Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Janet Harty Head Coach

Janet Harty was named the Head Coach of YNS in the Fall of 2015 and brought with her many years of coaching experience. She has coached swimmers of all ages from lessons, age group to very high level competitive swimmers. Janet led swimmers to a wide range of national and international competitions including the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the 18 & Under World Cup held in Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China. She has coached swimmers named to USA Swimming National Junior teams in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and served as an assistant coach at the 2014 USA Swimming National Junior team training camp held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. She led swimmers to the USA Olympic Trials in 2016. 

Janet and her husband, Phil, live in Salisbury, MA. Janet's oldest son, Brandon, graduated with his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the Mount Wachusett Community College and currently resides in Beverly, MA. Her son, Ryan, graduated with his Masters degree in Business Analytics from the University of Texas in 2020 and has officially retired from swimming at this time. He currently resides in Austin, TX. Her daughter, Kaitlin, is a senior student athlete swimmer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is a Communications major. Janet and Phil also have a Brittany Spaniel puppy named Shelby who keeps them both very busy.

Alessandro Eramo Associate Head Coach / LVO Lead Coach

Alessandro joined the YNS coaching staff in 2011 as an assistant age group coach, working with the 12 & under swimmers at the Beverly location. In 2013, Alessandro was named the Lead Site Coach of the Haverhill branch of YNS. During that time, he worked with all age groups, helping multiple swimmers qualify for Y New Englands and Age Groups.  

Alessandro joined full time YNS staff in the fall of 2015 as the Lead Age Group Coach, overseeing the development and progress of over 200 athletes under the age of 12. In January 2017, he was named the Head Age Group Coach of YNS. Alessandro primarily coaches Age Group Elite, High School, Tiger, and Hammerhead groups at the Beverly location in addition to assisting with the Pre-National and National groups. Alessandro is an ASCA level 2 coach.

Prior to becoming a coach, Alessandro swam for YNS from 2003-2013. Alessandro graduated from Hamilton Wenham Regional High School in 2012 and went on to study at Merrimack College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Human Development in 2015.

Caitlin Clark Head Age Group Coach

Caitlin has been a coach with YNS since 2015. She began as an assistant age group coach at the Beverly site as well as the Ipswich site. She served for 2 years as the Salem Lead Site Coach before returning to the Beverly YMCA as the Head Age Group Coach for YNS, working with all groups at the site. Caitlin also serves as the Lead Masters Coach for the YNS Masters Team. She is an ASCA Level 2 coach, as well as a level 2 certified coach with USMS.

Caitlin is originally from Haverhill MA, and was a member of the Haverhill High School swim and dive team all throughout highschool. Before coming to YNS, Caitlin worked as a swim instructor at the Haverhill YMCA since 2013, and a swim instructor at the Hedding summer camp in Epping NH.  Caitlin has also worked as Bridal Stylist, as well as an enrichment teacher at the Children's Piazza. She currently serves as the Head Coach for the Manchester Bath and Tennis Club summer swim team.

Caitlin currently resides in Salem Massachusetts. In her time away from the pool she enjoys swimming with the Masters team, singing in her band, and choir, spending time outdors and with her family and friends.    

Brigitte Worstell Beverly Pre-Team Coach
Ivy Joyal Beverly Pre-Team Coach
Madeleine Cormier Ipswich Pre-Team Coach
Raegan Redmond Ipswich Pre-Team Coach
Molly Zelloe LVO Pre-Team Coach
Deanna Atwood Beverly Assistant Coach

Dede Atwood joined the YNS coaching staff in 2016 and assists with the Age Group Elite, High School, Pre-National, and National groups. Dede is a Southern California native and moved to New England in 2005. She swam for Industry Hills Aquatics Club for thirteen years specializing in Backstroke, Butterfly, and IM. She was ranked Top 16 in the nation at 10 in Backstroke. She had no intentions of swimming in college but ended up swimming and playing water polo for Whittier College. Dede held multiple school records, placed 3rd in the 100 Backstroke in her conference, was awarded Female Individual Athlete of the Year, and made Second Team all SCIAC in water polo. She is an active member of the YNS Masters swim team and her daughter, Karli, is a swimmer in the Mako Shark group. Dede works in Boston as a Financial Investigator and lives in Beverly with her husband Kevin and daughter Karli. She is excited to coach with YNS and share her love and passion for swimming, this position “feeds” her soul.

Laura Crossman Beverly Assistant Coach
John Chambers Beverly Assistant Coach
Eric Baumeister Beverly Assistant Coach
Kaitlin Barnett Beverly Assistant Coach
Stephanie Smith Cape Ann Lead Site Coach
Kristin Rodis Haverhill Lead Site Coach
Kelly Binder Haverhill Coach
Cindy Lee Ipswich Lead Site Coach
Rebecca Burrell Ipswich Assistant Coach
Jose Medina Ipswich Assistant Coach
Susan Guertin LVO Assistant Coach

Susan is in her 37th year as a lead site coach of the Marblehead Group. She is also in her 30th year as the Head Coach of the Marblehead High School swim team. Susan has an impressive record with both the high school and YMCA  teams. Her high school team was runner-up at the 1998 girls N. Sectional championships, placed third at the State Championships that year. Placed third in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Marblehead has won 18 plus Northeast Conference Meet titles. In 2011, her girls won the Division II State Championship with only 7 girls.  This was the highlight of her high school swimming career. 


Susan is in her 47th  year teaching at the YMCA; 23 of those years she was also the Aquatic Director.  She has won two Eastern Mass YMCA District Division II titles and an overall girl’s team championship in 1992.  In 1990, the Marblehead 9 & 10 Girls won the YMCA New England Championship. In 1995, Susan had a group of nine swimmers qualify for the LC National Championships (her first qualifiers). She has had two swimmers qualify for the SC Nationals and 21 for the LC Nationals as well as four All-American. Susan graduated from Salem State College in 1992 Suma Cum Laude with a degree in Aquatic Management and Biology. She is a Level 3 ASCA recognized coach. Susan holds a top 10 time as a swimmer in the 100 Back and 1650 Free for NE Master's Swimming. She also set the record, for her age group, in the 200m Backstroke at the Bay State Summer Games in 2006 and came in second in 2007. 

Susan is married to Paul Guertin for 49 years who was instrumental in helping raise money and build the new Lynch/vanOtterloo YMCA as a board member for over 20 years.  She has three daughters Tara who was a diver (Photo Editor for AFAR,  San Francisco), twins: Erin, diver and swimmer and National qualifier (Caterer in Jackson Hole), Colleen diver and swimmer and National qualifier (teacher in Marblehead).  One grandson, Elliott.
Andy Jones LVO Assistant Coach

Andy joined the YNS coaching staff at LVO, part time, in the fall of 2015 with a focus on Age Group Elite and older athletes.  He is excited at the opportunity to contribute to a sport he has enjoyed for decades.

As a youth, Andy swam both for Warrington and the King’s School, Chester in the UK at regional and national levels before going up to Cambridge University.  At Cambridge he captained and coached the University Swimming and Waterpolo Club in his Sophomore year (the “second year” as it is called in the UK) when the team finished 3  rd  overall in the British University Swimming Championships and won the annual Varsity Match against Oxford by a record margin.

Andy joined YNS Masters in 2006 when he moved to the area and was subsequently introduced to the joys of Open Water Swimming by fellow YNS Masters swimmers. Andy’s swims include the Boston Light Swim, the 10 mile Kingdom Swim and a successful English Channel Solo Swim in August 2017.

Andy is a level 2 swimming coach, graduate of Cambridge University and Harvard Business School.  He lives in Swampscott with his wife Jacqui, and their sons Toby and Harry.

Meghan Claflin LVO Assistant Coaches
Jen Brehob LVO Assistant Coach

As a Bronze and Age Group coach, Jen gained experience first teaching group lessons since 1999 and the Bronze Group since 2004 where she learned first hand from Coach Susan Guertin. She is an Assistant Coach at Marblehead High School, USMS Certified Coach Level 3, and ASCA Level 2 coach. Jen's strengths as a Masters Coach at YNS derive from improving fitness and technique in a group setting so that swimmers can compete at high levels or simply enjoy a built-in workout group meeting at regular intervals.

Jen taught herself to swim at age 5 on a beach in Cape Ann, graduated from Marblehead High School, where she is an assistant Swim Team Coach, received her BA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and her Masters from the University of Texas at Austin. She led an excavation of the first of 12 tombs discovered in an old olive grove/new lettuce patch which turned out to be the ancient Necropolis of Metapontion (Greek) Metapontum (Latin) in Southern Italy. She was also fortunate to be one of 5 crew on a TransAtlantic sailboat crossing from Antigua, in the West Indies, to Pula, in Croatia.

Jen has three children, a daughter in 2nd year of MLA1 at Harvard, a daughter in her junior year at UMass, Amherst, and a son who is a Personal Care Assistant in Marblehead with a part time job at the Marblehead House of Pizza.

Jen graduated with honors as a Certified Paralegal at North Shore Community College in January, 2018 and is looking to set up Open Water swimming at Nahant Beach for this summer.


Jessica Higgins LVO Assistant Coach
Emily Katz LVO Assistant Coach

Emily began coaching at YNS in 2015.  Previously, she coached at the LS JCC in Newton for two years.  Emily swam for the Cape Cod Swim Club from the age of 5 through high school, and then swam for William Smith College, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science.  Emily also holds two masters degrees in education, and teaches Pre Kindergarten for Boston Public Schools.


Danielle Carney Salem Lead Site Coach
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