Coaches and Parent Reps

Meet your coaches and parent reps, the volunteers who organize our community's swim team!

Coaching Staff
Elena Newman Head Coach
Hi! I’m Elena and I’ll be one of the head coaches this year. I’ve been swimming with this team since I was 5 and I've been coaching for the last four years. My favorite part of coaching is seeing the kids improve and meet their goals. I’m looking forward to swimming with you!! 
Naomi Cocker Head Coach

I’m so excited to be able to coach this year! I have been swimming with Bennington Whales since I was 5 years old. This team is like my family and I’m excited to teach swimmers in the pool that I learned to swim in myself. This fall I will study natural resources at the University of Vermont. Go Whales!

Andrew Breza Assistant Coach
Andrew has been swimming with the Bennington Whales for the past eleven years, and enjoyed helping the coaches during the 2019 swim season. He's very happy to see the 2021 Bennington swim team come back together since it's always been a great way to have fun with friends, improve personal swim times, and especially see the younger swimmers carry on the Whales Swim Team community tradition. Andrew is a rising senior at Georgetown Prep, where he plays football, student manages the varsity hockey team, and is involved in a number of clubs and service projects.
Parent Reps
Shelley Caramanica
Stephanie Simmons