Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Will Chidsey Head Coach

Will Chidsey coaching for the Syracuse Chargers/DeWitt Dolphins in 2005 , He hsa been the head coach since 2009.  He is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a B.S. in Business Administration. Where he also was the Assistant swimming coach until 2009. 

During his coaching career, Will has coached swimmers from the development stages of swimmers up to Senior national and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

During his college swimming career, Will was a 5 time All American, a 7 time All American Honorable Mention, 2 time Swimmer of the meet for the UNYSCSA, Swimmer of the year for the Northeast 10’s for 2004 and 2005, and Captain of his team in 2006. He also holds 7 school records.  Will swam for Liverpool High School in central NY where he was swimmer of the Section 3 meet his Senior year and NY State Champ in the 100 backstroke.

Will lives in Baldwinsville enjoys spending time with his puppies and being outdoors.

Courtney Christ Head Age Group Coach

Courtney grew up in Pennsylvania and began her competitive swimming career with the Muhlenberg Age Group Swim Team at the age of 8. While pursuing her competitive swimming career, Courtney realized her love of swimming went beyond just competing in the pool. In high school, she taught stroke development and swimming lessons to age group and learn-to-swim level children, was an assistant swim team coach, and was promoted to pool management roles. While at Ithaca College, she acquired her Water Safety Instructor certification, allowing her to take on even larger roles like managing and revamping the swimming lesson program at her local swim club.

Following Courtney’s sophomore year at Ithaca, she decided to transition her swimming career from being a competitor in meets to running them instead. She took on the role of Meet Manager for the Ithaca College Aquatic Center and ran over 30 single and multi-day meets in a 2.5 year period. She worked with over 100 different teams and thousands of athletes, including the opportunity to work meets with the Syracuse Chargers. Courtney did this all while she was completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health with a minor in Nutrition.

She lives in Liverpool with her dog Mango. They enjoy being outdoors and running.

David Sargalski Junior/Senior Coach

Coach Dave has been coaching with the Syracuse Chargers since 1990 and has been head coach of the Chargers since 1996.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Masters degree in Health and Exercise Science. 

During Dave’s career he has coached Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Senior National qualifiers, Junior National Champions, National Top-16, and numerous sectional and regional qualifiers and finalists. Dave was a Graduate Assistant coach and Assistant coach of the Syracuse University Swim Team from 1988 through 1993. 

Prior to his coaching career, Dave swam for Syracuse University where he was a four-time Team MVP, NCAA Divisoin 1 All-American, Olympic Trials Qualifier, eight-time Big East Champion, Big East Conference MVP, and holder of seven Big East Conference Records and eleven Syracuse University Records.  Dave was recognized for his swimming accomplishments by being named the Big East Conference “Athlete of the Decade”.

Coach Dave resides in Liverpool along with his wife Michele and twin daughters Alaina and Marissa.

Morgan Harrington Assistant Coach - JD

Morgan developed a love of swimming at a very young age. At the age of 11 she began assistant teaching Swim Lessons at the Oneida YMCA, eventually becoming a Swim Instructor there. During her time at the YMCA, she assisted with restructuring the learn-to-swim program, earned her Water Safety Instructor certification, and continued to teach lessons. Morgan moved on to become a Water Safety Instructor specializing in stroke technique with the City of Oneida Parks and Recreation Department for 12 years and was Director/Head Lifeguard at the Howard T. Chapman Pool in the City of Oneida for 3 years. While holding the position of Director, she assisted with managing the learn-to-swim program there as well as the competitive program.  She continues to assist there with the competitive swim program.

In the winter of 2015, Morgan began coaching for the Syracuse City School District Boys Modified Team.

Morgan attended Le Moyne College for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and in 2015 with her Master’s Degree in Literacy.

Morgan is currently a high school ELA teacher in the Syracuse City School District. 

Craig Matt Assistant Coach - JR/SR

Craig Matt started coaching for the Chargers in the fall of 2016. He has a Masters degree in computer science and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his coaching career with an assistant spot for the New Hartford Modified team shortly after graduating college. Craig has also served as an assistant coach for the varsity team, as well as the Clinton Cudas.

Craig has had a passion for swimming from a young age when he started with the New Hartford Knights Swim Club. From there he continued swimming for the Clinton Cudas while also participating in the varsity program at New Hartford. At the University of Rochester, while pursuing his bachelors program, he continued swimming for the varsity team there all 4 years.

Craig currently resides in the Liverpool area with his wife Ashleigh, and works at the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear plant in Oswego.   He is excited to be back in the swimming arena, sharing the years of swimming knowledge he accumulated.

Mary Chidsey Assistant Coach - JD

Mary Chidsey began her swimming career at the age of 12 with the Liverpool Jets Swim Club. She was a varsity member of the Liverpool Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team where she broke 5 school and pool records during her high school career. She was a Section III champion in the 50 free her senior year.

Mary attended Le Moyne College for both her undergrad and graduate studies. She graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and in 2015 with her Master’s Degree in Dual Adolescent 7-12 and Special Education.

While at Le Moyne, Mary set 3 school records and swam at the NCAA Division II Championship. Mary is a water safety instructor who started teaching swim lessons at her high school and the town pool.

She started working for Syracuse Chargers in January 2012.

Mary is currently a math teacher at Liverpool High School where she teaches Geometry. 

Cara Howe Assistant Coach- Cazenovia

Cara Howe is currently the Assistant Director for Archives and Special Collections at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She swam for Cazenovia High School and taught swimming lessons since she was 18 years old. Cara was a collegiate rower and started her coaching carrier in college rowing. Cara still lives in Cazenovia with her three children, husband, and dog. In addition to coaching for the Chargers, she also continues to swim and coaches for the Cazenovia Country Club in the summers. 

Jenna Walmer Assistant Coach

Jenna grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began competitively swimming at the age of 7. She fell in love with swim instruction as a lifeguard and led her own group of new swimmers on her summer league team. She continued to swim competitively at Bridgewater College where she was a member of record-breaking relays, including a third-place finish at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships. Her coaching experience began coaching summer league during her summer break. During graduate school, she coached at Upper Mainline YMCA (UMLY) in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. There, she led their age group 3 (9-10 year olds) program, assisted with senior-level groups, and operated the summer league team as the head coach. She also attended the 2021 Paralympic Trials with an UMLY athlete. 

Jenna graduated from Bridgewater College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global studies and West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2021 with a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Master of Science in Psychology. She currently resides in Liverpool and is attending Syracuse University for a PhD in Social Psychology. 

Maddie Hall Assistant Coach
Maddie started competitive swimming at the age of 8. When she turned 15, she began teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding for the Liverpool school district, which she still does up to this day. She was a 4-year varsity member for Liverpool and was a part of the state team for 2 out of the four years. She is currently a Liverpool High School “school record holder” for the 200 freestyle relay. 
 
After high school, she went to OCC and graduated with a physical education and exercise science degree. Maddie spends her days around a pool lifeguarding for Liverpool PE classes, teaching swim lessons, or coaching.
 
In 2021, she received the title of Head Coach for the Liverpool boys varsity and modified swim teams. 
 
When Maddie is not around a pool, she enjoys camping, jet skiing, and spending time with her animals.
Taylor Yim Assistant Coach
Taylor started swimming at the age of 8 at her local YMCA in New Jersey. She began competitively swimming between the ages of 10-18 at her home club, New Jersey Race Club, and was a 4-year varsity swimmer at Ocean Township High School. She is a school record holder for the 200 medley and 400 free relays and placed 3rd in the 2015 Ocean Mile Open Water Competition. 
 
Taylor is currently an undergraduate student at Syracuse University studying Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Physical Education/Coaching. 
 
When she is not at the pool, Taylor likes playing with her puppy and going on hikes.
Dylan Hall Assistant Coach
Mike Blakely-Armitage Ithaca College

Mike Blakely-Armitage coaches (at the Ithaca Site) and works with all levels of age group swimmers.   Mike started his swimming career swimming for different clubs in Indiana and Michigan throughout his youth and was a standout HS and collegiate swimmer at Ithaca College.  He is currently the Assistant coach for both Men’s and Women’s programs at Ithaca College.  Recently, he helped to guide the women’s team to it’s 3rd straight Liberty League conference championship, and an 18th place finish at NCAAs.  The men finished in 2nd place at their conference meet, finished 18th as a team and had 3 All-American relays, 3 top eight finishes, a national champion who also set the Division III record in the 100 backstroke.  
Prior to his time at I.C., Blakely-Armitage served as the head men's swimming and diving coach at Ithaca High School for 10 years (2009-19) as well as the women's head coach from 2015-19. During his time with the Little Red, the men's team had a perfect 72-0 dual meet record and won eight Section IV titles, while notching 17 All-Americans and breaking three state records. The men's team also boasted four individual, three relay state champions and numerous Academic All-Americans during that time. On the women's side, the Little Red compiled a dual meet record of 27-1 and won three Section IV titles.

Mike lives in Ithaca with his wife and 3 kids.  He also likes to play with his puppies and enjoys time in the outdoors and exercising.

Jane Pfeufer Ithaca College
Jane grew up in Atlanta, GA and started swimming at her local summer league team. She began her competitive swimming career at the age of 12 with Dynamo Swim Club. Jane has been teaching swim lessons since she was 14, coached her local summer league team and began assistant coaching at Dynamo Swim Club in her senior year of high school. She and her teammates won the 4x100 relay at Georgia High School States her senior year.
 
Jane is currently a senior on the varsity swim team at Ithaca College. She is a Health Science Major and is planning on pursuing grad school for Dietetics next fall.
Katie Champagne Ithaca College

Katie is from Macungie, Pennsylvania.  She began her competitive swimming career with Emmaus Aquatic Club when she was 6 in an effort to tag along with her older brother.  She swam for Emmaus High School, coached for her club team during the long course season, and is currently in her Senior year at Ithaca College, majoring in Biology.   

Kerry O'Brien Ithaca College
Kerry grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Kerry has been coaching swim lessons since 14, and is currently the head coach of the East Brunswick Sandpipers, a summer league swim team.
 
Kerry is currently on her Doctor of Physical Therapy pathway at Ithaca College and is swimming on the Ithaca college Swim team, primarily swimming distance freestyle and butterfly.
Lauren Depietro Ithaca College

Lauren is a senior Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major at Ithaca College. She swam competitively with Morris County Swim Club in New Jersey, and is now on the Ithaca College Club Team. Lauren developed her interest in coaching in high school while she was a swim lessons instructor and supervisor for her club team. After coaching with MCSC through high school, she has spent the past two summers working as a coach with the age group program at LHY.

James Collishaw Ithaca College

James grew up in Maryland and began his competitive swimming career at the age of 9 with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club. James' coaching experience began at the age of 14 when he became an assistant coach for his summer league team and has since worked as a clinician at multiple Fitter and Faster swim camps.

James is currently on his Doctor of Physical Therapy pathway at Ithaca College and serves as a current captain of the men's swim team. He swam at the 2022 Division III NCAA championships where he was named to the 2022 NCAA All-American second team roster. In his sophomore year, he was a 3x conference champion and received the Liberty League Rookie of the Year award.

Michael Paulos Ithaca College

Michael has just started his 3rd year at Ithaca College where he is swimming competitively and currently a Business Finance major. He has been swimming since the age of 7 and has been coaching for 4 years for his summer swim team in Bethesda, MD. Michael swam all four years on his high school swim team, Walt Whitman, where he holds two team records in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay, qualifying him as an All-American. He has been swimming competitively with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club since the age of 8, which he stills trains with during his time away from college. He's very excited to coach for the Syracuse Chargers this year!

Owen Tobias-Wallingford Ithaca College

Owen is currently a sophomore at Ithaca College where he swims distance free and butterfly and is studying sports media. Owen has been swimming competitively for the past 10 years. For the past 7 of those he has been with the Adirondack Bluefins who he still trains with in summers. Owen has been a coach for the past two years for a country club team in Voorheesville,  New York. He is looking forward to coaching for the Chargers this year. 

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