Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Robert Marks Head Coach

Bob begins his fourth season as Camillus Swim Club Head Coach, but this is in fact his 40th season as a head coach, beginning with both the Auburn YMCA Stingrays and the Auburn Boys HS team and continuing through the West Genesee boys and girls varsity programs. He has a long list of successful swimmers and swim teams. In addition Bob is a social studies teacher in the West Genesee school district with over 30 years of experience working with children of all abilities.

“Despite a long list of accomplished swimmers what most excites me is the simple act of achieving a best time. There are very few moments in sport as absolute as a swimmers best time. To achieve something one has never done in their entire life? What could possibly be a better measure of a job well done?”

Bob, a graduate of Colgate University, lives in the Camillus community with his wife Cathy and sons Jimmy, Brendan and Sean.

Kristen Snyder Assistant Coach

Kristen began her swimming career with Camillus Swim Club at the age of 8 up until she graduated from high school .  Kristen was a member of the Corcoran/Westhill Varisty Swim Team where she was team captain her senior year.  She was a Sectional finalist in the 100 Breaststroke.  Kristen continued her swimming career at Buffalo State College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in 2003.  She was a SUNYAC Finalist in the 200 Breast, 500 Free and 1650 Free.  She was team captain her senior year at Buffalo State.  Kristen also competed in The Empire State Games.

Kristen began her coaching career at Jamesville-Dewitt.  She was the Assistant Coach for one season and Head Coach of the Girls Modified Swimming and Diving teams for two seasons. She helped guide the team to an undefeated season her second year as Head Coach.  She was also the Assistant Coach for two seasons with the Boys Swimming and Diving Teams at Jamesville- Dewitt.  Kristen is in her 11th season as Assistant Coach with Camillus Swim Club.  Kristen currently works as a Program Manager of Employment Services at AccessCNY.

 

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice, and most of all love what you are doing or learning to do".  -Pele

George McNamara Assistant Coach

George McNamara began his swimming career a long time ago at Packanack Lake, NJ. He eventually held the Senior State Title for the 200 meter backstroke and since then has been ranked many times nationally in Masters Swimming in the top 10 in backstroke. He swam at Colgate University.  His coaching experience ranges from Varsity at Hornell, NY and modified at Jamesville-DeWitt to decades of age group coaching. He retired from JD as a 3rd grade teacher, has 4 children- 3 of them excellent competitive swimmers and one a professional ballerina. George and his wife, Maria, took their 2 youngest out of school and sailed their 36 foot sailboat to the Bahamas and back for a year. Coach George’s swimmers frequently hear him say “Swim Correctly; Speed Happens”

Joe Amedro Assistant Coach

Joe is in his 4th year as an Assistant Coach with camillus swim club. He began swimming in 8th grade and continued on to swim for the varsity swim team at West Genesee all four years of high school, where he was team captain his senior year. Joe is currently in his junior year at SU, where he is studying to earn a teaching degree, and this is his second year as the captain and president of the Syracuse University club swim team. Joe is employed by the town of camillus as a head lifeguard, and has years of experience teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages and abilities. After graduating college, Joe hopes to find a career as a high school social studies teacher.

Erin Paris Assistant Coach

This is Erin's third year assisting with the Camillus Swim Club. She swam for Honeoye Falls-Lima High School as well as Monroe Community College's Swim Club and typically swam sprinting and backstroke events. She taught swim lessons for a few years, which encouraged the education degree at SUNY Geneseo. She swam freshman year at Geneseo, but decided to focus on other clubs and interests. After getting a Masters at SU, she got a job as a high school counselor at Northern High School in Calvert County, Maryland. At Northern, she was an assistant swim coach for two years and head coach three years for their Girls and Boys Swim Teams. Her boys were undefeated for two years, and won their Regional Championship for three years. She was voted Southern Maryland's Boys Swim Coach of the year in 2009. She also was an assistant coach for a Southern Maryland summer club team for three summers. She began work at West Genesee High School, assisted Yob for a couple of years with the boys and girls teams, coached the girls modified team in 2011, then took a break from coaching when she had her babies. Her daughters are now 2 and 4. She is excited to be coaching again!

Caroline Antonuccio Assistant Coach

Caroline started swimming at an early age and found that water was one of her happiest places.  Her goal is to show children of all ages, from babies to the ageless young at heart, to love the water as much as she does.

Swimming for fun as a kid in her family’s pool in Massachusetts, Caroline then joined a prominent swim team, as a pre-teen, when she moved to Arizona.  She competed in both individual and relay events and placed in her specialties of freestyle and butterfly.  One of her coaches, and swimming inspirations, was Augie Busch, who is currently the Head Coach at the University of Virginia.

Caroline follows a "work hard, play hard” motto, while bringing humor and understanding to her lessons.  She believes in never saying “can’t”, and will work to try it a different way to achieve success.  By drawing out the strengths of her students, she strives for their excellence, tapping into their innate abilities.

Caroline’s certifications include American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED, Lifeguarding and Water Safety and ASCA Level 1 and 2, and ASCA Level 1:2 in Disability swimming.

Melissa Schafer Assistant Coach

Coach Melissa has been coaching with Camillus since 2017, and swimming since she was 9. She loves the backstroke, a good workout and a tight race. She swam with New Hartford, Jamesville DeWitt, the Clinton 'Cudas, the Syracuse Sharks and the University at Buffalo. She has occupied space on many record boards. She continues to compete, now with Emerald City Masters Swimming. She is also a practicing Pediatrician and Mother of swimmers.

Brianna Smith Assistant Coach
Abby Uczen Assistant Coach
Benjamin Nabewaniec Assistant Coach
Ben Started his swimming Career at Jamesville-Dewitt.  He then went on to swim at Springfield College in Massachusetts,  where he specialized in distance freestyle.  Ben also competed for several years at the Empire State Games in the sport of Water Polo with the CNY Water Polo Club.  He has 14 seasons of varsity coaching throughout central NY.  Schools he coached at include: JD, Westhill-Corcoran, Weedsport, and FM.  He also has experience as an American Red Cross instructor.  Out side of the pool Ben is a third Grade teacher.  He is a husband and father to 3 daughters who have taken on the love of swimming.
Grace Femano Assistant Coach
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