Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Greg Wriede Director of Competitive Swimming

Head Coach of the Peddie Varsity Swim Team and the Peddie Aquatic Association since 2001, Greg Wriede ’95 has led the Peddie Falcons to 8 Eastern Interscholastic Conference titles, a 117-26 dual meet record and 13 Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles.

He has developed over 100 High School All Americans and coached 7 National Prep School Record swims. In 2017, Wriede guided the Peddie School boys’ team to a 5th place finish in Swimming World Mythical Rankings. In 2013 and 2010, his boys placed 5th nationally, while the girls placed 10th for independent schools in 2010.

Wriede was named as a USA National Junior Team Coach for 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2014-2015 seasons. In 2011, Wriede served as the Head Coach of USA Swimming’s Western Zone Select Camp and in 2009 served as an assistant coach for USA Swimming’s National Select Camp.

In the summer of 2010, Wriede headed the Jamaican National Youth Team to the first–ever Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore. Wriede served as an assistant coach for the USA National Youth Team at the Mare Nostrum Series in June of 2010.

Wriede has built the Peddie Aquatic Association into a USA Silver Medal Club, recognized as one of the top 100 clubs in the country since 2008. The team won the Speedo Championships Series in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2014 he coached Patrick Park to a berth on the USA National Junior Team and coached Connor Signorin to a berth on the USA National Youth Team in 2009 and 2010.

Wriede’s Peddie swimmers, as both students and alumni, have represented the countries of Korea, Hong Kong, Barbados, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Israel and Jamaica in international competitions including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan Pacific Games, Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games. Peddie alum Roy–Allan Burch represented Bermuda at the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and again in 2012 in London.

Wriede has coached USA All–Americans and produced qualifiers for Olympic Trials, World Championship Trials, U.S. Open and Junior Nationals. In addition, his swimmers have placed in the Top 16 National Age Group rankings over 100 times while setting 60 New Jersey State records.

After his distinguished two–year high school career at Peddie, Wriede attended Harvard University and received the Eugene B. Wyman trophy four consecutive times as the top scorer in dual meets. A multiple NCAA All–American and team captain, Wriede guided the Crimson to four consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League titles and a 44–4 dual meet mark over the same period. In 1999, Wriede was named to the USA National Team and competed at the FISU World University Games.

Wriede lives on campus at Peddie with his wife, Michelle and their three children Ethan, Brady & Kylie (currently on the swim team).

Lindsey Niergarth Senior Program Director

Lindsey Niergarth serves as the Senior Program Director for Peddie Aquatics. Previosuly she served as the team's Head Age Group Coach from 2016-2018. Lindsey comes from an extensive swimming background beginning when she was just four years old. In 2008, she qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 100 fly. Prior to Peddie, Lindsey was the Head Coach for the Columbia Athletic Club Wahoos in Seattle, WA. In addition to being a Head Swim Coach, Lindsey is also a certified sport psychologist running a private consulting practice in Seattle focusing on performance enhancement.

Before her move to Seattle, Lindsey coached for the Southern Marlins Racing Team in Charleston, South Carolina. While working for SMRT, Lindsey coached all ages but focused primarily on 12 and under swimmers. Lindsey graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012 where she swam all four years and became captain of the team her senior year. During her time at USC she was a part of several record setting relays. After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology, she went on to earn her Master's in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Emmett Walling Junior Program Director

Coach Emmett Walling, a former Head Coach of the Coronado Swim Association (CSA), joined Peddie Aquatics as the Junior Program Director in the fall of 2018. Following a competitive swimming career spanning eighteen years, Coach Emmett has decided to make a lifelong commitment to the sport of swimming and to share his passion with today's athletes. Emmett steps on deck with goals to inspire great technique and the excitement of racing every day. 

A native of Manasquan, N.J., Walling attended Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., before becoming a student-athlete at USC in 2009-10 and team Captain for the 2010-11 season. Walling was part of Indian River's 34th and 35th straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) crowns in 2008 and 2009. He broke NJCAA records in 2009 in the 50 free (19.43) and the 100 breast (53.83), earning Swimmer of the Meet distinction. During Coach Emmett’s swimming career he established himself, as a 7 time All-American, well ranked among USC's top ten in the 50/100y free and 100y breast, NJ High School State Champion - 200 IM and 100 breast, and recently inducted into the Mansquan High School Hall of Fame.

Emmett graduated from USC in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology - Human Performance. In addition to his prior coaching with CSA, Coach Emmett was most recently an Assistant Coach for the UC San Diego Tritons under Head Coach and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Women’s Head Coach, David Marsh. Growing up in New Jersey, Emmett competed for Central Jersey Aquatic Club (CJAC), spent 10 summers as a beach lifeguard and is an avid surfer and huge advocate for the ocean. 

Tina Winthrop Senior and Senior Prep Lead Coach

Coach Tina grew up in Robbinsville, NJ and began swimming at Miry Run Country Club in Robbinsville at the age of 9. She swam on the summer team for Miry Run until the club closed and then she joined the Brooktree swim team. At the age of 10, Tina began swimming year round with Hamilton Aquatics. She swam on the age group team and senior team until she left for college. She also swam for four years at Lawrence High School and continued swimming for another four years at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

During her time at FDU, Tina was team captain for three years and repeatedly placed in the top 16 at the Middle Atlantic Conference championship meet. Her best events were the 400 IM and the 500, 1000, and 1650 Freestyle. Tina has coached the Brooktree Swim Team and has been teaching swim lessons for the past 5 years to children of all ages. Coach Tina graduated from FDU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She currently works as a substitute teacher in various districts in Mercer County and continues to live in Robbinsville with her parents. Coach Tina joined Peddie Aquatics as an 8/u assistant coach in November 2009 and is excited to be able to spread her knowledge of swimming to children who love the sport as much as she does.

Rob Fisch Falcon Lead Coach

Rob started swimming as a 14-year old summer swimmer in his hometown of East Windsor, NJ for the Twin Rivers Torpedo’s. He had much success as a summer swimmer, and then went on to year-round swimming with the Peddie Aquatics team. Rob swam through high school at Hightstown, which Rob currently holds two relay records and swam in college. During Rob’s sophomore year at William Paterson University he achieved the All American Certificate in the 100 and 200 Butterfly. He started coaching the Twin Rivers Summer Swim Team at the age of 18, and continued all through college. Rob graduated from William Paterson University with a B.S. in Mathematics. His dedication to swimming continues on as an active member of our Masters Swim program and still competes in open water races in the summer. Rob lives in Freehold with his wife, Emilie and children Max and Elianah.

Marissa Daniels Assistant Coach

Marissa grew in up East Windsor where she began her swimming career with Peddie at just 5 years old. She excelled in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle and 200 IM where she still has top 10 records at Peddie Aquatics. She continued swimming competitively with Peddie for 13 years where she developed a lifetime love of the sport. Marissa also swam at Hightstown High School and became a team captain her senior year.  Marissa then attended Rutgers University where she graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. At the age of 13, Marissa became an assistant swim instructor with the lesson program. In the fall of 2009, she started working with the 8 and unders as an assistant coach. She continues coaching today as an assistant coach for the Senior Prep & Senior groups. 

Steven Vitabile Assistant Coach

Steven joined the Peddie Aquatics coaching staff in the fall of 2017 working with our Senior Prep and Junior level swimmers. He got his start in swimming with Peddie as a 9-year old and swam competitively through high school with the team, favoring the long distance freestyle and butterfly events. He was a member of the Hightstown High School swim team where he was the senior team captain. Steven is a recent graduate from Rutgers University receiving his B.S in Exercise Science-Applied Kinesiology. Combining his passion of swimming and running to the sport of triathlon, he competed with the club triathlon team at Rutgers qualifying for Club National Championships all four years. Steven has competed in over 60 triathlons ranging from sprint to half Ironman distances, racing both locally and at National Championship events. His dedication to swimming continues on as an active member of our Masters Swim program.

Scott Vitabile Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

Beth Bright Strength and Conditioning Coach

Beth grew up in Geneva, NY. Her life-long love of swimming began at an early age in her backyard pool and she became a competitive swimmer in high school. Through college, Beth worked at a YMCA in Buffalo, NY where her coaching career began. From there she went on to coach in the Northern VA Swim League, and YMCAs in Winston-Salem, NC and Lynchburg, VA. In addition, Beth has started 3 teams – 1 age-group/YMCA team, and 2 high school teams – all in Virginia. Beth’s love for the water has been the motivation for her nearly 20 years of teaching swimming, training lifeguards, and managing aquatic facilities. Beth is also a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Her husband, Chris, is a teacher and coach at Peddie. The Brights have 2 daughters, Allyn and Delaney.

Cathy Signorin Team Manager

Cathy grew up in Cranbury, NJ where she stared swimming for the Cranbury Catfish at age 7, and continued for 11 years. From the ages of 12-18, she also swam for Princeton Aquatics, a year-round club team that practiced at the old Peddie pool that was up on the main campus near where the science center stands today. After earning a degree in Marine Biology, she worked 17 years for ExxonMobil Corporation in Aquatic Toxicology and later in Quality Assurance. In the spring of 2003, Cathy left the corporate world to join the Peddie Aquatics staff as the Administrator for all the aquatics programs. Since then, she has been deeply committed to the sport and works diligently to help make sure that all PAA families have everything they need to make their swimming experience as positive and productive as possible. Her sons, Connor & Ryan, swam for the club team as well as the Peddie School varsity team, and then went on to swim D1 in college. Cathy lives locally with her husband, John.

Eric Hubbard Masters Coach

Eric got his start to swimming at Peddie Aquatics when he was eight years old. He continued to swim with Peddie for another 10 years while also swimming for both the Brooktree Swim Team and the Hightstown High school swim team, where he currently holds three relay records and a 100 breastroke record. He swam competitively with Peddie Aquatics throughout 2013, but is still eager to swim laps whenever he can. Eric joined the staff of Peddie Aquatics while he was still on the team as a lesson instructor and lifeguard, and then in the fall of 2014 he joined the coaching staff. Eric is currently attending Mercer County Community College where he plans to receive his associates degree in electronics engineering technology

Maura Wright Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

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