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Coaches

Steve Kuster

 

Coach Kuster was a two-time All-American at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, he finished 11th in the 200-meter butterfly at the US Olympic Trials. After graduating in 1993, he was selected to the United States National Team and represented the country at the World University Games. Prior to his appointment at Williams, Kuster spent three years as the men’s assistant coach at Harvard University. There he helped lead the Crimson to three Ivy League titles and an 11th place finish at the 1998 NCAAs. Kuster also received a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. In 16 seasons as the men and women’s coach at Williams College, Kuster’s teams have amassed a 30-2 record at conference championships. He has also been named NESCAC Coach of the Year 11 out of the last 15 years and NCAA women’s Coach of the Year 5 times.

 

Karrie Honecker

 Coach Honecker was captain of the undefeated women’s swim team at Ithaca College in 2003. Following her move to North Carolina, Karrie became the Head Developmental Coach for the Greenville Swim Club. During her 4 years with GSC, the club boasted multiple Junior Olympic Champions, and most recently 2012 London Olympic Gold medalist Lauren Perdue. As a coach, Honecker not only increased the strength of the club’s schedule, but also encouraged year-round participation of all members. Karrie was also the Head Coach for the Windsor Waves; a Greenville Aquatics Summer Swim League team. She led them to their first undefeated season during the summer of 2011. After moving to Williamstown in the fall of 2011, she became a volunteer assistant coach for the Williams College Swim Team, as well as the Head Coach for the Williams Masters Swimming Group. Karrie brings not only her experience in coaching but also her passion and love for the sport of swimming to PVA.

 

 

Allie Clark

Allie Clark moved to Williamstown to join the Williams College Swimming and Diving staff in the fall of 2018 after serving for a year as an assistant coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. At Macalester, she coached swimmers of all disciplines, assisted with recruitment, and managed team social media. Prior to Macalester, Allie was a four-year member of the Carleton Knights swim and dive program. There, she was elected captain, was a conference finalist, and an All-Conference honoree. Clark graduated from Carleton College in 2017 with a B.A. in Biology. A native of Northfield, Minn., Clark also has coaching experience at the club and swim camp levels. She was an assistant swim coach for the Northfield Bullsharks for four years and has coached for two summers at the Stanford Swim Camp. We look forward to having Allie join the PVA staff to work primarily with Age Group II, as she brings with her great knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming.

 

 

Beth Shustack

Beth has been a competitive swimmer (synchronized and competitive) since she was about 6 years old.  She grew up teaching and swimming at several different YMCA's.  She started teaching swim lessons with her mom at about the age of 14. Beth swam on a synchronized swim club at Penn State and also swam competitively for the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse in college.  After graduating, she had the opportunity to be the assistant aquatic director at a YMCA in VT.  Here she taught and coached children from the ages of 6 months all the way up 86 years young.  After about 3 years, she and Dan (her other half) started a family.  She has only stopped coaching for a brief time to enjoy raising her children.  They moved to North Adams about 11 years ago and soon after Beth had the opportunity to teach kids and adults at the North Adams YMCA. "I am honored to have been asked to coach with the club and I look forward to learning and coaching alongside the other PVA coaches!"