Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kenneth O'Reilly Head Coach; National-Sectional Coach
Ken is beginning his 32nd year coaching in NJ, his 24th season  with our club and 21st season as Head Coach / CEO.  He is the former Head Coach and Aquatic Director of the Greater Bergen County YMCA.  In addition, he has experience working with Olympic Coach Mark Schubert at the Swim with Schubert Swim Camp.  Throughout his 31 years of coaching experience he has coached all different ability levels and age groups including USS Top 10 / Top 16 Age Group swimmers, NJ State Champions, NJ State Record-holders, YMCA National Swimmers, Sectional Qualifiers, Sectional Champions, USS Junior National swimmers, USS Senior National swimmers, World Championship trial qualifiers and Olympic Trial qualifiers.  The American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) recognizes Coach O’Reilly as a Level 4 USS Coach.  He holds an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University.  In addition to coaching, Ken works as a Computer Applications teacher in Paramus.  Ken and his wife Monika have 2 children, Aislinn and Elena.  
Erin Miller Head Age Group: Senior Prep Coach

Erin was the 2006 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year for the State of New Jersey.  This past year she was named as one of the Top 10 Age Group (12/under) coaches in the country. She has  30 years experience coaching all ages and abilities. Erin has literally coached at mini meets all the way up to Senior Nationals.   Erin is known for her many years at New Jersey Wave where she coached many Sectional level swimmers, High Point Winners, National top 16 Ranked swimmers and State Record Holders.  She was also the Head Coach for the summer team, Paramus Pacers for 12 years where they were League Champions many times.   Erin was awarded  The Craig Beardsley Award in 1999, and was also coached by the former World Record Holder. Erin has represented New Jersey as an Eastern Zone Coach four times. Erin had the opportunity to train at The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co at a National Select Camp.  Erin's drills have been featuredon the  USA Swimming website.   She was a Junior National finalist in the 200 fly, as well as a NJCAA All American in the same event.  Erin is married to Tom Miller, and has two amazing children Alex and Emma who is starting Ithaca College this Fall. Erin completed the 2009 ING NYC Marathon in her father’s memory. Erin is an ASCA level 3 and a Certified Pool Operator.  She has a unique mix of toughness, caring and fun that is hard to find in coaches today!!

Gergely Kiss Assistant - National-Sectional Group

Coach Kiss was born and raised in Hungary and started swimming at age 6. He spent grades 1-8 in a sport accredited elementary school where he attended morning and afternoon swim practices as part of the school curriculum. By age 10 he was selected to join the elite program of world-renowned Coach Jozsef Nagy. The practices were intense and demanding but served to fuel Coach Greg’s passion for swimming through his high school years.

 

Coach Greg’s hard work in the pool paid off and he was a multiple time Age Group Champion in 200 IM and 200 freestyle. But his most memorable and impressive race and the one that remains closest to his heart was his 6th place finish in 200 IM at the Hungarian Open National Swimming Competition at only 14 years of age.

 

Upon high school graduation he moved to the United States with his parents. He married his beautiful wife, Anita with whom he has two sons with an inherited love and talent for swimming.

 

Coach Kiss had responsibility for many groups and levels at the Wyckoff YMCA from 2014-2021 ranging from intro program to Junior National qualifiers.  He also served as Assistant Coach for 2 years at Ramapo High School.

 

Swimming was always Coach Kiss' favorite sport, but he also enjoyed playing water polo.  He established, ran and participated in the Water Polo Club for teens and adults at the Wyckoff YMCA.

 

Coach Kiss is excited to share his passion for swimming and hopes to help to grow and nurture the love of the sport in the hearts of his swimmers. 

Brian Hoffman Asst-National and Senior Performance
Brian is beginning his 26th year coaching in New Jersey.  He previously was the Senior Coach at the Cougar Aquatic Team and before that he was the Head Age Group Coach at both the Ridgewood YMCA and the Montclair YMCA.  Throughout his coaching career, he has coached all different ability levels and age groups including USS Top 16 Age Group Swimmers, State Champions, NJ State Record Holders, High Point Winners, YMCA National Qualifiers, National Age Group Record Holder, Sectional Qualifiers, Futures Qualifiers, Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, World Cup Qualifiers and Olympic Trial Level Swimmers. 
 
Brian has been selected to the National Age Group Conferences at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2010 and 2005 and to Coach the YMCA National High Altitude Training Camp in 2006 also at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He was named 2007 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year and selected by New Jersey Swimming as an Eastern Zones Coach 11 times.  Brian swam at Montclair State University where he was a Captain and an All-Conference swimmer studying Physical Education and Health.
Robert Hilzen Senior Performance Coach

Bobby Hilzen is originally from Glen Rock, NJ, and was trained by Ken O’Reilly throughout his high school swimming career from 2009-2013. During his time under Ken, he qualified for Junior nationals in the 1500, 800, and 400 freestyle, as well as the 400 IM. Many of his times still stand on the Scarlet-NJ Wave All Time Top 10 list for long course meters. From 2013-2017, he attended Penn State University, and was a member of the men’s varsity swim team. He continued his focus on the 1650, 1000, and 500 freestyle. In 2017, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in hospitality business management. He currently works in sales for a financial services company in NYC.

Andrea Symak Assistant - Senior Performance Coach

Coach Andrea has been coaching for the last 15 years in Japan, New Jersey and Germany, mostly for the military teams overseas as a Head Coach.  She has lots of experience with all different age groups from novice to national level swimmers.  Andrea led her last swim team, Stuttgart Piranhas in Germany, to win 3 consecutive division titles.  During her tour in Germany, Andrea implemented swim clinics with 3 US Olympians:  Kim Vandenberg, Aaron Peirsol and Rebecca Soni.  Andrea is currently part of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is recognized as a level 4 certified coach, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety, CPR/First Aid and AED Instructor and former Aquatics Director for the Boys and Girls Club in Paterson and Passaic.  Andrea has a personal training background and lately has been competing in bodybuilding along with her husband Jason.  She is a mother of two swimmers, Alexia and Jazlyn, and is happy to be back in NJ to make it home.

Brian Frazer Senior Elite Coach

Brian has been coaching swimming for 25 years and is honored to be starting his 11th season with the team. Over the years he has had the pleasure of coaching many different groups, including assisting Coach Ken with National-Sectional. Brian has a penchant for connecting with all swimmers regardless of ability level. He started competitive swimming with the Ridgewood Breakers at age 9 and instantly fell in love with the sport. As a teenager, Brian transferred to New Jersey Wave and swam under Frank McElroy. He attended Montclair University where he competed on both the swim team and track and field team. He currently works as a Radiologic Technologist and lives with his wife Vanessa who also swam competitively for the team. 

Michael Pacheco Age Group Coach

Michael started his swim career at Meadowlands YMCA 12 years ago, and has been on several teams since, finally finding SKYY in 2013 and being coached under coach Erin Miller.  He served as team captain at Paramus Catholic High School, as well as captain at Montclair State University, where he just completed his four years on the Division 3 team. Michael has six years of swim instructing under his belt as well, ranging from four year olds to pre-swim team. He also has three years coaching experience for the RedHawk Swim Club. He has been serving as assistant coach for the past three years for the Maywood Dolphins and is excited to join the Scarlet family!

Michelle Limbacher Age Group 2 Coach
Michelle has been coaching swimming for over 20 years. She dedicates coaching time with technique and building competition training focusing on the swimmers to always do their best. She has coached on The Atlantic Club as well as being a founding coach for Skyy Swim Team.  Currently, she is the Head Coach of Paramus Pacers where she has coached every summer for over for 15 years.  She is a graduate from Lafayette College and has two masters concentrating on Performance Enhancement: Sports Psychology from University of Connecticut and Education from Farleigh Dickinson University. She has over 20 years experience as a teacher and is presently the Lead Teacher of the World Language Department at Paramus High School.  In her spare time, Michelle sits as the vice chairwoman for the 4th of July Committee for Paramus and spends time with her husband Rich and three swimming children Richie, Ashlee and Luke.
 
Ari Ludzki Super Squad Coach
Richard Limbacher Assistant - Super Squad & Age Group

Richie Limbacher is a Scarlet Alumni!  He's been swimming on Scarlet since the "New Jersey Wave" days back in 2008, and is honored to return in the form of a coach.  Scarlet was one of the cornerstones for my love of fitness, so being able to help kids grow and learn of their strengths brings great joy to me.  In my personal life, I am an animator, weightlifter, and martial artist.  All three of these skills require me to understand the mechanics of the human body, meaning I have exceptional knowledge of what's necessary to help your kids build strength, endurance, and most of all, heart both in and out of the pool.  It's a pleasure to meet you!

Board of Directors
Glenn Sr. Hilzen Meet Director / Board Member
Nina Degnan Meet Entry Coordinator / Team Secretary
Anne Cervone Communications Chairperson