Sponsors & Partners

Jeff S. Maxwell
Head Coach, Swim Team

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Jeff Maxwell has been a competitive swim coach for over 35 years and has been a Head Coach for USA Swimming since 1985. He has been the Head Coach for the Adirondack Bluefins swim club since 1987. He began his coaching career at the college level with a total of 15 years experience. His college coaching experience includes the Head Coach position at Potsdam State College, University of Buffalo, RPI, and Siena College. As a college coach, Jeff led Potsdam State College and the University of Buffalo to the SUNYAC Conference Championships on four separate occasions. In addition to winning Conference Championships, he was honored with the SUNYAC Coach Of The Year award three times. While coaching at Siena College, he was honored with the MAAC Conference Coach Of The Year award. Jeff has coached 3 qualifiers for Olympic Trials and numerous qualifiers for the Junior and Senior National Championships, the Speedo Series Championships, and the Eastern Zone Championships. In addition to college and competitive club coaching, Jeff coached the Varsity Girls Swim Team for Shaker High School for six years. During that time, numerous swimmers set school records and qualified for High School State Championships. A memorable highlight as a coach was training and assisting an Adirondack Bluefins team member to successfully swim across the English Channel. Jeff currently lives with his family in Latham, NY.


John Fitzmaurice
Assistant Coach, Swim Team

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John graduated from Schenectady High School in 2009, and went on to Hudson Valley Community College where in 2013 he received an Associates Degree in Sciences with a focus in Exercise Science. John swam for the Schenectady High School varsity team from 2004 - 2009. He was an assistant coach with the girls varsity team at Schenectady in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he started coaching and teaching swim lessons at the Glenville YMCA and promoted to Head coach of the YMCA team in 2012. John joined the Bluefins in 2014.


JoAnne Pavelec
Head Coach, Learn-to-swim

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JoAnne Pavelev has been teaching swim lessons for over 20 years. She has a BA in Phys Ed and a MSEdPsych. Assistant Instructors vary by location. Assistants are typically high school or college students who are lifeguard certified or working towards their lifeguarding certificate. Occasionally there are also younger assistants who are working as aides in the water, or are instructors-in-training.


Maddie Cloutier
Group 1 Coach, Swim Team

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Since 2015 I have worked as a lifeguard at a camp in the capital region. As a lifeguard I worked as part of the waterfront team : swim testing all campers, keeping all campers and staff safe at the waterfront and assisted with our boating program. In 2019, I was promoted to Aquatics Director overseeing a team of 5 lifeguards and the waterfront program. In 2017, I graduated from SUNY Oswego majoring in Childhood Education. I have been a Swim Coach for the Bluefins since September 2017. As a swim coach I teach the swimmers how to better their techniques while staying safe and having fun.


Elizabeth Robert
Group 1 Coach, Swim Team

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