Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Greg Yarnall Head Age Group Coach & Age Group 1

Greg began coaching at West Milford’s summer team in 1989 and coached them to seven division championships in nine years.  He swam at Lakeland Hills and then at Connecticut College for four years where he served as captain his senior year.  After graduating with a History degree, he began teaching at the Academy of Saint Elizabeth where he is also the head varsity swim coach.  Greg has coached the HS team to victory by claiming the Morris County Championship in 2004 and 2005. The St. Elizabeth's Swim Team won 7 straight Northern Hills Conference titles before the realignment of HS athletics in 2009.  In 2005, the HS team also won the Non-Public State Title.  In 2003 & 2005, Greg was named All-Area Swim Coach of the Year. Greg has spent many summers working at the Stanford National Swim Camp where he would refine his approach to stroke technique under the guidance of Olympic swim coach Richard Quick.  

 
In 2010 Greg was honored as the NJ Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. That same year he was able to meet with some the top Age Group coaches in the country when he attended the National Age Group Coaches Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Greg is currently an ASCA Level 3 certified coach.
 
Matt Elko Senior 1 Coach

Matt grew up swimming on Lakeland Hills and knows about its tradition. He is a former LHY National Team member, YMCA National champion, and current team relay record holder. He came back to Lakeland after coaching at the FISH where he assisted Coach Ray Benecki in the training of World Record holder Kate Ziegler. He started at the FISH February 2007 as an assistant coach and was promoted to Head Senior Coach after 2 months. He has always been particularly interested in coaching swimming, the history that goes behind it, and learning as much as he can about the sport. Matt earned a B.S. Ed. degree in Health and Physical Education at George Mason University. He swam for four years at GMU under Head Coach Peter Ward. Matt coached at the Auburn Swim Camp and at the National Distance Camp in Colorado Springs during the summer of 2007.

Matt’s swimmers have achieved USA swimming top ten list rankings including a number 1 ranking, USA swimming’s All-Time top 100 swims, YMCA top ten list, NJ Swimming records, and multiple individual Lakeland Hills team records.  He guided Ingrid Shu to number 1 on USA swimming’s 2010-2011 IMX rankings.  Matt continuously strives to help his swimmers reach their next level of swimming while preparing them to be successful at that level.  Matt currently is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach.

Sean McCrudden Senior 2 & 3 Coach

Sean swam for Lakeland Hills YMCA for 13 years and has now been coaching at LHY for 18 years.  After swimming at LHY he swam for Fordham University where he was named captain his senior year. Sean graduated from Fordham with a marketing degree.  He is now a Special Education teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange.  Sean is currently an ASCA Level 3 certified coach.  Sean is eager to learn and very enthusiastic about coaching. 

Anne O'Gorman Senior 2 & Senior 3

Anne swam for LHY for 8 years, then went on to swim at Rowan University, where she was a captain her senior year and still holds the 200 butterfly record. Anne has a degree in Elementary Education from Rowan and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. Anne began coaching at LHY at the age of 16, starting with spring clinic and gradually moved to working with age groupers.  She is committed to helping swimmers develop a positive attitude and to working with each swimmer to help them reach their full potential.  
"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get". Michael Phelps

James Milone Senior 4 Coach

James began swimming competitively for Fayson Lakes at 8 years old, and after stops at Pirates and MCY, swam for LHY through high school.  He then went on to swim at TCNJ where he graduated with a degree in political science.  In addition to coaching, James works as a paralegal at a personal injury law firm, as well as a lifeguard and swim instructor at LHY.  James is very happy to be back with LHY.

Carrie Dickey Age Group 2 Coach

Carrie started swimming for LHY when she was 8 years old. She was a Team Record holder and member of the National Team for 6 years. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received an athletic scholarship in swimming. She was both a member and captain of the Swimming and Diving team and ECAC qualifier.  She is excited to be working with the kids and helping them to achieve their goals in and out of the pool.

Mike Turkot Age Group 3 Coach

Mike began his swimming career at the Glacier Hills summer league program. This experience led him to year-round competition with the Crimson Aquatic Club under Gary Johnson. As a high school swimmer, Mike began his coaching career at Glacier Hills during the summer. After a successful college swimming career at Rowan University, Mike started coaching on a USA Swimming club level with the Elite Swim Club in 2003. He has been a member of the LHY staff since 2011 where he has worked primarily with the Age Group program, as well as assisting the National team coaches in the Senior program.

During his career, Mike has helped create various technique systems, an organized system for underwater filming and analysis, as well as a focused method of technique instruction in group and individual settings. Under Mike's technique and mechanics instruction, many of his swimmers went on to earn USA Swimming Sectional and National cut times, Scholastic All-American awards, as well as multiple World Junior National team members. 

Coaching requires respect, knowledge, and a passion for learning. Mike believes that the best coaches are those who place the emphasis on teaching and not routine lap swimming. Being able to instill an understanding of the "hows and whys" of swimming is a skill he works towards mastering every time he steps on a pool deck. 

Sarah Vojta Super Squad and AG4 Coach
Elise Fraser Super Squad Coach
John Om Age Group 4
Board of Directors
Thomas Pownall President
Courtney Hann National Team President
John Bernauer Y Board Liaison
Michael Tucker Vice President
Nicole McNamara Vice President
Brian Boardman Parent Rep
Gina Lalani Parent Rep
Kristi Moffatt Secretary