Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Dan Tanski Co-Head Coach
Josh Wolin Co-Head Coach

Coach Joshua Wolin joined the Albany Starfish in May 2015 and is currently Co-Head Coach and site director at the Ravena Site.  Coach Josh began his swimming career in White Plains, NY; swimming for Fairview Aquatic Swim Team (F.A.S.T.), Condors Swim Club, Pace Setters Swim Club and Greenburg Swim Team during the Summers. In 2007, Josh became the diving coach at the Greenburg Swim Team, where he developed a number of top 10 divers at Westchester County Championships. The following year, he took over as the Head Swim Coach for the Torview Swim Club where he led them to back-to-back league championships in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Josh graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Theatre. In 2011 Josh joined the Bethlehem YMCA where he helped form the BAY Rays Swim Team. Over the course of 4 years, the team grew to over 175 swimmers and finished 2nd overall at the YMCA New York State Championship in 2015. Since 2011, Josh has developed YMCA State, YMCA National, USA Winter Jr. National, Speedo Sectional, and a number Age Group Zone Qualifiers. In 2017-2018, 5 swimmers achieved top 100 times in the nation per their respective age. 

Lori Antolick Assistant Coach
Bill McDonald Assistant Coach

Coach Bill McDonald is excited to join the Albany Starfish Swim Team working primarily with the pre-competitive, white, black and gray groups at the newly formed Ravena South Sight.  Growing up in Selkirk, NY, Bill began teaching swimming at 15 years old and has been a swim instructor for over 20 years.  As a teacher in New York State, Bill has also coached Baseball and Track at the high school level.  He graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s degree in History, Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  For the past four years, Bill was the Assistant Head Coach of the BAY Rays Swim Team, where he facilitated the development of the 2014 8&under girls NYS YMCA State Champion. In 2015, Bill was the primary coach overseeing the 8&under boys, who finished 1st at the NYS YMCA State Championships. Coach Bill brings with him a wealth of knowledge in, developmental stroke mechanics, and a caring demeanor that works great with training young swimmers

Sam Polak Assistant Coach
Coach Samuel Polak Joined the starfish in 2015, as a newer coach.   Sam is now the primary coach for the Pre-competitive and age group 1 swimmers at the south site, as well as assisting with all swimmers up to the senior level, occasionally working with the other sites as well.  Growing up in Feura Bush, NY, shortly after graduating high school Sam gained experience coaching High school swimming and track & field before and while joining the starfish team. Prior to coaching Sam had spent three  years in high school as a swimmer where he gained his love for the sport.  Outside of coaching, Sam Lifeguards and is the Co-head instructor along with Coach Cealin for the Starfish's learn to swim program.
Valerie Mulyca Assistant Coach
Brink Hartman Assistant Coach

Coach Brink began coaching with the Starfish in 2017.  He works primarily with Group 3 and Senior 1 and 2.  Coach Brink has been involved with swimming since starting as an 8 and Under swimmer with the Delmar Dolfins.  He was a member of the Bethlehem Central Varsity Swim and Dive teams winning the Section II title during all four years of his High School career.  Coach Brink swam for Larry VanWagner at Marist College and while at Marist, Brink was conference champion in multiple individual events and relays and contributed to the team capturing the first conference championship in school history.  With the Starfish, Coach Brink’s focus is on creating a fun training environment where athletes can challenge themselves to achieve their goals.  When not on the pool deck Brink can be found spending time with his two starfish swimmers, Maggie and Andrew, and working on improving his golf game.

Kelley Triscari Assistant Coach
Sydney Lautenslager Assistant Coach
Larissa Nanna Assistant Coach
Abi Sheridan Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Greg Antolick President
Joel Richardson Vice President
Tom White Treasurer
Casey Becker Board Member at Large
Margo Cassella Board Member at Large
Anne-Marie Gibson Board Member at Large
Jessica Grizzard Board Member at Large
Lee Kaback Board Member at Large
Mary Staudinger Board Member at Large
Christi Sulik Board Member at Large
Grace Cassella Swimmer Representative
Dan Tanski Co-Head Coach
Josh Wolin Co-Head Coach