Welcome to the PACK Swim Team of Pittsford. You are getting involved in something very special; a complete family-oriented swimming program where the swimmer will receive the very best in coaching, regardless of their level. Parents are encouraged to participate in the parents' organization that is dedicated to assisting a first-class program.

Records do not just happen; and it is PACK's mission in all of its endeavors to search for excellence. I would stack our coaching staff up against anyone and know that the dedication of these individuals goes above and beyond normal expectations. The swimmers are our prime concern and with the Head Age Group Coach, Laurie McManus, working with me, we have the dedication and ability to carry on a tradition of excellence.

You, then, add the ingredient of cooperation: staff to staff, parents to staff, and parents to Board of Directors, and you have the necessary ingredients for an excellent swim program. The uniqueness of the PACK Swim Team is that it all blends together to make it work for the benefit of all.

Dedication is probably the single word that summarizes PACK, and it is my pleasure to have a program of this caliber as an integral part of the Pittsford community.

 

Marty Keating has been the Head Coach of the PACK Swim Team since its inception and is one of PACK's founders. Since 1973, he has been a coach of the Pittsford High School Boys and Girls Swim Teams and is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and well-known swim coaches in the area. He has been associated with swimming for many years, having swum competitively in high school and college. He is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association and NYS Swim Coaches Association. He is a Level 4 rated coach under the ASCA rating and is a USS Coach, named the Niagara District Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1999.

In 2003, Coach Keating was honored by the Rochester Press-Radio Club as the Galyan's High School Coach of the Year and was also inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame.

Coach Keating received the Jack Palvino Award at the WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards Luncheon on April 26, 2004, in recognition of his hard work and dedication to the sport of women's swimming over the past 31 years. He's the Award's 12th recipient and the first high school coach to be so honored. The Jack Palvino Award is presented annually for outstanding support and contributions to local women's sports.

 

Laurie Peterssen McManus has been with PACK since 1982 and has been the Head Age Group Coach since 1987.  She has had a distinguished swimming career. Born and raised in Arizona, she swam in Junior Nationals twice and the Senior Nationals three times. She is an Arizona State record holder, and participated in the Olympic Trials in 1976 in the 100-meter freestyle. Laurie was named Arizona's Swimmer of the year in 1976. She was captain of St. Lawrence University's women Swim Team where she was a national record holder in the AIAW Division III in 1978 in the 100 freestyle. She was an All-American 22 times.

 

 

 

 

Kim Morgan Corby knows PACK as both a swimmer and a coach. She joined the club when she was 10 years old and swam through her high school years. She graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School in 1987 and was awarded a swimming scholarship to Syracuse University. She was selected to the Eastern Zone All-Star Team for 3 years, competed in the Empire State Games for 6 years, and swam the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events at Junior Nationals. Upon graduation from Syracuse in 1991, she joined the PACK coaching staff.

 

 

 

 

Sean O’Malley has been with PACK since 2009 as a coach for the age group swimmers.  He swam competitively since the age of 8 growing in Buffalo.  He continued in college as a member and captain of the Nazareth College Swim Team.  Sean specialized in the Butterfly and Sprint Freestyle events.

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian Santer has been with PACK since Fall of 2014 as an age group coach. She swam competitively starting at age 6 in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Jillian continued her swimming career as part of the Ithaca College Swim Team, where she was captain her senior year. She competed mainly in the butterfly and backstroke events. Jillian works as a physical therapist in Pittsford.

 

 

 

 

Chris Doser joined the PACK swim team in the Spring of 2015.  He has instructed swimming lessons of all ages for 7 years, and recently finished coaching his first season as the Pittsford Boys Modified swim team’s coach. Chris was a three time MVP for Penfield, and won several sectional titles as a relay member and individual.  He continued his swimming career for three years with the University of Rochester Yellowjackets, setting records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as 200, 400, and 800 free relays. He served as co-captain on both teams. Chris received the Garnish Scholar award for excellence in athletics and academics in 2013. He graduated in 2015 with a B.M. in Saxophone Performance and Music Education, and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.

 

 

 

 

Rick Schmitt started swimming competitively at the age of 6 and was an All-County Swimmer at Webster High School, and All-Conference at SUNY Oswego.  While at Webster and Oswego, Rick set school records and was a Co-Captain of the swim team.  Rick has been coaching swimming at the age group, high school and collegiate levels for over 20 years.  He teaches Physical Education at Penfield High School and while coaching the Boys program at Penfield, he was named Section 5 Class A Coach of the Year twice; currently he is the Head Coach of the Pittsford Boys Swimming & Diving team.  Rick started coaching with the PACK in 2006 and has coached all levels of swimmers from our Bronze group right up to our National/Sr group.

 

 

 

 

Brandon McManus has been involved with PACK since he was 6 years old as both a swimmer and now as a coach. He has 6 years of experience teaching swim lessons and is excited to follow in his mom's footsteps coaching PACK. He attended Pittsford Mendon High School where he swam on the varsity team for 5 years and was voted co-captain his senior year. He was a member of the 2010 All-Greater Rochester Team and was awarded the Section V Sportsmanship Award that same year. He continued his swimming career at SUNY Cortland and graduated with the school and SUNYAC conference records in the 200 and 400 medley relays.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Christine Thyroff swam for Webster Blue Fins from the age of 4 until she graduated from Webster Schroeder High School in 2007. After graduation, she went on to swim for SUNY New Paltz where she broke 3 conference records, qualified 3x for NCAAs, 7x SUNYAC Champion and 2x All American while making SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner's List. From there, she went on to coach a D3 program at Misericordia University. She was a sprint freestylist. Christine is married and lives in Pittsford. 

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam

  

Jennifer Simson swam competitively for 14 years, both locally and at the University of Maryland.  She was an Empire State Games qualifier 5 times and an Eastern Zone selection 6 times.  She also competed at the Junior Nationals.  In addition to competitive swimming, Jennifer also played collegiate water polo.  Jennifer passed away in 2010.  PACK helps to keep her spirit alive by running a scholarship fundraiser meet in her name annually.  She is missed and will always be part of our coaching family.