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Washingtonville Seahawks Coaching Staff



Caryn Steffens 

Head Coach

Coach Ayne was a synchronized swimmer for sixteen years with The Ohio State University and New Canaan Aquiana's . Her main accomplishments include US National Team II Member, two time age-group National Champion titles, and Junior All-American. She also competed for her high school varsity team, the Bristol Central Rams, in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM. Ayne loves to provide swimmers with a love for the sport while focusing on the technique of each stroke. Her aspiration is to be an Elementary School teacher while still coaching the Seahawks. Caryn has a long history with the Seahawks dating back to when she was first a swimmer from 2001-2007.  Caryn also taught swim lessons from 2005-2009 as well as worked as an assistant coach from 2006-2009.  The Cornwall Sea Dragons was Caryn’s next stop as an assistant head coach from 2009-2012.  She then joined the Sportsplex Barracudas as head coach from 2012-2014.  When the team disbanded, Caryn went on to assist with coaching at West Point from 2014-2016, when she rejoined the Seahawks as an assistant coach.  Caryn holds ASCA 3 coach certification and has been USA certified for the past ten years.  We are pleased that Caryn has returned to her Seahawks home to help future generations of swimmers.


Craig Brown


Assistant Coach 

Craig is a current Seahawk parent, former board member and volunteer coach.  Craig comes to the Seahawks as a former NY State swimmer and Pine Bush breast champion. He's become a tremendous asset to the team, and he is a natural coach and leader. 



Kristina Hernandez

Assistant Coach 

Kristina Hernandez is an alumnus of the Washingtonville School District.  She swam for the Seahawks Swim Club, and Washingtonville Wizards Varsity Swim Team, for over 7 years. She received a full scholarship for swimming at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY.  There she continued her swimming career specializing in distance swimming and freestyle events. Kristina is currently working on her Master’s Degree in special education at Mount Saint Mary College. Her career goal is to become an elementary school teacher, while continuing to coach new swimmers in the sport she loves. 


Katherine Nowell


Assistant Coach 

Katherine began her career in competitive swimming during the 1970's.  She forged an enduring legacy beginning in the 1970's as she captured three State titles; finish undefeated in every one of her high school dual meet, County and Section 9 races; go 12-for-12 in gold medals in County and Sectional competition in 1976 and 1977; set State records in the 100-yard butterfly, 200 freestyle and as anchor leg on the 400 freestyle relay; and break numerous records in County and Section 9 competition.

She earned High School All-America honors in her junior and senior years for posting one of the top 15 times nationally for her events.  She was selected Journal-News Female Athlete of the Year in 1978. Later she was an inaugural inductee into the Clarkstown South Hall of Fame and chosen by that organization as the school’s top female athlete of the 1970's.

Katherine received a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina and performed admirably for that Division I school, meriting All-America honors for finishing in the top eight in the AIAW National Championships (pre-NCAA days) in three relays, including a third-placing showing in the 200 medley relay.

After transferring to Division III Ramapo College in 1980, Katherine won All-America citations in six events over two seasons, gaining Outstanding Swimmer honors for the Metropolitan Swim League in 1981, and eventually earning enshrinement in the Ramapo College Sports Hall of Fame.

After a decorated swimming career at the University of South Carolina and Ramapo College, Katherine returned to coach at Clarkstown South and guided the 1983 Vikings team to a No. 1 New York State ranking and No. 14 nationally. The 1984 club also went to No. 1 statewide.