Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jason Paige Senior Aquatics Director

Now in his ninth year as the Head Coach of the Mako program, and 24th year of coaching, Jason continues to strive to promote a positive team atmosphere where swimmers can learn and enjoy their time at the pool. The main objective of Jason's philosophy is to promote ongoing improvement from the developmental to the elite level swimmer. 

Jason takes a great deal of satisfaction in being part the capital campaign that led to the opening of the Youth Development and Aquatic Center (YDAC) at the Greenknoll Branch.  The year round facility featuring a 50m training pool that can be configured as two six lane 25yd pools to better support the Mako program is very unique to the area.  The facility and the team of coaches involved with the Mako Swim Team has built the Mako Program into one of the top programs in the LSC.  Under Jason's guidance numerous Mako Club records have been broken throughout all of the traditional age groups, and team representation at CT Age Groups, CT Seniors, Sectionals and Y Nationals has increased significantly.  Additionally over the past eight years Jason has developed a Junior National finalist, Winter National and Junior National Qualifiers, a Y National champion and multiple Y National All -Americans, and CT resident record breakers, CT Senior Champions and finalists and was named CT Swimming's Senior Coach of the year in 2014.

Jason's background in the YMCA and USA swimming is extensive. Over the past 23 years Jason has overseen and implemented policies that produced and promoted personal success and development to swimmers of all ages and abilities. He served as the Senior Committee Chair in CT from 2016-2021 where he, with the aid of his committee, helped to foster a new outlook on Senior level swimming in the state of CT. 

His dedication to the overall growth of the sport behind the scenes is equally matched by his competitive drive and intuition when it comes to the physical develpment of his swimmers. Jason has proven to be a very knowledgeable and creative coach.  His coaching methods have led to numerous accomplishments at the state, regional and national level.  He led his previous club to Silver Medal Status in USA Swimming's Club Recognition Program.  He has worked with and developed Olympic Trial Qualifiers, US National Qualifiers, Junior National Qualifiers and Champions, US Open qualifiers, as well as numerous Sectional Championship qualifiers, a Sectional Champions, multiple YMCA National Champions and over 100 YMCA All-Americans.  Jason also produced a National Age Group record holder in the boy's 15-16 LCM 100 Breaststroke in 2009.

Jason brings Open Water Swimming experience to the Mako program as well.  He has served on the USA Open Water Swimming Committee, and works with many tri-athletes and other open water swimmers. He has worked with two individuals that have successfully crossed the English Channel, and led a men's team to a National Championship in the USA Swimming 10K Open Water Championship in 2001. Since then Jason has guided a mixed team to a second place finish in 2003 and a men's team to a second place finish in 2005 in the 10K event.

In addition to his time coaching at the YMCA and USA levels, Jason also served as the Head Coach of the New Canaan High School Boys Swim Team, where he led the NCHS Rams to six Class M State Championships, a FCIAC championship and a State Open Championship. He has developed numerous High School All-Americans, All-State and All-County swimmers, and his boy's team was ranked number one in the nation for a small public school in 2006 and 2007. Jason was named the Boys Swimming Coach of the Year for his efforts by the CISCA in 2005.

Jason graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1998. While at SBU he was a two time Atlantic 10 champion in the 200 Freestyle Relay and an eight time finalist in the 100yd Breaststroke and sprint Freestyle events combined. Upon graduating from SBU, Jason worked as an assistant coach at both the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University while earning his Masters of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Sport Management from UConn. During his tenure at those Universities he had the privilege to work with Big East champions, NCAA Division II champions, Junior and Senior National finalists as well as Olympic Trials qualifiers.

Jason resides in Brookfield with his wife and two sons. 

He can be reached for questions pertaining to the program during his office hours (or by appointment) by email at [email protected]

Normal Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday: 5:00-6:00pm

Sarah Basile Head Age Group Coach

Sarah is entering her fourth season with the Mako Swim Club as the Head Age Group Coach.  She will primarily work with swimmers in the CTAG & Regional practice squads. Sarah was a standout swimmer at Western Connecticut State University where she earned her degree in Communications in 2016.  She began her swimming career as a YMCA swimmer at the Wheeler YMCA, and is looking forward to sharing her love of the sport and experiences with our young Mako swimmers.

            Prior to accepting the position with the Makos, Sarah has been working in Plainville at the Wheeler YMCA as the Aquatics Coordinator and Assistant Swim Coach with the Tigersharks. During her time with the Tigersharks, Sarah worked with age group swimmers on developing stroke technique, building aerobic capacity and increasing her swimmers cognitive awareness in relation to training and competition. 

            Sarah’s office hours will be from 1-4pm Monday – Friday and can be reached at [email protected] 

Lucy Suter Head Developmental Coach

Lucy is in her first year with the Makos as the Head Developmental Coach.  In her role with the Makos she is the head coach of the Junior, Long Fins and Short Fins Squads, and oversees the Mini Makos and Greenknoll Gators.  

Prior to starting with the Makos, Lucy was the Head Coach of the Panther Aquatic Club.  In her 14 years in that role she developed a great understanding and appreciation for how focus on strong foundational skills, in a fun and enjoyable environment, enables swimmers to find great success as they progress through their career. 

In her time at PAC, Lucy worked with swimmers at every level producing CT Age Group, CT Senior, Zones, Sectionals, Futures and Senior National qualifiers.  Her efforts helped grow the PAC team from a Park and Rec program to a USA Swimming Club with over 150 swimmers.  Her commitment to the development of her swimmers and her team demonstrates her ability to keep swimmers and families engaged in the program.  This dedication is what makes her a great fit for the Mako Swim Team and the ideal candidate for the Head Developmental Age Group Coach position.

Not only does Lucy bring over a decade of coaching experience with her, she has an extensive career as an athlete that began in her early childhood.  She swam competitively as a Wilton Y Wahoo for 12 years, and for four years at Pomperaug High School.  After high school she represented Denison University as a Varsity Athlete while earning her degrees in English and Communications.

In addition to her dedication to the sport as a coach and athlete, Lucy is familiar with our program and a lot of our swimmers all ready.  She joined us in fall 2019 as our Masters Swim coach, and then took on an assisting role with several of our Mako squads in fall 2020 during the COVID chaos.  

Lucy resides in Southbury with her husband and four children.  She can be reached via email and is happy to set up appointments for meetings. 

 

Karen Roth National Assistant Coach

Karen Roth has been coaching swimming for more years than she would like to admit.  She started her coaching career in Dover, NH at the Seacoast Swimming Association under the tutelage of head coaches Mike and Amy Parratto, where future Olympian Jenny Thompson was swimming.  She also coached Jenny and the rest of the Dover High School co-ed swim team.  She feels incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach and learn from such an elite coaching staff for over six years.   

After coaching in NH, she moved to Adrian, MI for three years.  While there, she coached with the Lenawee County YMCA, Adrian High School girls team and was head coach at Adrian College a small liberal arts college in the MIAA. 

Following her three years in Michigan, she returned to Connecticut and started coaching with the Wilton YMCA under head coach Tim Murphy (current head coach of Penn State’s Women’s and Men’s team).  She coached with Wilton over nineteen years and under three different head coaches.  During her tenure there, she coached with the National team as well as helped with all levels of the program, including Master’s.  She was able to coach several Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Y-National winners and several teams that were top three at Y-Nationals.  She also coached the Wilton High School Girls Swim Team, and lead them to a second place finish at the Connecticut State Opens.  She backed away from coaching the High School team after the birth of her first daughter.

She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in psychology.  Following that, she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH.  

Coach Karen will be assisting with the National and Regional groups this season.

Greg Kovach Assistant Coach

Coach Greg Kovach is entering his 6th year with the Regional YMCA Makos where he currently assists with the competitive age group level.  Swimming has been a part of his life since he was 8, when he joined Tidal Wave—a local team in Georgia, where he grew up—right after swim lessons. He continued to swim after moving to Connecticut, swimming for several competitive teams and throughout high school.

In addition to coaching, Greg is employeed by the Shelton School District as a High School English teacher.  Prior to joining the Makos and earning his Masters in Secondary Education, he taught as a senior swim instructor at Wings Over Water in Fairfield and was a head coach for Oxford Swimming. He will be quick to tell you that these experiences helped to shape who he is as a teacher and role model for kids.

Greg has worked with a wide range of swimmers on the Makos. He has seen several go on to compete and perform well at championship-level meets. During the summer, he coached a number of swimmers to Regional and Age Group qualifying times. This season he will be assisting with the CTAG group this season.

Gordon Brown Assistant Coach
Michael Falder Assistant Coach

Joining us in his 5th year with the Regional YMCA Makos, Coach Mike Falder, has been involved with Swim Across American for many years and will be working with our age group levels this season.

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