Declare Your Swimmers!

Meet the Coaches


Head Coach–Gordon Amato

Gordon Amato is the Director of Aquatics at Loyola Blakefield, where he oversees the aquatic programs and facilities. He is the head varsity waterpolo and swim coach. Gordon is also the Loyola Blakefield Aquatics Senior Group Coach. Gordon has an undergrad and Masters degree from Towson University. He swam competitively for 19 years and finished his swimming career on the Division I Towson University swim team. He coached Tigerfish Aquatic Club and was the assistant coach for the Watermont swim team. Gordon has also coached multiple sports teams through BCPS and is safe-sport certified. He has seven year old twins that are York Manor Makos swimmers. Gordon is excited to return to York Manor for a great summer with the Makos!


Assistant Coach–Dan McGrain

You might recognize Dan from his many years spent as an assistant manager at York Manor. After a great 2022 summer swim season, Dan is excited to be returning to the pool deck. Dan grew up in the Towson area, swimming and coaching for another Free State swim team that we won't name here. He then went on to coach with the Columbia Clippers and their Elite, Age Group 1 and Masters programs. Outside of his summers, Dan is a social studies teacher at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. Dan is also a father to three–ages 9, 8, and 6 –who are all part of the Makos team. 


Assistant Coach–Avery Zellweger

Avery is a rising junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is so excited to be home at York Manor as an official coach! Avery swam for the Makos from age 6-18 and was a Junior Coach during her last year on the team. She was also a lifeguard the past three summers at YMSC and gave private swim lessons throughout the summer. Avery is so excited and cannot wait for another season with the Makos!