Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Coach Jason Russell Interim Head Coach

Coaching Experience:  Jason has been coaching in Western Mass for 14+ years.  He started with the Westfield YMCA Wave in 2005 and coached under Jamie Bloom until 2016 before moving to Bluefish Swim Club for 2 seasons under Nick Rice.  Jason will be the head coach of the inaugural swim season for Springfield International Charter School starting in Nov. 2022.   He has coached swimmers of all levels from beginners to Olympic Trial Qualifiers.   

Swimming Experience: Jason was a competitive swimmer in South Florida his entire childhood. He took a 30-year break and jumped back in swimming part time for the Westfield YMCA Wave Masters Team!

Certifications/Trainings:

  • USA Swim Credentialed Coach
  • ASCA – Level 3 Coach
  • US Masters Swimming Coach
  • CPR/Lifeguard Certified
  • USA Safety Training
  • Athlete Protection Training
  • YMCA Principles of Swimming

About Jason:  Jason’s love of swimming continued as a family affair, as all three of his children learned to swim at the Westfield YMCA and were Wave/Bluefish/PVAA, Westfield High School and college competitive swimmers!  His oldest daughter, Sara, actually coached for Kingfish Swim Club out of Rhode Island!  Jason is returning to his YMCA roots where he is excited to help continue the growth and excellence of the Wave swim team.   

"I'm happy to be back coaching the Wave...I want to continue to grow the team abiding by the four core values of the YMCA program!" Jason works in sales for Celanese out of Dallas full time and resides in Westfield with his wife Jenifer, and has 3 young adult children, Sara, Tommy and Ally.

Coach Brendan Day Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience:    Coach Brendan returns to the WAVE for another season as an experienced coach and competitive swimmer.  Brendan has been coaching for the Westfield Wave since 2016, starting under coaches Jamie Bloom and Tom Lewis. He has coached swimmers of all age groups and skill levels while working with the Wave.

Swimming Experience:     Brendan was a competitive swimmer for the Hartwick Hawks in college, a small school in NY. He has also been a part of swimming in Western Mass for his entire swimming career.

Certifications/Trainings:

  • CPR/Lifeguard Certified
  • USA Safety Training
  • Athlete Protection Training
  • YMCA Principles of Swimming

About Brendan:   Brendan is a teacher at Westfield Technical Academy here in Westfield and is excited to continue working with the team here at the Westfield Wave.

Coach Tori Eastham Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience:    Coach Tori returns to the WAVE for another season as an experienced coach and competitive swimmer.   She has five years of coaching experience at different levels, from Park and Rec to USA swimming, and has worked with ages 5-18. 

Swimming Experience:    She swam competitively for 16 years and "retired" from swimming after her senior year of college.

Certifications/Trainings:

  • CPR/Lifeguard Certified
  • USA Safety Training
  • Athlete Protection Training
  • YMCA Principles of Swimming

About Tori:   Tori is a research scientist and an avid equestrian.

Coach Owen Snyder Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience: Owen is new to coaching at the YMCA this Fall.  He is an experienced competitive swimmer and life guard.  While in high school and college, Owen assisted his Head Coach with the Greater Glens Flyers swim team.

Swimming Experience:  Owen swam competitively from age 7-college with the Flyers Swim Club.  He helped coach Flyers swimmers while in high school and during college breaks.  Owen has been a Life Guard at Lake George, NY for the past 8 years and served as Head Guard in 2017 & 2018.

Certifications/Trainings:

  • American Red Cross Certified:
  • Lifeguarding with CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and Waterfront Skills
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Responding to Emergencies First Aid

About Owen: A recent graduate from Westfield State University, Owen is an accomplished musician and actor.  He enjoys all water related sports, including water polo, kayaking, rowing, and canoeing.  Owen has assisted differently abled students rowing with the Saratoga Rowing Association.  He is trained in basic American Sign Language (ASL) and likes to practice and learn.  Owen is excited for the opportunity to work at the YMCA with Westfield Wave athletes!

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