Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Edgar Perez Head Coach / Senior Coach

Edgar is the owner/head coach of the New York Sharks.  He develops, implements, and oversees the training programs for all of the team’s groups. He and his coaching staff formulate an individualized success strategy for each swimmer, so that his or her team experience is safe, rewarding, and highly enjoyable; hence, there will be no “Garbage Yardage” at any Sharks work-out. 

Edgar has 16 years of coaching experience, including head coaching positions with high school teams and U.S.A. Swimming clubs.   He has trained over 40 swimmers who have qualified for the Eastern Zone team, many of whom finished in the top eight at the Eastern Zone championship meet.  He has coached swimmers to national top 10 finishes in nearly 20 events.

Coach Edgar is fully committed to the sport of swimming: he serves as the Age Group Chair for Metropolitan Swimming, he has earned multi-year designations as a zone team coach, and he is currently the co-head coach of the zone team.  Edgar has also won the American Swimming Association awards for Age Group Coach of the Year 2012 and Section One Division One Coach of the Year 2012.

Edgar’s lifelong belief has been that hard work, when combined with inspired coaching and first class training, is the source of success.  Edgar’s commitment is to make these principals the core Shark’s philosophy.    

Melissa Freehill Orange County Senior Assistant Coach

Melissa Freehill’s love of swimming began as a young child spending countless hours poolside.  Coach Mel started swimming competitively in 1992 in Middletown, NY.  As a swimmer she excelled in sprint freestyle and breaststroke events eventually becoming Team Captain and was also a Scholar Athlete.  At the age of 16, she began teaching swimming lessons and continues to do so today as a Red Cross WSI.  She believes her positive experiences within the swimming community throughout her life have kept her involved in the sport and kept her passion for it alive.

In 1999 after returning from a semester interning in Walt Disney World, Coach Mel started her coaching career. Initially an assistant with the MRST Barracudas coaching 8 and under novice swimmers, she rose to the position of Head Coach in 2001.  It was during this time she realized how much she loved working with children.  Coach Mel especially enjoyed teaching and helping them reach their goals and dreams.  She thinks there is no better feeling than the moment after a swimmer gets that cut time for the first time!  After over 10 years with MRST Coach Mel moved to become Head Coach of Minisink Valley Aquatics, where she developed and trained some of the area’s top swimmers within their age groups. 

As a coach, she feels the most important thing is to create an environment which engages each swimmer to reach the full extent of their potential.  Individual training and technique work is crucial to the development of each swimmer.  Not all swimmers are built the same and each has its own set of needs and goals. Coach Mel believes in developing and spotlighting each of the athletes' unique talents. Making sure the athletes understand daily training sets and energy systems is a big part of getting them to take ownership of their swimming careers. She wants to inspire the athletes to think for themselves and to use the knowledge I have given them to maximize their possibilities.

Coach Mel’s resume includes a Metropolitan Record Holder, several Metro Top Ten Swimmers, Zone and Sectional Qualifiers, as well as High School State Meet Qualifiers.Coach Mel was also chosen to represent the Metropolitan LSC as a Zone Coach from 2008 to 2011. In her career of almost 15 years she has had success coaching all levels of swimmers in all strokes and distances.   Coach Mel is a Level 3 ASCA coach and has taken many other courses for certification including dry-land training and nutrition for swimmers.  When not with the Sea Dragons, she enjoys hiking with her son Joey and working for Rosmarin’s Day Camp as the Aquatics Director. 

Lee Corey Rockland County Age Group Coach
Coach Lee started his competitive swimming career at the age of 11 in Minnesota where he achieved Top Ten USA age group, as well as, High School Swimming.
 
Lee's passion for swimming continued while attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and trained at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
 
After receiving his degree from the Art Institute Lee landed a staff Illustrator position in New York City and later took up Masters Swimming where he achieved Top 10 National Best Times in 6 events and to this date competes in Open Water and Masters Competitions.
 
Coach Lee has assisted in coaching with the New York Sharks Silver and Gold groups and has brought several 9-10 age group swimmers to Junior Olympics Championships.
 
Lee resides in Rockland County with his wife Helene and 2 children, both former Division 1 athletes. Lee also helped coach his son Alexi Corey to All American, State Champion status with Tappan Zee and to a successful swimming career at Division 1 Binghamton University. Lee's daughter, Nicole Corey was a Division 1 Polevaulter at Cornell University.
 
When out of the pool Lee works as a freelance illustrator and animation professional.
Fran Kaufman Rockalnd County Bronze Coach

Fran Kaufman's main focus has always been swimming education.  She has a degree in Physical Education from Queens College and started teaching swimming during college, teaching and coaching at camp waterfronts and local Y's for a number of years.  She has been trained to teach all age levels from infants to adults, including special needs students.

   Her recent coaching experience includes 15 years with the Condors where she worked taught lessons and with the pre-team, 15 years with East Ramapo as assistant coach of the boy's High School varsity team and 4 years as Head Coach for the girl's varsity.
 
   For the last 2 years Fran has coached Guppies, Bronze and Silver swimmers for the NY Sharks.
Fran has a unique view of the swimming / schoo / "life" balance as a mom herself, having raised three competitive swimmers.
Ed Dellert Rockland Senior Black Assistant Coach

Ed’s 52 years of coaching experience covers the spectrum of Club, YMCA, High School, College and recreational programs.  Beginning his career as an athlete, his first competitive experience was on the Seton Hall Prep High School team.  He continued on to compete with and eventually captain the team at Seton Hall University.  Early on, Ed earned 4 league championships for St. Joseph’s of Palisades High School, as well as 2 years as #1 East Coast ranking and 7th and 4th National ranking for Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA.  He was inducted into St. Joseph’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to the schools athletic program.  For 26 years, Ed co-owned and was Co-Head Coach at Jersey Gators Swim Team before (semi) retiring in 2016.  An ASCA level 5 coach, his career highlights include coaching and mentoring numerous HS champions & record breakers; senior & junior national level swimmers; the #2 fastest woman in NJ swimming history; and 2 US Olympians to 3 Olympics (2 swimmers in 1992; 1 in 2008 & 2012).  His passion extends to advocating for swimming safety for all, driving him to begin a SwimAmerica swim lesson program alongside Jersey Gators operations and eventually open Swim Fitness Center, both offering lessons for children aged 1 to 12, adults and special needs individuals.  Ed has also held many governance positions, including 5 years as a Representative for St. Joseph’s HS to the HCIAA; NJ Swimming Coach Representative, Senior Chair, Administrative Chair and General Chair; and USA Swimming Committee Chair (2 terms), Eastern Zone Coach Director 2004-2008 and 2012-2016, and a member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors 2004-2008 and 2012-2016.  When Ed isn’t keeping abreast of training and stroke innovations, his wife of 50 years is trying to get him to enjoy retirement.

Kelsey Levite Goshen Silver Coach
Sammuel Melendez
Sammuel Melendez graduated from William Paterson University with a bachelor's in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. Sammuel also coached the 2018-2019 William Paterson University college swim team. His mission is to improve the performance and technique of his swimmers. Sammuel always lived by the saying "no garbage yardage". Quality over Quantity. Sammuel was previously a New York Shark swimmer and is excited to return the team, this time as coach and back to what he considers his 2nd family. 
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