Metro North YMCA Sharks Swim Coaches

Head Coach Vicky Brienza teaches all levels of swim lessons and the swim team.  Vicky began swimming at the Boys & Girls Club and has been with the YMCA for 20 years as both a parent and as a coach.  



Laura McCormack has 18 years of coaching experience. She is a former Melrose YMCA swimmer who joined the team at the age of 12 and was captain her senior year of high school. Along with the Sharks, she swam for Bishop Fenwick High School, where she qualified for Sectionals and States. She went on to swim at Westfield State, specializing in long distance, and graduated from Salem State in 2006 with a BA in English. She has worked with all ages of swimmers in her career, from those just beginning, to National level qualifiers. She will be working with all age levels in the pool.


Katie Garland is back coaching for the Melrose YMCA Katie has been working as a lifeguard and teaching swim lessons for nearly 10 years. She swam competitively for Austin Preparatory School, where she was captain her senior year and qualified for Sectionals, Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Clarkson University, and UNH's Masters team. Katie graduated from UNH with a BA in Anthropology and a focus in Education. She is currently working towards her Masters in Education at Merrimack College. 



Amy D'Alessandro. has 18 years of coaching and officiating experience.  She is a former USA, high school and college swimmer.  She has coached all levels from 8 & unders to college.


Ashley Phoenix

  Jamie Zajac
  Pius Nguyen
  Sophia Medina
  Reid Luksic
  Lucy Tyson
  Shane Mahoney
  Stephanie Forte - Diving Coach