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.

Mark VanRemmen Senior 2 Coach
Phil Aronica Dreaming 1 Coach / 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. 

William Caffee Dreaming 2 Coach
Coach Bill has recently joined the STAR coaching staff, beginning in May of 2018. Bill will be coaching the Dreaming 2 team throughout the upcoming season(s).
 
Bill began his swimming career in West Lafayette, IN with the Boilermaker Aquatics in 2007. Once entering high school in 2008, he continued to train with his high school team and club team. Once in high school, Bill began being coached by TJ Day, who was the head coach of Boiler Aquatics at the time. Bill progressed throughout high school, eventually leading him to his senior year when he made his very first high school state cuts in the 200IM (1:55.55) and 500 Fr (4:41.44). 
 
During and after his senior year in high school, Bill was being recruited by multiple schools, including the University at Buffalo, where he began attending in the Fall of 2012. After completing his first year, he went back home to swim with Boilermaker Aquatics for the summer. During this summer he achieved his first-ever Junior National cuts; 100 Br, 200 Br, and 1500 Fr. Bill competed on the varsity team at the University at Buffalo for his undergraduate career from 2012-1016, able to be on the scoring team at the MAC championships every year. 
 
Bill attended the University at Buffalo from 2012-2016, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science in Geology. As well, Bill has just completed his Masters degree, from the University at Buffalo, in Geology (2016-2018). 
 
Bill is looking forward to being the Dreaming 2 coach, and cannot wait to see what this upcoming season holds for the team! 
Nate Steger Learning 1 Coach ECC and Frontier

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.

Brittney Walters Exploring Coach at ECC

Coach Brittney started coaching for STAR in the spring of 2017.

She Brittney is from Goshen, Indiana where she swam with Northridge Area Swimming Association (NASA) for 11 years. With Northridge High School, she was a part of 3 high school relay records and 3 individual records in the 200 free, 200IM, and 500 free. Her senior year of high school she won the IHSAA State title in the 500 freestyle. After a successful high school career, Coach Brittney came to Buffalo to swim for the UB Bulls. With the Bulls she qualified for 7 top 8 swims at the Mid-American Conference and in 2017 was runner up in the 400 IM. She was a captain for the UB team her junior and senior seasons and was also voted Most Improved her sophomore season.

Coach Brittney graduated from UB with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and is now pursuing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at D’Youville College.

Brittney is so excited to be working with the Explorer groups to show them great technique skills while having fun and building relationships with their peers.

Steve Tothero Exploring/Learning 2 Coach at Frontier

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!

Brandi Bashor Learning 2 Coach

Coach Bashor  has spent over 15 years teaching and coaching swimming around the country.   Blue Fins Swim Team in San Diego, CA   (1995-1996) Santa Barbara Swim Club, CA   (1996-2002), UCSB Masters Swim Team   (1999-2001) Scarlet Aquatic Club, NJ (2002-2006)   Coach Brandi has coached every level of swimmer from beginners all the way through Masters. Brandi enjoys watching swimmers develop and become real athletes.  

Brandi is excited about the leaps forward that the age group team at Star has made in the past year and can’t wait to see where we are next year.     Coach Brandi thinks that the best thing about swimming is that there is a place for everyone to improve and the athletes that work hard will get better and succeed.

Brandi lives in Pendleton with her husband Andy, their three kids Allie, Bobby and Colby, and their dog Speedo.
Board of Directors
Jen Eisenmann President (Sep 2018 - Aug 2020)
Megan Leighton Vice President (Sep 2019 - Aug 2021)
Karen Coen Treasurer (Sept 2018 - Aug 2020)
Nicole Domster Secretary (Sep 2019 - Aug 2021)
Shana Stegner At large (Sept 2019 - Aug 2021)
Mark Reimann At Large (Sep 2019 - Sep 2021)
Kevin Blake At Large (Sept 2018 - Aug 2020)
Colleen Kashino At Large (Sept 2018 - Aug 2020)
Bryan Pirigyi At Large (Sept 2018 - Aug 2020)