Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
T J Day Head Coach / CEO / Senior 1

Day has been coaching at all levels for over 15 years, and most recently spent 4 years as the assistant swim coach at Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Indiana. There, he coached for the High Performance and 11-12 squad as well as the boys Senior High School Team.

Before his time in Carmel, Coach Day spent 10 years as the Head Coach of Boilermaker Aquatics in West Lafayette, Indiana. From 2003-2007, he served as a volunteer Assistant Coach at Purdue University. In 2006, Day voted by his peers the Indiana Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.

He has  also served on the staff of many Indiana Swimming camps, and been on multiple trips to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado. In addition, Day was on the staff of numerous Team Indiana Zone and Mid-States Quad Teams.

TJ and his wife Catie are proud parents of two children, Rory and Nora.

Theodore Eimstad Head Age Group / Learning 2
Mark VanRemmen Senior 2
Phil Aronica Dreaming 1 / Meet Director

Coach Phil is entering his fifth season with STAR Swimming.  He works primarily with the Dreaming athletes, as well as the Senior Team, where he has helped produce many swimmers to national and speedo qualifying times. 

Phil had an outsanding swimming career. He was a 2012 Olympic Trial swimmer in the 100 backstroke. He was also a member of the USA team that competed in Ireland in 2010 and captured the GOLD medal in two events. He was also a Junior National finalist in the backstroke events in 2009 and 2010.

In college, Phil was a conference record holder for the University of Buffalo. He broke the 100 back Mid-American record going a 48.08 helping his team win their only conference title in history. He was also a first team ALL-MAC swimmer.

In high school, Phil was a two time NYS Champion in the 50 free and the 100 back. He broke seven school records at Orchard Park High school over his career and still holds all of them today.

Phil is also currently the Head Swim Coach for the Frontier Girls High School team and the Orchard Park Boys High School team. 

Nate Steger Learning 1 / Little STARS

Coach Steger is in his 8th year with STAR Swimming as a coach after having been with STAR swimming for 14 years as an athlete.  Nate was instrumental in helping this program reach great heights in the past decade.  While at STAR, Nate placed in the TOP 15 all time in many events and was a part of the USA Speedo Championship team in his last two years.  Nate was the receipient of the STAR Swimmer of the year for 2005-2006. 

Nate has been the Head Coach at Buffalo State as well as an assistant coach there for three years. 

Nate went on to attend UNC Wilmington for two years..  While at UNCW, Nate was a apart of the 2007 and 2008 Championships team.  He was also a 2 time CAA conference qualifier and placed in the top 16 in three events each year.   

While at Frontier High school, Nate won the leadership award during his sophomore year.  Nate also dominated the Section 6 scene throughout his career helping the Frontier Falcons to many great wins.  Nate also captured the team's MVP award in his Sophomore and Junior seasons.

Steve Tothero Dreaming

Steve Tothero previously coached for STAR from 1997 – 2005 and worked with all groups including coaching the Junior Team (age 13 – 14) from 1999-2004.

Prior to STAR Swimming, Steve spent three summers coaching at the University of Texas Longhorn Swimming Camp under the direction of Eddie Reese and Mark Shubert who were the 1992 head Olympic Men’s and Women’s swimming coaches.  While at the University of Texas Steve also taught college-level conditioning swimming courses.

As a competitor, Steve swam for the Decatur Swim Club in Decatur IL where he qualified for Junior Nationals four times in 1987 and 1988.  Steve was a 4-year letter winner at the University of Illinois.  He also still swims with the Nickel City Splash masters team and competes in Masters meets on occasion.

Steve works with the Hamburg Red and Blue Teams and really enjoys sharing his love of swimming with our newest team members!

Courtney Allen Exploring
Lillian McDonnell Exploring
Board of Directors
Jen Eisenmann Co-President (Sep 2022 - Aug 2024)
Shana Stegner Co-President (Sept 2021 - Aug 2023)
Karen Coen Vice President (Sept 2022 - Aug 2024)
Jeffrey Errington Treasurer (Sept 2022 - Aug 2024)
Laurin Derrick Secretary (Sept 2021 - Aug 2023)
Nicole Domster At Large (Sept 2021 - Aug 2023)
Jennifer Carlson At Large (Sept 2022 - Aug 2024)
Mark Moldenhauer At Large (Sept 2022 - Aug 2024)
Natasha Fatta At Large (Sept 2021 - Aug 2023)
Caitlin Herbert At Large (December 2022-August 2023)