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.

Norie Hammond Associate Head Coach/LVO Site Coach

 

Associate Head Coach, Norie Hammond, joined the YNS Sharks in December 2020, and brings with her a wide variety of coaching experience. Over the course of her career, Norie has worked with club, high school, college, and professional post-grad swimmers from all over the world including Olympian Heather Arseth, US Olympian Jordan Wilomovsky, US National Team member Katy Campbell, as well as a number of foreign national team members.  Norie has been the lead coach and developed US and High School All-Americans, Olympic Trials qualifiers, Senior and Junior National qualifiers, Futures Champions and qualifiers, and Sectional Champions and qualifiers.

Norie is an ASCA Member and Level 3 coach, and has participated in the USA Swimming Women’s Leadership Summit for the past 4 years.  Norie has volunteered with the US Special Olympics and attended numerous swim coaching conferences across the country.  She has a deep passion for the sport of swimming and in helping to develop athletes to reach their highest potential both in and out of the pool. She believes in coaching the whole athlete: mind and body, and has studied mental training and youth leadership. In her free time,  Norie enjoys outdoor adventures with her boxer, Arlo, spending time with her niece and nephews, and is an avid pro sports fan.

Caitlin Clark Head Age Group Coach

Caitlin has been a coach with YNS since 2015. She began as an assistant age group coach, serving both 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 the team. 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 the head coach of Manchester Bath and Tennis Club's summer swim team and a swim instructor at the Haverhill YMCA.  Caitlin has also worked as Bridal Consultant,an enrichment teacher at the Children's Piazza, as well as a preschool teacher at Hilltop School.

Caitlin currently resides in Salem Massachusetts with her fiance, a fellow swim coach. 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. 

Sandy Colameta Ipswich Pre-Team Coach
Madeleine Cormier Ipswich Pre-Team Coach
Ivy Joyal Beverly Pre-Team Coach
Raegan Redmond Ipswich Pre-Team Coach
Brigitte Worstell Beverly 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
Eric has been a coach with YNS since the spring of 2019. He assists with Beverly's Tiger Shark, Hammerhead, Mako, AGE, High School, Pre-Nat, and National groups. Outside of these groups, Eric also coaches the Beverly Master's team.
 
Eric began swimming competitively for YNS when he was 11. He was a latecomer to water. His technique in pre-team was abysmal, and he was frighteningly slow, but his coach Katie gave him a shot at the swim team if he promised he would focus and work a little harder to keep up with people much bigger, stronger, older, and more experienced than himself. In three years he was qualifying for national competitions. Ever since he started walking the deck in coach's shoes, he's been sure to instill in athletes both patience, focus, and the axiom to do their best -- only then will potential energy turn kinetic.
 
Eric currently resides in Gloucester, MA. He enjoys writing -- he makes a point to write 50,000 words a month. At this time, his favorite books are "Widow Basquiat" by Jennifer Clement and "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson.
Kaitlin Barnett Beverly Assistant Coach
Stephanie Smith Cape Ann Lead Site Coach

Stephanie joined the YNS coaching staff in June of 2018.  She has a dual role as the Lead Site Coach and Aquatics Director at the Cape Ann site.  Stephanie has been coaching for over 15 years. In 2010 she took on a small recreational team in Salisbury MA and over her 8 years as the Head Coach turned them into a USA Swimming Club and grew the program to over 125 swimmers out of 2 locations. As a swimmer growing up Stephanie swam mostly for the Breakers out of the YWCA in Newburyport but also swam briefly for YNS in Ipswich.  She swam competitively in college for Colby-Sawyer and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Stephanie has a passion for Health and Fitness and since graduating has continued expanding her education through various clinics, conferences and certifications, as well as becoming a licenced PE teacher in the State of Massachettes. She loves sharing her passion for Aquatics not just just through teaching and coaching but also in training others to become Lifeguards and Swim Instructors. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys running, Crossfit, and having princess tea parties with her 5 year daughter Addi. 

Kristin Rodis Haverhill Lead Site Coach
Kelly Binder Haverhill Coach
Cindy Lee Ipswich Lead Site Coach
Rebecca Burrell Ipswich Assistant Coach

Coach Rebecca has been involved in the sport of swimming for over three decades, and has been with the Sharks as an assistant coach since 2016 at both the Ipswich and Beverly sites. She's also the head swim coach at Triton High, and was the assistant coach at WPI from 1996-2000, where she swam collegiately from 1992-1996. While in Grad School, she swam with Cambridge Masters Swim Club (now Charles River Aquatics). She lives in Rowley with her husband, two sons, seven cats, and a dog who is convinced they are taunting him.

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.
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 Landscape Architecture at Harvard, boy-girl twins, a daughter graduated from UMass, Amherst, 2020, and a son working 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 for information about healthy swimming on Nahant, Lynn, Swampscott and Marblehead beaches.

 

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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