Encouraging students to follow  a positive
direction in life in a safe and supportive
environment  through excellence in aquatics

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Stephen Cassidy Head Coach

 Stephen A. “Sid” Cassidy

 Stephen A. “Sid” Cassidy grew up swimming first for Kinston Swim Club & East Carolina Swim Association in the mid 1960's and by the late 60's his family moved to Delaware where he met his swimming and life mentor Bob Mattson. He flourished under the Hall of Fame coach and earned numerous awards representing Wilmington Aquatic Club before graduating from Salesianum School in 1974. He matriculated at North Carolina State University where he earned eight individual ACC Conference titles and was named NCAA D1 All-American three times.

Sid began his open water swimming career in the mid-1970s as a member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol where he enjoyed a four year undefeated streak in the Atlantic Ocean. He swam marathon races in the USA, Canada and Egypt and in 1979 finished the year ranked as the #4 globally as a professional marathon swimmer. On September 1st of that same year Sid  began his full-time professional coaching career at his Delaware home club and quickly earned American Swim Coaches highest accreditation as a Level V coach.

Sid first moved the Florida in 1983 and started working with collegiate athletes at the University of Tampa as an assistant coach from 1983 – 1985 while serving as the head coach of the Greater Tampa Swimming Association USA Swimming Club.

Sid began to serve USA Swimming as both a coach and administrator of open water swimming in 1983. 

In 1991 he accepted a position to serve as both coach and swimmer on an historic English Channel Relay that to this day still claims the title of fastest ever in three categories. From 1991 through 1996 Cassidy served as the National Team Head Coach of Open Water Swimming and often led USA’s top competitors to events worldwide.

In 1996 USA Swimming asked him to move into a political position as a member of FINA’s Technical Open Water Swimming Committee to further the goal of Olympic inclusion. In 2006 Cassidy was tapped as Chairman of the Committee and his leadership is viewed as instrumental in turning the Olympic Marathon dream into a reality. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the very first 10,000-meter Olympic Marathon Swim took place under the direction of Chairman Sid Cassidy and it received rave reviews from the swimmers, coaches, spectators, media and most importantly, the IOC. Sid continues his duties with FINA as Vice Chair of the TOWSC Committee through today.

He was recognized by USA Swimming in 2009 with their most prestigious award and acknowledged here.

In addition to all of his accolades and accomplishments in the open water swimming world, Cassidy has consistently coached teams and individuals to success at every level of swimming. More recently he has four times been named Florida High School Coach of the Year during his stint as the Head Coach and Aquatic Director at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.  Sid has coached many athletes at the National and Olympic levels and continues to do so presently.

Immediately before moving to Boca Raton, Sid spent seven years as Aquatic Director for the City of Atlantic City, New Jersey and was the founding father of the Atlantic City Aquatic Club. A team the Cassidys created from scratch and in seven short years won the prestigious Middle Atlantic Junior Olympic Boys Team Title.

From 1993 – 1998 Cassidy was the Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams at the University of Miami. During that time both squads enjoyed significant success. Cassidy’s men’s teams set a high water mark for UM by capturing a Big East Conference Championship in 1995 and finishing in the top ten at the NCAA Division I Championships four consecutive years.

Cassidy also coached collegiately at James Madison University (Head Coach Men 1992-93) and Florida State University (Assistant Coach 1985-92). He was named both ECAC and CAA coach of the year in 1993. During the seven seasons coaching at FSU, Sid coached his first national open water champion and worked with more than thirty All-American swimmers. He was named Recruting Coordinator as the school enjoyed some of their finest aquatic achievements.  

Sid was married in 1992 to the former Kara Keenan, who is now the owner/operator of the Florida Swim School - our much heralded and award-winning sister company. Kara and Sid have two children who both graduated from Saint Andrew's School, Quinn (’13) and Kate (’17).

Quinn Cassidy Assistant Coach

Quinn returns to Saint Andrew's Aquatics after completing 4 years at University of Florida, where he also competed on their Varsity Swim Team.  Quinn has been a beach lifeguard in Ocean City, New Jersey the past 3 summers, where he represented the beach patrol in their swimming competitions  Quinn was also a finalist in the Red Bull Lifeguard Competition in Atlantic City.

Quinn was a member of the Zone swimming team from ages 8-14.  Quinn was the first member of the club at Saint Andrew's in 2005 and became one of the area's best swimmers in his age groups.  He graduated from Saint Andrew's School, where he began as a Varsity swimmer in grade 6.  Quinn was state champion in the 200IM and 100 Breast and a starter for the state champion Varsity Water Polo team earning All America status in both sports.

Quinn brings passion and knowledge for swimming and water to Saint Andrew's Aquatics and is excited to motivate the athletes as they excel in the pool.  He will be coaching the Gold group and assisting with Platinum.

Ramon Walton Assistant Coach

Ramon is a Saint Andrew’s School and Swimming alumnus. As our senior team assistant coach, he brings a wealth of experience to the pool deck. He was a boarding student at Saint Andrew's School from Jamaica (09’). While at Saint Andrew’s he broke the school record in the 100 Backstroke and racked up a few MVP awards for his contributions to the team.  

He represented the Jamaican National team in many caribbean and international meets breaking multiple national records. In 2008, Ramon was selected as one of the two Junior Athletes to represent Jamaica at the Youth Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Ramon graduated from University of Kentucky with a degree in Exercise Physiology.  He also swam four years where he broke two school records competing at the SEC Swimming & Diving Championships. In addition, he competed in both Summer and Winter nationals while attending the University of Kentucky.  

Currently, Ramon is coaching the Platinum group and assisting with the Gold group. He is also coordinating the Strength and Conditioning program for the Senior group.

 

 

Kara Cassidy Director

Kara Keenan Cassidy is a swimmer by marriage and completed her first swim race in 1999 in the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1998, the Atlantic City Aquatic Club began through Sid and Kara Cassidy, which continued competing until 2013.

In 1999 Kara founded the Seacats Swim School in New Jersey and has taught thousands of people of all ages how to swim and be safer in the water. In 2005, Kara was recognized by the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce as “Top 40 Under 40” in Southern New Jersey for making a positive influence in the community.

2003 marked the inaugural 10K open water swim, which Kara and Sid organized as an International Professional Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, including raising over $30,000 in prize money.  This race was the blueprint for the Olympic Marathon Swim and was copied throughout the world in order to successfully put the event into the Olympics in 2008.

Kara has been a successful USA Swimming Coach since 2001, leading 10 & under boys to First Place finishes at Junior Olympics in 2005, 2006, and 11-12 boys in 2007. Kara was named as coach for Zone Team at Middle Atlantic Swimming in 2005 and 2006, as well as coach for All Star Team and Zone Team at Florida Gold Coast in 2007.  She is especially known for her keen attention to detail teaching stroke mechanics to all ages and has the ability to relate to those interested in learning to swim at any age. In 2005, Kara founded Saint Andrew’s Swim School, which is now Florida Swim School.  There is an additional location at a new, indoor, state-of-the-art facility.  Florida Swim School is nationally recognized as a premier learn-to-swim program for all ages. 

Kara is married to Sid Cassidy.  Their son Quinn returns to Saint Andrew's Aquatics as a coach University of Florida where he also continues his swimming career and daughter Kate is attending Arizona State University and competes>

Penelope Potts-Hawk Coach
Coach Penny works with our Bronze group assisting in stroke development and fundamental skills.  She uses her teaching experience to offer positive encouragement and character development.
Penny was raised in Delray Beach and began swimming at age 6 at Aqua Crest when it was built in 1978.  She and her brother, John, then joined Duff Tyler's club team at Saint Andrew's in the early 1980's.  Penny swam for the Saint Andrew's varsity swim team as well as the Atlantic High varsity swim team where she served as captain in 1989.  Her athletic career continued at the collegiate level where she rowed crew for Stetson University.  
Penny also assists with our varsity and middle school swimmers and divers at Saint Andrew's School.  Her daughter, Harper ('19) swam for our program and is the goalie for The University of Alabama Women's Lacrosse Team.  Kole ('24) enjoys fishing and playing on the varsity football team.
Daniel Asencio Associate Age Group

Kathy is a native of Boca Raton and developed a passion for our sport while swimming for Duff Tyler at Saint Andrew’s Swim Club throughout the 1990’s.  She is a graduate of Boca Raton Community High School and has her Bachelors Degree in Education and her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Florida Atlantic University.  While at FAU, Kathy swam for the Division 1 Varsity Team and served a captain her senior year.  She is married to Saint Andrew’s Swimming alumni, All American and School Record Holder John Potts ('94) and they have 4 children together.  Since completing her competitive swimming career, Kathy has moved on to endurance distance events.  She has posted several top 10 age group finishes in Ironman 140.6 races, and qualified for the Boston Marathon multiple times.   

 

Kathy works with the Silver and Bronze groups with an emphasis on positive reinforcement for our younger swimmers. She enjoys sharing her love of swimming and sport to children in hopes to inspire a lifeling love of the BEST sport within them. 

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