBD. He has been swimming since he was 5, and is ready and eager to make the transition from athlete to coach. He is from Beverly Hills and swam locally at Woodside Athletic Club for 13 summers. Michael was also a varsity swimmer at Groves High School, where he was a captain and an all-state athlete. Michael is a Sophomore at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield where he played a year of soccer (they don't have a swim team), and is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. He is very excited to be working with the team and can't wait to start this new chapter in his swimming career!
Charlotte Elizabeth Yaw Charlotte.Yaw@cayotes.usd.edu
This is Charlotte's first year coaching BBD following three years of coaching for Woodside Athletic Club. Charlotte began swimming at BBD when she was 7 and swam on the National team for four years. She was also caption of Seaholm swim team and a four-year letter winner at the University of South Dakota.
Charlotte brings many years of teaching private swim lessons. She is currently teaching second grade in Utica Community Schools and is looking forward to working with Coaches Kevin, Jeannie, and Mike, who all coached her as a Blue Dolphin swimmer!