Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Michael Rinde Team Director/Head Coach

Coach Mike is in his second season as Team Director/Head Coach of BLUE. 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  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 coach 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 athleteincludings towards 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.”

Matthew Ellis Head Age Group, Lead Royal/Cadet

Coach Ellis has been working with the Blue Eagle swim team for the past three seasons, this is his second season as head age group coach. He began his involvement with the sport of swimming at the age of 8 swimming with the Pocono Family YMCA. He has been coaching for many years now working with all age groups of swimmers. He is currently the Varsity Swimming and Diving coach at Easton Area High School and works with the Aqua, Teal, Cadet and Royal groups at BLUE. 

Adam Coffman Lead Senior Coach

Adam Coffman 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. 

Art Zawodny Lead Senior Coach
Art competed at the age group, high school and collegiate level while swimming in New Jersey in the late 70s and 80s. Some milestones include YMCA All American honors in the 100 backstroke, 4 top 10 finishes at high school states in back and free events, and multiple top 3 finishes, including conference title in the 100 back, representing Rider College in the D1 East Coast Conference. Art graduated from Rider in 1989 and continued to swim masters earning several top 10 age group awards, primarily in backstroke events.
 
Art began coaching for Blue Eagle in 2015 when his youngest son decided to swim competitively. Art works in IT for a telecommunications company and is married with 3 kids.
Alyssa Apostolico Assistant 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 unders summer swimming for 3 years. 

 

Alyssa has coached Blue Eagle Swim Team for 1 year. She has worked with all skill levels of BLUE, from Aqua to Senior. She is the Director of Swim Academy, Varsity Clinic and Swim For Your School. 

James Apostolico Assistant Coach

JJ Apostolico is in his second year with BLUE assisting with the Senior group and running the weekly diving clinic. JJ also serves as the Head Diving coach for Nazareth High School as well as an assistant swim coach. JJ swam in the area for Allentown Central Catholic and graduated from Penn State University with an degree in Chemical Engineering.

Scott Palochik Assistant Coach

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

Scott began teaching swimming at all instructional levels for several years at the Nazareth YMCA starting in 2004. 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.

Kadie Weaver Assistant Coach

Kadie Weaver is a recent graduate of Shippensburg University. She graduated 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 newest members added to the Nazareth high school coaching staff. Kadie works with the age group swimmers at BLUE. 

Andrea Radai Assistant Coach

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

Macawley Brown Assistant 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 began the position of 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.

Katrina Godek Assistant Coach

Katrina started coaching for BLUE in September 2019 with a focus on the Teal and Aqua age groups. She has been swimming since the age of 5 at the club level. At the age of 15, she began instructing lessons at a local YMCA with ages ranging from infancy to adults.
She is currently studying to receive an AS in Biology and a BS in Psychology with a minor in music.

Rosemarie Martens Assistant Coach
Coach Rose moved to the Lehigh Valley in the summer of 2018 after growing up on Long Island. She worked for over ten years at Camp Alvernia, where she served in several different roles including a group counselor and then the pool director, where she directly supervised a dozen lifeguard and swim instructor staff. After getting her bachelor degree in History at Marist College, she went on to obtain her master’s degree in educational technology at Long Island University. A certified Social Studies teacher, Rose currently works at Moravian Academy while working part time with BLUE. Her favorite part of working with Blue Eagle Swim Team is helping the swimmers grow in their abilities while making connections with each of the kids.
Lisa Palochik Manager
Board of Directors
Michael Rinde Team Director, Board Member
Jocelyn McGlynn President
Kristy Shannon Vice President
Nancy Laslo Secretary
Jennifer Valvano Community Relations