Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
David White Head Coach

Coach David has been on the BWTD staff since 2017, and has been the head coach since 2019. He is the primary coach for National, Gold, and Silver groups, but you can sometimes find him working with all levels, including pre-competitive.

David grew up in Flemington, NJ, where he swam for the Hunterdon County YMCA from ages 8 to 18. At one point he held over 20 team records, and was a multiple individual state-champion and YMCA National Top 16 swimmer. He also swam competitively for three years at Stony Brook University, where he earned a degree in Music focusing on vocal performance.

Coach David’s coaching career began at the age of 15 when he began to coach with the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool. After college, he coached part-time for two years with the Hunterdon County YMCA where he worked with all ages, but mainly with the senior group. David helped coach many YMCA Nationals qualifiers, and as interim head coach in the summer of 2014, he almost doubled the YMCA Nationals roster from 6 to 11 swimmers.

Beginning in the spring of 2015, Coach David began working as a full-time assistant coach for The FISH, a USA swim team in McLean, VA. While David was working with The FISH, the team earned USA Silver Medal Club awards for two straight years, an award reserved only for the best 100 teams in the country. David got to coach Olympic Trial qualifiers, as well as many Eastern Zone All-Stars and National Top 10 swimmers. David’s primary group was the beginner Age Group swimmers, and his group increased significantly over the two years he worked with them – he increased the amount of BB time standard swims from 9 to 131 in that time span, and the amount of A time standards from 5 to 19.

David is proud to be the Head Coach for the JCC Bridgewater Tide, and to be able to pass all of his knowledge along to the swimmers, coaches, and parents he works with. When he came on the staff in 2017 the team was down to 85 swimmers. Since then, he has helped grow the program to 120 year-round swimmers, plus 25 more who swim for the Summer Tide. Under his leadership, retention is higher than it has been since 2013, and he is looking forward to continue to grow the team to its full potential.

Coach David's other passion is music. He is a lifelong musician and writes and records his own music at home, and has one album released on Spotify. He is also an avid lover of food and enjoys cooking, especially with his wife, Colleen.

Melissa Horton Lead Development Coach

Hi! My name is Melissa Horton. I'm a 2015 graduate of Rutgers University majoring in exercise science and applied kinesiology. Aside from my certifications in personal training and group exercise, I have worked with children and summer camp for 5 plus years. I can honestly say I have loved each and every moment of it. When I'm not working, you can find me reading a good book or watching a good movie. If you have any recommendations let me know!

Kimberly DeMaio Assistant Coach

Coach Kim brings to the JCC Bridgewater TIDE more than 25 years of combined competitive swimming and coaching experience. She began her swimming career as a toddler at the Rahway YMCA, where she took swimming lessons and eventually joined their competitive team at the age of six. In her teen years, Coach Kim transferred to the Metuchen YMCA, where she swam competitively until she graduated high school. During her junior and senior years of high school, Coach Kim held the position of Team Captain for both her YMCA and High School teams.

Coach Kim began her career as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and assistant coach at the Metuchen YMCA in the spring of 1999.  In the fall of 2006, she transferred to the Woodbridge YMCA to serve as Aquatic Director. While at the Woodbridge YMCA, Coach Kim started a competitive swim team, which she joined into the Northern New Jersey YMCA Swim League in the fall of 2007.  Throughout her almost four-year tenure with the Woodbridge YMCA, Coach Kim along with her staff coaches, coached beginner level swimmers to excel to top sixteen rankings in the State of New Jersey.

After leaving the Woodbridge YMCA to pursue a career in teaching, Coach Kim joined the Somerset Valley YMCA coaching staff. There, she coached 12 and Under swimmers to top rankings in the State of New Jersey as well as the Eastern Zone. In the fall of 2011, Coach Kim joined the Hunterdon County YMCA coaching staff, where she coached 13 and Over State, Regional, and National level swimmers. After taking some time away from the sport, Coach Kim returned to swimming to work at Streamline Aquatics Club team in the fall of 2014. There, she coached swimmers of all ages and abilities, and worked behind the scenes to assist with team administration.

Kimberly graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish in May 2005, and from Georgian Court University with a Master of Arts degree in Education in May 2012.

In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Annie. She is also an avid shopper, and loves to cook.

Ana White Assistant Coach

Coach Ana has been coaching for The Tide since the fall of 2017, and she loves every minute of it! Ana started swimming at the age of 5 for the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool, and began swimming for the Hunterdon County YMCA not long after. Throughout her swimming career, she has consistently been one of the top swimmers for her age group in the state, with multiple MVPs rewarded for her successes. She was a multi-event qualifer for YMCA nationals, starting when she was 15 years old. She broke one individual record while swimming for HCY, and still holds relay records. As a member of the Hunterdon Central Girls' swim team in 2014, she helped them win their first state championship for swimming, and along the way beating a high school team that had gone undefeated for four consecutive years (Westfield). Ana graduated from high school in 2016, and is currently at Raritan Valley Community College pursuing a degree in exercise science.

In her spare time, Ana likes to volunteer and go on hikes. She is also an accomplished singer. Ana may or may not be the younger sister of Coach David.

Sarah Dennison Assistant Coach

Coach Sarah has been on the BWTD Staff since the summer of 2018, and loves working with swimmers of all ages. She swam summer league for fifteen years, and has been a swim instructor since the age of fifteen. Her favorite parts of swimming are butterfly, underwaters, and diving. She is a heavy promotor of team spirit, and came up with R.I.S.E. (Respect, Integrity, Strength, Endurance). 

When Sarah is not coaching, she works as a Drama Teacher, Director, and Stage Manager for Faith Center for the Arts.

Rachel Lisk Assistant Coach
Tatiana Garcia Assistant Coach

Coach Tatiana has been coaching at BWTD since 2019, and has loved working with each of her swimmers. She began her swimming career at Somerset Hills Swim Club when she was 8 years old and began competitively swimming at Streamline Aquatics Club when she was 12. Not long after that, she joined BWTD’s National group as well as the Bridgewater-Raritan High School swim team her freshman year of high school. In 2017 she started volunteering as an assistant coach at Somerset Hills Club and worked as a head coach in 2019, where she worked with ages 8 and under. Last year, Tatiana graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in the class of 2020 and is currently an Animals Science student at Rutgers University.


 

In her free time, Tatiana loves to read and spend time with her many pets!

Malhar Lakshman Summer Assistant Coach

Coach Malhar is currently in his first season with BWTD, and is absolutely thrilled! He began his competitive swimming career through the Somerset Valley YMCA and the Juniper Lane Swim Club. In his senior year of high school, Malhar started working as a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard for the YMCA, and upon graduating Bridgewater-Raritan High School, he started attending Indiana University, where he is on the Club Swim Team. He is majoring in Finance, Management, International Business, and Law, and is an assistant coach for the Monroe County YMCA Mako Sharks and Tiger Sharks, in Indiana. In his spare time, Malhar loves to hike, swim, and participate in music related activities, such as Opera or Show Choir.

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