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 Kubik 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 Sharks, she enjoys hiking with her son Joey and going to the beach.

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.
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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