Victor Swim Club

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Michael Murray Program Director/Co-Head Coach

Head Coach Mike M. Murray rejoins Victor Swim Club as the Program Director and CEO in September 2019 after heading Islanders Aquatics for 2 seasons as the Head Coach. Throughout the 2020-2021 Coach Murray was instrumental in helping guide Victor Swim Club, and assist many other teams in navigating the global Coronavirus Pandemic; Victor consistently participated in both competitions, as well as practice, swimming outdoors from May through December! Victor finished in the top 10 teams at the Eastern Zone Speedo Sectional Meet in Christiansburg, Virginia. 

Over the course of his career, Murray has been instrumental in developing nationally recognized USA Swimming Club Teams. During that time he has developed USA Swimming National Team Members, International Medalists, USA Swimming National Championship finalists, USA Swimming Open Water medalists and coached at every developmental level of the sport. Victor swimmers have represented Victor Swim Club at every major championship meet for past 8 years and many have gone on to swim at the NCAA Division I., II. and III. level. 

Coach Mike has been featured in Swimming World Magazine's "Morning Swim Show," with host Jeff Commings and his work has been featured in the American Swimming Coaches Association newsletter and the International Swimming Coaches Association publications. 

Over the course of Murray's 6 years with the Victor Swim Club, Victor has earned the USA Swimming Club Recognition Level 4 Achievement Award, as well as the prestigious USA Swimming Bronze Medal for Club Excellence in both 2015, 2016 & 2017.  

Murray is also a contributor to the world-class swim camp provider, Fitter & Faster Swim Camps, and is the host of their weekly show, The Fitter & Faster Coaches Corner; which features guests from all over the swimming world. You can find all the episode of Fitter & Faster's Coaches Corner here:

Mike Murray's USA Swimming Staff Appointments/USA Swimming Governance:

  • 2013 USA Swimming Eastern Zone Select Camp Staff
  • 2014 USA Swimming National Select Camp Featured Speaker; "Making Test Set's Meaningful."
  • 2015 USA Swimming National Select Camp Staff
  • 2015 USA Swimming National "Online Coaches Clinic," featured clinician. 
  • 2016 Appointed to USA Swimming House of Delegates as an "at large" member. 
  • 2017 USA Swimming National Select Camp Head Team Manager
  • 2018 Awarded American Swimming Coaches Association Certificate of Excellence. 
  • 2020 Elected to American Swimming Coaches Association Board of Directors
  • 2021 Appointed to USA Swimming House of Delegates as an "at large" member. 

Coach Mike's Coaching History:

  • 2004-2005-Assistant Coach @ St. Lawrence University for Bob Clemmer, Mike's mentor. 
  • 2005-2006-Assistant/Aquatic Director @ Vassar College, Coached a 2006 All-American in 2 events. 
  • 2005-2007-Spent 3 Summers’ living in Palo Alto, CA working at Stanford University Swim Camp. 
  • 2006-2010-Assistant Coach-Marist College; 3 MAAC Conference Titles; 1 ECAC Title. Worked with Legendary Marist College Swim Coach Larry Van Wagner.
  • Coached NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee, Kate Conard, Multiple Year MAAC Champion
  • 2006-2010-Head Senior Coach Marist Swim Club- Now "Red Fox Aquatic Club." Coached multiple Speedo qualifiers, Junior National Qualifiers, US Open Qualifiers, and 1 US Olympic Trial Qualifier. 
  • 2006-2010-Served as a member of the Metropolitan Age Group Committee & as a Metro Zone Coach.
  • 2010-2013-Head Coach, Director-Mercury Swimming INC; Increased VCC Score by over 38,000 points.
  • 2011-2013-Aquatic Director, Livonia Central School. 
  • 2012-2014 Niagara Zone Team Coach/Niagara BOD Member-Safety Chairman. 
  • 2012-Nationally Published in The ASCA Spring Newsletter: "Reinventing, Reinforcing and Redefining American Educational & Athletic Culture."
  • 2013-Named to USA Swimming Eastern Zone Select Camp Staff
  • 2013-1 Athlete Named to USA Swimming National Age Group Top 10 Ranking (400 IM)
  • 2014-Attended USA Swimming National Select Camp; Presented "Making Test Set's Meaningful," during the Coaches Track at The US Olympic Training Center.
  • 2015-Nationally Presented "Making Test Set's Meaningful" during USA Swimming National Select Camp
  • 2015-Victor Swim Club earns USA Swimming Bronze Medal of Excellence
  • Makayla Sargent notches a 3rd place finish in the 400 IM @ Jr. Nationals in San Antonio
  • 2015-Coach Murray Named to USA Swimming National Select Camp Coaching Staff.
  • 2015-Alyssa Helak earns High Point award at USA Swimming Futures Championships
  • 2016-Makayla Sargent places in the top 25 at USA Olympic Trials
  • 2016-Victor Swim Club finished in 3rd Place at the Futures Championship.
  • 2017-Victor Swim Club finished in 2nd Place at the Futures Championship. 
  • 2017-Coach Murray & Staff lead Victor Swim Club to its 3rd consecutive Niagara LSC Championship & 1st ever Niagara LCM Championship. 
  • 2017-Coach Murray named to USA Swimming National Select Camp, Head Team Manager.
  • 2018-Noah Stevens Selected to Team USA for the Maccabi Games in Israel. 
  • 2018-Murray receives the prestigious ASCA Certificate of Excellence for leading an athlete to a top 8 finish at Nationals, Open Water Nationals, and a National Team Birth (World University Games-GOLD MEDAL, 400 IM, top 20 in the World). 
  • 2019-Murray receives ASCA Level 5 certification
  • 2020-Murray elected to the American Swimming Coaches Association Board of Directors, Executive Committee. 

Coach Mike's Swimming Career:

  • Swam for Club Coaches Jeff Maxwell, Ken McLaughlin, and Jerry Adams as a club swimmer
  • Swam for High School Coach Scott Young @ The Albany Academy.
  • 1998 & 1999 NYS Finalist 50,100 Freestyle, 200 & 400 freestyle relays, multiple school record holder.
  • 1999 Jr. National/US Open Qualifier-50,100, 200 free. 
  • 2000-Big East Qualifier-Swimming @ Rutgers University
  • 2004 NCAA Qualifier St. Lawrence University; 2004; Multiple former school record holder. 
  • 2005 Nominee for Martha Finch Outstanding Senior Athlete, St. Lawrence University

Coach Mike graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2005 with a degree in English and a minor in Education. Coach Mike is a Certified Pool Operator, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, USA Swimming Coach Member & American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 Certified Coach, which places him in the top 2% of all American Swimming Coaches. Mike has coached every level of swimming; from the lesson program through Masters and is a Private Instructor. He is the proud father of Claire (8) and Finn (6) Murray resides in Victor, NY with his fiance, Nikki, and her 3 children Makayla (21, NC State University), Savannah (19), and Madison (17). Mike also manages the Pool at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor. 

"I look forward to providing the best programming for our community and I'm honored to work with our amazing athletes and staff. At Victor Swim Club we seek to inspire each athlete to reach their full potential while learning to dedicate themselves to achieving excellence in the pool, but more importantly, in life. This team is predicated on developing the whole athlete and finding enjoyment in the sport. Our focus is to create an environment where success is inevitable."

You can schedule a private lesson with Coach Murray via Warrior High-Performance Lessons @ [email protected] or via phone @ 845-797-8260 

Scott Wisner Senior Lead Assistant

Coach Wisner has been a swimmer and a coach in nearly every level of swimming over his 42 years in competitive swimming.  In Watertown, NY, he was a member of the Watertown Y Swim Club competing at Y and USS meets and swam for Watertown High School there.   He also swam for Bettendorf High School and Bettendorf Park Board Swim Club.  In college, he swam distance events for the University of Iowa.  And later, he swam as a Masters swimmer for Syracuse Masters Swim Club.  Throughout his swimming career, he’s competed or qualified for most levels of competition.  He was a high school state champion both in New York and in Iowa in the 500 free, was a member of an Iowa High School Championship team, finalist at Junior Nationals, a finalist and member of two Big Ten championship teams and a medalist at Masters Zones and Nationals.

His coaching career started while he was in high school helping with the younger Y swimmers and assisting with the girls high school team (tough duty for a high school guy). He was both an Assistant and Head Coach with the Watertown Y Swim Club, Assistant Coach with Iowa City Swim Club, Graduate Assistant at The University of Iowa, Co-Head Coach with the Leatherstocking Hawks Swim Club (Utica, NY) and Head Coach with the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team.  Swimmers he has coached have competed at Y States and Nationals, Empire State Games, high school state championships in New York, Iowa and Florida, Junior and Senior Nationals as well as several going>

Coach Wisner is a Level 4 coach in the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA).  On the side, he is a second-degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate and has worked for 20 years with the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  He is married to Amy, a former All-American swimmer at Ithaca College and is the father of two swimmers, Kai and Taryn.

Dan Burke Senior Prep Coach
Dan Burke, one of Victor Swim Club's finest alumni, joined the Victor Swim Club staff as the Associate Head Coach & lead Senior Prep Coach in June 2021. Dan comes to us from Wabash College, where he began coaching in June 2018. During his three seasons with Wabash, the swimming and diving team re-wrote the record books. At the 2019 NCAC Conference Championship, the Wabash men scored the most amount points in team history.  

Prior to his time at Wabash he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men's and women's teams at Nazareth College. He helped the Golden Flyers set seven new school records in addition to earning Scholar All-America Team honors. The 2017-18 Nazareth men's team finished the season undefeated for the first time in school history. The men's and women's teams combined to break 11 records in 2017-18.

Burke competed at Nazareth, earning Team MVP honors all four seasons. He served as team captain for two seasons and won the conference title in the 100 backstroke in 2016. Burke also earned Scholar All-America Honorable Mention honors from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association in 2016. Burke graduated from Nazareth in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

Burke is one of six assistant coaches selected to receive the 2019 Jean Freeman Scholarship from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Amy Wisner Intermediate Coach
Amy Wisner has coached since 2012.  She has coached primarily development and intermediate at Victor Swim Club since 2016. She started competitive swimming in the Buffalo area when she was 4.  Along her swimming career Amy was able to participate in Zones, Empire State Games (age group and Masters), NYSPHS championships, Division III National Championships and Master’s Nationals.  Coach Amy (aka Mrs Wisner) is married to the other Coach Wisner, Scott, and is the mother of swimmers Kai and Taryn.  Kai is a masters student athlete at UMBC and Taryn is a student athlete at Denison. Both have swum at Victor since 2015. Amy and Scott live in Syracuse but spend a bit of time in the Victor area.
Makayla Sargent Performance Coach
Kristy Shields Developmental Coach

Kristy has been a Victor Swim Club coach since 2002. She was the 8 & under head coach from 2007 to 2013 and the head Intermmediate coach from 2013 to 2016.  She has been teaching swim lessons or coaching swimming since 1996.  She has a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from Nazareth College.  During the day, she teaches students with disabilities.  She is married to Scott Shields, with whom she has a son named Zachary and a daughter named Melody. With the demands of parenting and children activities, Kristy has become a coach support for the Developmental and Intermmediate groups.

Her swimming career began with Victor Swim Club at the age of 9.  She was a multiple Section Five champion in individual events (100 free, 200 free) and team relays, qualifying for States for 4 years and was a school record holder at the Victor High School in the 100 free and 2 team relays.  Kristy finished her competitive swimming career at Washington & Jefferson College setting two school records and being a 2 time Conference champion in each the 200 fly and the 100 free, as well as team relays during her 2 years. 

In addition to coaching for the club, Kristy was the assistant coach for the Girls Varsity swim team from 2006 to 2011.  Her responsibilities included stroke and turn development, race strategies, sprint training, and mentoring.

She has a true love for the sport of swimming and stays current with stroke technique and training strategies through clinics and collaboration with other experienced coaches, to ensure a high quality of coaching in and out of the pool with dryland training.  She implements her knowledge of child development, teaching strategies, and social development into her coaching, so that all swimmers have fun and become stronger and more confident swimmers.  Swimmers with Coach Kristy learn the thrill of competitive swimming.

Board of Directors
Karen & Neal Senglaub President, Registrar
Erin Onze Vice President
Nicole Wakelee Treasurer
Ben & Christy Prezyna Secretary
Matthew & Kristin Ray Director
Jenna Battaglia Director
Jennifer Werges Director