Jersey Wahoos Coaching Staff

 

Director of Competitive Swimming -  Paul Donovan

As Director of Competitive Swimming, Paul will have responsibility for leading and delivering the complete Wahoo program from lessons to the Senior National group.

Donovan’s immediate background is in performance swimming, having worked as the Head Coach at the National Aquatic Centre Performance Centre for Swim Ireland for eight seasons. During that time athletes under his direct supervision represented Ireland at every level of the sport, including Shane Ryan (Rio Olympic semi-finalist), Barry Murphy (London Olympian, European Bronze medallist 2013) & countless others who broke more than 50 Irish Records during that time and won more than 100 National titles. Donovan himself lead Irish teams to international meets during this time and travelled to competitions across the world on the Junior, European and World stage. His background is in club swimming having been the Head Coach in Trojan SC (Dublin), previously serving at all levels in the club from 10 & unders all the way up to producing athletes representing Ireland on the World stage. In between these two roles Donovan spent the 2007/2008 season as a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Florida.

 

Bruce Brockschmidt

Bruce has coached at Wahoos since 1990, and is the head coach of Horizon 1 and Horizon 2. Bruce was a former outstanding Wahoos swimmer who held the Jersey Wahoos Open Long Course record for the 200 IM for 25 years until it was broken in 2013. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he majored in exercise science. Bruce specialized in the 400 IM. and swam both the 400 and 200 IM in the 1988 Olympic Trials. He presently trains with the Masters program. He won the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, a 4.4-mile swim across Chesapeake Bay in 2004 & 2006. Bruce was nominated for the 2016 & 2017 ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year.

 

Jeff Clemens

Jeff has been a coach of the Masters’ group at Wahoos since 1995. Jeff is an original Jersey Wahoo who started the sport as a Sea Jay in 1970. His successful swimming career includes competing in AAU, USS, high school and summer club meets. His 13-14 Boys butterfly record in the Tri-County Swim League was one of the oldest standing records in the league. Jeff has taught swimming lessons and stroke mechanics at Wahoos, and has coached all groups from Junior B on up. Jeff is Married to Karen Clemens.

 

Allison Delany

​Allison is an assistant coach for Mini A. For the past eight years, she served as the head swim coach for the KATZ JCC Swim Team. In the summer, Allison is the head swim coach at Barclay Farm Swim Club, and recently lead the team to a division winning season. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from York College where she was a member of the women's swim team, focusing primarily in the distance freestyle events.  She also has her special education certification and is working on completing her masters degree in this area from Rowan University. Allison is the kindergarten teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Maple Shade.

 

Lisa Gutekunst

Lisa helps out on the H1, H2 & H3 squads. She coached Training Camp here at Wahoos from 1998-2003. Took a nine year hiatus and returned in 2013 as assistant coach to TCII. Lisa swam high school at Vineland High School, then went on to swim at William Patterson University. When not at Wahoos she loves spending time with her husband Wayne and their sons at the beach.

 

Kim McGonigle

Kim started at Wahoos in 2015, as assistant coach to Senior Prep. Kim is a seventh grade teacher in Delran. She is the head swim coach at Delran High School. Kim has coached at Riverdel Swim Club and Woodcrest Swim Club. Currently, she is an assistant coach at Pomona. 

 

Allyson Mitidieri

Allyson is a former Wahoos swimmer who qualified for Junior Nationals in the breaststroke. Her senior year at Cherry Hill West, Allyson was team captain. Allyson attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Allyson was an All-American in 2012-2014 while swimming at IUP. She set the IUP team records in the 100 & 200 breast and the 200 & 400 IM.

 

Associate Head Coach - Jake Shackelford

Jake Shackelford is in his first year with the Jersey Wahoos as the Associate Head Coach.  Jake comes to the Wahoos after spending three years with the Northern Kentucky Clippers.  Jake was instrumental in the overall success of the program from age group to high performance including the team’s first JO championship since 2015, as well as gold medal status in Club Excellence.  Shackelford worked closely with National Team Coach Norm Wright at the Clippers and assisted in the National Team selection of athletes both in the pool and in Open Water.  Shackelford was twice named the Ohio Open Water Zone Head Coach, and has participated in both Zone and National Select camps, as well as National Team camps at the Olympic Training Center.  Prior to his time with the Clippers Shackelford coached in his home state of Wisconsin with both the Southwest Aquatic Club and the J-Hawks focusing on primarily age group swimming with multiple USA Swimming Top Ten swims and LSC records and titles.

 

Kathleen Thompson

Kathy swam for Jersey Wahoos for 10 years and then went on to swim for Rowan University. She was an Academic All-American in the 200 Breast and 400 IM; and Team Captain her Junior and Senior Years. Kathy also taught swimming lessons for Jersey Wahoos for 10 years and coached the Pre-Team.  During college, Kathy coached TNT Swimming at Rowan University and Larchmont Swim Team in Mount Laurel.  Kathy and her husband Matt have 2 children, Charlotte and Parker.

 

Chris Waggoner

Chris has been coaching at Jersey Wahoos since 1993. He is currently the head coach of Mini A and Assistant coach of Junior A. Chris was also the Middle Atlantic Zone All Star Team Head Coach for four years in 1998-2001. He also served as the Middle Atlantic Age Group Chairman from 1998-2001. Most recently, he served as the 10/under Zone Team manager in 2015 and Long Course Zone Coach during the summers of 2015 and 2017. He is a 1996 graduate of Temple University and 2007 graduate of Rider University, where he received his Master’s degree in Special Education. He is a 1st grade inclusion teacher in the Pemberton Township School District. Chris and his wife, Gwen, have three children, Allie, Maddie, and Gabe. When not on the pool deck, Chris enjoys fishing, bike riding, drinking Starbucks coffee, and driving to Disney World.