Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Michael Rinde Team Director

Coach Mike has been with BLUE since 2018 as the Team Director/Head USA Swim Coach. Coach Mike has a B.S. in Health and Wellness, and an M.S. in Sports Administration. Coach Mike has 10+ years of coaching experience, and has coached all different levels of swimming including YMCA, High School, and USA Swimming. Coach Mike had stints in Buffalo NY, Montgomery AL, Tampa FL, Atlanta GA, and now here in Nazareth PA. During his career he has coached top 10 athletes in the country, record holders, All Americans, and champions at all levels of swimming.

Coach Mike believes that the key to success in the pool is a constant focus on technique and guiding the athlete toward understanding the intricacies of the sport of swimming and how to race. “It is not only about the caliber of the athlete but the caliber of the person that the athlete grows into, that makes a coach successful.”

Bob Nowicki Associate Head Coach

Coach Bob started his swimming career at a young age and swam for 17 years and has 10+ years of coaching experience. Coach Bob set his High School 500 Free record his Jr year, which still stands to this day.

Coach Bob began his coaching career as a learn-to-swim instructor and then to a USA Swim Coach for the past 11 years. Coach Bob started as an assistant coach to all groups and worked his way up to becoming the lead coach of their Junior team. During this time he has coached athlete’s top 20 in their age group in the country, along with 15+ NCSA Junior National Qualifiers starting at the age of 13. Coach Bob has coached a High School Varsity team for the past 6 years, where in all his years the team has gone undefeated in their division and won their Sectional Championship meet for the past 5 years. Coach Bob has also had the privilege of coaching a 2 time New York State Champion, multiple top 8 finalists each year, and 4 All American swimmers.

Coach Bob uses his love of the sport and experiences to pass down his knowledge to swimmers of all ages to help them grow to become the best person they can be, in and out of the water. “A good coach can change the game, a great coach can change a life.”

Adam Coffman Lead Senior Swim Coach

Coach Adam has been coaching swimming since 1997. During his coaching career, Adam has coached swimmers at the USA, high school, and collegiate levels. He started with BLUE in 2014 when his sons joined the team.

Adam currently works with the Senior group. 

Matthew Ellis Lead Royal/Cadet Swim Coach

Coach Ellis has been working with BLUE for several years coaching all age/level of swimmers. He  works primarily with the Cadet and Royal groups at BLUE  giving them a strong foundation of skills and work ethic to prepare them for their high school years. He began his involvement with the sport of swimming as an athlete at the age of 8 with the Pocono Family YMCA. He is currently the Varsity Swimming and Diving coach at Easton Area High School.

Scott Palochik Lead Aqua/Teal Swim Coach

Since the age of 10, Coach Scott has been involved with competitive swimming. Starting with the YMCA and summer league, Scott competed and qualified for Pa State Championships for Valley High School in both swimming and diving.

For several years, Coach Scott taught swimming at various instructional levels at the Nazareth YMCA. Scott has been a certified official for the YMCA and USA Swimming since 2005. Scott joined the BLUE coaching staff in 2018 working primarily with the Aqua and Teal programs.

James Apostolico Head Diving & Asst Swim Coach

Coach JJ is in his third year with BLUE assisting as a swim coach and is one of BLUE's Head Diving coaches. Coach JJ also coaches for the Nazareth High School  serving as their Head Diving coach as well as an assistant swim coach. He swam in the area for Allentown Central Catholic and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Cindy O'Donnell Head Diving Coach

From the age of three Coach Cindy has been heavily involved in gymnastics and springboard diving as an athlete and a coach. Through her childhood years, she was ranked nationally as a level 9 gymnast and was inducted into her high school hall of fame for her accomplishments. Coach Cindy always dabbled in diving since she grew up with a pool and a diving board in her backyard. She competed for a short while in high school but her passion did not lie there at the time. It wasn’t till after an injury forced her out of the gym and into the pool full time. 

Coach Cindy started diving competitively in college, at Northeastern University in Boston, and took her athletic abilities to a whole new level. She was awarded a full tuition scholarship, ranked 12th in the country for Division 1 Athletics, was awarded Division 1 All-American and 20 years later still holds the 3meter record. Upon college graduation, with a degree in Science, Cindy held many jobs but her passion has always lied in coaching others to success, whether in diving, gymnastics or business.

Coach Cindy has trained exclusively with world renowned coaches such as Dick Kimball, diving icon, and has competed alongside with many Olympians including Laura Wilkinson and back in the day, Dominique Dawes and Shannon Miller just to name a few.   

Since her move from Boston to PA in 2003, she served as the head diving coach at Lafayette College in Easton, PA for 16 years. She has coached summer swim league diving, and while running her own diving business, has seen many divers off to college with scholarships and much success.

I’m excited to be part of the BLUE Swimming/Diving program and I am excited to Dive in with all of you.

Alyssa Apostolico Lessons Coordinator & Asst Swim Coach

Coach Alyssa has been involved in swimming since she was 8. She swam at the age group, high school and club college levels. She has previously coached 8 and under summer swimming for 3 years. 

 

Coach Alyssa has been coaching with BLUE since 2018. She has worked with all skill levels of BLUE, from AQUA to SENIOR. She is the Director of BLUE's Lessons Program, Varsity Clinic and Swim For Your School. She is also a coach for the Nazareth High School Swim & Diving team.

Macawley Knappenberger Assistant Swim Coach

Coach Macawley is from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area of Northeast Pennsylvania. She has been involved in the sport of competitive swimming, either as an athlete or a coach, ever since she was 10 years old. During her time at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Macawley taught swim lessons at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA and coached the summer swim team. Upon moving to the Lehigh Valley in 2015, Macawley began her career teaching Spanish at Phillipsburg High School. She also is the Head Varsity Girls Swim Coach there.  She began coaching with BLUE in 2017 and has served as an assistant coach for both the age group and mini groups and lifeguard trainer for the team. Although she is working on her Master’s degree at Wilkes University and coaching the Phillipsburg Varsity swim team, Macawley truly enjoys her time on deck with BLUE and working with the great group of both coaches and athletes of the BLUE family.

Kadie Weaver Assistant Swim Coach

Coach Kadie graduated from Shippensburg University with a BA in Psychology and dual minors in exercise science and coaching. She is currently continuing her academics at California University with the online program for exercise science with a concentration in sport psychology. Kadie swam for 12 years at the club, high school and college level. She is co-head coach of the Nazareth Narwhals summer swim team and one of the assistant swim coaches with Nazareth High School Swim & Diving team. Coach Kadie primarily works with the age group swimmers at BLUE and does, at times, also assist in all groups. 

Andrea Radai Assistant Swim Coach

Andrea started swimming at age 8 for North York Aquatic Club in Ontario, Canada. Her stroke specialties were butterfly and freestyle. Andrea was provincial champion in 50 freestyle at age 13. She then swam in University with the McGill Masters Team. While at McGill, Andrea got her Chemical Engineering Degree and then moved with her husband to the US in 2006. Andrea has been assistant coach with BLUE since May 2017 and she is fully committed to quality stroke development for the long-term success of our swimmers. Her daughter, Alexia, swims for our Royal practice group and has been with BLUE since 2016.

Sarah Schiavone Assistant Swim Coach

Coach Sarah will be joing BLUE in the spring of 2021 as an addition to the staff in the AQUA and TEAL training groups. Coach Sarah has many years of swim coaching experience to bring to the pool. We are excited to welcome her to the staff!!!

Kaitlyn Chemidlin Assistant Swim Coach

Coach Kaity is a graduate from Messiah College with a bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She swam for 10 years including vasity high school and collegiate levels. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and breaststroke. She taught swim lessons throughout high school and college. She is very excited to continue coaching! 

Emily Sizemore Assistant Swim Coach

Welcome Coach Emily as part of our staff at Phillipsburg...more info about Coach Emily to come!

Lisa Palochik Manager
Board of Directors
Michael Rinde Team Director, Board Member
Jocelyn McGlynn President
Lori Coffman Secretary
Jennifer Valvano Community Relations