Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Laura Matuszak GMA Head Coach
  • MA in Clinical Psychology from Saint Michael's College, BA in Literature, Sciences and Arts from University of Michigan
  • Co-Founder and Owner of Green Mountain Aquatics, 1997
  • ASCA Certified Level 3/4 Coach
  • Full-Time Career:  CrossFit Coach at Champlain Valley CrossFit and Head Coach at Green Mountain Aquatics
  • Coaching Philosophy:  "Our mission is to help each athlete grow as people by improving swimming technique, increasing training capacity, holding each athlete accountable to commitments, being attentive to individual developmental needs and supporting every effort toward personal excellence."  "Coaching is the art of imspiring change through emotional connection." - Dr. Wayne Goldsmith
  • Interests:  Swimming, CrossFit, coaching, walking, kayaking, cooking, governance and environmental stewardship
Nicola Anderson GMA Assistant Coach
  • BA in Government and International Politics, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • Coaching with Green Mountain Aquatics since 2019.
  • Full-Time Career:  Project Manager at Downstreet Housing and Community Development in Barre, VT.
  • Coaching Philosophy:  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams  My philosophy revolves around developing each athlete as a whole individual in and out of the water.  I believe in meeting each athlete where they are to help create an individual plan to succeed.
  • Interests: Political junkie and breaking news enthusiast, swimming, watching sports, coaching, cooking and being outside in the sun.
Elizabeth Austin GMA Head Developmental Coach
  • BA in History from the University of Pittsburg, Paralegal Certification from The Philadelphia Institute
  • Coaching with Green Mountain Aquatics since 2015.
  • Full-Time Career:  Office Manager at Building Energy in Williston, Vermont.
  • Coaching Philosophy:  “ I believe the key to long-term success in swimming is to master excellent technique.  It is esssential at all levels to continuously work to improve body positioning and stroke efficiency.  Mastering proper technique in all four strokes before increasing intensity and introducing endurance is key.”
  • Interests: My husband Jim and I have three sons and a pug.  We love spending time together as a family.  Most of that time is spent in and around water.  
James Austin GMA Assistant Coach
  • BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Coaching with Green Mountain Aquatics since 2014
  • Full-Time Career:  Revenue Recognition Supervisor - The Intitute of Professional Practice, Inc.
  • Coaching Philosophy:  “ No Deposit. No Return.” - John Naber (1976 Olympian)
  • Interests: Instant Pot cooking and swiffering!
Timothy Bard GMA Assistant Coach
  • BA Degree in Film, The Evergreen State College
  • Coaching with Green Mountain aquatics since 2008.
  • Full-Time Career: 
  • Coaching Philosophy:  “ Swimming is a great sport and my philosophy includes making swimming fun and accessible. As a coach, I enjoy helping swimmers improve, challenge themselves, and support each other both in and out of the pool.  A good swimmer starts with a solid base!”
  • Interests: Any activity involving a mix of sun and Lake Champlain, hiking, running, open water swimming and music. 
Elizabeth Blackburn GMA Assistant Coach
  • Community College of Vermont
  • Coaching with Green Mountain Aquatics since 2017.
  • Full-Time Career:  
  • Coaching Philosophy:  “ A coach is someone who always makes you do what you don't want to do, so you can be who you've always wanted to be.  There is no glory in practice but without practice there is no glory.”
  • Interests: 
Jaclyn Dixon GMA Assistant Coach
Bradley Fallon GMA Head Age Group Coach
  • Coaching with Green Mountain Aquatics since 1998
Samantha Keating GMA Assistant Coach
  • MBA from Villanova University, BA in Business Administration from Saint Michael's College
  • Coaching with GMA since 2006
  • Full-Time Career:
  • Coaching Philosophy:  "Technique is # 1.  Without good technique, you're not going to get very far."
  • Interests:  Swimming (obvioiiusly), cooking, running, yoga and being outside.
Katie Parker GMA Assistant Coach
  • BS in Secondary Education and Mathamatics, University of Vermont  
  • Coaching with Green Mountain Aquatics since 2012
  • ASCA Certified Level 1 Coach
  • Full-Time Career:  Mathamatics Teacher at Mount Mansfield Union High School
  • Coaching Philosophy:  "The key is having fun!  I believe good technique means fast swimming.  My goal is to help swimmers develop good sportsmanship and attitudes while helping them manage their academics along with hard work.  All GMA swimmers should focus on both team goals and personal goals."
  • Interests:  Hiking, traveling, cooking and SWIMMING!
Eileen Hall Saint Michael's College Head Coach
Board of Directors