Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Paul Donovan Director of Competitive Swimming
George Breen Assistant Coach of Junior A

George has been an assistant coach of Junior A since 2002, and Jersey Wahoos is honored to have this former world record holder and two-time Olympian on deck. He retired as coach and manager of GCIT and now is here at Wahoos. George’s swimming career began when he entered college at SUNY-Cortland, NY. He joined the swim team because the school didn’t offer rowing (his sport in high school). At Cortland he met legendary coach “Doc” Counsilman, who later coached George at Indiana University while George studied for his master’s degree. Displaying talent in distance swimming, George set his first world record in the 1500-meter freestyle, lowering the existing record by 13 seconds. At the 1956 Olympics in Australia, he lowered his own world record by another 13-seconds (though he did it in prelims!) He won three medals at the ’56 Game – two individual bronze and one relay silver. During the next four years he won 22 US National Championships, set six world records and competed in the 1959 Pan Am Games. At the 1960 Olympics he won a bronze medal in the 1500 free. George later served as manager of the 1975 Pan Am swim team and the 1980 Olympic swim Team. His vast coaching experience includes Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Swim Team, Team Delaware, and GCIT swim team. George has headed a myriad of swimming organizations such as American Swimming Coaches Association and the USA Olympic International Committee. He is an inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted into the Great Buffalo Hall of Fame recently he was also inducted into the Bishop Timon High School Hall of Fame. He also is the recipient of many other honors, including the US Swimming Award.

Bruce Brockschmidt Head Coach Junior A1

Bruce has coached at Wahoos since 1990, and is the head coach of Junior A1. 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.

John DiCarlo Senior A Head coach

John is in his first season coaching the Senior A group and is a former Wahoos swimmer.  John swam for Bishop Eustace for 4 years, was captain his senior year and swam for The Catholic University of America.  He is a first time head coach at Camden Catholic High school coaching both boys and girls teams. John is owner of DiCarlo Landscaping and Lawn Service LLC.

Richard Henderson Junior Gold Head Coach

Rich is a former Wahoos swimmer who is returning to the pool deck after an 8 year hiatus from the sport. He is the head coach of the JRA2 group and assists with JRA1 and SRA3. He has coached for Woodbine and Meadowbrook Swim Clubs as well as Camden Catholic High School. In 2008 he shifted his focus to coaching crew, the sport he competed in while at Clemson University. While swimming and rowing are quite different, they do both require a regimented approach to training, commitment to technique, and unrelenting motivation and encouragement. Rich teaches Special Education at Camden Catholic High School. He and his wife Rachel have three children - Gabriel, Lucy, and Cecilia - and a bulldog named Stella. Gabe is a Wahoo swimmer who competes in the summer for Tavistock.

Amanda Martin Junior Silver Head Coach

Amanda coached at Wahoos from the late 80’s through the 90’s working primarily with the 8 and under groups (Mini A and TC II). She came back in the late 2011 to help assist with the swim team prep groups. This is her fourth year as head coach of the Voorhees Silver group (formerly Jr AB2). Amanda is currently working on attaining her ASCA (American Coaches Swimming Association) Level 1 and Level 2 certifications. Amanda’s main philosophy as a coach is to teach the fundamentals and mechanics of swimming early so that coaches don’t have to correct a bad stroke later on in a swimmer’s career. The main emphasis of the Silver  group is mechanics first so that speed and endurance have a foundation to build upon when the swimmer becomes bigger and stronger. Amanda swam at Wahoos under Hugh Merkle and was a high school All-American. She swam at Southern Illinois University becoming a 13 time Division 1 All-American and Olympic Trials qualifier.  Amanda’s two daughters swim in the Wahoos program and her husband enjoys swimming in the Master’s group.

Chris Waggoner Head Coach Mini A

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.

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