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.”

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.
Matthew Ellis Lead Royal/Cadet 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 Coach

Since the age of 10, 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 Scott taught swimming at the 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 Diving & Assistant Swim Coach

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

Alyssa Apostolico Lessons Coordinator & Asst Swim 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. 

Cindy O'Donnell Diving Coach

From the age of three 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. 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. 

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.

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, Cindy has been the head diving coach at Lafayette College in Easton, PA for 15 years and heading into my 16th season. 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.

Kadie Weaver Assistant Swim 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 primarily works with the age group swimmers at BLUE but does, at times, also assist in all groups. 

Jenna Harper Assistant Swim Coach

Jenna recently graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She swam for 13 years at the club, high school, and collegiate level. At the collegiate level, she was a four year letter winner and placed in the top 10 twelve times throughout her career in the Landmark Conference. Her favorite strokes are breaststroke and IM. She coached the Nazareth Narwhals summer team for 2 seasons and is very excited to be coaching again!

Macawley Brown Assistant Swim 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.

Victoria Palochik Assistant Swim Coach

Victoria is a current undergraduate student at Drexel University working towards a B.S. in Biological Sciences and swims on the Varsity Women's Swimming and Diving team. She is entering her 13th year of competitive swimming, and has competed at the YMCA, club, high school, and collegiate level. Victoria is a sprint specialist and primarily swims freestyle and butterfly. Some of her athletic achievements include qualifying for USA Swimming's long-course Junior Nationals, being a 5x District XI Champion, qualifying for PIAA States as an individual and as part of a relay during all 4 of her years at Nazareth, being named a USA Swimming Scholar All-American and a High School Swimming All-American, being named Coordinated Health's Athlete of the Year in 2017, and competing and finaling for her college team the past two years at the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championship.

As a coach, Victoria prioritizes technically sound swimming and fun. She recognizes the difficulty of the sport and works to ensure each individual is swimming correctly while enjoying the sport. Victoria has worked with individuals of all swimming abilities, and has helped to coach the Nazareth Narwhals, Palmer Swim Team, and during the Swim-For-Your-School event. She is extremely excited to return to the pool deck as a coach and work with the amazing BLUE staff.  
 
Katrina Godek Assistant Swim 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.

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.

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