Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Zac Mekker Head Coach

Indiana Wesleyan University - M.S. Secondary Education, Mathematics 2004
University at Buffalo - B.A. Mathematics - 1999
Liverpool High School - 1994

The Liverpool Jets Swim Club has been a large part of Coach Zac's life for over 3 decades.  He first joined the team as a 6-year old in 1982.  Zac continued to train with the program through the entirety of his competitive career in college.  Along the way, he assisted with swim camps and swim lessons to share his passion of the sport with new athletes.  Upon graduation from the University at Buffalo in 1999, Coach Zac returned to the Liverpool High School pool deck as the JETS Head Coach.  Over the course of his first two seasons, the program grew from 40 swimmers to over 110.  As director of the popular Jets Summer Learn to Swim program, he helps bring over 400 future swimmers through the pool doors each summer.    

In the scholastic arena, Coach Zac served as the head coach of the LHS girls varsity swimming and diving team from 2001-2018.  Over the course of those 18 seasons, the program re-wrote ALL of the school records at least once, earned 3 league titles, 2 Section III titles, 4 NY State Top Ten finishes, and 17 consecutive NY State Scholar-Athlete Team Awards.  Athletes have qualified for the NYS Championships in all but three of those 18 seasons.  Coach Zac was awarded Section III Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and 2013.  His swimmers have gone on to successfully represent schools in all three collegiate divisions.  The Liverpool Jets were represented on the National Level on multiple occassions, including the 2016 USA Olympic Trials.

Additionally, Coach Zac also teaches 8th grade mathematics for the North Syracuse School District.  He proudly raises three wonderful children with the help of his loving wife, Shannon.

Madison Sestak Assistant Coach

Keene State University - B.S. Biology - 2016
Liverpool High School - 2012

Coach Maddie joined the Liverpool Jets coaching staff in 2018.  Coach Maddie works primarily with our Age Group program.  In addition to working with our younger swimmers, Coach Maddie also created and facilitated the Whole Body Swim Course that is enjoyed by our Sr/Jr level swimmers.  The Whole Body Course looks to incorporate mental and physical training to help compliment the work that is being done in the pool.  The combiniation of boxing and yoga along with a steady dose of visual training and goal-setting create a platform to assist growth in many areas. 

Coach Maddie Sestak swam with the Liverpool Jets from age 9 through the end of college.  She earned 4 varsity letters at Liverpool High School and was team captain her senior year.  After her days at LHS came to a close, Maddie went on to study Biology at Keene State University in Vermont.  While at KSU, Maddie successfully competed as a collegiate swimmer and earned team captain honors once again.  To compliment the training that was done in the pool, Maddie incorporated boxing into her training regimen while at college.  After graduation, Maddie she worked in Boston in Neuropsychology with athletes from a variety of backgrounds, including professional football players.  Coach Maddie is now back in the area developing a strong career in the real estate market. 

Carly Jones Assistant Coach

Ithaca College - May 2013
LHS Hall of Fame Inductee

Liverpool High School - 2009
Carly Jones joined the Liveprool Jets coaching staff in January of 2016.  However, she has been an instructor and swim camp counselor for the popular Liverpool Jets Learn to Swim program since 2007.  Carly was a member of the Liverpool Jets Swim Club from age 9 through her college years.  In high school, she racked up numerous awards including Section III Swimmer of the Year, LHS School records in the 100 Breast and 200 IM, and over 10 Section III individual and relay titles.  She went on to compete in the NYS Championships for 4 straight years.  Because of these accomplishments, Carly was elected to the Liverpool High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  After graduating with honors from Liverpool, Carly headed to Ithaca College where she became a school record-holder and an 8-time NCAA All-American.  
Upon graduation from Ithaca, Carly remained on campus as an assistant coach for the Ithaca College Women's Swim Team.  Several of her athletes went on to compete in the NCAA Division 3 Championships. 
In addition to coaching with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club, Carly is also an aquatics supervisor at the Northwest YMCA and runs the Beaver Meadows Golf Course summer swim team.  In 2018, Carly became the Assistant Varsity Swim Coach at Liverpool High School for both the girls and boys swim teams.  In 2019, Carly began her stint as head coach of the girls varsity swimming and diving team.    

Christine Mineo Assistant Coach - AG1

SUNY Cortland 1999 – BS- Elementary Education, Mathematics, Minor in German

Greece Arcadia High School-1994

Coach Christine started her tenure with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club in 2021.  Coach Christine is currently heading up our AG1 training group. 

Coach Christine brings a wealth of exerpience to our coaching staff.  Most recently, she coached with the Camillus Swim Club from 2005 to 2010 starting as an assistant and moved up to the Head Coaching position.  Prior to moving to Syracuse in 2004, Coach Christine spent 5 years coaching the Greece Lightening JV girls, Varsity Boys and Modified girls swim teams as well as coaching Rush Henrietta swim club for 2 years.  

As an athlete, Christine started swimming at the age of 10 with the Greece Blue Marlins.  She went on to swim with the MCC Marauders club team and the Greece High School Swim Team.  She was a part of the high school team for 6 years, 5 of which were with the varsity team.  Christine swam 3 years at Cortland where her favorite events were the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 200 fly, and 400 IM.  

Family includes her daughter, Arianna (AG1) and husband Anthony.  She works for ACMG Federal Credit Union were she is a new account specialist, loan officer, certified financial counselor and has her NMLS. .

Noelle Staso Assistant Coach
SUNY Geneseo - B.A. Mathematics - 2021
Baldwinsville High School - 2017

 

Coach Noelle brought her passion and knowledge to our pool deck in January of 2022. She is a lightning rod of positivity and activity looks to bring out the best swimming experience for our novice and advanced athletes. In addition to channeling her efforts in our Developmental and Sr/Jr training groups, Coach Noelle is also the founder and maintainer of the Liverpool Jets Instagram feed.

Noelle started swimming at age 10 with the Baldwinsville Sharks, and went on to swim with Camillus Swim Club as well as the Baldwinsville Varsity Swim Team. Her senior year of high school, she was a team captain and also competed in the NYS Championships. After graduating from Baldwinsville, Noelle continued her swimming career at SUNY Geneseo, where she swam primarily breaststroke and sprint freestyle events. Throughout her career at Geneseo she set a conference record in the 100 yard breaststroke, and was again a team captain her senior year. She also qualified for the NCAA Division 3 Championship Swim Meet every year and earned 3 NCAA All-American Honors. Noelle is pursuing a Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University, with goals to teach mathematics at the middle school or high school level.

To be able to add such an accomplished athlete and clean spirit to our coaching staff is certainly a blessing.

Board of Directors
Zac Mekker President
Nick Thompson VP - Operations
Kim Hunter Treasurer
Tracie Griffin VP - Communications
Heather Alexander Secretary
Bob Nicita Parent Representative
Nick Thompson Meet Director