Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Al Rose Head Coach - 412-906-2583

Coaching:  Al Rose is the Program Director and the US Group Head Coach of the Jewish
Community Center Sailfish Swimming Team. Al has received his ASCA Level V coaching
accreditation, the highest level awarded by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Al has coached the JCC Sailfish for over 50 years. He has produced hundreds of outstanding swimmers:one Olympic swimmer, several Olympic Trials and US Nationals finalists, a World University Games champion and record breaker, some Junior and Senior Nationals champions, Middle School champions, City and WPIAL champions and record setters, more than a dozen PIAA State champions, Prep-School champions and record setters, and Maccabia Team Members and champions. 

Hundreds of graduated seniors from the Jewish Community Center Sailfish Swimming Team have been offered and accepted scholarships to major Universities and Colleges such as Pitt, Penn State, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, the USA Naval Academy, and Stanford.

The Dapper Dan Association of Pittsburgh honored Al in January of 1982, and in March of 1991, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame at the Natatorium at Penn State University, State College, PA.  Al has received the Award of Excellence from the American Swimming Coaches Association many times, including 2011.

Swimming:  Al Rose has lived his entire life in the Pittsburgh area.  He was City Champion in the 100 breaststroke and 150 IM in his sophomore, junior and senior years of High School and second in those events in the state his sophomore year.  At Westminster College, he was Conference Champion both his freshman and sophomore years. Al was also a member of the 200 meter Medley Relay Junior National Champions.

In recent years, Al returned to competition as a Master Swimmer. He placed in the top 3 in the National Y Master Championships and was a member of the record breaking relay team.

For those swimmers who would like individual instruction, private lessons are available.  Please contact Al at 412-906-2583.

John Lynch Assistant Head Coach 412-400-0179

John is the Assistant Program Director for the Sailfish.  He has been coaching swimming since 1982.  Prior to joining the Sailfish, John was the Head Coach of the Boys Swim Team at Greater Latrobe High School, as well as a Volunteer Assistant with that team.  He later served as the Assistant Coach of the Woodland Hills Aquatic Team.  John joined the staff of the JCC Sailfish as an Assistant Coach in 1990 and is now the Assistant Head Coach of our team.

John also has served as:  AMS Zone Team Coach - 1992-1994, AMS Age Group Committee Member - 1998-99, and AMS Age Group Committee Chairman - 1999 to present. 

John has coached a Junior National champion, several Eastern Zone champions, AMS record holders and many USA Swimming Top 16 swimmers.  He has also helped coach numerous PIAA champions and Junior National qualifiers.  

David Watterson Assistant Coach [email protected]
Dave Watterson has been involved in Pittsburgh area swimming and diving for more than 25 years as a coach, official and AMS Board member. He has coached WPIAL, PIAA finalists, USA Swimming Zones and Sectional competitors and coached divers at AAU National Championships. Coach Watterson is also involved in USA Masters Swimming and competes in Open Water Marathon swimming.
Cindy DiNunzio Assistant Coach 585-469-0334

Cindy has been coaching for over ten years; this will be her eighth year with the Sailfish team.  Previously she was Head Coach for a USA swim club in Rochester New York.  She coaches for the AGH and PA groups and assists with the PGH group.  Cindy is a Sailfish alumni, a former college & All-American swimmer and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh were she was a freestyle sprinter.  She has coached swimmers to achieving USA motivational time standards, District championships, Niagara & AMS Zone teams, NYS High School States and Speedo Championships. 

Austin Beyerl Assistant Coach 412-977-2599

Austin is an alumnus of the JCC Sailfish and has been coaching for them for 2 years. He previously was an assistant coach at Central/Oakland Catholic for 4 years. Austin primarily coaches the Allegheny and PA group but has assisted with the US and National groups. During his time as a JCC Sailfish swimmer, he was a distance swimmer.

Sarah Nutter Assistant Coach 412-770-4415

Sarah has been a part of USA Swimming for about 20 years as a swimmer and a Coach and 4 of those years have been with the JCC Sailfish as an Assistant Coach and works mostly with the Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Groups. Sarah was the Assistant Head Coach for her local Summer League and helped coach with North Hill Aquatics, where she is an Alumni.  Sarah graduated from Westminster College where she was a collegiate swimmer and a flyer. 

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