Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Justin Wright Head Coach

Justin joined the Aqua Gems staff in January 2020 but is not new to coaching!  He has served as a Varsity High School Swim Coach for the past 22 years.  In that time his teams have achieved 16 League titles, 13 County Championships and 8 Section titles.  Additionally he has coached numerous state qualifiers, two state champion swimmers, and received multiple coach of the year awards as voted on by his peers.


Justin is in his 23rd year as a physical education teacher.  He received his Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Iona College in 2003.


When not coaching swimming he enjoys spending time with his family and helping on his family’s farm.

Sarah Schwarz Age Group Coach

-Swam for Aqua Gems
-Vernon High School (graduated in 2000)
-Ithaca College (graduated in 2004), majored in Physical Education, D3 All-American in Swimming, School record holder 800 Free Relay
-Grad school at Montclair State, Masters in Physical Education with a concentration in Coaching, Was the assistant swim coach there from 2004-2007
-Taught Physical Education in Paterson, NJ for 8 years
-Currently married and I’m a stay at home mom to my 3 kiddos (Madden, Anabelle, and Juliet) 

Kerry Danaher Feeders Coach
Jean Murphy Age Group Coach

Jean is an Aqua Gems alumni and Warwick High School graduate where she specialized in the breastroke events. During her time with Aqua Gems Jean broke all breaststroke records and was part of many record breaking relay squads. During her time with Aqua Gems, Jean qualified for Senior Mets and US Sectionals in multiple events. Jean was a Section 9 Champion, holding the section record for a few years, and NY State Championship qualifier. Jean holds the unique honor of being the first female in Aqua Gems history to qualify for Junior Nationals. After high school Jean went on to swim three years at Loyola University (Maryland). Jean lives in Sugar Loaf, NY and is a Para Professional at a private Special Needs School in Ho Ho Kus, NJ. 

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